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Substrate supplier focuses on the rapid rise of city farming

Development of substrates for multilayer cultivation in high-tech phytotrons

Nijssen recently provided BVB Substrates with two phytotrons and a semi-closed greenhouse in the newly constructed research facility in De Lier. The substrate supplier is reacting to the rapid rise of city farming.In the high-tech phytotrons, substrates for multilayer cultivation are being developed......

US (NC): Recent storms may impact North Carolina strawberry crops

The recent storms, moving through eastern North Carolina, could have lasting impacts on strawberry crops. The strawberry season hits its peak between mid-April and May, and farmers say fluctuating temperatures and heavy rainfall are known to be the determining factor in the success of crops.Now is the.....

Nutritional monitoring in lettuce

Lettuce requires medium levels of fertilization, growing best with 150 to 200 ppm N or 1.0 to 2.0 mS/cm for hydroponic nutrient solutions. Lettuce transplants grown in soilless substrates have a wider optimal pH range of 5.5 to 6.5. Hydroponic solution pH values should be maintained between 5.5 and 6.0 with.....

Asparagus season - growing the white gold in the Netherlands

The amount of agricultural land in the Netherlands devoted to the cultivation of asparagus edged up to 3,807 hectares in 2017 while the total harvest was up 12% at 20,800 tonnes, according to Thursday’s figures of national statistics office CBS. The country’s asparagus growing area has increased by 61% over.....

US (CA): Lettuce production completes transition to Salinas

The production of lettuce is now maintaining steady volume after weather events several weeks ago caused some disruption to the market. Supplies have since stabilized and production has now fully transitioned out of the desert regions and into the northern California growing districts."We have recently.....

Italy: Many reasons to use greenhouses

"2017 was a good year for our company as the Italian agricultural sector continues to do well. In the first few months of 2018, we have even seen an increase in requests for quotes, partly due to the deadline of Psr tenders. What is more, the younger generations are now starting to choose the agricultural.....

Mexico: Mini sweet peppers continue to see excellent growth

Mini sweet peppers used to be a specialty item. Now though, they are making a regular appearance in stores. Wilson Produce began growing the open-field mini bell peppers 12 years ago and were one of the first growers to enter the category."We started selling our mini sweet peppers to the club stores like.....

Netherlands: 9 hectares indoors compared to 90 hectares outdoors

Siberia is an innovative enterprise that grows greenhouse vegetables in Maasbree. It was established in early 2016 by Peter van Dijck and Luc Willemssen who also own Van Dijck Groenteproducties, one of the largest suppliers of outdoor grown leafy greens to the retail and processing sectors in The.....

"It's worth the labor cost to prune and train"

Cherry tomatoes thrive in the protected conditions of a high tunnel and are less prone to cracking where water supply is controlled. Well trained tomatoes are easy to work around, have better air circulation, optimum light penetration, and have higher yields since excess foliage is removed to focus plant.....

India: Nilgis growers trained on advanced horticultural technologies

A special training programme was organized on “Modern Technologies in Horticulture Crops and Protected Cultivation” for the farmers of Nilgiris, Tamil Nadu, from 9th to 11th April 2018 at ICAR-Indian Institute of Horticultural Research (ICAR-IIHR). The objective of the programme was to impart training on.....

Pepper grower Gemapa: step for step towards sustainability

Composting the full crop at the end of the season

When the Lambrecht family started their Gemapa bell pepper nursery in 1990 in the Belgian town of Nevele, Marc considered going organic. In the end he decided against it. "I thought the risks were too great, especially the aphids," Marc says. He did the math. "If you grow organically, in Belgium you have to.....

Preventive learning about pests before experience takes over

In areas with cooler climates or seasons protected enclosures can extend a crop production period, promote earlier harvest, and improve quality when (some) disease problems are reduced. However, these generally warmer, drier environments with well-fed plants and no natural enemies (biological controls) are.....

South Africa: Unlimited possibilities to produce in greenhouses

In the FDOV programme of the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs the SMART Horticulture project investigated the potential of South Africa to produce more sustainably. Steered by Holland Horti International and in cooperation with TNO and BoP Innovation Centre Wageningen University & Research, BU.....

Distantly related crops are not better rotation partners for tomato

Although crop rotation has been used for centuries to enhance agricultural production, there are surprisingly little data justifying the use of one rotation over another. Growers typically avoid growing plants in succession that belong to the same genus or family, but it is not clear whether closely related.....

The multiple benefits of Aqua4D

Month by month, year by year, Aqua-4D Water Solutions has achieved consistently impressive results across the globe, enabling farmers to increase yields and profits while overcoming poor soil and water conditions.Almonds and vegetables in California. Tomatoes in Italy, Spain and Tunisia. Grapes in Ethiopia......

India: Greenhouse builder recommends indoor cultivation

Advanced hydroponics and aeroponics technologies can address the problems of contamination in fresh vegetables, besides assuring greater output to feed increasing population in the country, said a greenhouse facility builder on Friday.Sanjay Sudan, Director of Saveer Biotech, said greenhouses with such.....

Israeli technology increases tomato production in India

From increasing tomato yields in Tamil Nadu to helping farmers grow crops in the deserts of Rajasthan, the Indo-Israel Agriculture Project over the last decade has been a fruitful one. And there’s no bigger sign of the successful partnership than Israel’s 23rd agricultural center of excellence was.....

India: Scientists unravel mechanism of stress tolerance in tomato

A group of scientists from the Indian Institute of Vegetable Research (IIVR), Varanasi have studied the role and mechanism of action of a key molecule, proline, in enhancing stress tolerance in tomato. Proline, primarily an amino acid required for protein formation in tomato, has attracted researchers since.....

March 20, Wolfeboro

US (NH): Greenhouse growing workshop offered

Jerry Knirk of Freedom will present a free program on "Greenhouse Growing for the Home Gardener" at the Wolfeboro Public Library on Tuesday, March 20, at 6:30 p.m. in the library's meeting room. He will discuss the basics of greenhouse design and demonstrate the relatively simple construction of his current.....

US (GA): Middle school students learn about aquaponics

Science, Technology, Engineering and Math students from Lee County Middle School West learned from a real-world professional about aquaponics on Wednesday.And those students are in the process of making their own systems to fight hunger in their community."One of the biggest pieces that we have to address is.....

Tomato Masters expands at request of Carrefour

A significant expansion of Tomato Masters in Deinze. The Flemish company now occupies an area of 10.5 ha, and this year 5.7 ha will be added to that.Photo: HaveconThe new construction will be done by Havecon, and is the result of a request of supermarket chain Carrefour. Johan Vlaemynck: "We are already.....

Nutrient management in aquaponics

Nutrients that are contained in aquaculture effluent may not supply sufficient levels of nutrients for proper plant development and growth in hydroponics; therefore, they need to be supplemented.To determine the required level of supplementation, three identical aquaponic systems (A, B, and C) and one.....

US (IL): Scientists engineer crops to conserve water, resist drought

Agriculture already monopolizes 90 percent of global freshwater—yet production still needs to dramatically increase to feed and fuel this century’s growing population. For the first time, scientists have improved how a crop uses water by 25 percent without compromising yield by altering the expression of one.....

Non-woven fabric combats frost

During winter, producers are increasingly put to the test by extreme weather conditions. The latest cold fronts have a significant impact on crops, which need to be protected.Every small detail must be paid attention to and all varieties must be supported with high-quality fabrics.Agrintechhas been meeting.....

US (CA): Urban farming workshops start soon in Sacramento and San Diego

Are you an urban farmer in the Sacramento or San Diego region? Are you a gardener thinking of selling some of your produce to neighbors, restaurants or at a farmers' market? Are you part of a non-profit organization growing and distributing food in your community? If so, you are invited to join other urban.....

Rabobank:

"Structural changes necessary for healthy sector"

The sentiment towards greenhouse cultivation is positive at the moment. Yields have recovered in the past two years and investments are being made again in modernizing, extension, and innovation. However, the recovery is mainly due to external factors (weather, geopolitics, currencies) and not because of.....

Israel: Winter pilot study on basil obtains a 66% increase in yield

Roots Sustainable Agricultural Technologies Limited has successfully conducted a pilot in winter where the roots of traditional summer basil plants were heated using Roots’ patented RZTO technology increase yield and average plant size by 66 and 35 per cent respectively.The pilot was conducted in winter over.....

Nigeria: Tomato growers say policy has enriched more farmers

Mr Adamu Musa, the National Organising Secretary, National Tomato Growers, Processors and Marketers Association of Nigeria said the Federal Government’s agricultural policy had enriched more farmers in the last two years.Musa said that the acceptance and participation of Nigerians in the Federal Government.....

Philippines: Experts to increase plum tomato productivity

A group of experts has partnered with the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) to come up with a program aimed to increase the productivity of processing fresh tomatoes or plum tomatoes, since the productivity is known to be threatened by many diseases.The Philippine Council for Agriculture, Aquatic.....

Canada: University maps agriculture in British Columbia

Less than five per cent of B.C. is suitable for farming.Of that precious percentage, only half of the province’s Agricultural Land Reserve (ALR) is actively farmed.Research released by the Institute for Sustainable Food Systems (ISFS) at Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU) was motivated by soaring costs.....

Northern Adelaide Irrigation Scheme project proposal deadline extended

Due to increased interest, the closing date has been extended for round two project proposals for access to water through the Northern Adelaide Irrigation Scheme (NAIS).Australian and international agribusinesses now have until 14 March to lodge proposals through the SA Tenders and Contracts website –.....

Bell pepper nursery Duijnisveld opens new branch

After almost a year of demolishing and rebuilding, bell pepper nursery Duijnisveld has built a new 9 ha nursery in De Kwakel. Last Sunday doors opened to the public during an open house where every one could see the end result of new construction.A greenhouse has been built with double energy screens and.....

"The end of the 'grey' bell pepper is on the horizon"

Pamosa exists for about twenty years. Where is the association for bell pepper growers now and what are the plans for the future? Wouter Willems, responsible for the sale of bell peppers at ZON: "The challenge is to ensure that the customer will not only have potatoes and onions permanently in supply, but.....

Magnesium deficiency of hydroponic and container grown basil

Basil (Ocimum basilicum) is the most commonly grown greenhouse herb crop. Basil is sensitive to magnesium deficiency. Visual symptoms of magnesium deficiency appear first on old and recently mature leaves as a slight interveinal chlorosis (yellowing). This article will cover the progression of visual.....

New biological label introduced in the US out of protest

In the Netherlands biological entrepreneurs who want to go a step further than the production rules imposed by European legislation, have united under the banner of the EKO-hallmark. Recently an organic "plus" label has been introduced in the US. There are differences. In the Netherlands the EKO-hallmark is.....

City greenhouse back on track after bad patch

City greenhouse De Oude Beer was not doing well at all. The existence of the social project in Dordrecht was in danger after the announcement of the extension of the nearby A16 highway. Last year they had a break-in and in October a large fire broke out in the greenhouse.The city greenhouse is situated close.....

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New packaging line processes 20,000 mini cucumbers per hour

The new sorting and packaging line by Christiaens Agro Systems processes 20,000 mini cucumbers. The new system, consisting of 6 robots, 4 packaging lines with a capacity of 20,000 pieces per hour, was introduced last Friday in the shed of Tromptransport in Eindhoven. The presentation attracted various.....

Hotspots for crops on Mars

Selecting the perfect landing site will be essential for the successful establishment of the first Mars colony. Growing food crops will be one of the key tasks for the astronauts. Scientists of Wageningen University & Research have identified places on Mars that are favourable for plant species to grow......

Production and training issues facing CEA growers

Trying to produce vegetables in hot, humid conditions can be difficult for controlled environment growers whether growing in a greenhouse or a warehouse.“The challenges of greenhouse growing in Ohio and the Midwest are different than the challenges faced by growers in Arizona,” said Ohio State University.....

Maxstim shows positive results in raspberries

In the 2nd part of 2017 Maxstim conducted several trials in raspberries in the south of Europe. Generally plants are treated with Maxstim biostimulants (Maxstim for Berries) at 2.5L per ha each week via the irrigation system. Start of treatment is just after planting.Maxstim biostimulantmake the plant:root.....

Benefits of maintaining the optimum substrate oxygen level

Increasing the oxygen level in the root zone can ensure healthy root growth and can impact crop yields.Low oxygen levels in the growing substrate can play havoc with the health of both vegetable and ornamental plants. Shalin Khosla, greenhouse vegetable specialist at Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and.....

Italy: The benefits of soil-less cultivation techniques

It is a well-known fact that the prohibition on the use of methyl bromide to control pathogens in greenhouse cultivation has pushed producers to look for alternative solutions. Soil-less cultivation techniques seem to be a viable option as they reduce environmental impact while maintaining agronomic.....

Avoiding nutrient deficient edible transplants

It can be a challenge to control the growth of containerized vegetable and herb bedding plants and transplants. Since the use of plant growth retardants is very restricted, many growers look to restricting fertilizer applications as their main strategy. However, this can lead to plants that have nutrient.....