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Thursday, July 19, 2018


Paint it pink

Energy-generating glass saves water, boosts yields

By now, you've probably heard of those curious pink greenhouses with energy-generating glass. A scientific breakthrough for sure, but what's the practical applicability of it? And how does it work exactly? We spoke to Michael Loik, of the Loik Laboratory in the Environmental Studies Department at the.....

Corn salad: a small, niche market

A great deal of attention is currently being paid to lettuce that's grown in high-tech hydroponic systems or vertical cultivation systems. With all these technological developments it's easy to forget that corn salad is grown in Dutch and Belgian greenhouses. It's a relatively small crop that benefits from.....

Bell pepper grower Wibo Valstar uses ReduFuse:

"No more constant deliberation about screens provides peace of mind"

There are days when clouds and sunshine alternate constantly. "Then you are constantly faced with the choice: do I close the screen or not?" With ReduFuse, cultivation is much more relaxed," says pepper grower Wibo Valstar.Pepper growers regularly disagree about the benefits of a diffuse coating. "In our.....

Japanese technique

UAE: Sweet tomatoes grown with no soil and less water

The Japanese have a phrase that, when roughly translated, states that a calamity or disaster can sometimes have a fortuitous outcome, depending on how you look at things.The pioneering research work of professor Yuchi Mori, as it relates to farming, neatly illustrates this point. Following the 2011.....

10 questions with Cor van der Kaaij

"Even if robots are replacing human hands, they can't take over everything"

Grodan introduces Cor van der Kaaij, tomato grower at RedStar.1. Briefly introduce yourself: who are you?I am a real family man, happily married to my darling Diana, father of seven children, three of me and four of Diana, and proud grandfather of Cindy of two and Nick of five years. I prefer to walk around.....

US: "Mini pepper category is now a core commodity"

As summer provides greenhouse bell peppers with additional light and warmth, growers are maintaining that demand is outpacing supply. Despite the fact that greenhouse bell pepper volume has grown over the years, demand has grown even more, leaving plenty of room for more production."The growing conditions.....

Canada: Bert Mucci also goes into the cannabis business

Cronos Group has entered into a joint venture partnership with a group of investors led by Bert Mucci (the Greenhouse Partners). This partnership will function through a newly formed entity, Cronos GrowCo, which will develop, construct and operate a state-of-the-art purpose-built greenhouse for cannabis.....

Australian Made Campaign appoints new CEO

The Board of Australian Made Campaign—the organisation responsible for promoting and administering the iconic green-and-gold Australian Made, Australian Grown (AMAG) logo—has appointed Ben Lazzaro as its new Chief Executive, following a Board meeting in Melbourne on Tuesday. Mr Lazzaro will succeed retiring.....

Russia: New greenhouse complex opened in Voronezh region

Mr. Aleksander Gusev, who is temporarily acting as a governor of the Voronezh region, has taken part in opening the greenhouse complex of LLC Rodina in the Semiluki area. It is the only greenhouse complex with year-round cultivation in the region. The opening ceremony was conducted on July 13.The complex of.....

Cultivate'18: photos are on their way

All waiting for the Cultivate18 pictures? Well, so are we. Unfortunately though, due to the delays in the air traffic we will have to keep you waiting for one more day. Therefore here's the last sneak peek.Hoogendoorn of course showed the iSii process computer, a tool for better climateThe Acrylite coverage.....


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Energymore »


Netherlands: Houweling builds 46,000 m2 sunroof

Houweling from Bleiswijk is building the largest sunroof - of 46,000 m2 - of South Holland. This was made possible by the province with its subsidy scheme 'Asbestos Off, Sun On!'.“This is exactly what we intended with this scheme, Houweling uses the solar energy partly for its own purposes and the rest is.....


Fertilizersmore »


US (CA): Brandt opens production facility in San Joaquin Valley

Brandt has opened a 42,000 square foot production facility for specialty formulations products in Visalia, CA. The new location will expand production capabilities, serve as another hub for formulation development and testing, and house Brandt Hydrology water quality analysis.The Visalia plant is Brandt’s.....


Breedingmore »


Ukraine: Tomato Field Day in Kamenka

The local Sakata team, together with Ukrainian distributor Sakura, held a tomato field day focusing on their new and existing range of red, pink and speciality tomatoes for the region.More than 120 growers and retailers participated in this event in Kamenka, the main greenhouse tomato production area in.....


Machinesmore »


PlantPaper teams up with AgriNomix and Smithers Oasis

With the increased request for PlantPaper's products in the United States, the company decided to forge a North American partnership with AgriNomix and Smithers Oasis.AgriNomix will be handling sales of machine & service on the North American market, and Smithers Oasis will keep on expanding paper and.....


Product Infomore »

Mini cucumbers: two branches, one product

As well as the regular cucumber and the snack cucumbers, there is a third cucumber segment in the Netherlands: mini cucumbers. This cucumber variety weighs between 100 and 150 grams. The segment is growing quickly, notes Leander van Griend of Royal ZON. "All German retailers have mini cucumbers in their.....


Packagingmore »


Packaging thieves become bolder: full boxes emptied

There is a criminal gang that has longbeen focusing on stealing empty EPS packaging from growing and trading companies. These empty containers are now kept under lock and key. The thieves are, therefore, becoming more inventive. In the clip below, you can see how these thieves had set to work on full.....


Marketingmore »

US: "Mini pepper category is now a core commodity"

As summer provides greenhouse bell peppers with additional light and warmth, growers are maintaining that demand is outpacing supply. Despite the fact that greenhouse bell pepper volume has grown over the years, demand has grown even more, leaving plenty of room for more production."The growing conditions.....


Substratesmore »


Commercial growers get new wood fiber option

Lambert Peat Moss Company offers commercial growers a new wood fiber option with its EcoPeat product and complete line of EcoPeat Mixes (EPM).“We’ve been utilizing the many benefits of EcoPeat for years, and as pioneers in this field, we are pleased to evolve the use of this powerful ingredient,” explains.....


Organicmore »

US: Organic labels must be removed from fumigated imports

In a joint letter to all Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act (PACA) licensees, the USDA Fair Trade Practices Program and National Organic Program remind U.S. importers that agricultural products treated with a substance prohibited by the USDA organic regulations, or that undergo ionizing radiation, may.....


Coolingmore »


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 coolingVacuum cooling is a cooling method.....


Food Safetymore »


Process solution integrated with Blockchain technology introduced in US

A large machinery group and a dynamic startup: an alliance which has Industry 4.0 technologies, grown between Veneto and Silicon Valley. Taking advantage of the combination of two important events, the United Fresh Show in Chicago and the Forbes AgTech Summit in Salinas, the Turatti Group from Cavarzere.....


Healthmore »


Allergy potential of strawberries and tomatoes depends on the variety

Strawberries and tomatoes are among the most widely consumed fruits and vegetables worldwide. However, many people are allergic to them, especially if they have been diagnosed with birch pollen allergy. A team from the Technical University of Munich (TUM) has investigated which strawberry or tomato varieties.....


Eventsmore »


EU: Workshop enabling growers for the digital age

On 26-27 April 2018 the European Commission’s DG Agriculture and Rural Development (DG AGRI) organised the EIP-AGRI Workshop ‘Enabling farmers for the digital age: the role of AKIS’. It was organised in cooperation with the Latvian Rural Advisory and Training Centre. 94 delegates from 25 European countries.....

Angola: Agro-logistic workshop on the Lobito Corridor

The purpose of the Agro-Logistic workshop on the Lobito Corridor, held on July 4th, was to hold an interactive discussion where a representation of all relevant stakeholders could discuss the development of the Lobito Corridor including the current state, the potential and necessary steps to achieve this.....


Retailmore »


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 Lidl to.....


Vertical farmingmore »


"Vertical farming has a place for nations struggling to produce food"

I am following the synthetic meat debate with interest. Will lab-derived proteins be the answer to solving the world's food and environmental problems?When I speak with people on either side of this debate, there is an almost evangelical belief in their position. If the domestic discussion around Air New.....

Aquaponics real estate: Planting densities

Aquaponics allows for plants to be grown closer together. Unlike in soil agriculture, plants do not have to develop massive root systems in the ground to gather nutrients. The constant exposure to nutrient-rich water reduces that need, resulting in stout and more vertical root growth. This means, plants can.....


Medicinal productionmore »

Canada: Bert Mucci also goes into the cannabis business

Cronos Group has entered into a joint venture partnership with a group of investors led by Bert Mucci (the Greenhouse Partners). This partnership will function through a newly formed entity, Cronos GrowCo, which will develop, construct and operate a state-of-the-art purpose-built greenhouse for cannabis.....


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