Effects of Short-term Drought Stress and Mechanical Harvesting on Sweet Orange Tree Health, Water Uptake, and Yield

  title={Effects of Short-term Drought Stress and Mechanical Harvesting on Sweet Orange Tree Health, Water Uptake, and Yield},
  author={Kelly T. Morgan and Smita Barkataky and Davie M. Kadyampakeni and Robert C. Ebel and F. M. Roka},
One of the primary reasons for the slow adoption of mechanical harvesting by Florida citrus growers is the physical injuries to trees including loss of leaves, twigs, flowers young fruits, breaking of limbs and injuries to the bark and roots. However, it has been shown that well-managed trees are capable of tolerating defoliation, limb loss and root and bark injury caused by mechanical harvesting. Irrigation management is one of the most crucial factors influencing citrus tree health. A… 

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