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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 term.....

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.....
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 heat and a low moisture content. But the vigor in the plant has been greatly reduced because of the high temperatures. This is.....

New Zealand: Covered crops are thriving under the economic radar

While larger industries grab most of the headlines (with good reason) they do not portray the full New Zealand story of a developed economy in action. The NZIER in a report to Tomatoes NZ and Vegetables NZ set out to illustrate their impact on the New Zealand economy of covered crops by providing estimates.....

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. ........

October 12-15, Tucson

US (AZ): Hydroponic intensive workshops at CEAC

The Controlled Environment Agriculture Center at the University of Arizona is currently preparing for the Hydronic Intensive Workshop event on October 12-15, 2018.Practical infoDates: October 12-15, 2018Ticket cost: 1,195.00 USDCEAC’S unique facilities support a quality learning experience, where knowledge.....

Listen to your roots

Roots can be “listened to” while growing – and worms when burrowing. Researchers from ETH Zurich and the French National Institute for Agricultural Research present a new method for soil analysis.The new Method opens a window for science, says Or: “We can learn when roots grow, for example." (Photo:.....

Reading your rates: Electrical conductivity & fertilizer concentration

Regular monitoring of the electrical conductivity (EC) of your nutrient solution is a vital part of any fertigation program. Electrical conductivity is the ability of a solution to conduct an electrical current. Most elements (plant essential or other) that are soluble in water will contribute to the.....

US (CA): Air recirculation system to combat cannabis cultivation odors

Smart Cannabis has announced a sale of their Geo-Thermal Air Recirculation System which addresses the potential for nuisance odors often emanating from cannabis cultivation sites. The sale is over $250,000. Installation is scheduled for this month at a permitted location in Salinas, California.The.....

Video: Educational organic greenhouse trials cucumber cultivation

VIDEO Stone Barns Center is a non-profit farm and educational center with a partner restaurant, Blue Hill at Stone Barns, located in Pocantico Hills, New York.The center is trialing vegetables for a wide range of partners, including Cornell University, Vitalis Organic Seeds and Bejo Seeds. In this video, Crop.....

"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 CsoffThe researchers found that global adherence to United States Department of.....

Extra support for labor management

"Tackling difficult issues from a different angle"

These days, enlisting the help of a crop consultant is common practice in the Dutch horticulture sector. Many growers benefit from the fresh perspective and new insights that an external specialist can bring, helping them to optimize their crop production methods. But now more and more growers are also.....

Bas Huijser, Tuinbouwbedrijf Huijser feels dry spell in greenhouse and open ground cultivation

"I'd rather it's too dry than too wet, but this is too much"

It's the start of August and the seed cultivation of spinach has already left the greenhouse at Tuinbouwbedrijf Huijser, a month earlier than usual. The seed cultivation of lettuce, of which the seeds, like that of spinach, go to breeder Rijk Zwaan, are also growing quickly and will soon follow. The.....

Horticultural consultant Chris Need:

"We’re capturing data we previously couldn’t"

Besides helping growers directly, the 30MHz platform helps growers and consultants communicate and collaborate about crop needs. Chris Need, a UK-based horticultural consultant, talks about his work with 30MHz.What’s your history in horticulture?I’m a horticulturalist by training, and have been a consultant,.....