Maturity levels are running 6-8 days later than normal due to cool, wet weather at the Peninsular Agricultural Research Station (PARS). We are currently harvesting Royal Cortland and spot picking MacIntosh and Honeycrisp. There are also some cider apple varieties nearing maturity.
Apple Maturity at PARS for apple collected on September 23, 2019
|Variety||Firmness lbs (range)||Starch (range)||Brix||Color %|
Brix readings are a guide for target sugar levels in fruit. The higher the better, but from year to year there’s quite a bit of variation. Light crops will tend to have higher brix levels, and heavy crops will be on the low end. Honeycrisp are expected to have higher brix. Brix can be measured with a portable refractometer which is available online.
Brix readings on Honeycrisp & other varieties
|all varieties||< than 11||11||12||13|
|Honeycrisp||< than 12||12||13||> than 14|
It’s been really wet everywhere. Grapes are all at E-L 36-37 with intermediate sugar values. I was there early, but didn’t see any insect activity.
|Sept 16||Sept 24|
These photos of grape cultivars at PARS were taken on September 25, 2019.