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Thursday, October 18, 2018

Lift cart collects data while crop work is done

It looks like a lift cart, it works like a lift cart but it’s not just a lift cart. The new Ecoation machine, the OKO lift cart, not only enables workers to lower, clip or twist the plants, but at the same time collects a large amount of data, offering insights on the crop and the expected yield. Multiple tasks "In…

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US (OH): Great Lakes Growers doubles production capacity to 160,000 sq.ft.

Great Lakes Growers, an 80,000 square foot, state of the art hydroponic greenhouse facility that grows leafy greens and herbs in Burton, Ohio, have broken ground on an additional 80,000 square foot expansion. Once completed, the expansion will effectively double their growing capacity to 160,000 square…

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Spanish growers join forces to market Adora tomatoes

Four Spanish companies have united themselves in the growth, promotion and marketing of the Adora tomato, a tomato bred by HM. Clause. Entering the market together might be quite a challenge, they agree. "It's ambitious - but we believe in it because the Adora offers a quality demanded by consumer. The…

Iceland: Geothermal energy could be used for dehydrating greenhouse tomatoes

In a short study shared with ThinkGeoEnergy this week, a student of the University of Reykjavik looked at how geothermal energy could be utilised in food production, specifically for the dehydration of tomatoes. The document looks at how sustainable use of resources could be promoted in the north eastern part of…

Moscow region reaches 100% self-sufficiency with tomatoes and cucumbers

This year Moscow region has reached 100% self-sufficiency with tomatoes and cucumbers. Only four years ago the demand was met by 5-6%, reported the Minister of Agriculture and…

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Turkey: Increase in greenhouse banana production in Antalya

“Banana production has been increasing rapidly in the city over the last 5 years. Banana production areas have increased by 75 % in this period whereas the production volume has increased by 177 %", according to Antalya City Agricultural Official Mustafa Ozen. "In 2002, 63,000 tons of bananas were grown on an…

Italy: Cefla Group adds dedicated Lighting division

A new Business Unit has now been added to the Cefla Group: out of the experience and evolution of C-LED comes Cefla Lighting. With this fifth Business Unit, the Group consolidates know-how matured in recent years in the hi-tech lighting industry and strengthens its position in the lighting and wireless connectivity sectors.…

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Iceland: Geothermal energy could be used for dehydrating greenhouse tomatoes

In a short study shared with ThinkGeoEnergy this week, a student of the University of Reykjavik looked at how geothermal energy could be utilised in food production, specifically for the dehydration of tomatoes. The document looks at how sustainable use of resources could be promoted in the north eastern part 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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Pieter Vermeulen to focus on high-tech tomato growing

From knife and boots to the excitement of the greenhouse

He has already put on his boots and has his knife at hand to cut the various vegetables in the field. It's Tuesday morning, September 25, 9 am, and Pieter Vermeulen, representative for Sakata in the Benelux and Scandinavia, is fully prepared for the annual open field demo days. This is his last edition…

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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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Swiss gastronomy supplier takes up lettuce cultivation

'Great development potential for Chicarita novelty lettuce''

In recent years, the lettuce sector has seen a lot of changes. The Salanova varieties and mini-Romanas lettuce for instance have quickly found their way in to European trade. At the moment there is another novelty coming up, which is establishing itself at a rapid pace. It is the so-called Chicarita.…

Greenhouse grown strawberries with chocolate flavored dip at Fresh Summit

Later this week, four products from Mucci Farms will be on display in the New Product Showcase at PMA Fresh Summit in Orlando. One of them is the company’s latest release: CuteCumber™️ Poppers, which are one-bite miniature cucumber half the size of the company’s original cocktail size CuteCumbers™️.…

Greenhouse tomato grower to introduce new vegetable products

NatureSweet® Tomatoes will debut its new product line of branded cucumbers, peppers and large tomatoes along with new additions to the Brighthouse Organics® line at the upcoming Produce Marketing Association (PMA) Fresh Summit Convention and Expo held in Orlando from October 18-20, 2018. This November, NatureSweet® will…

Spain: Alcampo introduces floating live lettuce

Auchan Retail Spain has introduced an assortment of floating live lettuces at its hypermarket in Alcampo de Leganés, Madrid, which customers can "harvest" at the time of purchase. These lettuces (green and red Trocadero, green and red Lollo and green Batavia), supplied by Gota Viva, keep their roots in direct contact…

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Compostable pot reduces need for water

“In the UK and Europe plastic-free packaging of all types is a huge driver for growers at the moment”, says Mark Lingard, marketing manager of Sirane. In this market where more and more growers and suppliers are asking for sustainable products, Mark sees the demand of their fully compostable plant pot…

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Spanish growers join forces to market Adora tomatoes

Four Spanish companies have united themselves in the growth, promotion and marketing of the Adora tomato, a tomato bred by HM. Clause. Entering the market together might be quite a challenge, they agree. "It's ambitious - but we believe in it because the Adora offers a quality demanded by consumer. The…

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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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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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NAFDAC Nigeria warns:

“Consumption of rotten tomatoes causes cancer”

This weekend, the Nigerian National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC), warned its countrymen against the consumption of rotten tomatoes, claiming…

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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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National broadcasters eagerly promote horticultural potential Zimbabwe

HortiFlor Zimbabwe was held last week, from October 9-11 in the capital Harare. It attracted international as well as national attention. Several Zimbabwean broadcasters were present to eagerly promote the horticultural potential of the country. In a excerpt from ZBC News, for example, host Rodrick Mashingaidze interviews organizer Dick van Raamsdock…

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South Africa: Aquaponics facility launched in Soweto

A new aquaponics facility was launched in Soweto to enrich residents and eradicate poverty in the area. The City of Joburg donated the facility, near Elias Motsoaledi Clinic in Orlando. Inmed Partnerships for Children, with the help of the Mondelez International Foundation, run aquaponics plants which reach up to…

South Korea: Urban farming bonds communities in Seoul

Tucked away in a dark, damp corner of an underground parking lot in Nowon-gu, northeastern Seoul, mushrooms mature under fluorescent lights.  The vertical farm is tended by residents who live right above it, in Sanggye Hyundai Apartment Complex.  Together, the residents grow, share and sell the mushrooms, donating the profits to local charities and…

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Flower One acquires Nevada cannabis cultivator and producer

Flower One has entered into agreements with NLV Organics and related parties to purchase a 100% interest in a property in North Las Vegas, Nevada, and all of the business'…

"The Star Group not getting lost in the weed(s)"

As Canada moves toward legalization of recreational cannabis nationwide, The Star Group is moving in a different direction. Star has rejected any participation in the cannabis…

Former Prime Minister of Canada joins cannabis company

Acreage Holdings, one of the United States’ largest vertically integrated, multi-state cannabis operators, announced as part of its pending Canadian public transaction that…

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