Generally, yields from plants that have adequate nutrition during vegetative growth do not respond to additional nutrition during fruit development. However, applications of nitrogen during the later stages of fruit development may increase vegetative growth of developing suckers. This can be important when good sucker growth is required, where suckers are to be harvested for planting material or to optimize ratoon yields. When other nutrients such as boron, iron or calcium, are deficient, their addition may increase fruit yield or quality, or both.
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