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US (WA): Turning urban wood waste into biochar

Biochar as a soil amendment has been the subject of much attention in recent years because of its ability to sequester carbon and to improve aggregation, water holding capacity, and organic matter content of soil amended with it (Lehmann, 2007; Marris, 2006). A recent article on the Ag Climate Network blog.....

Australian strawberry grower increases yield with rockwool

PCA member Damien Manno has taken the opportunity to investigate a relatively new method for the cultivation of strawberries by using rockwool substrates.Climate and irrigation in the new greenhouse is controlled by Galcon’s Galileo and Fertimix systems which offers a comprehensive and easy to use solution.....

why growers choose to grow on coconut fiber

Loco about Coco

Growing on coconut fiber is common in many countries. Other than rockwool, reuse of the product is possible and the discarding costs are significantly lower. Moreover, many buyers of fruits and vegetables value their product being grown on a plant-based substrate, and appreciate that a ‘waste product’ of.....

Ellepot partners with Pindstrup in Russia

Ellepot has presented Pindstrup as their new strategic partner for the Russian horticultural market. Combined, the two Danish companies intend to create the ‘winning formula for the future’ for customers within the Russian greenhouse propagation sector. For the past few years, the demand for sustainable and.....

Jiffy Products Sri Lanka successfully EU Organic certified

Jiffy Products Sri Lanka is the producer of horticultural coco substrates and propagation systems which, per May 22nd, have been certified according to the Control Union Certifications Standards on Inputs (EEC 834/2007 and 889/2008). Inspections performed by Union Certification have shown the sites and.....

Poland: New carbon substrate from organic raw material

Carbohort is a Polish producer of ecological substrates for soil and soil-free growing. It produces the substrates from 100% natural and organic raw material.Carbohort substrate consists of selected cuts of soft brown coal. Brown coal consists of the organic substances (humin, fulvic, hymatomelanic acids,.....

"Reducing labour costs and improving crop growth in soft fruit"

Reducing labour costs and improving crop growth is an important topic for soft fruit growers around the world. Thanks to newly developed Latex Weed Mats, they have a new tool in doing so. Less is moreMade from natural latex and organic coconut fibre, Galuku’s Latex Weed Mats provide a protective layer around.....

Strawberry growers in Spain move out of soil

The consumption of soft fruit is on the rise globally, as well as the cultivation of it. Unfortunately one of the main issues in horticulture in general, water, is of even bigger concern in the cultivation of strawberries, which is often done in the open field, and it's a popular crop in water scarce regions.....

Oasis starts offering Rootcubes retail packs

Smithers-Oasis Company offers a new retail pack of its Oasis Grower Solutions Rootcubes foam media. The new retail pack is available in two sizes, a 104-count sheet and 50-count sheet, both containing two sheets of the foam media per box. Designed with smaller or hobby growers in mind, the Rootcubes packs.....

Bell pepper grower Geert Colbers:

"Greatest gains expected after summer solstice"

At Gubbels Nursery, 25 hectares of bell peppers are being cultivated on Grodan Supreme rockwool slabs. The substrate was developed specifically for this crop and has definitely proven itself, according to cultivation manager Geert Colbers. "Because of the 10 cm elevation, the crop is easier to steer,.....

Australian winter plantings influenced by propagation

In the coming months the crop change will take place again. Reaching your goal with the next crop starts with a well prepared young plant that meets your specific wishes and demands. To prepare for a new season a technical discussion with your propagator about plant quality, specifications and logistics is.....

Substrate supplier focuses on the rapid rise of city farming

Development of substrates for multilayer cultivation in high-tech phytotrons

Nijssen recently provided BVB Substrates with two phytotrons and a semi-closed greenhouse in the newly constructed research facility in De Lier. The substrate supplier is reacting to the rapid rise of city farming.In the high-tech phytotrons, substrates for multilayer cultivation are being developed......