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Tuesday, December 18, 2018

First strawberry harvested from Boem Berry Farms phase 3

"No guts, no glory"

With a soft sound the speed roller door opens and reveals a brand new greenhouse. We're entering the third phase of Boem Berry Farms. The 5 hectare expansion was completed this year, and the first strawberries were harvested from this greenhouse on November 1st. With this latest addition, Boem Berry Farms is completed. Being 15 hectares in…

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Slipping into the new year

Old becomes new. That saying currently has two meanings for PDI. The first meaning is of course that the current year will soon be the old year and that the coming year will soon be the new one. "2018 was a busy year for us. I think that I speak on behalf of all greenhouse builders and installers when I say that nobody had to…

"The euphoria over snack vegetables has given way to reality"

There is a lot going on in the German food retail sector. Retailers are increasingly having to deal with the subject of convenience products: products for a mobile lifestyle are in demand, households are getting smaller and their diet healthier. Snack vegetables seem to be ideal to meet these consumer…

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"Repairing imploded heating tank is no easy task"

The months of August and September already tend to be busy times for bell pepper grower Hans van der Waal from H. van der Waal nursery. On 8.3 hectares he cultivates yellow and red peppers, which he supplies to ZON. This year came with an extra challenge, however. The trusses and roof of his tank needed…

Henry Friesen acquires 25% of JV Energy Solutions shares

JV Energy Solutions, located in Kingsville, Southern Ontario, Canada, is owned and operated by the Voshol Group. With over 20 years of greenhouse heating experience, JV Energy Solutions aims to promote sustainable energy in the greenhouse cultivation sector in North America. Due to their large stock of European heating…

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“Plenty of Spanish produce on the market”

This time of year, Dutch products like cucumber, bell pepper and aubergine can hardly be found in the trade channels. The majority of the products comes from Spain. Tomatoes…

PB Techniek acquired horticultural section of Armada Electric Services

PB Techniek, supplier of electro- and water technology solutions, lighting and automation for the international horticulture sector, has acquired the horticultural activities of the Canadian company Armada Electrical Services Inc. The acquisition took place in October, with a transfer of shares via the…

The secret to good crop rotation? Ghostbusters!

Getting rid of the ghosts of crops past - it's not something to be underestimated as they know at the Dutch pepper nursery Kwekerij Moors. In order to keep hauntings by lost plant souls to a minimum, this company applies a tried and true method during the yearly crop rotation. They decided to share their secret on…

Russia: First 7.5 ha of greenhouse complex opened in Orel

The first phase of a new greenhouse complex of 7.5 ha opened December 11, 2018 in the village Alshanskie vyselky. The agricultural company Kumir invested 23 million euros in the project. The greenhouses will begin with growing cucumbers and tomatoes. The capacity of three greenhouse complexes, two of which will be…

"Efficiency is key in medicinal cannabis cultivation"

The worldwide demand for medicinal cannabis increases and production facilities become larger and more automated. Efficiency in the cultivation of medicinal cannabis is key and this starts with automation and process planning. Codema has been providing automation to a few of the top 10 cannabis growers…

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China's pioneer in greenhouse vegetable farming

With digging machines roaring and walls being built brick by brick, a new generation greenhouse is under construction in Sanyuanzhu village, Shouguang, a major vegetable base in east China's Shandong Province. The construction site is just a stone's throw from the office of Wang Leyi, the 78-year-old secretary of the…

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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…

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UK: Time for growers to take a closer look at their soils

The AHDB GREATsoils programme has been signposted as a vital resource and tool for growers as part of two new soil qualifications from BASIS, the independent standards setting and auditing organisation. BASIS facilitated the creation of two new syllabuses as requested by its members for foundation and advanced level awards,…

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INnovations in plant Variety Testing in Europe project gets Horizon 2020 funding

On 11 December 2018 the European Commission communicated its decision to grant funds in relation to the call SFS-29-2018 “Innovations in plant variety testing” of the Horizon…

Machines more »

Robotic harvesting is not sci-fi anymore

The development of robotic innovations becomes more achievable day by day. For instance, using a robot to harvest strawberry is not sci-fi anymore, and the results are extremely good. We had already discussed this two years ago when we showed a video illustrating the remarkable harvesting precision. Now,…

Product Info more »

Comparison between open field and greenhouse tomatoes

A Spanish study on the adaptation of long shelf-life Mediterranean tomatoes grown in greenhouses and open fields was issued on 4th December 2018. Long shelf-life tomato (Solanum lycopersicum) landraces, characterized by carrying the alc allele in the NOR.NAC locus, have been traditionally cultivated in…

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…

Marketing more »

Fruit, vegetable and herb days at the IPM ESSEN 2019 on the 24th and 25th of January

Young, urban target groups in the limelight

Above all, young, urban - and usually also affluent - buyers want healthy, sustainable and regional products. This new generation of customers is placing increasing demands on…

"The euphoria over snack vegetables has given way to reality"

There is a lot going on in the German food retail sector. Retailers are increasingly having to deal with the subject of convenience products: products for a mobile lifestyle are in demand, households are getting smaller and their diet healthier. Snack vegetables seem to be ideal to meet these consumer…

Substrates more »

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 »

FDA investigation

Farm identified as source of romaine lettuce E. coli O157:H7 outbreak

On Nov. 20, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warned the American public of a multi-state outbreak of E. coli O157:H7…

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…

Events more »

Photo report

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…

Vertical farming more »

US (RI): University launches hydroponics educational program

Acopia Harvest International, member of Irving A. Backman & Associates and University College at Roger Williams University are partnering to create hydroponics education and training programs for students, military personnel, senior citizens, homemakers and career-chasers. The new program provides opportunities for students…

Medicinal production more »

Jamaican cannabis facility gears up for expansion

Weekend Unlimited announces that its previously announced acquisition target, R & D Pharma in Jamaica, has advanced its breeding program in anticipation of further…

"Efficiency is key in medicinal cannabis cultivation"

The worldwide demand for medicinal cannabis increases and production facilities become larger and more automated. Efficiency in the cultivation of medicinal cannabis is key and this starts with automation and process planning. Codema has been providing automation to a few of the top 10 cannabis growers…

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