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Australian farmers push for new 'ag visa'

Labour shortages, mountains of paperwork and uncertainty

Aussie fruit and vegetable growers say a lack of workers is keeping a lid on industry growth and leaving hundreds of tonnes of fruit at risk of being left on the ground every…

Canadian Greenhouse Conference '18: here's the recap

For those of you who might have missed it yesterday: we've published the Canadian Greenhouse Conference '18 photo report. Check it out here or read the article here.

Tim de Kok, Windset Farms:

"Importance of the propagation stage one of the biggest lessons learned"

Back in 2014 Windset Farms was one of the first major farms to start with greenhouse grown strawberries. “Though it hasn't been easy developing a crop strategy for this fairly new greenhouse grown product, we learned year by year”, says Tim de Kok, Senior Grower at Windset Farms California. Tim de Kok, senior grower…

Seed meets Technology

Niche event unites the seeds industry

Last week the fifth edition of Seed meets Technology took place . During this conference in Zwaagdijk - in the midst of all the open days at breeders in the area - the breeding sector met to discuss the latest developments on seeds and seed technology. Check out the complete photo report here . Visitors from all over the world have discovered the…

Plantlogic blueberry pots:

"Pyramid-shaped pots promotes excellent drainage"

Born out of necessity for blueberry growers requesting a better container for their substrate crop, the company Plantlogic was born. "With constant grower feedback and technical knowledge, our containers are designed especially for any type of substrate plant production in greenhouses, hoop houses or…

"Growers have expanded their crop protection products beyond standard chemical controls"

The Canadian Greenhouse Conference, one of Canada’s most important horticultural events, kicks off next week in Niagara Falls Ontario and Kam’s Growers Supply, long time conference sponsor and exhibitor, will be there in full force. The Kam’s team of technical sales representatives view this as one of…

Greenyard to sell horticultural division

Today the Belgium company Greenyard has signed a share purchase agreement with Belgium investment fund Straco to sell its Horticulture segment for EUR 120 million. The horticultural segment is known for its growbags, primarily sold under the Peltracom brand. Greenyard has been under pressure after this…

“A greenhouse so clean, you can perform a surgery in it”

Every now and then greenhouses have to be disinfected. During crop rotation, greenhouses are emptied and companies come in to disinfect the greenhouse. “Hygiene is very important”, says John Pol of Heartnut Grove. “By disinfecting the greenhouse we get rid of bacteria and viruses, giving the grower a…

Mike Garganta joins Excalibur Plastics

"Helping growers with innovative products is at the heart of the company"

A new chair is added to the Excalibur Plastic conference table. With the addition of Mike Garganta the team has grown even further – and also expanded geographically. The US market is to be included in its scope and to be serviced even better by the enlarged team. Mike Garganta has gained his experience in the heating industry and…

Bejo introduces new sustainable seed coating

Bejo is introducing a seed coating made entirely of sustainable materials. Seed coating ensures a better protection in the first stage of life. And there are more advantages: the smoother surface of the seed improves the sowability and the added colour makes the seeds more visible in the ground. Bejo has…

Turkey: Turkish tomato growers drop the use of American seeds

The Bereket Seed and Seedling company, located in Aksu, Antalya has started to eliminate the purchase and use of American seeds in response to the political tensions between the USA and Turkey.  The company owner Mumin Sahin promises that the declining value of the Turkish currency will not affect their prices…

Which film suits your tomato planting the best?

Different color plastic film has different absorption and reflection effects on the spectrum, and has different effects on crop growth, weeds, pests and diseases, and soil temperature. Films suitable for tomato planting: Black greenhouse film Low transmittance, only less than 10%, covering grassy areas,…

When should I remove the coating?

Light levels fall a little further every day in these weeks. The decision as to when to remove a coating is partly rational and partly depends on the weather and your green fingers. When is the best time to remove a coating? The answer to this question depends on the type of coating, the crop, its…

UK fruit and veg growers can employ up to 2,500 migrants per year

British farmers are to be given the green light to recruit up to 2,500 migrants a year under a new seasonal work scheme, that enables non-EU nationals who come to work on fruit and vegetable farms to stay for six months before returning. Ministers said the initiative, which will start in spring next year…

Levy-funded project creates online greenhouse toolbox for veg growers

Understanding the technical requirements for greenhouse construction and safe operation can be a steep learning curve for growers seeking to establish, expand or modify a greenhouse or grow structure. Navigating local government approval processes for construction can be complex, and can be made even…

Udo van Slooten, Signify

"LEDs bring the harvest of strawberries forward"

Brookberries, a strawberry grower in the Netherlands, has chosen Philips GreenPower LED toplighting of Signify to move to an earlier crop and year-round production. With LED toplighting, Brookberries expects that part of its crop will be produced as much as 10 to 11 weeks earlier, resulting in higher…

"Intelligent Sprayer: commercialization approved"

At long last, commercialization of the smart sprayer technology is moving forward. USDA ARS and Smart Guided Systems, Inc. announced finalization of a licensing agreement in…

Increasing lettuce coloration with LEDs

Using LED grow lights in plant production is a relatively new branch of science. In vertical farming where artificial light sources are used in closed environment it is important to collect data about the individual plant species to be able to produce the right spectrum and light intensity for vegetative…

Kenya: Retired chemist grows vegetable seedlings for money

Mwihaki Njehu has been a farmer for the last six years, having started her agribusiness as a hobby soon after her retirement. The chemist, whose farm Grace Rock sits on three acres and is located in Chunga Mali village, some 27km from Nairobi in Kiambu County, specialises in vegetable seedlings. They…

Paul Willetts, Ecolander:

"Compostable twine holds up well in the stress of hot summers"

The hot weather that has dominated Europe for the last two months, didn't just have an impact on crops. When the temperature in the greenhouse rises to a high level, it can also affect the twine. Breaking twines and a messy greenhouse is the last thing you want as a grower.   Now that most of the heat has passed,…

Creation of spinach varieties

France: Vilmorin-Mikado acquires Danish seed company Advanseed

Vilmorin - Mikado (a Business Unit of Limagrain) and Limagrain (through its holding company Vilmorin & Cie) have announced the acquisition of AdvanSeed ApS, a Danish seed…


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