Peach grower crafts mechanical bloom thinner

12/06/2012 09:41:00 AM
Vicky Boyd

mechanical stone fruit bloom thinnerVicky BoydPhil Miller demonstrates the 'Cinch' mechanical bloom thinner.Phil Miller, owner of Miller Produce, Manistee, Mich., drew from his personal experience as a peach grower to develop the Cinch, a mechanical peach, cherry and nectarine bloom thinner.

It consists of tubing fingers inserted up and down a 5/8-inch aluminum pole.

Attached to a half-inch drill, thinner removes extraneous blooms between the popcorn and full bloom stage.

Growers will still have to use a crew to hand thin later, but the process will go much faster because workers won't have to remove nearly as much fruit, Miller says.

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Montana  |  December, 14, 2012 at 10:16 AM

Great idea for a few backyard trees but it seems like in a commercial orchard you would go though dozens of batteries a day. Someone needs to design one that runs off a small backpack style 2 cycle engine.

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