INFLUENCE OF DEFOLIATION ON YIELD AND QUALITY OF STRAWBERRIES
Defoliation of 2/3 of the foliage at the early stage resulted in a significant reduction of the crop caused by smaller fruits. There was no significant reduction of fruit size and yield when defoliation took place at a later stage. Defoliation led to a lower content of soluble solids and fruit acids in all treated plots. Thus insurance companies have to take into consideration intense foliar damages only of more than 50%.