Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Priva launches Plantonomy: an online application that changes the way greenhouses are controlled.

From over 10,000 to a maximum of 6 settings: making growing easier

“I was a grower myself. All day long I was reading the crop, adjusting all the settings to get the job done. That’s more than 10,000 settings, 7 days per week, 365 days per year. That’s not working if you want to expand the greenhouse industry. And it’s not just these growers – it's also the next…

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AppHarvest breaks ground on second high-tech greenhouse

AppHarvest has started construction on a second high-tech controlled environment agriculture facility in Central Appalachia. Located in Madison County, KY, the farm, when complete, will exceed 60 acres. The indoor facility will grow non-GMO, chemical pesticide-free fruits and vegetables to be distributed…

GreenTech Xpert Theatre webinar:

Dutch business opportunities in South Korea, Argentina and Colombia

For many years, Dutch horticulturalists are exporting their products and transferring their knowledge abroad. In many countries, the Dutch products and methods are being used, but there are always opportunities to expand further. In yesterday's Xpert Theatre webinars during the GreenTechLive & Online…

Canadian smart LED lighting producer raises $3.15M

Sollum Technologies received $3.15 million Canadian dollars of funding through the Technoclimat program. This major investment in Sollum’s growth was preceded by $5 million Canadian dollars in funding from Sustainable Development Technology Canada (STDC) and $3.9 million Canadian dollars from…

BrightFarms

Cox Enterprises assumes majority ownership

BrightFarms secures $100 million Series E round of funding

BrightFarms has secured more than $100 million in debt and new equity capital to support its expansion plans. The Series E round of funding was led by Cox Enterprises, which now owns a majority stake in the company, and includes a follow-on investment from growth equity firm Catalyst Investors.…

Agri Week, Gardex, Tool Japan at Makuhari Messe, Tokyo:

Japan: Hybrid edition of agri- and horticultural shows welcomes 23,175 visitors

Last week, from October 14-16, three Japanese agri- and horticultural shows were held in a hybrid format; offline at the Makuhari Messe in Tokyo and online on a digital platform. The shows were held concurrently and attracted 23,175 visitors. Even though the number of visitors is lower compared to last…

Erik Rasing starts soft fruit propagation with RasGrow Plants

Since Spring this year, a new name is written on the facade of a company specialized in strawberry propagation under glass located in the Dutch town of Hout-Blerick. That name is RasGrow Plants, and Erik Rasing runs the company. At the end of his studies, he came into contact with grower Gerrit van der…

Itility

Predicting quality of tomato seedlings

Wageningen University Research (WUR) has developed a machine for rapid plant phenotyping that is capturing the plants’ observable characteristics. This machine (called the MARVIN3D) uses multiple cameras to capture each plant from multiple angles and additionally creates an 3D-model of the plant. It is used…

Netherlands: Fear causes the sales of niche products to drop by eighty percent

Before the Dutch government's corona press conference on the 13th of October, the amount of orders at PUURgroenten had been declining steadily for past weeks. With a decrease of as much as eighty percent recently, grower Han Lammers notices. He says it’s due to the fear that people currently feel. Anna Koster…

Aleph Farms

Growing meat on Mars

Aleph Farms, a company that grows quality steaks directly from non-GMO cells, isolated from a living animal – is taking a bold new step toward accelerating extraterrestrial food production, which has been a main barrier for long-term space missions. The company announces the launch of its ‘Aleph Zero’ program. This project will…

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Corona gives boost to Dutch greenhouse builder in China

The construction of a 17.5 hectare greenhouse near the Chinese city of Shanghai is in full swing. The delivery of the first phase is expected in spring. The greenhouse is a cooperation between Dutch company FoodVentures and Chinese real estate developer Evergrande. FoodVentures CEO Dirk Aleven: "Corona…

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Florida growers optimistic about fall/winter growing season

Following a difficult spring for many Florida growers, fall crops are getting underway and growers feel fairly optimistic. “Everything is on track and looks good,” says Stephen S. Madonia Sr. with Chapman Fruit Company Inc. in Immokalee, FL. This follows the spring growing season in which growers had to…

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New Zealand: Light fluctuates like a yoyo

Last week, light levels were erratic with some fantastic days proceeded by very dull, wet and windy days. Some crop reports showed 25% less light compared to the previous week. The weather pattern is not uncommon for this time of the year but never the less it is extremely hard on older crops or crops…

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USDA cites VA company and files action against FL company for PACA violations

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has imposed sanctions on Benny F. Hall & Sons LLC, Oak Hall, Va., for violating the Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act. These sanctions…

US: Western Growers hires Walt Duflock as Vice President, Innovation

Increasing its efforts to quicken the pace of technology solutions for the fresh produce industry, Western Growers has added Walt Duflock as Vice President, Innovation. In this role, Duflock will be singularly focused on accelerating agtech for Western Growers (WG) member companies, including expanding…

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India: Grounded pilots use hydroponics to grow and deliver veggies

What would you do if you’re cruising at 30,000 feet in the air daily and are suddenly grounded for months? Well, these pilots started a hydroponics business on their terrace. A long-held ‘project’ in the mind of Mumbai-based domestic airline pilot Harsh Parekh, the Covid-19 lockdown paved the way to…

Sensei Farms

US (HI): Billionaire’s greenhouse now exporting produce statewide

A pioneering hydroponic greenhouse farm on Lanai established by tech billionaire Larry Ellison has begun to export produce statewide. The enterprise, Sensei Farms, announced this month that it is now supplying all 32 Foodland Super Market Ltd. stores in Hawaii with “premium” leafy greens. The expansion…

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Bakker Brothers rounds up their best round tomatoes

Bakker Brothers is increasingly getting more known for their tomatoes; they have a lot of tomato varieties for sale. In fact, they have so many in their product portfolio that they have them categorized. The breeder rounded up their best performing round tomatoes and their most exciting upcoming new…

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Federal energy efficiency program continues:

Focus on the use of regenerative energies

Agricultural and horticultural businesses can again receive funding from the Federal Energy Efficiency Program. The German Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture (BMEL) is…

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Practical applications of plant biostimulants in greenhouse vegetable crop production

The research interest on plant biostimulant applications in vegetable crop production is gradually increasing and several reports highlight the beneficial effects that such…

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Samuel Acheampong - University of Cape Coast, Ghana

CRISPR used to make sweet potatoes larger and more nutritious

Samuel Acheampong hails from a farmer family from the Ashanti Region of southern Ghana. His family cultivated cassava, yams, plantains, tomatoes, peppers and other crops.…

Machines more »

New solution for weighing and packaging TOVs

Packaging tomatoes on the vine has always been an expensive and slow process in fact, in most cases, operators work in front of scales and weigh each punnet singularly until the exact weight is reached. As a consequence, the weight of packets can be uneven and there can be a high level of giveaway. Watch…

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Eclipse, Galaxy, and Twilight

US: Agricultural Research Service releases three new blackberries

The best of eastern and western blackberry genetics have been melded to create Eclipse, Galaxy and Twilight, three new blackberry varieties released by the Agricultural Research Service (ARS). ARS' Horticultural Crops Research Laboratory in Corvallis, Oregon, working in cooperation with the Oregon State…

Tomato grower expands product line to bring blueberries to market in December

Magic Sun, grower of conventional and organic tomatoes, has taken its agricultural expertise to a new commodity and expanded their product line to include blueberries. Grown in the Mexican region of Jalisco, there are approximately 52 acres (21 hectares) of blueberries planted across three varieties:…

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Kaitlin Wyatt of Proseal America:

“Top-sealed trays reduce materials used in packaging by 45%”

There have been many different trends fueling the packaging industry over the years but sustainability has remained at the forefront of everyone’s minds, as well as efficiency and protection. Proseal America’s GT1e machine is one of the company’s most popular packaging machines for the produce industry,…

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Roland Bötz on organic cress marketing

"Due to Corona, 2020 has been a sluggish marketing year so far"

The marketing of cresses traditionally takes place in autumn in a rather quiet way. This gives us the opportunity to look back on the past, eventful months. "Due to Corona, 2020 has been a rather sluggish marketing year for us so far. In my opinion, it is also difficult to make a forecast for the…

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Including citrus, flowers, peas, chillies and berries

Great export window for Zimbabwe's organic fresh produce

Zimbabwe is exporting between US$120 and 122 million worth of horticulture products annually, a figure below the country’s peak of about US$143 million between 1998 and 1999.…

Cooling more »

Etihad Cargo launches direct flight between Nairobi and Amsterdam

Etihad Airways is the second-largest airline and flag carrier of the UAE, after Emirates. Its head office is in Khalifa City, Abu Dhabi, near Abu Dhabi's International Airport. The company commenced operations in November 2003. Etihad Cargo has launched its direct flight between Nairobi and Amsterdam…

Food Safety more »

NSF International honors United Fresh’s Dr. Jennifer McEntire

NSF International, a global public health and safety organization, announced United Fresh Produce Association’s Dr. Jennifer McEntire, Senior Vice President of Food Safety and…

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Organic Produce Network presents

Virtual event to feature retailer insights on organics

The Organic Produce Network has announced a virtual online event featuring Stew Leonard, Jr., President and CEO of Stew Leonard’s and Scott Schuette, vice president of produce and floral for Fresh Thyme Market, discussing how the organic fresh produce industry has fared at retail in 2020, sales and…

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webinar, November 12

Smart Horticulture in Japan

On 12 November, the Netherlands Embassy will organise a Netherlands-Japan horticulture webinar. With professional growers and industry-government-academia partners, the online webinar will discuss the development of technologically-advanced horticulture in Japan, including perspectives from the Netherlands. Experts are invited…

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