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Italy: Orticoltura tecnica in campo event

Hyper-specialised and well-organised: these are the main characteristics of Orticoltura tecnica in campo (24th-26th January 2018), an event organised by Idromeccanica Lucchini and Costruzioni meccaniche Ferrari.

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Lucchini brochures being handed out
The event began on 24th January and there were a lot of visitors already at 8:30 am. The morning was dedicated to field and greenhouse tests and to displays from around 50 companies while the afternoon was dedicated to conventions.

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The greenhouse dedicated to exhibitors

Exhibitors were pleased due to the amount of specialised producers and technicians who took part and visitors were pleased with the products presented.

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Massimo Lucchini (photo above) reported that "when operators, companies, technicians and visitors are happy with their meetings and contacts, then we organisers are happy too. I see an interesting future for this sector, especially for those companies able to innovate and add value to their products."

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Extreme weather conditions (30°C): Isi Jet seeds on the right and untreated seeds on the left. 

"We displayed our Isi Jet range, practically a seed with an immediate germinating response also when temperatures are high. Due to the high summer temperatures in 2017, germination wasn't always satisfactory. Isi Jet seeds' germinability is above 80% even when temperatures exceed 30°C. In addition, dormancy is drastically reduced when soil temperature exceeds 22°C," explain Isi Sementi representatives.

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Ecogreen asparagus harvester

Facilitating asparagus harvesting is Ecogreen's mission. The company presented its new electric machine with a field test.

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Federica and Sandro Forigo

Sandro Forigo, co-owner of a business manufacturing soil processing machinery says that "often producers give us excellent suggestions, also because we build machinery that needs to meet producer expectations."

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Michele Salazzari, Edda Romana Rigobello, Francesco Lavagnoli

Koppert Italia introduced an organic solution to improve the resistance of the soil to diseases. "Trichoderma harzianum acts against pathogens and can be added to the soil and substrates. It must be applied after planting and can be reapplied." 

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Nataliya Fedotenko and Josè Antonio Lostal

The Spanish Broch presented its garlic harvester. Josè Antonio Lostal explained that "some components, such as the hydraulic parts, are Italian as they are really reliable."

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Practical demonstration

Visitors could see many of the machines at work. Transplanters, sowers, weeders and atomisers were only some of the machines tested in front of an audience.

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Malavasi machine to remove mulching films

Malavasi showcased its machine to remove mulching films. Almost one hundred machines are already at work all over Italy. 

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Mara Bertoni, Marco and Marino Mingozzi

Officine Mingozzi presented two types of flame weeders - one of a standard size and a smaller one. Flame weeding means no herbicides are needed, so there is no residue on the finished product. Without mentioning that many international retail chains expressly require organic weeding systems (mechanical or physical). 

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Luigi Bianchi and Renzo Piraccini

Renzo Piraccini and Luigi Bianchi, Macfrut President and Director respectively, had their own stand to invite visitors to the next edition of their own event.

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Alberto Sgorbati, Igor Palamaru and Giuseppe Sgorbati

Sgorbati displayed its hydrocooler to chill vegetables before placing them into cells. A blast chiller that can be adapted to company needs.

In the afternoon, companies continued to meet operators at the convention.

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