Wednesday, September 19, 2018

“Speeding up microgreens harvest up to 90%”

After being approached by a grower looking for a solution to the seemingly impossible task to harvesting microgreens with a machine, Bob Benner created his automatic harvester. It turned out to be a huge success. “We’ve reduced the time needed for processing a tray from 2 minutes by hand to a three…

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"Brown Grow Quality Products Continues to Reach Customers"

"This is an important message to our valued customers, growers, distributors and channel partners around the world", the team with Brown Grow shares. Brown Grow is currently restructuring its production operations in response to adverse weather conditions and raw materials price fluctuations in Sri Lanka…

Kenya: Koppert invests in Latia training centre

Koppert recently invested in Latia Agribusiness Solutions (LAS). This company supports farmers through training, mentorship and skilled labor provision. Located in Isinya, Kenya, the firm offers these services through unique models that include apprenticeship programs, on-site and off-site incubation of…

"Uniform wetting and rewetting of the plugs"

Oasis Grower Solutions, a division of Smithers-Oasis Company, is now offering its Oasis Terra Plug bonded media with Soax Advanced liquid wetting agent that allows superior cutting hydration and uniform wetting and rewetting of the plugs. Terra Plugs are a bonded media made by loose filling propagation trays and…

US (MO): Bayer donates living billboards harvest to St. Louis Area Foodbank

For the past month, motorists travelling along St. Louis' two major highways have witnessed a feast of lush, leafy collards, kale and chard growing on two "living billboards" featuring the iconic St. Louis Arch standing tall in front of the downtown skyline. The billboards, sponsored by Bayer, have now…

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New range of powerful medium speed V-Engines

Rolls-Royce has launched a V-line version of the new B33:45 liquid fuel and B36:45 gas engine series. This completes the new engine family, following the launch of the first variants three years ago. “This is an important milestone for us. The new V-Engine series is truly an outstanding product and we believe that the new platform…

South Africa's highest court legalises cannabis use

South Africa's highest court has legalised the use of cannabis by adults in private places. Pro-marijuana activists cheered in the public gallery and chanted "Weed are free now" when the…

"Higher autumn prices won't compensate for poor eggplant season"

Over the past few weeks, eggplants in the Netherlands were selling for up to 2.5 euros per kg. While that's not unusual for the time of the year, it's high in comparison with the rest of the season, according to says Michel den Ouden from Purple Pride. "The days are getting shorter and the yield is going…

Greenhouses boost nutrition in Bolivia

Before 2008, Victoria Mamani Sirpa had only ever cooked with four vegetables – carrots, chard, celery and onions. That soon changed after she and her family built a huerta, or greenhouse on their property with the help of MCC’s partner, Fundación Communidad y Axión (FCA/Community and Action Foundation), which is…

LEDs revolutionise the horticulture industry

“It’s a real luxury to eat locally grown, leafy greens in the middle of a Chicago winter,” declares Robert Colangelo, founder and CEO of Green Sense Farms. Before he launched his business in 2012, the only truly feasible way to provide fresh salads and herbs during the cold Illinois winter was to truck…

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Lower pepper exports for Spain

In 2017, Spain exported 717.57 million kilos of peppers, 2.48% less than the previous year. In the same period, the Netherlands exported 474.07 million kilos (+17.93) and Morocco 114.53 million kilos (+3.26%). Spanish peppers exports fell by 2.4% in 2017, reaching 715.57 million kilos. Of that amount, 664.39 million kilos were…

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New range of powerful medium speed V-Engines

Rolls-Royce has launched a V-line version of the new B33:45 liquid fuel and B36:45 gas engine series. This completes the new engine family, following the launch of the first variants three years ago. “This is an important milestone for us. The new V-Engine series is truly an outstanding product and we believe that the new platform…

János Szanyi:

"Geothermal sector has 5 to 8 years to prove its competitiveness"

EFG’s Panels of Experts (PE) have been set up to provide high-quality advice and information to the European institutions, to international NGOs and to other global professional associations. EFG has currently 10 Panels of Experts active in the fields of CCS, Education, Geological Heritage, Geotechnics,…

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Study shows effects of fertilizing tomato with selenium

An experiment was carried out in a greenhouse to evaluate the effects of selenium application (as Na2SeO3) on mineral concentration (as N, P, K, Ca and Se), biomass, yield and total antioxidant status (TAS) of tomato fruit. The study consisted of two experiments: an irrigation experiment with the…

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Jumping genes drive chromosome changes in strawberries

The transfer of gene cassettes across generations of strawberry plants has been shown to drive changes in sex chromosomes, according to a team led by a researcher from the University of Pittsburgh Department of Biological Sciences. Distinguished Professor of Evolutionary Ecology Tia-Lynn Ashman, along…

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“Sorting Brussels sprouts optically halves staff needed”

"As a result of the dry weather, we expect a later start to the Brussels sprouts season. The sprouts are still on the small side at the moment and this has a bearing on the…

“Speeding up microgreens harvest up to 90%”

After being approached by a grower looking for a solution to the seemingly impossible task to harvesting microgreens with a machine, Bob Benner created his automatic harvester. It turned out to be a huge success. “We’ve reduced the time needed for processing a tray from 2 minutes by hand to a three…

A new way of fruit cutting in retail

In Scandinavia, most of the fruit retailers sell fruit such as melon and watermelons in halves, quarters or even smaller slices. However, for the fresh produce employees in charge of cutting and preparing the fruit for sale and display in the shop, the fruit cutting process was always a time-consuming,…

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Ghana: Actor John Dumelo makes money from own cucumbers

Ghanaian actor John Dumelo is really doing well for himself, not just in his acting career, but also in businesses like farming. Agriculture has been one sector the actor has spent part of his money on and he has never regretted making these investments, as he sure sees a future in agriculture. The actor could not…

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"Uniform wetting and rewetting of the plugs"

Oasis Grower Solutions, a division of Smithers-Oasis Company, is now offering its Oasis Terra Plug bonded media with Soax Advanced liquid wetting agent that allows superior cutting hydration and uniform wetting and rewetting of the plugs. Terra Plugs are a bonded media made by loose filling propagation trays and…

Turkey: “Super” tomatoes from Igdir receive a lot of interest from Iran

“Super” tomatoes from Igdir, a city located in eastern Turkey, stand out for their taste, color and aroma and, as a result, they are in high-demand from export markets.  Tomatoes from this city have a mildly sour taste and receives a lot of interest from Iran and Nakhchivan. Many agricultural products are…

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Germany: New packaging law applies starting 01.01.2019

The new Packaging Act was already passed more than a year ago and will replace the Packaging Ordinance starting on 01.01.2019. The Packaging Act brings with it a number of…

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US (MO): Bayer donates living billboards harvest to St. Louis Area Foodbank

For the past month, motorists travelling along St. Louis' two major highways have witnessed a feast of lush, leafy collards, kale and chard growing on two "living billboards" featuring the iconic St. Louis Arch standing tall in front of the downtown skyline. The billboards, sponsored by Bayer, have now…

Spain: Marketability probability study of cherry tomato cultivars

The purpose of a new Spanish study was to demonstrate interest in applying simple and multiple logistic regression analyses to the marketability probability of commercial tomato (Solanum lycopersicum L.) cultivars when the tomatoes are harvested as loose fruit. A fruit’s firmness and commercial quality…

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"Brown Grow Quality Products Continues to Reach Customers"

"This is an important message to our valued customers, growers, distributors and channel partners around the world", the team with Brown Grow shares. Brown Grow is currently restructuring its production operations in response to adverse weather conditions and raw materials price fluctuations in Sri Lanka…

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Australia: Coir waste management for hydroponics in berries

RMCG is delivering the Hort Innovation project; MT17016 - Coir waste management for hydroponics in berries. It is funded through strawberry and Rubus industry levies with…

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September 8-16

Government of Canada celebrates Organic Week

The Government of Canada celebrates the contribution of organic farmers during Organic Week, taking place September 8-16. Through targeted investments, the Government continues to support the organic sector to conduct research activities, open new markets, and adopt new sustainable practices and…

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Inviro Choice LTD introduces 100 percent off grid solar powered machines

Vacuum cooling for every small hold farmer on the planet

A 100 percent off grid solar powered vacuum cooler. It is the aim of British vacuum cooler manufacturer Inviro Choice LTD (ICL), who is determined to build a new range of these machines this year and send them to test pilot sites based around the world. Vacuum cooling Vacuum cooling is a cooling method…

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Foodstuffs and Woolworths NZ halt all Australian strawberry distribution

Last week, sewing needles were found in punnets of strawberries purchased in five states or territories - the latest in Tasmania. Australian police believe a disgruntled farm worker is to blame for the cases in Queensland, but said copycats may be responsible in other states.           Foodstuffs said it was confident there was no product in its stores that have been affected by the Australian action. But the company said for added reassurance it elected…

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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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FPAA to hold first ever women’s leadership invitational

The Fresh Produce Association of the Americas (FPAA) is excited to be celebrating the first ever Women’s Leadership Invitational (WLI) during the 50th fall Convention. The…

September 25-27, West Lafayette

US (IN): How agriculture technologies can be scaled up to save lives

Expanding technologies that can improve and save millions of lives will be the focus of Purdue University’s Scale Up Conference on Sept. 25-27, the first of its kind in North America. Purdue University President Mitch Daniels will make opening remarks and Akinwumi Adesina, World Food Prize laureate, president of the…

Grower roundtable keynote presentation announced for OGS 2018

Organizers have said the first of three keynote presentations during the 2018 Organic Grower Summit will offer an international overview of the organic produce industry –…

1-3 October 2018

It's all about sustainable urban planning at IPM Dubai 2018

The 13th edition of International Plants Expo Middle East (IPM Dubai), the region’s leading horticultural event, will be held from October 1 to 3, 2018, at the Dubai World Trade Centre, under the patronage of H.H. Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, President of the Dubai Civil Aviation Authority and…

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LEDs revolutionise the horticulture industry

“It’s a real luxury to eat locally grown, leafy greens in the middle of a Chicago winter,” declares Robert Colangelo, founder and CEO of Green Sense Farms. Before he launched his business in 2012, the only truly feasible way to provide fresh salads and herbs during the cold Illinois winter was to truck…

US: Groups ask Congress to support urban/innovative farms

In a letter to the leaders of the Agriculture Committees in the U.S. House and Senate, assorted local, state and national groups jointly asked that the 2018 version of the…

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US (WA): Construction permit issued for 44,000 sq.ft. MMJ facility

CROP has received an updated building permit for its Washington “The Dozen” Project. CROP had previously revised the building plans to include upgraded access roads and a new staff facility, including restroom and break-room.The company has completed 90% of the construction of the first six (6)…

South Africa's highest court legalises cannabis use

South Africa's highest court has legalised the use of cannabis by adults in private places. Pro-marijuana activists cheered in the public gallery and chanted "Weed are free now" when the…

CAN (ON): Auto plant converted into medical cannabis cultivation facility in 12 months

A team of former mushroom farmers and pharmacists lead by a veterinarian has built what they believe is one of the quickest-constructed, fully-licensed medicinal cannabis facilities in the country. They've built what they call a world-class facility inside of a former automotive plant along the Thames River in Chatham,…

US (CA): Turnkey automated cultivation systems for the cannabis industry

Micro Lab Farms, a provider of fully automated turnkey systems for rapid production of legal cannabis, announced the development of a new advanced Cultivation Complex in California. The company has made it possible for farmers, businesses, entrepreneurs and investors to expand or enter the rapidly growing legal cannabis…

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