The first method is to reduce the number of bunches on the tree. This is accomplished by simply cutting off the excess bunches. This method is quick and easy to do, but for the best results it needs to be performed in conjunction with at least one other method. Some varieties such as the Barhi, do best with around 15 bunches per tree. While others,such as the Medjul, do best with 20 bunches per tree.Because they will be thinned heavier later on. The best bunches to remove are the ones that are already damaged (the ones with deep gashes in the stalk or are disfigured), or bunches that are too close together and will crowd each other out later on, resulting in poor quality fruit.
The most important thing to remember when thinning in this manner is to have protection for your thumb and index finger. Without protection you will rub them raw before you finish your first tree. Most people wrap their fingers with athletic tape to protect them, I prefer to put a layer of super glue on my two fingers. Now who wants to thin dates?