Announcements

Job offersmore »



Tweeting Growers

Top 5 - yesterday

Top 5 - last week

Top 5 - last month

Exchange ratesmore »




Greenhouse


Russia: New year-round greenhouse complex to arise in Rostov

A new large greenhouse complex will be constructed in Rostov districts of the Yaroslavl region. Acting Governor of the Yaroslavl region Dmitriy Mironov and business representatives signed several agreements for the plans during a meeting held on Thursday 20 April. One of the agreements was related to the.....

Hokkaido greenhouse to enable production in the "coldest city on earth"

VIDEO With temperatures that can drop to -50 Celsius, Yakutst in Siberia is often described as one of the coldest city in the world. While there is only 5 hours of daylight, a new greenhouse project is expected to enable local greenhouse production. The greenhouses are designed with special installation and help.....

better understanding of bio-pesticide and biological control options:

US (AR): High tunnels found to increase berry production

A University of Arkansas study has found that using high tunnels in berry production can increase yields, extend the harvest season, and improve fruit quality compared to field production. However, care must be taken to manage pests.In the Southern Sustainable Agriculture Research & Education.....

CAN (NS): Crowdfunding for greenhouse in remote Inuit village

A Nova Scotian teacher in Canada’s far north was appalled by the sky-high grocery prices has launched an innovative way to reduce the exorbitant cost of living.Adam Malcolm is asking his home province to pitch in to help pay for a greenhouse so people can grow fresh produce in his remote Inuit community, a.....

US (VA): Loudoun farmer plans hydroponics greenhouse

When it comes to farming in Loudoun County, the Virts family has about as much experience in the trade as the U.S. has being a country.Since the 1790s, the Virts family has lived and farmed in the Hillsboro area of the county -- producing some 12 generations of farmers and seeing the transformation of.....

UK: New CO2 best practice guide for protected crops now available

A review paper by G. Hayman which has summarised relevant R&D funded work on CO2 usage in glasshouses. This paper formed the basis of the information in this online guide: AHDB Horticulture Factsheet 10/09 'Energy management in protected cropping'.It pulls together currently available information and it.....

The effects of smart glass on plants

Swinburne University researchers have completed the first stage of a study of how smart glass and photovoltaic cells can improve the growing environment and decrease energy use in greenhouses.Smart glass can adjust in colour throughout the day, potentially creating a more optimal climate for plants.Baohua.....

This is what a grower's home should look like

From beneath this traditional thatched roof in the Netherlands emerges a stunning glass greenhouse. Lochem-based Maas Architecten conceived the Modern Countryside Villa as two contrasting volumes: an opaque, timber-clad space, and a transparent glass structure that lets the outside in.The Modern Countryside.....

US (CA): Mad River Hospital reveals new hydroponic greenhouse

Mad River Community Hospital is one of the first hospitals to serve fresh produce from an on-site garden and greenhouse to patients as well as in the hospital's Garden Cafe. The new hydroponic greenhouse will help the hospital provide even more healthy food to patients all year round.Graham Gagne, Mad.....

Mayur Patel, Sabar Agro Seeds:

"Horticulture production in India has exploded"

Sixty per cent of the Indian economy is based on agriculture. And now horticulture is booming: more and more farmers are switching to horticultural products. The typical horticultural regions are Maharastra, Gujarat and Rajasthan. Sabar Agro Seeds, in Gujarat, is the second largest supplier of seeds for.....

What are the start-up costs of a greenhouse business?

As farmlands disappear at an increasing rate, many suburban and urban farmers are turning to high density CEA techniques to bring greenhouse businesses into the suburbs and, increasingly, into the urban core.In Controlled Environment Agriculture, the aim is to “provide protection and maintain optimal growing.....

How essential are thermal screens for an energy efficient greenhouse?

It is now well proven that retractable thermal screens can save energy without having a detrimental effect on plant growth or quality; and you might even argue that a screen is now also an essential tool for both energy saving and greenhouse environment optimisation.Several projects have shown the huge.....

US (PA): Student greenhouse open for business

Teens and Greens, a greenhouse off Molly Pitcher Highway, is run by students at Franklin County Career and Technology Center. The greenhouse opened for the season on Tuesday.“We offer annuals, perennials, tomatoes and most vegetables,” said Nathanial Witmer, a junior at FCCTC and James Buchanan who works in.....

Niels Klapwijk, NatureFresh:

Canada: More acreage makes for challenging greenhouse cucumber market

Additional acreage is just one of the challenges currently faced by some Canadian greenhouse cucumber growers. “We’re all struggling a little bit with supply right now,” says Niels Klapwijk of Leamington, Ontario-based Nature Fresh Farms. “There’s quite a big increase in acreage —not only in Ontario but also.....

US: "Nature Fresh in discussions to build greenhouse facilities in Maine"

Acres of peppers could be growing in greenhouses adjacent to the Stored Solar biomass power plant in West Enfield next year if an agreement between the plant’s owners and one of the largest greenhouse pepper growers in North America comes to fruition.The greenhouses would use electricity, as well as heat and.....

Bayer opens new TOV centers in the Netherlands and Belgium

This year, Bayer is introducing two Tomato On the Vine (TOV) Centers in the Netherlands and Belgium. At these locations, Bayer presents all Nunhems tomato on the vine varieties.During the last three years, Bayer hosted hundreds of visitors at the Bayer Tomato Demo Greenhouse. Tomato growers and other.....

Russia: Major greenhouse complex to arise above Arctic Circle

In 2018, a greenhouse complex for the production of one thousand tons of various vegetables per year is planned to be built in Norilsk, an industrial city in the Krasnoyarsk region, Russia, located above the Arctic Circle.The corresponding statement was made by Norilsk's Mayor, Oleg Kurilov, in an interview.....

Discussion over year-round greenhouse vegetable prices in North Korea

In South Korea, people can eat spinach all year round, but in North Korea, that’s not the case. It used to be very hard to find spinach for sale in the middle of winter. Even in places with large greenhouses - like Pyongyang, South Hamgyong’s Hamhung, and South Pyongan’s Pyongsong - it was exceedingly rare.....

US (NH): Berlin planners approve 16 ha greenhouse site

Two high-tech commercial greenhouses expected to produce 15 million heads of lettuce and eight million pounds of tomatoes a year were approved unanimously Tuesday night by the Berlin Planning Board.It’s hoped that construction will begin this spring and that the greenhouses will be operating early next year,.....

US (IL): Mt. Vernon Township High School bids out greenhouse

Mt. Vernon Township High School has officially placed the new greenhouse project out to bid.Bids are being sought for the dirt work, concrete, and construction of the new facility, not for the technology. The technology portion — which includes phones, intercoms, clocks, bells and security cameras — will be.....

Canada: Ontario boosts greenhouse industry innovation

Ontario is enhancing the competitiveness of the greenhouse sector by supporting the development of innovative new technologies, encouraging investments in greenhouse agriculture and boosting productivity.Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs Jeff Leal made the announcement at Link Greenhouses in.....

Planning a new grow to anticipate the warm season

For greenhouse growers, gardeners, and green thumbs everywhere, the early spring is always an exciting time. This is the season when life starts to spring from the previously-frozen ground, having finally escaped the cover of snow and finally able to drink in a bit of sunlight once again. This means.....

BrightFarms plans to build 160,000 sq. ft greenhouse in Ohio

BrightFarms will build a 160,000 square-foot greenhouse in Wilmington, Ohio, creating 30 permanent green collar jobs. Slated for completion in late 2017, it will provide 1,000,000 pounds of fresh salad greens, herbs and tomatoes per year for the surrounding region.Local produce year-round“A model for the.....

Farm safety plan starts with hazard assessment

The process of developing a farm safety plan should start with a hazard assessment, says an Alberta Agriculture and Forestry (AF) specialist.“When it comes to safety planning, all the buzz around assessments, policies and reports can make the process sound complex,” says Nicole Hornett, farm safety.....

Russia: Eco-Culture acquires greenhouse complex in Leningrad region

Stavropol holding Eco-Culture acquired a year-round greenhouse complex in Pikalevo. Eco-Culture representatives confirm that they are in the process of negotiations.The greenhouse complex was built in 2014; the first stage has a capacity of 6.2K tonnes of vegetables – cucumbers, tomatoes, and lettuce. Total.....

US (IL): Chef starts hydroponics program for high schoolers

Hydroponics farms are hot in Chicago, with new farms sprouting up all over the city. But finding experienced hydroponics workers can be tough, so a local chef decided it was time for Chicago to grow its own. His program in a Northwest Side high school offers students the chance to get their hands dirty – and.....

Russia: Teplichiy greenhouse to expand with 4 hectares

Sovkhoz Teplichiy has plans to expand with a block of greenhouses with a total area of 3.89 ha (Sovkhoz is a state-owned farm in Russia). This is the second stage of construction. The first stage of greenhouses was commissioned successfully. For now, the Sovhkoz’s goal is to expand with 4.07 ha.At first, it.....

US (MN): New Ulm High School gets hydroponic & aquaponic facility

The new aquaponic and hydroponic systems at the New Ulm High School are almost fully functional.The greenhouse at the high school contains the two types of systems that use water and fish to grow crops. The school has partnered with community groups like the Farm City Hub Club to raise money for the.....

US (IA): Baptist community garden to install greenhouse

A "hoop house" greenhouse under construction in Davenport will make a difference in the neighborhoods around the Hilltop Campus Village.A group of churches is collaborating on the effort, and the structure is being raised on the east side of First Baptist Church, 1401 Perry St. Fresh produce from it will be.....

World Water Day: Less is more!

Hydroponic greenhouse cultivation is on the rise all around the world, in rich as well as poor countries. It provides part of the solution to providing future generations with healthy and safe food. It does this by making the most efficient use of scarce natural resources such as water and fertilisers. Did.....

US (TX): Work begins on Mission Waco greenhouse

Construction of Mission Waco’s Urban REAP Greenhouse project is underway with the help of the Baylor engineering students and members of the Baylor football team.Mission Waco founder Jimmy Dorrell said the goal of the greenhouse is to grow fresh produce to supply the Jubilee Market, the non-profit grocery.....

April 8 until June 10, Asheville

US (NC): Passive solar greenhouse opens doors for tours

M R Gardens in the Oakley community of Asheville is offering tours of the nursery’s one-of-a-kind passive solar greenhouse, designed for the production of plants using nearly all renewable resources. The 40-minute tours are at 11 a.m. Saturdays from April 8 to June 10. The information given on solar design.....

Hydroponics, organic farming top UAE food security strategy

UAE's Ministry of Climate Change and Environment has put a priority on increasing the use of hydroponic technology, which relies on nutrient-rich water to grow plants with the use of little or no soil, and organic farming as part of the 2017-2021 food security strategy, a top official told the Federal.....

US: Minnesota invests in five Deep Winter Greenhouses

The Deep Winter Greenhouse in Finland, Minn. is the first of five such greenhouses scheduled to be built this year, supported by the University of Minnesota Extension Regional Sustainable Development Partnerships.This statewide initiative uses a prototype developed by the university's Center for Sustainable.....

UK: Thanet Earth expands with 6th greenhouse

Just weeks after the latest greenhouse at Thanet Earth began production of its tomato crop for 2017, the team confirmed construction of another greenhouse at this landmark Kent site.This greenhouse plot is expected to be operational in less than 26 weeks, with the first concrete posts installed this week......

US (OH): Eastlake approves medical marijuana greenhouse

City council has cleared the way for a Chagrin Falls investment company to seek a state license to raise medical marijuana at the site of the old Eastlake JFK Senior Center.Council agreed Tuesday to sell the 33505 Curtis Blvd. site to Big Game Capital for the appraised value, $300,000, contingent on the.....

US (VA): Biology graduate finds her calling in the greenhouse

Thrips and mites: It’s all in a day’s work for Nolan, whose official title is Greenhouse Coordinator in George Mason University’s Office of Sustainability, but she’s commonly known as the “Mason farmer,” and that’s OK with her.When Nolan came to George Mason from Boston for her freshman year in the former.....

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.....

Russian state subsidizes Kursk greenhouse industry

In the Russian federal budget, 4.8 bln. RUB (31 million USD) will be allocated in 2017 to support the agricultural sector of the Kursk region. Furthermore, approx. 700 mio. RUB (12 million USD) is allocated for expenditure co-financing from the regional budget.The Authority of the Kursk region concluded an.....

US (NC): Greenhouse for veterans closes its doors

Late last year, the Salem VA Medical Center director stood before a room of veterans at a town hall meeting and confirmed the news creeping faster than English ivy: If the VA did not find someone to run the greenhouse, it would close within a year.The commercial greenhouse supplied plants to the medical.....

CAN (QC): Concordia Student Union seeks greenhouse funding

Undergraduate students will be voting on granting the Concordia Greenhouse a 12 cent fee-levy increase in the upcoming Concordia Student Union general elections, from March 28 to 30.The greenhouse is located on the 13th floor of the Hall building on the downtown campus. It is a space where students can study.....

US: Warm weather aids New England growers in transition

For those in New England, March usually means one thing - the big melt. This is the month when snow typically starts to turn into something more like pea soup, and that typically means everything’s hovering above freezing during the day, and below freezing at night. This year has been a bit warmer, and for.....

5 steps for planning a successful greenhouse expansion

When retrofitting your greenhouse is not the answer a new construction expansion may be more what you need. Planning a construction project from the ground up involves a lot of details that you may not deal with on a regular basis. Here are a few pointers to help you start:1. Establish size and allow for.....

photos: special screen installations

Size doesn't always matter

"Of course hectares are important to us," says Jeroen de Jonge of PDI. "But small or special projects are interesting for us as well." One of the special projects is restaurant De Kas in the city center of Amsterdam. Quite a number of screen installations were installed on a relatively small area there.City.....

April 26, Horsham

US (PA): Propagation practices for the diversified vegetable farm

Join PASA and Pennypack Farm as they kick off the 2017 CRAFT schedule in southeast PA. During this afternoon, the farmers at Pennypack will be giving a tour of their farm’s propagation operation, including their greenhouses and crop planning process in preparation for their 2017 summer CSA.Discussion about.....

Aquaponics unit launched at South African university

An innovative and cost-effective food production hub was recently built at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) Missionvale Campus – which is to offer healthy lifestyle solutions to primary school pupils in the neighbouring communities.The aquaponics unit, built last year, is a collaborative.....

Russia: 20 ha greenhouse in operation in Stavropol

The third phase of a large greenhouse complex under the name of “Vegetables of Stavropol” has been officially put in operation in Maryinskaya village.As Construction.RU was told on Monday by the regional press office, the Governor Vladimir Vladimirov and representatives of the investor attended the.....

US (MI): Protecting tunnels during windstorms

High tunnel learning never stops. Last week on March 8th, a very unusual wind storm collapsed one of the tunnels in the TunnelBerries multi-bay structure in East Lansing, Michigan.Winds blew between 40 and 50 mph for many hours, and gusts were likely higher. The west wind unraveled plastic that was bundled.....

CAN (ON): Greenhill Produce to expand with 40 ha in Lambton County

A veteran greenhouse operator in Chatham-Kent plans to spend as much as $100 million to develop a 100-acre greenhouse complex in Dawn-Euphemia Township.Justin Geertsema, of Greenhill Produce, which operates a greenhouse facility south of Kent Bridge, confirmed Tuesday that Greenhill is planning to develop.....

Protecting early fruits with tunnels

Thanks to the open market and different climatic conditions and seasons around the world, todaywe can enjoy 365 days of fresh fruits and vegetables. At this moment, the first strawberries and raspberries from warm areas of Spain, Morocco and Italy are already on the market and soon we expect nectarines,.....

Nico van Ruiten, Energiek Event

NL: "Climate-neutral greenhouse will become reality"

In 2050 greenhouse horticulture will not use natural gas any more. If it is up to chairman Nico van Ruiten of LTO Glaskracht Netherlands, by that time all required heat will be extracted from (sustainably produced) geothermal energy, electricity and residual heat. He said this at the opening of the Energiek.....

Reducing storm damage to your greenhouses

"39 pounds per square foot – That’s the weight of snow I had in my yard in Ashford after the January 2011 snow and rain storms," writes John Bartok, Agricultural Engineer at the University of Connecticut. "The Connecticut Building Code calls for a design load of 30 pounds per square foot (psf) and many.....

Desert farms yield same-day produce for UAE consumers

When you pass Coffee Pot Roundabout, you know you’re close to tonight’s dinner. And within minutes, you’re upon it: giant tents sprawl across the desert like something out of a sci-fi movie. Spanning over six thousand square metres each, these greenhouses are home to rows and rows of vines, all rising more.....

Dmitry Lashin, Lipesk Agro:

"We broke the Russian tomato record, and will do the same for cucumbers"

‘If we don’t do it, someone else will do it tomorrow,’ is the motto of the young Russian entrepreneur Dmitry Lashin. And so he constantly expands his activities. From developing and selling climate computers for greenhouses to growing in his own greenhouses. And from growing himself to advising other.....

"Cravo greenhouse offers unprecedented scale of control in Australia"

Farmers are predicting a Canadian super house will be a game changer for Australian horticulture, giving growers control over the weather on an unprecedented scale.The house has climate-controlled retractable roof panels and walls which shield vulnerable crops from volatile and destructive weather, or open.....

US (CA): UC Riverside's greenhouse starts trial with pink solar roof

UC Riverside is building a greenhouse with a translucent roof that generates solar power while allowing sunlight to pass through to plants below.The greenhouse will serve as a laboratory to probe the solar energy production, plant growth and costs of growing food in such systems, said Jeff Kaplan, a UCR.....

CAN (NL): Lester's Farm greenhouse take hit in windstorm

Lester's Farm in Mount Pearl took a major hit in windstorm, losing all four greenhouses and an estimated 10,000 plants to cold exposure through Saturday and overnight.Among the greenhouses lost was the farm’s Aquaponic facility the company grows fish and plants in a combined system.“We spent the day cutting.....

from chalk to screen at Bejo Zaden Vietnam:

Asia: Better growth in Vietnam with smart screen installation

The team of Luiten Greenhouses B.V. will soon supply screen systems that will be installed in the plastic greenhouses of Bejo Zaden. These two are Dutch companies, but the activities are taking place in Vietnam.Luiten has long been active on the Vietnamese market and Bejo Zaden has been active here for a.....

Jamaica: Prisoners get lessons in greenhouse farming

Caribbean Cement Company Limited on Monday handed over a greenhouse farm project to the Tamarind Farm Adult Correctional Centre to further boost the rehabilitation process at the Spanish Town, St Catherine, facility.The project, which was funded to the tune of $2.5 million, began in November 2016 and is.....

US (MN): Students learn farm-to-table skills in greenhouse

Wadena-Deer Creek School students are learning lifelong skills in an independent study offered by greenhouse manager Kathy Connell.Becoming self-sufficient and producing organic, local foods is becoming popular and kids are bringing the knowledge they gain at school home with them to share with their.....

Spain: Large state-of-the-art greenhouse to be built in Malaga

The Algarrobo-based company Frunet, specialised in the production of organic vegetables, is building the largest and most state-of-the-art greenhouse of the province in the municipality of Vélez-Málaga. With an area of ​​5,000 square metres in one piece, the facilities, which will feature the.....

US (CA): Herb Pharm brings greenhouse to Natural Products Expo West

Natural Products Expo West, a natural, organic products event with an estimated 77,000 attendees, is just the opening chapter in the life of booth #1759. On Sunday night, when thousands of other booths are getting packed up for long-term storage, booth #1759 will be getting ready for its second life battling.....

US (NH): Fifth time's a charm for greenhouse plan?

Perhaps Berlin will be Richard Rosen’s lucky charm.Rosen is an entrepreneur who is proposing to build two high-tech greenhouses in the city. But over the last six years, similar projects he proposed in four other locations didn’t happen.The plan is for the greenhouses to provide fresh produce year-round to.....

US (IL): Students design galactic greenhouse

Two University of Illinois engineering students have designed a miniature lunar greenhouse which they hope will enable humans to grow crops in lunar soil. They will present their design at the Lab2Moon Challenge in Bangalore, India in March. If they win the competition? Next stop – the moon.Alex Darragh, a.....

Russia: 200 kg of cucumbers per square meter at Lipetsk Agro

Over the past few years, Lipesk Agro in Russia has invested heavily in technology. They use Kubo Ultra-Clima greenhouses and Gavita lighting fixtures to realize record yields.At their Lipetsk production location Lipetsk Agro grows under 230W of HPS per square meter, which is a very high intensity for.....

US (NJ): Students learn to build a one-acre profitable farm

Imagine knowing that when you graduate from college, you have the skills to run your own profitable farming business. All you need to start is a small loan for equipment and a patch of land – as little as an acre would do.It might seem like a fantasy for a lot of today’s undergraduates who feel buried under.....

A closer look at tobacco greenhouse production

"A successful tobacco season begins in the greenhouse and transplant production is off to a good start this season," writes Della King, extension agent with the Sampson County Cooperative Center. "With this in mind, cold injury is a common occurrence when growing transplants during the winter in a.....

Ukrainian hothouse growers look for success in EU

Although still facing some challenges, Ukrainian hothouse growers have been seeing a lot of success in the last few years. As many of the unprofitable hothouses using old technology are closing, they are being replaced with new and modern facilities using Dutch technology, which are much more productive and.....

Christos Katsanos:

Better times ahead for Greek horticulture?

While Greece is definitely not back on track since the country's devastating financial crisis, experts believe that 2017 can bring several changes that can resurrect the country's economy. Among them is agricultural consultant Christos Katsanos, who truly believes that now is the time to seize every.....

Spring is high time for high tunnels

It is high tunnel season, and the most exciting time of the year. Starting early crops in a high tunnel can prepare you for early markets, when many seasonal growers will be strapped for produce. Plus, getting your hands in the dirt always helps get rid of those winter blues. With spring just around the.....

Hydroserre Mirabel expanding into Rhode Island

The Newport City Council accepted a proposal to allow a Canadian company to build and operate a two-level hydroponic greenhouse in the city’s North End. The glass structure will span five acres and produce up to three million heads of lettuce annually.The facility will be built on land allotted to the.....

Zerez sells six more greenhouses

Zerez announced that its subsidiary Next Generation Farming has received a purchase order, and payment in full for six, 30’ x 120’ ‘Quick Deploy Systems’, totaling 21,600 sq ft of “SMART by Design” systems to be delivered on, or before, March 31, 2017. Citing strong positive feedback from recent client tours.....