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Cultivation

Criticism of competition that ignores social laws

Outcry in Germany for granted GMO subsidies to South European growers

In Germany there has been an outcry over millions in European subsidies to South European fruit and vegetable cultivation companies. Research by the German public broadcaster Bayerische Rundfunk (BR) shows that growers in Italy and Spain receive subsidies, while in the meantime they do not comply with the.....

India: Israeli technology helps grow tomatoes in off-season

Farmers in West Bengal are cultivating high quality tomatoes in the off-season by using Israeli technology. The farmers in the region have adopted the technique of production using greenhouses with the help of the Horticulture department.“We are getting a very good response and the quality is better than the.....

Japanese technique

UAE: Sweet tomatoes grown with no soil and less water

The Japanese have a phrase that, when roughly translated, states that a calamity or disaster can sometimes have a fortuitous outcome, depending on how you look at things.The pioneering research work of professor Yuchi Mori, as it relates to farming, neatly illustrates this point. Following the 2011.....

10 questions with Cor van der Kaaij

"Even if robots are replacing human hands, they can't take over everything"

Grodan introduces Cor van der Kaaij, tomato grower at RedStar.1. Briefly introduce yourself: who are you?I am a real family man, happily married to my darling Diana, father of seven children, three of me and four of Diana, and proud grandfather of Cindy of two and Nick of five years. I prefer to walk around.....

Aquaponics real estate: Planting densities

Aquaponics allows for plants to be grown closer together. Unlike in soil agriculture, plants do not have to develop massive root systems in the ground to gather nutrients. The constant exposure to nutrient-rich water reduces that need, resulting in stout and more vertical root growth. This means, plants can.....

Chamber of Agriculture North Rhine-Westphalia launches European LEADER project

Protection of resources and environment in spinach production

Sustainably oriented agriculture and groundwater protection go hand in hand in North Rhine-Westphalia. Under the auspices of the NRW Chamber of Agriculture, farmers from the Münsterland region, the food-processing company Iglo, the Rheinisch-Westfälische Wasserwerksgesellschaft mbH, the fertilizer-producing.....

Corn salad: a small, niche market

A great deal of attention is currently being paid to lettuce that's grown in high-tech hydroponic systems or vertical cultivation systems. With all these technological developments it's easy to forget that corn salad is grown in Dutch and Belgian greenhouses. It's a relatively small crop that benefits from.....

How to achieve better hydroponic germination rates

In the last blog of the Crop Planning series, we talked about calculating seeding rates. Knowing how many seeds to plant is only helpful if you can properly get them through the germination and propagation stages. That requires carefully planning the environmental conditions for each stage of the plant’s.....

September 5, West Lafayette

US (IN): Greenhouse workshop to promote sustainable growing practices

Purdue University’s Department of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture is offering a Greenhouse and Indoor Hydroponics Workshop on Sept. 5, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., in Room 1159 of Pfendler Hall, 715 W. State St. Participants will learn about optimal conditions for growing hydroponic lettuce, including nutrient.....

5 tech systems anyone with a cannabis greenhouse should be using

Greenhouse cultivation of cannabis is “a dramatically different growing paradigm,” experts say. In a traditional outdoor grow, the farmer has little control over key environmental factors. In a greenhouse, environmental conditions can be more finely managed, which gives the grower an edge. But this.....

Affinor Growers signs Tom Baumann to consult for agriculture development

Affinor Growers has signed a consulting agreement with Tom Baumann, a professor at The University Of The Fraser Valley, to assist the company in developing and implementing the appropriate protocols required for growing fruits and vegetables and other related crops using the company’s technology.Tom Baumann.....

How growers can take advantage of CO2 enrichment

Every grower knows that plants need CO2, but less commonly known is that when CO2 levels drop below 250 to 300 ppm (parts per million), plants stop growing altogether. Although plants can survive without added CO2, they probably won’t thrive. After boosting CO2 levels, many growers have noticed that not only.....

US (CO): Grand Valley businesses conserve water any way they can

The drought in Colorado and on Western Slope isn't going away, and some businesses are doing what they can to conserve water.The Drought Response Information Project, or DRIP, came up with an award that recognizes local businesses for conserving water. Sprigs and Sprouts got the first award Tuesday, but.....

Algeria: Growing barley in the desert

When considering the need to develop agriculture in the world, to grow food for animals or people, the Sahara Desert is certainly not the first location that comes to mind. But it’s precisely here that such an activity is perhaps the most necessary. According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the.....

"Create value with your own data"

Create value with your own data. That is easy to say, but how do you do that as a grower? LetsGrow.com shows various possibilities at the Greentech to get more value from existing and present data for growers and crop consultants.ChallengesBecause companies are getting bigger and bigger and more often.....

Underutilization of African leafy vegetables in South Africa

The popularity of eating African Leafy Vegetables (ALVs) has decreased in recent years as they are perceived to be poor people’s food. A review by Maeseko et al., (2018) which encompassed 74 articles filtered down from 480, has attempted to identify key ways in which changes in production and promotion could.....

Carbon LED

Tomato growers see increased yields with light recipes

During the Greentech in Amsterdam, the results of the Carbon LED research programme will be presented in the Climate, water & energy theatre on Wednesday 13 June 2018.The Carbon LED research has produced impressive results. When tomato growers would use the possibilities to make optimal ‘light recipes’.....

Various vegetable crops were affected

Guatemala: New eruption of the Fuego Volcano

Yesterday, the Fuego Volcano erupted again and spewed a river of lava down its southern slope. According to the national and international press, in the municipalities, the rescue teams that were still trying to find survivors, and journalists were evacuated from the area. The Institute of Seismology and.....

Increased coloration and decreased growing time are additional results

Acrylite roof improves microgreen yields by 20 percent

Microgreens are quickly being entrenched – and embraced – in Ontario’s retail market. A heavy consumer movement that embraces the variety of greens grown calls for expansion of facilities for growers.Greenbelt Microgreens has recently expanded its Woodhill, ON location, which was a two-year process. It is.....

Argentina: Soil properties evaluation in horticultural farms

The south of the green belt of Buenos Aires is one of the most important producers of fresh vegetables in the province. Only few of the horticultural farmers receive professional agronomic advice. For this reason, an excess of supplies are being used, irrigation water quality is unknown and soils are not.....

Plant Empowerment: where Physiology meets Physics

What is the most sustainable way of growing in my greenhouse, where I convert the available resources to maximum production and quality? During the Greentech a new book will be presented, called Plant Empowerment; the basic principles. In this book extensive methods are explained to give your plants the.....

June 23, Langley

CAN (BC): Aquaponics workshop at Kwantlen Polytechnic University

Learn from aquaponics expert and instructor, David Sayson, in a three-hour overview for backyard hobbyists, educators, and even those considering a commercial operation.Topics covered include:How it Works: the science behind aquaponicsOverview: learn about the different kinds of systems from tabletop to.....

US (DE): Stunted vegetable transplants

Growers are reporting problems with stunted transplants. In some cases, plants appear to have abnormal growth with compressed internodes, “twisted” stems, or abnormally shaped leaves. In other cases, plants are not putting on any new growth.Transplant stunting can be caused by several factors during.....

November 7, Boxborough

US (MA): NGCE features educational session on basic production skills

Northeast Greenhouse Conference and Expo will feature an educational session on basic production skills on November 7, 2018. The Basic Production Skills session (November 7, 2018) at the NEGC will feature four presentations on the fundamentals of greenhouse production. These presentations are appropriate for.....

Open afternoon Trial Center Tomato Rijk Zwaan, June 6

Have a look at tomato varieties in demo and in practice

On Wednesday June 6, Rijk Zwaan is organizing an open afternoon at the Trial Center Tomato. From 14:00 to 17:30 growers are more than welcome to have a look at the tomatoes in a lighted or unlighted demo. On the same day, from 14:00 to 16:00 they can have a look at the coarse TOV-tomato Trovanzo RZ at the.....

CAN (AB): Grower decreases harvest time for tomatoes by 15 days

Mans Organics is a certified organic family owned and operated farm in South Alberta, Canada. The farm was founded in 1994 by Henk and Rita Mans, who ran it using conventional farming practices. As they learned more about the impact that conventional farming has on soil health and the health of end.....

The quest for knowledge in indoor farming and new crops

Soy, cotton, sugar beets, corn, hemp. They might not be the biggest greenhouse crops, but for horticultural supplier Valoya they have been important over the last couple of years. “Our customers are into breeding or seed production and all have very specific needs. We do our best to provide them with the.....

"As long as we do not reach thirty degrees Celsius, we're fine"

For the Dutch growers, May was an exceptionally hot month with lots of beautiful weather. One after the other weather record was broken. Besides a lot of sun, various places in The Netherlands had to deal with serious weather. What is the impact on growers of these temperatures - quite extreme for the.....

Two truths about legal large-scale cannabis cultivation

There is a lot of discussion going on about cannabis cultivation and many different opinions exist on the topic. Two facts stand out: (1) The cultivation is booming in Canada and in some American states, and (2) the ideal cultivation systems have not been established yet.Maarten de Jager and Lars Meijer.....

Climate smart agriculture in East Africa

As a response to the climate changes affecting the agriculture sector of the East African countries, a consortium made up of The Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs and SNV, in association with Wageningen University and Research, CGIAR’s Climate Change Agriculture and Food Security Program, and Agriterra set.....

June 28, Benton Harbor

US (MI): Tabletop strawberry production at MSU innovations day

In Michigan, TunnelBerries personnel have set up a trial with a table-top strawberry system supplied by Haygrove Tunnels. They are planting day neutral varieties Albion and two MSU types (Redstart, Wasach) in coconut coir media.The trial is in a high tunnel in Benton Harbor, Michigan and will be on display.....

CAN (ON): WSPS and OFA working together to grow farm safety awareness

Building on their shared values and a relationship forged over many years, Workplace Safety & Prevention Services (WSPS) and the Ontario Federation of Agriculture (OFA) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to formalize their commitment to work together to address key safety issues affecting.....

UK: Soil management for horticulture

AHDB Horticulture has released a new soil management guide. The guide is a practical manual for growers and agronomists with the primary focus on soil assessment and management in horticultural cropping systems.This guide provides information on how to assess soil texture, structure and condition and.....

US (GA): Cover crops have benefits in high tunnels

Barley and hairy vetch growing vigorously in a high tunnel at Lola’s Organic Farm in southeast Georgia were going to seed. It was mid-April. Time to mow and prepare the soil for the summer’s cash crops: ginger and turmeric.Since last year, couple Jennifer Taylor and Ron Gilmore – USDA certified organic.....

How probiotics could help grow veggies in microgravity

Astronauts at the International Space Station are spending more time away from Earth, but they still need their daily serving of vegetables. In the quest to find a viable way for crew to grow their own veggies while orbiting — and possibly one day on the moon or Mars — student researchers are sending.....

Saint Lucia: Taiwan expert shares greenhouse tomato knowledge

The Taiwan Technical Mission in Saint Lucia in cooperation with the Ministry of Agriculture held a Greenhouse Tomato Production Workshop at Union on May 23rd, 2018. More than 54 local farmers and extension officers attended the event.At the event, Mr. Tim Shiao taught local farmers know-how in greenhouse.....

Elevated leaf picking cart to reach increasingly high tomato leaves

It happens quite often that the tomato crop is just too high to be able to cut or pick the leaves. This is why Steenks Services and Berg Hortimotive have joined forces again. A cart has since been designed to easily pick and cut the leaves. Wouter Steenks: "From an ergonomic point of view, this is more.....

US (FL): New app converts between dates and production week number

In horticulture we are often converting back and forth from production week number to calendar date when scheduling crop management and sales events.The production week number we use in horticulture is based on International Organization for Standardization (ISO) rules. Week 1 is the first calendar week of.....

Carlos Cumbreras, manager of Grufesa:

"Growing strawberries sustainably and with a high productivity is not within everyone's reach"

Huelva's strawberry campaign is coming to an end, while blueberries and raspberries will continue to be harvested until late July. In general, the campaign has been marked by the impact of rainfall, as rains have been frequent."Although the total strawberry volume has been reduced, and at given times the.....

US (LA): Produce growers tour Tangipahoa Parish farms

Members of the Louisiana Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association toured the Faust Farm in Amite City and the Poche Family Farm in Independence May 16 to share ideas and gain valuable information.LSU AgCenter fruit and vegetable specialist Kiki Fontenot said the purpose of the tour is to provide a networking.....

Turkey: Cucumber harvest kicks off in Batman

The residents of Balpinar town in Batman, a city located on the southeast border of Turkey, have started the harvest of cucumbers.Eyup Tekin, a grower in the town: “Agricultural and animal breeding are the main sources of income in our town. I have been a greenhouse grower for 4 years now. We purchased.....

MSU offers self-paced online greenhouse courses

Growers can now register for the summer session of Michigan State University Extension’s College of Knowledge. There are now five courses in the nationally-award winning series:Root Zone Management CourseBiological Control for Greenhouse Growers(Spanish) Control Biologico para Cultivadores en.....

Bayer launches online training in good agricultural practices

Following last year’s launch of the Spanish BayGAP online training aimed at supporting farmers in Latin America, Bayer is now also offering an English version, for which participants can register with immediate effect. The virtual self-learning course is free and available worldwide. It will last from May 28.....

Rutgers receives $27 million to help revitalize agriculture in Greece

The Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF) has gifted a landmark grant of $27,477,000 to support a major initiative that aims to help revitalize one of Greece’s most critical sectors – agriculture – by training and developing a new generation of farmers and inspiring agriculture and food entrepreneurs.The.....

Japan Airlines to build strawberry greenhouse

The Japanese agricultural cooperative Wago is going to set up a joint venture with Japan’s flag carrier airline Japan Airlines. Under the name of JAL Agriport, the joint venture entails an agricultural project in Chiba prefecture. The project amounts to both the maintenance of a publicly accessible.....

US (FL): Okra production hit by rain and cool weather

Supplies of okra have hit a few bumps as Florida experiences heavy rainfall. But it's not the rain that's the main issue, but rather the cooler than average temperatures that are slowing down growth. This comes at a time when Florida is one of the only regions producing okra right now."Okra production is now.....

Grafting as a way to obtain stronger plants

With horticultural products such as watermelons and squash, grafting makes it possible to cultivate species that are sensitive to certain pathogens on infected soils by resorting to tolerant or resistant patterns. It is a low-polluting technique, accepted for integrated production or organic cultivation,.....