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Ideal growing season for Tas onions

Ideal growing season for Tas onions

Tasmania has provided ideal growing conditions for onions so far. Field Fresh’s early onions in Hagley are going well, planted in the first week of May they will be ready for lifting just after Christmas.

These will be set for export mid to late February.

The winter this year was mild and it has not been nearly as wet as in the past few years, the company says all crops are doing well.

The crop sown in July are also doing well and the red onions are looking good, FieldFresh plan to lift these at the end of the year, for export in February.

For more information:
Delabie Luc
Field Fresh Tasmania
P: +32 56 37 31 23 
E: [email protected]

Publication date: 12/19/2014
Author: Nichola Watson
Copyright: www.freshplaza.com


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Ideal growing season for Tas onions

Ideal growing season for Tas onions

Tasmania has provided ideal growing conditions for onions so far. Field Fresh’s early onions in Hagley are going well, planted in the first week of May they will be ready for lifting just after Christmas.

These will be set for export mid to late February.

The winter this year was mild and it has not been nearly as wet as in the past few years, the company says all crops are doing well.

The crop sown in July are also doing well and the red onions are looking good, FieldFresh plan to lift these at the end of the year, for export in February.

For more information:
Delabie Luc
Field Fresh Tasmania
P: +32 56 37 31 23 
E: [email protected]

Publication date: 12/19/2014
Author: Nichola Watson
Copyright: www.freshplaza.com


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Local PMA Fresh Summit ideal for California Avocado Commission

The California Avocado Commission is putting plans in place for the Produce Marketing Association Fresh Summit that will be held in CAC’s “backyard” at the Anaheim Convention Center Oct. 17-19. With the venue so close to California avocado groves, CAC expects many local growers to attend the show and will have a grower in its booth to answer attendee questions about the growing practices of the fruit.

CAC’s Fresh Summit Booth No. 2438 will focus on the care and craftsmanship that goes into cultivating California avocados and everything the new California avocado label represents.Michelle-Dudash-large-horizMichelle Dudash The label was introduced this year to help consumers distinguish the origin of the fruit at point of purchase. Consumer videos titled “A Look Behind the Label” and valuable avocado category data will be presented to existing and potential California avocado customers at the venue.

“CAC welcomes retailers and other Fresh Summit attendees to visit the California avocado booth to sample delicious avocado dishes, learn about the California avocado ‘fresh to market advantage’ and get a preview of our 2015 plans,” Jan DeLyser, CAC vice president of marketing, said in a press release.

Michelle Dudash, a registered dietitian nutritionist and author, will be in CAC’s Fresh Summit booth to share delicious, nutritious dishes featuring California avocados.

Dudash is an award-winning nutritionist and Cordon-Bleu-certified chef who is a frequent guest on television and radio shows. She is a best-selling author, whose three principles for everyday food choices, “clean, fresh, and fast,” were the foundation for her book, “Clean Eating for Busy Families.” Dudash, a fan of California avocados, has served as a commission nutrition spokesperson for the past three years.

CAC also will be active on social media in advance of and during PMA Fresh Summit, leveraging event activities to connect with California avocado fans.

“CAC has participated in PMA’s Fresh Summit for more than 30 years and has experienced the benefits from strengthening connections and making new ones through networking and events,” said DeLyser. “The California Avocado Commission team is really looking forward to continuing that experience this year in our own backyard.”

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USApple’s Summer Selfies show apples as ideal summer fruit

U.S. Apple Association is encouraging individuals to photograph their favorite summer moments with an apple in hand through its “Summer Selfie” social media and PR campaign.

apsusme“Apple Summer Selfie,” which launched July 1, encourages individuals to snap and share selfies in a summer setting with their favorite apples or apple products to celebrate the fruit’s convenience and taste during the warmest months.

Throughout the seven-week campaign (June 30–Aug. 15), while educating consumers about apples’ perfect role as a summer snack on its social channels, USApple will encourage fans to post their “Apple Summer Selfie” to its Facebook page.

The Apple Summer Selfies can be photos of apple lovers enjoying summer by themselves — or with friends or family — with an apple or apple product in hand or on their plate.

USApple will share fan selfies on its Facebook page and other social channels throughout the campaign and will choose at least one fan’s photo each week to win a special prize from one of the campaign partners: Brooks Tropicals, Dizzy Pig BBQ, Lee’s Famous Recipe Chicken and Tajin.

“The peak of summer has traditionally been a quieter time for USApple as our growers prepare for harvest,” Wendy Brannen, USApple’s director of consumer health and public relations, said in a press release. “This year, we decided to change that by reaching out to apple lovers where they are most likely to be found this time of year — on the go and using their mobile devices — and remind them in a fun way that apples’ portability makes them the ideal fruit for summertime adventure.

“Selfie was the 2013 Oxford Dictionary ‘Word of the Year,’ so we’re going to use that to the apple industry’s advantage,” Brannen said in the release. “We look forward to seeing our social channels filled with apple selfies — from apples in-hand on a long hike to warm and gooey in a fried pie to cocktails poolside.”

USApple will accompany the Facebook contest with a PR outreach campaign, sharing apple summer recipes and health facts that underscore apples’ convenience, nutrition and role as the ideal summer fruit.  Meanwhile, the promotion will be cross promoted by participating partners.

For more information, visit www.Facebook.com/USApples.

The Produce News | Today’s Headlines – The Produce News – Covering fresh produce around the globe since 1897.

USApple’s Summer Selfies show apples as ideal summer fruit

U.S. Apple Association is encouraging individuals to photograph their favorite summer moments with an apple in hand through its “Summer Selfie” social media and PR campaign.

apsusme“Apple Summer Selfie,” which launched July 1, encourages individuals to snap and share selfies in a summer setting with their favorite apples or apple products to celebrate the fruit’s convenience and taste during the warmest months.

Throughout the seven-week campaign (June 30–Aug. 15), while educating consumers about apples’ perfect role as a summer snack on its social channels, USApple will encourage fans to post their “Apple Summer Selfie” to its Facebook page.

The Apple Summer Selfies can be photos of apple lovers enjoying summer by themselves — or with friends or family — with an apple or apple product in hand or on their plate.

USApple will share fan selfies on its Facebook page and other social channels throughout the campaign and will choose at least one fan’s photo each week to win a special prize from one of the campaign partners: Brooks Tropicals, Dizzy Pig BBQ, Lee’s Famous Recipe Chicken and Tajin.

“The peak of summer has traditionally been a quieter time for USApple as our growers prepare for harvest,” Wendy Brannen, USApple’s director of consumer health and public relations, said in a press release. “This year, we decided to change that by reaching out to apple lovers where they are most likely to be found this time of year — on the go and using their mobile devices — and remind them in a fun way that apples’ portability makes them the ideal fruit for summertime adventure.

“Selfie was the 2013 Oxford Dictionary ‘Word of the Year,’ so we’re going to use that to the apple industry’s advantage,” Brannen said in the release. “We look forward to seeing our social channels filled with apple selfies — from apples in-hand on a long hike to warm and gooey in a fried pie to cocktails poolside.”

USApple will accompany the Facebook contest with a PR outreach campaign, sharing apple summer recipes and health facts that underscore apples’ convenience, nutrition and role as the ideal summer fruit.  Meanwhile, the promotion will be cross promoted by participating partners.

For more information, visit www.Facebook.com/USApples.

The Produce News | Today’s Headlines – The Produce News – Covering fresh produce around the globe since 1897.

USApple’s Summer Selfies show apples as ideal summer fruit

U.S. Apple Association is encouraging individuals to photograph their favorite summer moments with an apple in hand through its “Summer Selfie” social media and PR campaign.

apsusme“Apple Summer Selfie,” which launched July 1, encourages individuals to snap and share selfies in a summer setting with their favorite apples or apple products to celebrate the fruit’s convenience and taste during the warmest months.

Throughout the seven-week campaign (June 30–Aug. 15), while educating consumers about apples’ perfect role as a summer snack on its social channels, USApple will encourage fans to post their “Apple Summer Selfie” to its Facebook page.

The Apple Summer Selfies can be photos of apple lovers enjoying summer by themselves — or with friends or family — with an apple or apple product in hand or on their plate.

USApple will share fan selfies on its Facebook page and other social channels throughout the campaign and will choose at least one fan’s photo each week to win a special prize from one of the campaign partners: Brooks Tropicals, Dizzy Pig BBQ, Lee’s Famous Recipe Chicken and Tajin.

“The peak of summer has traditionally been a quieter time for USApple as our growers prepare for harvest,” Wendy Brannen, USApple’s director of consumer health and public relations, said in a press release. “This year, we decided to change that by reaching out to apple lovers where they are most likely to be found this time of year — on the go and using their mobile devices — and remind them in a fun way that apples’ portability makes them the ideal fruit for summertime adventure.

“Selfie was the 2013 Oxford Dictionary ‘Word of the Year,’ so we’re going to use that to the apple industry’s advantage,” Brannen said in the release. “We look forward to seeing our social channels filled with apple selfies — from apples in-hand on a long hike to warm and gooey in a fried pie to cocktails poolside.”

USApple will accompany the Facebook contest with a PR outreach campaign, sharing apple summer recipes and health facts that underscore apples’ convenience, nutrition and role as the ideal summer fruit.  Meanwhile, the promotion will be cross promoted by participating partners.

For more information, visit www.Facebook.com/USApples.

The Produce News | Today’s Headlines – The Produce News – Covering fresh produce around the globe since 1897.

New canary seed is ideal for gluten-free diets in celiac disease

June 19, 2013 — A new variety of canary seeds bred specifically for human consumption qualifies as a gluten-free cereal that would be ideal for people with celiac disease (CD), scientists have confirmed in a study published in ACS’ Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry.

Joyce Irene Boye and colleagues point out that at least 3 million people in the United States alone have CD. They develop gastrointestinal and other symptoms from eating wheat, barley, rye and other grains that contain gluten-related proteins. Boye’s team sought to expand dietary options for CD — which now include non-gluten-containing cereals like corn, rice, teff, quinoa, millet, buckwheat and sorghum.

They describe research on a new variety of “hairless,” or glabrous, canary seed, which lacks the tiny hairs of the seed traditionally produced as food for caged birds. Those hairs made canary seed inedible for humans. It verified that canary seed is gluten-free. Boye also noted that canary seeds have more protein than other common cereals, are rich in other nutrients and are suitable for making flour that can be used in bread, cookies, cakes and other products.

The authors acknowledge funding from the Canaryseed Development Commission of Saskatchewan.

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  1. Joyce Irene Boye, Allaoua Achouri, Nancy Raymond, Chantal Cleroux, Dorcas Weber, Terence B. Koerner, Pierre Hucl, Carol Ann Patterson. Analysis of Glabrous Canary Seeds by ELISA, Mass Spectrometry, and Western Blotting for the Absence of Cross-Reactivity with Major Plant Food Allergens. Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, 2013; : 130617150432002 DOI: 10.1021/jf305500t

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“Coco coir ideal substrate to propagate citrus trees in greenhouse”

Uri Roudman from Pelemix
“Coco coir ideal substrate to propagate citrus trees in greenhouse”

Citrus tree propagation in a cocopeat hydroponic growing system emerged from the idea to get a plant that does not suffer stress in the transplant from the nursery to the field. “Today this practice is being implemented by more citrus nurseries in The USA,” said Uri Roudman from Pelemix. “The catalyst for the use of coir is the citrus greening disease that is threatening the US citrus production.”

Spreading of the disease in Florida and California has called for rapid action by the agricultural and plant protection agencies and today all commercial nurseries in the USA are required to grow indoors in controlled greenhouse environments providing isolation from contamination for new trees.

This new growing system has challenged the nursery growers to rapidly adapt to the new situation and growing conditions, the first challenge is how to grow a good quality tree in this new environment.

Coir seemed to be a substrate that could help them to propagate a tree with following properties.

  1. Excellent root health
  2. No stress when transferred to the field and no post – planting stress.
  3. Less plantation losses due to lower pressure coming from transport, handling, planting and plant acclimatization.
  4. High uniformity in the nursery and in the field.
  5. A robust root ball (filled absorbent hairs that enshrine the coir) that can be planted at any time of year.
  6. Ideal for replanting and dubbing, done at any time of the year.
  7. Minimum stress during transport because the root ball – which still contains water and nutrients – makes reserves available to the plant and allows the plant to be fed for a considerable period of time.
  8. Exportable product. Coir that makes up the root ball plant passes phytosanitary requirements of customs.
  9. The plant can stay longer “above ground” due to the autonomy that provides the root ball, so incidence involving plantation problems (rains that preclude, lack of labor, mechanical failures, … ) are lower with this type of plant.
  10. It avoids the typical “J” rooting that takes place when it’s in a pot. Once planted in the field, the root grows quickly in all directions.


Gradually this system was improving on the one hand, the culture technique (tillage adjustment, crop cycle and especially the nutrient solution at each stage of the crop), and on the other hand, the formats and grain size of substrate that were adapted to get a product which, not only has advantages for the end customer, but also provides great advantages for the nursery.

  1. Drastically reduced the crop cycle in the nursery. There are cases of getting the citrus seedling in less than 6 months.
  2. In the same area, in the same period of time one can produce larger a quantity of plants.
  3. Losses are reduced. The pattern has almost no stress on the transplant from bedding plants to the coir.
  4. Graft yield increases. With fertilization control we have the ability of controlling the grip of the grafts.
  5. Reduces the typical diseases of soil.
  6. Improves the homogeneity of the plant.
  7. It increases performance in obtaining high-quality plant.
  8. Due to the short production time, “work on request” is now a possibility.



Based on experience gained regarding the citrus cultivation kit, Pelemix LTD. has developed the cultivation kits for olive trees and fruit trees tropical and ornamental trees with the same advantages obtained in citrus.

For more information:
Pelemix
Uri Roudman
USA Territory Manager
+ 972 545684600
USA Cell: 510 3040096
[email protected]
www.pelemix.com

Publication date: 8/27/2013
Author: Boy de Nijs
Copyright: www.freshplaza.com


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