Yes. me too. Sure still a chance of an error, I would add I like working with dry pollen, so I dry it out. I feel I can handle it easier and such. For just plain pollination for fruit I still like drying it.
I consulted with one professional breeder for help. I find stone fruits rather straight forward. It's much harder with some other fruits. Like brambles. I want to try blueberries, but never worked with those bell flowers,or blueberries, so it may take me a year or two.
I'm excited as I will be getting fruit off a raspberry hybrid of mine this year. I'm almost positive the cross was good from various observations.
For me it's a hobby within a hobby. Just playing having fun. Although this hybrid raspberry looks to be special, the jury is still out, but the impressive growth is very encouraging. I have a few other ideas in crosses for brambles, some for blueberries, and stone fruit. I can see a good possibility I will keep some raspberry hybrids and some peach hybrids, in other words. i expect a few winners, as my goals are not hard, and should be easy to accomplish. Like I like Indian Free and Arctic Glo, so I should like a cross, and maybe it will ripen closer to glo, that is all i want, is an earlier ripening time of a red fleshed peach. Not to trade, patent, or anything like that, just for my backyard..I got three crosses that look like it is Indian Free x Arctic Glo. I didn't do a controlled cross, as any cross is cool with me. Indian Free is not self fertile, so all for sure are crosses. And the seedlings look like it's Arctic Glo, but could be Lucky13 or Spice Zee, but that's fine too! It's a win-win.
With brambles I have done the controlled cross, emasculation, bagging of ovaries, collection and drying of pollen. But with stone fruit no, as I don't really care that much what the crosses are, only for me anyway. Unless it's awesome and I will share scion if anybody happened to want some.
If both parents don't bloom at the same time you can store pollen frozen, as long as it is dry before freezing. So the next year you'll have it on time.