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As our long-time readers know, this time of the year means it's time for our summer holiday. For the next two weeks we will not publish any news and will not send out any newsletters. In the next two…

In memory of Mario Scherpenzeel

It is with great sadness that Ridder must announce that their dear and valued colleague Mario Scherpenzeel passed away this weekend. After a short period of illness, Mario left us as the result of a fatal brain disease. We will remember Mario as a warm and committed colleague, and we will greatly miss his presence within our…

Photo report: Cultivate 2019

Although some exhibitors had the feeling the 2019 Cultivate show was slightly slower than it was last year, the event remains one of the best to meet up with suppliers active in the North American market. Celebrating its 90th edition this year, the show attracted more than 650 exhibitors and thousands of guests. Click here for…

Gerard Vonk, Tangmere Nurseries, grows bell peppers on 30 hectares with Elite Bio Twine:

"After two years of testing without problems, this year for the first time the entire greenhouse is full with it"

When Dirk Houweling set up a greenhouse horticulture company in 1988 on an unused airfield in Tangmere, Southern England, Gerard Vonk was already present. Tangmere Nurseries started with three hectares, but now, more than thirty years later, it has become thirty. As a manager, Gerard is busy with it…

ToBRFV confirmed in UK greenhouse

Symptoms of the Tomato Brown Rugose Fruit Virus (ToBRFV) have been reported for the first time in a UK tomato crop. Confirmed by laboratory testing, the outbreak has been reported to the Plant Health and Seeds Inspectorate (PHSI). The affected glasshouse has taken the necessary steps to eradicate the…

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"Virus problems require even better scouting and communication"

Hygiene measures in greenhouse horticulture are increasingly being enforced nowadays. That makes sense, but it makes it more difficult to assess the disease and infestation level, according to Arno Moerman, Vegetable Growing Consultant at Koppert Biological Systems. "After all, consultants can no longer…

Bell pepper crop specialist Roel Klapwijk, Personal Vision:

“A new step has been taken with an aeration system for better water quality”

A troublesome pepper gutter that makes it impossible to drain from the side, cannot be replaced just like that. In order to still take steps with the oxygen content in the slab and thus prevent root problems during the course of the cultivation, Personal Vision chose to work with an aeration system. "An…

Royal Brinkman exclusive partner of Riococo in Mexico

Royal Brinkman and Ceyhinz Link join forces to provide growers in Mexico with Riococo coconut substrate mats. "Our specialists in Mexico advise growers on their crop strategy. Substrate is an essential part of this. We already have rock wool blocks and germ plugs in our assortment and now with the…

Over years, Casey Houweling called on his inventivity

"We were never afraid to take risks"

Innovating is beautiful, but it does not always happen because often there is no real necessity. That necessity was there for the American grower Casey Houweling, as he told during the innovation seminar by Royal Brinkman. Over the years, each time a more southern-situated company was added to Houweling,…

Energy more »

Generate energy above the crop with a solar concentrator in your greenhouse

Using sunlight to generate energy without filling the greenhouse with solar panels. With this idea, Lucas de Groot recently won first prize in the Cleantech Challenge. “In the energy agreement, the Dutch government also requires glasshouse horticulture to reduce energy demand. This can be achieved by…

Fertilizers more »

Testing for better crop monitoring with tomato plants

Researchers assessed the discriminative strength of three different satellite spectral settings (HyspIRI, the forthcoming Landsat 9 and Sentinel 2-MSI), in mapping tomato (Solanum lycopersicum Linnaeus) plants grown under hydroponic system, using human-excreta derived materials (HEDM), namely, anaerobic…

Breeding more »

Spain

"Almeria is a global point of reference in plant genetic improvement"

Manuel Jamilena Quesada and Cecilia Martínez Martínez, professors of Genetics of the University of Almería, were at the Cajamar Cultural Center (Casa de Las Mariposas) to…

Machines more »

Investor summit supercharges Danish robotics innovation

Where in the world can you find the best robotics innovation and talent? You might say Japan, Germany, or on American soil at Carnegie Mellon, MIT or USC. But did you know Denmark has been called the ‘Silicon Valley’ of robotics? Bilge Jacob Christiansen, a former UR engineer, developed a collaborative…

Product Info more »

VGE International, together with Trintech, supplies a UV water disinfection unit to VG Berry

"Being able to disinfect various types of (drain) water gives grower flexibility"

Strawberry growers regularly grow both in the greenhouse, on racks and in the open field. This results in different types of drain water. To be able to properly disinfect all that water, a flexible UV water disinfection unit is more than welcome, also in light of all, ever stricter rules. "The VGE…

Packaging more »

OFVGA submits response to government’s initiative to modernize Ontario’s Blue Box Program

The Blue Box Program is meant to reduce waste from the sector, but the OFVGA in their response look to address potential issues for growers that could arise from the program. The OFVGA states that the sector is aware that change is necessary to reduce waste production, and that the sector is looking for…

Marketing more »

Summer supper club coming to Instagram

Village Farms is teaming up with My Diary of Us to provide a place where folks can come together and discuss recipes and other cooking ideas. Called the Summer Supper Club, it…

Substrates more »

New substrates offer results without the need for specialized equipment

The HydraFiber family of advanced substrate products is expanding with two new products, HydraFiber Hybrid and HydraFiber EZ Blend, providing a broader range of solutions for growers and soil blenders of any size, anywhere in the world, without the need for specialized processing equipment. HydraFiber…

Organic more »

US: Some producers question value of organic certification

Instead of spraying pesticides, Dubuque’s Stone Hollow Gardens & Shroomery uses predato ry insects. Instead of chemical fertilizers, it amends the soil with fungi, through…

Cooling more »

Werner Hopf (Gartenbauzentrale Main-Donau eG) on the current heat wave:

"It is difficult to lower the temperature in the vegetable core to the required four degrees."

Lettuce, carrots, radish: In a heat wave like we had last week, vegetable farmers have to come up with something, so that the goods still arrive fresh on the shelf. Lettuces, carrots, radish and cauliflower are currently piled up in green boxes in the cold store of the Gartenbauzentrale Main-Donau. The…

Food Safety more »

US: Number of foodborne illnesses associated with outbreaks in tomatoes has decreased

About 48 million episodes of foodborne illness and 3,000 deaths occur per year in the United States. The most common foodborne pathogens cause an estimated annual burden of $14 billion to $36 billion. Produce has been implicated in 46 percent of foodborne illness outbreaks. Tomatoes have been the source…

Health more »

USDA & US Department of Health and Human Services

Americans can still meet fruit and veg guidelines for $2.10-2.60 per day

Every five years, USDA and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services jointly release a new version of the Dietary Guidelines for Americans with information and recommendations about how individuals can achieve a healthy diet. During 2019, the 2020 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee—composed of…

Events more »

Photo report: Cultivate 2019

Although some exhibitors had the feeling the 2019 Cultivate show was slightly slower than it was last year, the event remains one of the best to meet up with suppliers active in the North American market. Celebrating its 90th edition this year, the show attracted more than 650 exhibitors and thousands of guests. Click here for…

Retail more »

Partnership brings increased artichoke sales

Ocean Mist® Farms said it has recorded a significant increase in artichoke sales through its retail displays and promotions in partnership with Four Seasons Produce. In June, Four Seasons Produce worked directly with Lexington Co-op Markets in Buffalo, NY to move thousands of artichokes in just five…

Vertical farming more »

Pink Farms secures early funding to bring vertical farming to Brazil

SP Ventures, a Venture Capital investment fund manager specialized in agribusiness, and Capital Lab, a proprietary investment platform for starting and venture capital, announced their two million Real ($532,000) into vertical farming start-up Pink Farms. Pink Farms is one of the first urban vertical…


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