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Preventive learning about pests before experience takes over

In areas with cooler climates or seasons protected enclosures can extend a crop production period, promote earlier harvest, and improve quality when (some) disease problems are reduced. However, these generally warmer, drier environments with well-fed plants and no natural enemies (biological controls) are.....

South Africa: Unlimited possibilities to produce in greenhouses

In the FDOV programme of the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs the SMART Horticulture project investigated the potential of South Africa to produce more sustainably. Steered by Holland Horti International and in cooperation with TNO and BoP Innovation Centre Wageningen University & Research, BU.....

Distantly related crops are not better rotation partners for tomato

Although crop rotation has been used for centuries to enhance agricultural production, there are surprisingly little data justifying the use of one rotation over another. Growers typically avoid growing plants in succession that belong to the same genus or family, but it is not clear whether closely related.....

US (NY): Save time, add profit for pepper and tomato growers

Growers who are first to market with peppers, tomatoes, and other fresh market vegetables have a distinct advantage. Earlier spring crops, double yields, and the potential for $1390 in added net revenue are among the results noted in the 2017 vegetable production research report posted at www.nnyagdev.org by.....

Replacing PAR light with far-red light:

“Far-red light boosts tomato yield”

The use of artificial lighting in greenhouse horticulture has significantly increased in recent years, both in acreage and intensity, resulting in a strong rise in power consumption. One of the advantages of LED lighting compared to SON-T lighting is the higher energy-efficiency of the LEDs. Another.....

Real time soil testing in Zambia

Holland Greentech, a supplier of inputs and technical support for the high-quality horticulture sector, introduces SoilCares real time soil testing in Zambia. The soil tests will be performed with a Soil Scanner developed by SoilCares, a developer of innovative precision farming technology for soil, feed and.....

Pakistan: Green chillies to be cultivated over 48,000 hectares

The government had set a target to cultivate the green chillies crop over 48,000 thousand hectares of land across the country during Kharif Crop season 2018-19 in order to fulfill the domestic requirements as well as for exporting.The chillies production targets were fixed at 117.9 in the country in order to.....

April 18, Dublin

Ireland: Teagasc organizes greenhouse berry seminar

To celebrate the start of the 2018 berry season, Teagasc is holding a berry seminar combined with a tour of their new glasshouse facilities and strawberry research unit.Speakers include Dr's Eamonn Kehoe (Teagasc) and Michael Gaffney (Teagasc), Leo Finn (Teagasc), Johaan Aeltermann (Idris Consulting,.....

US (PA): Growers get up to speed with hydroponics

Three hundred miles may seem like a long way to go for lettuce, but Tuesday’s trip to Butter Valley Harvest Farm was well worth the extra gas for Henry Wilde.The Pittsburgh farmer is relatively new to hydroponics, and Butter Valley was offering some veteran tips during a teaching session organized by the.....

Better fertilization in bell peppers thanks to Mars mission

Next time you eat a tomato or sweet pepper, take a closer look, because there’s a good chance that its healthy appearance is thanks to one of former US President Barack Obama’s speeches and ESA research for sending people on long-duration space missions.Inspired by an Obama speech in 2010 on human missions.....

Plants 'hedge their bets' in germination

Researchers at the University of Birmingham have revealed how plants ‘hedge their bets’ by getting their seeds to germinate at different times. Their work identifies routes to reduce variability in agriculture and produce more consistent outcomes for farmers and food production, according to research.....

Next Generation Growing 2.0: no inner rot in peppers

The final report of the project ‘Next Generation Growing Peppers 2.0' is available. Although the intended production forecast was not realized, the test did bring other issues to light. For example, in spite of storage, no inner rot occurred during cultivation. The focus points in the project were:Usage of a.....

El Niño affected two-thirds of the world’s harvests

According to researchers at Aalto University, Finland, large-scale weather cycles, such as the one related to the El Niño phenomenon, affect two-thirds of the world’s cropland. In these so-called climate oscillations, air pressure, sea level temperature or other similar factors fluctuate regularly in areas.....

UK: Cambridge and four other universities form agritech partnership

Five leading universities, including the University of Cambridge, have formed a partnership to develop and commercialise agritech research, in order to improve sustainability, increase productivity and contribute to global food security.The Ceres Agritech Knowledge Exchange Partnership links the universities.....

US (CA): Urban farming workshops start soon in Sacramento and San Diego

Are you an urban farmer in the Sacramento or San Diego region? Are you a gardener thinking of selling some of your produce to neighbors, restaurants or at a farmers' market? Are you part of a non-profit organization growing and distributing food in your community? If so, you are invited to join other urban.....

Rabobank:

"Structural changes necessary for healthy sector"

The sentiment towards greenhouse cultivation is positive at the moment. Yields have recovered in the past two years and investments are being made again in modernizing, extension, and innovation. However, the recovery is mainly due to external factors (weather, geopolitics, currencies) and not because of.....

Israel: Winter pilot study on basil obtains a 66% increase in yield

Roots Sustainable Agricultural Technologies Limited has successfully conducted a pilot in winter where the roots of traditional summer basil plants were heated using Roots’ patented RZTO technology increase yield and average plant size by 66 and 35 per cent respectively.The pilot was conducted in winter over.....

Nigeria: Tomato growers say policy has enriched more farmers

Mr Adamu Musa, the National Organising Secretary, National Tomato Growers, Processors and Marketers Association of Nigeria said the Federal Government’s agricultural policy had enriched more farmers in the last two years.Musa said that the acceptance and participation of Nigerians in the Federal Government.....

Philippines: Experts to increase plum tomato productivity

A group of experts has partnered with the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) to come up with a program aimed to increase the productivity of processing fresh tomatoes or plum tomatoes, since the productivity is known to be threatened by many diseases.The Philippine Council for Agriculture, Aquatic.....

Canada: University maps agriculture in British Columbia

Less than five per cent of B.C. is suitable for farming.Of that precious percentage, only half of the province’s Agricultural Land Reserve (ALR) is actively farmed.Research released by the Institute for Sustainable Food Systems (ISFS) at Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU) was motivated by soaring costs.....

Northern Adelaide Irrigation Scheme project proposal deadline extended

Due to increased interest, the closing date has been extended for round two project proposals for access to water through the Northern Adelaide Irrigation Scheme (NAIS).Australian and international agribusinesses now have until 14 March to lodge proposals through the SA Tenders and Contracts website –.....

Bell pepper nursery Duijnisveld opens new branch

After almost a year of demolishing and rebuilding, bell pepper nursery Duijnisveld has built a new 9 ha nursery in De Kwakel. Last Sunday doors opened to the public during an open house where every one could see the end result of new construction.A greenhouse has been built with double energy screens and.....

"The end of the 'grey' bell pepper is on the horizon"

Pamosa exists for about twenty years. Where is the association for bell pepper growers now and what are the plans for the future? Wouter Willems, responsible for the sale of bell peppers at ZON: "The challenge is to ensure that the customer will not only have potatoes and onions permanently in supply, but.....

Magnesium deficiency of hydroponic and container grown basil

Basil (Ocimum basilicum) is the most commonly grown greenhouse herb crop. Basil is sensitive to magnesium deficiency. Visual symptoms of magnesium deficiency appear first on old and recently mature leaves as a slight interveinal chlorosis (yellowing). This article will cover the progression of visual.....

New biological label introduced in the US out of protest

In the Netherlands biological entrepreneurs who want to go a step further than the production rules imposed by European legislation, have united under the banner of the EKO-hallmark. Recently an organic "plus" label has been introduced in the US. There are differences. In the Netherlands the EKO-hallmark is.....

City greenhouse back on track after bad patch

City greenhouse De Oude Beer was not doing well at all. The existence of the social project in Dordrecht was in danger after the announcement of the extension of the nearby A16 highway. Last year they had a break-in and in October a large fire broke out in the greenhouse.The city greenhouse is situated close.....

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New packaging line processes 20,000 mini cucumbers per hour

The new sorting and packaging line by Christiaens Agro Systems processes 20,000 mini cucumbers. The new system, consisting of 6 robots, 4 packaging lines with a capacity of 20,000 pieces per hour, was introduced last Friday in the shed of Tromptransport in Eindhoven. The presentation attracted various.....

Hotspots for crops on Mars

Selecting the perfect landing site will be essential for the successful establishment of the first Mars colony. Growing food crops will be one of the key tasks for the astronauts. Scientists of Wageningen University & Research have identified places on Mars that are favourable for plant species to grow......

Production and training issues facing CEA growers

Trying to produce vegetables in hot, humid conditions can be difficult for controlled environment growers whether growing in a greenhouse or a warehouse.“The challenges of greenhouse growing in Ohio and the Midwest are different than the challenges faced by growers in Arizona,” said Ohio State University.....

Maxstim shows positive results in raspberries

In the 2nd part of 2017 Maxstim conducted several trials in raspberries in the south of Europe. Generally plants are treated with Maxstim biostimulants (Maxstim for Berries) at 2.5L per ha each week via the irrigation system. Start of treatment is just after planting.Maxstim biostimulantmake the plant:root.....

Benefits of maintaining the optimum substrate oxygen level

Increasing the oxygen level in the root zone can ensure healthy root growth and can impact crop yields.Low oxygen levels in the growing substrate can play havoc with the health of both vegetable and ornamental plants. Shalin Khosla, greenhouse vegetable specialist at Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and.....

Italy: The benefits of soil-less cultivation techniques

It is a well-known fact that the prohibition on the use of methyl bromide to control pathogens in greenhouse cultivation has pushed producers to look for alternative solutions. Soil-less cultivation techniques seem to be a viable option as they reduce environmental impact while maintaining agronomic.....

Avoiding nutrient deficient edible transplants

It can be a challenge to control the growth of containerized vegetable and herb bedding plants and transplants. Since the use of plant growth retardants is very restricted, many growers look to restricting fertilizer applications as their main strategy. However, this can lead to plants that have nutrient.....

"Flue gases can wreak havoc on horticultural crops"

Flue gases are best described as an unseen enemy that can compromise yield and plant quality in a few short hours. Often a small hole in the flue pipe or small holes in the heat exchanger can cause these colorless odorless gases to leak out into the growing area. In some cases a missing flue cap can allow.....
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Sweden: Teenagers accused of attacking teacher with a cucumber

Two boys aged between 15 and 18 were accused of physically assaulting a teacher at a school in Karlstad by hitting her on the head with a cucumber. The boys are accused of assault, as well as invasion of privacy for filming the attack. The teacher was not seriously injured but is still on sick leave two.....

South Africa: How has the drought affected Western Cape farmers

There is much to ponder about for the farmers of the Western Cape, the province with its major commodities of fruit, wine and vegetables. It also produces livestock, meat and dairy; and field crops like wheat, barley and canola. All need water - and lots of it.Agricultural water is allocated to individual.....

960 cubic meters per day

Water reuse and aquifer storage and recovery

VIDEO Dinteloord, the Netherlands, is a 3 km2 greenhouse horticulture area under development, with a predicted high water demand which cannot be fully supplied by precipitation in dry years. To meet the water demands, treated wastewater from a nearby sugar factory (sugar beets) is to be stored in a shallow.....

Vietnam: HCMC to pay interest for hi-tech farms

HCM City will subsidise interest on bank loans by up to 100 per cent to support individuals and organisations who help transform its agricultural sector.Resolution No 10/2017 of the city People’s Council, which seeks to encourage investment to transform the farm sector into a modern, efficient and.....

US (NY): Vegetable sizing templates available

To assist farmers looking to sell into wholesale markets, vegetable sizing templates are now available for bell peppers, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, cucumbers, eggplant, potatoes, tomatoes, zucchini and summer squash. The crop templates are scaled to size (8.5 x 11 paper). They can be printed.....

Hi Power main variety

NL: "Acreage lighted cucumbers to 80 hectares"

In the Netherlands, the acreage of cucumbers under lights has increased considerably and now amounts to about 80 ha. Hi Power is again the main variety in 2018. The Nunhems vegetable team on the HortiContact this week According to the Nunhems Cucumber Team, a lot of experience has been gained in recent.....

India: Rajasthan to take greenhouse vegetable cultivation to new level

In Rajasthan (India), modernisation faces a typical structural hurdle. The share of marginal and small land-holdings in total land ownership in the state is 40.12% and 21.90% respectively, according to the state’s Economic Survey 2017-18. Such highly skewed land distribution itself makes the use of even.....

Time Scale and the future of (space) cultivation

The universe is the limit

The people behind the Time Scale project aren't sitting still. In a previous article, we explored some of the findings garnered through the European space cultivation project, as well as practically applicable results. In this article, we're going to do some crystal ball gazing. What's in store for the.....

Spain: Tomatoes grown with half the amount of water without quality loss

Experts from the Faculty of Pharmacy and the Higher Technical School of Agricultural Engineering (Etsia) of the University of Seville have published a study in which they show that after reducing the amount of irrigation water in cherry tomato crops by more than 50 percent, the product not only maintains its.....

Effect of digestate and biochar amendments on Chinese melon

Despite the recent interest in biochar and digestate as soil amendments for improving soil quality and increasing crop production, there is inadequate knowledge of the effect of the combination of biochar and digestate, particularly under saline irrigation conditions.A pot experiment with Chinese.....

Philippines: Research agency promoting hydroponics for cash crops

The Bureau of Agricultural Research (BAR), an agency attached to the Department of Agriculture of the Philippines, is promoting hydroponics as a viable method to grow high-value or cash crops.BAR held the first seminar to promote hydroponics on Tuesday in San Carlos City, Pangasinan, that was attended by.....