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NL: New cultivation application QMS Mushrooms

Delphy Mushrooms, Geurts Teelt BV and Widget Brain will develop a digital application to improve the cultivation of mushrooms in regard to quality and efficiency called: QMS Mushrooms (Quality Monitoring System Mushrooms).With the application QMS Mushrooms the project executives hope to cultivate a better.....

"Horticulture industry NZ needs to innovate or lose competitive advantage"

New Zealand's horticulture industry gets top dollars for its produce overseas. There are a number of reasons for this. One of the most important is that we deliver what the consumer wants and therefore, what the consumer will pay for.Equally important is that we are market leaders with our new varieties of.....

Few hundred acres of avocado trees impacted

US (CA): Growers set out to fully assess wildfire damage

As the remnants of half a dozen fires in Southern California remain, growers are looking ahead to assess the damage and see where they’ll go from here. “The fire has burned almost exclusively in the hills, so the effect has been mostly limited to rangeland and avocado orchards, which often are planted on.....

AU: Christmas fruit and berries ‘decimated’ by extreme storms in Victoria

Farms in Orange, New South Wales, and Yarra Valley, Victoria, were very heavily impacted following the extreme weather over the weekend. According to thenewdaily.com, about half of the crops of Christmas fruit in those regions were destroyed by the storms.The timing was awful, as many Australian farmers’.....

India: "Protected cultivation could double farmers’ incomes"

Agriculture in India is in crisis. Even in irrigated northwestern states, the dominant paddy-wheat cropping pattern is under strain due to plateauing yields and rising production costs. Some farmers have diversified into vegetable cultivation and floriculture. But their efforts have been stymied by.....

US (FL): Screen houses may help prevent grapefruit greening

Grapefruit grows better under screen houses than in unprotected groves because the indoor facilities keep out the insect that causes citrus greening, new University of Florida research shows.Protecting citrus from greening is essential, UF/IFAS researchers say. The disease, first detected in Florida in 2004,.....

India: Rainfall damage 90% strawberry plantations Mahabaleshwar

Unseasonal rainfall in India’s Mahabaleshwar region is impacting the strawberry crops. Rainfall over the past two days has caused significant damage to close to 90% strawberry plantations in their most important growth stage of fruiting. Both harvested strawberries and crops in the fields are falling prey to.....

India: Farming in the heart of a ‘dying’ city

If you have a terrace or a balcony, you can have a digital farm that you could track on your mobile. Woolly Farms, started mid last year as a research project in University of Virginia, are in town and they build urban, community farms. They rent/lease out your space (with a minimum of 500 sq ft) and set up.....

January 30-February 2, 2018

NL: Delphy organizes Short Course Growing Edible Mushrooms

Delphy Mushrooms presents their New Short Course: Growing Edible Mushrooms. During this course all aspects of growing with sterilized and pasteurized substrates will be dealt with. The courses will be directed by Niek de Ligt and Jan Gielen with guest lectures from experienced edible mushroom growers and.....

US (AZ): Yuma Area Ag Council enlightens officials about ag industry

County Commissioners, City Councilpersons, Mayors, City Managers and other officials from Yuma County will come together this week for a legislative dinner and tour hosted by the Yuma Area Agricultural Council (YAAC).Yuma County is the nation’s third largest vegetable producer. The success of agriculture in.....

UGA students head to NASA for high-tech agriculture internships

From the greenhouse to space

When the public thinks of NASA, the first images that come to mind are often rockets or satellites. In the future, images of greenhouses might also make the list.This spring, University of Georgia undergraduate students Ruqayah Bhuiyan and Niki Padgett will head to the Kennedy Space Center in Florida for.....

6 things you need to know about potassium in aquaponics

When it comes to interesting (and frustrating) nutrients in aquaponic systems, potassium takes the cake. Potassium is the most commonly deficient nutrient by far (9 out of 10 are a potassium deficiency). But that’s not all—potassium also has a complicated relationship with other nutrients in the system,.....

UK: Inventor wins UN award for hydroponic growbag

Young British inventor Adam Dixon has won the UK’s inaugural Young Champion of the Earth prize for his horticultural innovation to tackle food insecurity and habitat loss.Adam, 25, who graduated from Cardiff University’s School of Engineering in 2015, has developed Phytoponics - a hydroponic growing system.....

BVT reports on successful blueberry trial with honey bee dispenser

Bee Vectoring Technologies announces successful trial results in blueberries.The trial was conducted near Parrsborough, Nova Scotia, Canada in low bush blueberries with the Wild Blueberry Research Program at Dalhousie University using BVT’s newly developed honeybee system, consisting of a honey bee hive with.....

Maximizing cannabis yields using controlled environment technology

On BTV, ABcann CEO Aaron Keay discusses their unique growing technology for cannabis that is delivering industry-leading yields in the range of 300 g per square foot, which is more than double the output of average indoor growers. ABcann selected Conviron to supply all the grow rooms in their facility – from.....

Hungary to help modernise Uganda's agriculture sector

The republic of Hungary has said they are waiting for a return visit by the Uganda foreign affairs to their country so as to open an embassy in Uganda to facilitate trade between the two countries.Speaking at their national day celebrations in Kampala last week, Dr Dancs Ferenc, the Secretary of State for.....

Upcoming Hoogendoorn & Partners webinar series on NGG with Cultilene

After the first two webinars of the Hoogendoorn and Partners Webinar Series on ‘Next Generation Growing’, the next free webinar ‘Water balance’ will be organized with Cultilene on Wednesday, November 22, 2017. Would you like to realize a steady balance between irrigation and evaporation and maintain optimal.....

"The only way is up"

Bayer hosts 3-day global high wire event in the USA

High tech vegetable production and marketing companies are facing critical changes in the market. The chain is becoming shorter, consumers are getting more decision power and producers are becoming less anonymous. In a nutshell: being innovative is crucial for today’s success.Louis Foreman, an expert in.....

US: Nebraska looks to solve global food security by sharing its knowledge of irrigation

Can irrigation water technologies and management practices used by Nebraska farmers be part of the solution to the world’s water sustainability and food security issues?Learning how to use those tools globally was one of several goals discussed Wednesday by leaders and partners of the University of.....

UK: Ending water abstraction licensing exemptions

Following consultation, Defra have confirmed they are ending licensing exemptions for significant water abstraction in England and Wales.Applications for new licenses, managed by the Environment Agency and Natural Resources Wales, will open on 1 January 2018 with a two year window. Consultation was held in.....

US (MI): End of season for double-cropped raspberries under high tunnels

The TunnelBerries project reports they have just finished the last harvest of potted raspberries in a high tunnel in Benton Harbor, Michigan. Plants were pruned last winter to two floricanes per plant.The relatively hot summer shortened the floricane harvest and reduced yields, whereas the long warm fall.....

NFT cultivation system boosts Lebanese lettuce production

The use of the nutrient film technique (NFT) to produce lollo rossa, lollo bionda, little gem and batavia lettuce in a hydroponic channel system is completely new for Lebanese growers.With Rijk Zwaan’s help, Robinson Agri – a supplier to the horticultural sector based in Byblos, Lebanon, and Rijk Zwaan’s.....

"HPS and LED top lighting best tomato recipe in winter"

The tomato lighting research at PSKW has been completed mid-June, in the meanwhile the results have been published by PSKW. Oreon has been working closely together with the PSKW researchers in the last two years. The test will now continue in another capacity.Research like Oreon did with PSKW is very.....

$7 million research greenhouse to support Australian industry

To develop the next crop of horticulture growers and meet rising food demand, Hort Innovation and Western Sydney University have combined forces to launch the nation’s first state-of-the-art vegetable glasshouse-production research centre.Officially opened by Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Anne.....

“iManager helps to get a grip on costs”

“The main advantage of HortiMaX’s iManager? It provides clear insight into our costs. That insight is essential to get a grip on costs and take control of them. If you want to keep the cost price low – and who doesn’t? – you need to know exactly what your costs are.” We spoke with Kees Goedendorp of Dutch.....

Vegetable crop conservation in the U.S. National Plant Germplasm System

If you missed Monday’s Horticulture Section seminar Vegetable Crop Conservation in the U.S. National Plant Germplasm System with Joanne Labate, USDA-ARS Plant Genetic Resources Unit, it is available online.Source: Cornell University

Easy maintenance for cultivation facilities

Designing and building a commercial cultivation facility can be a long and stressful experience. Between obtaining financing, adhering to state and local regulations, finding the ideal real estate and picking a suitable team, the process can feel overwhelming.In particular, choosing your environmental.....

March 12-16, Tucson

US (AZ): CEAC Annual Short Course returns March ’18

Get your questions answered and increase your hydroponic growing know-how at the Greenhouse Crop Production & Engineering Design Short Course – A four day conference, put on by the University of Arizona Controlled Environment Agriculture Center, including three full days of lecture, one day of hands-on.....

Paper reviews 122 publications on aquaponics

If you want to get some more insight in the differences between all kinds of hydroponics systems and water management techniques for aquaponic cultivation, have a look at this Italian research paper. The authors reviewed 122 papers published between 1979 and 2017 in order to assess the role of the design and.....

Herkuplast introduces new tray models:

Strawberry tray plant propagation an industry on its own

HerkuPlast has successfully launched new strawberry propagation trays for single use. Sales manager Alfred Boot says the strawberry tray plant industry has seen a big increase over the past couple of years and the propagation of the plants has become an industry on its own."The European acreage with.....

November 16 & 17, December 7 & 8

US: Two-day greenhouse and hydroponics training program

The CropKing Grower Workshop is a two-day greenhouse and hydroponics training program that incorporates teaching and demonstration to provide participants a more clear understanding of controlled environment vegetable production systems.The grower's school includes classroom presentations by Jim Brown,.....

Strong support to feed the world through boosting photosynthetic potential

We are all now familiar with the challenge we face regarding feeding the future world population. With the changing dynamics of food consumption and the growing global population, we essentially need to double the production of our main food crops. This will require another agricultural revolution. By.....

Peru launches sustainable development plan for capsicum

The president of the Association of Exporters, Juan Varilias Velasquez, said Peru was the sixth biggest exporter of peppers and chillies (capsicum). Last year, he said, the country exported more than 160 thousand tons of these products worth 249 million dollars.The main market was North America and the most.....

The impact of colored plastic films on strawberry cultivation

Researchers studied the influence of colored plastic films (red, yellow, green, blue, and white) on fruit quality, antioxidant capacity, and gene transcripts in greenhouse-grown strawberries. Fruits grown under white plastic film were used as the controls.Results indicated that there was no difference in.....

US (UT): Soil heating, secondary plant covers influence high tunnel spinach

High tunnel (HT) winter production may be limited by extreme low air temperatures, suboptimal soil temperatures, large diurnal temperature changes, and short daylengths and associated low light conditions. To determine the productivity of spinach in extreme climates, HT production trials were conducted in.....

China and IAEA strengthen nuclear agriculture cooperation

Vice Minister Qu Dongyu met with Mr. Aldo Malavasi, Deputy Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), and his delegation in Beijing on 24 Oct. 2017. The two sides exchanged views on strengthening cooperation in nuclear agriculture.Vice Minister Qu introduced China’s research progress.....

Vertical farming and solar-powered greenhouses part of ambitious plans:

Saudi Arabia announces Neom, the 500 billion dollar mega city of the future

Saudi Arabia has announced the ambitious US$500 billion plan to realize its ultra-futuristic Neom megacity project. Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman announced the giant project on Tuesday. Neom will become a brand new city on the intersection of three countries (Saudi Arabia, Jordan and Egypt) where.....

November 8

US (NJ): One week left to register for the UNC Beach Plum Class

Rutgers Cooperative Extension continues its Ultra-Niche Crop Series with the upcoming workshop “Growing Beach Plums.” This workshop, the seventh class in the Ultra-Niche educational series for farmers seeking new crop opportunities, will be held on Wednesday, November 8, 2017 from 5:30 to 8 p.m.,.....

Dominican Republic: Growers trained in high tunnel bell pepper cultivation

The Dominican Republic is located in the Hispaniola Island in the Caribbean region. Its climate differs substantially over short distances and is the most diverse of the Caribbean. Annual average temperature is 25 °C, ranging from 18 °C (at higher elevations) to 28 °C (at sea level). Average annual rainfall.....

US: Organic production systems in northern highbush blueberry

A long-term trial was established in Oct. 2006 in western Oregon to identify organic production systems for maximum yield and quality in highbush blueberry (Vaccinium corymbosum L.). The planting was transitional during the first year after planting and was certified organic during fruit production.....

Spectral effects of supplemental greenhouse radiation

Supplemental radiation (SR), traditionally provided by high-pressure sodium (HPS) lamps, is recommended for greenhouse production of seedlings during radiation-limiting conditions. Light-emitting diodes (LEDs) have emerged as an appealing alternative to HPS.....

November 15, Clemson

US (SC): High tunnel production workshop for ginger growers

High tunnels provide many benefits for growers and open up new market opportunities. One new opportunity for growers is ginger and turmeric production. At this workshop growers will learn how to grow ginger and turmeric, discuss crop planning and hear about using cover crops as a management technique. NRCS.....

Israel: Growing crops with underground heating and cooling

Fresh, local strawberries in the middle of winter – that’s the vision of agtech Roots Sustainable Agricultural Technologies which is raising $5 million in an initial public offering.Roots sells an underground heating and cooling system for crops that increases yields and allows crops to be grown out of.....

Special Vineland berry event on November 28 in Mississauga

CAN (ON): Growing the Canadian berry market

Join Vineland on Tuesday, November 28, for an all-day workshop exploring opportunities for raspberry and blackberry production with industry and retail experts including Willem van Eldik of Delphy and Peter Chapman of GPS Business.Key discussion topics:Long cane nursery productionFruit production in indoor.....

Australia: Call for project proposals for recycled water scheme

South Australian water utility SA Water is seeking project proposals from agribusinesses across Australia and internationally for the use of recycled water for advanced horticulture and high-tech food production north of Adelaide.12 gigalitres (GL) a year of high quality recycled water from SA Water's.....

Dutch go crazy on weed...duckweed that is

After weeks of preparation, a trial started this summer for the cultivation of duckweed in Dutch plastic greenhouses. Duckweed grows in three basins of 100 m2. The purpose of the experiment is to learn more about growth rates and water purification with duckweed. The cultivated duckweed is sold as a niche.....

Spain: Climate change forces changes in harvest cycles

"Agricultural producers continue to look at the sky hoping for rain, as they did thousands of years ago," assures Miguel, a Murcia-based producer who believes that, despite current advances, water is still an essential commodity in the form of rainfall or through irrigation.For years, drought cycles have.....

Tomato and lettuce intercropping in a soilless system

In a new study, an intercrop is studied as a new way of farming in soilless systems within a protected environment. To estimate the efficiency of intercropping in this cultivation system, an experiment was conducted to evaluate the effect of the electrical conductivity (EC) of the nutrient solution (2.0,.....

US: High tunnel berry cultivation guide updated

The 2017 guide "High Tunnel Raspberries and Blackberries" is now available for download. This newly update guide, based on current raspberry and blackberry high tunnel research throughout the northeast United States, is a collaborative effort between research and extension personnel at Cornell University,.....

US (MO): Growers share success by using high tunnels

As the growing season is ending for many Ozark crops, folks with high tunnels will be going strong all winter long.The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service offers financial assistance for people to put up high tunnels like this one. It's a program that's been around about eight years called the.....

World record breaking carrot weighs in at 23 pounds

Grown by gardener Chris Qualley of Minnesota, Canada the 22.44 pound carrot looks like an entire ecosystem of smaller carrots.Verified by Guinness World Records, the organisation says that the entire weight of the vegetable did not include any sticks, dirt or stones.The previous record, held by Peter.....

US (NY): Viability of indoor urban agriculture is focus of research grant

Growing crops in controlled environments – in greenhouses, plant factories and in vertical farms – provides alternatives to conventional farming by producing food year-round near metropolitan areas, reducing transportation costs and water use, and improving land-use efficiency. Such local systems also offer.....

Vietnam: New high-tech flower, vegetable project in Lam Dong

The People’s Committee of the Central Highland province of Lam Dong has approved a new high-tech flower and vegetable growing project. Da Lat City-based Dalat Hasfarm Company will invest VND337.5 billion (US$15 million) in the agricultural project spread over 29.4ha in Phuc Tho Commune, Lam Ha District.The.....

South Africa: FERTINNOWA presented at Undercover farming conference

On the 11th of October, Ockie van Niekerk from Optima Agrik presented FERTINNOWA at the Undercover farming conference Western Cape 2017. The conference was held in the Western Cape in South Africa and attracted both national and international speakers. Ockie introduced FERTINNOWA to the audience, discussed.....

middle-income countries have highest rate of productivity growth:

Highest rate of agricultural growth for low-income countries

During 2001-14, low-income countries accounted for only 5 percent of global agricultural production. But these countries achieved a higher rate of agricultural output growth than middle- or high-income countries, at nearly 4 percent per year during that period. Most of that development came from increasing.....

What is Vapor Pressure Deficit and why does it matter?

Vapor Pressure Deficit (VPD) has become a common term among cultivators. Various bloggers and cultivation experts have been weighing in on VPD and why it’s important for growing healthy, high yielding plants.To understand VPD, it is important to understand how humidity works. When we talk about humidity,.....

6th International Grodan seminar:

A look at the future developments in plant propagation

More plant propagators than ever before, from twenty different countries, attended Grodan’s sixth international seminar, which was held this year in the historical Dutch ‘white town’ of Thorn. This time the focus was on future developments in propagation, such as the use of LED lighting in healing grafted.....