Bad weather and cherries - Giovanni Zanzi from Vivai F.lli Zanzi explains that all that can be done against cracking is choosing highly tolerant varieties and/or using anti-rain nets.
"There are varieties that tolerate cracking well, but no variety is entirely resistant. We work with some of the leading groups in the world such as CEP Innovation, Cot International and IPS, all of which boast varieties that offer good guarantees on this front."
Alternatively, orchards can be protected with nets, which seems a very good solution, considering the weather that has swept through Italy over the past few says. "Technological innovation has reached excellent levels when it comes to both nets and supports. Costs are affordable and combining nets and resistant varieties solves the cracking problem."
Growers are already thinking about which varieties to choose and book for autumn transplants. Zanzihas no doubt - varieties with large grades and an excellent flavor.
"Cherries must have a crunchy flesh, high sugar levels and large grades. Our varieties reach and exceed grade 30. Grade 26 is no longer required nor profitable."
Cherry cultivation is still a good source of income, but only if plants are protected against the rain and insects. Using nets and films provides guarantees against cracking, hail and even Drosophila suzukii.
"In case of uncovered orchards, some producers at least pass through plants with an atomizer so as dry up the fruit. Anyway it is more effective to prevent cracking with tolerant varieties and anti-rain nets."