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Thursday, January 18, 2018


SunSelect: Cutting yield prediction error rates by half with AI algorithm

Predicting the yield of your crop based on a self-learning algorithm, custom-made for your greenhouse enterprise and driven on artificial intelligence. It might sound like a futuristic scenario, but it's here. Over the last year, US tomato grower SunSelect (150 acres) worked with a beta of Motorleafs’.....

greenhouses evacuated

Storm in the Netherlands: Gakon becomes "On Projects"

A storm hit the Dutch office of greenhouse builder Gakon quite hard this morning. "A gust of 119 km per hour did the job. Ourfaçade was blown out, and our new logo also had to pay for it", says Olaf Mos from Gakon.Now there is only a small part of the slogan remaining. "On Projects", the building says. "The.....

Shakti Cocos continues as an independent company

From January 1st 2018, Shakti Cocos is no longer a part of MeeGaa Substrates. Since the start of the year, Shakti Cocos B.V. is acting as an independent company. Jack van Batenburg explains; "Shakti Cocos will remain the supplier for Cocos Products to MeeGaa for their production of mixes in the.....

US (CA): WISErg raises $19.2 million to build California plant

WISErg closed a $19.2 million Series C funding round led by Laird Norton Company, bringing the total invested to date to $56.6 million. Existing investors, including Second Avenue Partners, rounded out the list of participants.WISErg has created a new generation of fertilizer products. The company’s products.....

Importers are not counting on short-term change

Germany: Substantial price increases for Spanish imported vegetables

The importers focusing on Spain are currently experiencing their peak season. Due to the cold and the limited water supplies, the quantities availability in some fruit areas is rather limited and the prices are rising accordingly. Therefore, wholesalers are looking for alternatives.The prices for Spanish.....

Dalat is “Honor City” of HortEx Vietnam 2018

The organizers of HortEx Vietnam, the first International Exhibition and Conference for Horticultural and Floricultural Production and Processing Technology in Vietnam, which is being held from 14-16 March 2018 in Ho Chi Minh City, announced that Dalat has been granted the special status of Honor City of the.....

Dutch tomatoes flourish in the Tunisian desert

Dutch businessman Philip van Antwerpen runs a successful tomato farm in the Tunisian desert, called Desert Joy. In an interview with the NABC, he gives an update on how business is going, and why they opted for Tunisia."We chose Tunisia because we found an already existing company here, that was growing here.....

Inverca and Deforche Construct sign business collaboration agreement

Deforche Construct and Inverca announced that they have signed a multi-year business collaboration agreement."Deforche Construct is one of the world's leading glass greenhouse manufacturers and we are delighted to have reached an agreement with them," said Jordi Martin, Chairman & CEO of Inverca. "Our.....

US: Agrinomix is no longer a dealer of Martin Stolze

From 1 January 2018, Agrinomix is no longer a dealer of Martin Stolze in the USA. Both companies do have other interests. Therefore both companies have decided to terminate their cooperation.Agrinomix was the dealer of Martin Stolze in the USA. Martin Stolze is in negotiation with some companies for a new.....

Over 32 trillion data points give growers environmental intelligence

Autogrow has announced their strategy to use trillions of available growing data points to help their growers’ crop production. “Due to the unique nature of our architecture, over 32 trillion data points flow through our systems each year which would be one of the most substantial collections for indoor.....


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US (IN): Purdue Extension offers energy efficiency workshops

Farmers and other business owners in rural areas can learn critical steps to increased energy efficiency in workshops hosted by Purdue Extension.The first workshop is scheduled for Jan. 22, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Crawfordsville District Public Library, 205 S. Washington St. Speakers are Chad Martin,.....


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UK: Amendments to AHDB Nutrient Management Guide (RB209)

The AHDB Nutrient Management Guide (RB209) has been amended to provide clarity on key changes made during the summer and correct a small number of errors.You can download the amendment sheet and the latest digital version at www.ahdb.org.uk/rb209.Dr James Holmes, AHDB Senior Resource Management Scientist,.....


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Guaranteed pesticide-free with zero residue

Prince de Bretagne launches new range of tomatoes

Prince de Bretagne tomato producers have launched a new range of tomatoes marketed under a new label: "100% Nature & Saveurs".With this product, the growers hold to two commitments: First, the tomatoes are guaranteed to be grown without pesticides. The producers use only organic – non-synthetic – plant.....


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.....


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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.....


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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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US (VT): Grant funds to enhance competitiveness of specialty crops

The Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets (VAAFM) announces the availability of grant funds for the purpose of enhancing the competitiveness of Vermont specialty crops, defined as fruits, vegetables, tree nuts, dried fruits, horticulture crops (including honey, hops, and maple syrup), and nursery.....


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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......


Food Safetymore »

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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Dalat is “Honor City” of HortEx Vietnam 2018

The organizers of HortEx Vietnam, the first International Exhibition and Conference for Horticultural and Floricultural Production and Processing Technology in Vietnam, which is being held from 14-16 March 2018 in Ho Chi Minh City, announced that Dalat has been granted the special status of Honor City of the.....


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Growing beans with goldfish? It's possible

The Hootie 1.0 Indoor Aquaponic System was able to grow a string bean with only about 100 grams of ornamental goldfish powering the train, Anacostia Aquaponics reports.This string bean was just a test to see if they could grow a decent fruiting vegetable with this 29-gallon system. (Fruiting plants like.....


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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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