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Meteor working on new cultivation systems

In the Netherlands, the use of cultivation gutters is no longer news, but that used to be different. Still many growers are making the transition from open field to the use of a substrate in cultivation gutters. But also these gutters have a life cycle. At Meteor Systems they are very aware of this.According.....

UK: PhD research topics will address key issues for fruit industry

Five new PhD studentship topics have been announced which will help address some of the biggest challenges facing the fruit industry.The topics emphasise the strategic importance of pest and disease management and aim to help ensure UK fruit growers are able to remain competitive in the future.They will.....

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......

Soft fruit high value alternative for replacing old greenhouses

On the back of an increase in demand for soft fruits, more and more Polish greenhouse growers are switching from cucumber and tomato production to raspberry and strawberry production. Marek Marzec from Ewa-bis said that switching over to soft fruits has become a great option for growers who are using the old.....

Free eOrganic webinar on biofungicides, biostimulants, and biofertilizers

Join eOrganic for a webinar on biofungicides, biostimulants, and biofertilizers.Effectively managing diseases is one of the biggest challenges facing organic vegetable growers. A wide range of biologically based products are now available on the market that claim to boost crop growth and help plants.....

Dutch study new opportunities for algae and duckweed cultivation

The Blue Chain project looks into the opportunities to realize commercial algae cultivation in greenhouses in the West-Brabant region (The Netherlands) and Flanders (Belgium). The Centre of Expertise Biobased Economy is involved in two aspects of this project.Firstly, the lectureship Biobased Products looks.....

This app helps you to make better decisions in everyday system design and growth management

Australian greenhouse consultant Graeme Smith has made a new and updated version available of his smartphone app which helps you to calculate the most important technical aspects of protected and hydroponic greenhouse growing. From calculating irrigation flows and volumes to complete estimations of boiler.....

Agrifast introduces new improved and lighter version of the Tomsystem:

Clipping at 1,500 plants per hour gains popularity

Five years after its first introduction, a total of 400 hectares of high wire crops are currently using the alternative tomsystem clipping tool from Agrifast. Half of the users of the tomsystem are located in the Netherlands, which confirms that the tool can substantially contribute to achieve better results.....

How, where and when to use supplemental lighting?

One of the things that University of Florida horticulture professor Celina Gómez tries to reinforce with growers when talking about supplemental lighting is the importance of the daily light integral. Daily light integral is the sum of photosynthetic light (photosynthetically active radiation) received by.....

US (TX): It’s go time for vegetable gardeners

Dr. Joe Masabni, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service horticulturist, Overton, said it’s time for gardeners to plant some vegetables and prepare seedlings for others.“It’s time to plant potatoes, onions and other cool-season crops like mustard greens, kale, peas and spinach,” he said. “It’s your last.....

Choosing the best plants for Bato buckets

Farmers know that the right choices for any growing operation take thought, consideration, and planning. One of the toughest choices when beginning a new growing project is choosing your crop. Starting a new system takes a lot of investment and patience, and new farmers have to traverse a learning curve.....

Increase fruit production by optimal water dosing

Substrate growing is gaining popularity among soft fruit growers. This production method not only ensures higher production, but also a better consistency in quality. The precise control of water and fertilizers is essential in the production of Soft Fruit to lift the quality throughout the chain at a higher.....

Biodegradable plastic mulches in organic production

Biodegradable plastic mulch has the potential to be a sustainable technology in agricultural production systems if the mulch performs equally to polyethylene (PE) mulch and biodegrades completely into constituents that do not harm the soil ecology or environment. Reduced labor costs for removal and disposal,.....

"Diurnal temperature variations significantly affect cucumber fruit growth"

Decreasing the temperature in heated greenhouses significantly reduces heat costs and CO2 emissions. However, the thermophile cucumber is known to be very sensitive to low temperatures. In particular, fruit growth decreases considerably as temperature declines. Nevertheless, reports show that cucumber can be.....

UNH among best college farms in the U.S.

The University of New Hampshire has been ranked No. 12 in a rating of the best college farms in the nation. The ranking by College Rank evaluated college farms on student integration with sustainability factors, community programming, and courses available at the university or college farm, not just in the.....

Nigeria removes 20% import tax for Dutch greenhouse technology

Nigerian officials have announced that the country will remove its 20 percent import tax on Dutch greenhouse equipment to boost the domestic tomato production and attract more investment into the Nigerian tomato and horticultural industries. Nigeria wants to boost the use of greenhouse equipment to establish.....

High tunnels can improve organic bitter melon growth

There is a potentially large market for locally produced organic bitter melons (Momordica charantia L.) in Canada, but it is a great challenge to grow this warm-season crop in open fields (OFs) due to the cool and short growing season.To test the feasibility of using high tunnels (HTs) for organic production.....

UF/IFAS researchers to launch new plants-in-space mission

People put on sweaters when they’re cold. Plants on the other hand, have to essentially knit one on the fly. Plants “knit” with their genes, and when University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences researchers launch their Feb. 14 space experiment, they want to know more about how gene.....

August 28-September 8

Wageningen University organizes Summer School again

Wageningen University & Research is the “knowledge heart” of the Dutch Greenhouse Horticulture. Scientists of Wageningen University & Research will share their unique knowledge with international students and researchers during this “Summer School”.After a general introduction on Greenhouse.....

Things to consider for new growers

Starting a farm can seem like a very romantic endeavor. In fact, if agriculture is your passion, there is something romantic about working the land and reaping your harvest. Those who have fallen in love with the earth know that love comes at a cost, takes a lot of hard work and maybe some exhausting.....

Korean researchers increase production with artificial photosynthesis

A Korean greenhouse, located in Hwaseong city in Gyeonggi-do Province turns on all the lights installed on the ceiling during cloudy days.The lights not only enhance photosynthesis but also improve crop quality, keep production on schedule and reduce the length of their growing cycle."The amount of clouds.....

March 11-14, Tucson

US (AZ): Hydroponic Greenhouse Lettuce Intensive Workshop returns at CEAC

By demand, The Hydroponic Greenhouse Lettuce Intensive Workshop will return again, being offered March 11-14, 2017. The workshop will be held at our facilities in Tucson, AZ at the Controlled Environment Agriculture Center (1951 E. Roger Rd. Tucson, AZ 85719).Where else can you receive a semester of.....

US: These tomato varieties do best in the Southeast

Early blight is a prevalent disease in the humid southeast, exacerbated by late spring rains. Many organic growers are moving to high tunnel tomato production and plastic mulch to mitigate the disease and keep rain/soil splash off the foliage. Southern stem blight (Sclerotium rolfsii) is a soil-borne.....

UK: Hadlow College launches commercial horticulture bursary initiative

At the current time, the global population exceeds 7.3 billion. The latest United Nations projections indicate that world population will reach 10 billion people in the year 2056 – six years’ earlier than originally estimated. A lot of people to feed!The availability of food is largely dependent on the.....

Food safety sprouts innovation in microgreens industry

From 24 to 28 April the International Sprout Growers Association (ISGA) will meet in Victoria, B.C., for the 27th edition of their annual convention. The association represents members from all over the world and during the convention the board members will discuss current trends, opportunities and.....

Part 2

Essential plant nutrients educational video

Part 2 in the Plant Nutrients 101 educational video series by Urban Ag News. Farmer Tyler and Dr. Don Wilkerson define the three states of nutrient concentration: deficient, toxic, and sufficient. Tyler and Don then discuss the process of diagnosing nutrient deficiencies and toxicities.Source: Urban Ag.....

Indonesian growers brush up on efficient vegetable production

In addition to rice or coffee, many Indonesian farmers grow vegetables such as hot peppers, tomato, cucumber or cabbage. Unfortunately, the quality and yield of these vegetables is often too low. This is why Wageningen University & Research plant scientists started a programme called VegImpact in which.....

Does your winter greenhouse tomato know what it could yield?

If you’re growing tomatoes in a greenhouse in Guadalajara, Mexico (20.7°N) or the southwestern United States, you might expect a DLI of almost 40 mol/day (60 mol/day outside) in the middle of May. You’ve just had the best day ever—if only you could mimic this perfect light for 364 more days. With a little.....

Farmer Tyler and Dr. Don Wilkerson

Video: Essential Plant Nutrients 101

Part 1 in the Plant Nutrients 101 educational video series by Urban Ag News. Farmer Tyler and Dr. Don Wilkerson review the essential plant nutrients and discuss the grouping of Primary Macronutrients, Secondary Macronutrients, and Micronutrients at the Hort Americas demonstration greenhouse. For more.....

The benefits of fertigation and irrigation control

Irrigation – the process of artificially applying water to plants – has been in practice since as early as 6000 BC. There have been many advances in irrigation since then, and today's technologies have made it easier than ever to control water flow as well as fertilizers, nutrients, and other chemicals.What.....

Nearly 10% of Dutch greenhouse growers has expansion plans

Dutch greenhouse growers seem more positive than in previous years because for the second year in a row the percentage of expansion plans has increased. In addition, the percentage of greenhouse growers with plans to close their business has decreased.This follows from the greenhouse survey ‘Nederlandse.....

Solufeed has new product guide for strawberries

Solufeed's new Guide features products of interest to today's progressive strawberry grower keen to maximise productivity and return on investment.To get your print copy, send an e-mail with your name and address or call +44(0)1243 554090.If you can't wait, download a PDF version now.

Industrial tray washer eliminates risks during propagation stage

VIDEO Hygiene is of paramount importance during the propagation stage. For this reason, Dutch young plant grower Beekenkamp Plants’ from Maasdijk, has recently installed a Unifortes tunnel washing machine. The washer is part of the new production site realized by Beekenkamp.The 5,5 meter long tunnel washer has.....

Weight, drain and real time plant activity analysis become grower's sixth sense

VIDEO In this digital era, greenhouse growers sometimes spend more time at their computer or smartphone than getting their hands dirty between the crops. But this does not mean that the grower has to have less interaction with his crops. Solutions like wireless measurement boxes, and more recently complete plant.....

Spain: Europapaya to develop greenhouse papaya cultivation model

The Europapaya consortium has received a grant to develop a model for the intensive cultivation of papayas in greenhouses in the south east of Spain. The Experimental Station Cajamar will be in charge of the technical coordination of the project, which has a budget of more than 1 million Euro and will be.....

February 15 or 16, Dunfermline

UK: Free workshop will highlight benefits of bubbles to crop health

Fine bubble technology could help fresh fruit and vegetable growers ensure clean crops, Chemical Engineer Dean Burfoot will tell attendees at a free antimicrobial workshop organised by AHDB Horticulture in Fife.The technology was first studied as a means of reducing the amount of water used in cleaning.....

Jan Vrins, Bilancia

“Investment in know-how saves money”

"There is definitely no lack in consultants in horticulture currently, but when it comes to growers who want to start a project, supervise and take responsibility for it, there is a definite shortage." This is observed by Jan Vrins from Bilancia. It is a dangerous development, he says. “As foreign projects.....

Weiping Mao, Rijk Zwaan China:

"Shandong gateway to Chinese horticulture"

The Chinese province of Shangdong has an optimal climate for horticulture and is very favorably located. Reason for Dutch vegetable breeder Rijk Zwaan to choose this province as its gateway to China, according to Rijk Zwaan’s business manager China, Weiping Mao.Shandong provinceShandong is located in the.....

US (NH): Low tunnels improve percentage of marketable strawberries

TunnelBerries researchers at the University of New Hampshire monitored the effect of low tunnels on the amount of marketable day neutral strawberries. Experiments conducted by graduate student Kaitlyn Orde resulted in tunnel-covered plots producing a larger percentage of marketable fruit compared to.....

Choosing a hydroponic pump sized in horsepower

So you’re building a hydroponic or aquaponic system, and have done the calculations to size a pump. Let’s imagine that you’ve calculated your flow rates and decided that you need a pump capable of moving 2000 gallons per hour (GPH).Most of the time, a GPH rating will help you find the pump you need. However,.....

January 30, 2017

US (MI): New webinar series for beginning growers

New farm businesses provide jobs, income and increased economic and social stability, and increased food security to rural and other communities. Providing basic, practical information to people interested in or already engaging in new farm enterprises helps these small businesses develop sound production.....

Italy: Agri Import's experience in soil-less cultivation

Agri Import is a business established in 2010 and specialising in the trading of agricultural products in south-eastern Sicily.A deep knowledge of the agricultural business led administrator Vito D'Amato to look for state-of-the-art tools and techniques to use at the service of greenhouse.....

Juan Báñez, manager of Cuna de Platero:

"Strawberry cultivation is increasingly better planned and organised"

The cooperative Cuna de Platero continues to expand its services to be able to distribute its full range of berries for the longest possible time - all under its Global Berry Partner marketing model. This campaign, they have been working to offer blueberries all year round, as they are already doing with.....

Indian farmers thrive with Ericsson

After smart cities, it is now about smart villages. An Internet of Things (IoT) solution implemented in Mori village of East Godavari district run by the Andhra Pradesh government in association with telecommunications major Ericsson is showing the way with the help of connected aquaponics and smart water.....

Ed Rosenthal

Pro tips on increasing MJ yield

In a two-part article series for GrowSpan, Ed Rosenthal sheds light on efficient marijuana cultivation. Here's what he has to share:"Marijuana has two main stages of growth: vegetative and flowering. Most varieties are “short-day plants” (sdp), and their stage of growth is determined by the number of hours.....

New series of Belgian trials into tomato cultivation under LED

Last year the LED fixtures of Lemnis Oreon were used in tomato research at the ‘Proefstation voor de Groenteteelt’ in Sint-Katelijne-Waver in Belgium.The results of the crop were compared with those of tomatoes grown under SON-T lamps. This season the research is going to be continued, in which the current.....