Do you remove all fruit from the grounds? I hope you use a tarp so you aren’t throwing them in a container and wasting time.
I have a feeling you’ve figured that out.
I hate thinning- it is especially difficult when I’m thinning my own trees because I tend to waste too much time trying to leave only the biggest fruit. Probably best to make some effort to do so but let her rip and tear through the trees so fruit falls like rain- at least when you have a large established orchard.
My first full time helper worked in a commercial orchard for ten years and taught me how to do that.
If anyone wants to camp out here and thin fruit for $25 dollars an hour- I’m hiring. Just started thinning my clients fruit yesterday, and even though apple set is relatively modest (after last years bumper crop) stone fruit is making up for it. In this economy it’s impossible to get competent temporary help.