Why calcium is so important to fruit and especially avocado

By Jaques Landman Technical Manager AT New Zealand / AT Australia East Coast Calcium deficiency It is widely accepted that a sub-optimal supply of calcium (Ca), causes many physiological disorders in fruit, defi ciencies in plants are seldom visually noticed. Disorders such as blossom end rot in tomato and pepper, bitter pith in apples, jelly […]

Blueberry flowers

By Jaques LandmanTechnical ManagerAT New Zealand / AT Australia East Coast Over the past five years, global blueberry consumption has doubled to reach 650 000 tons per annum. Indications are that it is set to double again during the next five years, reaching a global consumption rate of 1,5 million tons per annum. As the […]

Why do irrigated fruit crops perform better on some soils?

By Marnus FerreiraHead of Soil SciencesAgri Technovation This article aims to better explain the intricacies of how soils behave under irrigation in a scientific yet practical way. Due to the massive variation in soil types that exists in areas of Southern Africa, we experience variation in irrigated fruiting crop performance. To better expand on this […]

Avocado: What is happening in spring

By August KrugerHorticulturalistAgri TechnovationPhysiology Research Center With higher mean temperatures and the in- creased length of daylight that accompany our seasonal transition from winter to spring, the stage is set for the next important step in annual avocado tree phenology, fruit set, cell division and cell enlargement. Integral physiological processes – the precursor to the […]

New technology will help achieve more regular cropping

There is a new technology causing a stir among international fruit growers. This ground-breaking innovation monitors a fruit tree’s carbohydrate status, allowing for timely corrective action, if needed, to ensure an optimal harvest. The technology – developed by frontier global agricultural company Agri Technovation and branded as ITEST™ CARBOHYDRATES – is especially effective in addressing […]

Quality and control system upgrade ready for peak season

By Gerhard Nel, Head of Process Engineering, Agri Technovation     Agri Technovation continuously explores ways of improving the quality and ensuring consistency of our range of dry and liquid foliar, fertigation and soil applied specialist nutrition products.   Following major capacity increases and the launch of numerous new products over the past five years, […]

Use of phosphate (and potassium) biofertilisers on soils high in phosphates

By Stefan van Wyk (PhD), Head of Biological Research and Product Development, Victus Bio, Agri Technovation   Phosphorus (P) is a macronutrient required for the proper functioning of plants. Because phosphorus plays vital roles in every aspect of plant growth and development, deficiencies can reduce plant growth and development. Phosphorus is the second most important macronutrient required […]

Blueberries: Fruit quality

By Agustin Verdugo. Senior Horticulturalist: Latin America   The challenge Considering the popularity of blueberries, it is a key requirement for blueberry producers to produce the best possible fruit in terms of quality and condition that has the capacity to travel and reach the shelves of overseas supermarkets. Currently however, one of the major challenges faced […]

ITEST Carbohydrates.

Written by Enzo Jansen Van Rensburg (BSc. Agri) The exciting and new leaf and root carbohydrate (CHO) analysis technology was launched in March 2020 by Agri Technovation. The technology is ground-breaking and based on scientific research developed over many years.  The Analysis programme is as far we have established a first in the world. Even […]

Challenging our current view of orchard performance.

Written by Erald Smith, Head of Services at Agri Technovation “Great things are done by a series of small things brought together.” – Vincent Van Gough. Paraphrased to bring these wise words closer to home: “Great harvests are achieved by doing a series of small things right throughout the season”. Some key practical questions flow […]