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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.....

What you missed at the LumiGrow Expert Panel

As a grower, you know how incredibly important it is to have proper lighting for healthy, strong plants. Recently, we hosted a live presentation and Q&A session with LumiGrow to address the specific lighting needs for different kinds of plants. This post provides a summary of what was covered during 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.....

Africa: New app diagnoses crop diseases and notifies farmers

A team of scientists has developed a mobile phone application which uses artificial intelligence (AI) to accurately identify crop diseases in the field. The app also delivers the latest advice to manage all major diseases and pests that affect root, tuber and banana crops, and helps African farmers identify.....

US (LA): Soil tests dig deep to improve plant health

Every day, LSU AgCenter extension agents see failing plants, trees or grasses brought to them in search of a fix.“The plant is just sitting there,” said Lee Rouse, LSU AgCenter horticulture agent in East Baton Rouge Parish. “It’s not growing. It’s not flowering. It’s not fruiting. It’s not performing some.....

Growing cilantro in hydroponics

Like many herbs, cilantro (Coriandrum sativum) is native to the Mediterranean area but has been spread wide across the world. Today, the herb is prominent especially in Asian and South American cooking.Cilantro is notorious for a polarized fan/enemy base. Most people will experience either a cool, fresh.....

September 8, West Lafayette

US (IN): Hydroponic Lettuce Workshop II at Purdue

Greenhouse and indoor based hydroponics for growing green leaf produce is rapidly growing near urban areas in Indiana. To bridge the gap in learning and increase the competitiveness of Indiana and Midwestern growers, Purdue Extension specialists and researchers in the department of Horticulture and Landscape.....

Handouts International Delphy Soft Fruit Event available

Delphy has made available the handouts of the presentations at the International Soft Fruit Event from 27th and 28th June 2017.The handouts can be downloaded here, in PDF format.

Powers of Microbes

US (CA): UC Davis students teach farmers about soil microbiology

If you grew up in the 1980s or 1990s (or were a child at heart during that era), the famous Powers of Ten film likely left an indelible mark in your mind.The film starts with a couple lounging on a picnic blanket and zooms out to the outer reaches of the universe, then back in to peer into the microscopic.....

October 27, Denver

US (CO): HVAC fundamentals for indoor agriculture

Dr. Sabeh will be leading an interactive workshop for those growers who want to gain a deeper understanding of the principles, processes, and equipment used to control the cultivation environment. In this workshop, growers will learn about different types of HVAC equipment; how to calculate basic cooling,.....

Spain: Improvement in pepper production with biosolarization

A new thesis from the Polytechnic University of Cartagena (UPCT) has confirmed the validity of biosolarization based on organic amendments as a sustainable and effective tool against pathogens that attack greenhouse-grown peppers, while also achieving increases of up to 46 percent in yields and improving.....

"Narrow slabs offer us better rooting"

Van den Belt, a Dutch tomato nursery from IJsselmuiden has been growing TOV and plum tomatoes for many years. Since 2010, cultivation is done on Benfried's Premium stone wool substrate from Multigrow. To their full satisfaction. Jacob van den Belt, who together with his brother Klaas owns the 20.....

UK: Digging into horticulture study visit

Did you know that horticulture is one of the most technologically advanced industries in the UK? Are you interested in growing vegetables? Have you considered a career in agriculture? Maybe you have an allotment? Or volunteer at a community farm?The Soil Association has a new programme that aims to encourage.....