Airflow below substrate reduces disease risk, optimizes drainage
The drawback of growing a higher yielding crop is an increase of plant load. The combination of more, larger and heavier fruits can have a big impact on the crop, especially in a substrate crop when the root system has to carry the weight of the entire crop.
photos: special screen installations
Size doesn't always matter
"Of course hectares are important to us," says Jeroen de Jonge of PDI. "But small or special projects are interesting for us as well." One of the special projects is restaurant De Kas in the city center of Amsterdam.
Photo Report Horti Asia
Improved and more developed. These were the two much heard terms to express the current state of the Southeast Asian horticultural industry. But it was also the general impression of the quality of the 5th edition of the Horti Asia in Bangkok, Thailand last week.
Canada: Two Dutchmen start with NatureFresh
After years in the Dutch fresh produce sector at Levarht in Aalsmeer, Niels Klapwijk and Paul Schockman recently moved to Canada to start working for greenhouse vegetable giant NatureFresh Farms. “A great adventure with a fantastic company!”“
UK: Thanet Earth expands with 6th greenhouse
Just weeks after the latest greenhouse at Thanet Earth began production of its tomato crop for 2017, the team confirmed construction of another greenhouse at this landmark Kent site.This greenhouse plot is expected to be operational in less than 26 weeks, with the first concrete posts installed this week.
Large scale hydroponics at Agroto in Cameron Highlands:
Export market drives Malaysian growers to expand and automate
Malaysia is home to a well established greenhouse industry that is undergoing a rapid transformation as a result of growing opportunities in nearby export markets. A good example of this is the large hydroponic farm operations of Agroto in the Cameron Highlands.
BrightFarms plans to build 160,000 sq. ft greenhouse in Ohio
BrightFarms will build a 160,000 square-foot greenhouse in Wilmington, Ohio, creating 30 permanent green collar jobs. Slated for completion in late 2017, it will provide 1,000,000 pounds of fresh salad greens, herbs and tomatoes per year for the surrounding region.
Water conservation adds extra value to end product
While greenhouses are a big step forward towards water conservation in agriculture, it is important to address that we can still do better. The week of World Water Day is always a good moment to raise more awareness about the scarcity of water and what the greenhouse industry can do to use it even better.
Australia: Williamtown’s ‘Maria’s Farm Veggies’ for sale
Colliers International, on behalf of KordaMentha, has been instructed to offer 183 Cabbage Tree Road, Williamtown - Maria’s Farm Veggies – for sale via an International Expression of Interest campaign.The sale process is being negotiated by Jesse Manuel and Richard Royle from Colliers International’s Rural.
Canada: Trudeau put to work at new Lufa Farms greenhouse
Urban agriculture pioneer Lufa Farms has just finished a third highly automated greenhouse in the Montreal borough of Anjou. Canada's PM Justin Trudeau was there to see it in full production.The new 63,000 square foot rooftop greenhouse is a milestone in polyculture efficiency.
Step by step, hydroponics take off in Thailand
The acreage with greenhouse in Thailand is slowly developing. Wim Damsteegt of Dutch Greenery sees more Thai farmers investing in plastic tropical greenhouses in order to grow leafy greens and other vegetables to supply the growing local market.
Largest Balkan nursery preaches benefits of grafting
The demand for quality starting material is increasing in Greece and other countries on the Balkans. For this reason, Greek propagation nursery AGRIS extends its focus on the advanced grafted young plants with additional consultancy and support.