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Tuesday, September 02, 2014

Lisa Ambrosio, president at Wenke Greenhouses:
US (MI): "Ellepots are faster to transplant and there's less damage to the plants during transplanting process"
Chris and Ann Wenke opened Wenke Greenhouses in Kalamazoo, Mich., in 1942. Their son Lorence purchased the business in 1975 and he was later joined by his younger brother Dennis. Lorence’s daughter, Lisa Ambrosio, purchased the company in January 2013.The company has expanded to include three production.....

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Educating international and local growers in a dynamically developing greenhouse producer country:
Congress on Controlled Environment Agriculture to début in Panama
For the first time, a Congress on Controlled Environment Agriculture will be held in Panama next year. The main goal of the congress is to educate future and existing entrepreneurs working or interested in the controlled environment industry. Furthermore, the congress aims to introduce the opportunities in.....

Canada: Hoogendoorn iSii contributes to high results at progressive gerbera nursery Techni-gro
Techni-gro, founded in 1993, is one of the most progressive gerbera nurseries in Canada. The greenhouse (1 hectare) is located in Chilliwack in British Colombia, Canada and, in the 1 hectare glass greenhouse, more than 20 different types of gerbera amounting to 3 million flowers are grown annually. A large.....

Receives $35M in orders during first 6 months of 2014
Canada: EPS-AB successfully introduces Ecomax® CHP technology into the Canadian Market
EPS AB is pleased to announce that during the first 6 months of 2014, EPS AB Energy Canada Ltd. has been awarded contracts for several large CHP and Power Plants with a combined order value totalling more than $35M.MFC Processing Partnership in Alberta awarded a contract for a 16.5 MW power plant. This will.....

US: AgriNomix accepts Ice Bucket Challenge, nominates Dutch partners!
25% of AgriNomix employees accepted the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge on Thursday, August 28th. In addition to making a corporate donation to the ALS Association, most employees made personal donations. AgriNomix challenged their overseas suppliers to step up and join in the fun. AgriNomix’s Robert Lando knows.....

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Brazil: Any desired route with SmartFlo at Van Oene Kalanchoes
Joost van Oene, located in Holambra in Brazil, chose in 2013 to integrate the SmartFlo system into his business operations. The flexibility offered by the SmartFlo system fits well with the Brazilian company. With the SmartFlo system it is possible to choose any desired delivery route. The system is made of.....

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Australia: Abbott to announce RET's finished: report
Tony Abbott will seek to freeze the Renewable Energy Target at 16,000GWh, effectively ending the scheme, The Australian Financial Review reports.

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Plant species for the removal of Na+ and Cl– from greenhouse nutrient solution
Certain ions such as Na+ and Cl– can accumulate in recirculating greenhouse nutrient solutions and can reach levels that are damaging to crops. An option for the treatment of this problem is phytodesalinization with Na+ and Cl– hyperaccumulating plants that could be added to existing water treatment.....

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Harvest Automation robots breaking records, moved 5 million plants to date
Harvest Automation HV-100 Robots have been super busy this summer breaking several records along the way (see Progress section below). Here are some images from two of our newest customers with robots hard at work.Two HV-100 Robots Working as a Team to Space Plants at Grower Direct in Somers, CTConsolidation.....

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Plants may use newly discovered molecular language to communicate
A Virginia Tech scientist has discovered a potentially new form of plant communication, one that allows them to share an extraordinary amount of genetic information with one another.The finding by Jim Westwood, a professor of plant pathology, physiology, and weed science in the College of Agriculture and.....

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"Growers demanding more high quality young plants"
Promising first year for Ontario's newest propagation greenhouse: Roelands Plant Farms
As a result of the moderate, but continuous growth of the Canadian greenhouse acreage, a new vegetable young plant propagation greenhouse was opened last year near the shores of Lake Huron; Roelands Plant Farms. The greenhouse, a state-of-art 2 hectare Venlo built by Havecon, is in full operation since.....

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U.S. Market Trends:
Packaged produce means less time, less waste, more variety
More than 70% of U.S. households consume bagged/packaged salads. Considering the hectic pace of the average American's daily routine, reliance on the convenience and variety offered by bagged salads and other types of ready-to-eat vegetables and fruit will be a key factor spurring the U.S. market for these.....

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"Supermarket promotions are acceptable, rock bottom prices are not"
"Stronger together: Support Dutch products." This was the call sent from the fruit and vegetable sector last week to Dutch retailers. And they listened. This weekend, almost all supermarkets focused on Dutch vegetables, although there was also some criticism. The focus on prices is not the right one and if.....

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'Coir increasingly popular amongst Dutch growers'
Double layered growbag enables rapid horizontal rooting and uniform drainage
Coir substrates are one of the most popular, if not, the most popular substrates used by growers worldwide. According to Wim Roosen of Dutch Plantin the popularity of the substrate is increasing every year, even in The Netherlands, where stonewool has been the most favoured substrate for decades......

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Almost half of Americans seek organics
A little less than half — 45 percent — of Americans actively try and include organic foods in their diet but 15 percent go out of their way to avoid them, according to a new Gallup poll. The remaining 38 percent indicated they “don’t think either way.”Active interest in an organic diet is highest in the.....

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New cooling masterbatch for greenhouse films cuts down interior temperature in hot regions
In field tests in South Israel, greenhouse films produced with Tosaf's new cooling masterbatch IR8783PE reduced the peak temperature inside a greenhouse tunnel by up to 5°C in comparison with a conventional film containing a light diffuser, the company stated.Designed to support optimal plant growth in hot.....

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Development of an inspection module for quality assurance of tomatoes on the vine
Wageningen UR Greenhouse Horticulture launched, beginning of this year, a public-private partnership project which focuses on the automatic quality inspection of tomatoes on the vine on the packaging line.The current quality inspection of tomatoes on the vine is done by simple visual inspection of workers.....

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AU: Vegies on verge of 'extinction'
Where grandma planned a week ahead, families are now planning their meals on a day-to-day basis.This was one of the research observations delivered to International Horticultural Congress delegates from Professor of Behavioural Science Tony Worsley, Deakin University, Victoria.His address at the opening.....

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UK: Leadership and Team Skills Development Course for horticultural growers
Horticultural and agricultural employees working at Team Leader or Supervisor level are being urged to sign up for a new course that will run this autumn through the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (of which HDC is a division).The course, commencing in September, is funded by the Rural.....

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Partnership with national design college to challenge paradigms:
AmericanHort launches initiative to explore the future of garden retail
The future of garden retail is being explored with a new initiative announced this week by AmericanHort at Cultivate’14. Over the next 12 months, the association will engage its membership and consumers in a project to explore and then identify strategies to expand garden retail. Along with the Horticultural.....


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