Webinar Series: Precision Apple Crop Load Management

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Buds on an apple tree.

Happy New Year!

Below is an announcement of an upcoming webinar series on Precision Crop Load Management for Apples. Registration is required (see link below).

Please join us for a series of Briefings by the PACMAN Research and Extension teams to update you on what we see as the current state of precision crop load management of apples. We are entering our third year of the USDA/NIFA/SCRI funded research and Extension project titled “Precision Crop Load Management for Apples” and we have interesting insights to share with on you vision based technologies and potential management implications! In addition, industry partners have been hard at work developing “turnkey” solutions to assessing your apple crop load management efforts and are invited to participate in a “show and tell.” (Barring any hard sales pitch of course!)

JAN 12 – How can PACMAN help you make more money?
Led by Jon Clements and Terence Robinson
Terence Robinson – Updates on horticultural work, Flow chart for Precisions Crop Load management
Jon Clements – RECIPE – Predicting fruit set using the fruitlet growth rate model apps (Malusim and Fruit Growth)
Greg Peck – Pollen Tube Growth Model
Todd Einhorn – Fruit Growth Model (new method)

JAN 19 – Innovative new technology to implement PACMAN (Part 1)
Led by Anna Wallis and Craig Kahlke
Meter Group (formerly Farm Vision) – Dave Brown and Patrick Plonski
Fruit Scout – Chris Hall and Matt King
LaGasse/Aurea/Munckhof – Ross Kranz and Tim Cromwell
Vivid Machines – Jenny Lemieux

JAN 26 – Innovative new technology to implement PACMAN (Part 2)
& How’s your adoption going?
Led by Mario Miranda Sazo and Mauricio Guerra Funes
Innov8 – Steve Mantle
Outfield – Oli Highbourne and Andrew Schmack
AgerPix – Karina Lau
Orchard Robotics – Charlie Wu
Mauricio Guerra Funes – How’s your adoption going?

3 Thursdays in January via Zoom beginning January 12

9 a.m. (Pacific) / 12 noon Eastern

Updates and announcements will be posted on the PACMAN website pacman.extension.org

Brought to you by the SCRI PACMAN Extension team

  • Jon Clements (UMass Amherst)
  • Karen Lewis (WSU) and Tory Schmidt (WTFRC)
  • Mario Miranda & Craig Kahlke (Cornell University)
  • Anna Wallis (MSU) & Phil Schwallier
  • Long He & Daniel Weber (PSU)

For additional information contact Jon Clements at Jon.clements@umass.edu