CITRUS RESOURCES

ZEAFRUIT SPRAY DIARY

GROWING CITRUS IN NEW ZEALAND – A Practical Guide

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PICKING MANAGEMENT

The following are important points, but the key is training and constant supervision.

  • Clean bins.
  • Minimise or eliminate soil contact with bins.
  • Pickers wear gloves, have short fingernails and handle fruit carefully especially when emptying bags.
  • Bags must be clean and disinfected weekly.
  • Quality control- checking pickers bins constantly for picking injuries size and colour.
  • Keep fruit dry after harvest and get to packhouse immediately.
  • Harvest blocks according to internal quality tests and assessment of skin condition.
  • Ideally do NOT pick wet fruit. Especially after heavy rain. If you are unsure ask.
  • If rots have been identified in the field, then leave them in the orchard contact grower or packhouse.
  • Pickers must use correct clippers when harvesting citrus. To avoid clipper cuts.
  • Do not use Buckets or Rubbish bins or any other sort of bin to pick fruit into.

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