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Burg Machinefabriek hosts client/demo days
On Friday the 12th, and Saturday 13th of December, Burg Machinefabriek held its client/demo days in Kruiningen. Although the factory held an open day just two years ago, when the new building was opened, the company's 60th anniversary was reason enough to host another one.Everywhere in the building, machines.....
US onion export down but new initiatives underway
The current low onion prices are a reflection of major production areas such as Idaho, Oregon, and Washington having slightly increased acreage this year. With increased onion supplies throughout 2014, the quality of onions is still above average, while shrinkage has decreased. Idaho, Oregon and Washington.....
UK: Simple idea increases harvester output
Built in Holland and imported by Standen Engineering, the MT14 is designed to effectively turn a two-row harvester into a four-row harvester.The unit works by lifting potatoes out of the two outer rows (to the left and right of the tractor) and depositing them between the two centre rows (underneath the.....
Harvesting aids a boon for Honey Gold mangoes
Honey Gold mango producer, Piñata Farms Pty Ltd, has launched the Australian mango industry's first custom-made harvesting aids and introduced night picking at its Northern Territory farms.Managing director, Gavin Scurr, said three bespoke harvesting aids, designed to maintain fruit quality and prolong shelf.....
Italy: Patented system for "window" clipping
Sometimes innovation comes from simple things, and this is exactly the case forAgri.Com Servicewho, at Interpoma 2014, presented their CKP 250, a clipping machine produced byFa.Ma. Pruning, which even received a special mention form the National committee for technical innovation FederUNaCoMa during the.....
Italy: Robots, automatic machinery and tractors for apple growing
Many companies presented their new agricultural machines at Interpoma 2014.Walter Hass, tree-growing consultant forSudtiroler Beratungsringand fruit-growing machinery specialist, explained the pros and cons of mechanisation.Inside a modern tractor(Presentation: Hass).Of course mechanisation makes work easier.....
Optical sorting machine for washed potatoes
It was during Fruit Logistica in Berlin that machine builder Miedema was approached by Swiss Müller Azmoos from Weite. The consumption packer of carrots and washed potatoes was searching for the latest sorting technology in potatoes, ultimately ending up at Miedema’s stand. The latter, although not usually.....
Italy: Calderoni weeding solutions
Since it was established in 1975,Calderoni Rolandodistinguished itself for the innovation it brought to the fruit and vine growing sector, and to the mechanical inter-row operations in particular.At Interpoma 2014, FreshPlaza met with Alessandro Calderoni (in the photo below), who talked about the latest.....
India: Automatic harvesting machine for potato farmers
For the progressive potato farmers of Doaba region of Punjab, the advanced technology of automatic potato harvesting machines could be a viable option to deal with issues such as migrant labour shortage, need for standardization and minimizing the damage to yield.Demonstrations of the imported machines are.....
The new orchard platform by Sorter
During the last international fair, Fruit Attraction 2014 in Madrid, one of the exhibitors was Polish company Sorter, the only company in Poland and Middle-East Europe producing complete technological lines for sorting, packing and palletizing fruits and vegetables. Sorter’s policy is to provide complete.....
Willem van der Does (BG Door): "Saves time and improves shelf life"
International interest in drying units of ginger
When ginger arrives in Europe, the problem is often that the product contains too much moisture. "So it is important to further dry the ginger. This can be done by unloading the ginger, drying it and repackaging it, but that is laborious and requires a lot of space. You can have the ginger stacked separately.....
US (WA): Labour worries spur automation effort
The robotic orchard crew is probably some time away, but as Washington apple production increases, the tree fruit industry is feeling an urgent need to automate in order to reduce its dependence on workers.Washington State University and the Washington Tree Fruit Research Commission are collaborating on a.....
Czech Republic: Financial support for agricultural machinery and insurances
The Support and Guarantee Agricultural and Forestry Fund (PGRLF) in collaboration with the Czech Ministry of Agriculture, has set the amount of aid provided to growers under the financial support and insurance programme. The basic interest rate on loans for the purchase of agricultural machinery has been.....