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Monday, July 06, 2015

"In search of the perfect Asian eggplant variety and production system"

To meet the increasing Canadian demand for ethnic vegetables, Ontario’s Vineland Research and Innovation Centre is investigating varieties of greenhouse Asian eggplant. Michael Brownbridge, Vineland's Research Director for Horticultural Production Systems, explained to us the process for selecting the.....

Kazakhstan: GTK harvests first strawberries from propagation greenhouse

Last week, the first strawberries were harvested at the Kazakh greenhouse grower Greenhouse Technologies of Kazakhstan (GTK) Ltd. The greenhouse in the north of Kazakhstan started with a test production of strawberries in the propagation department of the complex. The young plants are imported from the.....

Canada (B.C): Major fire at Merom Farms Ltd. in Abbotsford

Last week a large fire took place at bell pepper grower Merom Farms in Abbotsford, British Columbia. The fire at the bell pepper grower started in a front loader for bark mulch just after 2:20 p.m. on Thursday afternoon."It started off as a loader tractor that caught fire in the middle of that bark mulch.....

"Australia is hot for many Dutch entrepreneurs"

Blooming Australian greenhouse industry gathers in Gold Coast

This Sunday the PCA Greenworks Conference started in sunny Broadbeach on the Gold Coast in Australia. All major growers of Australia will be visiting the Conference and participating in one or more of the many seminars about growing in a protected environment. Next to the seminars there is an exhibition area.....

France: Ridder acquires Anjou Serres Services

Ridder is pleased to announce that it has acquired all the business operations of Anjou Serres Services. This marks Ridder's next step forward in its internationalization efforts. The French market is a strategic priority for Ridder. It calls for presenting one familiar face to our customers with local.....

US: Dixie Brands, Heliospectra AB & AmericanCannabis engage in three party cannabis cultivation alliance

Dixie Brands, Inc. has tapped American Cannabis Company, Inc. for management of their new cultivation facility which will feature energy efficient lighting technology from Heliospectra AB for plant research and greenhouse cultivation.The three companies have formed an innovative alliance, designed to support.....

Canada: Kingsville council gives go ahead for Mucci Farms' 27 acre expansion

An expansion at Mucci Farms is expected to create a lot of new jobs in the Ruthven area. Mayor Nelson Santos says Kingsville council gave the 27-acre expansion the go ahead this week. “120 jobs are sited in this expansion, not including migrant workers. I think this expansion will bring a lot of new jobs.....

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USDA: Lower energy prices reduce crop production expenses

Oil and natural gas prices dropped in the latter half of 2014, with expectations that energy prices would remain lower than previously projected through 2016. Lower energy prices affect crop production expenses, which in turn influence planting decisions and commodity prices.The effect of energy prices on.....

Fertilizersmore »

OHP announces summer launch of Triathlon BA

OHP, Inc. announced the summer launch of Triathlon BA, the next generation preventive biofungicide labeled for both organic and non-organic production. Triathlon BA controls a wide variety of fungal and bacterial diseases on ornamentals, fruits, vegetables, and herbs and spices.

US (TX): Private pesticide applicator training set for July 15 in Midland

The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service will conduct a Private Pesticide Applicator Training from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. July 15 at the AgriLife Extension office in Midland County, 2445 E. U.S. Highway 80 in Midland.Rebel Royall, AgriLife Extension agent in Glasscock County who will oversee the training, said.....

Magnesium-chloride fertilizer approved for use on organic U.S. crops

U.S. organic farmers can now use the first magnesium chloride-based fertilizer, known as AgMag, to strengthen their crops and continue to meet the growing demand for organic products, Innovative Surface Solutions, the fertilizer's maker, said this week.

Machinesmore »

Naio to automate row crop management

French company develops autonomous greenhouse robot

Naio Technologies, a French company started four years ago, is looking to fully automate the way growers plant, maintain and harvest row crops. After several years of research and development, they've released a robot that can weed a field all on its own.“You can put the robot at the first row, you answer a.....

Product Infomore »

NOT YETFake coeur de boeuf tomatoes in France

Coeur de boeuf tomatoes have everything going for them from their size to their bright colour and promise of a juicy, sweet flavour. However consumers are disappointed after the first bite : the tomatoes have no taste. Coeur de boeuf tomatoes were launched on the market following a trend for heritage.....

German strawberries, bell peppers from the Netherlands

StrawberriesThey were once nearly exclusively domestic products. Here and there, some Dutch loads showed up, which merely played a complimentary role. Although the supply reduced slightly, the demand was effortlessly met. The supply often turned out to be too abundant, so that one stock became indispensable,.....

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Tips and tricks on how to graft vegetables

Grafting provides a natural method of achieving disease resistance and plant vigor for our favorite vegetable cultivars, said Kim Ellson, a University of Illinois Extension horticulture educator.“We all have our favorite vegetable varieties. Some love Big Boy tomatoes while others will insist upon Better.....

NZ: Growing innovation in the primary industries

Nearly 100 scientists and industry leaders in plant science are discussing how to grow innovation for the primary industries in New Zealand at a conference hosted by Massey University this week.The 2015 ‘Plants for the Future’ conference is a joint meeting of the New Zealand Institute of Agricultural and.....

Reactions from Rene van Geest, Johan Vrijland and British businesses

Calais protests on hold until 7 July

Tholen - The protests in the port of Calais have provisionally been put on hold until Tuesday 7 July, according to the ANWB. The schedule of ferry services between Calais and Dover has therefore returned to normal, although on both sides of the Channel there are still hundreds of waiting lorries. According.....

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New Zealand: Plastic packaging prompts petition

Catriona Atkinson has started a petition asking Countdown supermarkets to scrap the wrap, and it has been signed by nearly 7000 people so far.Some of the items observed at a Wellington Countdown by Radio New Zealand included seven radishes in a plastic box, seven mushrooms laid out on a tray sweating under a.....

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Crop rotation found to benefit soil microbial community

Research led by Michigan State University Department of Plant, Soil and Microbial Sciences found that crop rotations, in isolation from other management factors, can increase the functions performed by soil microbial communities that benefit plant growth.Research for the project took place at the W.K......

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Diversity is key at Erieview Acres:

"Organic growers can benefit from Monsanto's knowledge"

At Erieview Acres in Kingsville, Ontario, the brothers Norm and Rob Hansen are running a very interesting organic greenhouse operation. It is not a standard organic operation that just follows the rules of organic cultivation. Their philosophy: diversity is key.The demand for organic vegetables in both.....

Coolingmore »

SmartTraxx™ GO LUX

'Eyes on the road' with New Monitoring Device

Locus Traxx Worldwide, a company that specialises in real-time temperature and location monitoring of perishables and high value shipments, has announced the newest addition to the SmartTraxx™ product line, the GO LUX. “The GO LUX adds a new capability to the SmartTraxx GO product line giving you Eyes on the.....

Food Safetymore »

OzHarvest and the United Nations

Addressing food and nutrition security in Australia

For the third year running, Australia’s leading food rescue organisation has teamed up with the United Nations to tackle food and nutrition security and food waste at the upcoming Think.Eat.Save events being held across the country on July 27.Think.Eat.Save events will see Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide,.....

Healthmore »

Survey: Israeli eating habits improving

Israelis skip breakfast; eat at a fast food stand at least once a week; and Israeli kids consume pizza and sugary breakfast cereals. These findings and more were found by a survey conducted by the research center Panels for Globes and the new season of the popular cooking reality show “Master Chef” airing.....

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Netherlands: Wagingen UR offers Postharvest Technology Course

Are you looking for an update on the latest technologies for storage, packaging and handling of fresh horticultural products? Would you like to broaden and deepen your knowledge of the biology of postharvest development, ripening and deterioration? Then this course might be something for you. 35% of all.....

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Meijer commits to locally-grown produce | Amazon opens in Mexico

Ocado reports rise of 20% active shoppers

Israel: Mega suppliers restrict deliveries -A long list of suppliers halted their supply of merchandise to the Mega chain yesterday, after the chain asked the court to summon a creditors meeting for the purpose of reaching a debt settlement, reports. Mega owes NIS 1.29bn: NIS 705m to.....

Auchan, Carrefour and Casino opening in Africa and Middle East

Online shoppers often disappointed by freshness

It's official: Lidl establishes in North CarolinaThe news of European retailer Lidl opening a new regional headquarters and distribution center in Alamance County was made official Wednesday in press releases by Lidl and Gov. Pat McCrory, reports. Graham’s City Council approved the.....

Vertical farmingmore »

Anyone want to cultivate in a Dutch pool?

A former swimming pool in the Dutch town of Hoofddorp is being converted into a temporary facility for creative entrepreneurs. The building is marked for demolition in a few years’ time, but until then it’s made available for other purposes. One of the available pools.Urban FarmingConsidering the recent.....

Flowers and Ornamental Trademore »

Exports and development of new sales channels, key for ornamental agriculture

Flowers and ornamental plants make up a key subsector within Spanish horticulture, and both exports, important for its future growth, and the development of new sales channels, namely through large distributors, are key elements for its promotion.Last year, the industry suffered a sharp decline in private.....


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