AgroFresh Solutions has announced that its Harvista pre-harvest technology, used to extend the harvest window for apples, is also effective for cherries.
“Our Harvista technology has been proven for years to enhance the fruit quality and value of apple crops, as well as additional benefits such as the ability to better manage weather challenges, and increased labour efficiency,” said Darrell Riddle, AgroFresh’s Harvista account leader, Pacific Northwest.
“Now cherry growers will be able to benefit from Harvista with the potential for increased yield and higher revenue.”
When applied to cherry blossoms, Harvista technology interrupts the negative impacts of ethylene and allows more flowers to develop into fruitlets, thereby enhancing yield potential.
The company said growers had reported significant impact on yield with two applications of Harvista at 10 per cent and 50 per cent of full bloom.
For those orchards already using Harvista for their apple crops, self-application can be done with their existing Harvista sprayer kits.