Wednesday, April 24, 2019

photo report HortiFlora Expo Shanghai

Everyone wants a slice of the Chinese pie

With the high population and a growing economy, the Chinese market is like a heavy chocolate almond pie: just a little piece of it will satisfy you. At the HortiFlora Expo Shanghai that was held last weekend, 900 companies cut their first slice, or went for a second serving. With the HortiFlora Expo…

Thrips: The best solution against this pest is not to have the pest

The western flower thrips (frankliniella occidentalis) or thrips, are a very dangerous pest for greenhouse growers as they are vectors of viruses. These insects are very thin and sneaky, and once they have entered the greenhouse, the expense in products to control the pathogen and crop losses can be…

Canada: Greenhouses exempted from neonicotinoid ban

The Pest Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA), a division of Health Canada, released its final decisions on the pollinator re-evaluations of three neonicotinoid insecticides: clothianidin (Clutch), imidacloprid (Admire), and thiamethoxam (Cruiser, Actara). Health Canada determined that the continued…

Positive pressure systems: from concept to reality

There is an indescribable feeling when it all connects: design, engineering, structure, and growing. It’s that elation every manufacturer feels when a new idea meets the challenge of everyday reality. When it all comes together you know your company will make an impact on the industry. Recently we…

FreshTeq China signs partnership for Sino-Dutch Agro Park development in Taizhou

On Tuesday April 23, a delegation from the Hailing District Government visited the FreshTeq China partners to kick-off the Taizhou Sino Dutch Precision Agricultural Economic Park Project. In this project, Chinese authorities, HX and the Dutch business development and innovation consortium FreshTeq China…

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Samsung explains why they are investing in horticultural lights

Last spring, Samsung announced the launch of a wide range of horticulture LED offerings that produce a broad spectrum of light to support healthy plant growth. On April 23, Samsung introduced an update to the LM301H, which features the highest photon efficacy among today’s mid-power white LED packages.…

Sergey Fomenkov, APH ECO-Culture:

"Greenhouse vegetable production is promising but expensive for Russia"

The APH ECO-Culture Vice President of Strategy and Marketing, Sergey Fomenkov, was recently interviewed by Russian national magazine “Agrarnaya Politika”. The subject line was the greenhouse business in Russia, import substitution challenges, and prospects of greenhouse horticulture in the country. In…

Belgium: Grower goes for agrotourism instead of larger greenhouse

Since 1985, Jan van Alphen has been growing cucumbers on 0.9 hectares in Minderhout, Belgium, but now the assortment has been drastically expanded. Together with his family, Jan has made the decision to quit commercial production and to focus completely on agrotourism. "Our greenhouse is too small for…

The ups and downs of vertical farming

The term Vertical Farming (VF) can be used to define a variety of concepts. For some, it might conjure up images of tall structures with plants growing on the outside, while others may imagine stacks of shipping containers. In essence, VF refers to the practice of building upwards, or downwards in the…

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When is the best time to sign a fixed contract?

Simply put… there isn’t a steadfast rule to this and it isn’t always in the summer which is a common misconception. In the contracts team, we help NFU members procure thousands of contracts every year. Our customer’s supplies range from small farm buildings to large pump houses, vegetable stores and…

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New Botanical Biopesticides available to US market

STK bio-ag technologies, Israeli supplier of botanical sustainable crop protection, has partnered with Summit Agro U.S.A., which will become the exclusive distributor of STK…

Breeding more »

To protect stem cells, plants have diverse genetic backup plans

Despite evolution driving a wide variety of differences, many plants function the same way. Now a new study has revealed the different genetic strategies various flowering plant species use to achieve the same status quo. In flowering plants, stem cells are critical for survival. Influenced by…

Machines more »

TTA equipment for handling & selection of plants in 3D model at IPM Shanghai

Big Chinese project to propagate flowers and plants

It's not just greenhouse vegetable cultivation that's making serious headway in China, ornamental horticulture is also on the rise. The Chinese are getting more money in their pockets, which means consumers are increasingly willing to purchase a nice bunch of flowers or a pretty plant. In order to meet…

Product Info more »

Warning of fraud with one of the market's most coveted tomatoes

Spain: Are the Raf tomatoes we buy actually of that variety?

Tomatoes are available all year round, but the summer is often said to be their natural season. This is actually a half truth, as it refers to their taste, and not to the…

Packaging more »

Where to for packaging in a war-on-waste world?

After the ABC’s War on Waste placed the use of packaging in the fresh produce sections of Australia’s supermarkets under close scrutiny, growers and retailers are under pressure from customers to reduce plastic packaging. But any reduction must be balanced against the benefits that packaging provides.…

Marketing more »

Greece: Former factory turned into museum celebrating tomato industry history

On the south side of Santorini, a former tomato paste factory has been turned into a museum celebrating the history of the island’s tomato industry. When the factory opened in Vlychada in 1945, there was no electricity. Coal powered the machinery and seawater was pumped in to wash and steam the tomatoes.…

Substrates more »

"At least 80% organic matter and full disintegration in 25 years"

New substrate based on brown coal

Substrates come in many shapes and sizes - there's mineral wool, perlite, peat, coco coir... and soon perhaps brown coal, at least as far as Paweł Mietlicki is concerned. His company, CarboHort, developed a new type of substrate based on brown coal. The invention, developed in collaboration with Prof.…

Organic more »

U.S. growers are harvesting an increasing amount of organic tomatoes

Fresh tomatoes have remained a staple in American kitchens even as consumer tastes and preferences evolve. For example, producers have responded to consumer demand for more organic produce by cultivating more organic tomatoes. From 2008 to 2011, consumer price sensitivity coupled with the higher price of…

Cooling more »

New cold store and cooking facility for Swedish vegetables

The new branch of cooperation Sydgrönt in an old Findus factory in Bjuv, Sweden, will enable growers to sell more vegetables. The factory has a surface area of 3,200 m2 and…

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Exporting substandard vegetables and chillies

Uganda bans chilli exports to European Union

The European Union has welcomed the Ugandan government's self-imposed ban on the export of chillies and substandard vegetables to Europe, saying it was beginning to spoil the…

Health more »

The benefits of eating tomatoes every day

The tomato is one of the most versatile fruits, widely consumed all around the world. Some people prefer it raw, many like to cook it with vegetables and spices. You can…

Events more »

photo report HortiFlora Expo Shanghai

Everyone wants a slice of the Chinese pie

With the high population and a growing economy, the Chinese market is like a heavy chocolate almond pie: just a little piece of it will satisfy you. At the HortiFlora Expo Shanghai that was held last weekend, 900 companies cut their first slice, or went for a second serving. With the HortiFlora Expo…

Retail more »

Groceries delivered when you're away thanks to mini-fridge

The French startup, Foodconect, has just designed the first connected outdoor fridge which allows for shopping to be delivered while you’re away. This mini-fridge exists in…

Vertical farming more »

US (KY): FCHS ag program planning vertical farm

The Franklin County High School agriculture program is planning a vertical farm in a newly constructed greenhouse on campus. To help fund the initiative, the Kentucky FFA Foundation awarded an Ag Achiever grant. Set to open in the fall, the greenhouse will be dedicated to growing fruits and vegetables…

Samsung explains why they are investing in horticultural lights

Last spring, Samsung announced the launch of a wide range of horticulture LED offerings that produce a broad spectrum of light to support healthy plant growth. On April 23, Samsung introduced an update to the LM301H, which features the highest photon efficacy among today’s mid-power white LED packages.…

The ups and downs of vertical farming

The term Vertical Farming (VF) can be used to define a variety of concepts. For some, it might conjure up images of tall structures with plants growing on the outside, while others may imagine stacks of shipping containers. In essence, VF refers to the practice of building upwards, or downwards in the…

Medicinal production more »

HortiDaily starts MMJDaily.com

Normally we’re happy to publish all the news from the horticultural industry. Today we’ve got news for you. Our newest publication MMJDaily.com will be launched today! This publication is all about…

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