Growers Articles

  • Agrivi Wine Management Module

    Throughout the world, grapevine growers are preparing for harvesting. Finished farm operations like pest and disease protection, pinching off leaves near grape clusters, and row maintenance, farmers need to manage on the highest level to have a profitable harvest and quality grapes. Agrivi for Vineyard Farmers Managing a successful vineyard is not easy. Therefore, farmers often ...


    By Agrivi Ltd

  • Lessons learned from potato growers down-under

    Andy Alexander, specialist potato consultant and agronomist, has provided advice across the UK and Australia for over 35 years, and has travelled to the southern continent over 17 times. He explains how adapting to change in a volatile climate has been key to success for growers in Australia, and what lessons UK growers can take from this. “My role is to provide business ...


    By Certis UK

  • Case study - Growers Transplanting, Inc., Salinas, California, USA

    “Sidel Systems approached us about six years ago with a proposal to help reduce our natural gas heating bills by installing one of their SRU condensers. I was very skeptical. I had heard claims from vendors for everything from retractable curtains to boiler tubulators and found them to be greatly exaggerated with respect to fuel savings. However, two years ago when we needed to replace a ...


    By Sidel Systems USA Inc.

  • Proactive approach to slug control recommended to potato growers

    If left untreated, slugs can cost the potato industry £53 million each year. With predictions of a high pressure slug season ahead, and the potential damage these pests can do to a crop both physically and financially, Robert Boothman, commercial director of Boothmans Agriculture, explains how to keep one step ahead of the pest. “The milder, wet winter and lack of ground frosts ...


    By Certis UK

  • Development of a regionally sensitive water‐productivity indicator to identify sustainable practices for sugarcane growers

    Standards that credibly and effectively certify sustainable commodity production are important to both producers and consumers. Agriculture is the dominant user of water worldwide, so water sustainability in agriculture is an area of particular interest. In conjunction with Bonsucro, a sustainability standard setting body for the sugarcane sector, an indicator was developed to ensure that ...


    By John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

  • Microbrewery and Craft Beer brewers could face hop shortage

    We’ve mentioned how we’re supplying more and more cone bottom tanks to microbreweries and craft brewing companies. This week, the Financial Times reports that the industry could face a challenge in the form of a shortage of hops this year. That’s because the key growing areas in the USA and Europe are experiencing blistering heat, something that is threatening this year’s ...


    By ENDURAMAXX

  • Ethanol and agricultural groups send USDA a letter in favor of ethanol funding

    On March 26, 2015, a group of ethanol and agricultural groups sent a letter (the industry letter) to the U.S. House of Representatives Appropriations Committee's Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration and Related Agencies to express their strong opposition to including certain language harmful to the ethanol industry in the Fiscal Year 2016 ...


    By Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

  • Climate, vulnerability and farming: a preliminary study among Australian food growers

    The present study examines climate change, vulnerability to climate, and other environmental challenges from the perspective of 80 horticulture operators from different Australian states. Vulnerability in the form of storms and droughts are respondents’ main environmental concerns; in some cases, the impact of wildlife displacement is affecting their production outputs. In addition, substantial ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Plene - increasing yields case study

    PLENE is an innovative yield-increasing technology for sugar cane, due to be launched in 2011. PLENE sugar cane segments are treated with seed care applications to protect them in early growth stages. Planting is faster and easier than conventional methods. This will reduce the costs of sugar cane planting by 15 percent per hectare. Our development team is working with leading agricultural ...


    By Syngenta

  • Pumps supplied to UK`S largest turf grower case study

    One of the UK's largest Turf Growers with over a 2000 acre farm, recently contacted T-T to assist in the supply of bespoke pumping equipment. T-T were contracted to design a control panel to operate two contractors' KRS 2-69 pumps, via a generator as the pumps were to be situated in a remote area. Being installed into an existing concrete chamber, the pumps also had a requirement to be duty ...


    By T-T Pumps Ltd.

  • A NEW ELECTRONIC timekeeping software makes it easier for growers to track employee hours in the field during harvesting

    A NEW ELECTRONIC timekeeping software makes it easier for growers to track employee hours in the field during harvesting. Offered by Winter Haven-based Propak Software, the software streamlines the process of recordkeeping for both regular and H2A laborers. "This is the best solution that exists in the ag industry," says Rick Montney, Propak Software’s vice president. "Tablet signature ...


    By ProPak Software, LLC

  • AgriTech

    A NEW ELECTRONIC timekeeping software makes it easier for growers to track employee hours in the field during harvesting. Offered by Winter Haven-based Propak Software, the software streamlines the process of recordkeeping for both regular and H2A laborers. "This is the best solution that exists in the ag industry," says Rick Montney, Propak Software’s vice president. "Tablet signature ...


  • Multiple sources of local knowledge: a global review of ways to reduce nuisance from the beneficial weaver ant Oecophylla

    The weaver ants Oecophylla smaragdina and O. longinoda are abundant in tropical Asia, Australia and Africa. Although local people and a handful of scientists appreciate the benefits these tree-dwelling ants bring in terms of medicinal and food source, protection of tree crops, and enhancement of fruit and nut quality, Oecophylla has one major drawback: it also bites people. Perception of this ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Gender and agricultural sustainability: case study of Colombian coffee

    This paper investigates how gender-based marketing strategies for Colombian coffee have affected gender roles and the economic and social advancement of women producers. In order to meet the demands of a European roaster interested in coffee produced by women, a Colombian coffee cooperative developed a female growers' program in 2000 which has grown into an association of 344 women. The study ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • New market channels for a non-food agricultural product. The development of an alternative supply chain for the bergamot citrus in Calabria, Italy

    The bergamot, a typical fruit of the Italian region of Calabria, contains an essence that is a basic component for the perfume industry. In the last decades bergamot sector declined dramatically, because of the introduction of an artificial substitute of the essence and for the producers' fragmentation. After describing the evolution of the industry and of the supply-chain structure, the paper ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Is genetically engineered technology a good alternative to pesticide use: the case of GE eggplant in India

    Are pesticides used efficiently in eggplant cultivation? Is Genetically Engineered (GE) eggplant a good alternative to pesticide use? Building on the literature on damage control specification for production functions, we estimated the pesticide productivity for eggplant, using data from a farm-level survey conducted in Maharashtra, India. Even though the intensity of pesticide use by Open ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Ethical Supply Chains in the Cocoa, Coffee and Tea Industries

    Ethical trade is an increasingly popular approach that allows companies to manage the social and environmental dimensions of their supply chains. Yet is it able to benefit poor producers and workers in developing economies, particularly those who outside of industrial production systems?This paper examines how ethical trade is being applied to smallholder tea, coffee and cocoa growers in Asia, ...


  • Business Developments

    SAN FRANCISCO BUILDING RAISES BAR ON SUSTAINABILITY The design by KMD Architects for a new l2-story headquarters of the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission will demonstrate energy efficiency, water recycling and reduced carbon footprint. “Our intent from the beginning was to create the most energy-efficient building,” says PUC manager Anthony Irons. The $178 million, 254,000-sq ft ...


    By BioCycle Magazine

  • Enhancing competitiveness, product quality and market integration of small mussel growers: a South African case study

    The key proposition in this paper is that the competitiveness of small firms operating in emerging economies and producing highly perishable products (e.g. mussels) is largely contingent on their ability to contend with high Transaction Costs (TC). The study examines the role of contracting in reducing TC associated with small-scale mussel farming in South Africa. Market risks, uncertainties, ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Growing Media compost - fact sheet 9 - use of composted material in growing media for professional growers

    Untitled Document Composted material boosts sustainable growing media Composted material can be a ...

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