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Guidelines for Placing Apples into CA Storage
Segregate apples into lots at harvest by their storage potential. The following types of apples are not suitable for long-term storage because of their potential for internal breakdown (or developing bitter pit):
After harvest, cool the apples as rapidly as possible. Fruit off the tree mature much faster; with warmer temperatures, fruit begin to ripen sooner. Try to get the harvest from each day into the cooler by nightfall without straining the capacity of your cooling system to the detriment of apples already pre-cooled and in storage.
When using CA storage, the quicker the apples are cooled and the desired atmosphere is achieved, the longer the apples will store and be of good quality upon removal. The longer it takes to adjust the oxygen (O2) and carbon dioxide (CO2) levels, the less effective the length of storage will be. The objective should be to cool the apples and achieve the desired atmosphere within 5 days of initial harvest.
CA storage will not improve fruit quality - place only the best fruit in CA storage. If over- or under-mature or poor-quality apples are put into CA, the result will be poor-quality apples upon removal. Successful CA storage begins with harvesting apples at the proper maturity, followed by rapid cooling and establishment of the CA, then proper maintenance of the desired temperature and atmosphere. In general, the standard CA recommendations range between 2.5%-3% O2 and 2.5%-4.5% CO2 at 0°C-3°C. Due to recent research using new storage technologies and strategies, cultivar-specific CA recommendations have been reviewed.
Table 1 lists CA storage recommendations for commercial apple cultivars in 2012, including storage atmospheres, temperature and approximate storage-life.
Entire facility is A.C. including grading and packing area.
All movements inside the facility are by battery operated forklifts and MHE’S.