The company has scheduled two web seminars on the meter and the testing process on July 30, the official release date of the product. Earlier this year, the company introduced a similar meter, for testing avocados.
"Our goal has always been to help producers make better decisions at harvest,” Scott Trimble, Felix Instruments marketing director, said in a news release. “Utilizing the Mango Quality Meter means more actionable data, the ability to reduce time and labor, and the complete elimination of the need to destroy fruit for testing."
Felix Instruments, Camas, Wash., developed the meter with Kerry Walsh, a professor at Central Queensland University, Australia, and Jorge Osuna-Garcia of the Instituto Nacional de Investigaciones Forestales Agricolas y Pecuarias (INIFAP), in Mexico City.
When used with crop mapping application FruitMaps, the mango meter can better manage mango crops in a non-invasive, non-destructive way, according to the release. Results from each test is sent to FruitMaps, which allows growers to see how different areas in the groves are maturing.
The web seminars on the mango meter are 8 a.m. Pacific and 8 p.m. Pacific July 30. More information and registration is available on the Felix Instruments website.