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Guillermo del Carril, from DELCAVID SA:
Argentina: "Chinese market to boost grape production"
China: a market with better returnsArgentina's Ministry of Agro-industry, the National Health Service and Food Quality (Senasa), and the Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine (AQSIQ), confirmed this week that both countries had reached an agreement regarding the terms of the.....


Turkey: Tart cherry growers struggle to find buyers
The region of Kutahya is famous for producing tart cherries. This year growers had high hopes for the season, but the present situation is worrying them. In Kutahya’s Hisarcik district, the season started with prices at 1.20TL, in the last few days this has fallen to 1TL and now the district’s only tart.....

AgroFresh helps Israeli growers improve apple crop
On July 18, AgroFresh Solutions, Inc. announced that it has received approval in Israel for Harvista 1.3 SC. AgroFresh is now able to help apple growers in Israel obtain better crop quality, reduce loss, and improve yield margins within their operations through the application of its pre-harvest product,.....

UK: Kent cherries sent to the Queen
Cherries from Hernhill in Kent were sent to Her Majesty the Queen last week from the Dawes family’s crop, after the Mount Ephraim Fruit Farm was recognised at the Kent County Show.Sandys Dawes and his son, Will, picked up best in show for their produce in the 86th National Cherry and Soft Fruit Show, which.....


Salvi Vivai produces 120 million strawberry plants a year
On 16th July 2016,Salvi Vivai opened its doors to showcase all the operations leading from the creation of parent plants to the commercialisation of strawberry plants. The company produces around 120 million plants every year, 100 million of which are produced in Italy (trays, minitrays, modules,.....

Good yield of late varieties
Franconia fruit farmers expect an average cherry harvest
Fans of the German sweet cherry can be happy: the fruit farmers in the Franconia region (Franken or Frankenland in German) expect an average cherry harvest. Especially late cherry varieties are producing a good yield.Photo: Sweet cherries are the most popular fruit among farmers in the Franconia region. ©.....

NZ: Hawke's Bay's burgeoning apple industry
Jordan James won Hawke’s Bay’s Young Fruit Grower of the Year and the young horticulturist says he sees a great future for the region's burgeoning apple industry."Apples are huge for Hawke’s Bay," he says. "We’re exporting to countries all around the world and that provides good job security. With corporates.....


Good melon and watermelon campaign for Don Camillo
"Despite the few initial problems due to bad weather in spring, the melon season is going well and the fruit has a high quality," explains Ettore Cagna, President ofAgricola Don Camillo. "Producers obtained interesting margins, especially those who chose to trust our Don Camillo Più range."The premium range.....

For new crop year
US (WA): Domex Superfresh Growers expect large sized apples and pears
In Yakima, Washington, Domex Superfresh Growers is gearing up for a new crop of northwest apples and pears. They expect a promotable crop of large sized, flavorful fruit, thanks to optimal spring and summer growing conditions.“Cell division has been terrific, due to another early bloom and moderate spring.....


Turkish trade unaffected despite attempted coup
The Turkish trade has been unaffected and many believe that last week’s attempted coup against President Recep Tayyip Erdogan will have no major effect on the country’s economy.Despite opinions that Turkey faces the prospect of waning economic growth, a struggle to attract international investors and.....

Carlo Fideghelli analyses the problems of the Italian peach sector
Below is the article by Prof.Carlo Fideghelli published on georgofili.info on July 6th, 2016.A consistent number of problems faced by the Italian peach production are structural and it will take time and sacrifice to tackle everything.The consumption of peaches and nectarines in Europe is slowing down.....


High-quality melons are laser-marked at Naturamica
"After a difficult start because of the weather, the melon season seems to have recovered," reports Daniele Lorenzini from Naturamica.Daniele Lorenzini in a melon field"Thanks to the exclusive non-invasive 'Well Brix' analyser by Tokyo's Sumitomo Metal Mining, we can process different data and.....


Fernando Bernal, Wolf Colombia:
"Colombia could complement the production of Spanish melons"
Even though Colombia has the capacity to produce melons, it still isn't recognized worldwide for the harvest of this fruit. The changes in methodology to encourage agricultural crops that the Colombian government is taking could allow this country to become a renowned producer of melons. If we take into.....

French pear production affected by cold spring
According to Agreste, on the 1st July the 2016 pear harvest was estimated at 125,000 tons, 11% below that of 2015. Summer pears have been particularly effected by the cold weather at the end of spring; flowering and fruit setting for these varieties did not occur under the best conditions.The Guyot variety.....

SweeTango apple crop estimated to be up 18%
Members of the Next Big Thing Growers’ Cooperative yesterday released their estimates for the 2016 crop of SweeTango, the sweet, tangy, and remarkably crunchy apple that was developed by the University of Minnesota to feature the best characteristics of the Honeycrisp and Zestar! apple varieties.The.....

Rain didn't hurt July's Texas watermelon production
Several parts of Texas experienced large downpours of rain this summer, but watermelon production around the Dallas-Forth Worth area was not significantly affected by the extra water. Pricing has been kept in check by the abundance of watermelons from southern states, and the market has been steady through.....

Nectarines from Zhouzhi county exported to Russia
The nectarines from Zhouzhi county-- the key fruit county in Shaanxi province, come to the market when summer arrives and the nectarine picking scenes are frequently seen within all the plantation areas. According to Mr. Chen Gang, the deputy director of Zhouzhi County Fruit Bureau, nectarines this year.....

Mexico: Raspberry powder to combat nicotine addiction
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), smoking is one of the leading causes of death worldwide and it is considered an epidemic that kills about 6 million people.Recently, Mexican scientists have discovered a new option of treating nicotine addiction with raspberry powder. Dr. Alfonso Atitlan,.....

World Bank funds project to save Himachali apples
The Himachal Pradesh state government has launched a Rs 11.15 billion horticulture development project funded by the World Bank, to protect the state's Rs 35 billion apple economy which is being threatened by global warming and climate change.This project, spread over a period of seven years, will focus on.....

Afghanistan has high hopes for its grape exports
In Afghanistan's Kanadahar province, fresh fruit businessmen are expecting a higher grape harvest this year and are hoping to export 40,000 tonnes of the fruit worth millions of dollars.Although the harvest of grapes has yet to gain momentum, around 50 tonnes of the fruit was exported to Pakistan from.....

UK: Half of supermarket apples are a year old
At least half the apples being sold in Britain could be up to a year old, because the foreign varieties we eat are being stored in a way that prevents them ripening as they are shipped to the UK, the Daily Mail reports.Asda has admitted that some varieties of apple it sells as fresh were actually picked.....

Good expectations for 2016/17 pear campaign
The Coordination Committee of the Pera Interbranch Organisation reunited in Ferrara on July 14th, 2016 to discuss and analyse the results of the survey conducted by CSO Italy on the 2016/2017 pear campaign.70% of Italian pears are cultivated in Emilia-Romagna - 448,000 tons in total, i.e. 13% less than 2015.....

Indonesia presents potential market for Aussie pears
A session at the 2016 National Horticulture Convention last month covered retail and consumer research; of particular focus during that session was Project Blush, a research assignment looking at consumer taste preferences for pears in Indonesia, carried out by research organisation, Colmar Brunton. The.....


Slight delay for soft fruit in Val Martello
Val Venosta is not only the land of apples - the strawberry season is also picking up pace. We analysed it with Phili Brunner, production manager for MEG, a cooperative part ofVIP - Val Venosta."We have harvested 25% of the fruit and volumes are in line with last year. The season started well, albeit.....

HoneySweet (C5) - the first Sharka-resistant transgenic plum
After 10 years, an international research group has finally developed the first plum genetically resistant to PPV (Plum Pox Virus), a.k.a. sharka.The gene that encodes the PPV protein was separated from the virus and inserted into the plum's DNA. The transgenic shoots (coded as C5) were placed in vitro to.....


Bertus Schipper (Zoutewelle) on the good start to the Italian grape season:
"Seeded grapes remain popular among ethnic customers"
The Italian grape season started early and well this season. "The Peruvian and Chilean season was over quickly and the Egyptian season also ended quickly due to the high temperatures, which meant that Italy and Spain started on an empty market. This week we started with the seedless grapes," says Bertus.....


2.5 million boxes of cherries shipped in 7 days
Through July 14th, the Northwest cherry industry shipped 18,511,530 boxes (20-pound equivalent). While daily volume has dropped below 300,000 boxes there are still promotions in place in both domestic and export markets. "Over the past 7 days, we’ve shipped 2.5 million boxes, at an average rate of 358,000.....

Weather pushes back French melon season
A late-arriving summer resulted in sluggish demand for melons in France, but that same late summer has also affected production. With demand and the supply of melons starting off slow this season, growers and shippers are having an okay season.“The French melon market has not been so bad,” said Jerome.....


Signature high-altitude cherry harvest starts under full moon
In the life of a cherry grower, it’s not every day that everything aligns just as you would want them to. However, for fourth generation Stemilt cherry grower Kyle Mathison and his high-altitude “Moon cherries,” this year’s harvest is shaping up exactly the way he would prefer if he could have scripted.....

Large sized apples and pears expected for new crop year
Domex Superfresh Growers is gearing up for new crop northwest apples and pears. They expect a promotable crop of large sized, flavorful fruit, thanks to optimal spring and summer growing conditions. “Cell division has been terrific, due to another early bloom and moderate spring and summer temperatures,”.....


Chinese early grape variety targets national market
"Even though Hutai n.°8 grapes are only harvested mid August, preparations already started in May. After last years' promotion, a lot of pre-orders are expected," says Mrs. Qiang Yading from Napian Senlin Agriculture in Xi'an.Hutai n°8Hutai n°8 are a grape variety from Hu county in Shaanxi Province. They are a.....

Switzerland:
Organic fruit increasingly popular
In 2015 38,382 tons of organic fruit was sold in the Swiss supermarkets. This is an increase of 5,494 tons (16.7%) compared to the previous year. The increase of organic bananas was 1,530 tons.Source: Bundesamt für Landwirtschaft (Federal Office for Agriculture) BLWBananas and apples are sales leadersIn 2015.....

Turkey: Organic mulberry production expands
Turkey’s Tunceli Province is located in the middle of the Eastern Anatolia Region; studies are underway there to increase organic mulberry production.Organic farming trials began in the Cemizgezek district. On the back of the trials, growers found suitable production techniques, and together with organic.....

Before it was imported from the United States
Puerto Rico harvests 3 million pounds of watermelon
There's nothing better than eating a piece of watermelon to cool down once the summer heat arrives. It is a juicy, sweet, colorful fruit, and almost 93% of it is water. Thus, it is low in calories and very refreshing.Its consumption has become so popular that Puerto Rico, which used to import the fruit from.....

French apple harvest estimated to decrease by 6% in 2016
According to Agreste, the 2016 apple harvest should reach 1,504,000 tons, 6% below that of 2015. The Minister of Agriculture states that “orchards have a one to two week delay in vegetation compared to a normal year,” due to the cold weather at the end of the spring.In the Centre region and Aquitaine, these.....

Poland: blueberry area doubled in five years
High sales prices and a lot of demand for blueberries are giving producers of this fruit excellent prospects for the future. According to the figures of the Polish Institute for Agricultural Economics the total area of blueberries in Poland has doubled in the last five years. Now these fruits are grown on a.....

South Africa: Fruit growers set sights on Italy
South Africa's R30bn fruit industry is exploring new markets for expansion; Italy in particular has been identified as a good prospect.To promote trade and investment between the fresh fruit sectors of Italy and South Africa, Fruit SA, an industry body representing local growers, and the Associazione.....


Christel de Roock, Teughels:
"First ready to eat French nectarines"
Supplying ready to eat products has increased in recent years. Besides exotics, more and more 'normal' fruit is being supplied RTE, so that the consumer can immediately eat the product after purchasing it in the supermarket. As of recently, Teughels from Brussels is offering nectarines of the brand Bayard,.....


US (MI): Best blueberry supply in 3 years
Supply is looking good for Michigan’s blueberries – the best it has in three years now that the bushes have recovered from the hard freeze three winters ago. “Weather has been reasonably good. They got out of the gate early this year too,” said Jerry D’Amore, a consultant for First Pick Farms. “The southern.....


Turkey: After frost and hail, apricot growers hit by rain
During the religious Eid holiday, Malatya, Turkey’s famous apricot growing region was hit by heavy rain as growers were harvesting their fruit and leaving it out to dry. After already suffering through frost and hail, the rain caused huge damage.The rain began on the first day of the holiday and continued.....


Melon production in transition
Melon production in the Southwest is winding down as harvesting picks up in California's Central Valley. Growers are pleased with this year's quality as more growers are looking to new melon varieties to woo consumers.“Arizona production will wind down during the next week,” said Barry Zwillinger, owner and.....

For use on apples, pears and selected fruits, veg
US: EPA approval for next generation postharvest technology
On July 11, Decco/ESSENTIV announced EPA registration of TruPick, the next generation in 1-MCP technology for apples, pears, and selected fruits and vegetables for postharvest freshness management, which delivers just-picked quality by controlling the undesirable effects of naturally occurring ethylene.....


Frans Buijsrogge on new machinery Burg Machinefabriek:
"Really clean crates through using a brushing unit for the crate washer"
Buijsrogge Fruit is mainly specialized in the storage of pears for third parties (5.5 million kilos), in addition to its own production business and farm shop. "We are focussed on the long term storage of Conference pears," says Frans Buijsrogge. It always is a race against the clock to clean the plastic.....


China: Early Shangdong apples ready for harvest
The early-ripe apples of Linyi in Shandong province are ready for harvest. This is the first harvest of the 2016 apple production season.According to local fruit farmers, the apples are an imported variety. The early-ripe apples are bi-coloured. Normally they go on sale in mid of July for a month. It is the.....

Spain: Carrizales wants to double its production of organic melon
When the members of the Community of Irrigators from Carrizales hold one of their melons, they are aware they are holding a gourmet product. The problem is that they don't have enough water resources to plant more melons. According to their president, Fernando Anton, farmers are generating links with other.....

Argentina to export table grapes to China
The National Health Service and Food Quality (Senasa) and the Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine (AQSIQ) reached an agreement regarding the terms of the phytosanitary protocol for the export of fresh table grapes from Argentina to China. The meeting took place within the.....

Russian fruit, vegetables growers ask for VAT reduction
Russian producers of fruit and vegetables are asking the government to reduce value added tax by 8%, according to REN-TV. In theory, this should lead to cheaper goods on the shelves. However, greedy middlemen could profit from it, and the Ministry of Finance is reluctant to lose profits, even at the expense.....


Open Field Days in Giumarra Vineyards
The ARRA Open Field Day held on July 7th kicked off ARD's summer events in Giumarra Vineyards, Bakersfield, California. Shachar Karniel, breeder of the ARRA varieties, guided the guests throughout the dayEvery year, the ARD breeding site opens its doors to growers from around the world. The event attracts.....

South African farm successfully grows cold-loving strawbs
Cappeny Estates farm in Ballito, a town about 40 kilometers north of Durban is making history: strawberries, which generally grow best in low temperature climates, are thriving there.When former project manager Xolani Gumede and his wife started the farm in 2013 in a hot and humid region seen to be hostile.....


Val Venosta and Greefa work together on new grader
Now that the 2015/16 apple season is over and the next one is about to begin, Texel, a cooperative part of VIP Val Venosta, can make an assessment of the first year it has been using the newGreefagrading machine. With its 10 processing lines, the machine handled around 7 thousand wagons. New Greefa grader.....


Majores melon season has started at Agricola Campidanese
The Majores melon cultivated in Sardinia by the Agricola Campidanese PO is quite peculiar. It is a piel de sapo melon, but it is round and weighs between 1.3 and 2 kg. A true speciality that, despite having been introduced quite recently, has already raised interest both in Italy and abroad.We discussed this.....


US: Strawberry harvest robot gets patent approval
Harvest CROO Robotics is developing and testing the latest technology for agricultural robotics – an automated strawberry picker to help alleviate the labor shortage the industry is facing. Its first U.S. Patent approval marks one of Harvest CROO’s milestone accomplishments. The Pitzer Wheel,.....


Large fruit size & good tonnage for British Columbia’s blueberries
Despite nearly three false starts to British Columbia’s blueberry season, Fraser Valley growers have been blessed with large crops. “The crop is large and now we’re packing around rain. But quality has been excellent so far and the size of blueberries compared to last year have been much larger,” said Rhonda.....


Weather delaying Central California table grape season
“High temperatures the last week of June and first week of July made getting a full day's work impossible. This caused a stutter start to our summer programs,” explained Louie Galvan of Fruit Royale, based out of Delano, California.Fruit Royale specializes in over a dozen varieties of red, green, black.....

US apple industry learned from listeria outbreak
When it turned out that the cause of a listeriosis outbreak in 2014-15 was connected to some batches of commercially produced, packaged, whole caramel apples, the US' apple industry learned an important lesson. The listeria monocytogenes bacteria contributed to at least three of the seven deaths that were.....

US (NC): This year's blueberry crop a good one
North Carolina's grocery stores are full of blueberries these days, and if you look closely, the labels will show many were grown and packaged in North Carolina. It's a $58.2 million industry in the state.The state is a top ten producer of blueberries and this year's crop is a good one. Most of the high-bush.....

Natural solution to extend post-harvest life of fruit, veg
AgroFresh signs distribution agreement with BotanoCap
AgroFresh Solutions, Inc., a provider of produce freshness solutions, has signed an exclusive global agreement with BotanoCap to distribute its proprietary natural solution to improve storage stability and extend the post-harvest lifespan of fruits, vegetables and flowers."This global distribution agreement.....

Turkey plans to boost Black Sea blueberry growing
Forestry and Water Affairs Minister, Veysel Eroglu, reports that the ministry is preparing an action plan to establish blueberry orchards in the Black Sea Region up to 2019. The plan also aims to increase the diversity of agricultural products grown in the region.120,000 seedlings to be distributedThe action.....

Turkish farmers upset with peach prices
Inegol is situated in Turkey’s Bursa province. The Isaoren neighbourhood there is famous for its peaches which have started to be harvested. The prices are low, while the yield is high; from the orchards the peaches are sold for between 1-1.5TL, whereas the growers want at least 2-2.5TL.Although the yield is.....

Turkey: Tart cherries profitable in difficult economic times
Tart cherries are Turkey’s most popular fruit for processing. Growers of tart cherries in Turkey are pleased that growing the fruit is easier than growing sweet cherries and they’re earning well. In Turkey the fruit is processed into jams, marmalades, compotes and alcoholic liquors.Kutahya region in Afyon is.....

New high quality blueberry for Arkansas growers
The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture fruit breeding program has released its third blueberry variety, ''Norman''. The new variety offers a firm, tasty fruit suitable for all berry markets.“Norman” was officially released in late 2015. The new blueberry is a southern highbush variety with.....

In spite of some blight, PEI blueberries still look good
The cold, damp weather in June has caused low levels of the botrytis blight on P.E.I.'s blueberry crop. However, overall the crop is still looking good."We do have low levels of botrytis blight but it's really dependent on weather conditions," said Chris Jordan, berry crop development officer and provincial.....

US: Final 2015 apple crop figure down 2% on original estimate
The USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) final estimate for the 2015 apple crop was published in the July 6 edition of Noncitrus Fruits and Nuts. This final figure was pegged at 238.2 million bushels, down two percent from the original Aug. 12, 2015, estimate of 242.2 million bushels.While.....

China: Rain drenches melon business
July is the peak season of water melons, but not this year. The cold and rainy weather of late has drenched the watermelon business. The price of the watermelons is a lot cheaper than the same period last year.The bad sales of this year are a normal phenomenon. The rain decreases the amount of sugar in the.....


New varieties revolutionize consumption of seedless grapes
"We're having a hard time meeting Europe's high demand for grapes"
The table grape season in the coast of Murcia started on June 6 for Grupo El Ciruelo, one of the Spanish companies that starts harvesting the earliest thanks to their extra early varieties."We started harvesting the seedless white grapes we grow on the coast, which we cover with plastic to advance their.....

Switzerland: organic fruit more and more popular
The Swiss retail sector sold 38,382 tons of organic fruit in 2015. That is 5,494 tons more than in the previous year (+16.7%). For example, the sales of organic bananas have increased with 1,530 tons.Source: Bundesamt für Landwirtschaft BLWBananas and apples bestsellersIn 2015 18,676 tons of organic bananas.....


Interview with Domenico Paschetta
Good start for Ortofruit Italia
"It looks like it will be a positive campaign in terms of quality and prices," reports Ortofruit Italia President Domenico Paschetta.Consumption has increased this year too, and the blueberry campaign started really well with good prices. "The first varieties are over and we are waiting for the late.....

Steady market, pricing a little low for watermelons
The Fourth of July holiday brought the usual spike in sales this year, though prices were a little low when compared to past years. Production in the West is centered in California, where the Central Valley's growers are harvesting a steady supply of fruit.“Demand was very good for the Fourth of July, though.....

Blueberry sales, consumption continue to climb
The North American Blueberry Council (NABC) reports that per capita blueberry consumption in North America grew almost 50% between 2010 and 2015. Moreover, according to Mark Villata, the executive director of U.S. Highbush Blueberry Council, "The interest in blueberries from the consumer side is continuing.....

Technology boost for Queensland farm
A fruit and vegetable farm near Bowen, Queensland, is expecting to increase productivity by up to 20 per cent, as well as create 15 new jobs, by installing new, cutting-edge technology. The installation is made possible through a grant of $400,000 grant from the Coles Nurture Fund.Family business Rocky Ponds.....