Tuesday, February 7, 2023

The battle against mildew in strawberries

"In the fight against powdery mildew (white disease), the power of UV-C light has become increasingly clear in recent years," says Leon Verkoelen of Bogaerts Greenhouse Logistics. "Five years of research led by the Research Centre Hoogstraten (PCH) has resulted in a crystallised treatment method with…

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US: Amazon backed greenhouse starts selling via Amazon Fresh

Backed by Amazon's Climate Pledge Fund, Hippo Harvest's growing process uses robotics and greenhouses to reduce food waste and land use. Less than two years after investing in climate-tech startup Hippo Harvest, Amazon is selling the company's first line of leafy green lettuces. The greens are grown…

Bruno de Oliveira and Branko Lovic

New appointments at RedSea Farm

RedSea, the sustainable AgTech business whose pioneering technology enables commercial farming in hot climates globally, announces the appointment of two new divisional heads - Chief Agricultural…

1 - 3 March in Ho Chi Minh City:

“Strong participation from the Netherlands during upcoming edition of HortEx Vietnam”

During the upcoming edition of HortEx Vietnam 2023, which will be held from 1 - 3 March at the Saigon Exhibition and Convention Center (SECC) in Ho Chi Minh City, the Netherlands, as a partner country, will showcase an impressive number of 33 Dutch companies. In addition, a collective pavilion made of…

Online platform 'BOAL Greenhouse University' launched

BOAL Greenhouse University, a new online platform dedicated to educating people on the latest technical developments in Controlled Environment Agriculture, has been launched. This new initiative aims to provide a comprehensive online resource for people interested in learning about the latest techniques…

Srinath Perera about his company Grow Soil Substrate:

“The coco-substrate has to be adapted to a specific climate”

Srinath Perera started his enterprise Grow Soil Substrate in his homeland of Sri Lanka in 2005, providing a novel space for plants to take root in a highly nourishing environment. He started operating his venture based on the know-how he gained when working for companies in the Netherlands, France, and…

Prices strengthen for Mexican raspberries

The volume of raspberries and blackberries out of Mexico will increase come early spring. “For both berries, typically, due to the cultural management techniques used in Mexico in January and February, there is lower volume right now,” says Jose Saca of Wish Farms. However, he notes that blackberries are…

Greenhouses that tell you how they are doing: Can you imagine?

TNO is working towards remotely monitoring greenhouse performance. Within the Hortivation Foundation, the first two greenhouse growers are gaining experience with Kas Prestatie Monitoring (Greenhouse Performance Monitoring). There are plenty of sensors that generate data on the climate or control, but…

Enza Zaden appoints Andreas Sewing as CSO

The Supervisory Board of the international vegetables breeding company Enza Zaden announced that Andreas Sewing has been appointed Chief Scientific Officer and member of the Board of Directors at Enza Zaden, with effect from 1 May 2023. Jaap Mazereeuw, Chief Executive Officer at Enza Zaden: “I am…

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US (VA): The impact of inflation on greenhouse growers

Normally, at this time of year, the crew at Woods Farms in Franklin County would be filling up every greenhouse, but that’ll have to happen a little later this year. It’s the game of dollars and cents. Mark Woods, the owner of Woods Farms, says it comes down to fuel prices. “We use diesel in our houses,…

Jerome de Graaf, StoneX:

"In a market with tight margins like in fresh produce, payments in local currency can make the difference"

Whether importing blueberries from Peru, avocados from Mexico, or strawberries from Egypt; Jerome de Graaf of StoneX sees that financial transactions are still very often paid in the 'major' currencies such as the euro and dollar. "Then you think you have made a good deal, but money is left on the line…

Beneficial Insectary

Beneficial Insectary acquires Sierra Biological

Beneficial Insectary and Sierra Biological announced the closing of a transaction whereby Beneficial Insectary acquired 100% of the equity in its distributor Sierra Biological. This transaction consolidates a long-standing and successful collaboration between the two companies whereby Sierra Biological,…

Some companies will have to cancel trip to Fruit Logistica

Strong earthquake leads to logistical complications in Turkey

A massive earthquake has hit both Turkey and Syria. Next to the tragic loss of human life, the earthquake will also have consequences for growers and traders that planned on…

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Knowledge exchange at the hybrid seminar ‘From Farm to Fork China’ on February 22nd

The Chinese retail sector and the Dutch horticultural sector combine forces and organize the ‘From Farm to Fork China’ hybrid seminar in Shanghai on February 22nd. Chinese growers, governmental departments, education and training institutes, and individuals active in the field of protected horticulture…

Student-run event highlights generations of plant breeding

Texas A&M Plant Breeding Symposium set for February 16

The ninth-annual Texas A&M Plant Breeding Symposium will take place on February 16 in the Annenberg Presidential Conference Center on the Texas A&M University campus. The center is located at 1002 W. George Bush Drive, Bryan-College Station. The one-day research conference is for students, faculty, and…

Are you ready for the road to sustainable and profitable horticulture?

Plant Empowerment will hold a workshop on the road to sustainable yet profitable horticulture.  During the live workshop in Canada, the basic principles of Plant Empowerment will be introduced and further explained. Growers and other horticultural professionals are welcome to join the workshop, which focuses…

Event to focus on applied research in Canada's Agricultural Automation Cluster

Vineland is organizing a webinar on applied research focused on Canada’s Agricultural Automation Cluster. This event will showcase applied research and facilitate discussions on the future of automation in Canadian horticulture. During the event, Canadian scientists, engineers, companies, and end-users…


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