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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.....

better understanding of bio-pesticide and biological control options:

US (AR): High tunnels found to increase berry production

A University of Arkansas study has found that using high tunnels in berry production can increase yields, extend the harvest season, and improve fruit quality compared to field production. However, care must be taken to manage pests.In the Southern Sustainable Agriculture Research & Education.....

Using real-time satellite data to track water productivity in agriculture

Measuring how efficiently water is used in agriculture, particularly in water-scarce countries, is going high-tech with the help of a new tool developed by FAO.The WaPOR open-access database has gone live, tapping satellite data to help farmers achieve more reliable agricultural yields and allowing for the.....

Drip irrigation transforms farming in Kenya's arid regions

A low cost technology that uses plastic linings to cover top soil has come to the rescue of farmers in Kenya's drought-prone arid and semi arid counties.The technology which has been piloted in dry parts of Taita Taveta County in the coast region will help farmers incur fewer expenses while irrigating.....

India: Hi-tech mushroom centre to be functional by May

An integrated mushroom development and training centre will be functional at Lalmandi Srinagar next month.Director Agriculture Kashmir, Showkat Ahmad Beigh who visited the facility on Saturday said that the centre will provide training and demonstration to the unemployed youth and other agriculture related.....

Vietnam: Hi-tech ag projects to get more support

The Vietnamese Ministry of Planning and Investment has drafted a Decree on encouraging businesses investing in agriculture and rural areas, which proposes assistance in investment in agriculture applying high technology, training human resources and developing consumption market.Vegetables production with.....

US (NC): Phosphate discovery could increase plant yield

Scientists at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill have pinpointed a key genetic switch that helps soil bacteria living on and inside a plant’s roots harvest a vital nutrient with limited global supply. The nutrient, phosphate, makes it to the plant’s roots, helping the plant increase its.....

Seminar video

Cover crop and weed management in a living mulch system

If you missed Monday’s Horticulture Section seminar Cover crop and weed management in a living mulch system for vegetables with Vinay Bhaskar, Graduate Field of Horticulture, it is available online.Source: Cornell University

Saffron growers look to get a foothold in the US

As spring crocus blooms approach, some growers have visions of a fall-flowering crocus that produces saffron, the world's most valuable spice.University of Vermont researchers have been raising the exotic spice now grown primarily in Iran and are encouraging growers to tap into what they hope will be a cash.....

What are the best crops for raft systems?

So you’re starting a farm. You’ve got a basic business plan, a mentor to help you, and a growing facility. You’re not entirely sure what crops to plant in your raft system (deep water cultivation system), but you’ve got some ideas.To help you make those decisions, Upstart University put together a.....

Nursery de Kreek: back to cucumbers

"You just can’t compete with 90 hectares of peppers"

Normally about now the first peppers would be harvested in Nursery de Kreek in 's-Gravendeel, the Netherlands. However, this year grower Kees de Kreek has already been harvesting for three weeks. In recent years he saw the acreage of peppers increasing and decided to make the right switch. A switch to.....

Genetic key to salt-tolerance discovered in tilapia fish

Most fish live either in freshwater or saltwater, but others, including tilapia, have the remarkable ability to physiologically adjust to varying salinity levels.To better understand such environmental flexibility, researchers at the University of California, Davis, have now identified short DNA segments in.....

Dutch project shows South Africa new ways to grow

On Thursday the 9th of March 2017, certificates have been issued to the partners of the Gauteng Capacity Building project. This project, made possible by the Dutch Embassy in Pretoria and the RVO, the Netherlands Enterprise Agency, has created new ways of training and education in agriculture in Gauteng.....

Would you let your plants control your light?

Given increasing consumer demand for fresh produce year-round, a grower’s initial investment in supplemental LED lighting is quickly offset by accelerated harvests, smarter energy consumption and a uniform, quality yield day in and day out.On the heels of their webinar on dynamic greenhouse lighting,.....

NSAC:

"Future of farming depends on research"

What does the future of agriculture look like? To the extent that many consumers think about this issue it is only a few months at a time – we may be wistfully thinking of that time in spring when asparagus is at its peak, or wondering how the price of milk or eggs may be changing as the economy.....

Why a German lab is growing tomatoes in urine

A fish tank brimming with urine is the first thing you see when you enter Jens Hauslage’s cramped office at the German space agency, DLR, near Cologne. It sits on a shelf by his desk, surrounded by the usual academic clutter of books, charts and scientific papers.Rising from the centre of the tank are two.....

UK: AHDB publishes new water abstraction survey

A new report has been published based on the results from AHDB's water abstraction survey, to help inform future research and development in the light of forthcoming DEFRA licensing reforms.The survey, conducted during 2016 by consultancy Ricardo Energy and Environment which attracted around 600 responses,.....

White paper: Optimizing high-wire cucumber cultivation

What is high-wire cultivation of cucumbers all about? What are the advantages and disadvantages? And how can growers make sure the process is at its most efficient? The answers to these questions can be found in vegetable seed specialist Bayer's white paper on the high-wire cultivation of long cucumbers......

New app helps growers share information on vegetable performance

A new app that will be released March 20 by University of Alaska Fairbanks Cooperative Extension is designed to help growers save and share information about how vegetable varieties perform in different locations.Farmers and gardeners can use the app to rate varieties in terms of taste, yield, and how easy.....

Learn the latest about lighting

Helping growers learn about the latest advancements in supplemental, photoperiodic, and sole-source horticulture lighting and making the best decisions for their plants and business.Learn from Michigan State University (MSU) leading lighting experts and researchers Erik Runkle, PhD, and Roberto Lopez, PhD,.....

US (IL): Learn small farming skills from your desk

Even in the dead of winter, you can learn to raise strawberries, microgreens, and cut flowers.“Your fields and gardens may be snowed over, but it is the perfect time to develop your skills in small farming and local food production,” says Andy Larson, a University of Illinois Extension local food systems and.....

Tips for producing basil transplants from seeds

Begin by using fresh seeds. If using leftover seeds from the previous year, test for germination first. Place a specific number of seeds, such as 10, 50 or 100 on a moistened paper towel. Fold the moistened paper over the seeds and put it in a plastic bag in a warm place. Take the paper towel out and inspect.....

Canada: Watch OMAFRA seminar on greenhouse heating, lighting & IPM

VIDEO Cara McCreary of OMAFRA presents the seminar Greenhouse Heating and Lighting and Integrated Pest Management. Watch this free lecture, and if you would like to learn more about aquaponics and aquaculture visit www.noafisheries.caKeep an eye on the Noa Fisheries YouTube channel for more.

August 14-19

Greenhouse horticulture course comes to Beijing

In cooperation with the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences (CAAS) the Horticulture and Product Physiology group (HPP) and Wageningen Plant Research are organizing a course on Greenhouse Horticulture in Beijing from 14-19 August 2017. The course will be given to Chinese participants in the week before.....

Rising CO2 may not improve agriculture

Although many people have argued that rising carbon dioxide levels would benefit crop production, a recent model of the effects of increased CO2 shows that it's not that simple and that elevated levels could have a much less positive effect on plant photosynthesis than previously predicted.Purdue University.....

Potatoes on Mars?

The International Potato Center (CIP) launched a series of experiments to discover if potatoes can grow under Mars atmospheric conditions and thereby prove they are also able to grow in extreme climates on Earth. This Phase Two effort of CIP's proof of concept experiment to grow potatoes in simulated Martian.....

US (VT): Course on berry growing in cold climates

A Vermont Tech course will look at growing small fruits in cold regions and how to be successful, from the homestead level to a full-fledged commercial operation. The course emphasizes sustainable and systems wide approaches.Species will include blueberries, raspberries, currants, gooseberry, brambles,.....

Delphy shares results of 100% LED trial with Juanita growers

This year at Delphy Improvement Centre in Bleiswijk, The Netherlands, the cherry vine tomato of the ‘Juanita’ variety is grown in a trial department with 100% LED lighting (210 μmol./m2.s, with 50% interlighting and 50% top lighting). In collaboration with project financers De Ruiter, Saint-Gobain.....

A closer look at tobacco greenhouse production

"A successful tobacco season begins in the greenhouse and transplant production is off to a good start this season," writes Della King, extension agent with the Sampson County Cooperative Center. "With this in mind, cold injury is a common occurrence when growing transplants during the winter in a.....

April 4, 2017

US (MS): Commercial strawberry production field day

Mississippi State University and the Alliance for Sustainable Agricultural Production present this free day-long event at MAFES Truck Crops Branch Experiment Station.Major activities will include presentations and demonstrations on strawberry culture and management; and tools to extend fruit and vegetable.....

Spring is high time for high tunnels

It is high tunnel season, and the most exciting time of the year. Starting early crops in a high tunnel can prepare you for early markets, when many seasonal growers will be strapped for produce. Plus, getting your hands in the dirt always helps get rid of those winter blues. With spring just around the.....

Depth and duration of flooding affects subirrigated bell pepper

In containerized crop production, subirrigation is an attractive solution to reduce excessive water runoff and nutrient loss. However, this irrigation method is mainly used for the cultivation of containerized ornamental plants, with limited research on the cultivation of vegetable species.Researchers.....
April 3-4, Urbana

US (IL): Commercial agriculture in the tropical environments

The tropics contain some of the most important biomes for managing a variety of environmental challenges from biodiversity to climate change. But at the same time, agricultural expansion in South America shows that the tropics can be highly productive in terms of grain production. Additionally, agricultural.....

webinar, March 30

Using biofungicides, biostimulants & biofertilizers to boost productivity

Join eOrganic for a webinar on biofungicides, biostimulants, and biofertilizers. This webinar takes place on Thursday, March 30, 2017 at 2PM Eastern Time, 1PM Central, 12PM Mountain, and 11AM Pacific Time. It's free and open to the public and advance registration is required.Presenters are Giuseppe Colla of.....

UK: Important steps to tackle tomato root mat disease

In the UK, a new diagnostic technique has been developed to identify tomato root mat disease infection in young tomato plants, enabling growers to respond before symptoms become severe.Root mat disease now affects almost nine out of 10 tomato nurseries in the UK and AHDB Horticulture is taking important.....

New review on molecular interactions of grafting

Plant grafting is a vegetative propagation technique that is widely used within horticulture to improve plant traits. The technique connects two severed plant segments together – the scion and rootstock – to form a new plant after wound healing. Grafting can significantly alter the phenotype of the plant,.....

Dutch breakthrough in saline agriculture

Dutch researchers have found a way of cultivating specific crops on salinised agricultural soil which had previously been written off. This is a genuine innovation as food production on salinised soil had always been considered impossible. Specific varieties of potatoes, carrots, red onions, white cabbage.....

US (PA): New facility for Penn State mushroom research

New construction and renovations are giving a boost to Penn State research and extension programming related to mushrooms, one of Pennsylvania's top agricultural crops.The College of Agricultural Sciences at Penn State has a rich history of mushroom programs, dating to the early 1900s. The growth of these.....

March 27 & 28, Concord / Greensboro

US (NC): Using high tunnels for season extension

The Center for Environmental Farming Systems and others are offering these workshops where participants will be equipped with the knowledge to increase their high tunnel production efficiency through proper management techniques.The March 27 workshop features high tunnel production, transplant production,.....

Water: Just another throw-away commodity?

During a recent study tour to Belgium and the Netherlands, GrowSave's Ed learnt how irrigation practices differ between UK growers and our European neighbours.Changes to legislation in the Netherlands have meant growers have had to alter their approach to irrigation and water recycling. For environmental.....

July 3-4, Cape Town

South Africa: Farming with Aquaponics Workshop

At the Farming with Aquaponics Workshop Cape Town 2017, attendees will get an opportunity to get their questions answered in Aquaponic system management and crisis response by an international Aquaponics expert.Topics in discussionAquaponic microbiologyAquaponic Techniques and DesignResponding to the system:.....

US (TX): Youth learn about the importance of pollinators

St. John Berchmans Catholic School students in San Antonio learned about the importance of pollinators at the Feed a Bee Planting Event presented Feb. 27 by Bayer in collaboration with National 4-H and the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service in Bexar County.St. John Berchmans students get ready for the.....

US: Complying with the revised Worker Protection Standard

In 2015, EPA revised the Agricultural WPS originally enacted in 1992 to increase protections and reduce risks for agricultural employees and their families exposed to pesticides on farms, in forests, greenhouses and nurseries. This brief introduction will help determine if you fall under the revised WPS.....