Tuesday, October 16, 2018

"If next year is the same, I am very happy"

Winterproofing the greenhouse

The summer is over and demand for radish is dwindling. Fresh salads make way for soft fruit, and consumers opt for a hot meal. This does not mean radish growers are idle. They are making use of the intermezzo for a thorough clean-up of the greenhouses. The garden of Daily Fresh Radish in Naaldwijk is 'winterproof'. The glass is cleaned for…

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Cotton wool mats used to grow microgreens

Did you grow cress on cotton wool on your window ledge when you were at school? That is exactly the principle that Simon Macaulay followed when he first talked to Chris Moncrieff of Van Heineken Brothers (VHB) in Angmering, (now a housing development) Sussex in the late 1990s. Chris and Peter Walls, who…

US: California invests $1.5 million in seasonal high tunnels

California invested just over $100 million in a broad diversity of conservation contracts with farmers, ranchers and private forest landowners through the USDA's Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) in the 2018 federal fiscal year which ended Sept. 30. This places California second in the…

Sander Hogewoning (Plant Lighting) about lighting test

Bell pepper year round with LED or Hybrid Lighting

In week 38 bell pepper plants from the variety Mavera have been planted in two test greenhouses of the Improvement Centre in Bleiswijk. One greenhouse with hybrid lighting (SON-T + LED) and one greenhouse with 100% LED. The research is being conducted by Delphy Improvement Centre and Plant Lighting and…

Kees Havenaar (Frutas Luna) looks ahead to Spanish greenhouse vegetable season

"Expansion in Spanish peppers and eggplants"

The Spanish greenhouse vegetable season started well in September. “Bell peppers and cucumbers were hot, aubergines were in demand. In the Netherlands, the crops suffered a lot from the heat. We all thought: this is it, we’re going to have a great spring because the Netherlands will stop earlier,” says…

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US (CA): Leichtag Foundation gets six gutter-connected greenhouses

The Leichtag Common's Director of Engineering Dempsey Sawyer has been working with Agra Tech of Pittsburg, CA and AgCon of San Jose, CA in the design and construction of a very unique gutter-connected series of six Continental ATI greenhouses at their 67.5 acre agricultural property less than one mile…

Israeli cucumbers more expensive due to viruses

Cucumber prices have shot up in the past several days, with wholesale prices exceeding 7 shekels a kilo (€1.67), the Agricultural Ministry said. Just last week, the wholesale…

China: Peppers in abundance

In the Xinjiang region in China a massive amount of pepper is harvested around this time of year, as is apparent from a video from New China TV that shows fields full of them being harvested by machines.

The price is of 1-2 euros per kilo

Peppers: Competition is between Italy, Spain and the Netherlands

The pepper is not that different from the tomato: the consumer always wants it. The productions are Italian, but also Dutch and Spanish. The Netherlands and Spain mainly export Californian peppers – the square-shaped ones – while the Italian production is more traditional. Stock picture A wholesaler from central Italy told to…

Follow-up research winter production of blackberries under LED recently started

“Picking fresh Dutch blackberries in December”

Three weeks ago at the Delphy Improvement Centre in Bleiswijk, the Netherlands, a new test was started with blackberries under LED lighting with the aim of harvesting from…

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New vertical farming light bar/panel hybrid designed to maximize yields with less space

The team of lighting experts at TotalGrow have announced the launch of the new TotalGrow Stratum . The features and benefits of this new light include: Thin profile to maximize space under 4” from canopy to shelf Full spectrum and modular design for extra versatility Broad panel/bar hybrid for improved uniformity and penetration in tight spaces Simple mounting and electrical…

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Plan 2020: King Courgette guarantees that 100% of the energy used in its facilities is green

This company from Almeria has become the first firm in the province to guarantee all of the energy it uses in its facilities and processes is green. A few months ago, King Courgette® announced the implementation and start-up of its new 2020 Plan. Even though the company's strategic objective is to become the best zucchini operator in…

Fertilizers more »

How plants harness microbes to get nutrients

A Rutgers-led team has discovered how plants harness microbes in soil to get nutrients, a process that could be exploited to boost crop growth, fight weeds and slash the use of polluting fertilizers and herbicides. In a process the team has named the “rhizophagy cycle” (rhizophagy means root eating), bacteria and fungi…

Breeding more »

The challenge to improve crops in a changing world

Scientists believe that using genomics and biotechnology in plant breeding leads to improved seed varieties that can help farmers to get higher yields to feed billions of people around the world. One of those scientists is Dr Matthew Willmann, Director of Cornell University’s Plant Transformation…

Machines more »

Cambridge University

The power of future farm automation

The robot takeover of farm labor made another step forward this week as researchers unveiled a prototype of a machine that can now perform a task once possible only with the human hand. A team of engineers at the University of Cambridge have developed a robot that can manoeuvre so deftly that it’s able to pick…

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AU: "Kumato proving to be a major hit with consumers"

One of Australia’s new tomato varieties is quickly gaining traction with consumers, according to one of the growers. Kumato® grower Andrew Potter, who produces 450,000 kg each year, says interest in the fruit is growing steadily. “Australians enjoy the unique taste and colour changes of the Kumato®,” he said. “They are less…

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Village Farms launches 'sweet' or 'smooth' campaign

Village Farms is ready to celebrate and has a few surprises in store for this year’s PMA. First, Village Farms is celebrating the success of its flagship tomato variety, Heavenly Villagio Marzano which was launched at PMA 2011. According to Bret Wiley, SVP of Sales for Village Farms, “the success of…

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Five lessons from the Australian strawberry needle crisis

Australia is in the grip of a food contamination crisis, after metal needles were discovered in strawberries. The fruit sabotage has spread to at least six brands in four states and has resulted in Coles and Aldi supermarkets pulling the product from their shelves across the country. Additionally, New…

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Cotton wool mats used to grow microgreens

Did you grow cress on cotton wool on your window ledge when you were at school? That is exactly the principle that Simon Macaulay followed when he first talked to Chris Moncrieff of Van Heineken Brothers (VHB) in Angmering, (now a housing development) Sussex in the late 1990s. Chris and Peter Walls, who…

Organic more »

UK: Organic sector calls for much clearer contingency measures as Brexit looms

The Organic Trade Board (OTB) and the United Kingdom Organic Certifiers Group (UKOCG) are calling for a clear contingency plan to ensure the continued trade of organic produce with the EU in the event of a ‘no deal’ Brexit. “There has been speculation about how the UK will continue to trade organic goods with the…

Food Safety more »

NAFDAC Nigeria warns:

“Consumption of rotten tomatoes causes cancer”

This weekend, the Nigerian National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC), warned its countrymen against the consumption of rotten tomatoes, claiming…

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University of Sheffield study

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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Data: what are the opportunities for greenhouse horticulture?

The Internet of Things, Big Data, Data Science, Artificial Intelligence and Blockchain: these are terms that we hear or read about almost every day. What they have in common is that they all deal with the collection and application of data. Various sectors are actively engaged in data applications, for…

October 24, Western Sydney

Australia: Western Sydney greenhouse growers' tour

PCA members are invited for a free Greenhouse Growers’ Tour of Western Sydney, including lunch on Wednesday 24/10/18. Network, walk, talk and learn while visiting four hydroponic greenhouse farms, including a university research facility. Learn about greenhouse food production from fellow growers, researchers and suppliers about: Pollination Smart…

Vertical farming more »

Urban farming during World War Two

Urban farming was way more than a fad in the 1940s. Urban gardening may be catching on now, but today's urban gardeners have nothing on their grandparents. During the World Wars, the U.S. government urged citizens to plant their own small vegetable gardens. It was a super positive spin on "We don't have enough war…

New vertical farming light bar/panel hybrid designed to maximize yields with less space

The team of lighting experts at TotalGrow have announced the launch of the new TotalGrow Stratum . The features and benefits of this new light include: Thin profile to maximize space under 4” from canopy to shelf Full spectrum and modular design for extra versatility Broad panel/bar hybrid for improved uniformity and penetration in tight spaces Simple mounting and electrical…

Medicinal production more »

St. Vincent hops on the MMJ bandwagon

Just about two weeks ago, authorities in Jamaica approved of the island’s first shipment of oil extracted from the increasingly trendy marijuana plant to be exported to…

CAN (ON): How cannabis is transforming the Tomato Capital of Canada

Located around Canada’s southernmost point, the Leamington and Kingsville area has one of the warmest climates in Canada. The town of 30,000 people has seen 21 of its approximately 120 greenhouse growers convert entirely to cannabis production or be acquired by a larger firm, according to James Cox,…

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