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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,.....

"Southern African horticulture needs fine-tuning"

In a recent horticulture value chain analysis and action plan study, Sid Boubekeur, head of the Centre for the Development of Enterprise (CDE) regional office for Southern Africa, said one of the challenges identified in the value chain is lack of good farming practices. Other challenges include covering a.....

Response of baby spinach to photoselective nettings

Manipulation of microenvironments by means of photoselective nettings is widely used to improve the productivity and quality of high-value vegetables. The aim of a new study was to investigate the effect of photoselective nettings on growth, productivity, and postharvest quality attributes of baby.....

Ireland: Minister urges farmers to prioritise farm safety

The Irish Minister for Agriculture Food and the Marine has issued a fresh appeal to farmers and contractors alike to prioritise farm safety as the current warm weather sees a large amount of farm activity taking place throughout the country.‘Farmers and contractors are taking full advantage of the current.....

Why you should use a ground cover

Not quite in the market for a fancy greenhouse foundation (at least, not yet)? You’ll need an easy and flexible way to pave over that open ground – that is, if you’re not direct planting or utilizing the soils in your structure.by Adrian WhiteIf you’re leaning more towards hydroponics, grow tables, container.....

Malta Aquaponics hub looking for hydroponic expertise

If you have extensive knowledge on greenhouses and hydroponics and have experience in sharing this knowledge with a group of enthusiastic students, you might be interested in helping AquaBioTech. This aquaculture research, development and consultancy company in Malta is organizing a special aquaponics traing.....

Next Generation Growing pepper trial results now available

In 2016, trials were performed at Delphy and at Wageningen University & Research in Bleiswijk with bell pepper according to the Next Generation Growing. The final report of the trial at Delphy is now available.The experimental cultivation with bell pepper - cultivar Maranello - at Delphy had two main.....

Huub Winters, Biopol

NL: "Higher production and better quality begins with balance"

Each grower is visited by a multitude of different advisors, each with their own advice in their field of expertise. Each advice on its own is a good advice, but Huub Winters of Biopol is of the opinion that growers must cultivate with the system concept in mind and the different advisors should aim for a.....

Chinese scientists to grow potatoes on the moon

Chinese scientists will attempt to grow potatoes on the moon as part of a forthcoming lunar mission.According to a report in the Chongqing Morning Post, the potatoes will be sealed inside a "mini ecosystem" as part the Chang'e-4 mission due to launch next year. They'll be sharing a small cylinder on the.....

Flower manipulation techniques to bring mango season forward

In an effort to extend the mango season, researchers have uncovered the best treatments to bring on early flowering and therefore fruit.The five-year project, funded by the NT Government and Horticulture Innovation Australia has recently come to an end, identifying the key formulations for successful flower.....

May 18, Uvalde

US (TX): Tomato tips at Combined Vegetable and Wheat Field Day

The Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center in Uvalde will present a Combined Vegetable and Wheat Field Day from 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 18.The program will be held at the center, 1619 Garner Field Rd., and will begin with registration from 7:30-7:55 a.m. to include coffee and breakfast tacos.....

AU: Innovation on show at Victorian vegetable field days

Hundreds of vegetable growers and industry experts have converged on the small Victorian town of Lindenow for the East Gippsland Vegetable Innovation Days.Run over May 3-4, contingents travelled from other states, and even from as far away as the Netherlands, to join local growers. Organiser Shayne Hyman,.....

Update from Dr Greg Lang:

Video: Cherry training systems and protective coverings at MSU

Dr. Greg Lang provided an update on April 29, 2017 regarding this spring's flowering and pollination of the cherry trials being done at Michigan State University. Now that the trial is in its 8th year, Dr Lang is able to share some of the key findings on:root stocks (dwarfing, semi-dwarfing,.....

by Jerry Brust:

US (MD): A closer look at ethylene problems in vegetable high tunnels

In Maryland we have seen a few problems with ethylene interactions with tomatoes in high tunnels. Ethylene (C2H4) occurs in trace amounts in gasoline and natural gas and is produced when these substances are burned. It is present in wood and tobacco smoke. Ethylene is also a plant hormone produced by plants.....

Bayer introduces ForwardFarm in The Netherlands

New partnership will help advance sustainable agriculture

Bayer ForwardFarming, an initiative that works with independent farms around the world to help advance sustainable agriculture, has officially introduced its first partnership in the Netherlands. Het Groene Hart, in Abbenes, North Holland, is an independently owned farm that will work with Bayer and other.....

Spain: Murcia ventures into production of tropical crops

Aromatic plants, truffles, and now, tropical fruits; these are three examples of attempts by producers of the Region of Murcia to conquer markets with new products and to be able to compete in the increasingly global world of the sale of fruits and other agricultural products. Two companies, Grupo Durán, in.....

Greenhouse and Horticultural Lighting, Biological Control for Greenhouse Growers, and Floriculture Root Zone Management

MSU to launch three new greenhouse courses

Registration is now open for the summer sessions of three self-paced courses in Michigan State University Extension’s Online College of Knowledge greenhouse series: Greenhouse and Horticultural Lighting, Biological Control for Greenhouse Growers and Floriculture Root Zone Management. This award-winning.....

Are old-fashioned heirloom tomatoes really better?

There is no clear-cut definition of an heirloom tomato, though it’s generally agreed that it is a variety at least 50 or more years old. Some date back to varieties brought by early settlers from their homes in the old country. Unlike today’s hybrids, almost all heirloom tomatoes are open-pollinated. These.....

Seminar video

Light matters – Sensing and signaling in plants

If you missed the recent Horticulture Section seminar from Cornell University, titled Light Matters – Sensing and Signaling in Plants, with Tessa Pocock, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, it is available online.Source: Cornell University

US: California farmers affected by wet season

After more than four years of devastating drought, 2017 saw California receive the wettest winter in more than 100 years.According to research done by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, between October 2016 and February 2017 California averaged its highest amount of precipitation since.....

US: Northern NY research highlights system efficiency for cherry tomatoes

The farmer-driven Northern New York Agricultural Development Program has announced the results of vegetable research providing market growers with an unexpected insight into the production challenges associated with the increasingly popular cherry-type tomatoes. The project report, which includes data on.....

Algeria: Vegetables produced in the Sahara desert

Tomatoes, lettuce, carrots, cucumbers, courgettes, onions, peppers, beets, aubergines, watermelons, and melons are grown amongst the dunes and stones. The extreme weather conditions in this desert (with temperatures of up to 50° C, sandstorms, exceptional torrential rains, and scarce water and food) have not.....

Different greenhouse systems can result in the same production

Two Sweet Pepper crops grown in different greenhouses resulted in comparable results for production. In both greenhouse systems there was a significant saving of energy.In 2016 Sweet Peppers were grown in the VenLow Energy greenhouse. At the same time, the same variety Maranello was grown in a compartment at.....

Pros & cons of crop diversification for indoor farmers

New farmers often struggle with crop diversity. There’s always a temptation to pick and choose twenty of your favorite greens and veggies without concern for pests, viable growing methods, and market research. This can leave farmers overwhelmed, with no customers, and with pest problems.Some new farmers go.....

Sweet pepper growing systems: Traditional and V systems compared

There is a choice for pepper growers between a traditional system and the V system. What are the advantages and disadvantages of these systems and why do growers opt for one or the other? Two growers talk about their own thoughts and experiences.Ben Kleijweg from Bleiswijk is a pepper grower who has many.....

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Optimizing growth climate by steering the plant’s balances

Next Generation Growing (NGG) is a new way of growing introduced in the Dutch greenhouse industry by the Dutch Cooperative Grower Association. Hoogendoorn has been involved in the research since 2006. Although NGG is mostly associated with energy savings, the primary aim is to optimize plant growth by.....

Boosting crops with soil phosphorous management

A University of Florida professor and two colleagues have published a book in which the three scientists impart some of the world’s most innovative techniques for managing an essential nutrient in food production soils. Zhenli He, a professor and associate director at the UF Institute of Food and.....

June 7, West Kingstown

US (RI): High tunnel tomato workshop

This evening workshop from NOFA Rhode Island at Brandon Family Farm is open to all but is geared to commercial production. It will briefly cover the basics and focus more on advanced management. Topics will include high tunnel design considerations for tomato production, trellis and pruning systems, variety.....

Jan Reijm:

“Light penetration in cucumbers is better with a diffuse coating”

As one of the first cucumber growers Jan Reijm used a diffuse coating last year. "The light penetration was better and the crop was clearly less stressed, which means that it stays active longer and leads to more production. We're very pleased about it," he says.Cucumber grower Jan Reijm Together with his.....

LEDs speed up healing of grafted plants

It is common practice in plant cultivation to cut two plants in half and combine the root of one, with the top of the other. With this invasive procedure called grafting we wound two plants in order to make one, far stronger in every way than the original two. Through grafting we combine two different.....

Ethiopia: Optimization of productivity and quality of irrigated tomato

On May 29, Ambecha Gemechis will defend his PhD research on optimization of productivity and quality of irrigated tomato (Solanum lycopersicum L.) by smallholder farmers in the Central Rift Valley area of Oromia, Ethiopia, at Wageningen University.The study was conducted in selected major tomato (Solanum.....

by Robert Leeming

"LED has potential to end use of pesticides in farming"

Research is proving that light produced by LEDs has the ability to speed up plant growth and improve the taste of fruit and vegetables. However, researchers in the United States are also proving that LED light is able to reduce disease in plants, a discovery that could, ultimately, lead to the redundancy of.....

Why it is important to clean your reflectors

With the rise of illuminated cultivation, the period of crop rotation have changed considerably, but many cleaning operations are still the same. Marcel and Jeffrey van den Bogert of Lightshine Cleaning do notice more attention is paid to cleaning the lighting system. "You remove the reflectors, clean them.....

Daily light integral (DLI) with/without far-red for lettuce

Lighting Strategies: Increasing biomass of lettuce with far-red

Heliospectra has made results available of new research that was carried out to understand how different light intensities that sum up to equal DLI is effecting growth of lettuce. Earlier trials without far-red had showed similar results with aspects of crop production between the different ways to.....

US (TX): Tomato production in AgriLife Research high tunnels underway

Winds whipped around at almost 25 mph, but the Texas A&M AgriLife Research plant pathology crew didn’t have to battle the blowing dirt as they sunk one tomato seedling after another into the soil inside one of four high tunnels.The Texas A&M AgriLife Research plant pathology team plants tomatoes in.....

Australia: Plant biosecurity effort shifts to next gear

Off the back of the nation’s plant Research and Development Corporations (RDCs) announcing they would unite efforts to strengthen Australian plant biosecurity last month, the partnership has appointed a Chair, implemented a management plan and is in the process of recruiting a program director to oversee.....

US (NJ): Rutgers shares update on Ultra Niche crop research

Winter lettuce is a crop that is seeded or transplanted in a high tunnel or other protected structure after the traditional planting season. Winter lettuce planting takes place from late summer through the fall, and lettuce is harvested during the cooler months. Many types of lettuce are suitable for winter.....

How to tackle the challenges climate change poses to agriculture

As part of efforts to move towards "climate-smart" agriculture, countries have shared new experiences on how to produce food in ways that help farmers cope with the impacts of climate change and to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in agriculture.The exchange took place at a special 26 April side-event during.....

Registration open for summer greenhouse and horticultural lighting course

Registration for the summer session of the award-winning Greenhouse and Horticultural Lighting Course in Michigan State University Extension’s College of Knowledge is now open. Growers or other interested participants can sign up until May 31, 2017, and students will have from June 1 through Aug. 31, 2017,.....

Lettuce growth and quality optimization in a plant factory

A study carried out by Philips Research, Wageningen University and Philips Lighting Horticulture shows how LED lighting contributes to the optimization of the total growth efficiency including space and energy use.Since the early 2000s, plant factory (or vertical farm) technology has been introduced for.....

Changes in Polish water laws ask for effective management

On 30-31 March 2017 CDR’s branch office in Radoorganiseded training for 20 agricultural advisors on ”Effective management of natural resources on a farm”.The two- day meeting focused on challenges on agricultural production in the context of climate change, rational water management on farm, changes in Water.....

New design cuts costs, energy needs for drip irrigation

Many farms in drought-prone regions of the U.S. rely on drip irrigation as a water-saving method to grow crops. These systems pump water through long thin tubes that stretch across farm fields. Hundreds of dime-sized drippers along the length of each tube trickle water directly onto a plant’s base. A farmer.....

EU Aquaponics Hub gathers at University of Murcia

The 5th Management Committee and Working Group meetings took place last week at the University of Murcia in Spain. The three day event started with a field trip to the Murcia Oceanographic Centre and to the Tilamur INAPRO Project demonstration aquaponics facility.Day 2 saw more than a hundred delegates at.....

Growing vine crops without daylight is possible. Here, there and everywhere...

"In an indoor grow without daylight, you can eliminate all stress factors for a plant. If you know the ideal growth conditions, the production can be optimized and the growth and yield can be predicted beforehand. Then also the growth of fruit vegetables in a controlled environment without daylight, can be.....

Will artificial photosynthesis be an answer to climate change?

"The idea would be to set up stations that capture large amounts of CO2, like next to a power plant," said researcher Fernando Uribe-Romo.Scientists have found a way to trigger artificial photosynthesis using a new synthetic material. The method could be used to simultaneously generate energy and convert.....

Tips from the National Garden Bureau:

How to add parsley to your production

Parsley (Petroselinum crispum) is a biennial plant with bright green, featherlike leaves and is in the same family as dill. This herb is used in soups, sauces, and salads, and it lessens the need for salt in soups. Not only is it the perfect garnish, but it is also healthy; rich in iron and vitamins A and.....

Swedish project studies year-round cultivation of tasty strawberries with LEDs

An innovation group consisting of experts in strawberry cultivation, plant lighting, plant research, food science and sensoric analysis, are working on combining greenhouse cultivation of Swedish strawberries with LED lighting technology. The goal - year-round cultivation of strawberries with the preserved.....

By Dr. Erik Runkle and Dr. Roberto Lopez:

MeisterMedia publishes new CEA light management guide

MeisterMedia is publishing a new handbook called “Light Management in Controlled Environments”. The guide brings together the latest findings from scientific studies geared toward advancing the science and application of lighting for specialty crop production. Editors Dr. Erik Runkle and Dr. Roberto Lopez of.....