Cherry Foliar Program

Goals of the Program

Trial Results

With the influx of sweet cherry production over the last decade or so, we at Bio-Gro, Inc. have made it a goal to develop products and programs to satisfy the needs of all phases in delivering the finest quality cherry the market can offer. These phases go from the farm, to the packing house/marketing, to the grocery store, and finally to the consumer.

With all things to consider we have come up with a program to ensure our common goal, leaving the consumer with a pleasurable experience. We have reached out to farmers, packing houses, and sales agencies to find out what their biggest challenges are in order to achieve those goals. Those challenges are:

Cherry Firmness

BioGro = 4170%
Standard = 3170%

Cherry Size

BioGro = 89% 9.5 Row +0%
Standard = 68% 9.5 Row +0%

Size

With cherry returns, size matters. A complete foliar nutrition package is essential to achieving our financial goals. Early application timing of key elements is crucial to the final outcome of the crop. Our advanced formula of organic amino acids enhances nutrient efficiency and availability.

Shelf Life

Firmness and stem integrity play a tremendous role in sweet cherry shelf life. As mentioned above, the influx of production has forced the sales agencies to find and develop new market strategies. Many of these markets lead to long and less ideal shipping conditions. University studies show that applications of Cal 8, will increase fruit firmness, decrease pitting, reduce respiration, and decrease stem browning.

Harvest Timing/Fruit Maturity

Once again we look for whatever advantage we can take, we are already in the process of creating a firm and desirable cherry. Now we have the ability to manage our G.A. rates from none, to very low, to high. Is this a replacement for G.A., no, It is simply one more tool in our belt. The abundance of organic amino acids is also accompanied by color, creating an even pack.

Rain Cracking

A lot of effort, time, and money have been put into this crop. As we have been working hard to accomplish our goal, we have also been conditioning this cherry to protect against a rain event. Studies show that calcium hydroxide, the basis of Cal 8, is the best calcium product to prevent rain cracking.

Base Program Applications

These applications are for a sample base program and should be customized further depending on field conditions.

Timing Products Rate/Acre
BUD SWELL (Delayed Dormant) NUE Zinc 7% 1 qt
FIRST WHITE NPK Plus
NUE Boron 4%
Seaweed
Cal-8
1.25 gal
1 qt
1 qt
2 qt
40-60% BLOOM NPK Plus
NUE Boron 4%
Seaweed
Cal-8
1.25 gal
1 qt
1 qt
2 qt
PETAL FALL NPK Plus
Seaweed
NUE Cal-8
1.25 gal
1 qt
2 qt
SHUCK FALL NPK Plus
Seaweed
NUE Cal-8
1.25 gal
1 qt
2 qt
10-14 DAYS (Up to pit hardening) NPK Plus
Seaweed
NUE Cal-8
1.25 gal
1 qt
2 qt
EVERY 7 DAYS (Up to harvest) NUE Cal-8 2 qt
*Increase NUE Cal-8 to one gallon/acre in lieu of rain events.
POST HARVEST (Mid-September) NPK Plus
NUE Cal-8
1.25 gal
1 gal

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