Tuesday, January 26, 2021

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"With a 4 or 5 month crop cycle, growers can carry out 2 to 3 cycles per year"

Carrying out two or three production cycles per year is common for cucumber growers, but tomato and pepper growers usually opt for a longer cycle. Yet in the new system created by the Spanish company NGS, this is possible as well. The Intensive Vertical Recirculating Hydroponic System places the plants…

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UK: Increased need for heat protection on isle of Wight

Isle of Wight has an ideal tomato growing climate. However, the summers here are also becoming more extreme. APS Produce has successfully used the diffuse heat-reflecting ReduFuse IR coating for its sensitive varieties and organic tomatoes. A. Pearson & Sons is the largest local supplier of tomatoes for…

cherries, apricots, peaches, nectarines, figs and table grapes.

Growing fruit trees and grapevines in unheated greenhouses: the benefits

Growing fruit trees and grapevines in unheated greenhouses in cold climates is not only an ecologic solution but has also several significant advantages over growing them outside in the field, says engineer Dan Bostan, founder and president of the Montreal-based Human Wisdom, specialized in sustainable…

Yoann Alarçon, Manager of Traditional and Fresh Products at Carrefour:

“We removed winter strawberries from our shelves, to please our clients”

On January 6th, Yoann Alarçon shared on Twitter his first decision as the Manager of Traditional and Fresh Products at Carrefour, which is to eliminate the strawberry offer in January in all Carrefour supermarkets. Yoann Alarçon’s decision on Twitter A highly symbolic decision which has not failed to provoke…

The Moroccan tomato is gaining more and more ground on Spain in the European market

Morocco is gaining more and more ground on Spain in the European tomato market. In the period between January and November of the last five years, Spanish tomato sales to the…

"we celebrate diversity to solve the world food challenge"

NZ: agri-tech company drives sustainability agenda

"WayBeyond’s vision is to transform the agricultural industry". This is a declaration of intent and to give this intent focus and leadership, Kylie Horomia has been appointed into a new role as Head of Industry Transformation. Ms. Horomia holds a Masters in International Communications, 20 years in…

First British cucumbers of 2021

Whilst the weather outside might be distinctly wet and windy, conditions inside the high tech glasshouses at Thanet Earth are a very pleasant and comfortable change. The team at Thanet Earth have been carefully tending the young cucumber plants with the first UK-grown cucumbers of 2021 due for harvest this weekend. The UK…

Koppert Cress sells Maasdijk cultivation location to Frestia

Two hectares of Koppert Cress greenhouse has been sold to Frestia. Both parties announced this at the end of last week. "The offer comes at a good time for us," says Rob Baan, who last week, much to his sorrow, also had to lay off some of his permanent staff. "Where we want to become connecting factor,…

Dutch top export product is horticulture

Despite the coronavirus crisis, Dutch agricultural exports grew by an estimated 1 percent in 2020 relative to the previous year. Total goods exports declined by approximately 7 percent. This is reported by Wageningen Economic Research (WUR) and Statistics Netherlands (CBS) on the basis of joint research…

Debate on how to shape the future of the AHDB continues

The UK Horticulture & Potatoes Future Statutory Levy Working Group has been established voluntarily by concerned statutory levy payers from within the UK Horticulture and…

"New year resolutions are good news for horticulture"

Guest blogger Ed Hardy recently wrote the following for AHDB GrowSave and it was an interesting thought worth sharing here:  "Three weeks into the new year and I wonder how many…

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Here's people dining in greenhouses

As Covid renders indoor restaurants impossible, these restaurant owners have set up greenhouses for their customers, providing their guest with various outdoor dining options.  

Afghan minister of agriculture visits Nangarhar province

Anwarul Haq Ahady, minister of agriculture, irrigation and livestock, in continuation of his provincial trips, on a trip to exploit a number of irrigation and agricultural projects, a honey quality consolidation laboratory, inaugurating of a large agricultural exhibition and meeting with agricultural…

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Inventor of pipe rail system Jaap Zegwaard passed away

On Sunday 10 January, horticulturist Jaap Zegwaard, who gained worldwide fame as the inventor of the pipe rail system, passed away. In the 60's of the 20th century, Zegwaard was the first horticulturist in the world to lay heating pipes in greenhouses on the ground, so that they could immediately serve…

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In its webinar, Cascade analyzed the incidence that its Light Cascade® technology had on berry crops

A cover for berries increases raspberry production by 14%

The French company CASCADE presented the results of the different tests it carried out in the province of Huelva with the collaboration of the Agroindustrial Technological…

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Korean startup Green Labs gets $18 million in Series B funding

Started in 2017 and already $18 million in. That's what the startup Green Labs has managed to do. The ‘smart farming’ platform, has secured $18 million in Series B funding.…

New Dublin to Cherbourg ferry sells out on first day

According to Swedish shipping line company Stena, its new Dublin to Cherbourg service sold out on its first day, with 175 trucks booked to sail. However, hauliers say direct…

“We saw demand for closing solutions increase greatly because of the pandemic”

Closing solutions company Kwik Lok has seen a significant spike in demand in the past year due to the pandemic. From retailers switching from bulk to grab-and-go formats to suppliers pivoting from foodservice to retail, packaging – and therefore closing solutions – became much more ubiquitous in 2020. Demand…

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Investors sue Bayer over purchase Monsanto

Shareholders in Germany are suing Bayer in a court in Cologne, claiming they should have been warned of the risk of lawsuits when the company acquired Roundup with its $63 billion purchase of St. Louis-based Monsanto Co. in 2018. Roundup lawsuits have resulted in a drop in Bayer stock value and a…

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J.H. Leavy & Co

Brisbane wholesaler able to significantly boost operations since moving into new warehouse

A major Brisbane wholesaler says it has been able to provide a significant increase in capacity across a number of its current service offerings, since launching its new facility. J.H. Leavy & Co. invested in a new $19.5million dollar purpose designed warehouse, which was opened in August, 2020. CEO Ben…

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Philippines: Government intensifies soil rejuvenation program

The Department of Agriculture (DA) will intensify its soil rejuvenation program nationwide to sustain the increased productivity of rice, corn, vegetables, coconut, fruits, and other major crops. “One of our continuing major challenges is how to increase productivity and reduce the cost of production.…

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Study on strawberry variety evaluations in different production systems

This past season, seven short-day varieties, Camino Real, Chandler, Flavorfest, Keepsake, Merced, Rocco, and Ruby June and three, day-neutral varieties- Albion, San Andreas…

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Hamill

Customized harvesting machines at any budget

“The pandemic hasn’t slowed us down at all. I’m an entrepreneur and I saw an opportunity in the vertical farming market because a lot of leafy greens are cultivated,” says Robert Benner, CEO of Hamill Group. The upcoming market could open another door for Hamill. “We have some great engineers, therefore…

Packaging more »

New-Tech standing pouches cut fresh food waste

Fresh produce packaging innovators, StePac Ltd. are gaining growing interest in the retail sector for their functional standing pouches. The attractive, high-performance resealable bags are crafted with the company’s proprietary Xgo™ advanced modified atmosphere/modified humidity (MA/MH) technology.…

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Ando Farm, Saitama Prefecture

Japanese strawberry farm now sells local varieties online

Ando Farm in Saitama Prefecture usually does a brisk business with its picking farm, where visitors can enjoy their delicious strawberries. Some of their varieties are only…

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Wim Roosen, Dutch Plantin

"We are investing to secure the coco supply"

For the second year in a row, the team with Dutch Plantin is building a new factory in India. In addition, the Dutch facilities are being expanded. "The demand for coconut products is increasing worldwide - we're expecting to reach one million extra grow-bags per year this year," says Wim Roosen. "Then…

Cooling more »

Report by Dynamar states

Worldwide volumes of refrigerated trade reached a new high of 169.2 million tons in 2019

Following the release of its eleventh annual reefer analysis, Dynamar Shipping Information and Consultancy indicates that worldwide volumes of refrigerated trade reached a new…

Food Safety more »

New study on environmental fate of chemical crop protection in tomato production in Colombia

The environmental fate of chemical crop protection has been widely studied in temperate regions but not in tropical regions. In Colombia, tomato is an important commodity…

Health more »

More vegetables, fewer takeaways

Covid-19 is changing consumption

Experts from the Institute for Global Food Security (IGFS) at Queen’s University Belfast and St Angela’s College, Sligo (part of National University of Ireland, Galway) have quizzed 2,360 adults…

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