Agrology Success Story: Increase Kiwi Size & Firmness

Agrology’s Success Stories demonstrate the ability of Agrology’s Specialty Plant Nutrition Products to make a difference even from the very first application!

Our aim is to show that Agrology’s Nutrition Programs are a profitable investment for the grower because their economic benefits far outstrip the cost of the complementary applications!

One such Success Story was carried in kiwi in 2018, in collaboration with Mr. Pittas Vasilios, a member of Agrology’s Nutrimaster®  network. Throughout the whole process, the farmer benefited from the continuous guidance and support offered by both Agrology’s Technical Department, and Mr. Pittas.

Initially the crop area was divided into two equal plots, that consisted the 2 treatments of the Success Story. One was used as the Control plot, while Agrology’s Program was used in the second. In both treatments, the farmer made use of same plant protection and plant nutrition – fertilization program. Agrology’s Specialized and Innovative Nutrition and Fertilization Products application was complementary in the trial plot.

Success Story Goals

By using Specialized Plant Nutrition Products during specific growth stages of kiwi growing, the farmer can achieve a significant improvement in the quality characteristics of his crop.

The Program included the implementation of Specialized and Innovative Plant Nutrition Products, more specifically, Gravital® Force, Nodius® F-Kin, Fruitonic Vega, Suprafix® PhosCa and Suprafix® CalMag. Moreover, the implementation took place during certain stages of kiwi growth and the producer to achieve significant agronomic benefits.

The Objectives of this Success Story were as follows:

  1. Increase Kiwi Fruit Size & Weight
  2. Increase of Kiwi Firmness
  3. Improvement Kiwi’s post-harvest/ self-life of the kiwis

General Info of the Success Story

  • Crop Period: 2018
  • Location: Galatades, Pellas
  • NutriMaster®: Pittas Vasilios
  • Owner of the Estate: Rafailidis Stathis
  • Crop: Kiwi
  • Variety: Tsechelidis
  • Crop Age: 3,5 years
  • Plant Protection Program: Common to the whole crop

Special Nutrition Program

In an existing Plant Nutrition program, the farmer applied foliar complementary interventions with the Agrology’s specialized products. Agrology’s Technical Department selected and placed the products at the appropriate growth stages, based on the targets set. The timing and dose of each application is also indicated.

Picture 1. Special Nutrition Program
Picture 1. Special Nutrition Program

Besides the above supplementary applications, the farmer applied the same Fertilization/ Nutrition and Plant protection program, in both treatments (Control + Agrology Program) throughout the growing season.

Success Story Results

Measurements on both plots revealed impressive results in the Agrology treatment. Specifically, the results were as follows:

  • Increase of Kiwi Size by 62 mm (+11,7 %), compared to control
  • Increase of Kiwi Weight by 50 gr (+29 %), compared to control
  • Improvement of Kiwi flesh Firmness by 48,9 (+157 %) in Shore Scale compared to control, after 10 days at room temperature  
  • Improve of kiwi Post-harvest Life
Picture 4. Resistance of the flesh to pressure. After 10 days of non-refrigerated maintenance, at room temperature (25 ° C), a higher resistance of the flesh to pressure was measured in the Agrology Program Fruit sample.
Picture 4. Resistance of the flesh to pressure. After 10 days of non-refrigerated maintenance, at room temperature (25 ° C), a higher resistance of the flesh to pressure was measured in the Agrology Program Fruit sample.
Learn more about Agrology Specialty Nutrition Programs from our specialized staff Here.

This trial was carried out under specific field conditions and should not be replicated without the guidance of an agronomist or the Technical Department of Agrology. In all cases, Agrology products and programs must be applied in accordance with the label.