Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Breeder focuses on nutritional value

First pepper launch for Axia Vegetable Seeds

You might know breeding company Axia Vegetable Seeds best from their extensive range of tomato products. Get ready for something new then, if you are visiting the Fruit Attraction in Madrid this week. The company launches sweet pointed pepper ETNA Healthy during the exhibition. "As the name says, health…

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Slovenian tomato producer deliberately puts taste before production

With a size of 9 hectares, Paradajz - the Slovenian word for tomato - is the biggest of the country.  The company started specialising in high-flavour tomatoes production in 2011. The tomatoes are sold in major supermarket chains in Slovenia under the very suitable label ‘Lust’. The third phase of 2.5 hectares that was recently…

Increasing the lifetime of your HPS lamp with an open reflector

Supplementary lighting with high-pressure sodium lamps is widely used to increase the yield of greenhouse vegetables and cut flowers. To achieve the maximum benefit from their lighting, growers are advised to change the lamps after an indicated time. The lamp changes are necessary because the light…

Jan Engelen, Coöperatie Hoogstraten

Belgium: "Beef tomatoes are gradually becoming a specialty"

"At the moment we have started with the greenhouse production of strawberries. It is going well in terms of production. However, we still are about 1.5 million kilos behind in comparison to last year", says Jan Engelen of Coöperatie Hoogstraten. "At the moment the productions are getting underway and the…

CAN (ON): Basil grower uses light spectrum to improve flavor, fight disease

Freeman Herbs is a family-owned business that grows a wide variety of organic fresh herbs in Beamsville, Ontario. Founded in 1979 by Tim Freeman, Freeman Herbs is one of the biggest growers and distributors of fresh herbs in Canada. They currently grow 12 organic herb varieties year-round, including…

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UK startup seeks partners for co-funded trials in DWC hydroponic growing system

Phytoponics, an award winning AgTech start-up, has developed new Deep Water Culture hydroponic technology that has been used to grow a large crop of tomatoes, resulting in improved crop yield and enhanced quality of produce. The technology’s success has attracted a major commercial grower that has agreed…

Rijk Zwaan pushes ahead with investments despite falling turnover

Although Rijk Zwaan closed its most recent financial year with a slight drop in revenue and profit, largely due to the strength of the euro, the company is continuously expanding its workforce and investing heavily in research and breeding of vegetables.   The turnover of € 413 million marks a decline of approx. 2% compared to…

Canada: Salmonella outbreak linked to cucumbers

The Public Health Agency of Canada is collaborating with provincial public health partners, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency and Health Canada to investigate an outbreak of Salmonella infections involving five provinces: British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, and Quebec. The illness…

TerraVesco Vermicompost now available in Canada

A.M.A. announces the arrival of TerraVesco Vermicompost at their warehouse. Coincidentally, this product has just been OMRI Listed for organic agriculture in Canada. TerraVesco Vermicompost has been produced for more than twenty years in Sonoma, CA. The primary input is organic dairy manure, which is pre-composted to eliminate…

CombiVliet opens its doors on Lidl Farm Day

"Many people still have an ancient tomato farm in mind"

Hundreds of people visited the Lidl Farm Day at the NoordVliet location of CombiVliet in Middenmeer, Netherlands on Saturday, October 20. The public could discover where the products they buy at the grocery store come from and who grows them. For the children in attendance a quest was organized, an…

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US (OR): Shining a light on sustainable cannabis production

Deschutes Growery works diligently to offset the environmental impacts of its cannabis production by closely monitoring all aspects of its operation, from equipment usage to business partnerships. Energy efficiency is at the center of the Bend grower’s efforts to minimize its carbon footprint. By opting…

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TerraVesco Vermicompost now available in Canada

A.M.A. announces the arrival of TerraVesco Vermicompost at their warehouse. Coincidentally, this product has just been OMRI Listed for organic agriculture in Canada. TerraVesco Vermicompost has been produced for more than twenty years in Sonoma, CA. The primary input is organic dairy manure, which is pre-composted to eliminate…

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"Exploring natural resistance in vegetable crops never stops"

The most sustainable way to prevent diseases and pests in vegetable cultivation is to develop varieties that are resistant. Developing a new variety used to take more than twenty years, but thanks to new technologies, such as tissue culture, marker technology and bioinformatics, we can reduce that period…

Breeders and chefs collaborate on the produce of the future

New York’s first Variety Showcase, held last week near Union Square, was like an Apple event for people who geek out over actual fruit. Instead of unveiling new iPhones, the goal of this Showcase — which was produced by the Oregon-based Culinary Breeding Network group and GrowNYC — was to help connect…

Breeder focuses on nutritional value

First pepper launch for Axia Vegetable Seeds

You might know breeding company Axia Vegetable Seeds best from their extensive range of tomato products. Get ready for something new then, if you are visiting the Fruit Attraction in Madrid this week. The company launches sweet pointed pepper ETNA Healthy during the exhibition. "As the name says, health…

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BrimaPack delivers new generation in transplanting equipment

BrimaPack has built and delivered a VeTrac II 9/7 T 18-row Transplanter. With three, six row Ferrari’s FastBlock Transplanter modules, attached to the VeTrac eDrive caterpillar from BrimaPack, the machine can transplant up to 8 meters wide with a maximum capacity of 130,000 Plants/hour. The VeTrac is…

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New intermediate bulk container offers logistics solution

Schoeller Allibert’s new standard foldable intermediate bulk container (IBC) is designed for international logistics. The Combo Excelsior® was created to meet the latest expectations of the food processing, cosmetics and pharmaceutical industries. Safe, hygienic and efficient, it offers a great logistics…

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California greens grower debuting new packaging innovation

Chris Wada, Marketing Manager for North Shore Living said, “Put simply, the products we grow, pack & ship are truly unique because everything we deliver is quite literally still living with the roots connected for freshness. This means any changes – to packaging, for example – challenge us to create…

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Prominent's Blog

"Be transparent and tell your story"

Consumers' need for information is on the rise. They increasingly want to know by whom a product is produced, where exactly it comes from, and what you can do with it. People…

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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…

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CAN (ON): Developing a strategy for better information on organic production

One of the organic sector’s biggest challenges is a lack of timely, credible information. That includes production, pricing and marketing data – information organic businesses need in order to thrive, and conventional farmers and businesses use to decide whether or not to enter organic production. “Most of the ways information on…

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Canada: Salmonella outbreak linked to cucumbers

The Public Health Agency of Canada is collaborating with provincial public health partners, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency and Health Canada to investigate an outbreak of Salmonella infections involving five provinces: British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, and Quebec. The illness…

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…

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Programme fourth EU Fresh Info Forum

Focus on impact of technology ‘tsunami’ on fresh produce sector

In the week of 28, 29 and 30 November, the EU Fresh Info Forum will take place at the World Horti Center and the HortiVERSum. This year, focus is on the ‘tsunami’ of…

Poland: TSW 2019 is open for registration

The ninth edition of TSW Fruit and Vegetables Industry Fair will take place in Ptak Warsaw Expo in Poland on 9th and 10th January 2019. TSW is the biggest Fruit and Vegetables Industry Fair in Central and Eastern Europe, providing the most innovative and current knowledge and know-how in horticulture…

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Brunei: Students build and sell hydroponic systems

When Norisa ‘Azuma Md Norazmi, Nurwardi Ariffin and Nur Salwana Kamidi graduate from IBTE Agro-Technology Campus at the end of this month, they’re unlikely to be joining the ranks of thousands of graduates who will be out hunting for a job. The trio, part of IBTE’s first cohort HNTec in Agrotechnology have already registered…

Vertical farming: does the economic model work?

A new report has been published by Denbighshire based 2017 Nuffield Scholar, Sarah Hughes. Over the past year, she has been travelling and investigated the following title: Vertical Farming: does the economic model work? Sarah’s key messages are: There are business models where Vertical Farming/Controlled Environment Agriculture would work well The business model…

UK startup seeks partners for co-funded trials in DWC hydroponic growing system

Phytoponics, an award winning AgTech start-up, has developed new Deep Water Culture hydroponic technology that has been used to grow a large crop of tomatoes, resulting in improved crop yield and enhanced quality of produce. The technology’s success has attracted a major commercial grower that has agreed…

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CAN (ON): Cannabis production facility coming to Rama

Rama First Nation is getting into the cannabis culture. On Wednesday, when cannabis became legal in Canada, it was announced Rama would be home to a pot-production facility as part of a joint venture with GrowForce. The facility will create about 100 jobs. GrowForce’s financing partner, Bridging Finance, is an Indigenous-led company and has been working…

New micro boiler to remediate low cannabis yields under cool temperatures

Smart Cannabis Corp. has announced a new product line to their agritech portfolio. The SMART Micro Boiler is designed to remediate low cannabis yields cultivators typically…

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