A new meter will be launched that guarantees zero fruit destruction and better crop analysis for mango growers and distributors worldwide. The Mango Quality Meter, which measures dry matter and Brix in seconds, is considered a disrupter for an industry that has traditionally depended on labour-intensive methods, and the destruction of fruit.
Felix Instruments-Applied Food Science has developed the Mango Quality Meter, which integrates with FruitMaps — a crop mapping application, that makes easier monitoring of mango crops in a non-invasive, non-destructive way.
“I am extremely excited about this new tool, both for growers and distributors,” Scott Trimble, Marketing Director for Felix Instruments, said. “This is a significant technological advancement for the worldwide mango industry. Our goal has always been to help producers make better decisions at harvest. Utilizing the Mango Quality Meter means more actionable data, the ability to reduce time and labor, and the complete elimination of the need to destroy fruit for testing. These are huge steps for the industry.”
The meter — set for official launch on July 30 — has been developed jointly with Kerry Walsh of Central Queensland University as well as Dr. Jorge Osuna of INIFAP.
Trimble, who recently spoke at the Australian Mango Industry Association conference about the new tool, explained that once the dry matter reading is taken, the data is transferred via Wi-Fi to a crop mapping application for analysis and sharing.
With FruitMaps, growers can achieve a complete understanding of their crop’s maturity. Co-created with Central Queensland University, FruitMaps provides mapping and visualization of crop maturity, enabling growers to see how different regions and zones within their crop are progressing.
The meter’s calibration and firmware were explicitly designed for dry matter and Brix readings. The unit is also highly portable, benefiting growers tremendously who have fields in various locations or regions.
With the Avocado Quality Meter launched earlier this year, the Mango Quality Meter is the second in the Quality Meter line by Felix Instruments. Pre-orders for the Mango Quality Meter are now being taken, and Felix Instruments is hosting a launch webinar on Tuesday, July 30th to give users more information about the tool and its integration with Fruit Maps.