Carbohydrates in wine grapes. The future?

Wine Grapes

Carbohydrates in wine grapes. The future? by Dr Elmi Lötze (Head of ITEST™CARBOHYDRATES and ITEST™LEAF) and Christoff van der Westhuizen (Horticulturist) Plant status and carbohydrates The role of non-structural carbohydrates (sugar and starch) in plant performance is well known in literature, also in viticulture (Martínez-Lüscher and Kurtural, 2021). However, the application of this information at […]

Build your own soil puzzle and unearth the soil’s full potential

Soil

Build your own soil puzzle and unearth the soil’s full potential by Schalk du Plessis, Senior Soil Scientist and Coenraad Janse van Rensburg, Data Scientist Unlock the full soil potential  To date Agri Technovation has achieved great success with soil precision services performed locally and internationally. The ITEST™SOIL and MYSOIL CLASSIFICATION™ services have made it […]

The crucial role of formulation in the efficacy of nutrient foliar products

Foliar

The crucial role of formulation in the efficacy of nutrient foliar products By Rochelle Thuynsma, Head of Products: Technical and Dr. Elmi Lötze, Head of ITEST™CARBOHYDRATES and ITEST™LEAF Introduction Foliar-applied fertilisers have become an integral and significant part of sustainable and productive crop management worldwide. Successful application of nutrients in permanent crops has been reported […]

Almond mineral nutrition

Almonds

Almond mineral nutrition by Antonio Perez Ortiz, Senior Agronomist Agri Technovation, California Considerable research has been conducted on the fundamentals of mineral plant nutrition for almond trees. The objective of this article is to provide a concise overview of the knowledge gained by the industry and to offer insights on what producers need to consider […]

Tree crops: Soil variation and its impact on irrigation strategies

Irrigation

Tree crops: Soil variation and its impact on irrigation strategies     by Gareth Glasspool, Senior Soil Scientist and Marnus Ferreira, Head of Soil Science Most producers over-irrigate As controversial as this may sound, it is true. To avoid this, all factors that impact irrigation must be understood and considered when deciding on an irrigation strategy. The […]

In-furrow application: Excellent option for producer and plant!

In-Furrow application

In-furrow application: Excellent option for producer and plant! by Heinz Oellermann, Head of Grains, Agri Technovation The sustainable way forward These days farming practices are largely technologically driven. Technology comes at a cost however and should therefore be utilised effectively to ensure optimal return on your investment. A practice already widely used in the USA […]

Carbohydrates and flower development in avocados

Carbohydrates

Carbohydrates and flower development in avocados by Dr Elmi Lötze (Head of ITEST™CARBOHYDRATES and ITEST™LEAF) and Wilmé Brown (Plant Physiologist) Flower development requires energy Avocado trees flower in abundance, though only a small percentage of these flowers set and develop into mature fruit. This process is influenced by carbohydrates and plant hormones. Carbohydrates (sugar and […]

SoluPHOS™ offers a solution for macadamia orchards that will suit your pocket

Macadamia

SoluPHOS™ offers a solution for macadamia orchards that will suit your pocket by Riaan Brummer, Senior Agronomist, Agri Technovation Fertiliser prices necessitate effective application With the current price of macadamia nuts, it is now more important than ever to get the best value from your fertiliser. Large amounts of fertiliser are repeatedly applied over the […]

The ITEST™ CARBOHYDRATES analysis program – a new tool for citrus growers

By Erik de Vries, Agri Technovation’s Joint CEO  Introduction  Photosynthesis is a process used by plants to convert light energy (sunlight) into chemical energy that can later be released to fuel the plant’s activities. This chemical energy is stored in carbohydrate molecules such as sugars, which are synthesised from carbon dioxide (CO2) and water (H2O). The hydrogen […]

Citrus vs the salt of the earth

LJ Venter & Markus van Renssen (Horticulturists, Agri Technovation)  The challenge of salinisation Soil salinisation presents a serious challenge in areas with a semi-dry climate. Saline soils lead to a variety of complications, especially in citrus, which could have a direct or indirect impact on the producer’s pocket. Where soils are irrigated with high-salinity water (high […]