By: Rick Mudde
We were visiting Christian Kalcher’s SmileFruit GmbH in Austria. SmileFruit GmbH has 4 hectares of raspberries and 15 hectares of organic apples. The reason they chose raspberries is to spread the risk and to harvest raspberries between apple harvests. This allows SmileFruit to work with the same staff all year round. This provides security for both the staff and SmileFruit GmbH. The club type is Diamond Jubilee of Berry World.
(Gerben van Veldhuizen: Snow hazard in Austria is from October to the end of April, much longer than in Northern Europe.)
To cool the raspberries they use drip irrigation and pinball. Above 28 degrees they cool the raspberries this ensures that the raspberries are harvested cooler. Cooling improves the climate enormously. Every 10 minutes 1 minute of watering over the system has the best results.
With frost they spray the plants with a row of flippers in case of emergency. This saves a lot of water and costs.
FruitSecurity GmbH has delivered this cover and irrigation to SmileFruit GmbH.
Source: FruitSecurity Holland, FruitSecurity GmbH.
FruitSecurity Holland, Spinazze poles.