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Friday, November 21, 2014

Beneficial Insectary producing 2 predatory mite species in California:
More mite production in US will help growers using bio control to manage pest programs
Beneficial Insectary is now producing both Amblyseius (=Neoseiulus) cucumeris and Stratiolaelaps scimitus (formerly Hypoaspis miles) at their state-of-the-art facility in California. Domestic production in the United States is now benefiting growers in North America by significantly reducing the transit time.....

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"Cucumber can be stored for longer due to high wire cultivation"
Green Diamonds growers dare to give shelf life guarantee
"The ageing of cucumber starts on the plant. This means that the shorter amount of time the cucumber is on the plant, the longer its shelf life after harvest is." This is one of the things that Floris van der Linden of Green Diamonds has learned from seven years of high wire cultivation. This knowledge is an.....

Agrotech Didam B.V.:
Finished with the delivery of 24 Ha greenhouse to Russia
After the Dutch company Agrotech Didam B.V. finished the delivery and building-supervision of the 12 Ha greenhouse for Tyumen in west Siberia, Agrotech Didam B.V. has now finished the delivery of 12 Ha cucumber greenhouse including shade system in Luchovitsy south-west of Moscow. Both projects of a total of.....

Chemosphere Journal:
Greenhouse crops present higher pesticide levels
Researchers of Chemosphere Journal published a study this week which reveals that crops grown in greenhouses and poly-tunnels had higher levels of pesticides, twice as much as those of open field crops.Data on pesticide content were analysed in foods taken from various points in the food chain, and the.....

US (ME): Clayfield Farm profits from first summer harvest with new Rolling Thunder greenhouse
Clayfield Farm recently completed its first full summer with a new 22’ x 48’ Rolling Thunder™ Greenhouse from Rimol Greenhouse Systems. Owner Phil Norris purchased the structure to extend his production season from 6 to 10 months. Seed germination can now begin in February with the last harvest occurring in.....

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Three advances of Heliospectra LED light systems
Reduce energy costs by 50%You have the potential to reduce the energy consumption in your operation up to 50%. By maximizing the amount of light across a growing surface, we help save energy from minimizing light loss and can increase yields by putting more photons of light where they matter most - your.....

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Expo AgroAlimentaria Guanajuato 2014, Irapuato, Mexico.

Expo AgroAlimentaria Guanajuato 2014, Irapuato, Mexico.

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IPM Dubai 2014

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IFTF 2014, Vijfhuizen, The Netherlands

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Alma greenhouse at Take Me Home, Thailand

Alma greenhouse at Take Me Home, Thailand

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Canadian Greenhouse Conference ´14, Niagara Falls

Canadian Greenhouse Conference ´14, Niagara Falls

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Energymore »

Three methods of heating greenhouses for free
Greenhouses can be interesting environments to grow in. This is because standard greenhouse materials like glass and plastic (“glazing”) are extremely good at letting light and heat in, and extremely good at letting heat out. With so much glazed surface area, greenhouses usually overheat during the day if.....

Fertilizersmore »

US: ZeroTol 2.0 now suitable for hydroponic systems
ZeroTol 2.0 is now labelled for hydroponic use* including foliar sprays, media drenches, nutrient/reservoir tanks and aerosol/fogging applications. ZeroTol 2.0 will control root diseases like Pythium (Root Rot and Damping off), Phytophthora (Blight) Fusarium (Wilt), Verticillium (Wilt), Rhizoctonia (Root.....

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Innovative flower processing lines on display at IFTF
During the IFTF2014, Bercomex demonstrated different solutions that improve the processing of roses. The Bercomex booth showed an overview of new innovations, on which has been worked hard in the past months. In regular consultation with growers, choices were made about the innovations, which are most needed.....

Product Infomore »

By Dr. Gulzar Akhtar:
Supremacy of Pakistani roses
Roses are known as the king of flowers, delighting humans since the dawn of civilization due to their aesthetic value and essential oils. There is no contradiction about the use of various coloured splendid flowers of roses at different occasions like marriage ceremonies, birthday, Valentine’s Day,.....

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Norway: Doomsday seed vault assures marijuana’s survival
Buried inside a mountain on a remote Norwegian island, agricultural institutions from around the world are collaborating to safeguard important crops in the event of global catastrophe.Including marijuana.By preserving genetic material in an insulated, underground facility, the Svalbard Global Seed Vault.....

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"Cucumber can be stored for longer due to high wire cultivation"
Green Diamonds growers dare to give shelf life guarantee
"The ageing of cucumber starts on the plant. This means that the shorter amount of time the cucumber is on the plant, the longer its shelf life after harvest is." This is one of the things that Floris van der Linden of Green Diamonds has learned from seven years of high wire cultivation. This knowledge is an.....

Marketingmore »

How was the Dutch Trade Mission to Japan?
"We must work together to capture opportunities in Japanese horticulture"
The Dutch trade mission to Japan took place last week. Some of the participants included Remko Bakelaar, of Vijverberg Advies, and Michel Kauderer, of Verkade Klimaat. How was the trade mission and what are the opportunities for the industry in Japan?The Dutch agro-food sector is very attractive for Japan......

Substratesmore »

The essential features of greenhouse growing media
Growing media are made of engineered materials designed to provide ideal physical and chemical characteristics for the root environment. In greenhouse agriculture, it is important that the substrate has good structural characteristics so it can hold up to frequent irrigation, root growth, drastic changes in.....

Organicmore »

Germany: "We need a fresh start for the EU organic farming regulation"
In the debate on the revision of the EU Organic Farming Regulation in the German Bundestag on 16 October 2014, Federal Agriculture Minister Christian Schmidt clearly committed himself to organic farming in Germany.Schmidt stated that the era of conflict between conventional and organic farming was over, and.....

Coolingmore »

Humidification: Is your system ready for the season?
Before activating make sure the filters are clean, change if necessary: Check / change the pump oil: Flush the system (see manual): Check nozzles for performance. Each (standard) nozzle puts out 12 lb/hr. or 5.5 kg/hr. when performing correctly. Blockages reduce this output considerably.For more.....

Food Safetymore »

CFS finds excessive pesticide residue in Chinese lettuce sample
The Centre for Food Safety (CFS) of the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department today (November 12) announced that the level of pesticide residue found in a Chinese lettuce sample exceeded the legal limit. While the CFS is following up on the case, members of the public are reminded to prepare vegetables.....

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US (OH): Greenhouse program looks to expand students’ pallets
The frigid weather means empty farmland across central Ohio. The outdoor growing season is gone until next spring, but inside greenhouses at the Ohio State University, locally-grown food is taking root year around.Adjusting to college involves roommates, more work, and a new type of eating: no more family.....

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18 and 19 March 2015, the Netherlands
FloraHolland Seasonal Trade Fair & Florist Event
For years, the Seasonal Trade Fair has been FloraHolland's major spring fair.It is attended by thousands of trade visitors annually and it offers more than 400 growers of cut flowers, green and flowering house plants and garden plants the opportunity to showcase their wares. In 2015, the Seasonal Trade Fair.....

Dec. 5, 2014
US (LA): LSU AgCenter poinsettia open house set for Dec. 5 in Baton Rouge
The LSU AgCenter will host a poinsettia show and sale from 8 a.m. to noon on Dec. 5 at the LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens at 4560 Essen Lane near the junction of I-10 in Baton Rouge. More than 1,000 poinsettia plants will be on display and for sale that day. Prices range from $8 to $12, depending on.....

Mexico: Photo report Expo AgroAlimentaria Guanajuato 2014
Last week the 19th edition of the Expo AgroAlimentaria took place in Mexico. The event, held in Irapuato, 330 kilometres North of Mexico City, attracted more than 100,000 visitors and was the place to become acquainted with Mexico's thriving agro and horticultural industry. Also was present.....

Retailmore »

Produce View empowers tomato growers with information on British Tomato Conference
UK: The ins and outs of British tomato retail
Understanding the market and the retail sector is crucial in horticulture and the tomato industry is no exception. At the 2014 British Tomato Conference Mr Tim Mudge, commercial manager of Produce View, a wholly owned subsidiary of the British Growers Association, who gave a presentation about the position.....

Vertical farmingmore »

US (NJ): Plant science students grow produce vertically
Officials from the state Department of Agriculture visited the agricultural science plant science class at South Hunterdon Regional High School on Sept. 26 in West Amwell and learned about its innovations with vertical produce-growing.The occasion was the fourth annual Jersey Fresh Farm to School Week, which.....

Flowers and Ornamental Trademore »

Schiphol Cargo hosts flower shippers’ forum at Air Cargo Africa 2015
The next Air Cargo Africa exhibition and conference, organized by international multimodal transport media specialist STAT Media, will feature Africa’s first ‘AIR SHIPPERS’ FORUM’, comprising sessions dealing with various key verticals. One of these, a mini-conference on shipping flowers and other.....


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