Crop Harvesting Articles

  • Effect of AgraGel T-400 on tomato crops, U. of Valparaiso, Chile - Case Study

    Introduction At present, a great part of vegetable production in Chile is dedicated to industrial agronomy and one of the most important products is the tomato crop for industrial processing. Chile has a capacity of 180,000 tons of tomatoes per year, which is equivalent to 12,000 hectares of crop land. Among canned products tomato paste represents 38%. This is an important employment ...

  • Grapes Dehydration for Raisins Production in Turkey

    Raisins are produced commercially by drying harvested grape berries. In order for a grape berry to dry, water inside the grape must be removed completely from the interior of the cells onto the surface of the grape where the water droplets can evaporate. However, this diffusion process is very difficult because the grape skin contains wax in its cuticle, which prevents the water from passing ...


    By Azeus Food Machinery

  • Farm Practices to Preserve Fruit Quality After Harvesting

    The success of a farmer’s effort in crop production depends largely on the final phase of production, which is often followed by post-harvest losses that can reach up to 50%. Reducing this waste could improve global food production, and increase overall farmer’s profit. Activities that are carried out just before harvesting may have a major influence on final production. Post-harvest ...


    By Agrivi Ltd

  • 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

  • A Breakthrough in Monocot Transformation Methods

    The ability to generate transgenic plants without regard to cultivar or genotype can be considered a holy grail of cereal crop transformation. Despite years of effort, it has been remarkably difficult to develop efficient methods for transformation of cereals. The preferred methods generally involve Agrobacterium-mediated transformation of cultured tissue or immature embryos, followed by callus ...


    By H Smith Plastics LTD

  • Bangladesh Garlic & Ginger Processing

    Garlic is one of the most important spice crops of Bangladesh, and it is the most widely used and cultivated Allium next to onion. Due to the climatic limitation in the country, garlic usually grown during the winter season, between mid-November and December. It is important to develop and use appropriate technology for processing garlic and ginger products in Bangladesh, because there is no a ...


    By Amisy Machinery

  • Wholesale arable change leads to tight slug control

    "Eight years into implementing a zero-till policy across the farm, we’re seeing improved yields of 10 tonnes per hectare for our first year wheat, and five tonnes per hectare on winter beans. We’ve also noticed that we continue to see year-on-year improvements to soil structure and crop yields. “The winter beans have been extremely valuable in the rotation to ensure nitrogen and ...


    By Certis UK

  • Seasonal slug pressure warning – crops at greater risk

    Crops face a greater risk of slug damage and if left untreated, this can become extremely expensive for farmers, and is estimated to cost the potato industry up to £53 million per year*, as any slug damage reduces saleability and ultimately profitability of a crop. Slugs are most damaging to potatoes during the early stages of tuber bulking, which is starting to happen now. So make sure you ...


    By Certis UK

  • Benefits of Ethylene Removal in the Conservation of Peaches and Nectarines.

    A recently-published scientific article has shown the benefits of ethylene removal with Bioconservacion technology for the quality and shelf life of peaches and nectarines. The main causes of post-harvest losses of peaches and nectarines include metabolic changes, reduced firmness of the flesh, mechanical damage and physiological disorders (internal browning). Peaches and nectarines are ...


    By Bioconservacion SA

  • Case study - Benefits of ethylene removal in the conservation of peaches and nectarines

    A recently-published scientific article has shown the benefits of  ethylene removal with Bioconservacion technology for the quality and shelf life of peaches and nectarines. The main causes of post-harvest losses of peaches and nectarines include metabolic changes, reduced firmness of the flesh, mechanical damage and physiological disorders (internal browning). Peaches and nectarines are ...


    By Bioconservacion SA

  • 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

  • A call to conserve crops’ wild cousins

    Wild cousins aren’t always appreciated at family gatherings. But when it comes to crops, the opposite is often true: Plant breeding has historically relied on genes from plants growing in the wild as a source of diversity that can be introduced into crop plants to produce new crop varieties that are more resilient, nutritious and productive than those currently cultivated. As human ...


    By Ensia

  • 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

  • Stochastic analysis of rainfall and its application in appropriate planning and management for Eastern India agriculture

    Rainfall analysis is essential for agricultural crop planning and water resources management, especially under water scarcity conditions. The 36 years (1977–2013) of rainfall data for Kharagpur were analyzed for characterization of different seasonal events. The Weibull's formula predicted the probability of mean onset on 23rd standard meteorological weeks (SMW) (3rd–9th June) and withdrawal ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Advancements In Algal Biomass Yield, Phase 2 Funding Announced

    On January 15, 2016, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced up to $15 million in funding for the development of algal biofuel intermediate technologies. Technology applicants should be likely to produce 3,700 gallons of algal biofuel intermediate per acre per year on an annualized ...


    By Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

  • New study shines a light on bird loss due to illegal logging in Ghana

    The combination of legal and illegal logging in southwest Ghana’s tropical forests is having a devastating impact on bird populations in the region, according to new research published recently in the journal Biological Conservation. Between 1995 and 2010, logging in the Upper Guinea rain forest ...


    By Ensia

  • Development and comparison of four methods for the extraction of antibiotics from a vegetative matrix

    Studies have shown the potential for antibiotic uptake into food crops from irrigation water and soils containing pharmaceuticals. The objective of this study was to develop and compare methods quantifying uptake of antibiotics in food crops. Four methods were evaluated utilizing freeze and thaw cell lysing (FT), mechanical maceration (MAC), tissue sonication (SON), and microwave assisted ...


    By John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

  • Robust method for estimating grain yield in western Kenya during the growing seasons

    Uncertainties caused by climate change and population explosion require suitable methods for estimating grain yield during the growing seasons. This paper evaluates the applicability of the AquaCrop model in the region of western Kenya. The objectives of the study were to: simulate the long-term maize crop yields for the region using AquaCrop model for variable climate scenarios, and estimate ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Marginal value of natural water in agriculture: a study in the suburbs of Mekelle City, Ethiopia

    In areas where markets for natural water are lacking, information on its marginal value can be an important tool for proper pricing to achieve efficient allocation of the resource. This article investigates the marginal value of natural water (rainwater used as a proxy) in agricultural crop production in the suburbs of Mekelle City, Ethiopia, by econometrically estimating individual value ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • A comprehensive approach to reduce disaster risk in which care for people and nature go hand in hand

    Multiple times a year, severe tropical storms and typhoons hit the Philippines. Fortunately, the population is very resilient. After each disaster, they reconstruct their lives with creative solutions. But due to climate change and increasing pressure on ecosystems, the number of natural disasters and their impact are only expected to increase. Working together to better protect communities ...


    By Wetlands International

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