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Tuesday, May 03, 2016


Vapor barrier on block saves large amounts of water, fertilizer

Installing a simple plastic cap as a vapor barrier on your growing medium might be the most simple solution to save money on expensive fertilizers, improve crop yields, and decrease the water footprint. This is what Steven Gallo of CubeCap Canada thought too. For several years now he has run trials.....

How Chloe and Lola reduce wage costs Golden Acre Farms

The Ontario Federation of Agriculture (OFA) is concerned with the Ontario government's decision to raise the minimum wage from $10.25 to $11.00 per hour. Although this increase can look like a positive change, it makes it very difficult for some Ontario farms to earn it back. The marketplace only supports.....

France: New 18,000 m2 tomato greenhouse for Roland Guéval

Roland Guéval is building his 3rd greenhouse in Lambé (near Brest), this one will cover 18,000 m2 (the first greenhouse measured 10,000 m2 and the second 15,000 m2). The vegetable producer, who specialises in tomatoes, hopes to create employment opportunities and increase his production.Mr Guéval grows.....

Hazera creates hybrid round radish

Hazera has been breeding round radish actively for several decades, focusing on innovation and a well chosen range of key traits. Below is a short look at the latest innovations in this crop, that is becoming increasingly popular among consumers.Round radish growing ranges from indoor with high density.....

Setting up horizontal airflow fans to help prevent diseases

The purpose of using high-airflow fans in your tunnels is to keep the air moving mostly at night to even out the temperatures throughout the tunnel. This decreases the chance that the tomato foliage temperature will drop below the temperature of the air around it, and hit dew point temperatures, which causes.....

But oversupply is lurking

Europe: Greenhouse soft fruit ripe for the picking

The 'soft fruit market' is booming and blooming. The consumption of strawberries will increase by around 2% over the next five years. A growth of a minimum of 7% per year is expected for blueberries, raspberries and blackberries. The use of blueberries in particular will increase strongly, partially due to.....

UK: Levity CropScience attracts investment

Levity CropScience in Lancashire has secured a private equity investment deal that will bring significant finance and skills, as it continues its growth as a business. Two new directors will be joining the board, alongside founders David Marks and Anna Weston who still retain a controlling interest in.....

Spotting rot before you can see it

There’s nothing worse for consumers than picking up a bag of lettuce only to find that’s soft, squishy, and dripping rotting plant juice all over their hands. Produce loss to rot is a big deal, for consumers and growers alike. But a new initiative out of the Crop Improvement and Protection Laboratory in.....

More Nigerians moving into greenhouse farming

The chief executive officer and country director of Dizengoff West Africa (Nigeria) Limited, Antti Ritvoneni, sees a growing rate of interest in agriculture, greenhouse technology as well its prospects in Nigeria."I would say that we can clearly see that there is quite a great interest in greenhouse.....

UK: Strawberry growers use bumblebees for effective pollination

Strawberry grower S&A Group in the UK has been using Natupol bees for more than 15 years and can no longer envisage producing a successful crop of strawberries, blueberries, raspberries or blackberries without this product.Soft fruit grower NFFC has been using Natupol bumblebees for the past 7 years......


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An innovative program for energy simulation

EnerSerre is an energy simulation program tailored to the specificities of horticultural greenhouses. It calculates the energy consumption of any greenhouse to be built or retrofitted wherever it is: heating, cooling and dehumidification. It helps growers and designers to make the right investment decision.....


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Videos: High-tech and large scale production greenhouses

Agra Tech in Pittsburg, CA, manufacturerer of commercial greenhouse systems, recently unveiled new High Quality videos that tell the company’s story through the words of its customers and narrated by its own employees.Created by Mike Abinanti, a freelance film producer in Spokane, WA, the video series covers.....


Breedingmore »


Hazera creates hybrid round radish

Hazera has been breeding round radish actively for several decades, focusing on innovation and a well chosen range of key traits. Below is a short look at the latest innovations in this crop, that is becoming increasingly popular among consumers.Round radish growing ranges from indoor with high density.....


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How Chloe and Lola reduce wage costs Golden Acre Farms

The Ontario Federation of Agriculture (OFA) is concerned with the Ontario government's decision to raise the minimum wage from $10.25 to $11.00 per hour. Although this increase can look like a positive change, it makes it very difficult for some Ontario farms to earn it back. The marketplace only supports.....


Product Infomore »


Smuccies strawberries

CA (ON): Sweet greenhouse treat

Mucci Farms showed off its Smuccies, line of greenhouse-grown strawberries at this year's CPMA conference in April."Aesthetically, they're really beautiful," noted Emily Murracas of Mucci Farms. "They're grown in a controlled environment, so they look perfect." Like the rest of Mucci Farms' produce,.....


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Belgium: Den Berk Délice introduces sample box

Den Berk Délice introduces new sample boxes. They have been specifically designed to introduce as many consumers in shops as possible to the Miss Perfect and the brightly coloured small tomatoes from the Partymix. Furthermore, informative leaflets with enticing recipes have been created. The consumer is.....


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Emotional food waste ad follows life span of strawberry

"Save the Food," a public service campaign which broke Wednesday 20 April, from the Natural Resources Defense Council, uses strawberries to make a powerful statement about food waste.Developed pro-bono by SapientNitro through The Ad Council, the initiative focuses on a sad reality: Some 40 percent of all.....


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Belgium: Copertiz new member RHP quality mark for substrates

From 20 April 2016 the Belgian company Copertiz RHP Horticulture has been certified for the product coir. Based on research and inspections performed by ECAS, Copertiz complies with the requirements as stated in the Product Certification Scheme of the RHP quality mark. Including the membership of Copertiz,.....


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June 2, 2016

US: Webinar on organic recordkeeping for growers

Join CCOF and the Farmer Veteran Coalition (FVC) on June 2 for a webinar on recordkeeping for organic growers.Learn processes to make on-farm organic recordkeeping easier, as well as a framework to assist you in developing a recordkeeping system for your operation that maintains the records needed for.....


Coolingmore »


Pericoli Group launches new cooling wall system

Pericoli Group announces the addition of the MDFX system to their line of products of their cooling line. Other than standard cooling walls, the MDFX is made of a stainless steel gutter frame and it doesn't require any additional external water storage thanks to a special lower gutter, which serves as a.....


Food Safetymore »

EFSA:

Europe: Modification of MRL for flonicamid in herbs, edible flowers

Germany, received an application from Landesanstalt für Landwirtschaft Forsten und Gartenbau Sachsen-Anhalt to modify the existing maximum residue level (MRL) for the active substance flonicamid in fresh herbs and edible flowers. Germany drafted an evaluation report which was submitted to the European.....


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Red veg could prevent prostate cancer

Barbara Quinn, a nutritionist affiliated with the Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula, believes that a diet rich in red vegetables, like tomatoes, apricots, guavas and watermelons may prevent men from developing prostate cancer, as they contain a substance called lycopene.The reddish pigment that.....


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US (NC): Svensson participates in Native Plant Pollinator Garden Planting Day

On April 15, 2016 Svensson participated in Native Plant Pollinator Garden Planting Day at West Mecklenburg High School in Charlotte, North Carolina."Planting" for the futureWith April being National Garden month in the United States, Svensson helped support the local Charlotte community assisting high school.....


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Worldwide retail sales Spar €33 bln | Sainsbury's results put UK retail under spotlight

US supermarkets aim to reduce food waste

Taiwan: Chuan Lian aiming for 1000 storesChuan Lian Enterprise, which runs Taiwan’s largest supermarket chain, PXmart, is targeting 20 per cent growth to 1000 stores by the end of next year. These will be mainly in urban centres, featuring fresh and prepared foods, reports Nikkei Asian Review. Chuan Lian.....


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June 13, Amsterdam

Netherlands: Vertical Farming Summit 2016

The day before GreenTech, the Association of Vertical Farming organizes the Vertical Farming Summit.Vertical farmingVertical farming has the potential to make this planet a healthier place, while simultaneously contributing to a stronger economy. However, overcoming the many challenges the industry faces and.....


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