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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

TOPPot plants benefit from diffuse glass
A wide range of flowering and green pot plants performs better under ReduFuse. For some types the increase in productivity or acceleration of the production cycle is quite substantial. That is especially true if the grower can allow in more light. But even at an equal level of light, diffused light leads to.....

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AU: "More and more growers identifying advantages of stonewool substrates"
Family owned and operated - E.E Muir & Sons are highly recognised as a major distributor of fertilisers, chemicals, seeds and other farm inputs to the Australian field and protected agriculture market, the company has long recognised the importance of providing the right information and backup to its.....

The New Cultivation in combination with plant welfare
In recent years, concepts and practical tests have been developed for various crops by The New Cultivation. By the use of a second screen, horizontal vents and dehumidification of incoming air some significant savings have already been achieved in gas consumption. Reduced energy consumption of up to 30% has.....

Growers and Hermadix shading agents develop a new coating for peppers
Dutch growers Bergpeppers, Vijverberg peppers and manufacturer Hermadix shading agents will also work together in 2014. The cooperation was started in 2012 with the goal to develop a coating for peppers. In 2013 the first tests were done and positive test results were achieved. Despite of the good results.....

Horticulture expert John Stanley to speak at Farwest 2014:
US (OR): 'Emerging changes in horti industry leading to growth and increased sales'
John Stanley, renowned horticulture industry expert, will bring his insight and perspective to the 2014 Farwest Trade Show on August 21, when he delivers the keynote speech, followed on August 22 by a 3-hour retail workshop. His understanding of the dynamics that impact horticulture businesses will connect.....

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UK: Driver dies after car crashes into greenhouse
According to, a driver has died after a car careered off a road, down an embankment and into a greenhouse at a plant nursery.Three fire crews were called to the scene at Downe’s Nursery, Gillespie Road, Colinton, at 11.40am.At least 20 firefighters from McDonald Road, Crewe Toll.....

Thinking big, going global
It may seem a daunting task to take a business to the world market but, for companies that do, the payoff can be rewarding — and educational. Leigh Coulter got the call on a Friday afternoon. The Japanese customer she had been working with for months wanted to meet with her in person — on Monday.Coulter,.....

UK: AIPH Spring Meeting debates global ornamental plant trade, environmental challenges
Representatives from organisations representing growers of ornamental horticultural crops met in London, UK on 2nd April to share information and ideas that will strengthen the position of the sector in the future. During the Spring Meeting of the International Association of Horticultural Producers (AIPH).....
Japan: Panasonic to cultivate greenhouse farming biz
Panasonic Corp. said Monday the group will enter into the farming business with a newly developed low-cost vinyl greenhouse production system. The leading home electronics maker’s subsidiary will launch the system utilizing natural energy sources during the current business year through next March, targeting.....

China: Xinjiang hit hard by blizzard causing 81 millions of yuan in damages
The Province of Xinjiang was hit by bad weather conditions affecting more than ten thousand residents at the beginning of April, damaging several hundreds of acres of crops and resulting in damages amounting to more than 78 million yuan. ($ 12.5 million USD)The Bureau of Civil Affairs in Hami City reported.....

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US: Energy efficiency grant opportunity for farms and small businesses now available
A total of $150,000 is available from the Michigan Energy Office in matching grants for energy efficiency projects to retrofit existing buildings on all types of farms including greenhouses or small businesses in Michigan according to Michigan State University Extension. The main purpose behind this effort.....

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Canada: Kontos now registered for Greenhouse and Outdoor Ornamentals
Flowers Canada Growers Inc is pleased to announce that Kontos (spirotetramat) is now registered for greenhouse and outdoor ornamental uses. Kontos can be applied as a foliar spray or drench and is registered for a number of major pests including whiteflies, green peach aphid, citrus mealy bugs, western.....

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Research update on the floriculture production
Australia: Level of floriculture import penetration climbs to 8.6% of domestic demand
High import penetration and price competition from supermarkets have put pressure on profit margins in the Floriculture Production industry in the past five years. For this reason, industry research firm IBISWorld has updated its report on the Floriculture Production industry in Australia. The Floriculture.....

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Haagen-Dazs vegetable ice cream flavors to debut in Japan
In a new experiment that is sure to get kids to eat their veggies, global ice cream maker Haagen-Dazs announced plans to sell two vegetable-flavored ice creams in Japan next month.The "Spoon Vege" flavors, Tomato Cherry and Carrot Orange, listed as containing 8.5% milk fat, according to a press release.....

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Wageningen UR finds a way to make tulips weather proof
Warmer winter temperatures can interfere with the development of a flower in a tulip bulb. Fortunately, researchers at Wageningen UR are ahead of this problem. They identified the genes responsible for the development of flowers. Plant breeders can use this knowledge to grow tulip varieties that can.....

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US (CA): Sunnyvale welcomes EPS ban on Earth Day
The city of Sunnyvale's ban on foam food containers officially goes into effect on Earth Day. City staff worked for the past six months with local food vendors, preparing them for the ban on the use and sale of expanded polystyrene (EPS) food containers in the city.As of April 22, the ban will make it.....

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US (MN): Bachman's nurseries starts labeling 'bee-safe' plants
Gardeners shopping for plants this spring at Bachman’s nurseries in Minnesota will find some new signs in the soil: The company will begin telling customers which of its plants are safe for bees.Bachman’s is now growing plants at its suburban Twin Cities production center that are free of neonicotinoid.....

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Pelemix's manufacturing system ensures the quality of its coir fibre
Pelemix is currently one of the leading firms in the production and distribution of coir fibre as a substrate for intensive crops.Originally, this Israeli company was merely a primary producer and had its products distributed through a local distributor; however, in 2003 decided to start distributing in a.....

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US (IL): Organic food stores promises bright future to Chicago farmers
According to, local food chain stores are expanding their relationship with farmers and food artisans in the region to bring their fresh, organic, and wholesome products to Chicagoland and make them available to consumers seven days a week. “Food is a disaster in this country, consumers.....

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Spain: Testing of air cooling systems in greenhouses
A group of researchers from the Rural Engineering Group of the University of Almeria (UAL), members of the Agri-food International Excellence Campus CeiA3, have implemented a system normally used in the cooling of buildings (evaporator water boxes) to greenhouses in order to analyse its impact onwater and.....

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Joint FAO/WHO Meeting on Pesticide Residues:
Report on Pesticide residues in food 2013
Report of the Joint Meeting of the FAO Panel of Experts on Pesticide Residues in Food and the Environment and the WHO Core Assessment Group on Pesticide Residues Geneva, Switzerland, From 17 to 26 September 2013.The Meeting was held in pursuance of recommendations made by previous Meetings and accepted by.....

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Focus on leafy green vegetables for better nutrition
Perhaps Popeye was doing his body right when he ate spinach to replenish his superhuman strength. Green leafy vegetables are chock full of phytochemicals, vitamins and minerals. In fact, many health professionals believe that leafy green vegetables deserve a special focus in the produce world for the volume.....

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Italy: At day at Meridiem Seeds' demo greenhouse
Over 200 commercial farms, nursery gardeners, technicians and retailers visited the Meridiem Seeds' tomato demo greenhouse set up by F.lli Giamblanco.The F.lli Giamblanco company was chosen because it is a leader in the tomato, pepper, watermelon and melon sector. The company grows its produce with low.....

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Photoreport Bronisze Wholesale Market Warsaw
During our visit to Warsaw last week, we visited the Bronisze wholesale market and took pictures of the products and retailers. The atmosphere was excellent, although we attracted some strange looks. It was not too busy around 8 o'clock in the morning. The supply on the market was huge and it was striking.....


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