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2019 in horticulture: LEDs, ToBRFV, soft fruit, vertical farming and hydroponics

Whether you spent the beginning of the new year dancing all night, playing board games with the family or going straight to bed at 9 PM, we hope you had a wonderful start of 2020. While following our holiday break we're ready to dive into the new year as well, we also want to look back one last time. Here are the best read articles of 2019.

Techniques & hydroponics
At HortiDaily, we want to keep you updated on the developments in the horticultural industry and bring you the latest techniques and novelties. Articles on these prove themselves to be an on-going success. Popular in 2019 were articles on the Australian grower using hydroponics for a unique crop, on the new plastic panels providing a solution for floating hydroponic systems and on the new raft for hydroponic crops as basil. Also trending: new greenhouse concepts, like the multispan, foil and semi-closed one by CMF and the new container for organic growing.

Also popular: articles on expansion and greenhouse videos. Peeking inside a 7,000 sq m hydroponic lettuce farm, following the news on a new 27 acre greenhouse in Kingsville

"Ultimately, the whole industry will switch to water-cooled LED lighting", said Jan Mol with Oreon in the December edition of HortiDaily - and many people were curious to know why. It's not the only LED-related topic that proved to be of high relevance to our readers. Also articles providing information on grow lights were clicked very well, as this guide to the grow light spectrum.

Unfortunately, we also had to publish a lot on ToBRFV in 2019. We hope we can support you keeping the virus out with these articles and update you on how serious the situation is. Often-read articles were the ones sharing information on how the Rugose virus bothers growers all over the world, then on how horticulture responds to ToBRFV, and also why prevention is the best defence.

Find all ToBRFV articles in our archive.

Soft fruit
Soft fruit is hot, has been hot in the last couple of years and will remain hot in the upcoming years. Therefore, it might not come as a surprise that these articles got many clicks. Many people wanted to know about the top ten blueberry producing countries, how to guarantee a constant soft fruit supply and wanted to see Scottish strawberries grow in a vertical farm.

Vertical farming
When it comes to vertical farming, it's not just that there's much going on in this industry (although there is), it's also that there are many people interested in it. Publications on vertical farming count many views. The highest ranking ones? Number one is the article on the costs of vertical farming. Second in line is the article wondering if duckweed could be the next big vertical farm crop. And then, there was the big news on the bankruptcy of the Swedish company Plantagon International in February, completing the top three of vertical farming articles.

Other important remarks are also articles about India (the opening of the largest hydroponic farm in India to date), the fight on calling hydroponic grown vegetables organic, getting the same yield with an organic fertilizer and an article we believe to score high on Google: Are the green parts of a tomato really toxic?

We look forward to keeping you updated on all horticultural news in 2020 as well and keep counting on your contribution to our daily publications! 


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