Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Cees Veerman sounds alarm on difficult restructuring of Westland horticulture

"Will the Westland still have horticulture in twenty years' time?"

Whilst the Netherlands might be the forerunner when it comes to greenhouse techniques, the market situation is anything but next-level. Over the last couple of years growers went through hard times and especially the future of the Westland area is facing challenges. Recently former minister, but also…

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Michael Heaven appointed Vice-President & General Manager at Argus

Conviron has announced the appointment of Michael Heaven as Vice-President and General Manager of Argus Control Systems Ltd. With over 20 years’ experience in leadership roles for companies specializing in process control and optimization, Michael has extensive senior leadership experience in the application of measurement…

Mr. Li from AgriPlus tells us the current trends

How is the growing technique developing in China?

Irrigation technology is developing quite fast, and in a fast-developing market like China, this technology seems to develop even faster. According to Mr. Brian Li from AgriPlus, in recent years a new trend has been developing in China’s irrigation business. Nowadays, more and more high-tech irrigation…

CAN (ON): Greenhouse worker dies after electrocution

A 29-year-old man has died after being electrocuted at a greenhouse in Leamington, CTV Windsor News reports . OPP, EMS and Leamington firefighters responded to the industrial accident at a greenhouse operation in the 800 block of Mersea Road 4 on Monday around 9:30 a.m. The Ministry of Labour has begun an investigation. Ministry Spokesperson, Janet…

Lifecycle analysis report lettuce production

"Sustainable vertical farming found to reduce CO2 outputs by 70% over other agricultural methods"

The agricultural sector emits around six billion tonnes of Greenhouse Gasses (GHGs) in 2011 or about 13% of total global emissions. The agricultural sector is the world’s largest emitter, after the energy sector. (Russell, 2014). According to a report conducted by the Dutch organisation OneFarm, vertical…

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Australian growers visit innovative colleagues

Australian peak bodies, the Hydroponic Farmers Federation (HFF) and Protected Copping Australia (PCA), recently partnered with Chisholm Institute of TAFE, De Ruiter Seeds and Signify to present a Grower Innovation day. The event was held at Chisholm Institute of TAFE’s Cranbourne Campus, which is also home to the…

Westland Horti Tours

Dutch greenhouse horticulture increasingly a tourist attraction

An increasing number of business people and tourists from at home and abroad are taking a peek inside Dutch greenhouses. The demand for tours with a professional guide is growing fast. Aad Verduijn and Wilma Verkade of Westland HortiTours started almost four years ago with organizing tours to the greenhouse industry led…

March 13-15, Ho Chi Minh City

"HortEx Vietnam 2019 floor plan already more than 80% filled"

The first edition of HortEx Vietnam was launched from 14-16 March 2018 in Ho Chi Minh City. Based on this launch and growing interest in the Vietnamese and South East Asian market the organisers aimed to double the exhibition in terms of size for 2019. At present the organisers are very pleased to see that more than…

Austrian cultivation lowers import numbers

Harvest start for Frutura tomatoes from Bad Blumau

Autumn temperatures are usually too cold for tomatoes in Austria. In Bad Blumau, Spar Premium Blumauer Cherry Tomatoes are now maturing, in a geothermally heated greenhouse…

Purple Pride continues lighted growth

"Make a difference, not on price, but on quality, continuity, and sustainability"

Tom de Jong, son and successor of Dutch eggplant grower Peter de Jong: "It is of added value if you can offer your customers product all year round. There are two ways to realize this: producing in the winter with the aid of artificial lighting or importing product during the winter." A number of factors…

Energy more »

Digital solutions for better support to powergen customers

At the end of October 2018, Rolls-Royce Power Systems opened a new Customer Care Center in Augsburg, Germany, focusing exclusively on customers of natural-gas-powered generator sets. This makes it one of the company’s five new customer service centers that have been in operation since the beginning of…

Fertilizers more »

Reinvented toilet by Bill Gates 'makes' clean water and fertilizer

Fertilizing tomatoes by using the toilet?

When you hear the name Bill Gates, you'll probably think about computers and Microsoft, but not about toilets. Still, the billionaire is now bringing a 'reinvention' of the…

Breeding more »

Visit by Minister for Agricultural Industry Development, Mark Furner

Australia: Applethorpe research facility bears fruit for farmers

Researchers at the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries (DAF) Applethorpe Research Facility are trying to help Queensland farmers to produce more attractive, flavoursome…

Spain: Plants with greater resistance to drought and no impact on growth

Researchers led by Ana Caño-Delgado, scientist of the Center for Research in Agrigenomics (CRAG), have managed to develop plants with a greater resistant to drought by…

Machines more »

DogBot an affordable solution to labour deficit?

These days many growers are looking for solutions to reduce labour in the fields and packhouses, robotics is one of the ways to do this, but replacing pickers of delicate fruit such as strawberries with a robotic picker is very challenging, the technology is not yet available and would not be affordable…

Product Info more »

The company showcased its product at Eima

An innovative drip irrigation system by Irritec

A revolutionary drip system that allows overcoming the problems of waters with high percentages of suspended solids. This proposal came from Irritec, a company that exports globally 70% of its production. On the 7th of November, it showcased its new products during the Eima fair. Giulia Giuffrè, Giuseppe Giardina, Paolo…

Packaging more »

Snack tomatoes of the 'Rivolo' variety from Bavarian greenhouse more and more present

Mini cherry vine tomatoes at Penny in new Best Moments packaging

The popular mini cherry vine tomatoes of Bavarian vegetable farm Steiner GmbH und Co. KG . have already been on offer for about 2-3 weeks, in a brand new packaging. Under the brand Best Moments, these fine greenhouse products of the Rivolo variety are offered in practical 200-gram cardboard trays at…

Marketing more »

Isolcell in Bolzano to present its sanitizing and ethylene-reducing solutions

After attending Fruit Attraction with the aim of strengthening its position in the Mediterranean and finding new partners,  Isolcell  will attend Interpoma (Bolzano, 15th-17th November 2018 - Section CD, Stand D24/04). It is the perfect occasion to celebrate the company's 60th anniversary after the celebrations at…

Substrates more »

Conference highlights role of plant substrates in modern horticulture

Hosted and chaired by MEP Franc Bogovič and organised by Growing Media Europe AISBL, the conference "Growing Media - The Foundation for a Greener Future", held on 5 November 2018 in the European Parliament, showcased how growing media are part of everyone´s daily life, contributing e.g. to food security,…

Organic more »

US: Organic Trade Association seeking “big ideas” on voluntary check-off

The Organic Trade Association wants the organic community to put on its thinking caps. On Monday, the trade group reached out to organic stakeholders and invited them to send…

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Food Safety more »

Trans-Tasman alliance to stamp out threats to national biosecurity

Hort Innovation has thrown its support behind a new joint initiative to combat threats to plant biosecurity. Cemented by a Memorandum of Understanding between Australia and New Zealand, the Trans-Tasman collaborative, led by Australia’s Plant Biosecurity Research Initiative (PBRI) and New Zealand’s Better Border Biosecurity…

Health more »

US (NJ): 144 schools offering fresh fruit and vegetable program

As part of the New Jersey Department of Agriculture’s continuing efforts to improve nutritional opportunities for school children, New Jersey Secretary of Agriculture Douglas H. Fisher announced 144 New Jersey schools are participating in the 2018-2019 school year’s Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program…

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Cees Veerman sounds alarm on difficult restructuring of Westland horticulture

"Will the Westland still have horticulture in twenty years' time?"

Whilst the Netherlands might be the forerunner when it comes to greenhouse techniques, the market situation is anything but next-level. Over the last couple of years growers went through hard times and especially the future of the Westland area is facing challenges. Recently former minister, but also…

Photo report: Expo Agroalimentaria 2018

Here it is, the photo report of last week's Expo Agroalimentaria that was held in the town of Irapuato, Mexico. Even though there was a rainy start to the show and colder-than-usual weather it was a busy trade show, with Thursday being the busiest of all four days. Click here for the 2018 Expo Agroalimentaria photo recap.…

Australian growers visit innovative colleagues

Australian peak bodies, the Hydroponic Farmers Federation (HFF) and Protected Copping Australia (PCA), recently partnered with Chisholm Institute of TAFE, De Ruiter Seeds and Signify to present a Grower Innovation day. The event was held at Chisholm Institute of TAFE’s Cranbourne Campus, which is also home to the…

Photo report MJBizCon 2018

Horticulture reaches out to solve challenges in the cannabis market

Out of the 1000+ participants of the MJBizCon, a serious percentage has a background in horticulture or indoor farming. The industries tried to connect last week on the 7th edition of the show.  We're not going to inform you again on the massive crowd finding its way to last week's MJBizCon exhibition in Las Vegas. It's…

March 13-15, Ho Chi Minh City

"HortEx Vietnam 2019 floor plan already more than 80% filled"

The first edition of HortEx Vietnam was launched from 14-16 March 2018 in Ho Chi Minh City. Based on this launch and growing interest in the Vietnamese and South East Asian market the organisers aimed to double the exhibition in terms of size for 2019. At present the organisers are very pleased to see that more than…

Vertical farming more »

UK: Jones Food Company to start first harvest

Run by a new firm called Jones Food Company, a British vertical farm is designed to produce 500 tonnes of plants annually starting with coriander, basil, dill and chives to feed the growing appetite for fresh herbs all year. The first crop was sown as recently as the middle of last month, and by next week, the initial…

Lifecycle analysis report lettuce production

"Sustainable vertical farming found to reduce CO2 outputs by 70% over other agricultural methods"

The agricultural sector emits around six billion tonnes of Greenhouse Gasses (GHGs) in 2011 or about 13% of total global emissions. The agricultural sector is the world’s largest emitter, after the energy sector. (Russell, 2014). According to a report conducted by the Dutch organisation OneFarm, vertical…

Medicinal production more »

Can marijuana save this Maori town in New Zealand?

As New Zealand prepares to legalize the production of medicinal cannabis, companies are racing to secure the first and biggest slices of a market that has proved lucrative in…

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