The calculator is designed to accept input from any one of
4 estimating methods:
- Total weight for the entire block. This is the least
time consuming and requires a keen eye and knowledge of the grove, to be
able to estimate accurately.
- Total weight per acre/hectare. This input will provide
the information to calculate the production for the entire block. The
estimator should have a unique capability observe and come up with an
- Average weight per tree. Pickers usually are good at
estimating how many picking-bags-full are on an average tree. The calculator
will multiply this average by the total trees in the block.
- Fruit count by the standard sizes. The standard sizing
are relevant to the type of container the fruit is shipped in 25 lb / 11.34
Kg lug used in the US, 4, 5.5 and 6 Kg tray used in Europe and Asia,
respectively. Actual fruit counting is required except for the unexportable
sizes and grades in the 4, 5.5 and 6 Kg trays. Here total weight (not fruit
numbers) in kilograms of unexportable fruit needs to be inputted to be able
to calculate total production of the block. Remember that this is per tree
input and could be rather tedious. The level of detail depends on the
estimator need for accuracy. Each block estimate is the average of 1 to 25
individual tree samples. The computer calculates the total production for
the block by averaging the individual tree samples. It is important to note
that when more trees are sampled the accuracy increases.