Wednesday, August 12, 2020

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by Dr. Siriwat Sakhonwasee

A brief insight into Thailand’s vertical farming sector

"There’s quite a big difference between Thailand and other Asian countries in terms of the advancements in vertical farming technology and business”, Siriwat Sakhonwasee says. After obtaining his PhD on plant biology from the University of California Davis in 2009, Sakhonwasee is now a lecturer and…

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"during the installation we integrate a wide range of products within one greenhouse"

SchermNed completed first phase of a 'unique screening project' for Duijvestijn Tomaten

It's one of those projects that makes your heart beat faster, according to SchermNed, and they're in the middle of it. Duijvestijn Tomaten is building a 20 hectare greenhouse and chose SchermNed to install the double screen installations. It is a project full of unique techniques and innovations, like…


"You have to sanitize everything"

Maintaining the integrity of the sanitation

“You have to sanitize everything,” says William Kanitz with ScoringAg. “If you don’t protect your product, the consumer gets sick.” The company sells and produces sanitizing equipment for fresh produce and its packaging. Due to the Coronavirus, things have changed. It’s increasingly important to reduce…

BG Installatie is preparing for anniversary year

"The challenge is to keep the overview in big horticultural projects"

Freelancers wanted, urgently, Laurens van der Sande of BG Installatie recently proclaimed. In these times of corona, that can be called remarkable, because although plenty of greenhouse horticulture projects are ongoing, it is also difficult and people were (temporarily) unemployed. "We look positively to…

Unfold company launched with USD 30 million in initial funding

Bayer and Temasek team up to develop vegetable varieties for vertical farming

Leaps by Bayer, the impact investment arm of Bayer AG and Temasek, the global investment company headquartered in Singapore, announced the joint investment and formation of a new company, Unfold. The new venture will focus on innovation in vegetable varieties with the goal of lifting the vertical farming…


the hydroponic mobile app of TAPKIT

i-Droponix has new features

After a successful pilot period of its basic version of i-Droponics, some more features are coming to TAPKIT. Tapkit is a small, 500m2 hydroponic greenhouse with an NFT system, packing facilities and a nursery. The system has already been installed in Israel, South Korea, the Philippines and Mauritius, twenty five in total. The…

Belgian market report

Still little movement in tomatoes, price situation for other fruits & vegetables predominantly more positive

It is the middle of summer, so it is very hot in the greenhouse. But does all the hard labour yield something for the grower? In most cases it does with the (slightly) rising prices since the beginning of August, with the exception of tomatoes and courgettes. It remains difficult there, notes Benny…

CA: Farm Boy to start selling Cornwall greens

Cornwall company Fieldless Farms will soon have their products on Farm Boy shelves. Farm Boy itself - founded in the City of Cornwall, Ontario - has made a deal with the…

indoor-grown greens across California stores

Albertsons Companies partners with Plenty

Albertsons‌ ‌Companies,‌ ‌Inc.‌‌ ‌and‌ ‌vertical-farming‌ ‌company‌ ‌Plenty‌ ‌Unlimited‌ ‌Inc.‌ ‌announced‌ ‌an ‌agreement‌ ‌that‌ plans to ‌provide‌ ‌shoppers‌ ‌in‌ ‌more‌…

Information for workers returning home to Guatemala

Unfortunately the airport in Guatemala continues to remain closed to commercial flights and will likely remain closed until the end of summer or longer. The only way for…

Greenhouse more »

New high-tech polyhouses constructed in India

New high-tech polyhouses have been constructed by the Jammu and Kashmir government in Srinagar to boost vegetable cultivation. "These high-tech polyhouses with a cost of Rs 10…

Open Field more »

North Carolina’s 'tomato man' saves and shares heirloom tomatoes

Many North Carolinians may know Craig LeHoullier simply as 'the Tomato Man' or maybe 'the North Carolina Tomato Man' if they’re being specific. But he never even ate a tomato until he was a teenager. It’s an odd fact in a love affair that certainly didn’t begin with love at first sight. His fame in the…

Cultivation more »

DA Communications Group

Philippines Department of Agriculture aims to modernize the country’s agri-fishery sector

As part of its thrust to modernize the country’s agri-fishery sector, the Department of Agriculture (DA) is laying the groundwork to digitize its operations starting with the upgrading of its management information system (MIS). “The upgraded MIS contains the digital registry of farmers and fisherfolk,…

Company News more »

New client for British Growers

"We are extremely proud to announce that International Plant Propagators Society (Europe) has chosen to join British Growers for the provision of their business services." Starting in North America…

US: Fred C. Gloeckner Foundation awarded 13 grants totaling $131,440.00 dollars

The Fred C. Gloeckner Foundation, Inc. Officers and the Board of Directors met virtually on June 12th, 2020 and awarded 13 grants totaling $131,440.00 dollars. Since the…

Crop Protection more »

Cinnerate expands use for aphid & disease control in vegetables

Sym-Agro’s Cinnerate broad-spectrum insecticide, fungicide and miticide gives vegetable growers a new tool to protect their crops from disease, aphids and more. “Aphids can…

“This fungicide is a game-changer in the US”

The first-ever hybrid fungicide was recently approved by the EPA in the United States. It has been used successfully in 14 countries around the world outside of the USA already. STK Bio-ag Technologies is now rolling out this product in America with the help of its partner in that country, Summit Agro…


The tomato red spider mite in New Zealand

At the end of May, Biosecurity New Zealand (the Ministry for Primary Industries) found two small populations of tomato red spider mite (Tetranychus evansi) on nightshade weeds at two Auckland locations during routine surveillance. Industries potentially affected by this pest include tomatoes, capsicum,…

Suppliers more »

Orance points to lack of independent system approach in horticultural lighting market:

"Well-founded, independent selecting in horticultural lighting market increasingly difficult"

The current lighting market is still very product driven. Understandably, given the number of product suppliers of luminaires who all want to profile and position themselves in the market. The extreme increase, especially of LED products, is in itself good for the end customer, because it stimulates…

Energy more »


How retailers collaborating on decarbonisation could impact horticulture

Twenty retail businesses have recently joined forces through the British Retail Consortium (BRC), pledging to develop a blueprint for decarbonisation of the industry [1]. Among the signatories are several supermarkets that have committed to reduce emissions not only in their shops, but also through their…

Fertilizers more »

Sanda Jovasevic, Plant-Prod fertilizers:

“Quality is everything”

“The quality and purity of our fertilizers is everything to us,” says Sanda Jovasevic with Plant-Prod, producers of high productivity plant nutrition. Strong controls are directed at raw material inputs to ensure that there are no contaminants in the fertilizer blends. “Everything blended into Plant-Prod and mixed into solution…

Machines more »

Gossamer SC-400 shuttle car

Automated shuttle car optimizes packhouse flow

Many packhouses are looking to reduce the amount of forklifts operating on the floor and for that reason Somerset West-based Gossamer Packaging Machinery have designed an automated shuttle car for the circulation of empty and full pallets or bins without the use of pallet jacks or forklifts. The shuttle…

Packaging more »

in collaboration with Beekenkamp Verpakkingen:

New crates for Looye Kwekers

Looye Kwekers manages the complete process, ranging from cultivation to custom consumer packaging, in-house. A packaging process with fast throughput without any malfunctions is highly desirable. Until recently, Beekenkamp's existing low-height AGF crate was used for harvesting at multiple sites and for transport to the central…

Substrates more »


Improving performance of re-used coir with biostimulant

Fortafol-D from Koppert UK contains humic and fulvic acids and is ideally placed to support healthy growth in newly transplanted strawberry plants. It works by actively supporting a plant’s root zone, encouraging root growth, cell activity and mineral uptake during the critical early development stage.…

Cooling more »

RF Agriculture

How to regulate temperatures in greenhouse or indoor farm

Keeping cool in summer

One of the best aspects of the summer months is the increased temperatures and plenty of sunshine. After the cold winter months and damp spring, summer is a welcoming sight for many. However, in a commercial greenhouse, this can be a double edged sword. Summer has increased daylight and higher temperatures leading to less need…

Food Safety more »

Chemical composition of lettuce biofortified with Iodine

According to the recommendations of the World Health Organization (WHO), due to the increased risk of cardiovascular disease, the daily consumption of table salt should be reduced. To avoid the health consequences of iodine deficiency, it is necessary to include alternative food sources of this trace…

Retail more »

It could be a good summer for vegan barbecues

Waitrose is set to see a sizzling summer for vegan and veggie barbecue food as sales soar by 80% in preparation for the heatwave due this weekend. The supermarket, which is expecting to sell more meat free barbecue products than ever before this summer, has already seen searches for ‘Vegan BBQ’ on…

Vertical farming more »


Is indoor farming critical to the local food economy?

Over the last few years, we have witnessed a steady rise in demand for locally sourced food. Markets are carrying more local options, restaurants are growing their own food, even cocktails have “craft, local ingredients” stirred in them. What’s driving this trend? It seems that our palates have been changing, together…


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