This last year has left us difficult moments and complicated experiences, which have served the whole of society in general to value the work, effort and quality of our primary sector. Despite the weather and its adverse weather conditions, the price crisis in many sectors, the lack of protection against the entry of products from third countries, the loss of phytosanitary tools in many crops, etc., and of course , of the greatest health crisis that occurred in this century, the COVID-19 pandemic, our agricultural sector has not lacked its commitment to society.
How could it be otherwise, at Cultifort we felt the obligation to maintain our support for the agricultural sector despite the circumstances. Although we could not be there, at the foot of the field, our presence has materialized throughout the year in different virtual actions that have given us a lot. Our monthly Cultinews, social networks, the premiere of the Cultitips format and, our greatest satisfaction, the webinars that have been so well received by you.
Regarding the Cultinews, we started the year talking about avocado, a growing crop, and we did so with the advice of Iñaki Hormaza, research professor and head of the Subtropical Fruit Growing Department of the Subtropical and Mediterranean Hortofruticulture Institute (IHSM) «La Mayora ”, located in the municipality of Algarrobo (Málaga). Regarding this crop, we have also dealt with the issue of flowering, the factors that can cause the fruit to fall and preventive treatments to try to avoid it.
We have also talked about citrus, specifically the nutritional aspects to take into account to ensure good flowering and fruit set and to improve ripening during the last phase of cultivation; and olive grove, addressing key aspects such as pollination and fruit set and lipogenesis, reviewing the factors that affect the respective growing periods.
Continuing with other fruit trees, we made a complete analysis on the almond tree: the demands of the crop, the plant material and its nutritional needs; and we presented the efficacy results of FASKOLOR in cherry, obtained in a joint project with the Nutrición de Cultivos Frutales (NCF) group of the Aula Dei Experimental Station (EEAD-CSIC), located in La Almunia de Doña Godina (Zaragoza), with the objective of advancing and homogenizing the ripening and commercial coloring of the fruit, so that the number of harvest passes and the need for labor are reduced. We have also talked about the importance of pruning and the preventive treatments that must be carried out to avoid the proliferation of wood diseases in woody crops.
But we have not only addressed topics about subtropical, woody and fruit crops. We have also analyzed the control of rotting and the improvement of post-harvest life in berries, as well as various horticultural crops and their ecological management. The ripening of tomatoes and peppers, the prevention of diseases in sweet potatoes, how to achieve a healthy and ecological harvest in late cucumbers and the use of biostimulants in winter vegetables are some of the Cultinews published throughout the year.
We have also talked about the plant defense system, something very important to take into account for the future and the increasing demands regarding the use of phytosanitary products. On the other hand, Manuel Castellano, farmer and agronomist, told us about his experience with SPIRALIS ECO Long Life in the ecological management of peppers and short cucumbers in Almería. Antonio Hernández, a farmer, did the same with regard to pear tomatoes and cucumbers, relating his experience with MANZIFORT and CULTISANO Cu .
As a consequence of the harmful effects of copper on microbial communities and other soil fauna, the regulatory restrictions of the European Union regarding its use have reduced copper metal applications to 4 kg / ha / year since January 2019. In The Cultifort Development Department proposed a review of the alternatives that we could propose for the gradual elimination of controversial inputs in agriculture, a review that was reflected in other Cultinews.
Regarding the webinars, we got down to work at the same time that they confined us back in March, and we have been conducting weekly during home confinement and less frequently after it, online seminars on specific topics, of present, and according to each moment or specific time of the year. If you couldn’t join us and you are interested in any of them, don’t hesitate to contact us.
Our commitment for 2021 is to continue there, supporting the sector, accompanying our farmers and customers, offering “zero residue” nutritional solutions and with the maximum guarantee of quality, providing our knowledge and our technical service. In short, continue working for and for quality, competitive and sustainable agriculture.
Cultifort wishes you Happy Holidays!