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User Testimonials [ Agriculture : List ]

User Testimonials [ Agriculture : List ]

Agriculture Kuroki Hebesu Farm

PAL-BX/ACID

Teruhisa Kuroki of Kuroki Hebesu Farm moved from Chiba to Hyuga City, Miyazaki Prefecture in April 2020 to produce Hebesu and Hyuganatsu.

Kuroki Hebesu Farm's Seedless Hyuganatsu has been selected as a gift for hometown tax payment in Hyuga City, Miyazaki Prefecture. In Hyuganatsu, there is a white endothelium under the yellow skin, and the balance between sweetness and acidity of the fruit is exquisite.
Hebesu is a citrus fruit that originated in Hyuga City, Miyazaki Prefecture, and has a slight sweetness and a refreshing acidity.

Mr. Kuroki

Mr. Kuroki

Hebesu

Hebesu

How to know ATAGO?

He got to know ATAGO since it was being used at the fruits processing plant in Miyazaki Prefecture. I hadn't used a measuring instrument before, but I learned about PAL™-BX|ACID1 during training in Miyazaki prefecture and bought it because I thought it was easy.

It is used to compare the balance of Brix/Acid ratio depending on different places of each field.

■Kuroki Hebesu Farm Instagram


Agriculture Green Thumb Greenhouse

PAL-HIKARi

Ms Sonoe Mori is a strawberry farmer who grows strawberries in Date City, Hokkaido.
She moved to date city for her husband's transfer. She was interested in agriculture so joined the city farming support system to learn the technique of growing strawberries.

After the training, she became independentin 2018.

Ms Sonoe Mori

For quality management of strawberry

She knew ATAGO Brix meter during the training for new farmers in Date City. This time, she saw the advertisement of PAL-HIKARi 4 and bought it immediately.

She was suffering from poor coloring of her strawberry this year(2020), So she was observing her strawberry to see if they are growing healthly.

She is evaluatng ATAGO PAL-HIKARi4 as very useful device during branding her "salad strawberries" .because it enables to check the sweetness without damaging strawberry.She is also complimenting another device, PAL-BX/ACID 4 for checking balance of sweetness and acidity.

■Green Thumb Greenhouse Instagram


ATAGO always supports her strawberries that are beautiful, sweet and make people smile.


agriculture Inagaki Farm

PAL₋光センサーシリーズ

Inagaki Farm is an orchard located in the northern part of Wakayama prefecture along the Kinokawa river; favored with good weather and soil that is well-suited for growing peaches. They have been in business since the 1970’s, specializing in growing only peaches, selling and shipping directly to customers. Their peaches are known as safe, trusted, and sincere, Arakawa no Momo® (Arakawa’s peaches). These delicious peaches are picked in the morning and shipped the same day. PAL-HIKARi10 (Peach) is used to check the Brix (sweetness) of their peaches.

Grown and handled with the utmost care

Grown and handled
with the utmost care.

Peach trees laden with fruits

Peach trees laden with fruits

Portability

Before switching to PAL-HIKARi10 (Peach), peaches were measured using a Brix meter that required cutting and juicing extracts. The determining factor in choosing the PAL-HIKARi10 (Peach) was the fact that it can measure peaches in the orchard while they were still growing on trees.

Ease of Use

The PAL-HIKARi10 (Peach) made it possible to check ripeness in the orchard field prior to harvest. A Brix (sweetness) measurement is digitally displayed simply by placing a sensor against the peach surface and pressing a start button. This makes it convenient that even seasonal workers can determine harvest time without any limitations to who’s measuring it.


agriculture Hakusuien

PAL-HIKARi

Hakusuien is an orchard in the Oada Highlands, the gateway of Yoshino in Nara prefecture. They have been offering pears since 1894 and their Kachidoki pear was offered as a victory memorial for the emperor during the Russo-Japanese War. To measure Brix (sweetness) of their pears, they have been using a Brix meter, but since PAL-HIKARi12 (Asian Pear) was released, they now use the non-destructive Brix meter.

The Popular Housui Pear

The Popular Housui Pear

Delicious Pears for their Customers

Delicious Pears for their Customers

A Compact and Portable Meter

They decided to purchase PAL-HIAKRi12 (Asian Pear) because it was portable and allowed them to determine harvest by taking measurements while pears were still growing on the trees. Its low price was also a determining factor.

To Determine Harvest Time with a Number

Prior to purchasing the PAL-HIKARi12 (Asian Pear), they were using a Brix meter that required juicing the extracts. When juicing was required, it was almost impossible to measure all of the pears. Consequently, the harvest time was determined by looking at the size, color, aroma and the condition of the skin. With PAL-HIKARi12 (Asian Pear), the harvest time is determined by the Brix and it made farm operations smoother.


agriculture Iwashita Farm

PAL-HIKARi

The Iwashita Farm is a fruit farm located in Asakura city, Fukuoka prefecture that produces and sells grapes and persimmons. They have Pione, Shine Muscat, and Queen Nina grapes. The PAL-HIKARi2 is used in their farm to measure the Brix before harvesting.

◆Watch here how they measure Brix using the PAL-HIKARi2


No More Grape Crushing

For the Best Quality

A Small and Handheld Instrument

Before they purchased the PAL-HIKARi2 (Grape), they were measuring Brix (sweetness) by crushing and juicing the grape berries. They purchased the PAL-HIKARi2 (Grape) because they felt the price was justified for an instrument that can measure fruit non-destructively.

The Best Way to Measure Difficult Cultivars

Amongst different types of grapes, the maturity of Shine Muscat is typically hard to determine by looking at its color. For this reason, measuring Brix had always been an integral aspect in determining the harvest time. However, the use of a refractometer that required destroying fruit only allowed them to test samples randomly. By using the PAL-HIKARi2 (Grape), they are now able to guarantee the quality of their grapes by measuring the Brix (sweetness) on all of them.


agriculture

PAL₋HIKARi

Yamaguchi Farm is a farm in Hasuda city, Saitama prefecture that has been growing Asian pears and persimmons for three generations. The scenery of their pre-harvest Asian pear orchard is posted on their website and each post conveys their dedication and passion for making delicious pears. Above all, their commitment in delivering safe and delicious pears to their customers is indisputable.

To Deliver Quality and Reliability

To Deliver Quality and Reliability

Waiting for the Harvest

Waiting for the Harvest

From Pocket Refractometer PAL Series to Non-Destructive Meters

Until now, they measured Brix by using the Pocket Refractometer from the PAL series. Now, they switched over to the PAL-HIKARi, a non-destructive Brix meter. This allowed them to sample all the fruit, eliminating time consuming juicing processes.

Delivering Quality and Reliability

Last year, lack of sun caused Brix (sweetness) of their pears to remain fairly low. When they were using a Brix meter that required juicing, only random pears were sampled. Under this circumstance, the PAL-HIKARi12 (Asian Pear) was significantly useful allowing them to check all of their pears.This ensured superb quality to their customers.

Yamaguchi Farm HP


agriculture Sawada Farm

PAL-HIKARi

For a Beautiful Cluster of Grapes

The grape berry can be classified by skin color, and loosely categorized as red, black and blue (yellow green). Due to its pigmentation, blue (yellow green) colored berries have always been difficult to measure. Sawada Farm valuing aesthetics have never been fond of plucking berries from a perfectly grown cluster. Plucking individual berries from a perfectly balanced cluster lessens the aesthetics of the whole. The commodity value is lost as well. The PAL-HIKARi2 (Grape) measuring Brix without destructing the individual grape is groundbreaking.

Thank you ATAGO!


agriculture Amano Farm

PAL-HIKARi
Determining by Brix is Very Important

Determining by Brix is Very Important

Popular Shine Mascut

Popular Shine Mascut

For the Most Delicious Grapes

For more than 50 years, Amano Vineyard located in Kashiwara of Osaka has been dedicated to the growth of the most delicious grapes. Their Shine Muscat and Delaware grapes were awarded the Minister Award by Ministry of Agriculture Forestry and Fisheries. All grapes from Osaka are judged based on various categories including, Brix, berry size, balance, and color.
The Shine Muscat is known for its high price tag. The sweetness at the time of harvest is very important. With little to no change in color during the process maturation, it is one of the most difficult cultivars to determine the timing by its appearances. Amano Vineyard has always used a Brix meter for this reason, but it was time consuming and removing berries from a cluster diminished its aesthetics. They are extremely happy how easily they can estimate the harvest day with PAL-HIKARi2.


agriculture Iidaen

PAL-HIKARi

Chiba prefecture is one of Japan’s leading producers of nashi (Asian Pear). Iidaen is located in Kamagaya city, Chiba prefecture and produces Hosui, Akizuki, and Kaori pears.

Without Cutting Pears

Without Cutting Pears

Produces Hosui, Akizuki, and Kaori pears

Produces Hosui, Akizuki,
and Kaori pears

For Smooth Farm Operations Using the Non-Destructive Brix Meter

They have been using ATAGO N-1E, a handheld refractometer to measure Brix (sweetness) of their pears. They have decided to purchase the PAL-HIKARi12 (Asian Pear) when this non-destructive Brix meter was as released.

Iidaen’s Hosui pears are only shipped when the Brix is 12% or more. With years of experience sweetness is somewhat predictable by looking at its color and shape. They are excited about the non-destructive Brix meter because it allows their employees to measure and know the Brix without cutting and destroying the pears.


agriculture Harada Farm

光センサー
Measuring Just by Touch

Measuring Just by Touch

A Very Popular Tourist Farm

A Very Popular Tourist Farm

Sweetness by Sense of Taste and Number

Harada Farm is a pick-your-own tourist farm where they offer Takasago, Seikounishiki, Satounishiki, Benishuuhou, and Napoleon cherries. They decided to let their customers use the PAL-HIKARI16 (Cherry) to measure Brix and compare with how it tastes. They liked how quickly Brix can be measured with the PAL-HIKARi16 (Cherry).


agriculture Mochizuki Farm

光センサー
Mochizuki Farm

Easily Measuring Grapes Still on the Vine

The PAL-HIKARi2 (Grape) was recommended by a friend to the Mochizuki farm. They used PAL-HIKAR2 (Grape) to check new cultivars and determine the harvest. They are fond of how small and lightweight the PAL-HIKARi2 (Grape) is and how easily grapes can be measured on the vines. They are happy that the price range is more affordable than other manufacturers’.


 

agriculture Yamacho

PAL-HIKARi PAL-BX/ACID

Established in 1930, Kudamono no Yamacho is a specialty fruit store that sells locally grown fruit from Kochi prefecture. They are using PAL-HIKARi12 (Asian Pear) to check Brix (sweetness) of their Asian pears.

To Measure Incoming Asian Pears Using the PAL-HIKARi12 (Asian Pear)

To Measure Incoming Asian Pears
Using the PAL-HIKARi12 (Asian Pear)

Using Near Field Communication (NFC) to Transfer Data to a PC

Using Near Field Communication
(NFC) to Transfer Data to a PC

Using PAL-HIKARi to Check Sweetness (Brix) of Asian Pears

Many customers buy fruit from Kudamono no Yaocho as a gift. They stock and sell fresh Asian pears and inspects all incoming fruit for consistent quality. To get the most accurate result, they measure multiple spots on a single pear and take the average.

Why ATAGO?

Before they purchased the PAL-HIKARi12 (Asian Pear), they were using the PAL-BX/ACID12 (Asian Pear) and liked how it can measure both Brix and acidity with one instrument. For Brix though, they really like how easily all pears can be measured with PAL-HIKARi12 (Asian Pear).

What They Value in Selling Fruit

The store manager, Mr. Yamamoto shared with us that they ask themselves, “Is what we consider ‘great tasting’ any different from what our customers consider ‘delicious’?
Is there anything that we can do now that we couldn’t do in the past?”
Their commitment to deliver the highest of quality to their customer is their strongest value. They value the quality they offer to their customers and those buying their fruit. Their professionalism and commitment are prominent in what they sell. What an honor that this kind of careful consideration goes into the fruit that are purchased as gifts for special occasions. Kudamono no Yamacho’s products are available online and also can be ordered over the phone.

How about a gift for someone special?


AgricultureFreshtrop Fruits LimitedFreshtrop Fruits Limited

Which ATAGO units do you currently use

Rx-5000i, PAL-3 and DR-A1

  • Freshtrop Fruits Limited

Interview

QWhat is your feedback on our model which you are using?

A We really appreciate the versatility in the products of ATAGO. For our syrups, we use DR-A1, for our pulps we use Rx-5000i and for quick testing at floor level we use PAL-3. ATAGO has been a trusted partner for us.
Pomegrante pulp, mango pulp and guava pulp are our main products. Different modes in Rx help us determine the accurate Brix which is crucial for our exporting needs.


QAre you satisfied with our after sales support?

AThey are always ready to help for our technical needs and support our staff whenever we ask for help. Sometimes, when the chemists change, and new ones need to be trained; we can bank on ATAGO INDIA.

AgricultureRiveridge Packing, LLCRiveridge Packing, LLC

  • Riveridge Packing, LLC

Which ATAGO units do you currently use

PAL-HIKARi5 and PAL-BX/ACID5


By using the PAL-HIKARi5 nondestructive brix tester for our apple sampling program we have decreased the time it takes for brix sampling by 75%.
The nondestructive tester helped with improving the efficiency of our sampling program. Now we can simply place the PAL-HIKARi5 on the uncut apple and in 5 seconds we have the brix for the apple. No more sticky, juicy messes and destroyed apples. By using this tester we have doubled the amount of apples we are testing while lowering the amount of time we spend on testing.

AgricultureAlphar Co., Ltd.Alphar Co., Ltd.

  • Alphar Co., Ltd.

Alphar Co., Ltd. is a trading company that buys and sells fruits, vegetables, and meat. In addition, the company is a working farm that sells their produce directly to customers. Alphar currently works with 200 suppliers and 500 contract farmers.


Alphar is especially fond of ATAGO’s Brix meter, PAL-J and MASTER series to take Brix measurements of their fruits and vegetables. Alphar praises PAL-J as a digital Brix meter that allows anyone to take measurements objectively.

The First Brix Meter

Alphar and ATAGO products go back a long way more than 25 years. They first used a Brix meter out of curiosity to measure “sweetness” of tomatoes. This fostered a desire to back up the arbitral unit of sweetness with a numerical value. What originally started as taking the Brix measurement of tomatoes has now expanded to all various fruits and vegetables.All of the measurement results are posted on their website where Alphar’s inquiring mind, commitment to taste and “let’s measure all” approach can be witnessed.


According to Alphar, using a Brix meter can plenish numerical values to diverse tastes experience of different people and it can also aide in training and enhancing one’s taste experience.

Reasons for choosing ATAGO products

Lastly, we asked why chose ATAGO products? “First and foremost, it was the way the instrument fit and felt in my hand. Learning that PAL was constructed with human agronomics in mind, it made sense.ATAGO’s attitude to pursue product design which may at a first glance appear irrelevant to taking measurements made a favorable impression on us.”

We support Alphar’s commitment to taste and insatiable desire to purse the best. We wish Alphar many more successful years to come. Thank you for you patronage.


Alphar Co., Ltd.'s website
http://www.alphar-net.com

AgricultureMiyazaki Prefectural Agricultural Experiment Station Subtropical Crop Tropical Dome

  • Miyazaki Prefectural Agricultural Experiment Station Subtropical Crop Tropical Dome

All of the employees at Miyazaki Prefecture continue research to further advance the prefecture’s specialty products with work ability and profitability improvement for their farmers in mind.


The growth of the plant and leaves and condition of the flower and its fruit bearing rates, as well as its taste, are checked on a daily basis to promote Miyazaki specialty products. Additionally, if there is a request from a farmer, a staff will go out to the farm to teach and instruct farming and check their fruits.

The Balance Determinesthe Flavor of Fruits

The balance of sweetness and tartness is one of the factors that determine the taste of fruits. Depending on the soil properties, drainage, light exposure and how it is cultivated, a flavor balance may differ even among the same crops from the same field.
Taking into account that the taste test is reliant on one’s condition and individual differences, it is important to numerically check the Brix and acidity ratio frequently using a Pocket Refractometer PAL-BX|ACID1 (Citrus).


Pocket Refractometer PAL-BX|ACID1 (Citrus) is portable and allows one to easily measure Brix and acidity anytime, anywhere. Whether for a training purpose or for a new plant breeding research, agricultural producers can carry PAL-BX|ACID1 (Citrus) out to the field and measure on-site. To be able to show measurements in person is not only convenient and efficient but also promotes and facilitates understanding.

A Research Place but a Tourist Attraction

Miyazaki Prefectural Agricultural Experiment Station Subtropical Crop Station researches and develops new crop varieties, cultivation methods, publishes research articles, and conducts promotion for Miyazaki branded products, including Miyazaki’s ‘Kanjuku’(well ripened) Mango, ‘Hyuganatu’ (large citrus fruit), ‘Kanjuku’(well ripened) Kumquat, Jacaranda flowers, and so on. The facility is open to the public for free in addition to research associates, many visitors visit for sightseeing purposes.

The mountain where Miyazaki Prefectural Agricultural Experiment Station Subtropical Crop Station is both a place for field research and a tourist spot. There are hiking courses and scenic view spots where one can view the ocean and simply enjoy nature. There is also an observation deck, an open square surrounded by many green trees that were planted to study its adaptation to the subtropical environment.


Miyazaki Prefectural Agricultural Experiment Station Subtropical Crop Station will continue to work to promote the growth of the agricultural industry and cultivate the skills of farmers to further facilitate development of Miyazaki prefecture as a whole. From the end of May to mid-June, a festival is held to celebrate the tropical Jacaranda flower. At the facility, in the tropical dome area, tropical flowers and plants can be viewed all year around. Miyazaki Prefectural Agricultural Experiment Station Subtropical Crop Station is located in close proximity to famous tourist sites such as Udo Shrine and Toi Cape and so on. One can also view the mackerel and tuna being brought into the nearby harbor for sale.
Why not visit Miyazaki Prefecture and enjoy the tropical experience with your family and friends?

Thank for your continuing patronage. ATAGO wishes you the best.

AgricultureSumifru Corporation

  • Sumifru Corporation

Sumifru Corporation is a company which imports and sells fresh fruits and vegetables; primarily bananas, but also including pineapples, melons, avocados, papayas, and citrus.
Sumifru provides high-quality fruits and vegetables. Sumifru manages every stage of their process, beginning from the orchard to the harvesting, processing, distributing and selling of their produce, to ensure a consistent quality in all their fruits and vegetables.

Super Sweet Pineapples with High Sugar Levels

Sumifru cultivates their pineapples in an orchard on Mindanao Island in the Philippines—an ideal spot for pineapples.
This particular pineapple orchard was selected to try out our product.Using their own unique standards for harvesting pineapples, they are able to provide super sweet pineapples with high sugar levels.

Sumifru used our PAL-BX|ACID9 (Pineapple) for measuring their "Kanjyuku Ou" pineapples (pineapples that are noted for their intense sweetness and high sugar levels). We asked Sumifru for their impression of the PAL-BX|ACID9 (pineapple).

What did you think of our Sugar & Acidity Meter (PAL-BX|ACID9)'s features and usability?

・Highly accurate
・Only a small amount of sample is needed for measurements
・Short measurement time
・Transportable & easy to carry — do not have to designate one specific location for measuring
・For measuring acid level, the only necessary material to prepare is distilled water. We think this makes the product tremendously convenient and easy to use.

We appreciate your continued support of ATAGO refractometers.

AgricultureNESTER FRESH PAPAYA

  • Mr. Armah
  • Mr. Armah

Mr. Armah is PAPAYA farmer in Ghana. He is producing PAPAYA at his field where is about 41km from the capital city Accra. His PAPAYA is very famous among the consumer especially in Europe as its much Sweetness, which of BRIX % is 16.0%!!!

Interview with Mr. Armah

We interviewed Mr.Ernest Armah at FRESH PAPAYA, who uses our refractometers for quality control of his PAPAYA.


QWhat are you usages of the ATAGO's Pocket Digital Refractometer?

AWe are using ATAGO's Pocket Digital Refractometer for quality check of PAPAYA and we are challenging to produce excellent products continuously.

Mr.Arman always show BRIX% of PAPAYA to the customers at business meeting.