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Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Focus on light at four-layer strawberry cultivation facility

In Hoogstraten (Belgium), strawberries will be grown late this year for the first time in a four-layer system. Below the three upper gutters dimmable LEDs will be suspended to compensate for the light loss on the lower gutters. In recent years, trials have already been conducted at Research Center…

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"Choose what best fits your needs"

Thanks to adding new products to their range, BLV now offers a complete range of assimilation lighting: From lamps and power supplies to complete luminaires and from HPS or MH to LED. "All from one source and perfectly synchronised with each other", they explain.  At IPM BLV displays their new hybrid solution: the well established HPS lights…

Everything is automated at this Australian seedling producer

At Boomaroo, an Australian producer of vegetable seedlings in the open ground, a new project is being installed. KG Systems, not unknown down under, supplies them with an automatic container system consisting of nearly 2000 mobile containers. ‘Fully automated’ is how Floris Berghout with KG Systems describes the system.…

New lighting for Finnish cucumbers

In about three weeks his whole company will be provided with new lighting. Finnish grower Jan Lindberg of Malax Trädgård is happy now that his old lighting, that has been there for ten years, is replaced with the hybrid grow light installation of Hortilux. Top and interlighting In December the top lighting was installed at the full…

IPM Essen: Plastic-free concepts and various lighting solutions

The 37th edition of the IPM Essen started yesterday. It could have been the snow, it could have been the traffic, but it was a bit of a slow start in terms of visitors. Today the aisles are more crowded. "But the quality of visitors was better yesterday", an exhibitor laughed, summarizing the ongoing…

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Spain: One of the most important tomato producers in the world

In 2017, Spain grew 4 times as many tomatoes as Morocco and 5.5 times more than the Netherlands. Turkey grew twice as much as Spain. China, the number one producer in the world, grew 11.5 times more than Spain. The total world production amounted to more than 180,000 million kilos, grown on an area of…

Village Farms files for NASDAQ listing

Village Farms has filed an application to list its common shares on NASDAQ Capital Market under the symbol “VFF”. Village Farms’ common shares will continue to be listed on…

Koppert India to train smallholder farmers

A consortium of Dutch companies – of which Koppert India is a partner – the Dutch government and leading Indian retailer, Future Group, launched an ambitious agricultural project and opened a demonstration polyhouse in Tumkur, Karnataka, India on Friday, 18 January. The aim of the project is to reduce food waste in…

Martijn Naaborg

Happy birthday, far away from home

Martijn Naaborg, project manager with Dry Hydroponics, is currently working on his first job in Canada, at the Thiel's Greenhouses project. Today he happens to be celebrating his birthday far away from home, so Bas, Joris, Dirk, Maurice, and Chris of Dry Hydroponics are taking this opportunity to wish…

Three startups take top prizes at Indoor Ag-Con Asia pitch competition

Indoor agriculture startups Biteback, Farmers Cut and Growers Agritech won top honors at the Indoor Ag-Ignite competition finals held during Indoor Ag-Con Asia, January 15-16, 2019 at the Marina Bay Sands, Singapore. Designed to support entrepreneurs and find the most innovative new ideas globally in the…

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Enriva Biohouse

Video: Turn-key bioenergy implementation launched

Located on the Victorian side of the Murray River, this horticultural client of Enriva's is a family run business growing food and plants for the wholesale market. Enriva in conjunction with Smart Heating delivered this state of the art biomass project which provides a year round temperature controlled…

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Veolia and Yara partner to recycle nutrients

Resource recovery company Veolia and crop nutrition company Yara signed an agreement to develop circular economy in the European food and agricultural chain by recycling…

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Using nuclear science in marker-assisted plant breeding

Imagine you must identify a glass of seawater among a hundred glasses of drinking water merely by looking at them. Almost impossible! But what if the glass with the seawater had a small red dot – a marker – on it? You would solve the riddle in no time. Finding this marker is exactly what new developments in science…

February 6, Brussels

Rest in peace plant breeding innovation in the EU after the ECJ ruling?

MEP Christopher Fjellner is organising an event entitled "Rest in Peace Plant Breeding Innovation in the EU after the ECJ Ruling?" on Wednesday, 6th of February 2019, from…

Machines more »

Visser Horti Systems introduces a new AutoStix-strip

Visser Horti Systems introduces a new AutoStix-strip. This multimedia strip is designed so that its plugs can be filled with any type of media. The rooting process of cuttings can therefore take place inside the plug, which provides growers with a new solution in automatic transplanting. More flexibility in automatic transplanting Automatic transplanting…

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Toy plants made out of plants

Last year, Lego introduced plant-based plants, bricks that a re made of sugar cane. While producing from oil costs CO2, the sugar cane absorbs CO2. According to the Danish toy production company i t is a step in Lego's plan to make every brick from sustainable material by 2030. Check out this unboxing video to see what it is…

Packaging more »

Microgreens – 2BFRESH presents new products in new packaging

According to recent research, all types of microgreens contain a vitamin concentration 10 to 15 times their amount in mature produce. A person who consumes 15 grams of microgreens is as if he/she had eaten 200 grams of mature produce. To illustrate, if you eat 15 grams of microgreen broccoli, it's as if…

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Going Full Flower in Holland

The Dutch have a long and storied history as horticulture pioneers. While tulips immediately come to mind, other flowers and plants find welcoming ground in Holland. While the Netherlands might not be the point of origin for all of the flora it boasts, the fact remains that this country is one of the largest--if not the…

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Kekkilä-BVB

"We provide access to a more sustainable way of growing"

Finnish Kekkilä and Dutch BVB Substrates have come together, combining decades of horticultural know-how to create a leader in the European growing media sector “Thanks to smart technology, vast…

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Whole Foods arrives in Europe via Amazon

For a few days now, the Amazon sites of Germany, France, Italy and Spain have been proposing organic products under the Whole Foods brand. After acquiring the American chain…

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Green Bronx Machine

We’re growing the next generation of farmers in the South Bronx. I’m rooted in the belief that it’s easier to grow healthy children than fix broken men. #TeachingTuesday @StephenRitz pic.twitter.com/wragQjtbhe — Green Bronx Machine (@greenBXmachine) January 22, 2019

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US (CA): Low or no pesticide levels in most fruits and vegetables

Once again, tests showed that the vast majority of fresh produce collected by the California Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR) met national pesticide residue standards. During its 2017 survey, DPR found 96 percent of all samples had no detectable pesticide residues or were below levels allowed by…

Health more »

First report of tomato brown rugose fruit virus infecting tomato in Germany

In July 2018, unusual fruit and leaf symptoms were observed in numerous greenhouses cultivating tomatoes commercially in the Lower Rhine region of North-Rhine Westphalia, Germany.  In total, more than 25 ha of greenhouse tomatoes were affected. New Disease Reports, an international online peer-reviewed journal…

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February 21-22, Tasmania

PCA organizes regional greenhouse tour of Tasmania

Australian growers can escape the summer heat in February and join the PCA in Tasmania on a two-day regional greenhouse tour. Together with fellow growers and PCA members, they will visit…

IPM Essen: Plastic-free concepts and various lighting solutions

The 37th edition of the IPM Essen started yesterday. It could have been the snow, it could have been the traffic, but it was a bit of a slow start in terms of visitors. Today the aisles are more crowded. "But the quality of visitors was better yesterday", an exhibitor laughed, summarizing the ongoing…

Retail more »

Ali Macara, Ikram Gbr. Nuremberg:

'Low demand for Turkish peppers after Christmas'

The situation on the German wholesale markets is very subdued, so shortly after the turn of the year. In Nuremberg the market has stabilized as well, after the increased sales during the Christmas season. January is also a quiet month for Turkish retailers, confirms Ali Macara of Ikram Gbr/Macara Fruits,…

Vertical farming more »

Focus on light at four-layer strawberry cultivation facility

In Hoogstraten (Belgium), strawberries will be grown late this year for the first time in a four-layer system. Below the three upper gutters dimmable LEDs will be suspended to compensate for the light loss on the lower gutters. In recent years, trials have already been conducted at Research Center…

How agritech could transform farming in Singapore

Which countries come to mind when you hear "agriculture"? China? Yes. Japan? Probably. Singapore? Not so much. The country has never had a large role to play in agriculture. Yet in the past two years, the authorities cannot seem to stop waxing lyrical about the potential of Singapore as an agrifood tech…

Three startups take top prizes at Indoor Ag-Con Asia pitch competition

Indoor agriculture startups Biteback, Farmers Cut and Growers Agritech won top honors at the Indoor Ag-Ignite competition finals held during Indoor Ag-Con Asia, January 15-16, 2019 at the Marina Bay Sands, Singapore. Designed to support entrepreneurs and find the most innovative new ideas globally in the…

Medicinal production more »

CAN (ON): Tilray buys 662,000 sq.ft. greenhouse in Leamington

Tilray has entered into a definitive agreement pursuant to which Tilray, through a wholly-owned subsidiary, will acquire all of the issued and outstanding securities of Natura…

Green Growth files bid to take over Aphria

Green Growth has filed its Offer to Purchase and Circular and related documents with the applicable securities regulatory authorities in Canada and the United States and will…

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