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Monday, February 20, 2017

Oscillating strawberry system allows 200,000 plants per hectare

A new oscillating gutter system claims to allow a total production of 200,000 strawberry plants per hectare. While already installed on a commercial scale, Spanish greenhouse builder J.Huete showcased the solution for the first time to the public at the recent Fruit Logistica.Leonardo Juarez, Javier Huete.....

15-17 March at Horti Asia in Bangkok Thailand:

Dutch-Japanese investment forum to discuss smart Asian horticulture

Horticulture in Asia is undergoing rapid changes these days. Especially as a result of a rising middle class that increasingly demands better and more safely grown produce. Therefore sustainable protected horticulture and greenhouse farming practices are no longer a pioneering activity but have become an.....

Netherlands: New premises for MJ-Tech

MJ-Tech is expanding. The supplier of high-pressure fog systems is relocating. "We see that the awareness of climate control continues to grow and the demand for spray systems with it."Now it still is a large, empty space where a lot of reconstruction is going on, but before summer there should be machine.....

Enza Zaden's new eggplant is a rockstar: Bowie

Bowie. That's the name of the new eggplant variety E37H.01734 of Enza Zaden. The name was announced at HortiContact last week and Dutch eggplant grower Zwinkels, who is already growing this variety on 7,5 hectares, attended this moment and received a special 'Bowie' panel."Market conditions are changing.....

March 27-29, Rotterdam

International berry industry to discuss challenges at the Global Berry Congress

This year’s Global Berry Congress returns to the World Trade Center in Rotterdam on 27-29 March. The challenge, in effect, is the same for the international berry business itself: following two decades of considerable success, with impressive sales growth and category expansion in markets old and new, the.....

Environmentally-friendly pest control strategies potentially conflicting

If used in the wrong combination, environmentally and health-friendly pest control strategies might actually increase crop pest populations. A new European research project, led by UvA researcher Merijn Kant, will put this counter-intuitive idea to the test.Pests on agricultural crops can be a serious.....

Produce safety from greenhouse to table

Even in the dead of winter, consumers can enjoy fresh tomatoes, peppers and other produce, often thanks to the bounty from greenhouses scattered across the continent.Sanja Ilic is trying to make sure those vegetables are the safest possible.Ilic, the state food safety specialist for Ohio State University.....

25,000 celebrate the tomato in Almería

About 25,000 people were gathered on February 18 for the big tomato party held in the centre of the city of Almería. The province produces around one billion kilos of different varieties of tomatoes each season. Its main destinations are the international markets, with 70% of production being exported.This.....

April 3-7, Tucson

US (AZ): Savings for CEAC Short Course

Time is running out to register for the 16th Annual Greenhouse Crop Production & Engineering Design Short Course of the University of Arizona Controlled Environmental Agriculture Center [UofA-CEAC]. The program was revitalized to make it most relevant to trends in the industry, advances in CEA.....

New greenhouse projects implemented in South Bulgaria

In the last two months a multitude of greenhouse construction projects have been approved by the competent inspectorates at the Ministry of Environment and Water of Bulgaria. The majority of projects involve the cultivation of tomato and cucumber plants. Other projects include: a snail breeding greenhouse.....

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Fruit Logistica 2017, Berlin

Fruit Logistica 2017, Berlin

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IPM Essen 2017 - Technology & Supplies

IPM Essen 2017 - Technology & Supplies

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Sival 2017, Angers, France

Sival 2017, Angers, France

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Growtech Eurasia 2016, Antalya, Turkey.

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"Farmers warn of unfair electricity price rises"

Cane farmers are sounding a warning to all electricity users that staying cool in summer, running a business and watering food crops is about to get more expensive.“The Australian Energy Regulator is on the verge of making a final determination on a new network tariff structure proposed by Ergon which will.....

Fertilizersmore »

The benefits of fertigation and irrigation control

Irrigation – the process of artificially applying water to plants – has been in practice since as early as 6000 BC. There have been many advances in irrigation since then, and today's technologies have made it easier than ever to control water flow as well as fertilizers, nutrients, and other chemicals.What.....

Breedingmore »

"Shortage of plant breeders makes feeding growing world difficult"

Plant breeders are in short supply as the human population heads to an estimated nine billion in 2050 and they face one of the most pressing issues of our time – feeding the world.New Zealand-grown produce feeds over 40 million people, according to New Zealand Trade and Enterprise, with more than 95 per cent.....

Machinesmore »

It takes very, very smart technology to develop a de-leafing robot

In a recent article on, an online portal for professionals in engineering and vision software, Priva's engineers explained how they made use of smart high tech cameras in the design of their Kompano de-leafing robot.The Komapo robot travels on tube rails down lanes in the greenhouse which.....

Product Infomore »

How to pour tomato sauce

Humans have enjoyed commercially produced tomato sauce since the mid-19th century, but many have been struggling to get it out of the bottle ever since.Now, science may have discovered a better way to get to the bottom of that bottle. Researcher Dr Anthony Stickland, who teaches chemical and biomolecular.....

Packagingmore »

Mondi group acquires packaging firm Excelsior

Mondi Group has announced that it will be expanding its consumer packaging portfolio by acquiring UK company Excelsior for USD $41.2m.Excelsior is a vertically-integrated producer of flexible packaging solutions, mainly for food applications. Its product portfolio includes pouches, roll stock and lidding.....

Marketingmore »

Cucumber named 'flavor of the year'

Firmenich has announced cucumber as the 2017 ‘Flavor of the Year’ based on the growing appeal of this refreshing flavor.According to Chris Millington, President of Firmenich’s Flavor Division, the growing demand for refreshing, clean, and healthy food and beverages is driving cucumber’s surge in popularity......

Substratesmore »

New biodegradable bioplastics to increase crop yields

The goal of a project funded by Valencian Climate-KIC, the European initiative against climate change, is to use new biodegradable plastics with active components to increase crop yields in agriculture and to improve its competitiveness in the market.Researchers at the Institute of Food Engineering for.....

Organicmore »

Please join the USDA's Certified Organic Survey

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) is conducting the 2016 Certified Organic Survey to gather new data on certified organic crops and livestock commodities in the United States. This effort is critical to help determine the economic impact of certified.....

Coolingmore »

NVAC Greenhouse (Natural Ventilation Augmented Cooling)

McGill researchers develop new passive cooling and ventilation solution

There is a growing market for adapted greenhouse structures in tropical and hot climate regions. An alternative evaporative cooling solution for greenhouses that is cost effective and accessible has been developed by researchers at McGill University. While greenhouses generally increase productivity, high.....

Food Safetymore »

Produce safety from greenhouse to table

Even in the dead of winter, consumers can enjoy fresh tomatoes, peppers and other produce, often thanks to the bounty from greenhouses scattered across the continent.Sanja Ilic is trying to make sure those vegetables are the safest possible.Ilic, the state food safety specialist for Ohio State University.....

Healthmore »

Lettuce-based hemophilia therapy shows promise

People with hemophilia require regular infusions of clotting factor to prevent them from experiencing uncontrolled bleeding. But a significant fraction develop antibodies against the clotting factor, essentially experiencing an allergic reaction to the very treatment that can prolong their lives.Researchers.....

Eventsmore »

US (MI): Great Lakes Fruit, Vegetable and Farm Market Expo breaks records

With 4,200 people, a record was set for the number of growers, family members, industry representatives and speakers who attended the Great Lakes Fruit, Vegetable and Farm Market Expo Dec. 6-8, 2016. Growers accounted for 2,900 of the attendees, a record number, and about a third of all attendees traveled to.....

Retailmore »

Carrefour to sue Lidl France | Southeastern Grocers to transform private-label

Morrisons looking for the best local food

SA: Woolworths confirms more local sourcing - Woolworths has turned its focus to sourcing goods from SA and the Southern African Development Community (SADC), a move that CEO, Ian Moir, says has been good for business. ( takes legal action against Lidl FranceFrench retailer.....

Vertical farmingmore »


Another home hydroponic kit looking for crowdfunding

Home vertical farming seems to be becoming a bit of a trend. Now, an Austrian company has launched a Kickstarter campaign. Ponix Systems promises to bring fresh organic vegetables, herbs and fruits into everyone's home. Herbert, the hydroponic vertical farm, makes indoor gardening as simple and clean as.....

Medicinal productionmore »

Potential red flags when selecting a cannabis consulting firm

As growers across the country become licensed and ready to take their operation to a commercial scale, consulting firms across the country are pouncing on these new opportunities. While cannabis consulting firms provide a service that can be invaluable to many growers, a lot of these consulting groups seem.....


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