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Thursday, April 9, 2020

Landgard defies crisis and supplies tons of local fruit vegetables

"Local labour can only replace the experienced harvest workers to a limited extent"

With the increasingly nice spring weather, the harvest of fresh German fruits has really taken off at the member farms of the Landgard producer cooperative. The first fresh regional cucumbers and tomatoes from traditional protected cultivation were available in smaller quantities since the end of January…

Precision steering for tomato crops thanks to stonewool products

Miljøgartneriet is Norway’s biggest high-tech greenhouse facility. It propagates and produces tomatoes, sweet pointed peppers and chilis for sale throughout the country. The company has a strong focus on sustainability, including a circular system for heating and CO2. Besides using Grodan’s Pro blocks in…

Virus is most destructive in Florida and Georgia

“We’ve developed tasty, high-yielding, TYLCV-resistant tomato varieties”

For years, growing tomatoes in the states of Florida and Georgia has been complicated by the Tomato Yellow Leaf Curl Virus (TYLCV). The virus is transmitted exclusively by the silverleaf whitefly. “During times when whitefly populations are difficult to control, in-field spread occurs at a very rapid…

"We are a sector that suffers from imitation and a lack of understanding of what the real product is"

Tasmania is home to one of horticulture's hidden gems: hydroponic grown wasabi

It is one of Australia’s little-known secrets, but Tasmania is home to one of the world's rarest horticulturally-grown condiments - wasabi. TasFoods Limited produces the Japanese-based crop, which is grown at Shima Wasabi in the north-west of the state. Managing Director and CEO Jane Bennett says it is…

Marco Brok, Golden Scorpion the Netherlands:

"Our parts are hidden in the fixtures of the lamps"

It's a beautiful name, yet it's virtually unknown in the horticultural sector. While the company has been on the market since 2012, and since 2017 in the Netherlands in Monster, as GS NL. How is this possible? "It's quite simple, actually", explains Marco Brok, Managing Director of GS NL. "Our parts are…

HoloLenses tested to help greenhouse suppliers working remote

Times of crisis demand creative solutions, of which digitalization seems to be the most prominent. However, digitalization was already part of recent developments in the…

Luitens renovation crew works with the rhythm of crop changing

New roll facade cloths and powerrollers spruce up Lans' greenhouses

It's the time of crop change in the lighted tomato cultivation, so it's the time for maintenance, too. Some chores can be done during cultivation season, but changing roll facade cloths with a greenhouse full of plants, is practically impossible.  At the different locations of Lans in Rilland the old crop…

22 to 24 September

Vertical Farming Congress to be held in London

The first Vertical Farming World Congress will be held from 22nd to 24th September at London’s Heathrow Airport. Eminent industry leading speakers have confirmed their…

Today's important COVID-19 news in the fresh produce sector

Corona-update: Italian NGOs are calling for stay permits for migrant workers

In today’s Update article, we will address the challenges put to West Sussex’s horticultural industry by COVID-19, the fact that Germany is drafting Romanian farm laborers and the dropping of the first quarter volumes in the Port of LA. The Australian Government is working with the supermarkets to…

UK: Vertical farm construction accelerated to help feed Bristol during COVID-19 crisis

LettUs Grow, an indoor farming technology provider, is fast-tracking the building of two vertical farm modules in the city of Bristol to help feed vulnerable communities during the COVID-19 outbreak. The company is teaming up with the food redistribution charity FareShare South West to ensure the produce…

Evaluation of heat requirements under LED and HPS lamps

An open source model for greenhouses with supplemental lighting

Greenhouse models are important tools for the analysis and design of greenhouse systems and for offering decision support to growers. While many models are available, relatively few include the influence of supplementary lighting on the greenhouse climate and crop. A new study presents GreenLight, a…

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Project fulfillment is planned for the end of the current year

Russian grower plans third greenhouse of 7 hectares

“We are constructing the third greenhouse Obskoy. The foundation has been finished, and the project is planned to be launched at the end of October 2020. It will be the last greenhouse project that GC Gorkunov will open in the Novosibirsk region”, announced the general director of GC Tolmachevsky (part…

Eco-kultura launched greenhouse complex Tulsky

In January 2020, AIH Eco-kultura has conducted a festive opening ceremony of the first phase of the greenhouse complex Tulsky, covering the acreage of 26 ha. The overall budget for the project is 109.6 million euro, announced the representatives of the company. The project GC Tulsly presupposes three…

Trade Board from Turkey visits Europe’s largest radish production greenhouse in the Netherlands

A trade board from the Turkish city Sakarya, located in northwestern Turkey nearby Istanbul, has visited the biggest red radish grower in the Netherlands to receive information about the greenhouse production process. Yilmaz Radijts, a company that grows radish high-tech, received the delegation and…

US (ID): Forest nursery serves serious seed purpose

The Idaho Panhandle National Forests Nursery in Coeur d’Alene produces more whitebark pine seedlings than any other facility in the country. Throughout the Rocky Mountain region, whitebark pine trees grow in the highest elevation forests and at timberline from Alberta to Wyoming. The seeds provide…

Ventilation control discussed in online knowledge lessons

Consultant Paul Jense with Priva discussed ventilation controls that influence the greenhouse climate resulting in desired stable conditions. He explained how you can set window limits and the P-band to prevent fluctuations in air exchange and thus achieve a better climate for the crop. With Priva Office…

WUR LightLab to be accredited for light measurements

The Wageningen University & Research LightLab has unique measuring equipment to measure characteristics such as translucency, diffusion and spectrum of greenhouse cover materials and screens. Now, WUR LightLab is the first ISO17025 accredited lab to be permitted to carry out measurements under the…

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An interview with Pietro Ciardiello of Coop Sole

Italian strawberry season returns to normal

"Strawberries are currently doing well: demand is good both domestically and abroad and production is higher than in previous weeks. Consumption is starting again, and demand is in line with supply; we have high expectations for the evolution of this campaign and we expect maximum production for the end…

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Brandt Europe launches Manni-Plex Calcium

"Controlling blossom end rot in California peppers"

Brandt Europe, a subsidiary of the US agricultural company for Europe, the Middle East, and Africa, has developed a nutritional solution to control the appearance of blossom…

"Now is the time to scout for two-spotted mite in cucumbers"

To get two-spotted mite control off to the best start, it is important to begin scouting and monitoring as soon as possible, says Pascal Briand, IPM and pollination specialist at Biobest. “The overall success of the biological control strategy is directly linked to the quality of monitoring,” he says.…

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Russian retailer Magnit to increase purchases of domestically produced vegetables by 80%

Russia’s Magnit retail network plans to increase vegetable production in its greenhouse complexes by 30% in 2020. It is also set on increasing direct purchases from Russian producers by 80%. This will reduce the dependence on imported products. In 2020, Magnit plans to launch the first phase of the…

Macpac has re-launched Plantpac.

"On-line sales may be a short term answer to falling sales"

UK garden nurseries and growers have been hit hard these days. "Yet growers want to see the results of the weeks and months of green-fingered hard work get to their customers - and at the same time the health-giving benefits of plants are widely known whether by helping us to indulge our pastimes or…

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Change in CPVO fees regulation as of 1st April 2020

A decision was taken by the European Commission in 2019 to update the CPVO fees regulation. This decision has been published in the Official Journal of the European Union on…

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Tecnobox celebrates its 20th birthday by launching new tray erecting machines

This year Tecnobox is celebrating its 20th birthday and to mark the special occasion the company will be launching new tray erecting machines. Tecnobox started in 1990 by…

Packaging more »

Jon Owen - BioPak

Sugar cane produce trays - a natural alternative to plastic

As the fresh produce industry moves to become more sustainable growers, packers and retailers are looking for alternatives to plastic packing. This is not simple, as fresh produce puts many demands on its packaging. It has to be sturdy to protect the product, it has to be moisture repellent and able to…

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Growing Media Europe welcomes four new members

Growing Media Europe (GME) keeps growing with four new members having joined the association since the beginning of 2020. The companies Eifel-Holz AG, Floragard and Hawita as…

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Government investment in airfreight welcomed by Australian vegetable growers

AUSVEG, the industry representative for Australia’s vegetable and potato growers, has welcomed the announcement of the AUD$110 million International Freight Assistance Mechanism from the Federal Government this week, which will allow Australia’s vegetable grower exporters to meet the demand from key…

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Handling COVID-19 on produce farms and in packinghouses

While there is no evidence that the COVID-19 virus is a food safety concern, it is a worker health concern as it spreads via close person-to-person contact or by contact with contaminated surfaces. Food does not appear to be a likely cause of COVID-19 transmission, but many of the same practices used to…

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Malta, October 11 to 13

Registration is open for Euroseeds 2020 Congress in Malta

Last year in Stockholm, more than 1100 participants from almost 50 countries across the world joined, confirming the importance of this Congress not only for the European but also for the international seed business. For Malta, Euroseeds is working hard to once again provide you with excellent meeting…

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