Keep Trees Healthy for Coming Seasons
If you’ve ever seen a shaker in action first hand, you know how stressful a process it can be for a tree … let alone the operators, who shake hundreds if not thousands of trees a season.
Tracking shaking data over the course of a season shows just how critical it is to optimize shake times and ensure you’re shaking each tree per the recommendation … Shaking too long can damage the tree, which you’re hoping will continue to grow and produce for two decades, while shaking short will leave product on the tree and leave you open to pests and other issues.
That’s where Fieldin comes into play, and can help growers ensure shake times are consistent across the orchard and monitor actual shake/sweep/drive times in real-time.
Consider the case study at left. Initially the operator is shaking at less than 4 seconds per tree, but toward the end of the timeline begins shaking at 5.5 seconds. Overshaking more than the recommended 4.0 seconds for the particular block could lead to damage that leaves trees open to infection and reduced yield in coming seasons.
In fact, according to the University of California Cooperative Extension, “almond trees with shaker damage are often infected by the wood canker pathogen Ceratocystis fimbriata” and “infected trees usually die within 5 years.”
But catching the excessive shaking times with Fieldin prevents infection, as well as a loss in yield that could amount to more than $450K in damages over the next three years:
|Shaking at 5.5 sec.|
|ACRES SHOOK 5.5 SEC||1 Acre|
|SHAKER AVG. ACRES/SEASON||600 Acres|
|POTENTIAL YIELD DAMAGE/YEAR||5%|
|NO. OF YEARS WITH LESS YIELD||3 years|