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by Christopher J Currey

Not-so purple basil

Purple basil is a unique culinary herb with a unique appearance in addition to great flavor. However, during the winter and early spring the purple coloration can diminish during production. This e-GRO Edible Alert will focus on how to improve the appearance of purple basil.by Christopher J Currey -.....

Lighting the way in your greenhouse

While light plays an important role in growing all crops, it is particularly important to greenhouse growers, says Dustin Morton, commercial horticulture specialist with Alberta Agriculture and Forestry.“If you are a greenhouse grower, light can affect your crops in terms of flowering, fruiting, branching,.....

Seminar video:

Growing berries in northern Europe

If you missed the recent seminar at Cornell University's Horticulture Section, titled "Growing berries in northern Europe" with Pauliina Palonen, University of Helsinki, it is now available to watch online.Source: Cornell University

March 19, Ceresco

US (MI): Workshop vegetable transplant production success

Join Michigan Farmer Field School for this full-day workshop at one of Michigan's oldest and largest diverse organic vegetable farms, Cinzori Farm, for a look at their strategies for large-scale transplant production as they grow transplants for more than 70 acres of vegetables. Denae Friedheim will also.....

March 9, Petersburg

US (VA): Berry health focus of VSU conference

Virginia State University’s College of Agriculture has scheduled its ninth annual Berry Production and Marketing Conference on March 9 from 8 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. in the Gateway Dining Hall on campus.Keynote speaker Dr. Britt Burton will discuss berry health. She is director of the Illinois Institute of.....

US (TX): University research to boost spinach industry

Research at the Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center in Uvalde could help re-establish the Texas Winter Garden as one of the premiere areas for spinach production, including organic production, in the U.S.Spinach production in the Texas Winter Garden area has grown, but overall production is.....

"We should double food production by 2050"... a misleading claim?

"Food production must double by 2050 to feed the world's growing population." This truism has been repeated so often in recent years that it has become widely accepted among academics, policymakers and farmers, but now researchers are challenging this assertion and suggesting a new vision for the future of.....

Vifra introduces professional 'plug and play' humidity control solution

Dehumidification systems are gaining ground in the greenhouse industry. Vifra's answer to this trend is the new series of V-Dry dehumidification units. The small, lightweight units claim to be more flexible and adaptable to any kind of situation.For many years now, Italian engineering company Vifra is known.....

by Neil Mattson for e-Gro

Watch out for low light on leafy green seedlings

Are your leafy greens and herb seedlings looking excessively tall and spindly? The problem may very well be lack of adequate light. This is a common problem in greenhouse production during the dark, winter months. The problem is also found for those starting seedlings in indoor locations (i.e. sole source.....

March 1-29

Veggie Farming webinar: From season-long care to harvest

This five-week course online (BF121) on Wednesday evenings in March covers vegetable production from transplanting to harvest, including information on in-season fertility, integrated pest management, weed control options, harvesting strategies, and tips for marketing your products.Designed for aspiring.....

UK: Vaccinium Symposium report for blueberry growers

This report offers blueberry growers a summary of the information presented at the 11th International Vaccinium Symposium 2016.Dan Chiuian from FAST attended the event and produced this summary of information for UK blueberry growers. The Vaccinium Symposium was organised by the International Society for.....

Netherlands: Two million euros for precision farming

The Netherlands will get a National Testing Ground for Precision Farming where the latest inventions, prototypes and technologies can actually be tested and developed further. Secretary of State for Economic Affairs Van Dam assigns an amount of over EUR 2 million for four years for the first phase of the.....

March 29, West Lafayette

US (IN): Purdue to host first hydroponic lettuce production workshop

Purdue University’s horticulture department will host its first ever hydroponic lettuce production workshop on March 29 from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. to provide lettuce producers with the tools they need to increase the productivity of their operations.The workshop is free and open to the public. It will be.....

Plant cuttings take off into space

The first school experiment to test if plant cuttings build roots in zero gravity has been sent to the International Space Station (ISS). The trial, designed by Maria Koch, Raphael Schilling and David Geray - three students from an agricultural high school in Ravensburg, Germany - left Kennedy Space Center.....

Chile: Avocados in greenhouses

The avocado requires a subtropical climate with a mild winter with no frosts to develop. In Chile, there are few areas with these characteristics and many of them have scarce water resources. The avocado industry is interested in growing, but not having land suitable to grow avocados is a major constraint to.....

"LED lighting profitable in strawberry cultivation"

Lemnis Oreon contributed to several cyclic lighting experiments at ‘Proefstation Hoogstraten’ in Belgium. After these experiments, in 2013, a Belgian strawberry grower chose the water-cooled Oreon Grow Lights on a commercial scale for assimilation lighting. The 3rd lighting season has started and so far the.....

January 31, Bridgewater and Bordentown

US (NJ): Rutgers workshop on high tunnel winter lettuce

Rutgers Cooperative Extension is continuing its Ultra-Niche Crop series in 2017 with the workshop “High Tunnel Winter Lettuce.” This workshop, the third class in the Ultra-Niche agricultural series for farmers seeking new crop opportunities, will take place on Tuesday, January 31, 2017 from 5:30 to 8 p.m......

practical tips

Peppers can be grown without minimum pipe

A Dutch trial on Next Generation Growing has shown it's possible to grow 34 kg/m2 peppers using 16.8 m3 gas. "I was very skeptical about the goals set in advance, but we cleared those amply," says Stefan Hendriks of Delphy. "The trial showed we can grow without minimum pipe. For everyday practice this step.....

How to decipher heat loss and greenhouse R-value

Hundreds of new small farmers are entering the industry every year, each serving a unique community and solving unique problems. Many of those problems are related to energy – the lack of it, the need for more sustainable sources, and the need for more energy-efficient growing systems. Some farmers have.....

Ensuring crop pollination in US specialty crops

This webinar series will provide an overview of pollination requirements and strategies to ensure pollination of different specialty crops. Farmers and gardeners rely on crop pollinators, including honey bees, alternative managed bees like the blue orchard bee, and wild bees.Pollination experts will discuss.....

China: Production of Guangxi Luffa heading to next level

"At present, the Luffas (or loofahs) of Dahua county are manufactured into a juice that can be used for skincare products, shampoo, body wash and other similar products. It is sold to Beijing, Shanghai, Canton, Hainan and other places. It is even sold abroad to Thailand, Malaysia, Brazil, Spain and other.....

India: Water management helps growers in Krishnagiri

Constructing water storage structures near poly greenhouses has helped horticulture farmers meet the water requirements at this time of water crisis, thanks to a Mission for Integrated Development of Horticulture (MIDH) scheme.Krishnagiri district is blessed with conducive agro climatic conditions to.....

DIY Aquaponics Presentation from NCRAC

On the blog of Canadian Aquaponics, a handy webinar presentation can be found from the North Central Regional Aquaculture Center. Click here to go see the video and slides.

Icicles from overhead power lines damages Belgian greenhouses

Belgian lettuce grower Paul Adriaenssens doesn’t know about iceberg lettuce, but he certainly doesn’t want to know about icicles. Last weekend his greenhouse was pierced by icicles that slid off high voltage transmission towers. Now the question is who will be paying for the damage."Due to food safety.....

UF/IFAS researchers:

US: Potential market for locally grown Asian vegetables

Asian-Americans in three East Coast states, including Florida, yearn for more of their native vegetables, and those crops can be grown in the East, say two University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences researchers. Gene McAvoy, a UF/IFAS Extension vegetable specialist, and Shouan.....

March 1 - April 3

Season Extension with High Tunnels online course

The Northeast Beginning Farmers Project is offering Season Extension with High Tunnels as one of its online courses this season.The six-week course runs from March 1 to April 3 under the tutelage of co-instructors:Jud Reid, regional vegetable specialist with the CCE Cornell Vegetable Program.Crystal Stewart,.....

February and March

New Greenhouse & High Tunnel IPM webinars at Cornell

Cornell will be holding a series of short webinars on Greenhouse/High Tunnel Vegetable IPM on Thursdays from 12-1 in February and March. The intent is for each topic to be briefly covered and then followed by discussion:Feb 2: Introduction to the projectFeb 9 and Feb 16: Basics of light, water fertility,.....

Low tunnels reduce diseases on strawberries

The TunnelBerries research site at the University of Minnesota in St. Paul experienced a very wet summer which contributed to a high degree of infection by anthracnose and other diseases (see the image below). Graduate student Heidi Anderson observes that disease incidence appears to be lower in strawberries.....

Effects of grafting on nutritional quality of field tomatoes

In a new study, the effects of grafting with interspecific hybrid rootstocks on field-grown tomato fruit quality were evaluated over a 2-year period. Fruit quality attributes from determinate ‘Florida 47’ tomato plants grafted onto either ‘Beaufort’ or ‘Multifort’ rootstocks were compared with those from.....

AHDB and STC are lighting the way for LEDs

Research at the Stockbridge Technology Centre (STC), funded by AHDB Horticulture, has shown that by adjusting the quantity and quality of LED lighting, improvements in both the yields and the quality of ornamentals and other crops can be achieved. This demonstrates that the benefits of growing with LEDs goes.....

US (NY): 2017 Cornell Vegetable Guidelines available

The 2017 edition of the Cornell Integrated Crop and Pest Management Guidelines for Commercial Vegetable Production is now available. This annual publication provides up-to-date vegetable crop production information for New York State. It is designed as a practical guide for vegetable crop producers, crop.....

Soil health for a stronger planet

Professor Claudia Wagner-Riddle is an agrometeorologist in the School of Environmental Sciences at the University of Guelph and a lead researcher of the Soil Health Interpretive Centre in Elora, Ontario. Professor Wagner-Riddle gives insight to the vital importance of soil health to Ontario and the globe.How.....

Bejo reaps investments in organic seed

"We’re seeing that organic seed is a huge growth market, both in and outside the Netherlands," says Robert Schilder from Bejo. "Led, in fact, by supermarkets and government, which both encourage it. They want plant protection product residues to be as low as possible." Organic cultivation nowadays more and.....

US (CA): Scientists test solutions for energy-efficient grow houses

If Colorado’s experience is any indication, energy use is expected to spike with the recent legalization of recreational marijuana in California, much as it did when data centers sprang up throughout the state.For example, just two years after Colorado legalized recreational marijuana in 2012, grow houses.....

Dutch strawberry grower Royal Berry expands to 40 hectares

Dutch strawberry grower Royal Berry will be expanding its acreage in the Bergerden area to a total of 40 hectare. On this acreage strawberries are grown in both tunnels and greenhouses. Grower Jan van Genderen hopes to have the new glass ready by the end of August this year. Jan van Genderen: "With this.....

Soil Health Research Landscape tool launches

The Soil Health Institute (SHI) announced the release of the Soil Health Research Landscape tool. The online library and search engine will be a resource for agricultural and environmental scientists, industry leaders, agricultural producers, conservation policy makers, agricultural journalists, and others.....

EDEN ISS:

How to cultivate vegetables in space?

Within the EU project EDEN ISS, the business unit Greenhouse Horticulture of Wageningen University & Research has the task of selecting the right crops to grow in small volumes on the International Space Station (ISS).The plant selection procedure has already taken place, a selection that was based on.....

Precision Growing delivers sustainability

Andrew Lee, Technical Services Manager at Grodan explains the company’s philosophy on Precision Growing and gives examples of how this is enabling greenhouse growers to produce crops more sustainably. Most people will be familiar with Precision Agriculture, a farm management concept with the goal of.....

UNH research:

Limited sign of soil adaptation to climate warming

While scientists and policy experts debate the impacts of global warming, the Earth’s soil is releasing roughly nine times more carbon dioxide to the atmosphere than all human activities combined. This huge carbon flux from soil, which is due to the natural respiration of soil microbes and plant roots, begs.....

Substrate trials help growers avoid propagation-related issues

Substrate trials in Hort Americas’ research greenhouse are looking at conventional and organic propagation substrates along with different irrigation strategies for producing healthy starter plugs for hydroponic production systems.by David Kuack Hort Americas has retrofitted a 12,000-square-foot greenhouse.....

Canada could see locally grown okra soon

With the growing international population in Canada, it is also seeing a rise in demand for produce not conventionally grown by farmers in the country. One such vegetable which some researchers see promise in for Canadian cultivation is okra.Over six million kilograms of okra is imported into Canada every.....

Israeli AgriTask platform spreading its wings

About 1,000 farmers in Israel, Brazil, Peru, Colombia, Mexico, Kenya and Thailand are reporting up to 40 percent reduced use of pesticides and improved fieldworker efficiency due to a crowdsourcing platform called AgriTask.It’s like a smart one-stop shop for agricultural technologies and best-practices.....