Funding call open from 4th May inviting Plant science and technology focussed researchers with a particular interest in addressing horticultural crop quality (fruit, vegetables and potatoes) and postharvest food loss
to apply for research funding.
Pioneers in robotics and automation will have an unprecedented opportunity to engage with the US fruit and vegetable producers as part of an initiative between Agri-TechE and Western Growers Association (WGA).
A technique developed and tested by Cranfield University for measuring the ripeness of avocados using vibrations could reduce waste by up to 10% and help fulfil consumer demand for ready-to-eat fruit.
Results from a datalogger – the shape of a fruit – have unveiled how fresh produce is damaged on processing lines. Insights from ImpacTrack could help reduce the estimated 40 million tonnes of fresh produce that are being wasted each year in Europe; because it doesn’t meet strict quality control standards.
Farmable is a mobile app designed specifically for top fruit, which is fruit grown on trees such as apples and pears. All data from field operations are collected in one place and form the basis for a digital model of the farm to support decision making.
Lars Blikom, is the Farmable CEO and co-owner of one of Norway’s largest fruit farms he was looking for simple and pragmatic software to bridge the current gap between spreadsheets and robotics when he came up with the concept for Farmable.
Farmable’s mission is to offer horticulture farmers a simple, user-friendly way to capture and organize their field data. Initially, the product will allow users to map fields, take scouting notes (with GPS coordinates and images), document crop treatments and track harvest volumes back to the field level.