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Thursday, May 21, 2015


How can you guarantee iron uptake in soilless cultures?

Iron (Fe) is an essentiel element for plants. Since the 1960s, the only way to guarantee iron uptake in soilless cultures was through organic binding, i.e. chelates. But now there is a new application available, because Prayon has developed micronutri Fe, an alternative fertilizer that guarantees iron uptake.....

UK: Waitrose only retailer with 100% British tomatoes this week

It is British Tomato Week! We thought that this was a good occasion to take a look at the country of origin of the tomatoes on the shelves at the major retailers in the UK. With the help of the Price tracker reports from ProduceView we were able to analyse the offerings from last Monday, May 18.From the.....

Kevin Cheng: "success of an organized nursery depends on automation"

China: Beijing Florascape increases production by 50%

Over the last few years, Chinese grower Beijing Florascape upscaled their acreage and increased their production by 50%. At the Hortiflorexpo in Shanghai last month, head grower Kevin Chen explained to us why the grower opted for automation instead of manual labor in the nursery process. Beijing.....

Advice by Joseph Swartz:

Five common grower mistakes…and how to avoid them

In Joseph Swartz's nearly 30 years as a hydroponic vegetable and herb grower, He's sure learned a lot. "Most of this hard-earned knowledge has not come from my successes as a grower, but rather the many mistakes I've made along the way. And trust me, there have been plenty," he says. "Like it or not, the.....

May 27, 2015

Canada: Register now for a half day CHP Workshop in Hamilton

On May 27, EPS AB Energy Canada Ltd. are proud to present a half day CHP workshop at the Waterfront Banquet and Conference Centre - 555 Bay St North - Hamilton, Ontario.If you are interested in learning more about the latest technology developments, incentive programs and the role CHP can play in reducing.....

Save your greenhouse structures from storms

Though greenhouses and tunnels don’t necessarily have a target painted on them for storms to aim for, thoughts immediately should go to these specialized buildings designed to protect some of your main assets when the radar lights up. According to North Carolina Cooperative Extension, there are steps.....

Japan robot can pick strawberry fields forever for farmer

A robot that picks ripe strawberries as the farmer sleeps was unveiled in Japan, with its developer saying it could cut workloads by two-thirds.The device, which can gather a piece of fruit every eight seconds, uses three cameras to determine which strawberries are ready to pick before darting out an arm and.....


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Mexico to launch geothermal licence auction in August

Mexico expects to launch its first auction of geothermal power concessions in August after reserving some fields for national utility Comision Federal de Electricidad (CFE), deputy electricity minister Cesar Hernandez said. In July, the government will take a decision on CFE's request to retain several.....


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How can you guarantee iron uptake in soilless cultures?

Iron (Fe) is an essentiel element for plants. Since the 1960s, the only way to guarantee iron uptake in soilless cultures was through organic binding, i.e. chelates. But now there is a new application available, because Prayon has developed micronutri Fe, an alternative fertilizer that guarantees iron uptake.....


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Kevin Cheng: "success of an organized nursery depends on automation"

China: Beijing Florascape increases production by 50%

Over the last few years, Chinese grower Beijing Florascape upscaled their acreage and increased their production by 50%. At the Hortiflorexpo in Shanghai last month, head grower Kevin Chen explained to us why the grower opted for automation instead of manual labor in the nursery process. Beijing.....


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US: Former anti-GMO crusader speaks about his conversion

Several hundred people attended a presentation in Boise to hear how a former anti-GMO activist changed his mind and now supports the use of genetically engineered crops.British environmentalist Mark Lynas explained to several hundred people in Boise May 19 how he switched from being a pie-throwing, anti-GMO.....


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Wageningen invests in optical mapping facility for fast and accurate genome analysis

Wageningen UR recently invested in optical mapping equipment for DNA analyses. This will enable Wageningen UR and its partner research institutions and companies to map the full DNA sequence of various plants better and faster, enhancing the accuracy of crop breeding. The equipment will be part of the.....


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US: Sustainable packaging for organic tomatoes of Red Sun Farms

Having already taken big steps toward reducing the use of plastic in their packaging, Red Sun Farms is expanding the practice to a larger part of their organic tomato line. The move will result in a significant reduction in both their use of plastic and the emissions necessary to produce their packaging.“We.....


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Spain: Semillas Fitó maintains voucher system for tomato seed marketing

Last year, Semillas Fitó launched a new seed marketing system for its various tomato varieties: Fitovale (Fitovoucher), which was a step forward as far as the quality and traceability of the plants is concerned. The system is back this campaign to ensure quality control in the sale of seeds of the following.....


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AU: Looking after vegetables soils and the lakes through Soil Wealth

Soils are the powerhouse of vegetable production. The Soil Wealth farm walk provides the chance to see different ways to manage your soils on Thursday 21 May 2015 at 2-4pm. The farm walk, hosted by Bulmer farms and run by Applied Horticultural Research (AHR) and Stuart Grigg Ag-Hort Consulting, will be held.....


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Canada: Ottawa gives organic sector a big boost

The federal government announced a $785,000 investment in Canada’s organic sector to build and expand markets at home and abroad. The investment is part of the AgriMarketing Program (AMP), a federal fund that helps support Canadian companies build a strong Canadian brand and develop global market.....


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Cooling 8,000 tons of fresh produce per day

The Jet-Ready Precooler, from Global Cooling Inc., is a one of a kind, complete, and portable Precooling tunnel. Jet-Ready Precoolers help to quickly remove field heat from fresh fruit, vegetables, and floral. They are also being used to batch quick thaw and temper (BQT,) for products such as frozen.....


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Malaysia: Food coating made with African ingredient aims to decrease food waste

Researchers at the Center of Excellence for Post-harvest Biotechnology (CEPB) in Malaysia test a preservative coating made out of gum arabic that they hope will help reduce food waste in developing nations.


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Could GM lettuce fight cancer?

New research suggests scientists can use plants to deliver a type of genetic material called microRNA, which can help prevent or suppress cancer. In experiments with laboratory mice that were fed the genes, incidences of colon cancer decreased.“It’s a very controversial field,” says Kendal Hirschi, a.....


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Hortiflorexpo IPM Shanghai 2015 ends with a visitor plus

Hortiflorexpo IPM Shanghai ended with records: From April 22 to 24, 19,280 trade visitors came into the Shanghai New International Expo Centre. That corresponded to a visitor increase of two percent. The number of exhibitors and the area rose substantially: On 26,000 square metres (in 2013: 18,000 square.....


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Coles refunds suppliers | Weis Markets gets new SVP

Survey: Asda cheaper than its big supermarket rivals

Bernstein: Tesco’s Dave Lewis ‘Still On Track’Retail analysts Bruno Monteyne and Richard J Clarke of Bernstein Research have said that while recent Kantar data shows that Tesco’s recovery in the UK is slowing, this is not a sign that the turnaround plan instigated by new chief executive Dave Lewis.....


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US (AK): Vertical farming comes to Anchorage

Fresh produce can be hard to find in Alaska. Many of us have purchased leafy greens and veggies at the store only to have them turn to mush within a day or two once we get them home. In Anchorage, one man is hoping to change that.Jason Smith is the founder and owner of Alaska Natural Organics, or ANO. ANO is.....


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