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Substrates


Different types of limestone to increase substrate pH

Michigan State University Extension provided recommendations on how growers can determine greenhouse substrate pH and reviewed corrective procedures on how to increase low substrate pH in a previous article, “Testing and corrective procedures for low substrate pH.” Many growers are testing incoming substrate.....

Cocogreen launches coir product selector

As soft fruit growing systems become more technically advanced and increasingly bespoke, Cocogreen’s has responded with a special product selector − launched on its informative new website − to help growers tailor coir substrate selection to their individual growing systems.“As the UK soft fruit.....

Growing demand for OMRI listed coco substrate

In response to the growing market for certified organic produce, Browncoir is pleased to announce that its grow bags and substrates have been reviewed by OMRI for use in compliance with the USDA's National Organic Program standards. "Over the last couple of years we have expanded our presence in North.....

Grodan once again awarded EU Ecolabel

Grodan's growing media has again been awarded the EU Ecolabel. The most recent revision of this Ecolabel for growing media products places much greater demand on manufactures than the previous version. According to Ineke Vlot, Program manager non-food, SMK (Dutch Competent Body EU Ecolabel): “It is quite an.....

Bayer and Yara to collaborate in digital farming tools

Bayer and Yara have entered into a software collaboration and technology license agreement to provide farmers worldwide with digital farming tools that help increase farm productivity, profitability and sustainability. The purpose is to develop new digital farming solutions as well as to increase the use of.....

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.....

Biodegradable plastic mulches in organic production

Biodegradable plastic mulch has the potential to be a sustainable technology in agricultural production systems if the mulch performs equally to polyethylene (PE) mulch and biodegrades completely into constituents that do not harm the soil ecology or environment. Reduced labor costs for removal and disposal,.....

Carbon Gold brings enriched biochar to Dutch market

Carbon Gold brings its enriched biochar products to the Dutch horticulture market at the 2017 HortiContact event February 14 – 16, at Gorinchem in the Netherlands. Carbon Gold’s enriched biochar products are added to soils and substrates and combine beneficial bacteria, fungi and trace minerals with a highly.....

Choice of suitable substrate

Spain: Projar water retention analysis service grows by 30%

The substrate manufacturer Grupo Projar has recorded a 30% growth of its water retention analysis service, designed to facilitate the choice of the most suitable substrate for the growth of ornamental plants and horticultural and fruit products. This growth entails a technification that contributes to the.....

Greenyard's Oliver Grunert obtains PhD on Grow Bag research

On Monday the 23th of January, Oliver Grunert (Greenyard) successfully defended his PhD on “Microbial managed organic growing media for greenhouse horticulture” at Ghent University.The organic Grow Bag is an efficient and sustainable way of growing tomatoes.During 4 years he investigated the interactions.....

Freshfel in cooperation with Growing Media Europe

Freshfel Europe has started a cooperation with Growing Media Europe, similarly to the cooperation with Europatat. As such, the Freshfel offices now also includes the Secretariat of Growing Media Europe, which is led by Cecilia Luetgebrune.Growing Media Europe is the Association for the growing media sector,.....

New substrate sensor measures moisture and temperature

The new SM150T Sensor is ideal for measuring moisture content and temperature in soils and substrates. It has a wide range of applications across horticulture and agriculture, and is a reliable and cost-effective sensor for system integrators, who appreciate its ease of installation and simple interface (0 –.....