Agronomy, Volume 9, Issue 12 (December 2019) – 120 articles
Cover Story (view full-size image): The Super High Density (SHD) training system represents a new concept in almond tree cultivation. This production technique is based on small trees with planar canopies, well suited to full mechanization of pruning and harvesting. In this study, a comparison with an open-center training system is presented in terms of chlorophyll content, flowering, fruit set and production. The open-center system resulted in higher PAR interception, but also in the presence of poorly illuminated fractions of the canopy. Differences in fruit weight and yield per canopy volume were observed between systems. Although lower yields were obtained in SHD system, which may be increased by adapting inter-row spacing, its efficiency in the use of productive inputs was higher, making it a promising a reference system for modern plantations. View this paper
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