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"Our seed cleaner increases productivity by 10%"

"We’ve seen some amazing results, particularly for crops such as Amaranth, where treated seeds have resulted in significant reductions in infections, improved germination rates, higher yield, and reduced losses,” says Dr. Katie Wilkins, Senior Plant Scientist at Vertical Future, about Zayndu’s ‘activated…

No more emissions in the greenhouse thanks to electric crop rotation

What is the trend in crop rotation? Rob van den Berg of Weterings Machinery does not have to think long about the answer to this question: "Electrification. By using electricity instead of fuel, there are no emissions in the greenhouse. The plants suffer from emissions, which does not help their…

"Pay extra attention to water quality during crop changeover"

The crop changeover in greenhouse horticulture is in full swing again. This is invariably the moment for Glastuinbouw Nederland and the water boards to once again draw attention to water quality during crop rotation. The water used for cleaning can contain nutrients and crop protection agents and should…

"Clean glass leads to increased production and reduced energy consumption"

During a considerable part of the year, crops can use all the natural light they can get. The principle that then applies is 1% more light = 1% higher production. This is when a thoroughly clean greenhouse really pays off. Any greenhouse will get dirty over time. Algae, dust, soot, sand, and residues of…

Preventing disease via water: "Water circulation will become the norm"

It is becoming more and more important: preventing disease via the water. Agrozone, too, notices this, says Roy Imming. It does not surprise him, as technology is creating more and more possibilities. Agrozone is an expert in the field of ozone technology, i.e. the method used to treat and enrich water,…

"Kathari excellent for ToBRFV removal"

All recurring reports of increasing infections among growers with the Tomato brown rugose fruit virus (ToBRFV) confirm the importance of high-quality (drain) water for Van der Ende Groep. The company has had tests carried out with its Kathara ultrafiltration system to remove ToBRFV. With the experience…

Cucumber grower works with Delphy hygiene protocol

"Starting the year virus-free gives confidence"

For eight years now, Burhan Güzel has grown cucumbers in his 5 ha greenhouse in Almere, the Netherlands. "In the first year of cultivation, we had a CGMMV, in the second year we had a tiny bit of virus and from then on it was under control", he says. The grower, who also has 2.4 hectares of high wire cultivation…

Unique in Europe:

Colruyt washes crates for fruit and vegetables itself thanks to brand new crate wash

Colruyt Lowest Prices recently installed a brand new crate washing installation that washes 17,000 crates of fruit and vegetables every hour. This installation, which was developed by the company's own teams in consultation with Euro Pool System (EPS), is unique in Europe and ensures a shorter transport…

Airborne disease training videos for Spanish-speaking greenhouse workers

The Michigan State University Extension floriculture team and the National Pesticide Safety Education Center have developed a set of airborne disease training videos for Spanish-speaking workers at greenhouses and garden centers. These videos are designed to help green industry employers fulfill any pandemic…

The Sicilian growers' association OP Platinum launches the project Coltiviamo Salute

"We have invested in research and development to obtain a truly healthy and nutritious crop"

The cooperative OP Platinum launched a new project based on the increasing attention of consumers to healthy eating. The project is called Coltiviamo Salute. Salvatore Astuto This is not just a consumer trend, but the growing desire on the part of consumers to seek only the best for their own well-being through…

Intensive pest control against mites and Drosophila in small fruits under protected cultivation

In the last couple of years, damage caused by the mite tarsonemide in raspberry plantations in protected cultivation has increased in southern Italy. This has been confirmed by technician Carmine Lanaro, reference point for Bioplanet in Campania and specialist in small fruits. To combat this mite, it is…

New hydroponic starter plugs for optimal start

Growcentia, an agricultural biotechnology company, announced the release of its newest addition to the MAMMOTH product family for hydroponic cultivation. MAMMOTH Starter Plugs are pre-moistened, individually packaged trays.   MAMMOTH Starter Plugs are a 50/50 mix of coco coir and sphagnum peat moss, which offer growers…

Cucumber grower's irrigation system adjusted for really clean water

German snack cucumber grower Friedhelm Kartzinski has had many problems with his irrigation water over the past year. Pythium, in particular, was a recurring problem. Together with EVE Techniek, the grower from Weener looked for a solution, which was found in a modified water system with UV disinfection.…

Stonewool plugs 'save' water-based pak choi and lettuce cultivation

At Marck Hydroponics, in a greenhouse measuring approximately 1 hectare, around 2 million lettuce and pak choi plants are grown in a hydroponic floating raft system every year. Since mid-2019, Arthur Marck and his brother Theo have been cultivating these crops in this growing system. After a search with…

Vegetable plant propagator finetunes with full LED

Nowadays, LED lights are installed in the greenhouse of German vegetable plant propagator Achim Gernert of Jungpflanzen Gernert. That is nothing special so far, but the choice for full 100% LED in the nursery is. As far as specialists know, he is the first person in the world to opt for this in his new…

Smaller version of the Basic Washer machine presented

Machine builder Unifortes presents a new machine: the Basic Washer: UNI-BW150.60. It is a suitable washer for smaller operations for the food processing and other industries. With key features of the ‘Industrial Series’ this model is not inferior to its bigger brother. "It is perfect for lower capacities,…

Irrigation system treatment restores water flows and profits

When Gary Taylor returned to his role as nursery growing manager at Valley Grown Nurseries, he noticed that all was not quite as it should be with the irrigation system. The business grows 9 hectares of peppers and 3 hectares of tomatoes under glass near Nazeing in the Lea Valley on the…

November: A Fresh Start

A clean slate is a perfect start for a new crop. But how do you realize the cleanest greenhouse? What kind of schemes will you apply? And what kind of things should you bear in mind when taking the crop out and preparing for a new crop? While the end of the year is nearing, we're focusing on the start of the season. Youngplants,…


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