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, a project was […]

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 […]

Carbohydrate levels and how it affects yield in avocado orchards.

Written by Jaques Landman Director & Technical Manager at Agri Technovation New Zealand The avocado (Persea americana) fruit is characterized by its nutritious flesh, which contains an exceptionally high content of unsaturated oil (up to 20% to 30%, fresh weight), and its single large seed. Both the high oil content and the large seed require […]

Why leaf and soil sampling are important for your tree crop.

Written by Jaques Landman Director & Technical Manager at Agri Technovation New Zealand Nutrient deficiency or excess will cause trees to grow poorly and produce sub-optimal yields and/or poor fruit quality. For this reason, diagnosis of potential nutritional problems should be a yearly routine for fruit-growing farmers. Quantifying nutrients in soils and trees (leaf testing) […]

Why your soil type should determine your cultivar and rootstock choice

By Marnus Ferreira, MSc Geology UP, Senior Soil Scientist and Johan de Vries, BScAgric Plant Production and Soil Sciences UP, Head Hortologist (Citrus & Table grapes) Agri Technovation As a producer, soil is your most precious resource. Throughout history, our relationship with soil has determined our ability to cultivate crops and influenced the success of civilizations. This relationship […]