Plant City, Fla.-based Harvest CROO Robotics has developed a new version of its Harvest CROO — Computerized Robotic Optimized Obtainer — harvester and expects to begin commercial harvesting late this year.
The Southeast blueberry industry is at a crossroads as it looks to modernize with more accurate tracking, improve its fruit varieties and find ways to deal with approaching market saturation and increasing imports.
The Port of Virginia, Norfolk, expects to see imports of fruit from South America increase with the completion of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Southeast In-Transit Cold Treatment Pilot program.
Editor-in-chief Tom Karst and retail editor Ashley Nickle discuss a couple of the major topics of the week, including a drop in strawberry acreage in the Salinas-Watsonville region and industry event BrandStorm.
The latest fiscal 2019 trade estimates from the U.S. Department of Agriculture raise predictions for fresh produce imports compared with a November forecast but keep the estimate for fresh produce exports stable.
Twenty teams competed to pluck the most strawberries at the sixth annual Strawberry Picking Challenge at Wish Farms, Plant City, Fla., an event raising more than $90,000 for the Redlands Christian Migrant Association.