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Philippines: Research agency promoting hydroponics for cash crops

The Bureau of Agricultural Research (BAR), an agency attached to the Department of Agriculture of the Philippines, is promoting hydroponics as a viable method to grow high-value or cash crops.BAR held the first seminar to promote hydroponics on Tuesday in San Carlos City, Pangasinan, that was attended by.....

Thailand: Sugarcane grower looking to test greenhouse cultivation

An advanced Asian sugar industry company is considering using smart greenhouse technology. Sugarcane seedlings would be grown in greenhouses across the region, meaning a significant production step of Southeast Asia's major crop is conducted indoors and would have significant advantages with smart climate.....

Dynamic carbohydrate supply and demand model of vegetative growth

Predicting the growth response of seedlings from the environmental responses of photosynthesis and metabolism may be improved by considering the dynamics of non-structural carbohydrate (NSC) over a diurnal cycle. Attenuation of growth metabolism when NSC content is low could explain why some NSC is conserved.....

US (MI): "Be on the lookout for spider mites and broad mites"

Fungal and bacterial disease pressure has been very low in southwest Michigan and it appears to be the same throughout the west central and eastern sides of the state as well. However, Michigan State University Extension greenhouse educators have seen symptoms of root rot on vegetative cuttings in several.....

Pakistan: Need for modern technology use in agriculture stressed

Use of modern techniques and technologies in agriculture is the need of the hour which carries equal significance for both the businessmen and the men of science and technology in Pakistan.That was the upshot of the speeches delivered at a seminar on 'High Value Agriculture' held at Lahore Chamber of.....
Western U.S.

Utah working on improving specialty crop production

According to a study by Envision Utah, this Western US state imports 98% of the vegetables and 96% of the fruit the state consumes. Although Utah is one of the top producers of tart cherries in America, that’s the only specialty crop the state is known for. Lu Ann Adams, commissioner of the Utah Department.....

Vietnam: Hi-tech methods raise production value of farm produce

The production value per hectare of land in HCM City reached VND450 million (US$19,736) last year, an increase of 10.9 per cent compared to 2016, largely due to hi-tech methods, according to the city’s Department of Agriculture and Rural Development.The growth in the city’s total agricultural production.....

'Winter garlic' has been growing in importance for several years

Start of the wild garlic season along the Danube

For the specialized farmers, the harvest season in the wild garlic area is just around the corner. The first lots have already been harvested and are of a satisfactory quality, producers say. Although the product has been used mainly as an additive in Austrian pastry shops and other restaurants, the overall.....

Nigeria: Pastor promotes hydroponic vegetable production

An Associate Pastor with Winners’ Chapel in Ogun State, Debo Onafowora, is promoting vegetables production through soilless agriculture, The Nation reports.He called on those living in Lagos and Abuja not to allow the scarcity of land as well as its exorbitant cost deter them from big-time farming as they.....

Feeding the world with a bionic leaf

Postdoctoral fellow Kelsey Sakimoto of the Harvard University Center for the Environment is working with chemist Daniel Nocera and synthetic biologist Pamela Silver to tune Nocera and Silver’s “bionic leaf” to help forge a new era of distributed agriculture, beneficial even to subsistence farmers far from.....

Germany: A varied range of products for LED plant lighting

LED plant lighting has been discussed for many years. LED lighting offers benefits such that the light spectrum can be set to suit the desired production aim. For energy efficiency reasons LED can provide stronger light for the same power input. Many solutions allow this change in lighting systems without.....

Delphy lighting tests

LED-cultivated raspberries harvested

The first raspberries, which since November have been able to grow under LED lighting at the Improvement Center Delphy in Bleiswijk, have been harvested. Delphy has started a trial in which both blackberries and raspberries are cultivated under LED lamps to speed up ripening and to increase.....

Fixing Food: The Mediterranean Region

Fixing Food: The Mediterranean Region is an Economist Intelligence Unit report investigating food sustainability issues in the Mediterranean in the context of the various social, economic and environmental challenges confronting the region.Fixing Food: The Mediterranean Region investigates food.....

Autogrow opens virtual innovation community

Autogrow has opened a virtual agtech and science lab and are inviting indoor ag developers, growers and enthusiasts to join in building a dynamic and innovative community.Following on from the launch of their Jelly SDK, APIs and Autogrow Cloud platform last year, the Autogrow Lab was set up as a.....

Phosphate detection in hydroponics using molecularly imprinted sensors

In a new study from the University of Manchester, an interdigitated electrode sensor was designed and microfabricated for measuring the changes in the capacitance of three phosphate selective molecularly imprinted polymer (MIP) formulations, in order to provide hydroponics users with a portable nutrient.....

Essential plant elements

The 17 Essential Plant Elements include nitrogen, phosphorus, potassium, calcium, magnesium, sulfur, boron, chlorine, iron, manganese, zinc, copper, molybdenum, and nickel. The non-mineral essential plant elements include hydrogen, oxygen, and carbon. These are either taken up as a gas or water. There are 4.....

Germany: Below average harvest of vegetables

Supermarket vegetable counters do not really show it, but harvested quantities of tomatoes, carrots, salad and such were below the long-term averages almost across the board. This is reported by the Landvolk-Pressedienst, referring to data from the Federal Committee for Fruit and Vegetables (BOG). In the.....

Italy: Bad weather affects bergamot and tomatoes in Calabria

Coldiretti Reggio Calabria reported that strong winds and storms have hit the Ionian coast of the Reggio Calabria province for over 22 hours on 3rd and 4th January 2018. Surveys are underway to assess the damage.The municipalities of Bianco, Africo, Brancaleone, Palizzi, Bova, Bova Marina, Condofuri, San.....

webinar, January 25

Realize a more active plant climate by use of climate screens

After the previous three webinars of the Hoogendoorn and Partners Webinar Series on ‘Next Generation Growing’, the next free webinar ‘Energy balance’ will be organized with Svensson on Thursday, January 25, 2018.This 60-minute webinar is the 4th and last webinar of the Hoogendoorn and Partners Webinar Series.....

India: Running water grows flowers in aquaponics operation

Arkaprabha Das and Subhadip Mitra have introduced aquaponics on a plot near Canal More under Kharia panchayat of Jalpaiguri Sadar block, 8km from the town.With assistance provided by the Fish Farmers' Development Agency and the district administration, they have come up with the project.They have dug four.....

What in your irrigation water affects your media pH?

The media pH of your crop can affect the overall health and quality of your crop. If the pH of the media is not within an acceptable range for the crop you’re growing you may experience deficiencies or phytotoxicity depending on the crop and the macro or micronutrients affected. "Often times I hear the.....

E-logs for trucks expected to affect prices

Tomato growers in Mexico enjoying warm conditions

Tomato production in Mexico continues at strong levels, thanks to favorable weather conditions. Although cold weather has affected parts of Mexico in recent weeks, the major tomato growing district at this time of year is centered in the north-west of the country which is currently enjoying sunny and warm.....

February 7-14, Wageningen

NL: Lighting in greenhouses and vertical farms

Do you want to improve the use of LED lighting in greenhouse production or vertical farming? Would you like to know how to reduce energy use and carbon foot print, how to improve production, or how to improve quality? Do you want to understand the different characteristics of light and how they affect.....

US: Five things to consider while gearing up for spring 2018

One of the great things about working in agriculture is that every season is different. Variation abounds in nature! This could be no more evident than to people who work with plants and animals for a living. Even in a greenhouse, where we try to control everything, nature still has plenty of ways to keep us.....

Kenya: Tomato farmers cautioned over rising temperatures

Tomato farmers in Maai Mahiu Nakuru county have been asked to brace themselves for adverse effects on their crops with regards to the anticipated rising temperatures. Speaking in Maai Mahiu on Tuesday, the sub-county field extension officer Elizabeth Njoki warned that tomato farmers may suffer setbacks due.....
University of Florida:

Web tool helps South Carolina, Florida strawberry growers

According to a new University of Florida study, strawberry growers in Florida and South Carolina are reaping the benefits of a UF/IFAS web-based system designed to ward off two deadly pathogens.The tool, known as the Strawberry Advisory System, uses data such as temperature and leaf wetness to tell growers.....

Australia: "Freshcare initiative to bear fruit in 2018"

Growers will be able to clearly demonstrate their compliance with workplace legislation when third party audited Freshcare certification becomes available under Growcom’s Fair Farms Initiative in 2018.The national initiative, which Growcom launched in partnership with Freshcare and the Fair Work Ombudsman in.....

NL: Rijk Zwaan extends Trial Center Tomato with lit greenhouse

The Rijk Zwaan Trial Center Tomato in Kwintsheul (NL) has been extended with the addition of a 3,500 m2 greenhouse for lit tomato cultivation. By testing how 51 different tomato varieties perform under hybrid lighting, the vegetable breeding company is responding to the rising trend towards lit cultivation.....

UK: Farming for the next generation

Secretary of State Michael Gove set out his vision on the future of the British farming industry in a speech at the Oxford Farming Conference 2018."For anyone wondering what the focus of this year’s Oxford Farming Conference might be, it was The Archers provided an answer just before Christmas.Brian Aldridge.....

How to reduce overwatering of growing media

Water is essential for plant growth and development. Water is used by plants for transpiration (to lower leaf temperature), it acts as a solvent, it is involved in chemical reactions like photosynthesis, and it transports nutrients through the plant. The purpose of watering a plant is to replenish the water.....

Mild winter keeps western US spinach production strong

Spinach production in the United States remains strong thanks to mild weather so far during the winter months. Temperatures have remained above average with very little in the way of cold weather. This has ensured good growing conditions and growers are seeing a steady supply, with expectations for that to.....

Ginger and Turmeric as greenhouse crops

M.S. candidate Sofia Flores Vivar at the University of Florida, under the supervision of Dr. Rosanna Freyre and Dr. Paul Fisher, is researching the potential of ginger and turmeric as new container-grown crops.Ginger and turmeric have multiple uses, including food, medicinal, beverage, and ornamental. They.....

"Productivity revolution needed in British agriculture"

A revolution in agricultural productivity is needed, according to a new AHDB paper published on the eve of the Oxford Farming Conference 2018.Currently, Britain is falling significantly behind major competitor countries in the rate of growth in productivity – with pace-setters like the USA and the.....

Spain: 10% of transplanted strawberries had to be replaced in autumn due to heat

In the first part of the 2017/2018 strawberry campaign there have been some problems during the transplantation stage, as reported by the Prices and Markets Observatory of the Council of Agriculture of the Government of Andalusia. The autumnal heat wave has increased the planting costs, as it has been.....

Picking strawberries in Korea’s winter

As the snowy winter months arrive in Korea, fruit stalls on the streets and in the supermarkets are filled with strawberries and tangerines. These two winter fruits have become very popular with foreigners as well as Koreans. This is because of their extra sweet taste and tender texture. People can go pick.....

Buy local trend boosting Swedish cucumber production

2 January marked the start of the Swedish greenhouse cucumber season, with the first harvest from Thomas Andersson in Nyhamnsläge."The volume is initially 40-50 tonnes per week and then rises during the second half of February. The volume is enough to cover domestic demand and around 90,000 cucumbers will be.....

US: Cold and snow impacts strawberries and winter vegetables

Winter Storm Grayson delivered a rare snowfall event in Florida on Wednesday, with Tallahassee recording its first snowfall in almost 30 years. The storm brought ice and 3-4" of snow in some areas of far northern Florida as well as south-eastern Georgia - areas where snowfall is relatively rare. The snow.....

Qatari farms increase production by 100% amid blockade

Qatari farms have increased their production of fresh vegetables by 100% this winter compared to the same period last year, despite the unjust blockade on the country.“We expect more locally-produced vegetables to be available in the local market,” prominent Qatari agriculturist Nasser Ahmed al-Khalaf told.....

Advantages of potassium for aquaponics

Potassium (K+) is one of the most limited nutrients in aquaponics and the bulk of K+ must be added in the form of a supplemental compound to bring the concentration to adequate levels, even for lettuce production which requires relatively little K. When growing fruiting crops, particularly tomatoes,.....

How to identify a calcium deficiency in aquaponics

Calcium is one of the most important plant nutrients—in fact, there are some who argue that it should be one of the primary plant nutrients along with nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium. That said, it is one of the secondary macronutrients, along with magnesium and sulfur.Calcium occurs in aquaponic systems.....

Fruit growers in Kashmir facing hardships

Kashmir fruit growers and traders predict losses as the apple prices in the markets outside are dropping by 60 percent. The fruit growers claim the quality of the fruit hasn’t been good this season due to ‘unfavourable conditions’, including hailstorm and less rain in major apple producing districts.The.....

China: PE- and F-clean combination in 3.9 ha project

In the Chinese Anshun region a 3.9 hectare greenhouse project is currently being realised. In four segments: lettuce, strawberries, vegetables and young plants will be grown year round. For optimum climate control and energy use, the project is provided with several new tools as well as a partial coverage.....

UK: LettUs grow harvests aeroponic pea in half the time

December has proved the culmination of a great deal of work by Lettus Grow engineers, resulting in the deployment of their aeroponic hardware into local vertical farm, Grow Bristol. This means that the baton has now been passed to the "growing team" of biologists and environmental scientists to demonstrate.....

Mexico looks to high-tech 'agroparks' to drive agricultural future

Agropark resembles a small city. Its network of gravel roads weaves among a maze of 140 giant greenhouses (with 180 more yet to be built) bearing flashy logos. Eleven companies — 10 from Mexico and one from Holland — grow tomatoes, bell peppers and cucumbers inside the glass-walled buildings. Ninety-five.....

US (IN): Grants for hops and hydroponic lettuce

The Indiana State Department of Agriculture (ISDA) awarded more than $400,000 to six projects aimed at enhancing the competitiveness of Indiana's specialty crops, funded through USDA’s Specialty Crop Block Grant program. Specialty crops include fruits, vegetables, tree nuts, dried fruits, horticulture and.....

Study: diffuse light and pollination in tomato cultivation

Koppert commissioned a research report to enhance the knowledge of growers about pollination. A literature review was carried out to examine the effect of a diffuse greenhouse cover or a greenhouse cover with a different light spectrum on pollination and fruit setting in tomatoes. Information was also.....

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China: Vegetable production from up high

The Ministry of Agriculture of the People's Republic of China has shared some impressive-looking aerial shots of a vegetable production base at Zhongping Village of Xiangzhou Town in Tiandong County of Baise City, south China's Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region. To view the pictures, click here.

Netherlands and China:

Growing tomatoes in a Chinese Solar Greenhouse

Last spring, the experimental facilities of Wageningen University & Research, BU Greenhouse Horticulture in Bleiswijk were expanded with a genuine Chinese Solar Greenhouse. This passive greenhouse relies on solar radiation for its heating and it provides a minimally controlled growing environment. With.....

Dutch project kicks Cuban horticulture into gear

With the official commissioning of a horticultural greenhouse in Cuba, an important step has been taken in the agricultural development on the island. The Netherlands plays an important role in this project.by Jean Rummenie, agricultural council for Mexico and CubaDuring the visit of the previous Dutch.....