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Wednesday, January 18, 2017


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Europe gripped by sky-high vegetable prices

There is currently a very scarce supply of vegetables, and prices are sky-high. Due to the cold in southern countries, and minimal supply in Belgium and the Netherlands, various vegetable shelves in supermarkets are bare. Today, we received an update from Spain and other European countries about this bizarre.....

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Smart cover material combines the best of glass and polyethylene

When making plans for a new greenhouse, one of the first things to determine is the principle design and its cover material. Often growers are weighing the odds between two materials; glass or polyethylene. But did you know that there is also a third material that combines the best of both.....

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Peppers can be grown without minimum pipe

A Dutch trial on Next Generation Growing has shown it's possible to grow 34 kg/m2 peppers using 16.8 m3 gas. "I was very skeptical about the goals set in advance, but we cleared those amply," says Stefan Hendriks of Delphy. "The trial showed we can grow without minimum pipe. For everyday practice this step.....

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Pepper grower Arjan Bos finishes in Dakar Rally

It was tough. He has suffered. A couple of times it was a close call and he was saved by stages being canceled or shortened. Sometimes the equipment abandoned him, a few crashes almost ruined it, the heat and the altitude were his greatest enemies, but pepper grower Arjan Bos simply refused to feel the pain......

Agro Care expansion finalizes in Tunisia and Morocco

Agro Care is not just expanding in the Netherlands this year, they're also growing in North Africa. The construction of stage 4 in Tunisia is starting, and the Moroccan plot is also being filled up with buildings.Desert JoyIn 2012, Agro Care started the Desert Joy project in El Hamma, Tunisia. In 2014, the.....

Hydroponic growth trends for 2017

AmHydro took a look at leading industry research, customer opinion, and their own personal experience to capture what they believe will be specific trends in hydroponic growth we’ll see throughout this year and beyond. Check out their top 3 hydroponic industry growth trends below.Soil-less farming, indoor.....

Qatar-Korea LED project to start production soon

Ambassador of South Korea to Qatar, Heung-kyeong Park, has said that a Qatar-Korea LED project with an initial capacity of producing 0.5 million MENA-tailored LED lights per year will soon become operational.“Hopefully, the project will start its production soon. Korea-Qatar LED project is in progress with a.....


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Japanese strawberry crop tests new heat storage system

Yamaguchi Prefectural Agriculture & Forestry General Technology Center announced the results of the verification test of an "energy-saving strawberry cultivation system storing solar heat." The system stores surplus heat in a heat storage tank installed in a greenhouse during daylight hours and uses it.....


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Researchers discover greenhouse bypass for nitrogen

Removal of excess nitrogen (N) can best be achieved through denitrification processes that transform N in water and terrestrial ecosystems to di-nitrogen (N2) gas. The greenhouse gas nitrous oxide (N2O) is considered an intermediate or end-product in denitrification pathways. Both abiotic and biotic.....


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Tanzanian growers could face 12 years in prison for selling seeds

In order to get developmental assistance, Tanzania amended its legislation, which should give commercial investors faster and better access to agricultural land as well as a very strong protection of intellectual property rights.‘If you buy seeds from Syngenta or Monsanto under the new legislation, they will.....


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Pepper harvesting robot on its way

Globally, over 26 million metric tonnes of peppers are produced every year, with Europe’s crops alone amounting to $400 million. However, although picking the fruits is a simple job for a human, it remains highly labor-intensive. Now, researchers have invented a robot which can do all the hard work for.....


Product Infomore »


China: Production of Guangxi Luffa heading to next level

"At present, the Luffas (or loofahs) of Dahua county are manufactured into a juice that can be used for skincare products, shampoo, body wash and other similar products. It is sold to Beijing, Shanghai, Canton, Hainan and other places. It is even sold abroad to Thailand, Malaysia, Brazil, Spain and other.....


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NL: Rainbow Kleinpak starts new year with new sorting location

Rainbow Kleinpak starts the new year at a new sorting location in Middenmeer, the Netherlands. “We did not actually dare to dream this would happen,” says manager Chiel Mostert. “We gave the assignment late in July, and exactly three months ago, the foundation stone was laid. Twins Bouw constructed the new.....


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Sunset launches online recipe series with Roger Mooking

Sunset and celebrity chef Roger Mooking have teamed up once again to launch an all-new video recipe series called Chef Inspired.The online series features Roger demonstrating everything from what to do with leftover tomatoes to how to make a decadent dessert for two. The Food Network chef uses a variety of.....


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More Dutch and Belgium growers choose for coir substrate:

"Double layered bag has been a game changer"

While most of the greenhouse growers in Belgium and the Netherlands can be considered as avid users of stone wool substrates, the amount of growers that make a shift towards the use of coir substrate slightly increases by the year. This is confirmed by Wim Roosen of Dutch Plantin. "We see that there is more.....


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USDA seeks comments on organic program

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is seeking comments on a proposal for a new industry-funded research and promotion program. The proposed Organic Research, Promotion, and Information Order would cover certified organic products and would include a range of agricultural commodities, such as fruits,.....


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Cold storage capacity increasing globally

Total capacity of cold stores reached a size of 600 million m3 globally in 2016, an increase of 8.6 per cent compared to 2014. The storage capacity in most European countries, however, decreased during this period.In 2016, China built the most new cold stores; 31 million m3 extra space was added. India still.....


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More pesticides than iron in Indian spinach

Spinach, well known for its rich iron content, comes laced with insecticides in Hyderabad as found by a study published recently by researchers from the Department of Entomology at Professor Jayashankar Telangana State Agricultural University.To carry out the study, researchers G Geetha and C Sreenivas,.....


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US (CA): Chilean Blueberries program teaches kids to eat healthy

Fruits from Chile and the Anaheim, California based Northgate Gonzales Market, are teaming up for the next few weeks to teach kids how to eat healthy with blueberries.A recent January 14th event at a Long Beach Northgate location was the first of 40 free kids’ cooking classes hosted by Northgate’s.....


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January 31, Bridgewater and Bordentown

US (NJ): Rutgers workshop on high tunnel winter lettuce

Rutgers Cooperative Extension is continuing its Ultra-Niche Crop series in 2017 with the workshop “High Tunnel Winter Lettuce.” This workshop, the third class in the Ultra-Niche agricultural series for farmers seeking new crop opportunities, will take place on Tuesday, January 31, 2017 from 5:30 to 8 p.m......


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Tesco to deliver in an hour | Walmart to add 10,000 jobs this year

US grocer partners with Robinson Fresh for “ugly” produce

Associated Wholesale Grocers Springfield division partners with Produce for KidsProduce for Kids has partnered with Associated Wholesale Grocers (AWG) Springfield Division for a year-long healthy eating-focused campaign that will raise funds for Feeding America programs to benefit families and.....


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Antarctica: Penguins, ice, and... strawberries?

In the endless winter that is Antarctica, the picture of decadence is a juicy strawberry. Research scientists at the Neumayer III polar station may soon be so lucky as to count the treat—and other fresh fruits and vegetables—as part of their diets: engineers at the German Aerospace Center are currently.....


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Medical marijuana recalled in Canada

On January 13, 2017, Aurora Cannabis Enterprises Inc., a licensed producer of cannabis for medical purposes located in Alberta, began a voluntary recall of seven lots of product under a Type II recall. The product that is being recalled includes dried marijuana that was produced by Organigram Inc. and sold.....


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