vegetable harvesting Articles

  • Knowledge of Farm Practices – The Key for Successful Farming

    Agriculture plays an important part in the world economy. One-third of the economically active population obtains its livelihood from agriculture. In Asia and Africa, millions of small-scale farmers, fishermen, and indigenous people produce most of the food consumed worldwide, in most cases on very small plots of land. Agriculture is increasingly called upon to address a wide range of critical ...


    By Agrivi Ltd

  • Modelling the success of fruit and vegetable marketing

    Previous research showed marketing and consumption losses of fruit and vegetables in Brazil to be 18% of turnover. This study develops a scoring guide that can assist commercial establishments and households in evaluating and mitigating the loss potential for fruit and vegetables within their operations. The scoring model separately addresses losses related to products and losses related to ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Effect of ethylene on fruits and vegetables rotting

    In the latest edition of Bioconservacion's Partner Meeting with all its partners from the post-harvest sector, we had the good fortune to have Professor Emeritus Ron Wills from the University of Newcastle in Australia. Dr Wills, with over 50 years experience researching agronomy, agriculture and post-harvest techniques is undoubtedly a leader in the sector and one of the great experts on ethylene ...


    By Bioconservacion SA

  • The Challenge of Ethylene Absorption: Extend Shelf Life of Fruits and Vegetables

    Partner Meeting 2016 The Challenge of Ethylene Absorption: Extend Shelf Life of Fruits and Vegetables In February we once again held our international meeting for all post-harvest partners. This year we had speakers from throughout the world, with extensive knowledge and professional experience, to discuss different topics of utmost importance for developing our lines of ...


    By Bioconservacion SA

  • Use of the AccuPAR ceptometer to quantify effects of riparian vegetation removal on stream energy balance

    When the vegetation along a stream bank is removed, the solar load on the stream increases. This results in increased stream water temperature. Elevated stream temperatures degrade freshwater habitats, shifting species composition, and often endangering some of the species that live in the stream. An increasing awareness of this problem has led to thecreation of riparian strips to shade streams ...


    By Decagon Devices, Inc.

  • Plant growth regulator effects on balancing vegetative and reproductive phases in alfalfa seed yield

    The use of plant growth regulators (PGRs) has opened new prospects for increased seed production in grasses and legumes, but little information is available on the effects of PGRs on alfalfa (Medicago sativa L.) seed production. This study was conducted to evaluate the effects of applying chlormequat chloride (CCC) (2-chloroethyl-trimethyl-ammonium chloride) in combination with five PGRs ...

  • Assessment of pasture biomass with the normalized difference vegetation index from active ground-based sensors

    Calculating forage availability is challenging for managers of grazing systems due to the spatial heterogeneity of swards. Remote sensing applications may help to overcome this problem through estimates of biomass made with reflectance data. The objectives of this study were to (i) estimate herbage mass using an active, on-the-go, ground-based, narrow band sensor to calculate the normalized ...

  • Biomass harvesting: how forest thinning can help prevent wildfires

    Every year, wildfires plague the nation. Once there’s an ignition source, dry foliage in country areas can quickly go up in flames, spreading through woodlands or grasslands quickly. While some wildfires can be small, others can be devastating and blaze through thousands of acres. While there’s no way to predict where wildfires may start, there are ways to minimize the damage of ...


    By Uzelac Industries, Inc

  • Reference: Apples fresh from the wash

    Just in time for the apple harvest: a Polish fruit and vegetable processing plant has opted for technical support in the form of a ProMinent chlorine dioxide system for the efficient treatment of the water used for washing. Problems in production Polish fruit and vegetable processing company Champion Sp. z o.o. is based in Jarogniewice, 40 kilometres south-west of Poznań. ...

  • Hydroponic cultivation of lettuce (Lactuca sativa) using effluents from primary, secondary and tertiary + UV treatments

    ABSTRACTThe aim of this study was to evaluate the potential cultivation of lettuce (Lactuca sativa) with domestic wastewater effluents with different levels of treatment from a compact WWTP in Brazil. Vegetables were grown in five treatments: nutrient solution (control), secondary effluent diluted 50%, secondary effluent not diluted, tertiary effluent UV irradiated, and UASB effluent. ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • A machine learning approach to crop localisation using spatial information

    This paper describes an approach to recognise and localise centres of mature lettuce heads in the field when the lettuce leaves obscure the distinctions between plants. This is of great value when using an automatic harvester in cluttered or closely planted vegetation. The aim of this work is to investigate and verify the potential use of spatial rather than visual clues for recognition and ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • The socioeconomic aspects of the construction of an industrial gamma irradiator in the Ribeira Valley, Sao Paulo, Brazil

    Gamma irradiation processing can be used to destroy bacteria in food as a cold pasteurisation method. It can also be applied to prevent food losses after harvesting, to delay the ripening and ageing of fruits and vegetables, to control sprouting and germination, and to extend the shelf life of perishable foods. Radiation treatment is currently used in Brazil for the sterilisation of disposable ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Ethylene Control in the distribution Chain of non-Climateric Fresh Produce

    A scientific study carried out in Australia by the prestigious professor of post-harvest, Dr R.B.H. Wills, has concluded that most non-climacteric fresh produce is kept in the distribution chain in atmospheres with an ethylene level that causes losses of between 10% and 30% of their potential post-harvest life. During the study more than 700 measurements were made of the ethylene level ...


    By Bioconservacion SA

  • Forecasting cotton yield in the southeastern United States using coupled global circulation models

    We developed methods of forecasting cotton (Gossypium hirsutum L. var. hirsutum) yields at a county level 3 mo before harvest for the states of Alabama and Georgia. Cotton yield historical records for 57 counties were obtained from NASS and detrended using a low-pass spectral filter. A Canonical Correlation Analysis regression-based model was annually recalibrated to incorporate the year-by-year ...

  • Bioconservacion in International Banana Congress of CORBANA & ACORBAT

    Bioconservacion ethylene absorption solutions present at the most important banana congress The 6th International Banana Congress, organised by CORBANA and ACORBAT, took place in Miami from 19 to 22 April. It is undoubtedly the most important technical, scientific, agro-industrial and commercial gathering of the banana industry in the world. Experts from around the world spoke of ...


    By Bioconservacion SA

  • Influence of phosphorus and potassium on alfalfa yield, taproot C and N pools, and transcript levels of key genes after defoliation

    Fertilization with K and P impacts alfalfa (Medicago sativa L.) yield, but how these nutrients influence taproot reserves and gene expression is unknown. Our objectives were to determine how P and K impact (i) alfalfa yield and yield components, (ii) accumulation and use of taproot carbon (C) and nitrogen (N) pools, and (iii) transcript levels for β-amylase, sucrose synthase, and the high ...

  • Evaluating multiple indices from a canopy reflectance sensor to estimate corn n requirements

    With the increasing cost of fertilizer N, there is a renewed emphasis on developing new technologies for quantifying in-season N requirements for corn (Zea mays L.). The objectives of this research are (i) to evaluate different vegetative indices derived from an active reflectance sensor in estimating in-season N requirements for corn, and (ii) to consider the influence of the N:Corn price ratio ...

  • On site at Northdown Orchard Organic Farm

    On Saturday 15th of October we were on site with Mike and the team at Northdown Orchard, an existing customer who was kind enough to show us around the farm and let us snap some great photos at his site in exchange for a morning demonstrating our latest stone burier on his tractor. About Northdown Orchard The organic farm is a family run affair and sits on a site of ...


    By Farm Tech Supplies Ltd.

  • Stud case study

    A major vegetable grower in Lantokia, Fiji, using soilless culture systems began to trial Amnite A-100. His crops consisted principally of lettuce, tomatoes, capsicums, cucumbers, zucchinis and melons. Before the trials they had been plagued with root diseases, mosaic virus and insect attack, control of which required constant use of pesticides and ultraviolet lighting. The first trials commenced ...


    By Cleveland Biotech Ltd.

  • Cultivating energy crop production

    A NEW Farm Bill is moving through the Congressional legislative process. Along the way, commercial agriculture is debating the energy impacts of future corn and soybean production. The growth of corn-based ethanol and soybean-based biodiesel has created competition for the feed inputs into animal agriculture, namely corn and soybeans. While most of agriculture discusses energy production from ...


    By BioCycle Magazine

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