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Tuesday, February 19, 2019

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"Late stage talks to buy Sundrop Farms"

Is there another major investment fund gaining ground in horticulture? According to Australian publications, the investment firm Morrison & Co is in late stage talks to buy Sundrop Farms.  It's one of the most remarkable greenhouse projects of the last years: Sundrop Farms. The Australian farm uses a desalination plant and a solar…

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Grodan launches software platform e-Gro

"Data driven decision making in the greenhouse becomes reality"

Today Grodan, part of the Rockwool Group, launches the open software platform e-Gro. This digital innovation gives greenhouse growers smarter insights into the greenhouse, allowing an even more efficient cultivation. E-Gro is officially launched during the HortiContact 2019 trade show. Better overview, better decisions…

Summer screen for lighted tomato cultivation

At the HortiContact in Gorinchem, Svensson is introducing its latest climate screen, the Harmony 1315 O FR. It has specially been developed for lighted tomato cultivation, but is also suitable for other fruit vegetable crops. The screen not only offers advantages for the plants, but also for the working…

Bioline Iberia established in Almeria

Bioline Agrosciences and the company Biocolor (Spain) announce the creation of a new company, based in Almeria (ES), called Bioline Iberia. Thanks to this union Bioline Iberia will be a major player in Biocontrol in Spain. "Our partner Biocolor brings a well established brand in the cooperative segment and who…

Behold! The pepper packing robot

The use of robots is surely one of the main trends that the horticultural sector is experiencing. The dream of automation has always pushed innovation within industries, as it allows not only a better management of the workforce but also a better quality assurance. This is what the pepper packing robot was made for. This video…

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Insect netting discussed on first edition of Plant2019

Today in Valencia it's all about Plant, Cellular and Molecular biology. The first edition of the Plant2019 kicked off this morning. The conference wants to offer an international platform for botanists, academic scientists, young inspired researchers and research scholars to share their experiences and…

Hybrid training center by Sunfarming

The Sunfarming's Hybrid Training Center located in the Bahamas serves multiple purposes and is a response to issues that affect the area, according to the company.  "The Caribbean region is highly dependent on imported fossil fuels to generate energy, resulting in higher CO2 emissions and electricity prices of up to…

Spain: New lettuces to bring more flavour, easier harvesting

At the BASF experimental station in the Murcian town of La Palma, Nunhems, BASF's horticultural seed brand, is presenting new lettuce varieties during the field demonstration days. As a novelty for growing table, Magistral is presented for harvesting from the end of February to the beginning of April. Magistral is a compact and…

D.T. Van Noord Tomaten

Netherlands: Water quality award for tomato grower

In horticulture, water is of the utmost importance, and they know this at Roam Technology, producer and supplier of Huwa-San products. The water systems are cleaned thoroughly with stabilized hydrogen peroxide. To emphasize the importance of clean water, two customers with the cleanest water are…

"Root Barrier reduces plant root sticking to the tray"

Modiform introduces an innovative protection for plant roots. By applying a protective layer to the tray, root sticking is reduced. As a result, automated transplanting of…

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CAN (ON): Taking standardization of greenhouse cogeneration to the next level

When in 2013 Gruppo AB, together with a few former Jenbacher employees, created AB Greenhouse Power Netherlands (ABGPN), it was with a vision of taking cogeneration in the greenhouse sector to a whole new level. Over a period of more than 2 decades, Jenbacher in the Netherlands had continually updated and optimized their…

Fertilizers more »

Vegetal-derived biostimulant enhances adventitious rooting in cuttings

Plant-derived protein biostimulants exhibit hormone-like activities promoting plant growth and yield, yet detailed investigations on hormonal function have remained limited. A…

Breeding more »

Spain's most powerful R&D sector threatened by seed piracy

The pirates we are talking about don't wear hooks or eye patches, but they plunder about one hundred million Euro per year from the Spanish agricultural sector. In the short…

Machines more »

Behold! The pepper packing robot

The use of robots is surely one of the main trends that the horticultural sector is experiencing. The dream of automation has always pushed innovation within industries, as it allows not only a better management of the workforce but also a better quality assurance. This is what the pepper packing robot was made for. This video…

Product Info more »

Doctors recommend cucumber consumption

People who pay attention to their health are familiar with this product found in salads and sushis as well as in cosmetic preparations. Cucumbers have a pleasant taste and…

"Root Barrier reduces plant root sticking to the tray"

Modiform introduces an innovative protection for plant roots. By applying a protective layer to the tray, root sticking is reduced. As a result, automated transplanting of…

Packaging more »

"The material for our products undergoes an upcycling process"

Gamma-Wopla was represented for the first time at Fruit Logistica this year. They had the latest collection of their folding and stacking boxes for the fruit and vegetable sector. For Mikaël Vandewiele, Plant Manager of Gamma-Wopla, sustainability is the top priority for his company and its products. Mikaël Vandewiele (r.)…

Marketing more »

Michael DeGiglio rates cannabis vs. tomatoes as cash crops

Michael DeGiglio is the CEO of Village Farms International a company transitioning from produce to cannabis in Canada as well as possibly industrial hemp/CBD (cannabidiol) in the United States. While a shift to cannabis may seem like a money grab to some, and honestly money grabs aren't always a…

Substrates more »

Hort Americas and VegBed team up

"Sustainable medium to grow microgreens with"

Hort Americas and VegBed have announced a new partnership to offer microgreen farms a sustainable medium to grow with. The agreement complements the current growing media product lineup at Hort Americas and strengthens the distribution reach of VegBed’s sustainable microgreen mats. It will give farmers a new…

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The organic industry 2019 in Europe and worldwide

Facts and figures about organic development

In the past year, the share of domestic eco-land increased by 109,863 hectares (plus 8 percent) to around 1.5 million hectares. The Federation of Organic Food and Beverage…

Cooling more »

New cold store and cooking facility for Swedish vegetables

The new branch of cooperation Sydgrönt in an old Findus factory in Bjuv, Sweden, will enable growers to sell more vegetables. The factory has a surface area of 3,200 m2 and…

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Strawberries washed up on Ventura beaches

why write poetry when there are pics of strawberries washed up on ventura beaches bc of heavy rainfall circulating fb pic.twitter.com/FdeHt9HYyZ — valley girl solanas (@audreywollen) February 8, 2019

Food Safety more »

"Hydrogen peroxide sanitizers improve shelf life of produce"

Canadian water treatment company SanEcoTec recently received a Letter of No Objection from Health Canada for the use of its Clean5, Clean25 and Clean50 sanitizers in process water on fresh and minimally processed fruits and vegetables. In process water, the Clean line of products provides a sanitizing wash and efficacy…

Health more »

Canada: Western Health initiative to foster fresh produce consumption

Some people in western Newfoundland are enjoying fresh, local vegetables in the dead of winter, thanks to a Western Health initiative to introduce hydroponics kits to community groups. "We know that vegetable and fruit consumption is really low in Newfoundland in general, and western Newfoundland particularly, so we're…

Events more »

August 26-30, Wageningen

Netherlands: Summer School Green Genetics

Are you a student? Is the plant breeding world your field of interest? Do terms like green genetics, horticulture & plant breeding sound familiar? Then you're invited to participate in the Summer School Green Genetics at Wageningen University & Research. Why is there a Summer School Green Genetics? The sector…

Insect netting discussed on first edition of Plant2019

Today in Valencia it's all about Plant, Cellular and Molecular biology. The first edition of the Plant2019 kicked off this morning. The conference wants to offer an international platform for botanists, academic scientists, young inspired researchers and research scholars to share their experiences and…

NL: 'Towards an Africa Europe partnership' meet-up

AgriProFocus and foodFIRST organize a meet-up with Kees Blokland who is member of the EU Task Force Rural Africa, about the report “Towards an Africa Europe Partnership for…

Greensys 2019 to be held in Angers, France

The GreenSys 2019 International Symposium on Advanced Technologies and Management for Innovative Greenhouses will be held in Angers, France, from June 16th to 20th 2019. "This event is an opportunity to…

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 »

How to choose fluorescent grow lights for your farm

Fluorescent grow lights can be an inexpensive lighting option for a small farm operation, but not every fluorescent light is the same. If you’re not using the right kind, you won’t have enough light to grow. Most large-scale and commercial operations use LED lights because they last longer and emit more light. Fluorescent…

Medicinal production more »

Sustainability and the cultivation of quality cannabis

Tantalus Labs grows at SunLab, one of the first commercial-scale cannabis greenhouses in North America. Since their inception in 2012, they’ve shared detailed information about their methodologies, unique growing processes and the resulting reduced environmental impact. "This commitment to transparency…

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New coin developed for the UK


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