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UFOs can improve sweet cherry production

UFOs can improve sweet cherry production

According to Tiffany Law and Gregory Lang from the Department of Horticulture at Michigan State University, a new type of high-density tree training system can help growers make sweet cherry production more efficient and reduce pesticide use.

Law and Lang explained that upright fruiting offshoots (UFO) is an innovative and somewhat radical high-density training system that produces fruit on multiple vertical leaders (offshoots) arising from a cordon-like trunk, somewhat like trellised grapes. “This provides a tall, narrow fruiting canopy that is easy to train and prune for renewal of uprights,” the authors say. “The goal in establishing a UFO tree structure is to develop well-distributed upright shoots and maximize vertical shoot growth in the trellis plane.”

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