Tuesday, July 14, 2020

Twenty years ago, the radish got its face

The very first Dutch radish concept came out twenty years ago, and today Red Swing is still available. While the packaging tray is transparent now instead of black, and the radishes also come in white, purple or white-red, the sticker with the smiling radish wearing sunglasses has remained the same. At…

Show in full swing

Cultivate’20 Virtual is as real as it gets this year

Cultivate'20 Virtual took off yesterday. In just 3 months, the AmericanHort team turned this 10,000 people event into a virtual event with more than 250 exhibitors. The organization is pleased to see that over 8,000 people registered for the virtual event, which goals is to create as much interaction as…

Czech tech company and university develop smart plant monitoring and protection system

A new project called Berabot emerged from a cooperation of tech group NWT and Tomas Bata University in Zlin, Czech Republic. A third important team member is the biggest greenhouse farm of the Czech Republic – Farma Bezdinek. NWT has many years of experience in building production greenhouses as well as running…

Netherlands: Imported tomato and pepper seeds to be tested for ToBRFV

Commissioned by the NVWA (Netherlands Food and Consumer Product Safety Authority), from mid-July imported batches of tomato and pepper seeds will be tested at random for…

OFVGA

Growers send a message to Ontarians

Ontarian fruit and vegetable growers have, in partnership with OFVGA, written a letter to all Ontarians. You can read the letter below the picture. COVID-19 has changed all of our lives. And although Canada continues down the path of re-opening, the pandemic remains anever-present threat to our health, our…

Biobest

Strategies for aphid control in sweet peppers

For the first time, sweet pepper growers in Belgium and The Netherlands have to fight aphids without the help of Plenum. To optimise control, Biobest advisor Marvin Koot recommends growers combine different biological aphid control agents. “Aphids have risen a few places up the list of most challenging…

UK: 73 COVID-19 cases found on farm

In Herefordshire, 73 cases of COVID-19 were found on a farm. The management is working with Public Health England (PHE) to support the people who have fallen ill.  Around 200 key…

I. Paucek

LED improves yield and precocity of greenhouse tomatoes in Mediterranean

In Northern Europe, the use of light–emitting diodes (LEDs) is widely adopted in protected horticulture, enabling to enhance plant growth by ensuring needed radiative fluxes throughout seasons. Contrarily, the use of artificial lighting in Mediterranean greenhouses still finds limited applications. In…

CAN (QC): New cost-effective rate offering for greenhouse growers

Hydro-Québec has filed an application with the Régie de l’énergie regarding a new rate offering to support the development of the Québec greenhouse industry. The application provides for a rate of 5.59¢ per kilowatthour (kWh) for photosynthetic lighting and space heating to raise crops, available to all…

AeroFarms

December 14-15, Berlin

Curtis & Wyss presents Indoor Farming and Agri-tech Innovation Summit

Curtis & Wyss will present the Indoor Farming and Agritech Innovation Summit, taking place in Berlin, Germany on December 14th-15th and featuring executives from Aerofarms, BASF, Cargill, Syngenta among others. Curtis & Wyss is bringing its Indoor Farming and Agri-tech Innovation Summit to Berlin,…

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Greater Vancouver modern greenhouse investment opportunity

BMO Capital Markets has been engaged as the exclusive financial advisor to arrange the sale of two modern greenhouses with improvements totaling 3.4 million square feet on 160 acres of agricultural land located in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Both properties have recently undergone significant upgrades,…

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30% of raspberries destroyed by hail and rain in Serbia

The bad weather has so far destroyed 30% of raspberries, and purchasers are already offering a price of RSD 250 per kg (€2.10), while last year, the price ranged between RSD 65 and RSD 170, the President of the Association of Raspberry Growers of Serbia stated. He recalled that last summer cold storage…

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ENEA: the experimental campaign between real and virtual begins

Space: a hi-tech vegetable garden to grow on the moon and at the poles

The future is already here! This is demonstrated by Enea, which is working on a hi-tech garden to grow micro-vegetables on the moon and in extreme terrestrial environments, such as polar ones. The cultivation is set up inside a special igloo greenhouse designed to withstand very low temperatures. Luca…

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BioTherm celebrates 40th anniversary

A lifetime ago, BioTherm started with two teenagers and a startup – today they’re celebrating their life’s work with a 40th anniversary. “Our first invention was microclimate heating,…

Meeting of Gartenbau-Versicherung representatives on 7 July:

Gartenbau-Versicherung is developing - both at home and abroad

During the meeting of member representatives of Gartenbau-Versicherung VVaG (GV) on 7 July 2020 in Wiesbaden, the GV Management Board reported on 2019 events, which was the 173rd financial year of the company, and provided insights into the corporate plans. Both in Germany and abroad, the business of…

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Ceres Greenhouse Solutions

A pandemic, a Canadian greenhouse, and training consumers to buy local

All around the world, the food industry has been affected by COVID-19 in one way or another. Fortunately, there have been some positive food-related trends from the pandemic like local and urban farms becoming more popular, and more individuals and families growing their own food. It is at least…

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Justin Leonard - Jackie Leonard & Sons

“It will take a long time to get back to normality"

Last Monday some of the lock down restrictions were eased in Ireland and some parts of the catering industry was able to open up again, but this was limited to restaurants and pubs which served food. According to Justin Leonard who’s company Jackie Leonard & Sons has supplied the Irish fresh produce…

Drop in tomato production in the EU while imports increase

According to the European Commission's “Report on short-term prospects for agricultural markets in 2020” corresponding to the summer of 2020, the EU's production of fresh tomatoes will fall by 2% in 2020 due to the 7 % reduction of the production in Spain. This is due to the fact that Spanish producers…

Kroger: Multiyear relationship with Vibenomics

Meijer: Five supercenters across the Midwest

Canada: Loblaw workers in Newfoundland to hold strike voteDominion store workers in Newfoundland will hold a strike vote across the island beginning on Sunday, July 12, said Unifor's Chris Macdonald. Macdonald is the lead negotiator on Unifor's retail files, and has been at the table with Loblaw…

373 M€ in the first semester of 2020 alone

More compensations for damage to agricultural products in Spain

As reported by Agroseguro, compensations to insured agricultural producers during the first half of 2020 have increased by 12.62% compared to the same period of 2019 and…

Sharilyn Neidhardt

in the past twenty years:

Price increase of labour in Hungary

A recent analysis of the Hungarian agroeconomy published by Takarékbank shows that in the past twenty years, labor has gradually become more and more costly in the agro sectors. While employee income increased proportional to the net production output of the agroeconomy until 2008, in 2010 the trends…

Gertrude Snoei

Romanian vegetable imports increased in 2019

A study conducted by Cooperativa Tara Mea in July 2020 shows that Romanian vegetable imports increased in 2019. In 2019, vegetable imports reached 740,000 tons worth 516…

As growing season ends: Awcnz62

New Zealand vegetable prices soar in June

The Statistics New Zealand food price index, which measures changes in food prices, shows record-high prices for courgettes, up 74 percent in the month of June 2020 compared…

State of Assam, India

Chief Minister Sonowal sets up committee to regulate vegetable prices in Kamrup

Kamrup Rural district is an administrative district in the state of Assam, in India. The Assam government has set up a core committee to ensured that fixed vegetable prices…

Spain was the world's largest customer for Moroccan peppers in 2019

In 2019, Morocco exported a total of 131.29 million kilos of peppers, 29.1% more than 5 years earlier, for which it received 118.66 million Euro, reaching an average price of…

"Market price of Chinese eggplants went up in the last few weeks"

"The price of Chinese eggplants has shown a significant increase in the last few weeks. The current price is 10%-15% higher than three weeks ago. The actual price rise depends on production area and product quality." This is according to Zhang Lei of Shanghai Xingmao Fruit and Vegetable Trade Co., Ltd.…

Second wave of restaurant closures expected to affect demand again

As restaurants across the U.S., who were only just beginning to reopen their doors, have temporarily closed due to a spike in COVID-19 cases, what does this mean for foodservice suppliers? “Until a few weeks ago, we were seeing a market increase in demand that has been lately hampered by the second wave…

Oppy expects peak volumes in September and October

Oceanside Pole tomato summer harvest kicks off

Oppy is ushering in the summer season with the Oceanside Pole label roma and round tomatoes, with harvest underway and volume expected to peak in September and October. As a premier grower, marketer and distributor of fresh produce from around the world, Oppy ships the superior, clean-slicing tomatoes to…

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Bejo

Ramping up organic seed production in Portugal

The market for organic seeds has increased tremendously in recent years. Its rapid annual growth poses a challenge for seed production. Managing growth and maintaining stock levels requires the best efforts of Bejo’s production team and growers. "To ensure we’re ready for future challenges, we’re…

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CAN (ON): Fruit and vegetable growers working to keep farm workers safe

Ontario’s fruit and vegetable farmers are devastated by the recentdeaths of three Ontario farm workers from COVID-19 and are very concerned about the recent outbreaks that…

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July 20-24

PMA unveils details on virtual foodservice show

Produce Marketing Association (PMA) is dishing out food for thought during its first-ever Foodservice: Delivered virtual event July 20-24. The online gathering for the…

Starting August 24

New, virtual format for Fruit for the Future 2020

“We are delighted to present a new format for Fruit for the Future, which we hope will make it possible for even more people to engage with the latest research and development on soft fruit, and that it can collectively be used as a focal point to meet and interact in a virtual way.” In recognition of…

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