Horticulture, Projects, R & D Quality Systems Manager

Ulf is manager of the AgFirst Technical Services Laboratory, which provides a wide range of services to horticultural industries.  Ulf has managed a nursery and small pipfruit orchard in northern Italy before moving to New Zealand in 2006.  Since arriving in NZ he has been involved in irrigation scheduling, crop estimate, crop loading, and nutrition as well as assisted in several projects for private grower and governmental clients reviewing production cost,managment and industry statistics.  Additionally he provides ongoing assistance to growers and packhouses on how to achieve compliance with various agri-food standards.

Ulf’s key interest area is high precision farming and technologies, conducting field trials, new variety and product evaluation, and development.

Ulf is continually involved with private sector projects for various horticultural chemical distributors and supply companies focused toward product evaluation, development and efficacy.

Ulf speaks German and Italian (native level) and is also fluent in French.

The range of services provided by the technical servives lab include:

  • Fruit maturity and quality
  • Field and post harvest trials
  • Monitoring and systems development
  • Financial farm monitoring for viticulture and pipfruit
  • Technical advice to growers
  • Contract Research
  • Harvest Management, Crop Estimation
  • Technology Transfer
  • Project Management
  • Research and Development