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Wednesday, June 21, 2017

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Mexicali Valley's green onion season going well; quality is good

“No complaints” is probably a statement any grower would be satisfied with being able to say. That’s just the way Brian Church, Vice President of Agriculture Operations feels about their green onion program, produce, which comes out of the Mexicali Valley year round. “Things are going well. Quality is.....

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Sweet potato supplies coming out of California are starting to look slim

“Some things are getting tight,” says Duane Hutton of Livingston, Ca.-based Yagi Brothers Produce Inc. “The reds are tight, the Japanese are tight, we’re probably adequate on the Beaureguards and the sweets.” It is after all on the finishing end of the 2016 crop and awaiting the 2017 crop which probably won’t.....

Costa Rican golf variety having very good volume

Organic pineapple category booming

Veg Fresh has been operating its gold variety pineapple program for about three years in both conventional and organic, and imports crownless pineapples for retail and foodservice customers for processing. “We do a fair amount of both, but the Organic category is booming.Up until now, there has been very good.....

NNZ expands presence in Canada

NNZ, a supplier of packaging solutions for agricultural markets world wide, announced an expansion of their activities in Canada by opening a new office and warehouse in Surrey, British Columbia.The new location “aims to service customers in British Columbia and Alberta with NNZ’s broad portfolio of products.....

Perdue hosts Canadian and Mexican counterparts bracing for NAFTA talks

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue hosted his Canadian and Mexican counterparts for a trilateral meeting on agricultural trade and markets June 20 in Savannah.As renegotiations for the North American Free Trade Agreement begin later this year, Agriculture Minister for Canada Lawrence MacAulay and the.....

Fruit flies eradicated from LA county, US

The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA), the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Los Angeles County Agricultural Commissioner’s office have eradicated a Mediterranean fruit fly (Medfly) infestation centered near the Panorama City area of Los Angeles County, ending a.....

Citrus variety 'Gold Nugget' becoming more appealing for Florida growers

The Florida Nursery, Growers & Landscape Association Citrus Nursery Division held a meeting in Apopka recently. Part of the sidebar discussions among attendees included the amazing health and vigor of the ‘Gold Nugget’ mandarin. NVDMC originally brought the ‘Gold Nugget’ to Florida in hopes of finding an.....

US University project gives free vegetables to students

The University of Wisconsin-Madison has created a food resource that gives students and faculty access to free vegetables that otherwise would be composted or discarded.The UW Campus Food Shed opened last week on the Madison campus. The produce is provided by agriculture researchers at the university and local.....

US vidalia onion farm joins National FFA to inspire young farmers

G&R Farms in Tattnall County, Georgia has partnered with the National FFA to contribute a percentage of sales from its 2017 Vidalia onion crop to enhance educational opportunities for young people who are committed to future farming careers.The new initiative, “Growing America’s Farmers,” was the.....

Cornell University holds contest to name new grape variety

Big on flavor, aroma and size, Cornell’s newest grape lacks one defining feature: a name. Grape breeder Bruce Reisch ’76 spent years developing the grape, and now he’s offering the public the chance to name it.Currently dubbed NY98.0228.02, the grape is a seedless, flavorful berry with the attractive blue.....

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Italy: Single-row nets on traditional orchards

People usually say single-row nets can only be used with wall-type orchards. But what if growers have other types of orchards? Davide Modigliani from Cesenatico, with the help of technicians from Consorzio Agrario Adriatico, decided to modify them to fit his own orchards.The nets installed by Modigliani with.....

Marco introduces new quality control tools to boost productivity

During the CPMA in Toronto recently, Marco, a company which provides technology solutions for manufacturing and packing operations promoted their latest two products, the quality Control Module (QCM) and the Production Data Display (PDD). QCMThe QCM is a configurable handheld system that ensures structured,.....

Nominated for environmental award

Sweden: Rescued Fruits turns waste into premium juice

ICA, along with their business partner for the program Rescued Fruits, has been made finalist for the Nordic Council Environment Prize for coming up with an idea to turn their leftover fruits from their stores and warehouses into a premium juice."In late 2015 I was approached with a business idea all about.....

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Spain: "Exporting plum tomatoes is not attractive"

Currently, most countries in Europe are able to produce tomatoes, which is why companies like Grupo Caicedo believe that "It does not make much sense to export them, because you'd have to compete against the local production of each country with the additional cost of transportation," explains Marín......

Spain: Rising number of Piel de Sapo melon varieties on the market

The search for a product that has the best qualities, a long shelf life, a good taste, strength for transportation, etc., is resulting in an increase in the number of Piel de Sapo melon varieties with every campaign. At the moment, there are about 15 marketable varieties, according to Christian Martínez, of.....

“Future of Dutch organic greenhouse vegetables is in market-oriented cultivation”

Demand for organic greenhouse vegetables is rising. Organic growers’ cooperative Nautilus Organic sees demand from the UK, Scandinavia and even domestic growing steadily. “We receive a lot of requests for large volumes. Regarding new customers, we’re not really expanding any more, but the volume for existing.....

France: Peach, nectarine and pavie production early and plentiful

Despite the frost, peach, nectarine and pavie harvests are expected to see an increase. According to Agreste, on the 1st June 2017, annual peach, nectarine and pavie production is at 215,000 tons, 4% above that recorded last year.The season began slightly early with some damage caused by the frost. However,.....

Good start to French cherry season

According to Agreste, despite the rain, frost and storms, cherry production is on an 8% increase overall. They had to do a lot of sorting of early cherries, such as the Burlat, which is of a small calibre, but later cherries show a higher calibre.French cherry commercialisation started early (at the end of.....

French apple production effected by frost in April

The Minister of Agriculture expects French apple production to plummet by 11% in 2017 compared to 2016. Orchards in the PACA region have been effected by frost in April and loss is between 10-100% depending on the orchard. The first estimations predict a 15% decrease in production over the year.The 2%.....

Hungary: Sour cherry production volume 30% below potential

According to the Hungarian Fruit and Vegetable Interprofessional Organization and Product Board (FruitVeB) and the Interprofessional Organization and Product Board for Apples and Other Fruits of North-Eastern Hungary (ÉKASZ), a record volume of up to 90,000 tonnes of sour cherries could have been harvested.....

90% growth of Turkish fruit and veg exports to Russia between January and May

In the first 5 months of 2017, from 1 January to 31 May, Turkey exported 1 thousand 469 tonnes of quinces to Russia, for which it received 1 million 94 thousand 811 dollars.Besides quinces, a total of 17 different fruits and vegetables were sold by Turkey to Russia in the same period, including lemons,.....

Ukraine: Pilot project to help small growers supply fresh produce to retail chains

A pilot project for the supply of fruits and vegetables to Ukrainian retail chains, which will significantly reduce logistics costs, has been launched in Hola Prystan, in the Kherson region.An agreement for cooperation has been signed by local producers, the US Agency for International Development (USAID), the.....

Russia: Over 600 tonnes of fruit, veg and rice returned by Novosibirsk

The Russian Federal Service for Veterinary and Phytosanitary Surveillance (Rosselkhoznadzor) prevented the entry of over 600 tonnes of fruit, berries, vegetables and rice to the Novosibirsk region, as reported by the press service of the entity. It is known that these batches had been shipped from Kazakhstan.....

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AU: The growing popularity and uses of Queensland carrots

Interest in local carrots is thriving, according to one of Queensland's major grower and packing companies.Kalfresh is preparing to hold its annual Carrot Day this weekend, with a booked-out attendance of 750 people set to visit the farm, as part of Scenic Rim Eat Local Week. Media and Promotions manager Alice.....

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Italy: Red apricots - the secret is in the harvesting

VIDEOA fundamental aspect emerged from the technical day dedicated to the Rubyngo apricot family - it all depends on harvesting. The skin of this fruit tends to be rather acidic and, if harvested too early, the feedback won't be as good.Watch the video on how to harvest red apricotsEnrico Zanzi"This actually.....

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Increasing unified kiwi export through EU programs

The Greek company WIN Development Consultants is involved with several programs aimed at promoting European fruit on foreign markets. Anta Tsaira of WIN has for over 10 years of experience with EU funded programs, with the last three years being mainly focused on agricultural products. “Small Greek companies.....


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Chinese JD.com to grow own vegetablesChinese e-commerce heavyweight Jingdong Group and Japan's Mitsubishi Chemical Holdings have joined forces to raise vegetables in high-tech hothouses for fresh deliveries to consumers in China. Jingdong, best known for JD.com, will start a vegetable factory in the Tongzhou.....

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