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Ten growers' stories from February

Usually, February is all about the Fruit Logistica, but this year was different, of course; as many countries remained in lockdown, the trade shows were canceled. Fortunately, there is a lot of other news worth sharing - here are ten growers' stories from February you do not want to miss.

Droplet curtain lowers heating costs while achieving higher yield in closed greenhouse

The Finnish cucumber grower Puutarha Timo Juntti Oy, based in Kaarina eliminates extra humidity and heat while maintaining high CO2 concentrations thanks to the Novarbo Heat…

US: Organic greenhouse tomatoes see increased demand across varieties

Supplies of greenhouse tomatoes are good but volumes will soon build to meet the increased demand tomatoes have seen in 2020. “Supply and quality are both good, although the…

CAN (ON): Acquisition completed of a Kingsville-based 22-acre greenhouse

Green Rise Foods has completed its acquisition through its wholly-owned subsidiary, Bull Market Farms of the assets of Mor Gro Farms, comprising a 22-acre greenhouse on a…

Germany’s Neurather aims to boost business growth with Tungsram LEDs

"We need to decrease our energy expenses wherever possible"

Setting up the right lighting system is a make or break factor in precision farming as inappropriate lighting is bound to translate into lower yields and higher costs. German…

"quality improves because of stable climate"

Dutch grower puts solar panels above soft fruit plants

Growing red berries under solar panels: the first to do this is Rini Kusters of Kusters Zachtfruit. The trial solar panel setup that he installed together with GroenLeven last…

Costa Rica exports first container with greenhouse tomatoes to US

Last Thursday, the Costa Rican greenhouse company Hacienda Tobosi SA (Tomatissimo) company sent the first container with 20,000 kilograms of hydroponic tomato from Puerto…

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Finnish cucumber growers reach 200 kg harvest

It was with surprise that Jyrki Jalkanen with the Finnish Glasshouse Growers' Association learned about the statistics of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United…

Growing lettuce cleaner every year since disastrous April 2017

In both cases, you barely see anything in lettuce grower Aqua Grow's greenhouse in Almere, but there are two innovations hidden ‘between’ the hydroponic lettuce. And there is…

Spanish acreage and yield on the rise:

"Labor issues make pepper a more and more attractive crop"

Labor issues in the Spanish greenhouse industry have urged many tomato growers to switch to a different crop. For this reason, the pepper acreage in Spain has expanded.…

Ilil Hertz on starting a greenhouse

"I spent many hours in front of my computer, now I'm connected to nature again"

Years and years ago there were cows walking around at the kibbutz Nir Elyahu that was erected by the grandparents of Ilil Hertz – but there’s no room for them anymore. Earlier…

Big Marble Farms expands again

“Always growing” motto reality thanks to grow lights

“Always growing” is the motto behind Alberta’s largest greenhouse - Big Marble Farms, referring to their commitment to growing local produce 365 days a year.  Located in Medicine…

Gonzalo Guerra of BlueDrop México

"Precision agriculture lets us have a better control of our crops"

The harvest season of berries in Jalisco begins in January, and runs through June. Gonzalo Guerra of BlueDrop shares: “We have just started the harvest but so far we have been…

Hortalizas Argaman:

"With this coating we reflect heat, but maintain the light"

Tomatoes can convert a lot of light into production but are also easily affected by heat. This is the reason why Hortalizas Argaman is using the heat reflecting ReduHeat…

Dutch companies building high-tech greenhouses in South China and Hong Kong

"Self sufficiency is at the top of the Chinese agenda"

Self sufficiency is at the top of the Chinese agenda. Not only on a national level but also on a provincial level, China strives for greater efficiency in production in order…