Innovation, innovation, innovation is our constant and on-going theme at Hutchinsons. We pride ourselves in the high calibre and top skills of our agronomists as well as offering an excellent agronomic package to UK fruit growers, says director, Mike Hutchinson.
Our focus at this year’s National Fruit Show will be to demonstrate these technologies while showcasing our top-class agronomy services.
Fruit Vision is a ground-breaking system that accurately counts and grades apples providing analysis of yields in-situ, and will be on offer for growers in 2019. The system allows intelligent and informed decision – making by the fruit grower such as verifying fruit thinning accuracy and counting fruit during the growth period right up to harvest, allowing for better harvest planning and forecasting.
Hutchinson Enhanced Light Interception Orchard System (HELIOS) is a ground-breaking project exploring how different canopy, support systems and tree architecture can be improved to capture more sunlight and increase yields. The project consists of two trial orchards of Gala apples planted last spring in East Kent and Herefordshire, that will also examine establishment costs whilst recognising the role of future developments in mechanisation such as robotic picking and mechanical pruning.
We welcome visitors to our stand No K21 in the Mainstone Hall to discuss these technologies and our specialist fruit agronomy services.