Friday, November 16, 2018

Cucumber Event BASF Vegetable Seeds:

"Cucumber cultivation in the future no longer feasible without lighting and further automation"

What direction will cucumber cultivation take in the Netherlands? How to deal with labor in the coming years? What influence do lighting, automation and digitization have? During the BASF Vegetable Seeds cucumber event 'Light on the Future' on Wednesday 7 November 2018, 70 cucumber enthusiasts discussed…

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Mexico: Expo Agroalimentaria comes to an end

After a very busy Thursday, the 22nd edition of the Expo Agroalimentaria will close its doors today. Again this year, it seems to have been a good show for both exhibitors and visitors, offering the opportunity to explore the agricultural opportunities in this market that's been on the rise for several…

Horticultural suppliers out in the open at MJBizCon

The second day of the MJBizCon came to an end yesterday, and to anybody visiting the exhibition it became clear horticulture has outed themselves in the marijuana business. While suppliers tended to prefer anonymity over the last couple of years - using other names or exhibiting under suppliers - this…

Strawberry plant cultivator Flevoplant is committed to sustainability and efficiency

"Together you can translate innovation into an effective solution"

For over 60 years, Flevoplant has mainly been cultivating strawberry plants, a process that involves taking cuttings to cultivate young plants from high-quality parent plants. These are then sold on to strawberry and raspberry growers across Europe. ‘Because the global soft fruit sector is developing so…

Life support system greenhouses to be launched to space

At 19:31 CET on 19 November 2018, the German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt; DLR) Eu:CROPIS mission will be launched into space from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. A Falcon 9 from the US aerospace company SpaceX will carry two biological life support systems…

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"Smart lighting makes growing easier and more cost effective"

After being in the LED market for years, ITC is now expanding in to horticulture with the Amplify and Amplify Plus product lines. Remarkable is how their smart LED lighting solution can be steered on the actual weather conditions at individual locations. "Our research resulted in grow light products, specifically intended to…

Philip van Geest, Van Geest International:

“Prices of cucumbers and iceberg lettuce rising, minimum prices for green bell pepper”

The Dutch greenhouse vegetable season is reaching its final stages. “In the production of bell pepper, a lot of greenhouses have already been emptied, and most growers have already finished with loose tomatoes as well. Some might go on for another week or two. The Dutch aubergine season will last a few…

"Pepper grow trials using CO2 foliar spray technology show added value"

Toronto based CO2 GRO shared positive value results from two pepper grow trials using its dissolving CO2 Foliar Spray technology. The first pepper trial was performed at a commercial Michigan aeroponics facility using dissolved CO2 Foliar Spray technology versus no CO2 gassing on a limited number of…

Gert Mulder (GroentenFruit Huis) about the upcoming Brexit:

"Prepare for the worst, hope for the best"

That the Brexit is looming - in whatever form – is certain. The big question now is whether a transition period will come first. "My feeling is that it will come," says…

Hayley Campbell-Gibbons

UK: First impressions count for the new AHDB Horticulture Chair

They say first impressions count. In my first week as an AHDB Sector Board Member I joined the November meeting of the Horticulture Board, of which I am the new Chair. I came away from that meeting inspired by the calibre of growers around the table, enthused by the knowledge and expertise of the AHDB…

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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…

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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…

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Researchers discover novel “to divide or to differentiate” switch in plants

Scientists from VIB and Ghent University under the guidance of Prof. Dr. Jenny Russinova uncovered a novel mechanism in plants that controls an important decision step in stomatal lineage to divide asymmetrically or to differentiate. This is a decisive step for the formation of stomata, tiny pores on the…

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…

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Panasonic designs blinders for people in the office

Tired of always getting distracted in those noisy open office environments? Panasonic has come up with the perfect solution. Wear Space is designed with both blinders against visual distractions and noise-cancelling headphones to block out those pesky chatting co-workers. Although seeing row after row of workers wearing…

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E-commerce platform JD - reusable packaging initiative

E-commerce platform JD has launched a reusable packaging initiative to promote sustainable consumption. Through this new program, JD offers customers the option of ordering…

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European Commission makes available €191 million to promote agri-food products

The 2019 programmes for the promotion of EU agri-food products will focus primarily on markets outside the EU with the highest potential for growth. The European Commission adopted the 2019…

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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,…

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Willem Bakker, BioTropic:

"More and more Moroccan growers switch because of good demand for organic"

In the summer season Willem Bakker of the French branch of BioTropic in Perpignan mainly sells Dutch organic vegetables and fruit on the French market, but in the winter the situation is reversed. Then, the focus is on the Moroccan import package, which is mostly exported to countries such as the…

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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…

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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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Mexico: Expo Agroalimentaria comes to an end

After a very busy Thursday, the 22nd edition of the Expo Agroalimentaria will close its doors today. Again this year, it seems to have been a good show for both exhibitors and visitors, offering the opportunity to explore the agricultural opportunities in this market that's been on the rise for several…

Horticultural suppliers out in the open at MJBizCon

The second day of the MJBizCon came to an end yesterday, and to anybody visiting the exhibition it became clear horticulture has outed themselves in the marijuana business. While suppliers tended to prefer anonymity over the last couple of years - using other names or exhibiting under suppliers - this…

Vertical farming more »

Life support system greenhouses to be launched to space

At 19:31 CET on 19 November 2018, the German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt; DLR) Eu:CROPIS mission will be launched into space from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. A Falcon 9 from the US aerospace company SpaceX will carry two biological life support systems…

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US: Cannabis takes root on California’s Central Coast

It is the fall harvest here in this fertile stretch of oaks and hills that produces some of the country’s best wine. This season, though, workers also are plucking the sticky, fragrant flowers of a new crop. Marijuana is emerging among the vineyards, not as a rival to the valley’s grapes but as a high-value commodity that…

Canada: Ontario limits MJ retail operations ownership by producers

An Ontario cannabis retail licence will not be issued to a corporation if more than 9.9 per cent of it is owned or controlled by one or more licensed marijuana producers or their affiliates, the province said Thursday, dealing a blow to pot growers who have stakes in retail. The province's new pot retail regulations also…

MJardin Group to acquire GrowForce

MJardin announced a binding letter of intent to acquire GrowForce, a vertically integrated international cannabis platform headquartered in Toronto. Under the terms of the…

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