Wednesday, May 25, 2022

The KUBO Group acquires cultivation systems and software branch of Codema

At the beginning of this year, KUBO announced the takeover of Peter Dekker Installations by the KUBO Group. Less than a few months later, KUBO acquires the Cultivation Systems and Software & Web Solutions divisions of Codema Systems, which went bankrupt in May this year. Wouter Kuiper: "We are very…

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Market, prices, and energy crisis - Global Tomato Congress is back

After two and a half years, the Global Tomato Congress has come back again to the Netherlands. Yesterday, tomato specialists from the full extent of the supply chain gathered in The Hague. The full-day program covered a wide range of subjects, from technology and breeding to marketing and trade. Anyone…

Ton van Dalen, Oxin Growers

"If gas prices stay around one euro, we'll have to pass costs along in the chain"

Dutch tomato and cucumber growers cannot complain about current prices. However, bell pepper and eggplant growers still have plenty of catching up to do this season. Oxin Growers's commercial director, Ton van Dalen, is therefore raising the alarm about the impact of the increased costs. "If gas prices…

Soli Organic's indoor grown 'Indolce' basil now in Mid-Atlantic retailers

"Our CEA grown basil nearly a dollar less per ounce than field-grown organic produce"

Soli Organic's brand-new line of USDA-certified organic 'Indolce' basil is landing on produce aisle shelves in over 2,000 select stores across more than 15 Mid-Atlantic distribution centers. Soli Organic is the nation's only soil-based, controlled environment agriculture company delivering 100%…

Osram launches new LED family

Osram announced the launch of the OSLON Optimal family of LEDs, based on the latest ams Osram 1mm2 chip for horticulture lighting, which offer an outstanding combination of high efficiency, and reliable performance, and great value. The new OSLON Optimal LEDs are available at launch in Hyper Red (660 nm) and Far Red (730 nm)…

Commencing today: Agritechnica Asia & Horti Asia

Organized by VNU Asia Pacific and DLG International, Agritechnica Asia & Horti Asia 2022, the region’s largest trade exhibitions for smart agriculture and horticulture production, will commence in person at BITEC, Bangkok, Thailand, from May 25-27, 2022. In this edition, trade visitors, buyers, and…

Wageningen researchers show that it’s possible:

Extracting high-value Rubisco protein from tomato leaves

Researchers at Wageningen have become the first in the world to extract high-value Rubisco protein from tomato leaves, one of the major residue streams of greenhouse horticulture. The method they used is similar to the methods they had previously developed for extracting Rubisco from other crop residue…

What happens when plants have stress reactions to touch

A 30-year-old genetic mystery has been solved. It has previously been established that touch can trigger stress reactions in plants. However, the molecular models for explaining this process have been quite spartan so far. Now researchers at Lund University in Sweden have found genetic keys that explain…

Bayer makes US$160 million commitment to Zero Hunger Pledge

Joining like-minded companies in the private sector, Bayer has signed the Zero Hunger Private Sector Pledge with a 160 million U.S. dollar commitment dedicated to help end…

Tribelli® peppers seduce foodies in Berlin and London with their sweetness

On Thursday, 19 May, the first Tribelli® Grill Party of the summer season took place in Berlin. An event where the renowned sweet pepper brand brought together thirty influencers and gastronomic journalists at the Koch- & Grillakademie cookery school. During the afterwork event, those attending learned…

Jamie Willis - Swaggie

"We facilitate connections between prospective workers and employers"

The labor shortage in Australia has been well publicized. Normally the country would have 300,000 backpackers to fill jobs, but they have been slow to come back after the pandemic closed the borders. With an unemployment rate of just 3%, the horticulture industry, in particular, is struggling for workers…

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Timo Heep, Managing Director of Fruchthansa:

"Due to our international supplier structure, fresh arugula is available to us almost year-round"

For Wesseling-based Fruchthansa Ltd, the German arugula season began at the start of May, and the quality of the produce was good, Managing Director Timo Heep (right) tells us. "Here in NRW, the season starts somewhat later than in -for example- the Palatinate. But the weather has ensured a satisfactory supply…

Malaysia: hydroponic farm develops home growing systems

Representatives from Trio Garden Supplies recently visited Opus Farm - a hydroponic-based in the Shah Alam area. EM and zero-pesticide form the core of their planting methodology. Surrounding this ecosystem is a greenhouse that keeps pests and the elements outdoors while maintaining a conducive…

Stephen McCormack - McCormack Family Farms

"We have not increased our baby leaf or herb production due to the higher costs"

The Irish salad season is in full production at McCormack Family Farms in County Meath. The basil crop was planted two weeks ago and should be ready for the first harvest in a few weeks. "We are very happy about how the salad crops are going so far," said Stephen McCormack. "The uptake from the retailers…

Radford Software

Unprecedented demand for fresh produce software company after remote packhouse solutions installation

A leading New Zealand fresh produce software provider says it is receiving unprecedented demand for its services, particularly following the latest successful implementation of its packhouse solutions. Earlier this year, Radford Software onboarded leading Australian asparagus producer and distributor…

ACT weakens plastic ban by removing fruit and vegetable bags

The Australian Marine Conservation Society (AMCS) is pleased the Australian Capital Territory government is taking the next steps on banning marine wildlife-killing single-use plastic with its announcement of the latest items that will be banned from 1 July. But the nation’s top ocean conservationists…

Sicilian Pizzutello tomatoes are back

An Open Day dedicated to the new TSI Italia tomato variety "Pizzillo" was held at Gold Green in Santa Croce Camerina (Sicily). "Pizzillo is the modern version of an ancient tomato. The one our grandmas used and a variety we sought in order to fill a gap that had formed within the Sicilian table tomato segment.…

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Shelburne County strawberry farmer recognized with provincial award of excellence in agriculture

For 40 years, a visit or two to Jackson Lore's u-pick strawberry farm in Middle Clyde River has been a summertime destination and tradition for many people in southwestern Nova Scotia. Lore has been recognized by the provincial Department of Agriculture with a 2022 Minister's Award of Excellence in…

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Vietnam to boost high-tech ag tackling hydroponic- and aquaculture farming

The northern province of Quang Ninh is taking steps to boost high-tech agriculture to cut production costs, increase volumes, and cultivate high-quality farm produce. To realize this goal, farmers are focusing on speeding up the digital transformation, considering it a strategic solution to enhancing the…

US lighting company announces Canadian subsidiary

"We are thrilled to play a larger role in the Canadian market"

Agnetix has added a Canadian subsidiary to better serve the burgeoning market interested in their innovative, high-powered, liquid-cooled luminaires. Operations commenced May 1, 2022, in southern Ontario.Aaron Baillie Agnetix also announced the addition of Aaron Baillie, Sale Engineer, based in the…

Crop scouting app for faster data collection

These days – whether it's due to covid or other reasons – growers often have less staff at their farms. But when under pressure to deliver more with less, digitizing and expediating manual tasks is key to optimizing labor. The FarmRoad mobile app aims to streamline crop scouting and crop registration so…

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