Aug 17, 2020
REDpulse Pneumatic Defoliator free demonstration set for Aug. 19

The REDpulse Pneumatic Defoliator uses jets of air currents to physically remove leaves from apple trees, thereby increasing sunlight penetration and significantly improving red color distribution on the fruit.

According to a news release, Jim Schupp at the Fruit Research and Extension Center (FREC) in Biglerville, 290 East University Drive, Biglerville, PA 17307-9585, has obtained a REDpulse pneumatic defoliator for testing purposes, courtesy Provide Agro Corp.

Initial tests at selected locations in the United States and Canada have suggested the defoliation process is effective and does improve quality. Schupp will be testing this device in the FREC orchards this August to independently measure color response to the defoliation and to test the fruit for signs of bruising caused by debris striking the apple surface or by the fruit being forced against surrounding branches.

Two free public demonstrations of this system are scheduled for Wednesday, Aug.19, from 1 to 2 p.m. and from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Aug. 20 is the rain date. The demo will be of interest to any orchard owner or manager selling apples for fresh consumption and to vineyard owners and managers since this system was originally designed for the winegrape industry. People interested in observing this system in action must register in advance for a one-hour time slot at The REDpulse Pneumatic Defoliator Demonstration site and must agree to follow all COVID-19 safety protocols. Contact Daniel Weber,  for additional information.

Please be aware that each demo is capped at a maximum of 25 individuals and that no walk-ins will be permitted. Please register early to save your spot! If both demonstrations reach capacity, a waiting list will be created and an additional demonstration time will be established if over ten people are on the waiting list.

Register here for the REDpulse Pneumatic Defoliator Demonstration 

The REDpulse Pneumatic Defoliator. Photo: Penn State  University

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