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Wednesday, January 26, 2022

“Greenhouse lighting can be counter intuitive”

“We’re aiming to gain efficiency of production in the greenhouse, and we’re looking to have better yields and quality of production, all while lowering the consumption of energy,” says Louis Golaz with RED Horticulture. "That makes us much more than just a lighting manufacturer." Together with new sales…

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Berry grower introduces hydroponic tabletop strawberry line

"Tabletop growing is going to change things"

Rooting thousands of strawberry plants on elevated tables the first week of October, Oppy, under the Ocean Spray license, will launch its first specialty berry pack in the Happy Berry label this month. The hydroponic tabletop strawberry concept was developed by New Wave Berry, LLC, a joint venture formed…

Double Diamond Farms is and remains family-owned

Last week we announced that Double Diamond Farms and Mastronardi Produce new joint venture, a 37.5-acre high-tech strawberry greenhouse which is phase 1 of 3 which will be over 90 acres once complete. It was mistakenly announced in that article Mastronardi Produce bought Double Diamond Farms, at no point did Double Diamond Farms sell any asset or its business, Double Diamond Farms is a family-owned greenhouse operation owned by Benji and Chris Mastronardi in its entirety.


Vegetable grower Simon Höfler on the current greenhouse season

"Around Christmas, we were too short of regional lamb's lettuce to meet the demand"

Traditionally, most German greenhouses are empty at this time of year, but not at the Höfler family in Franconian Knoblauchsland. Because despite rising energy costs and CO2 tax, crisp mini cucumbers and lamb's lettuce grow and thrive even in winter. We spoke to master gardener Simon Höfler about the…

White paper: Photoreceptors and Red/Far-red impacts

If there's one thing that has become clear in horticulture, it is that there's more to lighting than switching on the most efficient LED lights that you can find. In a new…

Dutch deep water specialist Dry Hydroponics joins forces with Deayoung GS in South Korea

"It is more challenging to grow in South Korea than in the Netherlands"

At the end of 2021, Dry Hydroponics B.V. and Daeyoung GS Co. Ltd. signed an exclusive cooperation agreement for the South Korean market. What motivates the Dutch deep water specialist to make this step to South Korea? Maurice van der Knaap, CEO of Dry Hydroponics, shared their arguments. “In general, we…

Ørjan Aukland appointed as new CEO of GreenCap Solutions

GreenCap Solutions AS announces the appointment of Ørjan Aukland as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the company, effective 01 February 2022. Aukland replaces Bjørn Rygg, who will retain his position as Chairman of the company. “GreenCap Solutions is rapidly growing and addressing the accelerating…

Plenty raises another $400 million

Plenty Unlimited, an indoor, vertical farming technology company announced it has secured $400 million in a Series E financing round.  The funds will support Plenty’s growth strategy, including leveraging its technology platform to sell multi-crop farms directly to partners. At the closing of the investment,…

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US growers invited to participate

New survey to quantify catastrophic loss from the ToBRFV

Today, iUNU horticulturalists are launching an industry survey for growers in the North American greenhouse tomato industry to define and quantify catastrophic risk related to the Tomato Brown Rugose Fruit Virus. As ToBRFV continues to have a serious and widespread impact on the tomato industry, as an…

"Regionally produced products should garner significantly more appreciation"

German greenhouse growers unite in new cooperation

Direct marketing of regional products from the source via a one-stop-shop and offering comprehensive service as storage and fruit logistics. That's the promise of 31 German growers united in a newly founded producer cooperation Landfrisch AG. The new cooperation unites 2,000 hectares of open field and…

US: Growing apples in a Midwest greenhouse

Organic apples are difficult to grow in the Midwest because spring and summer rains promote diseases that are difficult to control using organic methods. Fungal and bacterial diseases damage leaves, defoliate trees, and blemish fruit. One way to control diseases is to grow the apples in plastic-covered…

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China: The sun is shining on the Dutch-style greenhouse at Fancun Town industrial town

In the No. 3 Dutch-style greenhouse in the Donghui Modern Agricultural Technology Industrial Demonstration Park, Fancun Town, Taigu District, the sun is shining the inside temperature is suitable, and the staff is adjusting the water and fertilizer recipe in the greenhouse. Two crops of tomatoes are…

China: Haisheng modern agricultural intelligent greenhouse project to speed up construction

In recent years, Minle County has made full use of the advantages of the large area of ​​the Gobi desert and abundant light and heat resources and introduced Haisheng modern…

Mellantas cucumber nursery continues under new ownership

At the end of February, cucumber grower Mellantas in Sevenum will be back in production. For growers Carla and Hans Houben this is an even more special moment than usual, as they sold their nursery last week. Although 'you never know where the dice will land' Carla expects that the growers will be…

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Pandemic workforce modelling tool to help keep produce flowing to retail shelves

Australian and New Zealand fresh produce companies are being encouraged to utilize a new tool that uses mathematical formulas to model and predict the illness and absence of workers due to COVID-19, and ultimately hopes to reduce supply chain disruptions. Food safety software company…

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US: Lighting partnership to market LED growing lights

In 2015 Hort Americas became the North American master distributor and marketing partner of LED grow lights manufactured by GE Current, a Daintree company. This month Hort Americas has signed an agreement with Irrigation Design & Construction LLC (IDC) in Castroville, Calif., for IDC to become an…

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The 6th anniversary of the Stefix 135 ground cover floor sweeper

Last week Steenks celebrated the 6th anniversary of the Stefix 135 ground cover floor sweeper at Steenks Service. In 2016, Steenks launched this special floor sweeper at the floriculture trade fair IPM Essen in Germany as a machine with which you can get the MyPex anti-root cloth and other cultivation…

Switzerland: Vertical farming pilot plant in operation

The vertical farming pilot plant of Swiss companies YASAI and fenaco has started operation. The first products are available from today in around 80 selected Coop stores. After more than a year of planning, development and construction, ETH spin-off YASAI put the vertical farming pilot plant in…

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