The French company CASCADE presented the results of the different tests it carried out in the province of Huelva with the collaboration of the Agroindustrial Technological Center of Huelva, Adesva, which prove that using covers with LIGHT CASCADE® technology can increase raspberry production by 14%.
CASCADE's webinar, which also had the collaboration of Freshuelva, a partner of the company, showcased and highlighted how the LIGHT CASCADE® technology had a positive effect on the performance of different berry crops in the province of Huelva.
The head of Adesva's Agronomic Projects, Magdalena Torres, presented the results of the different trials that have been developed in the center since 2015 to verify and contrast crop yields using a cover with CASCADE technology. According to Torres, this technology is very useful in the autumn, winter, and early spring months, when there are fewer hours of sunlight.
Jose Gongora, CASCADE's International Business Manager, highlighted the benefits that the application of CASCADE technology had for agriculture. "Using the solar spectrum to increase yields per hectare favors production in a sustainable way, achieving a similar or higher quality."
Gongora said CASCADE made specific formulations based on the light needs of each crop. The LitePlus® additives produced by the company are incorporated into the production process of the covers, which, improve the crop's performance and lead to a significant reduction in the impact of pests.
The CEO of CASCADE, Frederic Peilleron, said the company had a crop-by-crop approach. "Berry crops are strategic crops for the company. However, we also work with other key crops, such as tomatoes."
“Macro tunnel covers with our LIGHT CASCADE® technology have been available in Spain since last year. We continue our research carrying out trials in different berries to see how to reduce the use of fertilizers and phytosanitary products," Peilleron said.
CASCADE's R&D engineer in Agronomy, Severine Lemarie, also stressed the importance of having an R&D approach by crop, as each fruit has its own specific needs and agricultural films have to respond to their demands.
In the webinar, the manager of Freshuelva, Rafael Dominguez, thanked CASCADE for working with the association in this innovative initiative that will benefit the berry sector.
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