Friday, December 14, 2018

Cyclone Gaja tests resilience of coco industry

Coco coir is used broadly in the horticultural industry. Being renewable and reusable, it offers growers an alternative with lower discarding costs. In addition, growing on a plant-based substrate is valued by its users, as well as the forgiving nature of the substrate: it can contain a lot of water and…

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Netled continues developing grow recipes

Finland: Fully automatic vertical farm demo facility opened

“Growing in vertical farms differs from greenhouse growing a lot. This is why new growing recipes and guidance needs to be offered together with the equipment." Speaking is Niko Kivioja, CEO with Netled Oy. The company develops and sells turn-key fully automatic vertical farms and has just opened a new…

"10% of a little is still a little"

2018 Winter Light Greenhouse harvest: 122 kg cucumbers per square meter

"The cultivation was very successful this year. We were able to do ten kilos per square meter more than in 2017. That means we reached 122 kg/m2, of which 120 kg or 282 cucumbers were class I with an average fruit weight of 425 grams." Speaking is Frank Kempkes of the greenhouse horticulture unit at…

US (MA): Lettuce grower reduces winter crop cycle by over 25% using LEDs

Atlas Farm is a certified organic farm in South Deerfield, MA. Gideon Porth founded Atlas Farm in 2003 to help connect people to their food and be a model for sustainable agricultural practices. The 95-acre farm uses its acre of greenhouse space to propagate lettuce, tomatoes, bok choy, herbs, and…

Rabobank Horticulture Update November 2018:

"Mixed results greenhouse vegetables, phalaenopsis and lilies in crisis"

While market conditions for Dutch horticulture are reasonable, last summer's drought will leave a mark on results this year, according to Rabobank's most recent horticultural update. The Rabo Horticultural Barometer is a fraction lower in the fourth quarter than a quarter earlier. The effects of the drought this summer…

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Greenhouse acreage expanding faster in Morocco than in Spain

The development of greenhouse cultivation in Morocco is taking place at a much quicker pace than in Spain, and particularly in Almeria. This growth is being followed up by the Andalusian Council of Agriculture with the help of modern satellite image analysis techniques. The latest report issued by the Council highlights the…

Bell pepper growers Henk and Jan Breugem:

"The last planting got a boost this year"

Henk and Jan Breugem from Bleiswijk in the Netherlands are happy with the production of their bell peppers this late in the season: "We can see a boost in the last planting of the peppers, and we believe it's due to the effects of Pentakeep. The green bell peppers of the Frazier variety were considerably…

Brexit or no Brexit?

"Politicians need to go and have a good look in the mirror at what they are doing"

Today sees the UK's Prime Minister back in Europe trying to salvage something of her Brexit deal. She will meet with Dutch PM Mark Rutte and Germany's Angela Merkel after postponing a Commons vote on the deal yesterday. According to other media, yesterday's vote was going to be defeated and opposition politicians called it…

2019 trends - Naming babies after fruits and vegetables

Women's Health has released a list of the baby names that are expected to be most popular for babies born in 2019. As mankind as a species is often so very original, unsurprisingly the list featured any and all Kardashian/Jenner-related names such as Dream, True and Chicago, alongside royal family names…

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New York Produce Show attracts good crowd

Wednesday December 12, the 9th annual New York Produce Show was held at the Jacob Javits Center in New York City. Once more, the show drew a lot of attendees to the City. Who doesn’t want to spend a few days in the Big Apple this time of year? On the flipside, the retail market for Christmas hit this…

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Pon Power introduces Cat Solar solar panels

Solar panels on the barracks of seasonal workers

Pon Power and Caterpillar came up with a new initiative to increase the use of more sustainable energy sources. In addition to reducing emissions through more efficient and clean engines, Pon Power's focus is also on the opportunities that the energy transition brings with it. With the introduction of…

"It’s the most... expensive time of the year"

As the winter sets in and the days get colder and shorter, maintaining a productive growing environment can be a challenge. For those targeting year-round production, keeping crops warm and well-lit, this can be an expensive time of year with high heating and electricity bills. However, growing out of…

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Biostimulants improve the nutritional value of iceberg lettuce

Studies carried out by Tradecorp in various Iceberg lettuce orchards in the region of Murcia confirm that the use of biostimulants and soil activators, such as Actyvium,…

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More than just passport data now available on Genesys

Genesys, the global online portal to information about plant genetic resources for food and agriculture (PGRFA) in genebanks, has been significantly enhanced with the introduction of the Genesys Catalog for Phenotypic Datasets. “Genesys has been publishing basic information about germplasm samples like source, origin…

CIOPORA

"Exciting twist in the European handling of plant patentability"

In a recent decision regarding a pepper plant application, the EPO Board of Appeal held that Rule 28 (2) EPC was in conflict with Article 53 (b) of the European Patent…

Machines more »

A car named 'Lotte'

This futuristic vehicle could solve logistic problems of Amazon, Walmart and Target

The company that came up with Walmart's pickup towers has now developed a self-driving car that could really result in a dramatic shift in the last-mile delivery industry. A new car, called Lotte, has been presented. It is a robotic courier. It autonomously transports packages to homes and businesses and uses a…

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Ensuring that you get enough nutrients

The colour of healthy fruits and vegetables

Each colour of the fruits and vegetables you eat daily carries its own set of unique disease fighting chemicals which are called phytochemicals. It is these phytochemicals which give fruits and vegetables their vibrant, bright and natural colour and of course numerous health benefits. Health expert Luke Coutinho in…

Focusing on the health benefits of Micro Leaves

A statement was released today, stating a directed focus on the health benefits on Micro Leaves by the company 2BFresh. Dr. Uri Mayer Chissick (Ph.D), says: "Most of us know that various…

Packaging more »

Alberto Palmí, manager of Fedemco: "Why not go back to what we had before?"

"Wooden packaging can already replace any other material"

In recent years, there has been a growing trend towards environmental and health awareness. For this reason, the use of non-biodegradable materials, such as plastic, in food packaging is becoming increasingly less popular among consumers. "A number of studies have been carried out recently by different universities on…

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The dream of a perfect climate

What's better than a dream come true? And what if this dream were to help save the earth? More and more often we see, smell, feel and hear about the effects of climate change; and according to the experts we know that CO2 emissions must be drastically reduced to keep global warming below the crucial limit of two degrees…

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Cyclone Gaja tests resilience of coco industry

Coco coir is used broadly in the horticultural industry. Being renewable and reusable, it offers growers an alternative with lower discarding costs. In addition, growing on a plant-based substrate is valued by its users, as well as the forgiving nature of the substrate: it can contain a lot of water and…

Organic more »

Organic farming increases despite the greater effort required

"We have been growing organically since 2004 and back then we were a rarity in the area around Vittoria, in Sicily. We have been certified by the BioAgriCert already for a while and, despite being a small-medium company, we are able to defend our revenue". Thus says Salvatore Modica , whose homonymous…

Food Safety more »

Michel Witmer, Groen Agro Control:

"Number of recalls surprises me"

Salmonella, Listeria monocytogens, wrong labeling: the number of recalls in the past months is significantly higher than in other years. Michel Witmer, Groen Agro Control, already wondered about this in September: "How is it possible certain things still occur?" As product manager food he sees a lot, and now he has turned to…

Health more »

Finding scientific backing for health claims

How healthy are fresh fruits and vegetables actually?

That fruits and vegetables are healthy is a generally accepted fact. However, relatively little is known about the specific nutrients in fresh fruit and vegetables and their…

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New York Produce Show attracts good crowd

Wednesday December 12, the 9th annual New York Produce Show was held at the Jacob Javits Center in New York City. Once more, the show drew a lot of attendees to the City. Who doesn’t want to spend a few days in the Big Apple this time of year? On the flipside, the retail market for Christmas hit this…

Automation is key at the Fruit Logistica Innovation Award 2019

The top award for the fresh produce industry will be presented on 8 February 2019 in Berlin. More than 77,000 trade visitors from over 130 countries will have a chance on 6 & 7 February 2019 to vote for the innovation of the year. Here are the nominees at a glance. The nominees for the Fruit Logistica Innovation Award…

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US (PA): School opens 6,100 sq.ft. public educational aquaponics facility

Commonwealth Charter Academy (CCA), a Pennsylvania public cyber charter school, officially unveiled AgWorks at CCA, which according to them is the largest public educational aquaponics facility in the country. AgWorks at CCA will provide students with hands-on learning experiences in a 6,100-square-foot,…

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How Lesotho is cashing in on marijuana

Lesotho is aiming to make money from the booming medicinal marijuana industry, but the BBC's Vumani Mkhize says the southern African nation already has an unheralded illicit trade in the drug for recreational use. Green dust swirls around Mampho Thulo as she uses her hands to scoop dried marijuana leaves from a…

Italian CBD greenhouse ready for 2019 growing season

CROP's large Italian CBD greenhouse facility has been upgraded and is ready for the start of the 2019 growing season. The joint venture facility, which covers 87,120 square feet and is co-owned through XHemplar S.R.L, now has a perimeter security fence being erected as well as a comprehensive CCTV security system that…

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