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Friday, January 19, 2018


Meteor Systems introduces HDPE rafts:

"Easier to clean and lasting longer than polystyrene"

Meteor Systems launches a durable raft for the Deep Flow Technique (DFT) cultivation of leafy vegetables and herbs. The Meteor Systems Hydroponic Floating Raft is made from high-density polyethylene (HDPE) which, in contrast to expanded polystyrene (EPS), discourages diseases, algal growth and contamination.....

Frankish children help with the planting of cucumbers

André Busigel welcomes miniature gardeners in greenhouse

Cucumber producer André Busigel from Albertshofen has welcomed 23 miniature gardeners into one of his greenhouses. As part of the project ‘Europe’s Mini Gardeners’, the children assembled in one of its greenhouses, to see the planting of the vegetables with their own eyes. And so the small producers learned.....

ISO Group at IPM Essen

New combination machine for cutting planting and transplanting

At the coming World Trade Fair for Horticulture at IPM in Essen, scheduled for 23 up to and including 26 January 2018, the ISO Group will unveil a new machine, which is a combination of the ISO Cutting Planter 2500 (automatic cutting planter machine) and the ISO Vision Planter (transplanter).Globally, more.....

US (GA): Perimeter in at Pure Flavor

At the beginning of January, Havecon started the construction of a new greenhouse for Pure Flavor in Georgia, USA. After the location was leveled and the greenhouse corners were placed, the perimeter area for the facility was set.After two weeks, the first part of the perimeter is already clearly visible. In.....

Growers in Curaçao swindle local supermarket

Two brothers growing fruit, vegetables and herbs in Curaçao have swindled a local supermarket. With the aid of a fraudulent supermarket employee, the supermarket paid far too much for fresh produce shipments. This all came to light last year, and at the start of this year, the supermarket employee had to.....

CAN (ON): Year 2 of Cap & Trade: 3 things to monitor

For 360 Energy Inc. educating clients on effective energy management is a top priority. Passing along information and insights to everyone, to help and grow people’s knowledge on energy management can only improve the market for everyone. That’s why 360 Energy Inc. is partnering with Energy Manager Today to.....

growers upset for low cucurbit prices in Sicily

Italy: "We can't go on like this"

A group of small entrepreneurs from the Vittoria area have reported that cucumber, courgette and aubergine prices are dropping.Above: the group of small Sicilian producers who have reported the low pricesEverything seemed to go well before the festive period with the exception of cucumbers, whose prices.....

Italy: Open day at Vvibes

The first Vvibes Open Day took place a few days ago. Over 400 people attended including producers, technicians and dealers from central and south-western Sicily. The brand new R&D facility was also unveiled.Event focused on new commercial varietiesVarieties presented included a new cherry tomato called.....

New Zealand: Greenhouse energy usage and waste survey

TomatoesNZ have recently sent out an energy usage and waste survey to all greenhouse growers that they have email addresses for. If you haven’t received it, it may be because they do not have a current email address for you. The survey can be accessed here, or you can contact Karen Orr for a copy at:.....

Dutch ag sector inspires urban farming in Singapore

During the 3rd annual Indoor AG Con Asia on January 16 – 17 in Singapore, the Netherlands highlighted its strengths in modern indoor agriculture. Concepts in sustainable, smart indoor farming from the Urban Farming Partners attracted visitors’ attention. Its flagship, the 3D printed scale model of the 101.....

Temperature and CO2 considerations

Optimize your cannabis grow for LED

The newest generation of powerful LED grow lights have changed the way that growers maximize profits and crop quality. Growers often ask what adjustments need to be made to their growing environment in order to optimize their facility for LED lighting. Dr. Matt Wheatley, a cannabis consultant working with.....


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CAN (ON): Year 2 of Cap & Trade: 3 things to monitor

For 360 Energy Inc. educating clients on effective energy management is a top priority. Passing along information and insights to everyone, to help and grow people’s knowledge on energy management can only improve the market for everyone. That’s why 360 Energy Inc. is partnering with Energy Manager Today to.....


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US (NC): Yara opens new warehouse facility in Wilmington

To better serve the growing Mid-Atlantic agriculture industry, Yara North America will open a new warehouse facility in Wilmington, North Carolina on February 1, 2018. Customers in the region will now have quicker, more convenient access to the company’s crop nutrition solutions. The new warehouse will be.....


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US (WI): Seed saver preserves rare tomato varieties

When gardeners started reported back in 2003 that they couldn’t find Wisconsin 55 seeds from commercial suppliers or wasn’t producing the right fruit, Sun Prairie gardener Martin Longseth knew he could help.The 79-year-old gardener has been saving and trading seeds all his life and had Wisconsin 55 seeds.....


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ISO Group at IPM Essen

New combination machine for cutting planting and transplanting

At the coming World Trade Fair for Horticulture at IPM in Essen, scheduled for 23 up to and including 26 January 2018, the ISO Group will unveil a new machine, which is a combination of the ISO Cutting Planter 2500 (automatic cutting planter machine) and the ISO Vision Planter (transplanter).Globally, more.....


Product Infomore »


Mushrooms becoming fashionable

In the fresh produce world, mushrooms were already a successful and exotic product, but the crop might also be interesting as base material to replace high-quality fabrics such as leather. Myomy do goods became curious about this, and designed a luxurious fashion accessory for the material. Next Sunday they.....


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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......


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Increased funding to promote Europe's agricultural products

The European Commission has launched the calls for proposals for programmes to promote European agricultural products throughout the world and within the EU. A total of €169 million is available to co-finance the programmes, up from €142 million in 2017. Programmes can cover a wide range of issues from.....


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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.....


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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......


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However, rate of maximum exceedances in 2016 slightly up

Only rarely unacceptably high levels of pesticide residues found in food

Foods produced in Germany and in the EU rarely contain too high a level of pesticide residues. In 2016, 1.7% (Germany) and 1.6% (other EU countries) of the investigated products were found to exceed MRLs. Although the rate rose slightly compared to the previous year, it confirms the low level of overruns.....


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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.....


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February 21, Raleigh

US (NC): Will the future of ag include vertical farming?

If you are involved with the vertical farming or indoor agriculture industries, then you should plan on attending Ag Tech Worlds Collide. Scheduled for Feb. 21, 2018, at North Carolina State University, this event will tackle the big questions currently being addressed in the vertical farming and indoor.....


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Affinor Growers CEO steps down

Affinor Growers’ Board of Directors has accepted the resignation of Mr. Jarrett Malnarick as President and CEO of the Company. The Board is in the process of completing a search for the next CEO who will be announced shortly.Mr. Jarrett Malnarick, who is resigning from Affinor Growers to pursue other.....


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Canopy Growth deal marks policy shift for Canadian banks

The Bank of Montreal’s participation in a major financing deal for licensed cannabis producer Canopy Growth marks a big policy shift for Canada’s biggest banks, which may be warming up to the cannabis sector.Canopy, Canada’s biggest licensed cannabis producer, announced Wednesday that BMO Capital Markets and.....


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