Monday, October 22, 2018

Photo report: Horticulture at PMA Fresh Summit in Orlando

This past Friday and Saturday, PMA’s annual Fresh Summit trade show was held at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando. The show attracted a record number of over 1,200 exhibitors, and according to PMA’s CEO Cathy Burns, the show increasingly attracts exhibitors from outside North America. In…

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"Kivu RZ just loves to produce big tomatoes"

It has been a wonderful year for Gordon Yakel, who is head grower at Delta View Farms in Delta, Canada. The family-owned company is growing 11 acres (3.6 hectares) of the beefsteak tomato Kivu RZ, a relatively new Rijk Zwaan variety. Yakel is very enthusiastic about the results. The yield is better, the…

Dutch grower fined 125,000 euros for fatal elevator incident

The Public Prosecution Service of the Netherlands has demanded a fine of 125,000 euro for Vereijken Logistics BV in the court in Den Bosch. The Public Prosecutor blames the…

Jan Janse and Kees Weerheim (Wageningen University & Research, BU Greenhouse Horticulture):

Research with blackberries and raspberries under clear and diffuse glass

Both with blackberries and raspberries the demand for a year round production of good quality berries is growing. To achieve this it is necessary to use lights on the cultivation in the Dutch greenhouses during the winter, but this has not been done enough on these woody crops and the experience is…

Russia: Moscow to get 10 new vertical farms

A Russian start up, Mestnye Korny, which is engaged in the construction of urban vertical farms, will build 10 sites for the cultivation of leafy greens over the next three years, with an overall capacity of 1 thousand tons per year. The project has attracted investments worth 79 thousand euros from the foundation TealTech…

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Greenhouse gaming

So, you just can't get enough of working in the greenhouse, but you still have some spare time to kill... well, maybe a new video game will be your thing then. RimWorld , a construction simulation game set in space, contains concepts like hydroponics and geothermal energy . Could be worth checking out during those long fall and…

FreshPlaza launches French edition

For our French-speaking readers, Uitgeverij Boekhout launches  www.freshplaza.fr . In this brand-new edition, the editors will keep readers up to date about the fruit and vegetable…

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US (OR): Shining a light on sustainable cannabis production

Deschutes Growery works diligently to offset the environmental impacts of its cannabis production by closely monitoring all aspects of its operation, from equipment usage to business partnerships. Energy efficiency is at the center of the Bend grower’s efforts to minimize its carbon footprint. By opting…

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How plants harness microbes to get nutrients

A Rutgers-led team has discovered how plants harness microbes in soil to get nutrients, a process that could be exploited to boost crop growth, fight weeds and slash the use of polluting fertilizers and herbicides. In a process the team has named the “rhizophagy cycle” (rhizophagy means root eating), bacteria and fungi…

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Licensing for Europe, Mediterranean and South America

UC Davis selects Global Plant Genetics for strawberry licensing

The University of California has entered into a master agreement with Global Plant Genetics, Ltd., based in Norfolk, England, for the sublicensing of new strawberry varieties in selected countries within Europe, the Mediterranean and South America. The agreement governs the commercialization of new…

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Dutch grower fined 125,000 euros for fatal elevator incident

The Public Prosecution Service of the Netherlands has demanded a fine of 125,000 euro for Vereijken Logistics BV in the court in Den Bosch. The Public Prosecutor blames the…

BrimaPack delivers new generation in transplanting equipment

BrimaPack has built and delivered a VeTrac II 9/7 T 18-row Transplanter. With three, six row Ferrari’s FastBlock Transplanter modules, attached to the VeTrac eDrive caterpillar from BrimaPack, the machine can transplant up to 8 meters wide with a maximum capacity of 130,000 Plants/hour. The VeTrac is…

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New intermediate bulk container offers logistics solution

Schoeller Allibert’s new standard foldable intermediate bulk container (IBC) is designed for international logistics. The Combo Excelsior® was created to meet the latest expectations of the food processing, cosmetics and pharmaceutical industries. Safe, hygienic and efficient, it offers a great logistics…

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California greens grower debuting new packaging innovation

Chris Wada, Marketing Manager for North Shore Living said, “Put simply, the products we grow, pack & ship are truly unique because everything we deliver is quite literally still living with the roots connected for freshness. This means any changes – to packaging, for example – challenge us to create…

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Prominent's Blog

"Be transparent and tell your story"

Consumers' need for information is on the rise. They increasingly want to know by whom a product is produced, where exactly it comes from, and what you can do with it. People…

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Cotton wool mats used to grow microgreens

Did you grow cress on cotton wool on your window ledge when you were at school? That is exactly the principle that Simon Macaulay followed when he first talked to Chris Moncrieff of Van Heineken Brothers (VHB) in Angmering, (now a housing development) Sussex in the late 1990s. Chris and Peter Walls, who…

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UK: Organic sector calls for much clearer contingency measures as Brexit looms

The Organic Trade Board (OTB) and the United Kingdom Organic Certifiers Group (UKOCG) are calling for a clear contingency plan to ensure the continued trade of organic produce with the EU in the event of a ‘no deal’ Brexit. “There has been speculation about how the UK will continue to trade organic goods with the…

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Potential Salmonella/Listeria contamination

US salad recall includes Whole Foods 365 brand

A California-based grocery chain is recalling almost half a ton of ready-to-eat salads, including the 365 brand sold by Whole Foods, because they contain corn from a third-party supplier that is under recall for potential contamination from Salmonella and Listeria bacteria. GH Foods CA LLC of Sacramento initiated the…

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University of Sheffield study

Tomatoes could hold the key for infertility problems

Leading UK researchers are investigating lycopene, the nutrient that makes tomatoes red, as a treatment for poor sperm quality. Lycopene is poorly absorbed from tomatoes, but…

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NL: Students get to know horticulture on mopeds

A group of students has gotten to know horticulture on Solexes (a classic Dutch moped). They made tomato soup and bruschetta at Tomatoworld in Honselersdijk and did The Pepper Challenge at Westlandpeppers in De Lier. The Solex Vegetable Tour was organized by Greenport West for the Dutch Agri Food Week. Greenport West-Holland…

Photo report: Horticulture at PMA Fresh Summit in Orlando

This past Friday and Saturday, PMA’s annual Fresh Summit trade show was held at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando. The show attracted a record number of over 1,200 exhibitors, and according to PMA’s CEO Cathy Burns, the show increasingly attracts exhibitors from outside North America. In…

Vertical farming more »

Russia: Moscow to get 10 new vertical farms

A Russian start up, Mestnye Korny, which is engaged in the construction of urban vertical farms, will build 10 sites for the cultivation of leafy greens over the next three years, with an overall capacity of 1 thousand tons per year. The project has attracted investments worth 79 thousand euros from the foundation TealTech…

US (NY): Rooftop farm brings organic vegetables to Brooklyn residents

Eagle Street Rooftop Farm is a 6,000-square-foot organic vegetable farm located on a warehouse rooftop in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. The Farm is a product of the collaborative effort between the green roof design and installation firm Goode Green and the Brooklyn-based sound stage company Broadway Stages,…

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CAN (ON): 1.3 million sq.ft. greenhouse to supply cannabis to TerrAscend

TerrAscend Canada has entered into a multi-year cultivation agreement with PharmHouse, a joint venture between Canopy Rivers and the principals and operators of a North…

How Britain produces nearly half the world's medical marijuana

One day last summer, residents of rural Norfolk began to complain about a strange and pungent smell wafting across the Fens just south of King's Lynn. Soon, officers were knocking on the door of a massive greenhouse complex covering roughly 18 hectares of farmland (the size of 23 football pitches) next to the…

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