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UK: Digging into horticulture study visit

Did you know that horticulture is one of the most technologically advanced industries in the UK? Are you interested in growing vegetables? Have you considered a career in agriculture? Maybe you have an allotment? Or volunteer at a community farm?The Soil Association has a new programme that aims to encourage.....
September 11-12

Disruptors wanted for Dutch horticulture

Members of producer associations DOOR, Harvest House, Best of Four and Van Nature have joined forces for the GLAS4.0-program. This program focuses on how disruptive technologies can be made available for cucumber, eggplant, pepper and tomato crops. Based on the results of this program so far, it can be.....

September 17, Champaign

US (IL): Shiitake mushroom production workshop

From how to select the ideal tree, to inoculation and encouraging fruiting, this class will teach you all you need to know about producing mushrooms for market. Taught by shiitake producer Sara Creech of Blue Yonder Organic Farm. You will go home with two-three logs that have been inoculated with spores......

Which wavelengths of light are the most effective in photosynthesis?

Light quality refers to the spectral distribution of light or the relative number of photons of blue, green, red and far red & other portions of the light spectrum emitted in a light source.Photosynthesis requires light between 400 and 700 NM.Spectroradiometer measures light quality.Blue light promotes.....

Cravo shares results of Mexcian trials

After spending 4 years at Driscolls Mexico in the role of technical support for disease and insect control in tunnels, Ing. Luis Gaxiola joined Cravo in January 2017 to provide technical support to berry growers using Cravo retractable roofs. For the last 7 months, Luis has spent time at Cravo’s.....

August 29, Stephentown

US (NY): Berry crops field workshop

This workshop will cover the following topics:Plasticulture strawberry production for June berries and Day NeutralLow tunnels on strawberriesHigh tunnel raspberry productionExclusion netting to control SWD in blueberriesUsing computer models to improve pest management of berry cropsCollaboration between NEWA.....

UK: Vertical farming a breeding ground for innovation

Vertical farming is on the rise, but is still limited in the UK. Experiments with stacked cultivation are being conducted in several cities. Vertical horticulture is therefore a breeding ground for new innovations. There also seems to be room for Dutch knowledge and technology in this phase.The renowned.....

Effects of uneven vertical distribution of soil salinity on blossom-end rot

Soil salinity influences plant growth and crop yield significantly. Former studies indicated that uneven salt distribution in the root zone could relieve salt stress. But, how uneven salt distribution influences Na+ and Ca2+ concentration in the stem, leaf, and fruit and whether this influence would bring.....

How to light your vining crops

If you’re new to growing vining crops like tomatoes or cucumber, you’re in for a rewarding journey.Each farm is unique, and vining crops create some of the most interesting farms. Since many fruiting crops grow high and are trellised into the growing space, vining crop farms create a jungle of plants that.....

webinar, August 17

Accelerating harvest cycles and improving crop quality with LED

Join Green Mountain Harvest Hydroponics and Griffin to learn how a simple upgrade to Heliospectra LED lights has helped growers at the Vermont business shave 7 to 10 days off standard harvest cycles to take fresh lettuce, spring mix, watercress and herbs to market faster.PresentersJohn Farr of Green Mountain.....

Response of hot pepper yield to irrigation water salinity

It has been proved that irrigation with high saline water and leaching fraction (LF) affect crop yield, but the effects of irrigation water salinity (ECiw) and LF on fruit quality remain largely elusive. Researchers therefore investigated the effects of ECiw and LF on the yield, fruit quality, and ion.....

Minister Creed launches second call for proposals:

Ireland: €24 million available under European Innovation Partnerships Initiative

The Irish Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed TD, has announced the launch of the second of two Open Calls under the European Innovation Partnerships Initiative (EIP). Projects developed under this Open Call will form part of the Department’s new ‘Locally-Led’ initiative, a co-funded.....

How to safely lower pH in aquaponics

High pH is a common concern among beginning and intermediate aquaponic growers, who want a quick fix to bring it down.Nate Storey's philosophy on lowering the pH in a system with high pH is simple."If you’re thinking about using a chemical or acid to lower your pH, don’t. You’re just going to make your life.....

Horticulture NZ responds to freshwater discussion: “Let’s not do this”

Reacting to a statement from Labour on freshwater, and in the absence of any detailed policy to go with that, Horticulture New Zealand says “let’s not do this”.“Extra costs on growers of fresh, healthy fruit and vegetables will make healthy food more expensive,” Horticulture New Zealand chief executive Mike.....

The whats, wheres and hows of Agricultural Innovation Platforms

Marc Schut from the CGIAR International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) and Wageningen University (WUR) recently published a book with Guidelines for Innovation Platforms. In this blog he shares the main findings from the book and his own opinion on Innovation Platforms.Innovation Platforms are fast.....

Be careful with loose substrates in hydroponic production systems

Many growers of ornamental plants including annuals and perennials traditionally use a peat-based substrate such as 70 percent peat, 30 percent perlite. The growers, who produce these crops in containers, will often use the same substrates if they expand their crop offerings to include hydroponically-grown.....

Eminent Seeds

"We don't need to be the biggest"

The largest players are in green peppers, coarse bunches or high wire cucumbers. Some breeders must dream of it, but not Eminent Seeds. They harbour special products in their assortment and want to expand them in quality and numbers.Jolande Salemans and Peter van Duin"We don't need to be the biggest," says.....

US (TX): Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan seek inspiration at Texas A&M AgriLife

A group of scientists, teachers, consultants, governmental and non-governmental representatives from Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan recently visited the Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center in Uvalde to learn how work being done there might be adapted in their countries.Cochran Fellows from.....

Evonik launches software for tilapia aquaculture

Evonik is to launch the new software tool AMINOTilapia enabling the aquaculture industry to improve efficiency in tilapia farming through optimal feed formulation.AMINOTilapia calculates the ideal amino acid recommendations for different growth stages of tilapia considering various production features. The.....

August 7, Ames

US (IA): Iowa State University hosts fruit and veg field day

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach is hosting the 2017 Fruit and Vegetable Field Day on Monday, Aug. 7 at the Iowa State University Horticulture Research Station near Ames.The annual event will feature various research and demonstration projects on fruit and vegetable production for commercial.....

Chili peppers training next gen of Swedish producers

Back in 1996, after Jeppe Robertsson took over the livestock farm started by his parents, the first stage of greenhouses were built. Since then, Gummagårdens has grown to a production of 1700 tonnes of cucumbers each year, adding up to roughly five million cucumbers, across 23,400m2.Gummagårdens has pretty.....

AIR Worldwide launches new model showing hail risk for Canada

Catastrophe risk modelling firm AIR Worldwide announced it has released a Crop Hail Model for Canada to provide crop insurers with a probabilistic view of crop hail risk in Canada.Based on 10,000 simulations of potential annual hail activity, the crop model enables insurers and reinsurers “to assess the.....

Disafa, Turin:

Italian research station to boost domestic basil production

Our Italian collageus at FreshPlaza.it recently visited Disafa's Experimental Centre in Turin. Here, for the past 20 years, professor Silvana Nicola has been coordinating the research for the soilless cultivation of vegetables and medicinal plants. Nicola is currently grown basil plants cultivated with on a.....

US (IN): Explore benefits of high tunnels during field days

Are you looking for ways to increase the economic stability of your farm or to sell fresh vegetables right up to Thanksgiving or Christmas? How about getting an early start on raising produce in the spring? If so, a high tunnel may be a great option to increase the productivity of your farm operations.Purdue.....

Is organic raspberry production a profitable enterprise?

Brambles, including raspberries and blackberries, can be a very profitable crop, but how profitable they will be for you depends on several factors. To begin with, your market will determine the price you receive for your berries. You will get premium prices selling directly to consumers at farmers markets,.....

Dutch growers take advantage of new dehumidification techniques

VIDEO Several Dutch greenhouse growers have shared their experience with humidity control in a new video from Royal Brinkman and DryGair. In the video you will hear growers of potted plants, cut flowers, young plants and vine crops express their thoughts on humidity control with the DryGair unit. It is a very.....

June 22

Webinar Climate Smart Agriculture: California & Netherlands

The California Department of Food and Agriculture, in collaboration with the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs, United States Department of Agriculture, University of California, Davis and Wageningen University will be co-hosting a joint webinar on climate smart agriculture.The webinar will focus its.....

New research station to empower Nigerian farmers in modern agriculture

The International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) has unveiled a new research station in Ago-Owu in Osun state, Nigeria, as part of efforts to expand its research agenda and create impact at farm level – this as the organisation marks its fiftieth anniversary. The station, located in Ayedade Local.....

Conviron announces ASPB Conviron Scholars Program

Conviron has announced a partnership with the American Society of Plant Biologists (ASPB) in delivering the 2017-18 ASPB Conviron Scholars Program. The program is aimed at supporting the next generation of plant scientists by helping students build their foundation for a successful career.The program selects.....

The beginner’s guide to hydroponic tomatoes

Native to the Andes, tomatoes started traveling the world in the 1600’s. Though enjoyed as a food by its fellow Mesoamericans, the tomato was used mostly as an ornamental in Europe for centuries.Over the years, the crop has become a favorite food and can now be found in practically every grocery, restaurant,.....