Friday, May 17, 2019

Goal is 10 hectares in 2021

Rainbow Growers adds 1.1 hectare to Tunisian acreage

It is quite warm in northern Tunisia at this time of year, but a lot of hard work is currently being done to realize 1.1 hectares project. It concerns a foil greenhouse for Rainbow Horticulture Tunisia. "Construction has been going on for two months and the greenhouse has to be finished by week 34," says…

Video: Greenhouse glazing is a precision job

What would a glasshouse be without glass? As soon as the frame is in place it is up to the glaziers to supply the greenhouse with glass. “Glazing is a precision job which definitely requires some experience”, says Henry van der Lans, who has been glazing for over 40 years. His employees work on projects…

Second Autonomous Greenhouse challenge is all about cherry tomatoes

Wageningen University & Research is inviting computer scientists and horticultural experts to form multidisciplinary teams to both challenge themselves as well as the state of the art in human operated greenhouse production in order to make a large step towards the Autonomous Greenhouse. The goal of…

Investing in smarter scouting

Although the processes of manually scouting crops is very important, it is time-consuming and error-sensitive. That is why Koppert is developing the scout-app, which will automatically identify and count the pests on sticky traps. This will utilize smart technology such as image recognition powered by machine learning, which…

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"Increase in efficiency in packaging process"

A sprint start to the year for TopControl, which has recorded an excellent increase in turnover both in Italy and abroad. The sales manager Johann Strozzega: "We are satisfied with the first months of 2019 which have confirmed our growth expectations. We have increased turnover in Italy, but we should…

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“It is a battle to find skilled people to keep up with the technology”

“In Australia the protected cropping is worth 1.8 billion dollars to the economy and it is the fastest growing one. It is also a global trend due to different climates and climate changes”, says Nickey Mann of Protected Cropping Australia (PCA). In this video by NSW she tells about how glass greenhouses…

UGA's horticulture graduates see a bumper crop of job offers

It’s graduation season, and for graduating college seniors, that means it’s time to join the job market. For graduates of the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences Department of Horticulture, most new alumni have job offers waiting for them, or they have been accepted…

Unlocking the potential of Tanzania's horticultural sector

A new case study looks at the potential value of horticulture for farmers in Tanzania, and the contribution of the seed sector to the growing Tanzanian horticulture sector. You can find the full case study here and read more about the opportunities and challenges facing the country's farmers and what is…

Korean grower automates tomato production

Agricultural Corporation Wooil Farm Co., based in Hwaseong, south of Seoul, is an example of how smart farming solutions can revolutionize the traditional agricultural industry. The smart farm, South Korea’s largest, producing around 3,000 tons of tomatoes annually, said its staff members do not even…

CAN (ON): 23,000 sq.ft. indoor growing facility coming to Opasatika

A freshly established hydroponic farming operation is bringing the promise of new industry and employment to the small community of Opasatika. This spring, Truly Northern Farms (formerly Smart Greens-Sudbury) will establish the first crops of lettuce and basil inside a 23,000-square-foot growing facility…

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UK: CCL horticulture sector saves over £3 million

A number of Horticultural businesses registered on the Climate Change Levy (CCL) scheme have now completed their third Target Period reporting at the start of 2019. Data submissions have been presented to the Environment Agency and the results have been issued to all operators. by Steve Leil Initial…

Fertilizers more »

Natural fertilizer gives football club 'best turf in Belgium'

Belgian soccer club Royal Antwerp FC has recently won the award for best turf in the Jupiler Pro League. The groundskeepers have earned the right to call themselves…

"Naturally occurring microorganisms can assist in nutrient uptake and reduce plant stress"

Compass Minerals Plant Nutrition, a division of Compass Minerals, and Marrone Bio Innovations have formed a collaboration to develop new specialty plant nutrient products…

Breeding more »

Eloy Boon, General Manager Iribov

Ploidy determination in plant material regarding flow cytometry

A breeder does good business when he can deliver the varieties his clients ask for. In the past, this would mean walking through the trials with a wish list, now it generally means putting his material under the microscope. It is there, with the help of increasingly precise techniques and calculation…

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Performing service works at six meter height

Standing on a 6 meter high platform you don't want any doubt regarding the machines you work with. The team with FPHU Maryniaczyk knows this and that's why their Hortitech trolley is in use by growers all over the world. Recent updates improve the safety and user friendliness of the trolley. "With…

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South Korean mini bell peppers are creating new opportunities

The Raon pepper, a new species developed by Gyeongsangnam-do Agricultural Research & Extension Services (GARES) in 2015, is definitively gaining popularity. These peppers…

New Zealand: LeaderBrand Produce salads are a hit

Ready-to-eat salads are proving a hit with the leading horticultural producer LeaderBrand Produce Ltd. The Gisborne company has about 3500ha under cultivation at Gisborne,…

Packaging more »

alternatives to plastic

Presenting produce on cardboard trays

Because of the increasing demand for alternatives to plastic packaging, Boix organized a demo afternoon about the MCT-1 / VE tray forming machine on Thursday afternoon, April 18. The demo took place in the Boix showroom in Eerbeek (Netherlands). Here, interested individuals could get acquainted with the…

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why Prominent thinks differently

"Bulk is seen as uninspiring, of mediocre quality and cheap"

Competition in horticulture is fierce. Whereas before lowering your cost price was key, the focus has shifted to adding value in the last couple of years. "Finding a niche", is something growers were urged to do often, as well as staying away from bulk. The team from the Dutch growers organisation,…

Substrates more »

"At least 80% organic matter and full disintegration in 25 years"

New substrate based on brown coal

Substrates come in many shapes and sizes - there's mineral wool, perlite, peat, coco coir... and soon perhaps brown coal, at least as far as Paweł Mietlicki is concerned. His company, CarboHort, developed a new type of substrate based on brown coal. The invention, developed in collaboration with Prof.…

Organic more »

China's organic community gets new organic online addresses

Organic and.bio domain names are now licensed for use in China. Afilias, the registry operator behind the internet addresses ending in .organic and .bio, announced at Biofach China that both addresses have been approved by the China Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) for sale in…

New Defra data shows growth in UK organic producers in spite of uncertainty

Organic farming statistics for 2018 released by Defra (16 May 2019) show an increase in organic producers, indicating opportunity in the sector. While the number of organic processors has declined, bucking the trend seen over the previous five years, the number of organic producers has increased.…

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NatureFresh™ Farms

Our #MobileGreenhouse is on the road again this week! We will be visiting schools & @LoblawsON stores in the #Toronto area all weekend long! 🚛 pic.twitter.com/3lpLCyN1M3 — NatureFresh™ Farms (@Nature_Fresh) May 15, 2019

Food Safety more »

The decision is taken following the Russian ban last year

Turkey takes protective measures for tomatoes

The Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry has taken action following an increase in the return of exported products. Last year, Russian officials detected insect pests and…

Health more »

Monsanto ordered to pay $2 billion in Roundup case

An Alameda jury in the case of Pilliod et al. v. Monsanto Company returned a verdict of $2.055 billion in favor of a husband and wife with non-Hodgkin lymphoma, ordering…

Events more »

August 14, Sydney

Environmental change: Implications for fresh produce food safety

The sixth annual conference of the Fresh Produce Safety Centre Australia and New Zealand will be held at The Refectory, Level 4, Holme Building, Science Road, The University of Sydney on Wednesday 14 August 2019 from 8.30am – 6.00pm. Registrations open on Monday 17 June. Pre-conference question: What do…

Presence of China, Greece and Israel

Infoagro Exhibition becomes an international event

The Infoagro Exhibition is a fair devoted to intensive production and the auxiliary industry. It will be held for the third time from May 22 to 24, and for the first time since its creation, it has been declared an international fair by the Secretary of State for Trade and Tourism, as it will count with…

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Groceries delivered when you're away thanks to mini-fridge

The French startup, Foodconect, has just designed the first connected outdoor fridge which allows for shopping to be delivered while you’re away. This mini-fridge exists in…

Vertical farming more »

CAN (ON): 23,000 sq.ft. indoor growing facility coming to Opasatika

A freshly established hydroponic farming operation is bringing the promise of new industry and employment to the small community of Opasatika. This spring, Truly Northern Farms (formerly Smart Greens-Sudbury) will establish the first crops of lettuce and basil inside a 23,000-square-foot growing facility…

Medicinal production more »

HortiDaily starts MMJDaily.com

Normally we’re happy to publish all the news from the horticultural industry. Today we’ve got news for you. Our newest publication MMJDaily.com will be launched today! This publication is all about…

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