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NL: Provincial commissioner visits strawberry farm

Peter Drenth visited the greenhouse horticulture area between Arnhem and Nijmegen on June 7. As a brand new commissioner for the Dutch province of Gelderland, his portfolio includes nature and agriculture, economy and energy transition. On May 30, he left the role of alderman in Doetinchem for the provincial.....

Nunhems' new Provine

"Filling the gap between large TOV and medium TOV"

With their new TOV Nunhems wants to fill the gap in fruit weight between the conventional large TOV and the medium TOV. Sebastiaan Breugem, Product Development Specialist: “The market had a demand for a somewhat finer large TOV. Provine (NUN 09196 TOF)* when cut has an average weight of 130 to 140.....

By Carlos Arenes:

New climate control techniques for modern agriculture

The impact of climate change is becoming more and more noticeable. Let us list some of the most recent phenomena: severe autumn frost damaged La Rivera's entire kaki production in the 2017 campaign; polar front damaged stone fruit trees in Murcia and Valencia; irradiation frosts damaged the first citrus buds.....

US (CA): Creating online training for organic specialty crop production

Sonja Brodt (Coordinator of Agriculture, Resources, and Environment at UC SAREP) and Sara Riegler (UC SAREP Graduate Student Researcher) recently had the opportunity to visit and record field demonstration videos at ALBA in Salinas. The videos, all recorded in Spanish and focused on ALBA farmers’ organic.....

Flying greenhouse from Bremen goes into space

Soon, a flying greenhouse could revolve around the Earth. This summer, a research satellite from Bremen should be launched into space with tomato seeds on board. In it, the plants should grow under different gravitational conditions; for half a year gravity like on the moon, then for half a year with the.....

US (CA): Growers in berry country get innovative to save water

Red and purple berries ripening in vast fields. The sun shining in a blue sky as workers in broad-brimmed hats pluck the best berries from the strawberry tufts and blackberry vines.The bucolic scene in Ventura County along the Southern California coast belies the exacting science and sharp business decisions.....

US (MI): "Low tunnels do not have the desired effect this year"

According to MSU's Southwest Michigan vegetable update, high temperatures ranged from 75 to 92 degrees Fahrenheit and lows from 52 to 72 F. There was 0.75 to 1.25 inches of rain across the area. The 50 F degree-day units are at 870 for 2018 compared to 968 for 2017 and 851 for the five-year average.Crop.....

Creating intelligent plants with botanical sensors

Dutch technical university TU Delft is conducting research on creating an Internet of Plants with botanical sensors. The project called Plantenna is being funded by 4TU.Federation, which awarded a total of 22 million euros to five research programs within the theme 'High Tech for a Sustainable Future'. The.....

Cooperation with Ferry Klap, Eric de Winter, and Patrick Baas

Bas Vet new cultivation adviser

After having worked for ten years at Agro Care Wieringermeer at Agriport A7, one of the largest tomato nurseries in The Netherlands, Bas Vet has taken the next step in his career. As of June 2018 I start as cultivation advisor for lighted and unlighted tomato cultivation. I am joining the cooperation of.....

David Farquhar, CEO of Intelligent Growth Solutions:

"The need to optimise growing conditions goes beyond just light"

The world of indoor farming is rapidly evolving, we all know that. There are the innovators, the visionaries and even the opportunists (yes, there always will be). These groups contrast with the more traditionalist approach, the naysayers who are less than convinced about the positive future of indoor.....

Podcast offers insider tips for greenhouse pros

New episodes continue to launch for STEM: Insider Tips for Greenhouse Pros, a podcast created specifically for commercial greenhouse growers, horticulture professionals and the customers they supply. Hosted by Ball Seed's Bill Calkins, each STEM episode features a guest sharing timely and relevant.....

US: Low Tunnel Strawberry Production Guide released

A new how-to manual covers what growers need to know to be successful growing strawberries under low tunnels in the Northeast U.S. Types of low tunnel structures and plastic covers are detailed as well recommendations for managing the tunnel microclimate, using day neutral strawberry varieties and strategies.....

Climate & Food Security programme in Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda

The Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs has granted funding of €39.5 million to implement a 5-year Climate Smart Agriculture programme in Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda to a consortium led by SNV Netherlands Development Organisation, in partnership with Wageningen University and Research, CGIAR’s Climate.....

EU research project Greenresilient starts in eight European countries:

Energy-efficient practices in organic greenhouses

Greenhouse horticulture is an intensive cultivation system that also produces crops outside the growing season and in every type of climate. In the recently started three-year CORE Organic Cofund ERA-NET project 'Greenresilient', a more agro-ecological approach is being taken in organic greenhouse.....

First lettuce harvested in Bio4safe biostimulant project

The Bio4safe biostimulant pilot project started off in August 2017. It's a collaboration between various partners from Belgium, France and the United Kingdom and is coordinated by the Belgian Test Center for Horticulture (PCS). They are researching the effects of biostimulants on nutrient use, tolerance.....

Luc van den Bosch, bell pepper grower:

NL: Crops grow well again after high stress

Luc van den Bosch is cultivation manager at Walero BV in Bleiswijk (Netherlands). Together with his father and two uncles, he grows red bell peppers of the Maranello variety on 9 ha. At the other location of Walero, yellow bell peppers of the variety Allrounder are grown. Luc is a member of the national bell.....

UAE: Scientists start growing halophytic vegetables

Scientists at the International Center for Biosaline Agriculture (ICBA) have successfully started growing halophytic (salt-loving) vegetables in the UAE conditions, using reject brine from desalination units treated with fish effluents.It is the first time that halophytic vegetables are being grown in the.....

US (TX): Vegetable Spring Field Day in Uvalde draws producers

More than 80 agricultural producers and those in agriculture-related businesses attended the recent Vegetable Spring Field Day at the Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center in Uvalde.Participants came to the center to get science-based information and insights into the production of various.....

Monitoring growth, pests and diseases

The greenhouse nowadays is a specialized high tech production system for a wide variety of crops. Due to its large scale, it is impossible for a grower to monitor and control all plants individually. This, combined with other factors like an inhomogeneous climate, complex IPM in which the biological balance.....

Dutch technology to support national food security in Indonesia

Hybrid tropical vegetable seed producer East West Seed Indonesia (Ewindo) held a national EXPO in Purwakarta, West Java on 8 May, attended by Deputy Head of Mission, Netherlands embassy Jakarta, Mr. Ferdinand Lahnstein and approximately 4,150 participants including farmers from all over Indonesia.The.....

Extension of aquaponic water use for NFT baby-leaf production

Aquaponics is a recirculating technology that combines aquaculture with hydroponics. It allows nutrients from fish waste to feed plants and thus saves water and nutrients. However, there is a mismatch between the nutrients provided by the fish waste and plant needs. Because of this, some nutrients, notably.....

Wireless system for precision irrigation in soil-less greenhouse basil cultivation

Dielectric moisture sensors are particularly suitable to manage irrigation in soil-less greenhouse production. Identifying the practical effects of substrate water content on crop performance is crucial for sensor-based irrigation.A) Main network control unit (MNCU); B) wireless SDI-12 Host Node (WSHN)."We.....

US (WV): Federal funding to support agriculture program for veterans

Shepherd University has entered into a $600,000, five-year cost-sharing agreement with the U.S. Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) to provide opportunities for veterans to become agricultural entrepreneurs throughout West Virginia. The funding will be used to develop.....

LRC releases new report

US (NY): Comparing LED, HPS and MH luminaires

The Lighting Research Center (LRC) at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute has published a new report on the energy and economic performance of LED horticultural luminaires. The LRC evaluated key factors such as power demand, life-cycle cost, luminaire intensity distribution, and luminaire shading. Of particular.....

C-LED and Biolchim partner to increase output capacity

LED technology is gaining more and more ground inside greenhouses. This is because it allows customisation of light spectra according to crop type and, at the same time, improves energy efficiency compared to traditional lighting systems.Latest-generation greenhouses are designed to aid natural growth 365.....

Why the UAE's first vertical farm could be a regional game changer

When people picture the United Arab Emirates, what likely comes to mind are desert sands, skyscrapers and a blue sea under a shimmering sun. Agriculture does not.There are good reasons for this: the federation of seven emirates is hampered by high temperatures, a lack of arable land, salty soil and steep.....

Getting aeroponically grown greens on the menu

With plates heaped high with at least five varieties of lettuce picked that morning at an aeroponics farm a couple miles away, restaurant owners and volunteers working to bring a food cooperative to New London were clearly enjoying their salads.They were also talking with the farm's owners about getting the.....

August 9-10, Richmond

CAN (BC): KPU looking to build a better food system

Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU) is bringing together community leaders and internationally-recognized food systems experts this summer for a two-day conference with the goal of making sustainable local and regional food systems.“We need a better food system,” said Dr. Kent Mullinix, director of KPU’s.....

Rheinland Blaubeeren starts harvesting unheated greenhouse production on 15 May

“Heated greenhouse production of blueberries not profitable”

“For some weeks, particularly when the weather’s good, demand for fresh blueberries has been noticeable at our company in Straelen, Germany,” says Theo Douven from Rheinland Blaubeeren. “We would like to have started several weeks earlier, but heating greenhouses in order to start sooner isn’t profitable,.....

Australia: Using condensation and renewable energy to irrigate crops

A Perth-based company has developed an irrigation system to grow crops using just renewable energy and humidity from the air.The system is called Irrigation By Condensation (IBC), and is the invention of Roots Sustainable Agricultural Technologies co-founder Boaz Wachtel.Having lived in the Middle East, Mr.....

Exploring the possibilities of Hydroponics at local Indian farms

Sunil started an initiative which would help farmers adopt this method in their farms. According to him, they have to plant herbs and vegetables in a vertical fashion instead of the usual horizontal way.Recurring droughts across various states in India have brought the farmers to their knees. With no water.....

Michael Skaret:

From military to microgreens: the story of Nordamark

Michael Skaret was an officer in the Swedish army for several years before deciding to start his own company Nordamark for growing microgreens to serve restaurants. Business has been going so well his company now occupies a space of 340 m2.His aim is to further develop his cultivation methods and to possibly.....

Australia allocates $121.6 million budget for national biosecurity

Australian vegetable growers have welcomed the government’s increased investment in the nation’s biosecurity sector announced in this week’s Federal Budget, with industry representative body AUSVEG saying it is critical to ensuring Australia’s agricultural production systems are protected.A total of $121.6.....

"People, power costs keep indoor farming down to Earth"

There’s a budding industry that’s trying to solve the problem of the limp lettuce and tasteless tomatoes in America’s supermarkets.It’s full of technologists who grow crops in buildings instead of outdoors, short-cutting the need to prematurely harvest produce for a bumpy ride often thousands of miles to.....

Climate computer making economic optimal decisions by itself

Due to savings on fossil energy for heating greenhouses, less ‘waste’ CO2 is available for CO2 enrichment. As CO2 from external sources is not free, a right dosing strategy is important to prevent losing money.The Ridder CO2 Optimizer is the first economic optimization of climate control in commercial.....

UAE Minister reviews smart agricultural technologies in US

During her visit to the United States, Mariam Hareb Almheiri, Minister of State for Food Security, reviewed the latest technological developments in indoor and smart agriculture, which are key future solutions to providing enough food for the whole of humanity.She also participated in the Global Conference.....

Challenges for Mexican propagation facilities

Greenhouse production in Mexico has been growing at a high rate in the last years, with about 23,000 hectares in 2014 and recently to more than 40,000 hectares. This puts propagation facilities in a great challenge to supply the demand of seedlings to all these greenhouses.The interest for Mexican greenhouse.....

greenhouse vegetables

European season 2018: cautious optimism despite weak start

The Dutch greenhouse sector didn't have an easy time this year. Marco Persoon from Quality Queen spoke of 'a disappointing start to the season' in early April and Philip van Geest from Van Geest International cited 'ridiculously low prices'. The demand did not change, but a strong supply from Spain.....
Van Looveren

Exclusive distributor TerraSol diffuse glass

Manufacturer Marvol Trading GmbH has chosen Van Looveren to be the exclusive distributor for the entire range of TerraSol diffuse glass. Marvol Trading is a German company with a production facility in Ukraine. Rudi van Looveren: "We are very happy with this decision from Marvol, which gives us guaranteed.....
Connecticut, USA

Aeroponic farming system in New London

Some 16 months ago, Kevin Ortenblad and Brian Dengler -along with their wives- started to build the region's first commercial-scale aeroponics lettuce farm when they asked Connecticut grocery stores and restaurateurs if they would be interested in buying lettuce grown year-round in rural New London.The.....

Belgium: How to deal with KNS-tables?

On Wednesday 18 April Fertinnowa visited a workshop organised by Proefcentrum Hoogstraten to show growers the benefits of a KNS-table. A visit to the trial site was followed by a presentation about how to construct and apply KNS-tables and successfully obtain optimal cultivation results without enriching the.....
cherry, cocktail and date tomatoes available in large quantities

Rhenish tomato harvest is in full swing

While hobby gardeners are still thinking about whether they should put tomato plants in the garden or on the terrace, the Rhenish tomato producers are already harvesting. This we are told by the provincial association Rheinischer Obst- und Gemüsebauer (Bonn). Rhenish tomatoes are already available.....

Israel ready to establish agricultural training centre in Nepal

Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal held a meeting with Israeli ambassador to Nepal Benny Omer on Tuesday. In a meeting held at his residence in Khumaltar, Lalitpur, Chairman Dahal said that Nepal can emulate Israel’s progress in the agriculture sector to boost its own prosperity.“Nepal’s economic prosperity is.....

Bell pepper grower Geert Colbers:

"Greatest gains expected after summer solstice"

At Gubbels Nursery, 25 hectares of bell peppers are being cultivated on Grodan Supreme rockwool slabs. The substrate was developed specifically for this crop and has definitely proven itself, according to cultivation manager Geert Colbers. "Because of the 10 cm elevation, the crop is easier to steer,.....

Nutrient monitoring of eggplant transplants

Eggplant transplants require low fertility of 100 to 150 ppm N. Plants prefer a pH within the range of 5.8 to 6.5. This range prevents low substrate pH induced iron (Fe) and manganese (Mn) toxicities which occurs if the pH drifts lower than 5.5. Substrate pH values above 6.5 can also inhibit Fe availability.....

Cees Ammerlaan, Nunhems, on SEncere

"Providing both high production and high resistance"

The cucumber green mottle mosaic virus (CGMMV) is a big problem every year for many growers. Especially in summer and autumn the plants can have puckered and mottled leaves and affected fruit. At Nunhems they have a lot of confidence in the cucumber SEncere. Cees Ammerlaan: "The SEncere variety has shown a.....

During hottest month of the year:

Average temperatures in Indian state capitals

A map showing the mean temperature in Indian state capitals during the hottest month of the year. Click here for a larger image.

BIGH “Ferme Abattoir” in Anderlecht

Europe’s largest city farm built on rooftop in Brussels

The "Ferme Abattoir", the first city farm built by Building Integrated GreenHouses (BIGH), has opened on the roof of Foodmet, the new food hall of the Abattoir site in Anderlecht, Brussels. With around 2000 m2 of greenhouses for horticulture and aquaponics, and 2000 m2 open-field vegetable cultivation, they.....

Nutrient monitoring of pepper transplants

Peppers grown for transplant require very low levels of fertilization at <100 ppm N. Lower fertilization rates are desirable to limit stretch and maintain compact growth. However, inducing nutrient stress with excessively low nutrition can delay production and limit yield potential. Optimal substrate pH.....

‘Greenhouse of the Future’ with special solar glass coming to Netherlands

A ‘Greenhouse of the Future’ will soon be built on the Floriade site in Venlo. The greenhouse, made possible with various subsidies, will be energy and CO2 neutral and can even generate energy. To achieve this, the latest technological innovations in the field of Het Nieuwe Telen (Next Generation Cultivation).....

US (NC): N.C. Tomato Growers Association offering $1,000 scholarship

The N.C. Tomato Growers Association is offering a $1,000 merit/need-based scholarship for the 2018-2019 academic year. Any North Carolina resident who pursues a horticulture or agribusiness undergraduate or graduate degree at a four-year North Carolina college or university is eligible to apply. The deadline.....
Ed Hardy:

"Learning how to empower plants"

"UK growers may have heard of Next Generation Growing (NGG), but could be forgiven for not really knowing what it is. In essence, it refers to a set of growing techniques, developed in the Netherlands over the last decade or so, with the aim of empowering the plant – i.e. giving it what it needs (e.g. water,.....

Nutrient monitoring of tomato transplants

Tomato transplants require low levels of fertilization, growing optimally with 100 to 150 ppm N continuously to maximize growth. Lower fertilization rates of 50 to 75 ppm N are often used to manage growth because few plant growth regulator options are available. This requires careful management of nutrients.....

Video: How to calibrate a pH and EC meter

The pH and electrical conductivity (EC) of irrigation water, fertilizer solutions, and growing substrate can have profound effects on crop growth and development. A hand-held pH and EC meter is a convenient way to monitor your irrigation solution and rootzone. However, a measurement is only as good as the.....

Henk Gerichhausen cultivated tomatoes in China for more than a year:

"I mainly taught the Chinese how to look at plants"

Dutch grower Henk Gerichhausen spent more than a year travelling between the Netherlands and China in order to share his knowledge about tomato cultivation. Greenhouse horticulture is developing at a fast pace in the country. "The most modern greenhouses are being built in rapid succession," he says......

Annemieke Hendriks wrote a German book on tomatoes

"Misconceptions on fresh produce industry remain stubborn”

Some German and Austrian consumers still have funny ideas about tomatoes, Annemieke Hendriks discovered, and with her new book she hopes to spread more tomato awareness. When Annemieke released her Dutch book ‘The Tomato and the Bizarre World of Fresh Food’ in December 2016, the plans for a German-language.....

Effects of temperature on basil growth: some like it hot!

Philips researches all aspects that make up the ideal light recipe for a particular crop. But, did you know that we also study a much broader range of factors to come up with the ideal growth recipe? This means that besides LED growing lights, we look at climate, CO₂, nutrients and substrates to see.....

Turkey: Watermelon harvest about to start in greenhouses

The growers in Aksu district of Antalya is one of the most important areas for greenhouse production in Turkey and the growers are getting prepared for the first harvest of watermelons. As the weather was warmer throughout the entire year than usual compared to previous years, the watermelons will be.....

Dutch demo greenhouse in Myanmar

A Dutch consortium has built a 3,000 m² greenhouse in Myanmar, where Dutch systems and solutions for horticulture are demonstrated. The greenhouse is located in Heho, in the eastern Shan State of Myanmar. At this location, growers from the region receive training from Dutch horticultural experts. This.....

Small tomatoes on the rise

"Size matters, but taste is king"

The number of tomato varieties in supermarkets is increasing, but the tomatoes themselves seem to be getting smaller. Where does the urge for an increasingly smaller tomato come from? Three tomato specialists give an update on flavor and size. The Tomberry, the world's smallest tomatoWeightAccording to Jan.....

First snack tomatoes harvested at Zorgboederij Kwekerij Osdorp

The first Dutch snack tomatoes of this season were picked at Zorgboerderij Kwekerij Osdorp on April 17.Jørgen Vestjens, Director of VITAM Bedrijfscatering, brought three full crates of the tasty tomatoes to primary school Drie Koningen in De Meern. The fresh tomatoes were received with enthusiasm by the.....

India: Water problems force growers to switch to horticulture crops

A transition from agriculture to horticulture is happening in the districts of Tamil Nadu, with the rains being the cause. Vegetables, fruits and flowers are now favoured by farmers, where paddy and sugarcane ruled earlier. In the past two years, horticulture increased by 16.7 percent.Due to the erratic.....

"Investing in agriculture vital for Syria’s future"

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) has urged countries attending an international pledging conference for Syria to invest in agriculture as an engine of stabilization and recovery."Despite significant setbacks, agriculture continues to sustain almost half of the food supply in.....

US (FL): Strawberry growers hopeful about bee vectoring

Five notable Florida-based strawberry growers used BVT’s proprietary crop production system starting in late December 2017 through March 2018 across 13 fields and covering a total of over 170 acres. The objectives of the company’s work during this season were three-fold; to further validate the value.....

Australian winter plantings influenced by propagation

In the coming months the crop change will take place again. Reaching your goal with the next crop starts with a well prepared young plant that meets your specific wishes and demands. To prepare for a new season a technical discussion with your propagator about plant quality, specifications and logistics is.....

Tomatoes: Troubleshooting guide to nutritional disorders

Brian Whipker of North Carolina State University has published a photographic guide as an aid to commercial greenhouse growers, consultants, technicians, and students in identifying nutritional disorders of tomatoes. Additional disease and physiological photographs are provided for disorders which mimic.....

Substrate supplier focuses on the rapid rise of city farming

Development of substrates for multilayer cultivation in high-tech phytotrons

Nijssen recently provided BVB Substrates with two phytotrons and a semi-closed greenhouse in the newly constructed research facility in De Lier. The substrate supplier is reacting to the rapid rise of city farming.In the high-tech phytotrons, substrates for multilayer cultivation are being developed......

US (NC): Recent storms may impact North Carolina strawberry crops

The recent storms, moving through eastern North Carolina, could have lasting impacts on strawberry crops. The strawberry season hits its peak between mid-April and May, and farmers say fluctuating temperatures and heavy rainfall are known to be the determining factor in the success of crops.Now is the.....