Berry Farming Articles

  • Introducing Dr. Beatrice Amyotte, Small Fruit Germplasm Development Program

    The berry breeding program at the Agriculture and AgriFood Canada (AAFC) Kentville Research and Development Centre in Kentville, Nova Scotia, is now the Small Fruit Germplasm Development Program. The new approach to plant breeding will allow the fruit industry to be more involved in the release of new Canadian varieties of strawberries, raspberries, blackberries and grapes that are developed ...

  • Fruitful results from a true IPM approach

    Paul Roberts, co-founder and partner of Ashdown Nursery, established nearly 30 years ago, grows approximately 160,000 strawberry plants for co-operative, Berry Gardens, in greenhouses covering 1.6 hectares. “This year, we’ve had to deal with a significant increase in the number of spidermite, thrips and whitefly,” explains Mr Roberts. “Over the years, I have used a ...


    By Certis UK

  • 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

  • How Coffee Rust Affects The Coffee Industry Worldwide

    The coffee rust epidemic has reached a lot of countries all over the world and has been a major problem and threat to coffee plantations all over the world. The rust organism mainly attacks the leaves (though in some rare instances the rust was found on fruits and young stems.). The coffee rust is usually manifested by chlorotic young lessions or pale yellow spots before the sporulation is ...


    By BioNovelus Inc.

  • Top 5 Methods to Protecting Cherries from Birds

    Not only do humans like to snack on cherries, but birds do, too! Birds love cherries as a food source, even before they are ripe. A mixture of preventative methods should be implemented to keep pesky birds away from your precious cherries. Follow these tips for the best ways to protect your cherry crops or trees from birds: 1. Install Netting One effective way ...


    By Avian Enterprises, LLC

  • Biopesticides Examined for Role in Field Production

    Biopesticides deserve respect. Once derided as snake oil, today’s products have proven benefits in suppressing pest organisms. Whether they activate plant defenses, parasitize or inhibit pathogen growth or make the environment less favourable to disease, they can play an integral role in crop protection. While the greenhouse sector first excelled at incorporating biopesticides in controlled ...

  • How to Grow Berries in the Backyard

    Buying fruit from the grocery store can be expensive! Berries can be especially expensive because they have a quick expiration date and require extra care so they do not get damaged. Growing your own berries is easier than you think and can save you money in the long run. These tips for how to grow berries can help you make the most of your own personal berry garden. Growing Tips for ...


    By Avian Enterprises, LLC

  • Calibrating frozen products

    Frozen products are processed to an exact size for further processing in the food industry to ensure consistent quality in the final product. Object: plant for calibration (size reduction) of frozen fruits, berries and vegetables Industry: semi-processed foods Objective: frozen products are processed to an exact size for further processing in the food industry to ensure consistent ...


    By Gericke

  • Success Story Blueberry Hill and Heagan Farms, USA - Case Study

    Two major blueberry farms in the southern states of North Carolina and Georgia depend on BEST Sorting’s PRIMUS systems to quickly and efficiently inspect harvested product, improve the quantity of highly profitable fresh berries, reduce customer turndowns and improve overall sorting productivity for a wide range of economic benefits. Blueberry Hill Farms, Inc., is a 450 acre operation in ...


    By TOMRA Sorting GmbH

  • Let the kids go wild outdoors

    A number of international studies have shown that children in developed nations spend an average of 55 hours a week indoors using electronics. Even though this means that the youth in these countries are techno-savvy, it often results in them spending less and less time outdoors. How do we change this, and get our kids to experience the wonders of nature, develop creativity and learn to ...


    By green24

  • Nondestructive measurement of grapevine leaf area by ground normalized difference vegetation index

    Vine leaf area index has a great impact on berry quality. This study was conducted to determine whether vine leaf area index could be estimated, and mapped through normalized difference vegetation index (NDVI) ground-based measurements. The NDVI measurements were performed using a Greenseeker (N-Tech Industires, Ukiah, CA and Oklahoma State Univ., Stillwater), pointed sideways at the vertical ...

  • Analysis of scaling-up resistances from leaf to canopy using numerical simulations

    A multi-layer model, combining Lagrangian dispersion at the canopy level with Ohm's Law analogy at the leaf level, was used in numerical simulations to assess the leaf-to-canopy scale translation of surface resistances. The model produced unique profiles of fluxes and scalar concentrations that satisfied both the dispersion and leaf models. Environmental factors and canopy architecture were ...

  • European red spider mite - an environmental consequence of persistent chemical pesticide application

    The European red spider mite, Panonychus ulmi, is a major pest in almost all fruit growing regions of the world (Hardman et al., 1985). Spread of P. ulmi to most apple-growing areas has probably been caused by the distribution of nursery stock carrying winter eggs. This mite is stated to be an important secondary pest (due to the effects of chemical sprays killing natural enemies) of commercial ...

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