Thursday, April 18, 2019

Italy: Thirteen hectares of lettuce grown on a floating system

All types of lettuce are grown with the floating system on an area of 13 hectares. The whole system is automated to produce salad marketed under the brand name Ninfa. The location is Standiana, (Ravenna), near the large amusement park Mirabilandia, famous in Italy. "Here we also have fun with water - and…

Belgium: Full LED lighting in new 10 hectare tomato greenhouse

Signify announced its second horticulture project with tomato grower Luc Coghe to install full LED lighting in a newly built 10 hectare greenhouse in Roeselare, Belgium. Since 2014, Luc Coghe, owner of Tomco and his wife, Greet Biesbrouck, have increased yields and improved the quality and taste of high…

NatureFresh & Dell EMC

"It’s all about collecting data and using it properly"

In modern greenhouses automation is increasing. Growing and harvesting is largely registered via all sorts of systems or apps, which means that a lot of data is collected. As a grower or manager you have to think about the way how to store all this data. Dell EMC recently published a video in which they…

AmHydro and Farms 2050

Spreading hydroponic farming technologies across India

On April 9th, Farms 2050 of Bangalore and AmHydro of Arcata, CA celebrated the grand opening of what is the largest commercial hydroponic farm in India to date. A rich agricultural heritage that has been challenged by a harsh climate, water scarcity and a rapidly growing population to feed has created an…

Germany: University of Giessen uses LED toplighting in research project

The University of Giessen, department of plant breeding, has brought BLV on board to equip its research greenhouse with an LED system. BLV supplies its new LED toplighting luminaires with specific spectra, matching the requirements of the research project. “At the University of Giessen, we are…

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Qatar: Greenhouse fertigation workshop draws 20 agronomists and farm managers

Qatar Fertiliser Company (Qafco), Agrico and Yara International jointly conducted a ‘Greenhouse Fertigation' workshop for 20 experienced agronomists and farm managers from Qatar at the Hydroponic Trial and Demonstration Centre in Al Khor recently. The workshop was one of the initiatives undertaken in…

Greenhouse operations: Innovation discovery survey

The University of Arizona strives to promote innovative thinking and offers a startup innovations course. This course allows students to come up with their own products and learn how to develop the concept as if they were to create their start up business. Amanda Bogden, a Graduate Student at the…

Jolanda de Zeeuw, radish farmer:

“Late Easter, good weather make for lots of radishes on the market”

At the beginning of February, De Zeeuw, a radish farm in ’s-Gravenzande, the Netherlands, sent out an appeal on Twitter. They needed someone to come and help mechanically harvest their radishes. The vacancy has since been filled, but not without some difficulty. Just in time for the annual peak period.…

NG: "Deliver farm fresh produce to retail and display them properly"

"The Nigerian market became used to fresh foods on the table. Whether they are peppers, tomatoes or cucumbers, they want it fresh." Speaking is Tayo Ilori, managing director of Latc Agro LTD, in an interview with Wandie Kazeem of Wandieville Media. Properly display In a two-part interview he explains how…

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International effort launched to determine best CO2 capture & utilisation technologies

€1.3 million has been secured to develop a tool for identifying the most promising carbon dioxide capture and utilisation technologies. The significant financial support, announced at a launch event on 11 April, comes from the Global CO2 Initiative at the University of Michigan and EIT Climate-KIC,…

Fertilizers more »

Qatar: Greenhouse fertigation workshop draws 20 agronomists and farm managers

Qatar Fertiliser Company (Qafco), Agrico and Yara International jointly conducted a ‘Greenhouse Fertigation' workshop for 20 experienced agronomists and farm managers from Qatar at the Hydroponic Trial and Demonstration Centre in Al Khor recently. The workshop was one of the initiatives undertaken in…

Breeding more »

Line × tester analysis for eggplant traits using wild relatives as testers

Wild relatives of eggplant are commonly exploited for eggplant improvement, but the genetic improvement relies on the information of the genetic basis of inheritance of traits. In a new study, two eggplant lines, one with oriental and another with occidental cytoplasm, were crossed with four testers…

Scientists crack the code to regenerate plant tissues

A group of scientists from Tokyo University of Science have discovered a new way to regenerate flowering plant tissues, opening possibilities of mitigating the global food…

Machines more »

The age of robot farmers

It was a hot February morning at Wish Farms, a large strawberry-growing operation outside Plant City, Florida. Gary Wishnatzki, the proprietor, met me at one of the farm offices. In the high season, Wish Farms picks, chills, and ships some twenty million berries—all handpicked by a seasonal workforce of six hundred and fifty…

Product Info more »

Two-thirds of US agricultural imports from Mexico consisted of vegetables, fruit or beer

2018 US agricultural imports from Mexico

Packaging more »

Move from cups and shakers to small bags for snack mini tomatoes

You get tomatoes in all shapes and sizes. From cherry tomatoes and snack tomatoes to TOV and loose tomatoes. For every tomato, a suitable packaging solution has been found. These are needed to bring this product, undamaged, to the consumer. There is also a growing trend toward smaller, snack-sized…

Marketing more »

Böttcher Gartenbau supplies ingredients for popular Easter specialty

Seven herbs for green sauce - now with German herbs

Parsley, chives, chervil, sorrel, pimpinelle, borage and watercress: "Every connoisseur knows that these are the necessary ingredients for the green sauce." The well-tried specialty is a seasonal highlight, especially in Southwest Germany, and especially at Easter," says Hendzel, responsible for…

Substrates more »

Canada: Government awards $1.9M in financial assistance to Lambert Peat Moss

Lambert Peat Moss is one of the key players in the peat moss industry in Quebec. To ensure its growth, the company is receiving a repayable contribution of $1.9 million from Canada Economic Development for Quebec Regions. With this financial assistance, the SME will be able to improve its productivity…

Organic more »

U.S. growers are harvesting an increasing amount of organic tomatoes

Fresh tomatoes have remained a staple in American kitchens even as consumer tastes and preferences evolve. For example, producers have responded to consumer demand for more organic produce by cultivating more organic tomatoes. From 2008 to 2011, consumer price sensitivity coupled with the higher price of…

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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Food Safety more »

Exporting substandard vegetables and chillies

Uganda bans chilli exports to European Union

The European Union has welcomed the Ugandan government's self-imposed ban on the export of chillies and substandard vegetables to Europe, saying it was beginning to spoil the…

Health more »

The benefits of eating tomatoes every day

The tomato is one of the most versatile fruits, widely consumed all around the world. Some people prefer it raw, many like to cook it with vegetables and spices. You can…

Events more »

Texas A&M University scholarship students to attend Viva Fresh Expo

For the fifth year, DMA Solutions will send top performing students from Texas A&M University to the Viva Fresh Produce Expo in San Antonio, Texas as a part of the Aggies…

Retail more »

and growers pay the price

How retailers quadruple the price of imperfect produce

In a recent Dutch tv-episode attention was paid to imperfect produce, the deformed vegetables and fruit that lie on the fresh produce shelves of retailer Albert Heijn. According to the show producers, the text on the packaging ‘throwing away is a pity’, which is put on 'ugly produce' suggests that the…

Vertical farming more »

A case study of controlled environment agriculture in New York City

Will the urban agricultural revolution be vertical and soilless?

Controlled environment agriculture (CEA) is an emerging form of farming increasingly found in cities worldwide. Advocates promote CEA as the future of food production, arguing for its potential to address challenges ranging from climate change to food insecurity. Detractors state that CEA’s narrow focus…

Medicinal production more »

HortiDaily starts

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


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