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Wednesday, January 17, 2018


Croatia - the next big player in vegetable production?

With recent EU investments in agriculture and a vast unspoiled land, with huge reserves of water and human resources, Ivan Obrovac from Brana d.o.o., said that there is an enormous potential in Croatia. Brana Ltd starting producing in 2005, shortly after the company invested in ULO cold stores for fruits.....

Kilo-bucket of snack tomatoes: 50% more sales than expected

It was supposed to be a trial, just in summer. But the trial was expanded, and the Tommies buckets, filled with a kilo of snack tomatoes, have been on the shelves of a major Dutch supermarket chain for more than six months now. “The combination of high-quality tomatoes, the right packaging, and a.....

New tray filler at IPM: automatize production while saving labor

This Fall Ellepot introduced their new patent pending Ellepot Tray Filler (TF-1), helping customers automatize their production while saving labor. The automation enables growers to improve productivity by establishing an efficient, uniform and faster production method by filling up to 9,000 pots per.....

Valoya launches new line of LED grow lights

Valoya will present two new product lines at its booth 3B42 at the upcoming IPM tradeshow in Essen: the BX-Series (already launched in October 2017), and the brand new BL-Series.The BL-Series are sturdy yet lightweight LED bars optimized for greenhouse cultivation of a wide variety of plants. This new series.....

Tony Bundock starts training company Genesis Horticultural Solutions

AU: "Getting more from your system, straight from the commissioning stage"

Australian industry identity and Priva NL endorsed trainer, Tony Bundock, has recently launched Genesis Horticultural Solutions, a company that specialises in delivering training for current and future users of Priva climate control and irrigation systems.With a strong background in commercial horticulture.....
Michal Knop, Amplus:

Poland: "People are willing to pay more for specialties"

With two months to go before the tomato season starts for most producers in Poland, traders are currently importing from countries such as Spain, Turkey and Morocco to fill the gap in the domestic market, but not without some difficulties."The tomato market is not stable at the moment, but this is often the.....

Exceptionally high US freight rates set to ease

Freight rates have been a hot topic in the fresh produce industry across the United States recently. Growers and shippers have expressed their concerns about having to pay exceptionally high rates to get their produce to the market. Availability of trucks has been cited as both a cause for the high rates,.....

NL: Vyverberg first consultancy firm to receive HortiQ certificate

During the annual review with HortiQ certified companies on Monday 15 January, HortiQ chairman Wim de Wit handed over the certificate to Huib Herbert owner of Vyverberg. Vyverberg can call themselves the first consultancy firm with a HortiQ certificate. Huib Herbert: 'A complete building project from idea to.....

US: Produce veteran Jimmy Tadano retires

Duncan Family Farms, a grower of organic baby lettuces and greens, kales, and herbs with operations in Arizona, California, Oregon and New York, has announced the retirement of Grower Relations Manager Jimmy Tadano. Jimmy’s career in agriculture spans his entire adult life, and as an employee at Duncan.....

CAN (ON): John Sebele joins A.M.A. as warehouse supervisor

John Sebele is joining A.M.A. as Warehouse Supervisor. John brings years of logistics experience in the greenhouse flower & produce industries. He'll be handling logistics and premises at A.M.A.Al's Flower Pouch is shipped to several countries around the world. A.M.A. is known for some unique products.....

US: Kemin expands Crop Technologies sales force

Kemin Crop Technologies, an initiative of Kemin Industries focused on providing solutions for commercial greenhouses and commercial horticulture, has named two new sales managers, effective immediately. Darl Reed will serve as the senior sales manager for Florida, and Richard Jones will serve as the sales.....

Pay increase for agricultural workers in Northern Ireland

The Agricultural Wages Board for Northern Ireland has announced proposed increases to the minimum wage rates for agricultural workers.Following a meeting on 12 January 2018, the Board proposes to increase existing minimum rates for agricultural workers for grades 2 to 6 by 3.5% from 1 April 2018. In.....


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CAN (BC): Why some greenhouses are sourcing landfill gas

British Columbia is mandated to have 75 percent landfill gas collection efficiency, and to comply with this mandate, landfills are partnering with greenhouses.One of these landfills, Vancouver Landfill, has formed a relationship with Village Farms International, designers and operators of greenhouses in North.....


Fertilizersmore »


Video: Why your controlled release fertilizer didn't work as expected

In the below video, Nelson Gonzalez, Territory / Key Account Manager at ICL, discusses the top 10 reasons your controlled release fertilizer may not have performed as you expected.Fertilizer displacement…. If you incorporate your fertilizer and are bumping a smaller container to a larger container, take into.....


Breedingmore »

Syngenta signs long-term licensing of GenoMAGIC

Syngenta and NRGene expand collaboration

Syngenta and NRGene have continued to advance their cooperation in breeding and trait discovery in key crops.Syngenta has licensed NRGene’s GenoMAGIC, a cloud-based big data analytics platform, to evaluate, predict, compare and select the best genetic makeup for crop molecular breeding and genomic selection......


Machinesmore »


New tray filler at IPM: automatize production while saving labor

This Fall Ellepot introduced their new patent pending Ellepot Tray Filler (TF-1), helping customers automatize their production while saving labor. The automation enables growers to improve productivity by establishing an efficient, uniform and faster production method by filling up to 9,000 pots per.....


Product Infomore »


Get more energy by having this blue alga at breakfast

"Spirulina very popular in France"

Eric Constans cultivates spirulina. The blue algae variety is rich in proteins, vitamins and minerals, which benefits your whole body. This Frenchman began growing this alga in February 2017.The Spirulina is cultivated in large basinsGap in the marketEric says,"It is going well. My customers are very pleased.....


Packagingmore »


New produce printing method uses food colouring

A method for printing fruit and vegetables with food colouring has been developed by Kellermeister Manns GmbH.The trick is to print round objects of varying shape and diameter without bruising. The company uses a process with special food dyes that they claim do not affect the fruit's taste or shelf life......


Marketingmore »


Kilo-bucket of snack tomatoes: 50% more sales than expected

It was supposed to be a trial, just in summer. But the trial was expanded, and the Tommies buckets, filled with a kilo of snack tomatoes, have been on the shelves of a major Dutch supermarket chain for more than six months now. “The combination of high-quality tomatoes, the right packaging, and a.....


Substratesmore »


US (MI): Managing substrate pH of soilless substrates

Did you know different substrate components in soilless mixes have different pHs? Peat moss and aged pine bark only have a natural pH between 3.0 and 4.0. The optimal substrate pH for most greenhouse and nursery crops, however, is between 5.4 and 6.4 (Figure 1). Therefore, soilless substrate manufacturers.....


Organicmore »


dynamism fails to boost agricultural employment levels

EU: Organic farming continues to grow

The area of land dedicated to organic farming in Europe has continued to grow steadily since the start of the decade, according to the latest data from the European Commission. But the dynamism of the organic sector has not been reflected in the wider agricultural field, with agricultural employment levels.....


Coolingmore »

Nuagaon, Sundergarh:

Absence of cold storage: Indian tomato farmers resort to distress sales

While they have yet to recover from last year’s distress sale of tomatoes, farmers in Nuagaon -in the Indian Sundargarh district- are being forced to go for distress sale again this year. In the absence of proper cold storage, farmers have no choice but to sell their produce at throwaway prices to middlemen......


Food Safetymore »


Ghana: Veg exports resume after work to improve phytosanitary system

CABI’s work in partnership to improve Ghana’s phytosanitary systems means vegetable exports worth $15 million a year are continuing once again after the lifting of a Directorate-General for Health and Food Safety of the European Commission ban imposed in 2015.The lifting of the suspension, imposed due to.....


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Lettuce Fusarium on two UK Growers

Rigorous hygiene practice is critical to prevent the risk of infection from lettuce Fusarium wilt, the potentially devastating disease recently detected on UK lettuce crops.To help protect crops, growers at a recent workshop organised by AHDB Horticulture were told it was essential to carry out their own.....


Eventsmore »

March 19-20, Nairobi

Kenya: Program released for Biocontrol Africa

At Biocontrol Africa, delegates from over 60 countries will convene to meet with exhibitors from companies from every corner of the world, to consolidate or acquire knowledge on the latest trends in plant nutrition, plant protection, irrigation, fertigation, foliar spraying, greenhouse technology, precision.....


Retailmore »


UK: Marks & Spencer stop selling 'cauliflower steak'

The ‘cauliflower steak’ was part of the new M&S Veggie range and after an introductory offer it would have cost £2.50. The range was aimed at customers wanting a "quick and convenient vegetarian meal option", M&S told BBC Three.But now Marks and Spencer says it will stop selling its ‘steak’ after.....


Vertical farmingmore »


Plenty wants to roll out indoor farms in China, Japan

Plenty is seeking urban sites for new farms in Chinese cities as part of a global drive to set up high-tech facilities growing organic vegetables in warehouses under banks of LED lights.Matt Barnard, chief executive of the San Francisco-based firm which counts Amazon founder Jeff Bezos and Japanese tech.....


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60,000 sq.ft. expansion planned

CAN (BC): Aphria acquires fellow MJ grower Broken Coast

Aphria has entered into a binding letter agreement to acquire 100% of the issued and outstanding share capital of Broken Coast, a cannabis producer located in British Columbia.The Transaction is expected to add incremental annual production of 10,500 kgs, a portion of which is market ready today, elevating.....


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