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Tuesday, January 25, 2022

Robotic system for tomato plant lowering

Arugga AI Farming, the Israel-based start-up company that has introduced pollination robots to the tomato greenhouse market, has successfully trialled a robotic manipulator which will replace the labour-intensive, manual task of lowering tomato plants. Arugga AI Farming robotic plant-lowering arm – accelerated…

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US (IN): New greenhouses to bring $258M investment, 185 jobs to South Bend

A pair of developments are expected to bring $258 million of investment, and at least 185 new jobs, to South Bend. At its regular meeting, Monday, South Bend Common Council approved a series of tax abatements for a pair of projects on Calvert St, in Southwest South Bend.  The first project, from JEM Farms…

Jan van Bergeijk, Plusberries:

"Spanish raspberry cultivation increasingly moving to Morocco"

After a difficult start to the season, the market for Spanish raspberries has revived. "At the moment there is even a shortage situation and I expect that it will last until the end of February," says Jan van Bergeijk, who is commercially responsible for the raspberries within the Plusberries group and…

"Start signalling and monitoring thrips on time"

During and after the clearing of the old crop, every effort is made not to allow an infestation immediately at the start of the new crop. Once the young plants have been…

Canadian inflation hits 30-year high

Fresh produce prices expected to soar

In Canada, a leading food analyst says to expect an increase in food prices, as record inflation hits the country. Dairy and fresh produce will be seeing the biggest price…

Growers could measure fruit and vegetable vitamin content themselves

European companies and knowledge institutes are working on a biosensor, which growers can use to measure their fruit and vegetables' vitamin content. The research is part of the Interreg project Food Screening EMR. Here, smart sensor technology is being (further) developed. It must detect food's vitamin…

StoneX represented in Brazilian and Colombian markets

"Paying in local currency could save European plant exporters plenty of money"

You would think European importers make good money bringing in Brazilian mangos or Colombian roses. Yet, according to Laurens Maartens of StoneX, money is often unnecessarily wasted along the way. "European importers often can't pay in local currencies. They have absolutely no idea what exchange rate the…

Heating a greenhouse with sugar factory waste water in Ankara

The second period of seedling planting in the Etimesgut greenhouse took place after the opening speech of Turkseker Tarim AS General Manager Muhammed Gumussoy. In the greenhouse where 50,000 tomato seedlings will be planted, 40 harvests will be made annually and an average of 30 tons of tomatoes will be…

The pink ribbed Cassarosa tomato is awarded the 2022 Flavor of the Year award

The Flavor of the Year quality seal is a prestigious seal that is awarded each year to a series of products that has a higher quality and flavor than the rest of their competitors in the market. This selection is carried out through blind tastings, where 80 consumers try different products from the same…

Ag RNA-based tech firm to expand R&D center

The Medford, Massachusetts headquartered company, which uses RNA-based technology for agricultural and human health applications, will increase the size of its research and development operations in Research Triangle Park. GreenLight said the expansion will add more than 60,000 square feet of greenhouse,…

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Greatit:

"Our facility can be customized based on your needs and type of crop"

Setting up vertical farms in easily movable containers measuring 20-40 feet. This is the idea of Daniele Bertocchi, agronomist and Greatit. "The current situation has driven up the cost of unused containers too, but they are still financially sustainable if compared to other solutions. Bluntly put, we…

Swiss crop electrophysiology specialist is a registered B Corporation

The ‘Fitbit of plants’, Vivent’s PhytlSigns device has been certified as a B Corp – a Certified Benefit Corporation – after meeting rigorous social and environmental standards which represent its commitment to do business in a meaningful way, by pursuing purpose as well as profit. "Vivent’s technology…

Calls for proposals to promote European agri-food products launched

Yesterday, the European Commission launched the 2022 calls for proposals for European agri-food promotion programs, in the EU and abroad. Similarly to 2021, this year puts a special focus on the promotion of products and methods that support more directly the European Green Deal objectives. This includes…

Two Australian family brands partner together to celebrate loved Aussie produce in pickled form

Aussie-grown Perfection Fresh has been around for over 43 years, since 1978 they’ve been supplying premium, Australian-grown fresh produce including the much-loved Qukes® Baby Cucumbers. Three Three's established in 1919, is a 5th generation, family-run Australian business. They supply and manufacture a…

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Giant capsicums appearing in Australian supermarkets

In the fruit and veg section of your local Coles and Woolies, you might notice that currently, capsicums are enormous. These mega-capsicums can be as much as three times the…

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Bulgaria: Greenhouse vegetables prices might jump in spring

Greenhouse vegetable prices are expected to rise in spring due to higher electricity and gas prices. Vegetable producer Ivaylo Peshev, coming from Kresna, said that the overhead costs for his greenhouse have risen several times. The prices of the raw materials he uses for his production have also…

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'US consumers see impact of shipping backlogs and high truck rates when they do their shopping'

Shipping port backlogs continue to be a key factor in supply chain challenges nationwide. West coast ports remain an ongoing problem, with over 90 ships awaiting berthing spots at the Port of Los Angeles. The average waiting time for a vessel within 40 nautical miles of the Port of Los Angeles is 3.5…

India among largest exporters of cucumbers and gherkins

Indian exports have crossed the $200 million mark regarding pickled cucumbers, which is globally referred as gherkins or cornichons, in the last financial year. This means…

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"If you grow organic spinach you are onto a winner"

While growers always like to get some rain, sometimes you can get a bit too much, but rain is mostly seen as a blessing in a country like Australia, which can experience extremely high summer temperatures.  "The weather has been quite good for the last six months but we did have an unusually wet spring," explains…

The 10 hottest chili peppers in the world

COOLthelifestyle has published a ranking of the 10 hottest chili peppers in the world according to the Scoville scale, which determines the pungency level of hot peppers…

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Effects of calcium sulfate whiskers on the mechanical properties and light transmittance of greenhouse films

Calcium sulfate whisker (CSW) is a kind of fiber crystal material with high orientation structure. The major goal of this research is to study the changes of mechanical…

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State of agriculture and food: Stable trends in the agricultural sector

This is one of the many facts in the Staat van Landbouw en Voedsel (State of Agriculture and Food) report produced by Wageningen University & Research and Statistics Netherlands at the request of the Ministry of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality. The aim of this survey is to offer a broad overview of…

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Occurrence of a novel strain of watermelon mosaic virus infecting pumpkins in Kenya

The Potyvirus Moroccan watermelon mosaic virus (MWMV) naturally infects and severely threatens production of cucurbits and papaya. This study identified and characterized MWMV isolated from pumpkin (Cucurbita moschata) intercropped with MWMV-infected papaya plants through next-generation sequencing (NGS)…

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Broccoli to help anti-cancer treatments

Broccoli may contain advantages beyond nutrition. A molecule found in broccoli, cabbage and other similar foods, digests down into DIM, a compound with brighter benefits than the name implies, such as inducing cell death in brceast, prostate and colon cancer. Now, researchers are beginning to understand…

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