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Friday, January 18, 2019

Photo report: SIVAL 2019

French suppliers don't stop at the French borders

It's been three busy days for the exhibitors of the Sival exhibition in France. Starting Tuesday and closing down Thursday, the show attracted many visitors. "Better than ever", many visitors said. One thing is not to be doubted when visiting the Sival: it's a French show, and while the amount of international suppliers have…

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New concept enables easier switching from HPS to LED toplighting

Signify unveiled its new concept for the Philips GreenPower LED toplighting compact. This compact, passively cooled LED toplighting provides a 1-to-1 replacement for HPS lighting that fits seamlessly in existing HPS connections and trellis constructions. The goal is to make it easier for growers to make…

Peter Geelen charts the course

A decade of Next Generation Growing

When looking back at ten years of Next Generation Growing (Het Nieuwe Telen), Peter Geelen explains the differences being made in horticulture, “The image of a grand exploration comes to mind. Only now I realize how impressive this journey is by a large number of ports we have passed and the developments…

Cockroaches in the greenhouse

Waste-processing plants in China use 1 billion cockroaches to process about 60 tons of daily kitchen waste. Each day, the waste arrives at the plants, and is smashed into pieces before being fed to the roaches. According to the company chairman, Li Yanhong, the heat generated from the roaches is used to cultivate vegetables. When the roaches…

Italy: Courgette threatened by the New Delhi virus, in Sicily

A member of the Sicilian regional assembly Rosanna Cannata reported, “Yesterday morning, I went checking the Rosolini and Pachino countryside, where I could notice the presence of the New Delhi virus with a 50% incidence on the courgette productions. Also, the virus reached the Noto and Portopalo…

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"With this system, we can maximize production yields and product quality"

AEssenseGrows, an AgTech company specializing in automated precision aeroponic platforms for high-yield plant production, announced that Alberta-based Rocky Mountain Marijuana has selected its AEtrium grow system to enter Canada’s blossoming cannabis market. RMMI chose the AEtrium system, including the recently introduced AErix grow lights,…

Belarus: How cucumbers are grown in winter

These days the agricultural complex Zhdanovichi produces almost everything: from meat and milk to pickles. The grower even breeds bumblebees here. Tomatoes, eggplants and cucumbers produced locally keep reaching the customers even in winter. Ms. Nadezhda Ruban, the head of the greenhouse Bogatyryovo, shared that the cucumbers and…

USDA to reopen FSA offices for limited services during government shutdown

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced that many Farm Service Agency (FSA) offices will reopen temporarily in the coming days to perform certain limited services…

Cologne wholesaler markets fruit vegetables and citrus under the label Monna Lisa

"No significant problems with the availability of Spanish peppers"

The difficult weather situation in southern Europe is currently also noticeable on the Cologne wholesale market. Among other things, the broccoli and cauliflower from the southern European regions, a shortage of goods occurred with corresponding price increases result. "We have no problems with peppers…

China: Growing strawberries on alkaline soil

People in the town of Shache in northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region are beginning to pick strawberries grown on the alkaline land.  Xinjiang has the largest area of saline-alkali soils in China, accounting for about a third of the country's total. As a result, the agriculture and economy in Xinjiang has…

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"Greenhouse growers want to get rid of Fusarium"

Fusarium causes a lot of headache for greenhouse growers. The fungus ensures that crops such as lettuce, tomato or phalaenopsis become ill or even die. Fusarium can be controlled with plant protection products, but the number of authorized products is shrinking. Time to act! Wageningen University &…

Growing in -20 cold and 40 degree heat: indoor agriculture makes it possible

Growing vegetables in a region like Ladakh (India) with a temperature of minus 20 degrees Celsius is impossible. However, scientists at DRDO in Leh-Ladakh are working on the…

Energy more »

Accelerating geothermal heat adoption in the agri-food sector

Predominantly known for power generation and district heating, geothermal energy can also be used in its primary form (i.e. heat) in the agri-food sector – for instance in greenhouses or for food drying and processing. Using it for such purposes can help increase food availability, reduce dependency on…

Fertilizers more »

Video: Finding the right fertilizer for your berries

There are several types of small fruits and berries that are produced in pot culture in commercial greenhouses or outdoors, like blueberries, strawberries or raspberries. Horticulture Specialist Troy Buechel goes over the ideal PRO-MIX product to match your specific needs. For more information Premier Tech Horticulture Office 1, avenue…

Breeding more »

Plant peptide helps roots to branch out in the right places

How do plants space out their roots? A Japanese research team has identified a peptide and its receptor that help lateral roots to grow with the right spacing. The findings were published on December 20, 2018 in the online edition of Developmental Cell. The team was led by Professor Hidehiro Fukaki (Graduate School of…

Machines more »

Energid citrus picking system & Agrobot E-Series

Robots that will change the industry

There is not yet a real end in sight for the growth of the world population. With the current increases, there will be an enormous growth in agricultural needs and demands. To cover these needs fast, farmers are turning their attention toward robots. From planting to growing to collecting, all functions…

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Olive-sized watermelons

Turkish firm is producing pepquiños

Produced by a Turkish agricultural firm, olive-sized watermelons, also known as pepquiños, were put on display at a food fair on Wednesday. The tiny watermelons were featured at the 26th foodProduct, held in the Turkish Mediterranean province of Antalya. Head of the company, Mustafa Erust, stated that they produced the…

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2019: France will impose sanctions on products with non-recycled plastic packaging

The French government intends to introduce a bonus-malus system to incite consumers to buy products packaged with recycled plastic. This measure is part of the 100% recyclable…

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Cologne wholesaler markets fruit vegetables and citrus under the label Monna Lisa

"No significant problems with the availability of Spanish peppers"

The difficult weather situation in southern Europe is currently also noticeable on the Cologne wholesale market. Among other things, the broccoli and cauliflower from the southern European regions, a shortage of goods occurred with corresponding price increases result. "We have no problems with peppers…

Substrates more »

China: Coco peat show its worth in fruit nurseries in Yunnan

In recent years, coco peat and coco-peat based blends have been gaining popularity and used by an increasing number of nurseries and farm operators, citing the superior technical attributes of coco products in terms of water retention, roots area aeration as well as the direct benefit of cost advantage…

Organic more »

'Regional organic products in winter time are profitable for everyone'

Organic vegetables, grown unheated in the cold season

"Harvesting organic vegetables in winter means a great market opportunity for farms. We therefore see great potential for our farmers through the ongoing project 'Winter Vegetables'. In the medium term, imported vegetables in winter could even be replaced. In the future, we aim to ensure that Austrians…

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Glinwell PLC

Organic peppers planted earlier this week! #organic #peppers #british #produce pic.twitter.com/4S24EeAM4V — Glinwell PLC (@GlinwellPLC) January 18, 2019

Food Safety more »

Indian Institute of Science and University of Agricultural Sciences study

Research uncovers how Salmonella infects plants before harvest

Scientists in India have discovered how Salmonella enters plants to cause pre-harvest contamination of produce. Most Salmonella outbreaks are linked to contamination from…

Wageningen Food Safety Research

The Netherlands will have a new institute for food safety

From 1 June 2019, RIKILT Wageningen University & Research and the Laboratory for Feed and Food Safety of the Dutch Food and Consumer Product Safety Authority (NVWA), will form a new institute. The new organization is named Wageningen Food Safety Research (WFSR) and is part of Wageningen University…

Health more »

First report of tomato brown rugose fruit virus infecting tomato in Germany

In July 2018, unusual fruit and leaf symptoms were observed in numerous greenhouses cultivating tomatoes commercially in the Lower Rhine region of North-Rhine Westphalia, Germany.  In total, more than 25 ha of greenhouse tomatoes were affected. New Disease Reports, an international online peer-reviewed journal…

Events more »

Nigeria: State of Kano hosts First National Tomato Stakeholders summit

Next week, in Kano state, the 1st National Tomato Stakeholders Summit will take place. It has been organised by the Nigeria Agribusiness Group (NABG) and Grow Africa in…

Photo report: SIVAL 2019

French suppliers don't stop at the French borders

It's been three busy days for the exhibitors of the Sival exhibition in France. Starting Tuesday and closing down Thursday, the show attracted many visitors. "Better than ever", many visitors said. One thing is not to be doubted when visiting the Sival: it's a French show, and while the amount of international suppliers have…

Retail more »

Ali Macara, Ikram Gbr. Nuremberg:

'Low demand for Turkish peppers after Christmas'

The situation on the German wholesale markets is very subdued, so shortly after the turn of the year. In Nuremberg the market has stabilized as well, after the increased sales during the Christmas season. January is also a quiet month for Turkish retailers, confirms Ali Macara of Ikram Gbr/Macara Fruits,…

Vertical farming more »

UAE aims for top 10 position in food security by 2021

"Food security is without doubt one of humankind’s most pressing concerns and the issue is one that is felt particularly keenly in the UAE. Although considered food secure – primarily because it enjoys a high degree of economic and political stability – the UAE still faces significant challenges. These…

Florentaise presents its vertical farm on France 3

The company Florentaire recently invited the television channel France 3 in order to present its vertical farm. After the request for proposals won by the Parisculteurs, the company will install the facility at the Utopi’hall in Angers in March. Source: florentaise.com

Growing in -20 cold and 40 degree heat: indoor agriculture makes it possible

Growing vegetables in a region like Ladakh (India) with a temperature of minus 20 degrees Celsius is impossible. However, scientists at DRDO in Leh-Ladakh are working on the…

Medicinal production more »

Earl Connors, RMMI:

"With this system, we can maximize production yields and product quality"

AEssenseGrows, an AgTech company specializing in automated precision aeroponic platforms for high-yield plant production, announced that Alberta-based Rocky Mountain Marijuana has selected its AEtrium grow system to enter Canada’s blossoming cannabis market. RMMI chose the AEtrium system, including the recently introduced AErix grow lights,…

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