Tuesday, September 18, 2018

"The Hague urban greenhouse cannot be made profitable"

After more than two months following the bankruptcy of The Hague’s urban greenhouse by Urban Farmers, it has become clear that a revival is not possible. In the past months, the bankruptcy trustee has investigated the possibilities for this. The investigation has also shown the greenhouse has never been…

"Brown Grow Quality Products Continues to Reach Customers"

"This is an important message to our valued customers, growers, distributors and channel partners around the world", the team with Brown Grow shares. Brown Grow is currently restructuring its production operations in response to adverse weather conditions and raw materials price fluctuations in Sri Lanka…

Growers in Côte d’Ivoire create own growbags

Several small farmers in the south of Côte d’Ivoire have developed their own way of ‘hors sol’. 90% of these very small farms grow tomatoes for the Abidjan market. This system is based on used fertilizer bags and other woven plastic bags filled with a mixture of soil, organic matter and fertilizer. This…

Korean company builds aquaponic greenhouse in Kazakhstan

The Korean company MANNA CEA is investing about 2.4 million US dollars in the construction of a salad greenhouse with an area of 0.6 hectares in the Kordai district of the Zhambyl region. Two volumes are installed for the arrangement of the greenhouse. One tank will be allocated for fish, and above it – there will…

Rijk Zwaan opens brand-new R&D facility in Fijnaart

On the afternoon of Friday 14 September, Rijk Zwaan officially opened its brand-new R&D facility on Eerste Kruisweg in Fijnaart. This extension gives the international vegetable breeding company the necessary space to further expand its research activities. The construction project, which started back in November…

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Dutch greenhouse suppliers unite in Dutch Greenhouse Delta

"If this doesn't work, nothing will," laughs Maren Schoormans. There is no lack of enthusiasm when he's asked about Dutch Greenhouse Delta, which was officially launched on Thursday, September 6. "Of course you have to deal with skepticism in a number of people, because there were already initiatives for…

Duijvestijn Tomaten uses WMS software for horticulture

"The program is so flexible that it can easily grow along with our company"

On behalf of Duijvestijn Tomaten, 9Knots Solutions B.V. from Nieuwveen has developed a completely new Warehouse Management System (WMS). Remco Duijvestijn, Business Controller and one of the owners of Duijvestijn Tomaten: "We have started the talks in September 2016. The program is called Casemaster, and…

Efficient irrigation for blueberry grower

Schrijnwerkers is a blueberry company, founded in 1969 by Rob Schrijnwerkers. Nowadays, this family business has locations in Horst, Overloon (Netherlands), and Weeze (Germany). Schrijnwerkers has two production sites in Weeze of over 75 hectares in total. The companies in Germany are known by the name…

Citrus Under Protective Screening

Screening protects citrus from greening and storms

A system designed to protect citrus trees from the deadly greening disease withstood the ravaging winds of Hurricane Irma last year, University of Florida scientists say. With reinforcements installed after the storm, they’ll likely withstand even more dangerous storms. Using Citrus Under Protective Screening, or “CUPS,”…

Energy more »

János Szanyi:

"Geothermal sector has 5 to 8 years to prove its competitiveness"

EFG’s Panels of Experts (PE) have been set up to provide high-quality advice and information to the European institutions, to international NGOs and to other global professional associations. EFG has currently 10 Panels of Experts active in the fields of CCS, Education, Geological Heritage, Geotechnics,…

Laurens Maartens, NBWM:

"Brexit reports misleading world of currency"

Right when the Brexit talks threaten to run aground, the EU and Great Britain are taking a step towards one another. It's far too early, however, to presume both parties will…

BlueTerra Energy Experts:

"Use of CHP for biomass and green gas mainly at high lighting levels and CO2 requirement"

The important role that CHP plays in the filling in of Dutch energy demand comes under pressure now that a sustainable energy supply is required and alternatives are…

Fertilizers more »

Study shows effects of fertilizing tomato with selenium

An experiment was carried out in a greenhouse to evaluate the effects of selenium application (as Na2SeO3) on mineral concentration (as N, P, K, Ca and Se), biomass, yield and total antioxidant status (TAS) of tomato fruit. The study consisted of two experiments: an irrigation experiment with the…

"Economic benefits with CO2 foliar spray integrated into irrigation booms"

CO2 GRO announces additional scientific evidence of superior plant leaf surface CO2 conductance results using dissolved CO2 foliar spray versus CO2 gassing. Dr. Matt Julius of St. Cloud State University has proven that dissolved CO2 conductance on the top surface of a lettuce leaf is essentially the same…

CAN (QC): Helping growers implement sustainable agriculture practices

A new partnership between Fertilizer Canada and the Professional Association in Crop Nutrition (PACN) will enable the advancement of sustainable agriculture in Québec. With a…

Breeding more »

Jumping genes drive chromosome changes in strawberries

The transfer of gene cassettes across generations of strawberry plants has been shown to drive changes in sex chromosomes, according to a team led by a researcher from the University of Pittsburgh Department of Biological Sciences. Distinguished Professor of Evolutionary Ecology Tia-Lynn Ashman, along…

How a French prince is saving the world from tasteless tomatoes

It’s the 20th annual Festival de la Tomate et des Saveurs, and the seasonal activities of a French country fair extend into every corner of this marvelous estate. “We want to connect people to the beauty of the world, the beauty of community, the beauty of sharing, and to the beauty of Gaia—or the…

US (NY): New high-yield strawberry, raspberry varieties released

These berries yield like the dickens. Cornell’s berry breeding program is releasing two new varieties, which will be available for planting in spring 2019: a strawberry, Dickens, and a raspberry, Crimson Treasure. Both varieties produce large fruits with vibrant colors that maintain peak flavor for longer than most…

Machines more »

A new way of fruit cutting in retail

In Scandinavia, most of the fruit retailers sell fruit such as melon and watermelons in halves, quarters or even smaller slices. However, for the fresh produce employees in charge of cutting and preparing the fruit for sale and display in the shop, the fruit cutting process was always a time-consuming,…

West Virginia University’s ‘BrambleBee’

Autonomous robot pollinates bramble plants

Natural pollinators, particularly honey bees, are disappearing at an alarming rate. This poses serious risks for agriculture as bees are the primary pollinators of a vast variety of crops. Their disappearance could compromise the work of food producers, ultimately reducing the amount of food available on…

Farmers want Canada included in U.S. trade agreement

Although there is a level of uncertainty for a concrete U.S., Mexico and Canada trade agreement, there might be good news. In August, president Trump announced The United…

Product Info more »

Turkey: “Super” tomatoes from Igdir receive a lot of interest from Iran

“Super” tomatoes from Igdir, a city located in eastern Turkey, stand out for their taste, color and aroma and, as a result, they are in high-demand from export markets.  Tomatoes from this city have a mildly sour taste and receives a lot of interest from Iran and Nakhchivan. Many agricultural products are…

Turkey: Tomato from Insuyu about to become a brand name

Insuyu plain in Burdur, located in southwestern Turkey, is the production center for green beans in Turkey, where 30 % of Turkey’s green bean production is grown. However 3 years ago tomato production started in greenhouses in Insuyu and it is slowly becoming a brand name in this area. Burdur Chamber of…

CAN (QC): Belgian émigré makes tomato wine

In 1998, Pascale Miche immigrated to Québec from Belgium and began planting tomatoes in his backyard. But when Miche looked out at his plants, he didn’t see a field of salad components. He saw a vineyard. Miche’s grandfather began turning tomatoes into wine in 1938, and he passed the recipe down to his…

Packaging more »

DFHV:

Germany: New packaging law applies starting 01.01.2019

The new Packaging Act was already passed more than a year ago and will replace the Packaging Ordinance starting on 01.01.2019. The Packaging Act brings with it a number of…

Nicolas Janssen, Zeus Aero

Fresh produce sent via air freight becoming more popular

As winter approaches, fresh fruit and vegetable shipping via air freight is on the rise. Although this mode of transportation is considered expensive, demand for this is…

Are retailers relying too much on plastic packaging?

The message of 'organic', 'environmentally-friendly', 'sustainable', 'local', and other similar themes are now well-established in the produce industry. There is also the paradox, however, of increasing use of plastics in packaging. Many argue that packaging produce reduces food waste and enables greater…

Marketing more »

Spain: Marketability probability study of cherry tomato cultivars

The purpose of a new Spanish study was to demonstrate interest in applying simple and multiple logistic regression analyses to the marketability probability of commercial tomato (Solanum lycopersicum L.) cultivars when the tomatoes are harvested as loose fruit. A fruit’s firmness and commercial quality…

Roasted: the tomato marketing board of Canada

The tomato industry and especially the tomato marketing board of Canada got roasted! Editor Grant Brown took the pen and has made clear how he feels about 'bold new initiatives to enhance food quality and availability for Canadians from coast to coast!" The article is focussed on the position of farmers…

Brent Batten:

‘Florida growers say Trump's NAFTA substitute won't halt Mexico's advantages’

Around Immokalee, NAFTA is a four-letter word. The North American Free Trade Agreement, implemented in 1994, has dramatically changed fruit and vegetable farming, the town’s…

Substrates more »

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Australia: Coir waste management for hydroponics in berries

RMCG is delivering the Hort Innovation project; MT17016 - Coir waste management for hydroponics in berries. It is funded through strawberry and Rubus industry levies with…

UK: Summer’s drought spurs on efforts to reduce peat use

Industry research and innovation on alternatives to using peat in commercial horticulture will be showcased at a series of AHDB events this autumn. The hot dry summer has increased the urgency to shift to responsibly-sourced growing media. Professional horticulturalists have until 2030 to hit a voluntary…

Oboya receives several orders on substrates in China

Oboya Horticulture Industries has through its wholly owned subsidiary Oboya Commerce and Trade Co. Ltd in China, received several orders from new Chinese customers. The total order value amounted to EUR 5.2 million, corresponding approximately to SEK 54.2 million. The new orders concerns sale of 750…

Organic more »

September 8-16

Government of Canada celebrates Organic Week

The Government of Canada celebrates the contribution of organic farmers during Organic Week, taking place September 8-16. Through targeted investments, the Government continues to support the organic sector to conduct research activities, open new markets, and adopt new sustainable practices and…

More than $8 million to help strengthen and grow Canada's organic sector

Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food Lawrence MacAulay announced a federal investment of up to $8.3 million to the Organic Federation of Canada, under the Canadian Agricultural Partnership, AgriScience Clusters. The Canadian organic industry is one of Canada's fastest growing agricultural sectors.…

"Organic food exports at mercy of EU discretion after no-deal Brexit"

The organic certification body OF&G has warned that a no-deal Brexit risks the continuation of organic food exports to the EU relying on interim reciprocal and discretionary…

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…

US (CA): JSK cooling system for Sunniva

In Cathedral City, a neighborhood located next to Palm Springs in the Palm Desert, a 3.5 hectare project is being built for medicinal cultivation. In addition to the design and construction of the complete greenhouse construction including the screen, Sunniva also opts for the JSK cooling system, an…

Food Safety more »

Foodstuffs and Woolworths NZ halt all Australian strawberry distribution

Last week, sewing needles were found in punnets of strawberries purchased in five states or territories - the latest in Tasmania. Australian police believe a disgruntled farm worker is to blame for the cases in Queensland, but said copycats may be responsible in other states.           Foodstuffs said it was confident there was no product in its stores that have been affected by the Australian action. But the company said for added reassurance it elected…

Why the tomato was feared in Europe for more than 200 years

In the late 1700s, a large percentage of Europeans feared the tomato. A nickname for the fruit was the “poison apple” because it was thought that aristocrats got sick and died after eating them, but the truth of the matter was that wealthy Europeans used pewter plates, which were high in lead content. Because tomatoes are…

Strawberry sabotage in Australia has widespread consequences

The devastating impact of Australia’s strawberry sabotage story has been revealed as growers are forced to throw out truckloads of perfectly good fruit. Stephanie Cheans…

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…

‘French Fries: No. 1 vegetable toddlers consume’

More than 27 percent of young children do not consume a single discrete serving of vegetables on any given day, according to the Feeding Infants and Toddlers Study. Among the vegetables toddlers do eat, French fries are the No. 1 vegetable consumed. By age two, many children have preferences and eating…

Dozens of illnesses reported

US: Kansas church dinner - tomatoes and Salmonella

Kansas health officials say tomatoes served at a church dinner tested positive for Salmonella Newport and are the likely the cause of dozens of reported illnesses. At least 14…

Events more »

1-3 October 2018

It's all about sustainable urban planning at IPM Dubai 2018

The 13th edition of International Plants Expo Middle East (IPM Dubai), the region’s leading horticultural event, will be held from October 1 to 3, 2018, at the Dubai World Trade Centre, under the patronage of H.H. Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, President of the Dubai Civil Aviation Authority and…

Tour EU Plants, 19 September

UK: Growing media developments in soft fruit propagation

Get an update of recent research in soft fruit propagation and production along with an insight into plant propagation at EU Plants, followed by a tour of the farm courtesy of…

Higher than expected turnout at Rijk Zwaan open day

The annual open day at Rijk Zwaan in the Netherlands was held again recently, and many more people than expected showed up to take a look at their tomatoes. Growers and representatives from the entire chain were updated with the latest developments at the Trial Center Tomato of Rijk Zwaan in Kwintsheul.…

Retail more »

George Baker between the grapes

Sing along with the vegetable edition of Little Green Bag

Tum dum dum dum dum dum dum dum dum dum dum.... Once it's in your head, you will hardly get it out and start singing along. Now there's another reason to sing a long with the song Little Green Bag by the George Baker Selection. The band fell for the commercial possibilities and allowed Dutch retailer…

Vertical farming more »

US: Groups ask Congress to support urban/innovative farms

In a letter to the leaders of the Agriculture Committees in the U.S. House and Senate, assorted local, state and national groups jointly asked that the 2018 version of the…

Brexit food security: An opportunity for vertical farming?

Farming in the UK is facing an uncertain time. The UK government recently announced that it intends to phase out farming subsidies, and a no deal Brexit has prompted food shortage scares. The UK has limited land to grow more produce, but could vertical farming improve the UK’s food security after Brexit?

CAN (QC): 2,000 square feet of gardens to be added to school

Villa Maria is launching its new Techno-Farm program, an urban agriculture and composting project to be carried out on the School's campus. With this educational project, the school seeks to encourage its students and their parents to become more eco-responsible.    Involving the creation of more than 2,000 square feet of garden plots…

Medicinal production more »

US (CA): Turnkey automated cultivation systems for the cannabis industry

Micro Lab Farms, a provider of fully automated turnkey systems for rapid production of legal cannabis, announced the development of a new advanced Cultivation Complex in California. The company has made it possible for farmers, businesses, entrepreneurs and investors to expand or enter the rapidly growing legal cannabis…

CAN (ON): Aleafia’s 160,000 sq. ft. greenhouse retrofitting on schedule

Aleafia is announcing that its 160,000 sq. ft. Niagara greenhouse retrofitting is on schedule and expected to be complete in late 2018. Aleafia also provided shareholders with a behind…

Cannabis Research Center opens in Switzerland

Pure Cannabis Research AG and Pure Holding AG have established the Cannabis Research Center (CRC). The CRC, situated in Switzerland, will facilitate cutting-edge research on cannabis. In collaboration with ETH Zurich, NRGene, Israel, and further global partners, Pure Cannabis Research AG will…

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