The Cornerstones of Healthy Food Systems

What is the Deal with Measuring Brix?

January 30, 2023 Mary Lucero Season 2 Episode 6
The Cornerstones of Healthy Food Systems
What is the Deal with Measuring Brix?
Show Notes Chapter Markers

Links to External (Independent) References
Brix Level in your Forage.  What Does it Mean?
Effect of temperature on photosynthesis
Sensors and Instruments for Brix Measurement: A Review (Peer Reviewed Scientific Article)


The episode is supported by JAL Farms through Western SARE project FW22-399.

Project details can be found on the Western SARE website.

The Cornerstones of Healthy Food Systems Podcast Introduction by David Lucero.
Theme music by Zakhar Valaha 

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Refractometry can be used to generate Brix values that act as crop quality indicators.
Brix values can be measured instantly and affordably.
Brix values should be interpreted with caution.
Refractometry was first developed and applied to plant analysis in the 1800's.
Brix values correlate with general plant health.
Like your pulse, a plant's Brix score will go up or down for many health related reasons.
Brix values were historically used to measure ripeness in fruits.
Leaf Brix values can provide clues about overall plant health.
Tips for reading and interpreting Brix values.
Brix values don't measure nutrients directly.
Interpret Brix values holistically, in combination with other indicators.
Some creative uses of Brix readings.