Friday, October 12, 2018

Cees and Nynke Groenewegen grow 25 tomato varieties in Sweden

Growing for the local market. That was the wish that Cees and Nynke Groenewegen brought along with them to Sweden 13 years ago. From their greenhouses in the town of Karintorp, near Åsbro, they provide shops and restaurants with a wide range of tomatoes. Cultivation outside the Netherlands is nothing new for Cees. After he…

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OVERVIEW GLOBAL PEPPER MARKET

Whether red, green, yellow, bell or pointed, peppers are grown worldwide. Depending on the country, the product remains on the domestic market or is mostly exported to neighboring countries. In Europe, the supply is shifting. The season is coming to an end in Northern Europe, while the first shipments from Southern Europe are…

"One-bite is a healthy, convenient alternative when hunger pangs strike"

Now available in a range of sizes and colours, the snack tomato has established itself as a healthy alternative for traditional snacks such as potato crisps and nuts. And it has now been joined by a fresh, crunchy mini cucumber that can be eaten whole. One-bite looks similar to a regular snack cucumber,…

UK: Phytophthora infestans identified early in season

Late blight is caused by the pathogen Phytophthora infestans; it is one of more than 170 species of this genus causing serious diseases on thousands of plant species worldwide. It is in the same group of pathogens as Pythium and downy mildews. Phytophthora are related to aerial downy mildew pathogens such as Peronospora…

De Ruiter Experience Center welcomes 2018th visitor of 2018

On March 22, 2018, De Ruiter opened its brand new, state-of-the-art demo glasshouse, the De Ruiter Experience Center. De Ruiter then set the goal to receive 1,000 visitors per year. Six months after opening, De Ruiter has welcomed its 2018th professional from the vegetable industry to the facilities in…

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Grow & Roll with vertical farms

Vertical farming is one of the solutions to the problem of the growing demand for food. A multilayer system uses less surface, energy and water. And production takes place all year round, resulting in a higher yield. At Bosman Van Zaal they create vertical production systems, where sustainability, convenience and a higher yield…

Akumbha van Kooten, Yield by Nature

"Stronger crop and cleaner cultivation with oxyhydrogen"

It seems a somewhat explosive affair, starting a business in 'Knallgas' (as oxyhydrogen is also referred to). And that's what it is, in the sense that it can, for example, increase the germination vigor of the bulbs and other cultivation products explosively. Because irrigation water 'loaded' with the…

Self-assembly greenhouse to be launched in USA

“North America is looking for better solutions for local produce, so-called farm to table produce”, says TAP’s CEO, Avner Shohet. “People are looking for fresh products that leave less of a carbon footprint.” He says there is a lot of effort going into urban farming in that country. “The TAPKIT is…

UK Government legalizes medicinal cannabis

For the first time in the UK, expert doctors have been given the option to legally issue prescriptions for cannabis-based medicines when they agree that their patients could benefit from this treatment. Patients can be prescribed medicinal cannabis by specialist doctors from 1 November 2018. The law change came after…

Support crop conservation... while playing board games

Makers of the award-winning board game Catan have come up with a new way to learn about the importance of crop conservation, while also raising money for the Crop Trust. The standard Catan base game requires players to compete for resources like crops, fuel and construction materials as they seek dominion over the…

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SodM advocates for geothermal companies

"It's as if a car leasing company would also do the oil drilling"

Northern Limburg has two geothermal projects where water is pumped from deep underground in order to heat greenhouses. It is one of the ways in which the Netherlands wants to replace natural gas. But the wells in Limburg have gone silent and there are also problems elsewhere. The State Supervision of…

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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…

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De Ruiter Experience Center welcomes 2018th visitor of 2018

On March 22, 2018, De Ruiter opened its brand new, state-of-the-art demo glasshouse, the De Ruiter Experience Center. De Ruiter then set the goal to receive 1,000 visitors per year. Six months after opening, De Ruiter has welcomed its 2018th professional from the vegetable industry to the facilities in…

Support crop conservation... while playing board games

Makers of the award-winning board game Catan have come up with a new way to learn about the importance of crop conservation, while also raising money for the Crop Trust. The standard Catan base game requires players to compete for resources like crops, fuel and construction materials as they seek dominion over the…

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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"One-bite is a healthy, convenient alternative when hunger pangs strike"

Now available in a range of sizes and colours, the snack tomato has established itself as a healthy alternative for traditional snacks such as potato crisps and nuts. And it has now been joined by a fresh, crunchy mini cucumber that can be eaten whole. One-bite looks similar to a regular snack cucumber,…

Packaging more »

Cleaning up garbage with recycled garbage bags

Saturday September 15 was World Cleanup Day. Litter was cleaned up and mapped worldwide. Oerlemans Packaging sponsored the World Cleanup Day Nederland, in which more than 250 teams participated. Oerlemans Packaging produced recycled garbage bags for the Dutch teams and, spread over the entire country,…

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"Toss a tomato, win some dough"

At Backyard Farms, winter is a time to shine by providing the taste of summer tomatoes on even the coldest, snowiest days. When they heard the Maine Mariners were bringing professional hockey back to Portland for the first time since 2016, they saw an opportunity to team up with one of their restaurant customers on a fun…

Substrates more »

BVB Substrates joins forces with Kekkilä

BVB Substrates has been producing substrates for a century. To serve customers better with sustainable solutions, BVB Substrates is joining forces with Kekkilä, a subsidiary of the Finnish company Vapo Oy. Peter Jan Kuiper, CEO BVB: 'An excellent combination that matches our ambition.' The official merger of BVB…

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…

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Food Safety more »

Michel Witmer:

“I’m surprised by the number of recalls”

Salmonella, Listeria monocytogenes, incorrect labels: in recent months, the number of recalls has been considerably higher than in previous years. Michel Witmer of Groen Agro Control is surprised by this. “How is it possible these things still happen?” he wonders. As a product manager of food, he sees a…

Health more »

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…

Events more »

ESA Annual Meeting sets new record of attendance

From 7-9 October ESA European Seed Association held its 2018 Annual Meeting in Madrid, Spain. This year’s event has set a new record of presence, with an attendance of 1050 participants from over 40 countries across the world. During the meetings of the specific crop sections, participants got the latest updates and detailed information on…

Vertical farming more »

Grow & Roll with vertical farms

Vertical farming is one of the solutions to the problem of the growing demand for food. A multilayer system uses less surface, energy and water. And production takes place all year round, resulting in a higher yield. At Bosman Van Zaal they create vertical production systems, where sustainability, convenience and a higher yield…

Medicinal production more »

CAN (BC): Flowr and Scotts’ Hawthorne break ground on cannabis R&D facility

Flowr, a Canadian Licensed Producer of premium cannabis products, and Hawthorne celebrated the ground breaking for the construction of North America’s first research and development facility dedicated to advancing cannabis cultivation techniques and systems. Hawthorne Canada is a subsidiary of Hawthorne…

UK Government legalizes medicinal cannabis

For the first time in the UK, expert doctors have been given the option to legally issue prescriptions for cannabis-based medicines when they agree that their patients could benefit from this treatment. Patients can be prescribed medicinal cannabis by specialist doctors from 1 November 2018. The law change came after…

MedMen to acquire PharmaCann for US$682 million

MedMen and Chicago-based PharmaCann have signed a binding letter of intent for MedMen to acquire PharmaCann in an all-stock transaction valued at $682 million. The resulting pro-forma company…

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