Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Dutch mentality, but with a North American truck

It’s been almost a decade since George de Groot left the Netherlands for Canada, to start his own business in the grading and excavating works. After a difficult start, he’s got no reason to complain about work now. Both in Canada and the United States, things are looking up in horticulture. And although…

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Capturing the spectral composition of light sources

Light management is a critical factor in commercial greenhouse and growth chamber efficiency. "Growers can gain enhanced control of desired plant characteristics by accurately measuring and optimizing the composition of your supplemental light", Abby Brooke with LI-COR Biosciences explains. That's why…

first harvest BayWa greenhouse UAE:

"The Emirates are an extremely attractive market"

Two months after planting the first 90,000 seedlings in Al Ain, United Arab Emirates, BayWa AG, Munich, and Al Dahra Holding, LLC, Abu Dhabi, have begun harvesting the first 1.5 tonnes of snack tomatoes. Starting from October, consumers will be able to find this premium vegetable, going by the brand name…

Ellepot AIR

New tray prevents root circling

With the new patent pending Ellepot AIR tray assortment for jumbo-sized paper pots, growers can now put an end to root circling and reduce root defects in their production. With focus on the optimization of airflow and drainage, the Ellepot AIR Tray is a superior alternative to any other containerised system for cultures that…

Syngenta:

"From snack tomato via plum to beef tomato (and everything in between)"

Syngenta's entire tomato team was ready on Wednesday to meet growers and traders in their demo greenhouse in Monster. They had a lot to show and tell their visitors. Peter Colbers - Romindo Romindo extremely strong against tip rot For tomatoes, this summer was the season of truth. Which tomato would perform the best?…

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How Greenyard got to sell the Horticultural business

Hein Deprez, CEO with the Belgium company Greenyard, has been told to tighten his belt by the banks. This came out during a shareholders meeting last week. The company announced yesterday they would sell its horticultural division .  Last week, the Belgium copmany Greenyard convinced banks to let the debt increase until March…

Tomato growers plan 24-hour strike for better wages in New Zealand

New Zealand tomato growers are striking for 24 hours on Monday, to protest their low pay. First Union, which represents workers in the horticulture sector, said more than 100…

Pollination under artificial lights

With daylight hours shortening and temperatures beginning to drop, growers in the higher latitudes of the Northern Hemisphere are paying special attention to their growing lights. High time to focus on the effects this can have on the pollinators doing their job in the greenhouse. Koppert Biological…

US (NJ): Tomato grower applies for MMJ license

Fifty years ago the VanderVrede family delivered tomatoes from the farm in Pequannock to customers in Paterson. If the state allows, the family may soon replace the tomatoes with medical marijuana. Gro-Rite Garden Center & Florist has applied for one of six available state licenses to grow medical marijuana on its…

Government of Canada makes $70M investment in agricultural science

Minister of Agriculture and Agri-food, Lawrence MacAulay, announced the details of the Government of Canada's transformational $70M investment, over five years, to address significant environmental challenges and hire approximately 75 scientists and science professionals in emerging fields of…

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Organisers of HortEx Vietnam preparing for three kickoff meetings in October

The organisers of HortEx Vietnam, the second International Exhibition and Conference for Horticultural and Floricultural Production and Processing Technology in Vietnam, are preparing for three kick-off meetings to be held in October in Vietnam. The kick-off meetings will be held as follows: Hanoi, 16 October 2018 Dalat, 17 October 2018 Ho…

Vestaron appoints Ben Cicora as SVP Sales & Marketing

Vestaron announces the appointment of Ben Cicora as Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing. With more than fifteen years of commercial experience across large and small…

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US (FL): Tecogen adds new service center to support growing fleet in Southeast

Tecogen announces the opening of a new factory service center located in Tampa, Florida. This is the 10th service center for the company and will provide service for Tecogen’s growing fleet of equipment and installations in the Southeast portion of the United States. Tecogen has grown the population of installed systems…

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Demonstration of Euclid innovation is on the run in Europe

The third year of Euclid project was also the first year of Euclid Innovation Demonstration Network. This is a crucial activity for EUCLID project as it brings to the field the innovative research work carried out within the lab. by P. Delval, ACTA Demonstration trials have been implemented in three countries on three crops: France,…

US (HI): Biochars improve nutrient phyto-availability of weathered soils

Highly weathered soils in Hawaii are low in fertility, negatively affecting plant growth. The potential of biochar for improving soil nutrient availability to crops is promising, and prompts a new study. Two biochars at 2% ( w / w ) made of lac tree ( Schleichera oleosa (Lour.) Oken) wood and mixed wood (scrapped wood…

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Newly discovered enzyme is 'firing pin' for plant immunity

Just like humans, plants have an immune system that helps them fight off infections. Plant immunity has some important differences: they don’t make antibodies and can’t fight off the same bug more quickly months or years later. However, plant cells can identify pathogens and react to them, often by…

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Tomato Seed Extraction Machine ready for testing

Seed Processing Holland announces the test of one of their latest innovations, the Tomato Seed Extraction Machine TEM-010.  This machine is specifically designed to extract seeds from small tomato lots, perfect to be used at breeding stations. The first edition has been thoroughly tested, resulting in an upgraded edition. The machine builder…

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Ellepot AIR

New tray prevents root circling

With the new patent pending Ellepot AIR tray assortment for jumbo-sized paper pots, growers can now put an end to root circling and reduce root defects in their production. With focus on the optimization of airflow and drainage, the Ellepot AIR Tray is a superior alternative to any other containerised system for cultures that…

New 10-litre pot for raspberries, blackberries and blueberries

Are you looking for a substrate pot for your raspberry or blackberry plants? This month Beekenkamp Verpakkingen will be introducing a new 10-litre pot. Coming season they are going to expand their existing range of square 4.7-litre substrate pots, 7-litre pots and various light weight pots with this new…

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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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US (IL): Mobile farmers market makes fresh produce accessible and affordable

Homegrown tomatoes, cucumbers, onions, red and green bell peppers, yellow summer squash and zucchini are among the fresh vegetables Southern Illinois University Edwardsville graduate student Shari Blakeslee has enjoyed eating this summer. She didn’t have to go far to access the delicious health foods for her family.…

US: Agtech company partners with podcast to launch educational series on soil health

Cool Planet, an agriculture technology company focused on soil health solutions, has partnered with Tim Hammerich, the host of the Future of Agriculture podcast, to create an educational multimedia series about soil health called Stories from the Soil . "Soil health is the literal groundwork and foundation of our…

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"Many suppliers can bring you coco, only a few can bring you a product consistent and uniform"

While many coir supplies come and go, there are a few that are in it for the long haul. Riococo is one such supplier. The company has been providing coir product to commercial agriculture for over 15 years. With a large focus on sustainability many growers around the world continue to switch to coco from other forms…

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New Board and Member of the Year announced at Annual Meeting

US: Record number of Organic Trade Association members vote in Board election

Organic Trade Association members turned out in record numbers to choose their Board leadership for 2018-2019. The association announced the results of the election at its…

Cooling more »

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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US: Commodities primarily sourced domestically face lowest compliance costs for Produce Rule

The Food Safety Modernization Act of 2011 gave the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) new and comprehensive authority to issue rules for the improvement of food safety, including the Produce Rule, which regulates fresh fruit and vegetables that are minimally processed and frequently consumed raw. Using detailed data…

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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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July 17, Kent

UK: New date announced for Fruit Focus 2019

Fruit Focus is returning to NIAB’s East Malling Research, in Kent on July 17th 2019, one week earlier than in previous years.  “The new date falls before the start of the school holidays and parliamentary recess. Not only does this make it easier for visitors and exhibitors to attend, it also means we’re more able to…

Improving drainage conditions of blueberries

Over the last few years, the demand for berries and especially for blueberries by consumers has been increasing, which has led into an increase in this crop's cultivated area. Thanks to developments like the Hydropot System, also the outcome of the cultivated area increases - both in quantity and in the…

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How to stay pest-free in a Modular Farm

Any conventional farmer will tell you that losing crops to pests is one of their main concerns. You may be surprised to hear that it’s no different in a Modular Farm. The good news is that Modular Farms uses tried and true methods to both prevent and eradicate infestations should they occur. Modular Farms Research Scientist…

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US (NJ): Tomato grower applies for MMJ license

Fifty years ago the VanderVrede family delivered tomatoes from the farm in Pequannock to customers in Paterson. If the state allows, the family may soon replace the tomatoes with medical marijuana. Gro-Rite Garden Center & Florist has applied for one of six available state licenses to grow medical marijuana on its…

Canadian grower gets green light to export MMJ to US

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has granted approval to import a cannabinoid study drug into the United States from Canada for a clinical trial at the…

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