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April 17th - April 30st

Upscaling in horticulture

The greenhouse vegetable production has seen a massive scale increase. This goes for Netherlands specifically, but for greenhouse vegetable companies in general as well. In April we've published several articles about this and showed you some expanding projects causing this up scaling.

number of growers decreased by 85 percent
Ten farms accounting for 10 percent of Dutch greenhouse vegetable area
The number of greenhouse vegetable growers in the Netherlands decreased by 85 percent between 1980 and 2017. At the same time, the average cultivation area in use by the remaining growers increased sevenfold.

20 million heads per year 
Expansion of “living lettuce” Whole Leaf project in Alberta 
Responding to consumer demands for innovative, locally grown, clean greens, Whole Leaf as a part of The Star Group, is preparing to initiate Phase Two of its “Inspired Greens” greenhouse program.


Finding the best LED light recipe for your crop 
The team of LED’S Research! is having tomatoes with their lunches. They started the harvest of the veggies from their lab in the World Horti Center. The tomato plants growing there were grown completely under controllable LED-light instalment. 

Over 9 million views for this hydroponic lettuce video 
We all know the horticultural industry is amazingly cool, innovative and high-tech - but passing on this enthusiasm to people outside the industry can be hard. It became clear the last few weeks that the world can be interested in horticulture: a video of a hydroponics system went viral. 

The great cannabis switcheroo 
An increasing number of vegetable growers are making the switch to growing marijuana, since the medical (and sometimes recreational) was legalized in countries around the world. Some growers have even emptied all their greenhouses of tomatoes and cucumbers in favor of cannabis.

Pepper grower Gemapa: step for step towards sustainability
Composting the full crop at the end of the season
When the Lambrecht family started their Gemapa bell pepper nursery in 1990 in the Belgian town of Nevele, Marc considered going organic. In the end he decided against it. "I thought the risks were too great, especially the aphids," Marc says. 


Netherlands: 9 hectares indoors compared to 90 hectares outdoors
Siberia is an innovative enterprise that grows greenhouse vegetables in Maasbree. It was established in early 2016 by Peter van Dijck and Luc Willemssen who also own Van Dijck Groenteproducties, one of the largest suppliers of outdoor grown leafy greens to the retail and processing sectors in ...

Netherlands: Eminent celebrates 35th anniversary 
On Friday, 20 April, Eminent celebrated its 35th anniversary. About 200 guests gathered for an inspiring themed afternoon about vegetables, food and health in the World Horti Center.The afternoon was opened by Jan van Heijningen, manager of Eminent. 

BASF buys Bayer's vegetable seeds business for €1.7bn
In addition to the agreement signed in October 2017, BASF has signed an agreement to purchase further businesses and assets, which Bayer offered to divest in the context of its planned acquisition of Monsanto. The expanded scope includes Bayer’s entire vegetable seeds business, operating under the global.....
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