Cultivation

"New cultivation systems offer an answer to anonymous food consumption"

Alternative food initiatives to restore the connection between food and society. Will this be the cultivation model of the future? Our current cultivation model is under pressure: we know…

Mushrooms + UV light = Vitamin D bombs

Mushrooms a weapon in fight against global vitamin D shortage

Vitamin D mushrooms. After three years of effort, the European Commission approved the claim this summer. With the aid of UV light, mushrooms change into small vitamin D bombs. Scelta Mushrooms and Banken Champignons made an effort to also be allowed to use the claim in Europe. Now what? Are consumers…

Follow-up research winter production of blackberries under LED recently started

“Picking fresh Dutch blackberries in December”

Three weeks ago at the Delphy Improvement Centre in Bleiswijk, the Netherlands, a new test was started with blackberries under LED lighting with the aim of harvesting from…

Agroecology could help feed Europe without pesticides by 2050

European agriculture could gradually reduce the use of pesticides, thus reducing their impact on the environment and biodiversity, while ensuring food security for millions of…

Growing with gutters

"Make growing easier with fewer drawbacks"

Elevated gutters, is becoming more the “norm” when building new greenhouse structures. It is an important decision to make and comes with extra expense however, this expense can be offset as a traditional internal drainage system is not required when growing from the ground. There are other floor gutter options available…

UK: Sharing is caring with Next Generation Growing (NGG) techniques

Over the past few months, GrowSave, a knowledge sharing project delivered on behalf of AHDB Horticulture, has been running a pilot study group implementing Next Generation Growing (NGG) techniques in the UK horticulture sector. The group is a mix of growers of protected edibles, soft fruit and herbs, as…

Netherlands: Demonstration fossil-free tomato cultivation begins

Demonstrating a fossil-free cultivation concept for tomatoes: that is the goal of the cultivation that starts on August 11 at the Delphy Improvement Centre. The seventh batch is flowering, and the team is already looking forward to the first harvest, which is expected to take place in three weeks. In the…

Plant Empowerment book officially launched at CGC

Last week on October 3rd, during the Canadian Greenhouse Conference, the official North American launch of Plant Empowerment was held. Together with the current partners of Plant Empowerment; Ludvig Svensson, P.L Light Systems (Hortilux), Koppert Biological Systems, Hoogendoorn, LetsGrow.com and Cultilene, the new…

WSU research awarded 14 out of 25 grants

Grant recipients to study produce and bee pollination

The USDA Specialty Crop Block Grant Program awarded a total of $4.6 million to research nurseries, fruits and vegetables, with approximately half of the funds going to WSU…

Turkey: Growers recoup their losses with zucchini production

Production of “Ayas” tomatoes from Ankara has sustained significant losses this season due to heavy rains and the growers are trying to recoup their losses with zucchini production. The growers note that they have lost almost as much as 80 % of their tomato production and they claim that they could not fulfill the…

Imaginative Chinese statue: Rooster made out of peppers and corn

This week, a Chinese resort unveiled a 20-foot-tall rooster statue. It was made entirely out of chili peppers and corn cobs. The video, filmed at the resort in Linyi City, Shandong Province, shows the giant rooster statue with its body composed of red and green chili peppers and its legs made from corn cobs.

Turkey: Grower in Antalya switches from tomato and pepper to dragon fruit

A grower in Antalya is tired of the rising production costs in tomato, pepper and other vegetable cultivation. Now he's switched to dragon fruits. The grower started receiving products a year ago and now each dragon fruit is being sold between 1.75 to 2.5 USD. Dragon fruit does not need a lot of water…

"Empower your plants and your business"

On Wednesday, October 3rd, 2018, the official North American launch of the new book Plant Empowerment will be held. The launch will take place at the Canadian Greenhouse Conference at the Scotiabank Convention Centre in Niagara Falls, Canada. Jan Voogt, one of the authors, will deliver a keynote speech…

Newfoundland & Labrador farmers:

‘2018 is one of the hardest growing seasons ever’

First, there was snow on June 26. Then came heat warnings and dry days throughout July and August. When temperatures dipped down to -5 o C overnight on September 22, Chris Oram of Mark's Market Farms knew 2018 was one for the record books. "I'm going to remember it as probably one of the hardest ones we had yet…

US: Fredericton sees giant 1,808-pound pumpkin

The crowd that had gathered for the tenth-annual weigh-off at Glad Gardens in Waterville on September 22, erupted in applause as the giant pumpkin grown by Daryl and Maureen Tingley of Fredericton weighed-in at 1,808 pounds – a new Annapolis Valley Giant Vegetable Growers weigh-off record. They grew the heaviest pumpkin…

Starring role for bell peppers and World Horti Center in youth program

Shout-out to the bell pepper

Last Friday the younger viewers of NPO received a lesson in bell pepper growing. In the program 'De Buitendienst', a competition was held between three varieties of bell pepper: the vegetable garden bell pepper, the Spanish open field bell pepper, and the Dutch greenhouse bell pepper. In between the various competition…

UK: Optimising flavour in parsley and rosemary

AHDB Horticulture has posted two new reviews on optimizing flavor in herbs. The reviews cover the chemical basis of flavour in fresh cut and potted parsley and rosemary grown in the UK. They aim to provide information explaining factors which can influence flavour, both positively and negatively, and also gives advice on growing…

Grapes and algae - China's new weapons against desertification

After successfully cultivating grapes in the desert, China is combating desertification by adopting advanced scientific methods to boost sustainable farming in the region. Trials involving algae,…

UK: Optimising flavour in mint

A technical review from AHDB Horticulture focuses on the chemical basis of flavour in fresh cut and potted mint grown in the UK.  This factsheet provides information explaining factors which can influence flavour, both positively and negatively, and also gives advice on growing practice and available technologies to maximise flavour while maintaining yield…

Saving the prized chile that grows only in Oaxaca’s mountains

In 1933, riding on the back of a second-rate horse, it took the late anthropologist Ralph L. Beals two full days to reach the Mixe town of Ayutla from the Central Valleys of Oaxaca in Mexico—a distance of approximately 90 miles. As he twisted his way up the precipitous hills, Beals found towns clinging…

Kim Jong Un presents South Korea with two tons of Pine mushrooms

As the latest three-day inter-Korean summit continues, North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has sent a lavish gift and peace offering to his southern counterpart in the form of highly-prized Pine mushrooms. “While the president and his wife continued to stay in the North, Chairman Kim Jong-un’s gift arrived here. Two…

All teams are doing better than the regular reference cultivation during Autonomous Greenhouse Challenge

Growers in autonomous cucumber greenhouse are doing well

In the beginning of September, the fastest team harvested the first cucumbers during the Autonomous Greenhouse Challenge. By now, all teams are ready for their first harvest, which varies from 1.5 to 4 kilos per square meter in the various greenhouse compartments. All teams are doing better than the…

How to minimize downtime between hydroponic crop cycles

While indoor growers enjoy the benefit of year-round harvests, they can still lose precious time when their system is empty between crop cycles. This is called downtime, and to indoor farmers, it represents an important profit factor. This post from Upstart University will help you manage the timing of your farm…

UK: Optimising flavour in chives

A new AHDB review focuses on flavour and potential routes to improve flavour quality pre-harvest in chives. Additionally it documents how off-flavours can occur if plants are mismanaged post-harvest. Key points The ACSO-allinase system is thought to be an insect defence system. When under stress, and particularly stresses which limit the production of the typical ACSOs…

Changes could be made to Control Area restrictions

Positive news for growers within fruit fly control zones

Biosecurity Tasmania has advised that changes can be made to Control Area restrictions to enable growers to sell their fruit within the Control Areas. The Commonwealth have agreed that these…

New French research:

‘Agroecology can feed Europe pesticide-free in 2050’

European agriculture can phase out pesticides, reduce its impacts on climate and biodiversity while ensuring food security for Europeans, French researchers Pierre-Marie…

US: Rat lungworm infection linked to raw vegetables

In the continental United States, twelve cases of human infection with Angiostrongylus cantonensis , otherwise known as rat lungworm, have been identified. According to study…

Pepper virus wreaks havoc in Balkan horticulture

This year, the whole of the Balkan region is facing big problems with virus infection. According to Arian Shala with the Croatian distribution company Zeleni Hit, CMV (cucumber mosaic virus) is the primary problem, and the secondary being TSWV on peppers grown in greenhouses. "The problems are especially…

ICBA, South Korean agriculture agency join forces for biosaline R&D

The International Center for Biosaline Agriculture (ICBA) and South Korea’s Rural Development Administration (RDA) formed a strategic partnership to work on advanced knowledge and technology exchange for biosaline research and development in the UAE and South Korea. The partnership will pave the way for…

National Giant Vegetable Championship, Worcestershire

Unbelievably huge UK vegetables

Entrants for the UK’s National Giant Vegetable Championship: be warned. Many hopefuls end up feeling slightly inferior when they see some of the previous. Concluding on 29th to 30th September this year and sponsored by CANNA, the fun competition will showcase vegetables from growers in 33 different classes. Four new categories…

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Why grow strawberries on coconut?

The cultivation of strawberries requires craftsmanship in getting and keeping ideal growing conditions. "In addition to climate conditions, water management is also of great importance," Wim van Wingerden explains. "In the past, relatively wet substrates were used, which were not always easy to control,…

"We have listened to powerful arguments from farmers"

UK: New pilot scheme to bring 2,500 seasonal workers to farms

A nationwide pilot to bring migrant workers to UK farms has been announced by the Home Secretary and Environment Secretary today (Thursday 6 September). The pilot will mean fruit and vegetable farmers are able to employ migrant workers for seasonal work for up to 6 months. 2,500 workers from outside the…

"With AI, jobs are changing but no mass unemployment expected"

Ekkehard Ernst, Chief of Macro-economic policies and job unit at the UN International Labour Organization (ILO), says the manufacturing sector does not stand to profit most from Artificial Intelligence (AI), at least not in developed countries, and will not suffer the forecasted demise. The jobs more…

First cucumbers harvested

Video: Autonomous Greenhouse Challenge started

The Autonomous Greenhouse Challenge has officially started this week. After installing all sensors in week 34 the teams took over control in week 35. After only a few days we observe that teams follow different control strategies. Will this lead to new insights in cucumber growing? May the best AI…

Dreer Award offers opportunities to pursue horticultural interests abroad

The Horticulture Section of the School of Integrative Plant Science offers a wonderful opportunity once a year, the Frederick Dreer Award , that allows one or more students to spend 4 months to up to a year abroad pursuing his or her interests related to horticulture. See the application and instructions…

Red chilli pepper harvest in Xinjiang

Red chilli peppers make a beautiful picture, drying under the sun at a farmer's garden in Hami, Xinjiang, on August 31, 2018. Local farmers have welcomed the harvest season of red chilli pepper in Hami, in northwest China's Xinjiang recently.  Click here for more photos.

Microbial contamination important to growers even without rule

Finalized in 2015, the Food Safety Modernization Act’s (FSMA) Produce Rule (PR) sets specific disease-preventive requirements for produce that is consumed raw in the United States. (Compliance deadlines for the PR’s water requirements are unofficially proposed through 2024.) The two main categories of…

Reusing rinse water with innovative filter

The use of fabric filters, also called belt filters, is becoming more common in greenhouse horticulture. They're useful for the filtration of rinsing water from sand filters and self-cleaning filters, along with filtering drain and basin water. Discharging rinse water is therefore no longer necessary.…

Makueni County Youth set off for hydroponics training

Youth from Makueni County have embarked on training in hydroponics farming technology. This follows the launch of a partnership between the German Development Cooperation implemented by GIZ and KCB Foundation together with the County Government of Makueni early this month to support youth engagement in…

Spain: Painting the town …with tomatoes

The La Tomatina festival, also known as the ‘World’s Biggest Food Fight’, took hold of the eastern Spanish town of Buñol on Wednesday. Every year thousands of revellers throw some 145 tons of tomatoes at each other. Large crowds of locals, as well as tourists from all over the world, gather every year…

The problem with hyperaccumulators

Plants with the capability of accumulating heavy metals above concentrations that would typically cause harm or toxicity in plants are known as hyperaccumulators. Cannabis is a well-known hyperaccumulator with the ability to remove heavy metals contaminants from soils. This characteristic is desirable…

Students provide horticulture assistance in Timor-Leste

Three students in the Dale Bumpers College of Agricultural, Food and Life Sciences recently participated in a study abroad trip to Timor-Leste as part of an online consortium between the University of Arkansas, Texas A&M University and Texas Tech University. Timor-Leste is mostly mountainous, also known…

All aboard the floating farm

We've already seen how Italian growers have built an underwater farm . An idea that speaks to the imagination, if your scuba suit is at the dry cleaner's, you may want an alternative that runs less deep. Kidding aside, the Italian agrinauts of Nemo's Garden actually inspired a student at the University of Sussex to develop…

Vegetable crops and their response to nitrogen

Plants vary in their response to nitrogen rates. Some plants are able to utilize higher rates and turn it into the marketable portion of the plant, whether that is a leaf, like lettuce, or a fruit, like peppers. However, other plants are not able to do that very effectively. Most cucurbit crops and…

US (NH): High tunnels lead to higher ginger yields

For the relatively new crop known as “baby ginger,” delaying the harvest date increases yields in New Hampshire, according to preliminary research from the New Hampshire Agricultural Experiment Station at the University of New Hampshire. The research was conducted by experiment station researcher Dr.…

tropical climate

"“Larger widths possible with new greenhouse design"

More volume, increased light, a higher load support and a better resistance for enhanced performance. In a nutshell, that's what the new Greenpush Plastic multispan greenhouses provide. "The new design of the tubes and posts makes the difference", Corenthin (Felix) Chassouant of CMF Groupe Asia-Pacific…

Tunisia: Underground irrigation tech helps growers counter drought

Underground irrigation technology has helped 100 farmers in Tunisia to continue farming during droughts. It is dubbed the Buried Diffuser and this technology utilizes half the amount of water that drip irrigation needs, while raising yields 3 to 5 times. It also ensures that no water is lost through…

Study: Environmentally-friendly farming can increase productivity

A major new study involving researchers from the University of York has measured a global shift towards more sustainable agricultural systems that provide environmental improvements at the same time as increases in food production. The study shows that the sustainable intensification of agriculture, a…

Enriched biochar reduces severity of root mat by half in AHDB trial

Enriched biochar has been confirmed to dramatically reduce the effects of root mat in the commercial stage of an AHDB trial into the effects of biological treatments and biocides on the disease.  Initial findings after the lab stages of the trial, which began in 2016 and were conducted by independent laboratory,…

Syngenta cultivation info snack tomatoes:

"Reduction of fruit load for sufficient fruit size in autumn"

The months of April and May were characterized by heat and a lot of moisture. Syngenta: "As a result, the plants have not become very generative as they would do normally with…

Vegetable seed germination without gravity

"It did. It really did," said Alice Drive Middle School student Alana Garrick. "Yay," said fellow rising seventh-grader Mary Brooke Mooneyham. That's after the two learned on Friday in a special ceremony at the school that sodium polyacrylate can be used in space for seed germination and plant growth.…

"North American diets require more land than available"

If the global population adopted recommended North American dietary guidelines, there wouldn’t be enough land to provide the food required, according to a new study co-authored by University of Guelph researchers. Photo by Gary Csoff The researchers found that global adherence to United States Department…

Grower Van den Berg on sustainability certificate

"“As a conscious grower, PlanetProof is within reach"

Snack tomato grower Marcel van den Berg proudly announced that his company PlanetProof has now been certified. Nursery van den Berg scored a hundred percent at the start of their audit. From now on the snack tomatoes from the nursery in De Lier (Netherlands) will be in supermarkets under the PlantProof…

Ghana: Soilless vegetable production introduced in Upper East

Soilless Vegetable Production, a new technology of producing hygienic and large quantity vegetables without the use of soil has been introduced to two farmer groups in the Upper East Region in Ghana. The project, which aims to empower farmers to produce vegetables without necessarily demanding for land…


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