The University of Maryland Extension (UME) works to advance innovative, profitable, and sustainable fruit and vegetable production systems through applied research, instructional publications and materials, grower meetings and webinars, farm visits, and consultations. UME education and outreach has increased the productivity and profitability of Maryland farmers while protecting our natural resources.
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Apple Maturity Assessments for the Mid-Atlantic
We do the lab work so you don’t have to!
The determination of apple harvest maturity and optimal harvest dates can be achieved by using different maturity indices. We take measurements of percent blush apple skin, skin chlorophyll content (DA index), fruit firmness, starch content, soluble solids, and titratable acidity. These measurements are performed weekly using different apple cultivars throughout the course of the season.