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The economics of counting apple buds


February 2, 2021
By Fruit and Vegetable

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A new research project out of Cornell University in New York will delve into precision pruning and bud-counting in apple orchards.

Terence Robinson, professor in the school of integrative plant science at Cornell, has pitched bud-counting for more economic, higher quality apple production for years. Now, his project will have a national audience.

A four-year, $4.8 million grant from the USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture will allow Robinson and colleagues across the United States to examine the economics and equipment of the pruning and refine their scientific models for pruning individual varieties in different states. |READ MORE

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