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Kubo building for FreshMex:

Bell pepper cultivation in Mexico has a strong Dutch flavour

The Mexican horticulture industry has made major strides towards professionalisation. It is being done with the help of Dutch supervision: Oscar Woltman is a manager there of the bell pepper producer, FreshMex, a subsidiary of the Levarht trading company.The company produces red, yellow and orange bell.....

Novavert looking for new sales partner for AUS & NZ:

Huge market potential for retractable greenhouses in Oceania

Novavert's retractable roof systems are well known for making a difference when it comes to the widest choice of materials and total grower flexibility thanks to easy service and design freedom. The keder-based roof screen system invented by Novavert introduced six years ago as HS2 has seen continuous.....

Sáenz Fety trial station to capitalize on Colombian ag potential

The growth potential of Colombian agriculture is enormous. During the 1Q 2017, for example, while the economy as a whole grew by a timid 1.1%, the agriculture, livestock, hunting, forestry and fishing sector increased by a robust 7.7%, according to figures from the Colombian National Administrative.....

NL: First cucumbers picked from Chinese solar greenhouse

The first Chinese solar greenhouse opened in Bleiswijk (the Netherlands) in April 2017. The greenhouse that works on solar energy boasts high value technology and mimics the climate conditions of a typical greenhouse in China.The first cultivation in this so-called solar greenhouse was cucumber. The young.....

The benefits of a naturally ventilated greenhouse

As summer begins to heat up and the possibility that temperatures can rise to an unbearable 111°F or more as we've seen recently in Arizona, we're lucky to have air conditioning in our offices. But using air conditioning in a large space like a commercial greenhouse is simply not practical. While we can step.....

Five advantages of energy curtains

When it comes to adding energy curtains (sometimes referred to as thermal blankets) to a greenhouse everyone focuses on energy savings. And certainly energy savings should be a major factor in any greenhouse grower’s decision to purchase energy curtains. In northern climates, winter growing adds expensive.....

AU: Apex Greenhouses launches RETRAC retractable roof system

Last week at the Apex-Brinkman PCA conference in Adelaide, Australia, Apex Greenhouses launched the RETRAC retractable roof and was awarded “Best New Product” for 2017. “This product was developed after frustrating experiences with other products on the market” says director Eddie Braaksma. “The RETRAC.....

Moors nursery

How measuring the fruit temperature raises the yield

At Kwekerij Moors, Pointed Temperature Sensors ensure a reduction in product loss and better growing peppers. Kwekerij Moor co-owner Sander Berkers explains how the temperature figures have helped his company."Like a sports physician wants to know and measure everything about an athlete, we want to know and.....

US (MN): International Falls still has plans for aquaponics greenhouse

A proposal to develop an aquaponic farm in International Falls may be on the back burner, but continues to stay warm with interest.That’s what Falls City Councilor Cynthia Jaksa said recently following a report to the city’s Economic Development Authority Board.Jaksa had planned to attend an investor meeting.....

The world's largest greenhouse has never seen a plant

One of the world’s largest solar steam plants is being built in Oman, and it’s about to complete phase 1, according to GlassPoint, the developers.The $600 million 1GW Miraah project is expected to generate 6,000 tonnes of steam to tap into heavy oil reserves of the country. The “enclosed trough” technology.....

25% increase in area over last year

Greenhouse production on the rise in Australia

The latest protected vegetable crop statistics for Australia were released July 7, 2017. This data covers the period of 2015-2016 and includes vegetables grown “under cover”. This is officially defined as: “greenhouses, cold frames, cloth houses and lath houses.” Using other historical data, a comparison.....

US (TX): Budding chefs grow in the greenhouse

Recently, Texas State Technical College Culinary Arts students joined Agricultural Technology students at their on-campus greenhouse to harvest eggplants to be prepared and cooked by the up and coming chefs.Using the latest technology to grow vegetables and fruits, instructors and students from both programs.....

cucumbers in Air&Energy System

Latvians work with LEDs

At the end of May the new greenhouse belonging to the company Getlini was opened in Riga, Latvia, and put into use. The greenhouse is built on an industrial estate for waste recycling outside of the city of Riga. The heat for the greenhouse is generated by the gas generators from the organic gasses from.....

Identifying food safety hazards in greenhouse systems

According to the United States Department of Agriculture 2012 Census of Agriculture, sales from greenhouse-grown food crops equaled around $800 million in the U.S. Crops grown included tomatoes, lettuce, cucumbers, peppers, and berries, with hydroponic production operations making up about 64% of the total.....

Glazing a greenhouse with seven crews?

Seven crews were glazing simultaneously at Duijnisveld. Gone are the days that just two crews were working on one project. Side by side they finished one row after another, making sure the 9 hectares project will be closed quickly. They have to work fast, because the next project is already waiting.The nice.....

Paul Mastronardi of Folden Fresh Farms:

US(OH: "Future of U.S. greenhouse industry about to take off"

Endless rows of carefully grown tomatoes are nurtured at golden fresh farms in Wapakoneta."You can see the consistency with the quality and size," VP Paul Mastronardi points out.99 percent of the tomatoes in this massive greenhouse make it to the grocery store. That's 16 million pounds, enough to give.....

Netherlands: First glass is in for Schenkeveld at Schiphol

Wednesday was a very special day for the founders of Schenkeveld, Jan and Peter Schenkeveld. Together they placed the first glass panel on the first block of the project in Rijsenhout. For the project, Codema B-E de Lier is responsible for the Water Management.Other companies that work on the Schenkeveld.....

Inside Montreal's zero waste urban rooftop greenhouses

VIDEO Montreal is home to many high tech companies and when it comes to the food industry, it makes no exception. Lufa Farms is spearheading the urban agriculture movement by pushing technology to the cutting edge, producing fresh produce right in the city center of Montreal.This episode of Où se trouve follows.....

Jordan: Income-generating greenhouses to be built in Maan

Dozens of greenhouses will be built in Al Jafer District in July to provide residents with income generating ventures, a government official said on Thursday.The new greenhouses, which will be provided by the Turkish International Cooperation and Development Agency, will be presented to farmers in Jafer in.....

France: CATE opens new state of the art research greenhouses

French horticultural institute CATE recently inaugurated their new research facilities, composed of three new glasshouse compartments. More than 100 people attended the event and visited the new glasshouses. The project was initiated in March 2013 in close collaboration with the local growers’ organisations.....

US (VA): New greenhouse for Windsor High School

The Isle of Wight County School Board has approved a $687,232 bid for the construction of a collaboration space, cosmetology lab and greenhouse at Windsor High School.The project is the first phase of the division's education plan to develop vocational courses at Smithfield and Windsor high schools, which is.....

Tools for planning an energy efficient commercial greenhouse

There are many reasons to invest in an energy efficient commercial greenhouse. First, with demand for local food continuing at a strong pace, it is a good business venture – part of the reason more commercial greenhouse growers are entering the market. But, a sustainable year-round greenhouse also helps.....

Russia: VB Group to realize 10 hectare greenhouse project in Siberia

Early June the greenhouse division of VB Group started the construction of a 10 hectare Siberian greenhouse project near the city of Tomsk in Russia.The preparations and material deliveries for the greenhouse project are close to being completed and the Russian builders have started the construction works......

An insulated backyard greenhouse kit for harsh climates

Ceres Greenhouse Solutions – a Colorado company that specializes in energy-efficient greenhouse technology – is expanding their HighYield Greenhouse line with a series of pre-fabricated, high-performance greenhouse kits for backyard growers.The backyard greenhouse kits build on Ceres’ current line of.....

China: Visualization management on upstream operations

"For the past few years, the living standards of people have been continuously improving. Consumers have also increasingly attached importance to safety issues concerning the growing environment of natural food materials, the use of agricultural pesticides and the process of food transportation. Under these.....

Philips Lighting undertakes their largest ever LED project

25 hectares with LEDs for Russian greenhouse grower

Philips Lighting will provide LLC Agro-Invest, a Russian greenhouse produce company, with LED grow lights to support cultivation of tomatoes and cucumbers in greenhouses covering an area of more than 25 hectares (equivalent in size to about 40 soccer pitches). The project, which is said to be the largest LED.....

China: "Beijing Hongfu the biggest greenhouse plantation in Asia"

Beijing Hongfu International Agriculture Ltd. has invested around 1.5 billion yuan in a large tomato plantation with a total area of 850,000 acres. After completion, it'll be the largest in Asia. A 50,000 square metre greenhouse, which was planted with tomatoes only 70 days ago is already producing.....

Jodi den Haan, den Haan Greenhouses:

Canada: Beefsteak tomatoes more popular than TOV this year

On the east coast, greenhouse produce is nearly in full production of hothouse tomatoes, English cucumbers, on the vine and beefsteak tomatoes."Customers are opting for beefsteaks this year," according to Jodi den Haan of den Haan Greenhouses in Nova Scotia’s Annapolis Valley. “Last year, tomatoes on the.....

World Bank-funded greenhouses inaugurated in Uruzgan

Eight recently built greenhouses have been inaugurated in central Uruzgan province, an official said on Saturday.Governor Mohammad Nazir Kharoti, at the inauguration ceremony, told Pajhwok Afghan News the facilities had been built in different areas of the provincial capital.He said the construction of the.....

CAN (AB): Dunvegan Gardens goes year-round growing greenhouse veggies

Dunvegan Gardens has opened a new chapter in market gardening for the north Peace by converting one of their greenhouses to year-round operation growing vegetables for the local market. Trent Friesen said their only problem is making sure they have the clientele to support it and sometimes have more product.....

Leamington Triathlon Weekend:

Canada (ON): Pure Flavor backs Kids of Steel

As part of their ongoing commitment to supporting healthy living, Pure Flavor® had the privilege of being the main sponsor for the Leamington Pure KIDS Triathlon Series. The event, which was a part of the annual Leamington Triathlon weekend featured Kids of Steel triathlon races for children throughout.....

Safely cleaning and applying coatings

In 2016 construction of the first Gie des Brocs 4 hectare greenhouse in Lapouyade was completed. The second greenhouse of 4 hectares is expected to reach completion this year. Being a grower you’re always keen on aiming for the best results and getting most out of your greenhouse, certainly given the big.....

Tomorrow, June 13 at 13.00 CET:

Webinar topics Russia's industrial greenhouse boom

If you want to learn more about the Russian potential for new greenhouse development, you are invited to join a special webinar tomorrow. The webinar is organized by Vostock Capital and will share the latest details on the growing opportunities in the Russian horticulture industry. According to Financial.....

US (MA): Construction of worker-owned greenhouse underway

Lettuce, greens, and herbs will soon be growing at a location in Springfield, Massachusetts that was once dangerously polluted. A worker-owned cooperative commercial greenhouse is under construction at the site of the former Chapman Valve Co. where components for nuclear weapons were manufactured. Many years.....

CAN (ON): Proposed greenhouse needs water supply

Petrolia’s mayor says the town is not prepared to pay for infrastructure needed to pipe water to a proposed greenhouse facility at Oil Heritage Rd. and Edys Mills Line.Greenhill Produce of Chatham-Kent hopes to build an $80 to $100-million greenhouse on 100 acres of land that could employ 150 to 300.....

US: PSU researchers working to extend Northeast growing season

Researchers at Penn State University’s College of Agricultural Sciences have developed a new way to extend the growing season in the Northeast.Experts said the demand for fresh produce, specifically strawberries and raspberries, has grown dramatically in recent years. But the Northeast climate only allows a.....

22.5% increase in 5 years:

Canada: Greenhouse area expands with year-round vegetable demand

Demand for fresh vegetables year-round continued to drive growth in greenhouse vegetables in Canada. Total greenhouse area used to produce vegetables increased 22.5% from 135.1 million square feet in 2011 to 165.4 million square feet in 2016. Greenhouse, Sod and Nursery Survey data confirm the increase in.....

Mastronardi acquires Backyard Farms

Mastronardi Produce Ltd. announced that it has acquired Backyard Farms®, the large grower of year-round greenhouse-grown tomatoes in New England. The Backyard Farms brand name will be retained and continue to represent high-quality locally grown produce, and greenhouse operations in Madison, Maine will.....

New LED system from Qwestland with special fans to distribute heat:

Dutch tomato grower Lans opts for 100% LED

Dutch tomato grower Lans is installing 100% LED in one of his greenhouses. The company opted for the ClimaLED3 system by QWestland, which combines dimmable LED lights with a ventilator blowing the heat rising from the armatures back onto the plants. “It’s hard to work in the purple-red light”, said.....

Australia: First tomatoes picked at new greenhouse research facility in Sydney

Recently the first tomatoes have been harvested from the new greenhouse research facility at Western Sydney University.This greenhouse facility has been designed by Wageningen University & Research, business unit Greenhouse Horticulture. The facility was realized by an Australian greenhouse builder......

World Vegetable Center and TAHA looking for partners:

New R&D studies to boost Tanzania greenhouse industry

Tanzania has great potential to become an important producer of nutritious vegetable crops grown under protective structures. While much is still unknown about which technologies can be used to achieve this, research initiatives from the World Vegetable Center in Arusha are pushing the development of.....

Italy: Lucchini celebrates 70 years of innovation

In June 2017, Italian greenhouse manufacturer Idromeccanica Lucchini will celebrate its 70th anniversary with a special event. For the occasion, we are looking back at the history of the company with Massimo Lucchini, who is together with his brother Emanuele the co-owner of Lucchini.Massimo and Emanuele.....

Italian firm introduces new high wire crop support system

An Italian company has created the new hig wire Ideal Tutor system to improve working conditions and reduce the time and cost of crop support work.In the photo: the patented S.I.A. systemS.I.A. Srl produces and distributes technical solutions for agriculture, focusing on the development of new methods and.....

CAN (AB): High-tech greenhouse comes to Magrath

A new greenhouse facility which recently broke ground in Magrath could soon be supplying Lethbridge with 20 per cent of the city’s daily fruit and vegetable requirement.Starfield Centre Magrath is developing the first of what they hope will be many facilities in southern Alberta utilizing green energy and.....

US (NY): New consortium to reduce greenhouse energy use

New York greenhouses are increasingly tasked to do two things seemingly at odds with one another: match consumer appetite for increased local vegetable production while dramatically reducing overall energy consumption.A public-private consortium led by researchers at Cornell and Rensselaer Polytechnic.....

Hernán Rivera Fierro, Agroverde:

Ecuador: "Greenhouses involve a great investment, but yield good results"

The cultivation of greenhouse vegetables in Ecuador is increasing exponentially, as climate conditions in the country have changed a lot in recent years and open field vegetables face great difficulties, according to agricultural engineer Hernán Rivera Fierro, of Agroverde. "We are in the Ecuadorian Andes,.....

Why it’s worthwhile replacing your screens on time

Often, growers wait far too long to replace their greenhouse screens. Understandable, since it’s a major investment. However, changing your greenhouse screens on time offers many advantages, which are often noticeable in the very short term.Higher energy savingsThe most important reason to replace screen.....

US (CA):Greenhouse constructor Emerald Kingdom moving to Red Bluff

A Redding Greenhouse manufacturer is uprooting to Red Bluff after failed efforts to move to the Stillwater Business Park in Redding. Kate Brown, a project manager at Emerald Kingdom Greenhouse, explained they have had a difficult time with the City of Redding. "Right now we are restricted by minimal square.....

Growing opportunities for turnkey projects in Eastern Europe

New greenhouses are delivered increasingly as part of a turnkey project. The main contractor accepts the assignment and delivers a complete greenhouse that is completely ready for growing, including growing supplies. At KG Greenhouses, this is what they are all about. Bernardo Greeve, together with his.....

Greenhouse and Horticultural Lighting, Biological Control for Greenhouse Growers, and Floriculture Root Zone Management

MSU offering online greenhouse courses

Registration is now open for the summer sessions of three self-paced courses in Michigan State University Extension’s Online College of Knowledge greenhouse series: Greenhouse and Horticultural Lighting, Biological Control for Greenhouse Growers and Floriculture Root Zone Management. This award-winning.....

Urban Ag News:

Maximize your plants’ growth with supplemental CO2

If you are growing ornamental plants or vegetables in a controlled environment, including greenhouses, warehouses or growth chambers, carbon dioxide (CO2) could be considered another nutrient like nitrogen. Plants require carbon dioxide in order for the process of photosynthesis to occur enabling the plants.....

US (IL): Student greenhouse meets produce needs

On Lincoln Avenue, south of Windsor Road on a gravel drive lies a small five acre farm and three 30 by 95 foot greenhouses. A program under the Crops Sciences Department at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, the Sustainable Student Farm (SSF), produces about 30,000 pounds of produce per year, 20.....

CAN (ON): Proposed labour changes will impact agri-food industry

The Ontario government’s proposed changes to employment and labour laws could have significant impact on the province’s agri-food industry. The proposed changes were announced in response to the release of the final report from the Changing Workplaces Review.Proposed changes to the Employment Standards Act.....

Climeworks launches world’s first commercial plant to capture CO2 from air

Climeworks has launched the world’s first commercial plant that captures atmospheric CO2 for supply and sale to a customer. The Swiss direct air capture company launched the commercial-scale Direct Air Capture (DAC) plant, featuring its patented technology that filters carbon dioxide from ambient air. The.....

"Morocco's horticulture needs to be more productive and more sustainable"

Horticulture in Morocco must become more productive and more sustainable. Researches at the University of Wageningen have, therefore, designed a greenhouse prototype. They also want to develop a research and developmental programme with regional partners. Plant and economical researchers at Wageningenare.....

Uzbeks invest in greenhouse construction in Kazakhstan

Kazakh and Uzbek parties have invested 1 billion tenge (3.2 million USD) in greenhouse construction in the city of Aksu, located in the Pavlodar region of Kazakhstan.Currently, installation works are underway at the enterprise.“This is a big greenhouse with an area of 3.5 acres. The facility will grow.....

CAN (BC): SFU developing closed greenhouse system

SFU engineering professor Majid Bahrami, along with his research collaborators at Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU), were recently awarded a $725,000 grant to take sustainable technologies to the next level.The grant was awarded by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Council of Canada (NSERC) for the.....

These are the drivers of greenhouse construction costs

Phil Bishop of Stuppy has put together a handy overview of the expenses involved in the construction of a new greenhouse. Check out his breakdown below:Basic Installation – The labor cost to install a greenhouse is dependent on the equipment and the structure type.CS3 vs. RB+ vs. RBSNumber of ColumnsCovering.....

Maxima discusses access to financial services

Dutch Queen meets Vietnamese vegetable farmers in Dalat

Yesterday, her Majesty Queen Máxima of the Netherlands, in her capacity as the UN Secretary-General’s Special Advocate on Inclusive Finance for Development, made a field visit to the Horti Dalat project in Vietnam.Queen Máxima and Fresh Studio R&D Director Rene van RensenQueen Máxima visits Vietnam from.....

Belgians experiment with Spirulina algae in greenhouses

The PCG started the cultivation season of micro-alga Spirulina on 20 April. After performing some exploratory tests in the autumn of 2016 to find a suitable harvesting system, the pilot setup is now operational.The research is being conducted within the framework of Interreg Flanders - the Netherlands.....

Greenhouse opportunities in Kenya

Greenhouses enable year-round cultivation of crops by creating a controlled environment for fertigation, pest management and climate conditions. The Netherlands Embassy sees opportunities for increasing food production by cultivating crops in greenhouses.Rik Martens from the Ministry of Economic Affairs is.....

Japan: Year-round bell peppers from Hokkaido

On February 20th, a ceremony took place to mark the first shipments from the bell pepper greenhouse operated by Saladpaprika in the Hokkaido city of Kushiro, Japan. The greenhouse will maintain fresh, safe and secure supplies of domestically grown bell peppers for a Japanese market that is reliant on imports.....

successfully utilize biopesticides in managing key root pathogens:

Biopesticides: a critical tool for greenhouse growers

Plant treatments with biopesticides can prevent or mitigate root-borne diseases. Vineland Research and Innovation Centre (Vineland) is investigating the integration of biopesticides into production systems to improve plant resilience, enhance biological control and increase plant productivity. Vineland.....

US (IA): Business leaders want to build downtown greenhouse belt

A group led by Gandelsonas and local venture capitalist Jim Cownie wants to build a string of massive greenhouses and vertical farms along the railroad tracks on the south side of downtown. They’re calling it the Des Moines Agricultural Corridor. If fully realized, the project would span the length of.....

Níjar, Almeria

Spain: Geothermal deposit for greenhouse air-conditioning discovered

The company Cardial has reported the discovery of a geothermal deposit at 490 metre depth in the fields of Níjar, in the Spanish province of Almeria.The firm, which is promoting a project for greenhouse air-conditioning in Níjar using geothermal energy, has reported in a note that the deposit has an average.....