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Australian grower recognized for efforts in China

Costa Group has been announced as a finalist in the prestigious 25th Annual AustCham Westpac Australia-China Business Awards.Nominated for the Business Excellence Award for Agriculture, Food & Beverage, Costa has been recognised for its operations in China with its focus on the development of large scale.....

number of growers decreased by 85 percent

Ten farms accounting for 10 percent of Dutch greenhouse vegetable area

The number of greenhouse vegetable growers in the Netherlands decreased by 85 percent between 1980 and 2017. At the same time, the average cultivation area in use by the remaining growers increased sevenfold. In 2017, the ten largest farms specialising in greenhouse vegetable production accounted for nearly 10.....

US (VT): Growers persevere through cold, wet spring

With unseasonably frigid spring weather and high winds whipping through the region, Vermont farmers are having to adjust to the seasonal changes affecting their crops.“If you’re going to be a farmer, you gotta be resilient,” said Howard Prussack of High Meadows Farm in Westminster. “It’s what separates the.....

Preventive learning about pests before experience takes over

In areas with cooler climates or seasons protected enclosures can extend a crop production period, promote earlier harvest, and improve quality when (some) disease problems are reduced. However, these generally warmer, drier environments with well-fed plants and no natural enemies (biological controls) are.....

South Africa: Unlimited possibilities to produce in greenhouses

In the FDOV programme of the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs the SMART Horticulture project investigated the potential of South Africa to produce more sustainably. Steered by Holland Horti International and in cooperation with TNO and BoP Innovation Centre Wageningen University & Research, BU.....

US (MS): Inmates to harvest 8,000 lbs of tomatoes

Inmates at the Mississippi State Penitentiary at Parchman will have harvested about 8,000 pounds of tomatoes grown in a greenhouse operation by the end of May.The Mississippi Department of Corrections revived use of two greenhouses late last year to give inmates the opportunity to be productive and to gain.....

Strong winds destroy greenhouses in Sicily

On Saturday 14th March 2018, strong winds exceeding 100 km/h hit the area between Gela (CL) and Scicli (RG). It's the umpteenth episode of extreme weather that affects the entire agricultural sector.Many early table grape greenhouses were destroyed in Mazzarrone (CT). The area had already been hit by a few.....

Joe Spano with Mucci Farms on the company’s expansion into the US

“We want to be close to the customer”

Mucci Farms has completed the first phase (24 acres) of greenhouse expansion in Huron, Ohio and harvest will begin in May. “For the first phase, we chose Tomatoes On-The-Vine (TOV) because it is amongst the commodities with the highest demand from consumers,” says Joe Spano with Mucci Farms. The new facility.....

Japan: Springtime is strawberry time

In Japan, strawberry picking is a popular spring activity. When the fruits become ready to pick in early January, many families flock to strawberry farms, some even making a trip to famed picking spots in mountainous regions, to enjoy the sweet, red fruit in season.Sugiyama Strawberry Farm is a scenic farm.....

Turkey: Free electricity for 7,500 growers in Antalya

Speaking at an Agriculture Summit, Antalya mayor Menderes Turel highlighted the importance of local agricultural producers: “The municipality of Antalya has become one of the most important partners of the agricultural sector since 2014. This was only possible through the legislation of municipality law......

Biggest Russian greenhouse complex to open in Tula region

The biggest Russian greenhouse complex of 80 ha will appear in Tula region. It is planned to grow tomatoes, cucumbers, and lettuce there. All-year production will be equipped with all contemporary technological equipment.March 15, 2018 the ceremony of symbolic first stone laying of the Tulskiy greenhouse.....

LightShine Cleaning:

"The season for reflector cleaning is here"

Energy-efficiency and improving light output are important topics in horticulture. Growers are constantly looking for improvements, but sometimes forget that a lot of gain can be had with simple measures. For example, cleaning growing lamps and reflectors on a regular basis. At Lightshine, a well-known.....

CAN (ON): MedReleaf completes 1 million sq.ft. greenhouse acquisition

MedReleaf has closed its previously announced agreement to acquire 1 million square feet of existing greenhouse infrastructure on a 69 acre property in Exeter, Ontario and 95 acres of adjacent land. The total purchase price for the transaction is approximately $26 million, consisting of $21.5 million in cash.....

UK: LED top lights installed in 54,400 m² tomato greenhouse

Sterling Suffolk will install Plessey’s new Hyperion 1750 LED top light in its first greenhouse, which measures 54,400 m².The new Hyperion 1750 is the latest LED grow light in the Hyperion product range and has a maximum light performance output of 1750 micromole/s, equivalent to a 1000 W SON-T. All Hyperion.....

Henk Boekestijn paid a visit:

"Jordan growers can grow anything they want"

"The season is almost at an end there, but everything still looked good," says Henk Boekestijn of Westland Peppers. Last week, the pepper grower visited Jordan to explore the market and the possibilities for vegetable cultivation.When it’s winter in the Netherlands, it is difficult to grow certain types of.....

Greenhouses continue to pop up in southern Kazakhstan

New high technology greenhouses are actively introduced in Southern Kazakhstan. Here, growers learn technologies from their South Korean partners on establishing smart greenhouses. An agronomist from Turkestan, Galymzhan Shaltayev has equipped his greenhouse with a climate control system that allows.....

Spring cleaning tips for your greenhouse operation

During every busy shipping season you invariably run into issues that would have been eliminated had a little spring cleaning taken place. The spring cleaning referred to here encompasses more than just a “cleaning” perspective, it also involves planning ahead and taking care of business concerns so they.....

US (WI): Amish greenhouses open doors to visiting growers

Winnebago County Master Gardeners invite the public along on a one-day motor coach trip on Tuesday, May 1, to visit several Amish greenhouses in the Dalton area, along with a couple other interesting stops.Up first is Nelson and Pade Aquaponics Greenhouses in Montello. Participants will each receive a sample.....

CAN (QC): MYM to start constructing 1.5 million sq.ft. greenhouse

MYM Nutraceuticals announced the Municipality of Weedon, QC has approved the building permit to begin construction on the 1.5 million sq.ft. greenhouse at the Weedon QC production facility.MYM has received approval and commenced Phase One construction of the Weedon production facility. The projected date of.....

India: ‘Pesticide-free’ poly-houses are catching on

At a time when all things “organic” is the buzzword, poly-houses are becoming a cause for concern due to high pesticide residues in the produce following indiscriminate use of chemicals.In fact, the sustainability of poly-house cultivation is facing a threat as a sizeable number of them have closed due to.....

Investments amount to 28.2 million euros

Russia: 11 ha greenhouse to be opened in Leningrad region

A new greenhouse complex valued at 28.2 million euros will be built in the Volosovskiy district of the Leningrad region (Russia). The greenhouse complex will grow eggplants, tomatoes, cucumbers and lettuce. The press service of the Leningrad region administration reports that the corresponding project was.....

Video: LED to increase production in Turkish thermal greenhouse

LED technology will be utilized in a 750,000 square feet greenhouse in the Banaz district of Usak, a city located in the western Turkey, in order to increase production. Thermal waters are being used in this greenhouse for heating.Greenhouse facility manager Sinasi Oncu: “This greenhouse was built about 2.....

US (FL): High school opens new aquaponics greenhouse

The director of Farming the Future is helping local students step up their farming skills.A ribbon cutting was held Tuesday morning at Gadsden County High to celebrate the new aquaponics greenhouse."After we grow the food and the food goes into the cafeteria, what's left over gets to go home with the kids......

Albert-Jan van den Berg, Tuinderij J. vd Berg en Zn

"Hydroponic cultivation not an option for specialty crops"

At Tuinderij J. v.d. Berg en Zn in Ridderkerk (Netherlands), Jan and Albert-Jan van den Berg - father and son - cultivate leafy vegetables under glass. There are different crops spread over the four hectare greenhouse, divided over three locations: you will find anything from turnip greens and lettuce to.....

Turkey: Opportunities in Aydin for greenhouse production

The city of Aydin, located in the western part of Turkey, offers many opportunities to growers for greenhouse production. Greenhouse production has an important place in the incentive programs of the Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Livestock.Furthermore Aydin is located in a suitable region for exporting.....

Adding far-red light compensates for less light

Since the start of this lighting season, the Vereijken nurseries in the Netherlands have been conducting lighting tests as part of the 'Guidance and Monitoring of Energy Innovations in Practice' project by Kas als Energiebron (Greenhouse as Energy Source). Previous tests showed that the addition of far-red.....

Australia: Tasmanian tomato grower invests in year-round greenhouse

Mathew Cracknell has taken over the family tomato business from his parents 10 years after a huge glasshouse was set up on the property at Granton.The 4,000 square metre heated glasshouse allows year round production of tomatoes, but just over two months is set aside for replanting next year's crop.Matthew.....

CAN (ON): Threatened species stall greenhouse development

Plans for a big greenhouse development have been put on hold following the discovery of threatened species at the Blenheim Business Park.Chatham-Kent’s Director of Economic Development Stuart McFadden says Voorwinden Greenhouse Inc. purchased a four-acre parcel of land at the Blenheim Business Park for.....

Italy: Two tornadoes damage businesses in Sicily

On 25th March 2018, a tornado (or maybe two) has hit various companies causing a lot of damage in southeastern Sicily. The area affected is not very large, but everything was destroyed.The areas most affected was that between the Pachino and Noto municipalities, the Portopalo municipality near Isola delle.....

"Photovoltaic panels are the future for Almeria greenhouses"

Almeria is the place with the highest concentration of greenhouses devoted to horticultural production in the world. For this reason, the province has recently hosted the first Andalusian Congress on Agriculture, Energy and Water, allowing experts from various parts of the world to meet and discuss the.....

Turkey: Storm destroyed tomato greenhouses in Burdur

Heavy winds and storms in the last two days have caused financial damage for growers in Burdur, a city located in the southwestern part of Turkey.Multiple greenhouses in the Cavdir district of Burdur have been significantly damaged by the storm.The growers, who are already in debt, are pushed to a state of.....

Turkish greenhouse growers receive interest-free loans

Ziraat Bank and Agricultural Credit Cooperatives Association have announced the details for low-cost credit lines for agricultural investments including credit lines for greenhouse construction and modernization. The farmers will be able to use credits up to 25,000 USD with no interest in locally certified.....

US (MA): New greenhouse at Helfand Farm gives gardeners room to grow

A new greenhouse recently constructed at Helfand Farm Community Gardens offers increased opportunities for volunteers to raise produce for use in local soup kitchens while simultaneously learning about organic farming.According to Ben Rivard Rapoza, president of the independent nonprofit, the all-volunteer.....

US (MO): Community leaders tour EMAA greenhouse

Local leaders and community members took part in an informational tour, seeing firsthand how local low-income individuals are aided by the region's community action agency.East Missouri Action Agency (EMAA) Supporting, Empowering and Leveraging for Families (S.E.L.F.) Program Manager Rob Baker welcomed the.....

Aphria postpones construction of Nuuvera greenhouse

Aphria will rename its recently-acquired subsidiary Nuuvera as Aphria International, remaining as a wholly-owned subsidiary of Aphria. Aphria International will focus its activities on established regulated cannabis markets around the world, including where Aphria International already has significant.....

Glass-like polymer could conduct electricity for transparent electronics

Purdue researchers have created a transparent polymer film that also conducts electricity, introducing an inexpensive organic material for applications such as the screens of electronic devices.While some polymers can already conduct electricity with the help of a process called chemical doping, none have.....

Saint Lucia launches climate smart greenhouse project

The SLCSI has received grant funding in the amount of USD$50,000 under the Global Environment Facility (GEF) program for the implementation of the first ever “Climate Smart Greenhouse” project.The two-year project is aimed at using technology to create a sustainable climate smart system which can be used by.....

Ukraine: First greenhouse tomatoes of 2018 hit the stores

Sales of the first greenhouse tomatoes of 2018 have started in Ukraine, as reported by APK-Inform: Vegetables and Fruits.It is reported that, to date, the supply of tomatoes is limited, as only a few traders are offering them, so they reach prices of up to 60 hryvnia per kilo (about 1.85 Euro).It is worth.....

Greenhouse cucumber prices rising in Poland

Greenhouse cucumber prices continue to rise quickly in Poland. The product is becoming more expensive every day, reports APK-Inform: Vegetables and Fruits citing FreshMarket.In the last week alone, greenhouse cucumbers in the Polish market have become 25-33% more expensive. Producers have been able to close.....

Turkish growers get good returns on year-round strawberries

Koprubasi, one of the smallest districts in Manisa (Turkey), with a population of only 13,000 people has generated a significant amount of extra revenue through strawberry production. Strawberries are grown year-round, which not only benefits the district, but Turkey as a whole. The district started to.....

Netherlands: Drone shows construction progress Royal Pride

VIDEO Havecon is working on a new project in Middenmeer, the Netherlands. Here they are working on the expansion of Royal Pride, phase 4b. The project is 7.5 hectare and is build next to the previous phase. In a short time the steel construction has been built and the men of Voorwinden started with glazing. The.....
2004 to 2017

Turkey: Protected Agriculture Vegetable Production

In a recent article, data was presented for greenhouse vegetable production in Turkey for 2017. An interesting comparison can be made with the changes in production over the last 3 years. The following chart takes the 2017 figures in the earlier article and compares it to published 2014 data:Turkey -.....

Video: The people behind the National Vegetable Protected Cropping Centre

VIDEO The National Vegetable Protected Cropping Centre takes the agricultural expertise of Western Sydney University into the future with state-of-the-art technologies for agriculture, horticulture and food production to meet the demand for food of more than 25 million Australians.The Centre offers a training.....

Land owned by Dutch province

Nature's Green opens new 4.6 ha greenhouse

On March 19, the new greenhouse of Best of Four member Nature's Green Group opened its doors. The opening ceremony was conducted by Alderman Paul Sanders of Peel en Maas and deputy Twan Beurskens of Limburg (Netherlands). The new 4.6 hectare cucumber greenhouse is located on a parcel of land that Nature's.....

NL: Leaching from greenhouses project opens up new possibilities

In this project, solutions are developed to minimise leaching of nutrients and pesticides from greenhouses to the environment (especially surface water), in order to comply with legislation and societal demands. In 2017 the main results are as follows:To prevent emission, drain solutions are reused or.....

Romanian growers hit hard by unexpected snow and low temps

A heavy blizzard lashed southern Romania last Friday, which is causing a lot of problems for growers, especially for those growing greenhouse vegetables. The National Weather Administration has warned that the weather is expected to stay cold through to the end of the week."The cold weather and snow.....

Wittenberg Gemüse launches new product line

After their success with tomatoes, German cultivation and distribution company Wittenberg Gemüse GmbH, now have peppers from their own greenhouses. At the beginning of this year, planting took place and from week 16 onward the company, which is affiliated with the Gog Kwekerijen in Holland, expects to be.....

US: High tunnels protect crops through sleet and snow

When Cindy Ayers-Elliott, Ph.D., left her career as a CEO and investment banker to become a Mississippi farmer, the last challenge she expected was freezing cold weather – especially snow and freezing temperatures.Last winter brought record-low temperatures to Mississippi, and, along with it, the rare sight.....

Afghanistan: The great greenhouse makeover

Few countries have such a war-torn history as Afghanistan. Alexander the Great, Genghis Khan, the British Empire and the Soviet Union are just a few of the forces that tried to capture the country by force. Most recently, the country formed the backdrop of a NATO military operation against Al Qaeda, which.....

CAN (ON): NatureFresh Farms adds 32 acres in Leamington

John Ketler, General Manager at NatureFresh Farms, announced the newest NatureFresh Farms greenhouse expansion taking place in Leamington, ON later this year. Construction of a new 32-acre greenhouse facility will commence in the summer of 2018, with production scheduled to begin in 2019. This facility will.....

US (NY): Vegetable expert touts tunnels to increase yields

Given the north country’s relatively cold and unforgiving climate, commercial vegetable growers could use some “tunnel” vision to increase yields.That was the message given by Amy D. Ivy, a regional vegetable specialist with the Cornell Cooperative Extension’s Eastern New York Commercial Horticulture.....

Qatar Development Bank unveils greenhouse program

As part of its ongoing efforts to spread the culture of agriculture among Qatari farmers and enhance food security in the region through the fisheries, livestock and other agricultural sectors, Qatar Development Bank (QDB) participated in the 6th Qatar International Agricultural Exhibition, AgriteQ.....

Russia: 20-hectare greenhouse complex opens at the end of 2019

JSC Greenhouse complex Belogorskiy will be growing tomatoes on an acreage of 20 ha, with an expected productivity of 100 kilos per square meter.During his working visit, minister of agriculture of the Republic of Crimea, Andrey Ryumshin mentioned that “the greenhouse is constructed in the context of an.....

Oxygen concentration in irrigation water: an underestimated factor in plant growth

Water management in the horticultural greenhouse sector: a high tech aspect within the breeding process in which every factor is controlled and adjusted: the pH value, the number of algae, fungi, diseases etc. A factor which is at least as important is often forgotten: oxygen.Biological importance of.....

Hydroponic greenhouse for organic ginger production

"The export price of fresh ginger in March of this year has increased around 30%-40% in comparison with the same period last year. This development is mainly because of fluctuations in the exchange rate, as well as speculative behaviour of buyers in the market. New ginger is still in the stage of sowing.....

US (CA): Marapharm to expedite greenhouse cultivation facility

Marapharm will expedite the construction of its California greenhouse facility. The company’s goal is to accelerate its ability to supply cannabis flower and ancillary products to its dispensary, which has exceeded revenue projections since February 13th, 2018. Current vendor supply has been established and.....

"Irish horticulture sector needs storm damage support"

IFA Horticulture Chairman Paul Brophy is calling on the Irish government to provide support for horticulture producers whose businesses were severely impacted by Storm Emma.He said many growers in the soft fruit and nursery stock sectors in particular, have experienced devastating damage due to the heavy.....

Husagro BVBA expands

Belgium: "We said goodbye to the coeur de boeuf"

After an earlier expansion of 1.2 hectares in 2010, construction started at the Belgian Langemark again two weeks ago. This time Havecon is working on a 3.4 hectare greenhouse for the cultivation of vine tomatoes. The concrete has been poured and despite somewhat swampy conditions the greenhouse should be.....

Only 9% of greenhouse acreage worldwide is covered with glass

For businesses supplying greenhouse vegetable producers, an important question often asked relates to the types of structures being constructed. Glass, polycarbonate, polyethylene, tunnels, etc. While for many countries this breakdown in structure types is not published, some data is available. In countries.....

Increasing quality and quantity of food in Rwanda

By 2016, Rwanda coped with a serious potato seeds scarcity problem due to poor yields and a demographic growth. Farmers were using potato seeds coming from different sources or even old seeds left over from previous seasons which would not give enough yields. By the end of 2016, Horizon Sopyrwa, Rwanda’s.....

US: Michigan Farm Bureau investigates agro labor shortage

The Michigan Farm Bureau is hoping a survey they are conducting will help address the reasons why a labour shortage continues to plague farms across the state.“Farmers often note availability as their number one labour concern, which is problematic for all farmers, but particularly for Michigan’s specialty.....

Boer den Hoedt moving to Dinteloord

The production company Boer den Hoedt from Ridderkerk, which grows lettuce on hydroculture, is moving its activities to Nieuw Prinsenland in Dinteloord. For this purpose the company recently bought 9.3 ha ground from the Tuinbouwontwikkelingsmaatschappij (Horticulture Developmental Association) to build.....

Greenhouse territory to be enlarged in Southern Kazakhstan

Territories occupied by greenhouses in Southern Kazakhstan will be increased by 200 ha, reported information agency Kazinform citing the press service of the local government.Over 40 processing cooperatives will appear in Zhambyl region. The prime minister has conducted a meeting dedicated to agricultural.....

Turkish governor meets with greenhouse growers

The governor of Diyarbakir Hasan Guzeloglu visited greenhouses and met with the greenhouse growers in Diyarbakir. Guzeloglu: “There are 33 greenhouses in Diyarbakir. We are looking to increase the number of the greenhouses in our city and create a major source of revenue stream for our people.“The governor.....

Cryptocurrency mining heat generation to be incorporated with greenhouses

Miami-based United American Corp and its subsidiary Blockchain Data Centers Inc. announced today that further to the announcement of the BlockchainDome program in January of this year, UnitedCorp will incorporate a greenhouse heat generation station into its first BlockchainDome currently under construction.....

US (ME): UMPI announces greenhouse fundraiser, new ag degree

In its efforts to expand its Agricultural offerings and meet the needs of the region’s agricultural industry, the University of Maine at Presque Isle has launched a fundraising campaign for the construction of a $495,000, state-of-the-art teaching and research greenhouse on campus and has announced plans for.....

Network Smart Horticulture

"Our ultimate goal is to build an autonomous greenhouse"

On Thursday, March 8 the first “inspiration meeting” took place of the recently established Smart Horticulture network. The Smart Horticulture network wants to facilitate the transition to data-driven horticulture. The focus is on working together within the network to keep up with the rapid changes in the.....

Students of Organic Agriculture department at Gaziantep grow organic tomatoes

The students of the Organic Agriculture department at Gaziantep University Islahiye Vocational School of Higher Education has started harvesting the first tomatoes they have grown in a 21,500 square feet greenhouse.Under the “Greenhouse Production in Practice” project carried out by the department, these.....

UK pupils playing music using fruit in place of a mouse

Scientists at Woodford Green Prep School showed pupils how to turn their headphones into a jukebox controlled by fruit.For British Science Week, the pupils were shown how to program micro:bit micro-computers to play their favourite tunes through headphones using bananas and oranges instead of a.....

Gotham Greens

US (IL): Chicago mayor breaks ground on 140,000 sq.ft. greenhouse

Mayor Rahm Emanuel joined Gotham Greens founders Viraj Puri and Eric Haley and community leaders in Pullman to break ground on what will be Chicago’s largest agricultural greenhouse. The 140,000-square-foot Gotham Greens greenhouse near 107th Street and Doty Avenue will create approximately 60 permanent and.....

Japan: Mitsubishi to grow cherry tomatoes

Mitsubishi has entered the agriculture business as part of efforts to remodel its businesses for future growth, and plans to produce cherry tomatoes with high sugar content.The company is planning to start growing the tomatoes in June at greenhouses in the Chiba Prefecture under a joint venture established.....

US (KS): Kansas Wheat opens 12,750 square-foot greenhouse

On March 14, 2018, the Kansas Wheat Innovation Center (KWIC) unveiled its new 12,750 square-foot greenhouse expansion. These four new bays will house critical wheat research for Kansas State University and Heartland Plant Innovations. This brings the KWIC Greenhouse complex to more than 22,750 square feet of.....

Turkey: Tomato growers see prices double

Growers in the district of Erdemli, in the south of Turkey, are please with the fall tomatoes they have grown, according to Chairman of Erdemli Chamber of Agriculture (EZO) Rasim Sahin. “Annually 450,000 – 500,000 tons of tomatoes are grown in the district of Erdemli located in southern part of Turkey in the.....

South African project promotes hydroponic greenhouses

The Karatara Hydroponics Project is a Lafarge local development project scheduled to be launched in the Western Cape in 2018. The aim of the project is to promote intensive agriculture within Karatara, in the Knysna Local Municipality by producing high value, high quality fresh produce.The funding from.....

Russia: 10 hectare greenhouse complex opened in Stavropol

Greenhouse complex Andropovskiy, with a production capacity of up to 6 thousand tons of cucumbers per year, opened in the village of Solouno-Dmitrievsky in the Stavropol region (Russia). Investments have exceeded 21.7 million euros, the governor’s press service reports.“The construction is an industrial.....

March 23-24, Durham

US (NH): UNH hosts greenhouse open house

The University of New Hampshire organizes a Greenhouse Open House at the Macfarlane Research Greenhouses Friday, March 23, and Saturday, March 24, 2018. The greenhouses will be open from 9 am until 4 pm both days. The event is free and open to the public.A facility of the NH Agricultural Experiment Station,.....

Turkish greenhouse industry blossoms with government support

11,000 tons of products are grown in 33 greenhouses around the Diyarbakir area in Turkey. These are sold both locally and exported abroad, mainly to Ukraine, according to Diyarbakir Food, Agriculture and Livestock County Manager Mustafa Ertan Atalar.These 33 greenhouses were erected in 10 years with support.....