Thursday, September 20, 2018

New tray field for strawberry plant propagation

Cutting two hectares of strawberry plants in one day

At Genson in Sint-Oedenrode the strawberry plants have been propagated since July in a renewed tray field. By propagating above the soil, the company that is involved in the propagation of plants wants to reduce the disease pressure. In addition, with the new tray field it takes the first step towards…

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Russia: Agro-Invest started fifth phase of greenhouse construction in Kaluga

The biggest greenhouse complex in Russia, Agro-Invest, has launched the fourth phase of greenhouses in the Kaluga region and has started the construction of the fifth one. Kaluga governor's recently paid a visit to the enterprise, reports the regional government press service. In 2016, HortiDaily…

Mike Garganta joins Excalibur Plastics

"Helping growers with innovative products is at the heart of the company"

A new chair is added to the Excalibur Plastic conference table. With the addition of Mike Garganta the team has grown even further – and also expanded geographically. The US market is to be included in its scope and to be serviced even better by the enlarged team. Mike Garganta has gained his experience in the heating industry and…

Danish producer saves 75 tons of 'ugly' tomatoes

The healthy production of Danish tomatoes, boosted by this year’s warm summer, has not been allowed to go to waste by a producer in Odense. Alfred Pedersen & Son is one of two producers taking part in an initiative set up earlier this year by NGO Stop Wasting Food ( Stop Spild Af Mad ) in an effort to cut…

Tomato Seed Extraction Machine ready for testing

Seed Processing Holland announces the test of one of their latest innovations, the Tomato Seed Extraction Machine TEM-010.  This machine is specifically designed to extract seeds from small tomato lots, perfect to be used at breeding stations. The first edition has been thoroughly tested, resulting in an upgraded edition. The machine builder…

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New 10-litre pot for raspberries, blackberries and blueberries

Are you looking for a substrate pot for your raspberry or blackberry plants? This month Beekenkamp Verpakkingen will be introducing a new 10-litre pot. Coming season they are going to expand their existing range of square 4.7-litre substrate pots, 7-litre pots and various light weight pots with this new…

Official opening Rijk Zwaan greenhouse in Tanzania

On 19 September 2018 in Arusha, Tanzania, the official opening took place of a new greenhouse complex for Rijk Zwaan. The high-tech poly greenhouse, with a surface area of 43,137 m² and a separate sandwich structure, will be used for seed production. At the opening, Certhon and Van der Hoeven handed over…

Young boy arrested by police

Australia's strawberry needle scare spurs proposal for 15-year jail term

Police in Australia have arrested a young boy who admitted to inserting needles into strawberries as part of an apparent prank. New South Wales Acting Assistant Police Commissioner Stuart Smith would not release further details. "Obviously in the last few days we found a young person that admitted to playing a prank,…

China's annual output of peppers is 40 million tons

China's current pepper production is about 40 million tons, ranking first in the world. The 13th National Chili Industry Conference was held on the 16th in the “Hometown of Chinese Chili Peppers” in Yucheng County, Henan Province. Zhao Yumin, secretary general of the National Chili Industry Conference…

Strong production leaves California lettuce market subdued

Excellent growing conditions have meant that California lettuce production is very strong right now. Quality is also very high, with very little weather and disease pressure affecting any of the lettuce varieties. The weather has been ideal in the Salinas Valley, with lows in the low - mid 50s and day…

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New range of powerful medium speed V-Engines

Rolls-Royce has launched a V-line version of the new B33:45 liquid fuel and B36:45 gas engine series. This completes the new engine family, following the launch of the first variants three years ago. “This is an important milestone for us. The new V-Engine series is truly an outstanding product and we believe that the new platform…

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Study shows effects of fertilizing tomato with selenium

An experiment was carried out in a greenhouse to evaluate the effects of selenium application (as Na2SeO3) on mineral concentration (as N, P, K, Ca and Se), biomass, yield and total antioxidant status (TAS) of tomato fruit. The study consisted of two experiments: an irrigation experiment with the…

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Jumping genes drive chromosome changes in strawberries

The transfer of gene cassettes across generations of strawberry plants has been shown to drive changes in sex chromosomes, according to a team led by a researcher from the University of Pittsburgh Department of Biological Sciences. Distinguished Professor of Evolutionary Ecology Tia-Lynn Ashman, along…

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Tomato Seed Extraction Machine ready for testing

Seed Processing Holland announces the test of one of their latest innovations, the Tomato Seed Extraction Machine TEM-010.  This machine is specifically designed to extract seeds from small tomato lots, perfect to be used at breeding stations. The first edition has been thoroughly tested, resulting in an upgraded edition. The machine builder…

Evelien Vanlerberghe, Tryvan/Trypol Pack

“Sorting Brussels sprouts optically halves staff needed”

"As a result of the dry weather, we expect a later start to the Brussels sprouts season. The sprouts are still on the small side at the moment and this has a bearing on the…

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New 10-litre pot for raspberries, blackberries and blueberries

Are you looking for a substrate pot for your raspberry or blackberry plants? This month Beekenkamp Verpakkingen will be introducing a new 10-litre pot. Coming season they are going to expand their existing range of square 4.7-litre substrate pots, 7-litre pots and various light weight pots with this new…

Ghana: Actor John Dumelo makes money from own cucumbers

Ghanaian actor John Dumelo is really doing well for himself, not just in his acting career, but also in businesses like farming. Agriculture has been one sector the actor has spent part of his money on and he has never regretted making these investments, as he sure sees a future in agriculture. The actor could not…

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Cleaning up garbage with recycled garbage bags

Saturday September 15 was World Cleanup Day. Litter was cleaned up and mapped worldwide. Oerlemans Packaging sponsored the World Cleanup Day Nederland, in which more than 250 teams participated. Oerlemans Packaging produced recycled garbage bags for the Dutch teams and, spread over the entire country,…

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Germany: New packaging law applies starting 01.01.2019

The new Packaging Act was already passed more than a year ago and will replace the Packaging Ordinance starting on 01.01.2019. The Packaging Act brings with it a number of…

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US (MO): Bayer donates living billboards harvest to St. Louis Area Foodbank

For the past month, motorists travelling along St. Louis' two major highways have witnessed a feast of lush, leafy collards, kale and chard growing on two "living billboards" featuring the iconic St. Louis Arch standing tall in front of the downtown skyline. The billboards, sponsored by Bayer, have now…

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"Brown Grow Quality Products Continues to Reach Customers"

"This is an important message to our valued customers, growers, distributors and channel partners around the world", the team with Brown Grow shares. Brown Grow is currently restructuring its production operations in response to adverse weather conditions and raw materials price fluctuations in Sri Lanka…

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September 8-16

Government of Canada celebrates Organic Week

The Government of Canada celebrates the contribution of organic farmers during Organic Week, taking place September 8-16. Through targeted investments, the Government continues to support the organic sector to conduct research activities, open new markets, and adopt new sustainable practices and…

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Cooling more »

Inviro Choice LTD introduces 100 percent off grid solar powered machines

Vacuum cooling for every small hold farmer on the planet

A 100 percent off grid solar powered vacuum cooler. It is the aim of British vacuum cooler manufacturer Inviro Choice LTD (ICL), who is determined to build a new range of these machines this year and send them to test pilot sites based around the world. Vacuum cooling Vacuum cooling is a cooling method…

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Young boy arrested by police

Australia's strawberry needle scare spurs proposal for 15-year jail term

Police in Australia have arrested a young boy who admitted to inserting needles into strawberries as part of an apparent prank. New South Wales Acting Assistant Police Commissioner Stuart Smith would not release further details. "Obviously in the last few days we found a young person that admitted to playing a prank,…

Foodstuffs and Woolworths NZ halt all Australian strawberry distribution

Last week, sewing needles were found in punnets of strawberries purchased in five states or territories - the latest in Tasmania. Australian police believe a disgruntled farm worker is to blame for the cases in Queensland, but said copycats may be responsible in other states.           Foodstuffs said it was confident there was no product in its stores that have been affected by the Australian action. But the company said for added reassurance it elected…

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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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December 12-13, Monterey

US (CA): Grower roundtable keynote presentation announced for Organic Grower Summit

The first of three keynote presentations during the 2018 Organic Grower Summit will offer an international overview of the organic produce industry – exploring the opportunities, challenges and issues facing the growing organic fresh fruit and vegetable marketplace. The Grower Roundtable, featuring three…

Designing aquaponic systems for the developing world

Designing and operating an aquaponic system in Florida is not the same as in Togo, West Africa. Phil Reasons has spent years doing both. Internationally, Phil helps communities in Africa, Central America, Haiti, and elsewhere supplement their diets with aquaponics. At this weekend’s Putting Up Shoots conference in Hartford, CT, Phil…

November 27-28, Brisbane

Australia: Sustainable agriculture in the spotlight at GFIA In Focus

The Australian government is pushing for agriculture to become a $100 billion industry by 2030 – and with the Queensland Government aiming to double the state’s food production by 2040, the leading authority on sustainable food production and agriculture is hosting an event in Brisbane designed to…

FPAA to hold first ever women’s leadership invitational

The Fresh Produce Association of the Americas (FPAA) is excited to be celebrating the first ever Women’s Leadership Invitational (WLI) during the 50th fall Convention. The…

Vertical farming more »

LEDs revolutionise the horticulture industry

“It’s a real luxury to eat locally grown, leafy greens in the middle of a Chicago winter,” declares Robert Colangelo, founder and CEO of Green Sense Farms. Before he launched his business in 2012, the only truly feasible way to provide fresh salads and herbs during the cold Illinois winter was to truck…

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US (CA): Cannabis cultivation facility expands beyond original scope

Smart Cannabis shared a significant increase in the scope of the project in Salinas, California, announced in August. The subsidiary, Next Generation Farming, has secured the construction installation estimated to be $1.8 million. In the past weeks, the team has headed the property, installed the Geo Thermal Exchange System, and hauled…

US (WA): Construction permit issued for 44,000 sq.ft. MMJ facility

CROP has received an updated building permit for its Washington “The Dozen” Project. CROP had previously revised the building plans to include upgraded access roads and a new staff facility, including restroom and break-room.The company has completed 90% of the construction of the first six (6)…

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