Canopy management for hot climates

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 I thought I’d show the pruning technique I’m trying that I learned from Chano. The idea is to arrange/prune the morning side of the rows so they are vertical, for maximum sunlight exposure. Long canes are placed to overhang the afternoon side of each row, which is the left side of each row in the pictures. The intent is to protect the fruit from the heat of the afternoon.
The first shot is along one row showing a vertical wall of canes on the right side, and a more bushy left side. The next shots show the morning side of all rows, followed by the afternoon side.
I positioned all canes the best I could, then resorted to pruning those that couldn’t be positioned where needed.

The row on the far left was left very long to make up for the fact that there’s no adjacent row to the left.