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Italy: "Hydroponic cultivation lowers disease risk"

The young, Italian horticulturist Rosario Aurnia has made a very meticulous working system for the farming of his tomatoes. Six hectares are mostly cultivated in mini plum tomatoes (70%), while the remainder is used for the datterino variety. The entire surface has been allocated for hydroponic…

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Yellow leaf curl virus found

Egypt stops tomato exports due to TYLCV

This Sunday, the Egyptian Ministry of Agriculture ordered a ban on  the export of tomatoes after the infection of thousands of acres with yellow leaf curl virus (TYLCV) was confirmed.…

HortiFlor Zimbabwe in photos

"We are now 'pumped up' and revitalised, we now need to actualize our dreams into reality", says Mr. Tapiwa J. Mugabe of Total Farm Solutions . This Zimbabwean horticultural one stop shop was one of the exhibitors at the HortiFlor and very pleased with the show, and also the timing of the show. "In the spirit of reviving the…

US (NV): Aquaponics farm increases tomato yields by 20% with new lighting

Founded in 2015, Dayton Valley Aquaponics is a year-round aquaponic greenhouse designed to provide the northern Nevada area with consistently fresh, sustainable, local produce. They currently use their LumiGrow fixtures to light 20,000 square feet of greenhouse. Tomatoes are Dayton Valley’s bread and…

not for veggies

Japanese pitch "biggest greenhouse in the world"

A Japanese company has designed "the biggest greenhouse in human history". Not for growing vegetables, but for creating a touristic destination out of a valley. By covering a valley in the Chinese Hebel province with glass roofs, they want to create a mountainous "Utopia".  "The site is located in the Hebel province of China.The forestation of…

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How to keep greenhouse conditions optimal for plant growth

Plants are complex organisms, and as resilient as they are in nature, they’re also delicate enough that suboptimal growing conditions can seriously impact their health. The temperature and relative humidity in a greenhouse are two factors that have an enormous impact on plant growth, and a greenhouse…

Peruvian agronomist Rogelio Leon:

What growers can learn from the successes and mistakes made in the flower industry

How can the success of flower producing countries help other agricultural businesses succeed? We asked Peruvian agronomist Rogelio Leon who investigated the recipe for success - "the success equation" - of the flower industry in Colombia, Kenya and China. He noticed that the agricultural industry can…

AU: "Kumato proving to be a major hit with consumers"

One of Australia’s new tomato varieties is quickly gaining traction with consumers, according to one of the growers. Kumato® grower Andrew Potter, who produces 450,000 kg each year, says interest in the fruit is growing steadily. “Australians enjoy the unique taste and colour changes of the Kumato®,” he said. “They are less…

Corn and tomato crops flattened by Hurricane Michael

The Florida panhandle and southern Georgia won't be functioning normally for several weeks after Hurricane Michael caused widespread destruction to the region. The storm crossed the coast as a category 4 hurricane and has been labeled as the strongest hurricane to hit the Florida panhandle. As a result,…

Valoya Canna+

"Ultra-wide LED spectrum benefits chemical expression in cannabis"

The research into the interaction of the cannabis plant and light is growing but is yet not abundant due to bans which still exist in most places around the world. One thing we do know for sure is that high quality light will result in a high quality plant, one with a good chemical expression. Valoya, the manufacturer of LED grow…

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Hatenboer-Water appoints two new managers

Following recent internal changes, Hatenboer-Water has made the decision to enable the appointment of two new managers. These nominations will come into effect this month.  Hans Poot: Manager Purchasing & Logistics Over the last years, Hans has been a highly valued member of the team of Purchasers. He fulfilled this role with great…

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Plan 2020: King Courgette guarantees that 100% of the energy used in its facilities is green

This company from Almeria has become the first firm in the province to guarantee all of the energy it uses in its facilities and processes is green. A few months ago, King Courgette® announced the implementation and start-up of its new 2020 Plan. Even though the company's strategic objective is to become the best zucchini operator in…

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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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De Ruiter Experience Center welcomes 2018th visitor of 2018

On March 22, 2018, De Ruiter opened its brand new, state-of-the-art demo glasshouse, the De Ruiter Experience Center. De Ruiter then set the goal to receive 1,000 visitors per year. Six months after opening, De Ruiter has welcomed its 2018th professional from the vegetable industry to the facilities in…

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Cambridge University

The power of future farm automation

The robot takeover of farm labor made another step forward this week as researchers unveiled a prototype of a machine that can now perform a task once possible only with the human hand. A team of engineers at the University of Cambridge have developed a robot that can manoeuvre so deftly that it’s able to pick…

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AU: "Kumato proving to be a major hit with consumers"

One of Australia’s new tomato varieties is quickly gaining traction with consumers, according to one of the growers. Kumato® grower Andrew Potter, who produces 450,000 kg each year, says interest in the fruit is growing steadily. “Australians enjoy the unique taste and colour changes of the Kumato®,” he said. “They are less…

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Village Farms launches 'sweet' or 'smooth' campaign

Village Farms is ready to celebrate and has a few surprises in store for this year’s PMA. First, Village Farms is celebrating the success of its flagship tomato variety, Heavenly Villagio Marzano which was launched at PMA 2011. According to Bret Wiley, SVP of Sales for Village Farms, “the success of…

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Five lessons from the Australian strawberry needle crisis

Australia is in the grip of a food contamination crisis, after metal needles were discovered in strawberries. The fruit sabotage has spread to at least six brands in four states and has resulted in Coles and Aldi supermarkets pulling the product from their shelves across the country. Additionally, New…

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BVB Substrates joins forces with Kekkilä

BVB Substrates has been producing substrates for a century. To serve customers better with sustainable solutions, BVB Substrates is joining forces with Kekkilä, a subsidiary of the Finnish company Vapo Oy. Peter Jan Kuiper, CEO BVB: 'An excellent combination that matches our ambition.' The official merger of BVB…

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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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Yellow leaf curl virus found

Egypt stops tomato exports due to TYLCV

This Sunday, the Egyptian Ministry of Agriculture ordered a ban on  the export of tomatoes after the infection of thousands of acres with yellow leaf curl virus (TYLCV) was confirmed.…

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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): Managing organic production systems to promote plant health

The second of six educational sessions finalized for the 2018 Organic Grower Summit will focus on managing the challenges of plant health in organic production systems. “Managing Organic Production Systems to Promote Plant Health” will feature organic industry experts in plant health offering a deep dive…

HortiFlor Zimbabwe in photos

"We are now 'pumped up' and revitalised, we now need to actualize our dreams into reality", says Mr. Tapiwa J. Mugabe of Total Farm Solutions . This Zimbabwean horticultural one stop shop was one of the exhibitors at the HortiFlor and very pleased with the show, and also the timing of the show. "In the spirit of reviving the…

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Grow & Roll with vertical farms

Vertical farming is one of the solutions to the problem of the growing demand for food. A multilayer system uses less surface, energy and water. And production takes place all year round, resulting in a higher yield. At Bosman Van Zaal they create vertical production systems, where sustainability, convenience and a higher yield…

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CAN (ON): Aphria destroys batch of marijuana due to lack of qualified workers

A Leamington company in the red-hot pot industry destroyed a batch of weed because it couldn’t find enough skilled production workers in time. Producer Aphria said it disposed of 13,642 plants after “a lack of qualified local labour” for greenhouse jobs slowed harvesting. It means that one week's crop rotation outgrew maximum quality. Read…

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