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Friday, May 26, 2017

Insectrac Easicount System:

New pattern improves the effectiveness of sticky traps

Sticky traps form the basis of pest management for many growers, but counting and registering the insects and pests is an intense job. The British company International Pheromone Systems (IPS) introduces the sticky trap Insectrac Easicount System. "It's actually just a sticky trap, only more effective and.....

Netherlands: Modular packing hall system for new 44ha Schenkeveld expansion

Dutch tomato grower Kwekerij Schenkeveld is building a new expansion with an area of 44 ha of greenhouses in Rijsenhout. The construction of the project takes place in phases, which has started with the construction of the first 11 ha and the packaging hall. The second phase will follow subsequently. The.....

HortScience report:

Growth suppression for prolonged marketability of tomato transplants

Vegetable transplants grown in commercial high-density trays can quickly outgrow the optimal size for shipping and transplanting, limiting transplant performance, and marketing flexibility for commercial nurseries. Abscisic acid (ABA) and uniconazole can suppress shoot growth by inducing stress-adaptive.....

New European cooperation on organic farming research

INRA and the Swiss Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL) signed a partnership agreement on organic farming research on Tuesday 25 April 2017 at INRA’s Laqueuille centre in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region. The collaboration aims to support existing joint projects and develop new projects.INRA and.....

South Africa: Dutch delegation visits Hydroclimaponics

On Wednesday 10 May, the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands (Agricultural counsellors office) and HAS Den Bosch (Dutch agricultural educational institute for applied sciences) visited an innovative greenhouse concept in Centurion. Eden green has developed an innovative way of undercover farming which.....

Drone footage: Construction at CombiVliet

The new greenhouse of Dutch tomato grower CombiVliet is almost closed. To show of their hard work, the greenhouse builders of Havecon made a very nice video on the project."The men of steel were working hard in March, erecting the steel columns and trellises, and installing the gutters. The glazers could.....

Author seeks Westland greenhouse stories :

Wanted: Epic greenhouse construction anecdotes from the past

Dutch writer Clemens Soszna is planning on writing a book about the history of the greenhouse construction.Photos fromFacebook Nostalgia WestlandHistoryClemens Soszna is looking for interesting stories regarding greenhouse construction. For several years, he has been publishing stories from Westland's history.....

De Gier Drive Systems to double production capacity

The demand for the products of De Gier Drive Systems is increasing globally. Growth is now this high that the company has decided to double its production facilities in Holland.The machine park will be expanded and the production lines will be optimized. This month the first pile was driven into the ground.....

Beijing Oriental Technologies becomes Philips Lighting partner

Philips Lighting signed a partnership agreement with Beijing Oriental Technologies on 11 May 2017 at the 19th Hortiflorexpo IPM show in Shanghai, China. The partners will cooperate closely on projects in the greenhouse segment. The partnership agreement was signed by Wu Shao Juan, vice general manager of.....

US (NH): CO2-powered greenhouse ready for construction

Construction on the site for the Northern Country Growers’ greenhouse project will start soon, maybe as early as next week, said Dr. Richard Rosen.Rosen, chief executive officer of AmericanAgEnergy, outlined the Berlin project at the North Country Council’s Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy meeting.....

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Horticultural Lighting Conference Europe 2017

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5th Indoor Ag-Con, Las Vegas

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Horti ASIA 2017, Bangkok, Thailand

Horti ASIA 2017, Bangkok, Thailand

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Fruit Logistica 2017, Berlin

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IPM Essen 2017 - Technology & Supplies

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US (ND): Carbon supply plan could lead to greenhouse on the prairie

A North Dakota regional power cooperative is developing methods for capturing and using carbon dioxide emissions that may impact the coal industry's larger struggle to reduce emissions and meet pending federal regulations.Great River Energy is seeking funding from North Dakota's Lignite Research Council for.....

Fertilizersmore »

Kenya: IFC facilitates $10m fertilizer plant investment

IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, announced a $10 million loan to Fertiplant East Africa Ltd to enable the company to set up a fertilizer plant in Kenya. The plant will supply locally produced fertilizer at affordable prices, helping farmers improve crop yields and their incomes. Better productivity of.....

Breedingmore »

battle over the right to breed sweeter and juicier strawberries

UC Davis wins big-money strawberry fight

An epic battle over the right to breed sweeter and juicier strawberries is over, and UC Davis has won.A jury Wednesday (May 24) ruled against two former UC Davis scientists who sued the university over control of a priceless collection of strawberry-breeding plants they’d developed over more than two.....

Machinesmore »

Complete packing line for snack bell peppers for German grower

Koppert Machines has developed a packing line for snack bell peppers for a German customer. The design came about after extensive talks with the customer, and existing and new techniques were used.The challenge was getting three colours of bell peppers in a 200 gram packaging, with a weight of no more than.....

Product Infomore »

Top ten facts about tomatoes

1. Until the 17th century, tomatoes were called love-apples for their supposed aphrodisiac effects.2. The Italian for tomato is “pomodoro” which means “golden apple”. 3. In the 18th century, tomatoes were widely thought to be poisonous as they come from the same family as deadly nightshade. 4. In 1887, the.....

Packagingmore »

Edible ink allows invisible label printing on fruit

Australian company, Digital Ink Technologies new POLYtrust edible UV invisible and visible inks offers a unique way to label fruits and vegetables. The ink allows the company's printers to use the polymer thermal inkjet technology which sticks directly onto fruit & vegetables and can not be easily rubbed.....

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US: Tour de Fresh aims to place 50 more salad bars in schools

With two months left in their fundraising efforts, riders of this year’s Tour de Fresh cycling event, presented by The California Giant Foundation, are focused on raising at least $156,000 to privately fund 50 salad bars in schools across the country through the Salad Bars to Schools initiative.This year’s.....

Substratesmore »

Dutch Plantin tests emission of water and fertilizers

After positive results in 2016 in a pepper crop, Dutch Plantin continues this year with 2 crops of cucumbers. In the peppers they installed their ‘washed type’ coir bags Double Layer. These were buffered and washed prior to the trial started in a closed system. Sodium was around 3-3,5 mmol/ltr during the.....

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New European cooperation on organic farming research

INRA and the Swiss Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL) signed a partnership agreement on organic farming research on Tuesday 25 April 2017 at INRA’s Laqueuille centre in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region. The collaboration aims to support existing joint projects and develop new projects.INRA and.....

Coolingmore »

Ron Voorberg, Foothill Greenhouses on use of CGMMV protocol:

"If you don't jump on it quickly, CGMMV can easily get out of hand"

“I don’t know how exactly, but we got a little bit of mosaic virus in the greenhouse. Things like this can get out of hand if you don’t jump on it quickly. That’s why we want to stamp it out immediately”, says Ron Voorberg of Foothill Greenhouses, a 6 hectare cucumber greenhouse in Ontario, Canada. Ron.....

Food Safetymore »

e-GRO Alert by Beth Scheckelhoff

Developing a farm food safety plan for your operation

The development of a farm food safety plan that is followed by all members of your administrative, growing, harvesting, packing and transportation teams is one of the most important "insurance policies" you can have for your produce Beth ScheckelhoffThe majority of fruits, vegetables, herbs and.....

Healthmore »

Mineral content differs among lifecycle stages in kale

Kale (Brassica oleracea L. and other species) is considered a rich source of important minerals. Kale at the early stage of leaf development is assumed to contain higher levels of minerals than at maturity. However, literature supporting this assumption is scarce.In a new study, the concentrations of.....

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31,264 trade visitors

57 percent more visitors at Hortiflorexpo IPM Shanghai

Hortiflorexpo IPM Shanghai has been able to register not only increases in the number of exhibitors and the size of exhibition space but also a considerable increase with regard to the visitors. In total, 31,264 trade visitors (in 2015: 19,820) came into the Shanghai New International Expo Center - a rise by.....

Retailmore » tests heavy-duty drones for farm produce

Fruit German Amazon much cheaper | Co-op to sell 'fair bananas'

UK: Extra large avocado most popular at Waitrose 1British supermarket chain Waitrose is celebrating the one-year anniversary of its premium private label range, Waitrose 1. The range was originally launched with over 500 products, but now features over 700 as seasonal products were added throughout the year......

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Fresh kale for Singaporeans thanks to indoor farming

Sustenir is a 668 square meter farm located in a concrete estate, in an industrial suburb of Singapore that wants to grow hydroponic food crops in the land-scarce country to feed more people and keep import costs down. In 2015, local farms produced about 13 percent of the vegetables consumed locally, using.....

Medicinal productionmore »

US (FL): John Morgan ‘prepared to invest $100M’ in medical marijuana

John Morgan spent nearly $7 million pushing two statewide ballot initiatives to expand medical marijuana throughout the state of Florida.But that’s a drop in the bucket compared to what the wealthy Orlando attorney and possible gubernatorial candidate says he’s prepared to invest in the industry now that.....


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