Performance of a procedure for yield estimation in fruit orchards

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  • Felipe Aravena Zamora
  • Camila Potin
  • Dvora-Laio Wulfsohn
  • Ines Zamora Lagos
  • Marta Garcia-Finana
Early estimation of expected fruit tree yield is important for the market planning and for
growers and exporters to plan for labour and boxes. Large variations in tree yield may be found,
posing a challenge for accurate yield estimation. We evaluated a multilevel systematic sampling
procedure for fruit yield estimation. In the Spring of 2009 we estimated the total number of fruit in
several rows in each of 14 commercial fruit orchards growing apple, kiwi, and table grapes in central
Chile. Survey times were 10-100 minutes for apples, 85 minutes for table grapes, and up to 150
minutes for kiwis. At harvest in the Fall, the fruit were counted to obtain the true yield. Yields ranged
from lows of several thousand (grape bunches), to highs of more than 40 thousand fruit (apples,
kiwis). In 11 orchards, true errors less than 10% were obtained. In two highly variable orchards we
obtained absolute true errors of about 20%. An analysis based on systematic sub-sampling of
sample data across each sampling stage was used to determine how to distribute sampling effort to
acheive the desired precision.
Original languageEnglish
Publication date2010
Number of pages16
Publication statusPublished - 2010
EventASABE 2010 International Meeting - Pittsburgh, Penn.
Duration: 12 Jun 201020 Jun 2010
Conference number: Paper No. 1009638


ConferenceASABE 2010 International Meeting
NumberPaper No. 1009638
CityPittsburgh, Penn.

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