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Growing organic fruits beyond climatic limitations thanks to greenhouses

Canada and other countries with climate zone 3, 4 or 5 can grow locally the majority of the fruits needed for their population – all delicious and organic, says engineer Dan Bostan, founder and president of the Montreal-based Human Wisdom specialized in sustainable solutions. Countries with temperate…

US Secretary of Agriculture opens all-electric Dutch Demo Greenhouse 2030

The Dutch horticultural sector aims to be climate-neutral in 2040. Thus, Wageningen researchers have built a low-emission demo-greenhouse for the cultivation of vegetables, fruit and flowers in an effort to find ways to reduce CO2 emissions as well as the use of crop protection agents and artificial…

Turkey: Smart hydroponic agriculture business venture receives 400.000 USD investment

ForFarming, a business venture established by the Aegean Young Business People Association (EGIAD) angel investors received an investment amounting to 400.000 USD. ForFarming is a smart hydroponic agriculture business initiative that combines vertical agriculture with artificial intelligence…

Investment in the project may reach 87.5 million euro

Russia: Bio vegetables to be grown in Tyumen

By 2021 it is planned to complete the fourth phase of the greenhouse complex Tyumenagro. As the representatives of the foundation The Investment Agency of Tyumen Region have announced, the amount of investments may reach 87.5 million euro. The production launch is planned for April-September of 2020 and…

Development aid bolsters Turkey's influence in Mexico

Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency (TIKA), Turkey's global development aid agency, has expanded its presence in Mexico, reaching out to its various disadvantaged communities. Since it launched operations in the country in 2016, TIKA has backed 50 projects ranging from post-disaster humanitarian…

North Koreans are eating more and more greenhouse veggies

North Korea is making an effort to overcome its food shortages by expanding its greenhouse-based vegetable and fruit production industry, Daily NK sources recently reported.  For example, Haeju strawberries, once regarded as a specialty of that area, are now grown throughout the country in greenhouses. North…

CAN (AB): Controversial greenhouse proposal in Cypress County withdrawn

A public hearing on a controversial greenhouse proposal scheduled for next month has been cancelled after the proponent withdrew their application, CHAT News has learned. The proposal by Redcliff-based Reuben’s Veggies to rezone a property on Hwy. 523 to allow for an artificially-lit, 10-acre greenhouse…

Getting off the plastic treadmill

Over the 16 years I have worked in horticulture there has been an ongoing discussion around plastics use, which has hugely intensified as public opinion has caught up with the science. Perhaps one of the starkest warnings of how bad the situation is, came with the announcement that 83% of drinking water…

Companies in Ghana organize greenhouse open day

The Management of Ardhi Investment Group, an agribusiness start-up, has organized a greenhouse open day with a call on agribusiness entrepreneurs to explore efficient agricultural value chain development technologies and practices to ensure food security. The open day, held in collaboration with partners…

Model the climate and the crops: bring your production to the top

Imagine steering the roses to bloom just before mother's day. Or designing the ideal greenhouse for growing tomatoes anywhere in the universe. This is to some degree already possible by using crop growth and climate models. Crop and climate models are a tool for agricultural research, with which…

First smart greenhouse opens in Fushan District

Recently, the greenhouse of the Yantai Academy of Agricultural Sciences was officially opened in Fushan District. The greenhouse covers an area of 5,000 m2 and is mainly engaged to the intelligent research of tomatoes and strawberries as well as other crops and propagation. For Yantai, it's a unique…

Heavy weather damages Turkish greenhouses

Heavy rain and floods have damaged a number of greenhouses in Erdemli district of Mersin, located in southern Turkey. The growers now work with the Agricultural Office to get an estimate of the damages. Current reports indicate 50 to 70 % of products are damaged in 25 hectares of tomato greenhouses…

"There's a demand for hydroponic greenhouses in Turkey as well"

Retired professor Prof. Dr. Aykut Aysin with his wife are growing strawberries in his greenhouse. The greenhouse is located in the Incirliova district of Aydin, is 2.2-hectares in size of which 1.5 hectares is used in hydroponic production. The grower is currently harvesting around 140 tons of strawberry…

Live your dream: life in a greenhouse

Do you always feel sad when leaving work? Would you like to spend more time under glass? And do you agree that the horticultural benefits could be applied more broadly? Then how about living in a greenhouse? Some years ago a Swedish couple made the headlines talking about their GreenHome and now there's…

UK: LEDs installed at Aberystwyth University greenhouse

A state of the art greenhouse at Aberystwyth University that is helping breed next-generation plants is itself cutting its carbon emissions by installing new LED lights. In doing so, the National Plant Phenomics Centre at the Institute of Biological, Environmental and Rural Sciences (IBERS) will reduce…

Urban Greenhouse Challenge 2: 20 teams make it to the next round

From October onwards, the 53 teams participating in the second edition of the Urban Greenhouse Challenge have been working on their designs of an iconic and circular urban greenhouse. This edition of the Urban Greenhouse Challenge invites students to design a greenhouse to be based in the city of…

North American greenhouse growers in legal dispute over "Mighty" tomatoes

MightyVine, a Chicago greenhouse grower on 22.5 acres is suing Ontario greenhouse grower Mastronardi Produce over the use of the term ‘Mighty’ in its branding. MightyVine, which grows hydroponic tomatoes in a greenhouse in suburban Rochelle IL, has filed a federal lawsuit against Canadian grower…

First cucumber crops picked in the north of Belarus

The first crops of greenhouse cucumbers are being collected in the north of the Republic of Belarus. Thanks to the supplemental lighting and heating systems, summer conditions have been created for the vegetables in the greenhouses. Yet, the growers monitor weather conditions intently as in cold weather…

Australia: Food-growing technology empowers indigenous communities

Stepping inside one of Food Ladder's cool, leafy growing systems is a stark contrast to the dry, inhospitable conditions outside. In the Northern Territory's Katherine, Ramingining and Tennant Creek communities, these climate-controlled structures produce enough food to supplement the diets of up to 250…

Micronesian greenhouse production gets funding boost from Australia

The Australian Embassy congratulates College of Micronesia Centre for Entrepreneurship (CoE) - Hydroponic Greenhouse Expansion Project, a recent grant recipient of the Direct Aid Program (DAP). Second Secretary and Consul Takuro Steele presented a $20,000.00 cheque to the Centre’s Executive Director,…

First bell peppers lighting test Hoogstraten already harvested

For the second year in a row, Proefcentrum Hoogstraten is executing tests with lighting for bell peppers. This season, harvest was extra early, last Wednesday January 8 to be precise. Roel Vanderbruggen, manager at the test center: "Normally, the first harvest is in March or April." Wednesday, Roel…

"As thrips is very hard to control we developed a new type of anti-thrips netting"

At the IPM, Howitec Netting will be introducing Ornata Air Plus 1517, a 90 mesh anti-thrips netting. This insect net has a high UV-stability (kLy600) and is produced in Europe. 25 years insect nettingHowitec Netting, based in the Netherlands, started more than 25 years ago with their first insect…

Georgia: Imereti Greenery becomes touristic hotspot

They are specialised in growing tomatoes and lettuce hydroponically. Now the growers of the Georgian company LLC Imereti Greenery will have to learn something new. Thee company will open up their doors to tourist and starts to offer agricultural tours. A lot to seeThere's a lot to see in the Imereti…

Evapotranspiration models and determination of crop water requirement for tomato in a solar greenhouse

Studies on dual crop coefficient method in a greenhouse require accurate values of reference evapotranspiration (ET o ). A study was conducted in a solar greenhouse at the experimental station of the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences during 2015 and 2016. An automatic weather station was installed…

Russia: Acreage of Stavropol greenhouses to reach 294 ha by 2021

New investment projects on greenhouse construction will allow an increase of the greenhouse acreage in Stavropol region by 50% by 2021. It is planned that the greenhouse acreage should increase from 198 to 294 ha, mentioned the press service representatives of the regional Ministry of Agriculture. “By…

"Huge increase in tomato production in Saudi Arabia due to targeted watering"

Growing conditions in Saudi Arabia are very difficult. The climate is dry and warm. Nevertheless, the Greenhouse Horticulture Business Unit of Wageningen University & Research (WUR) has succeeded in producing 80 kilograms of tomatoes per square meter on an annual basis. And that does not even require a…

UK: Soft fruit firm wins High Court planning battle over polytunnels

Withers Fruit Farm has successfully challenged a judicial review against Herefordshire Council, led by Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE), seeking to overturn a planning decision that would allow the construction of 11 blocks of polytunnels on 37 hectares of farmland. The council decision also…

Jordanian vegetable growers increase sustainable production

In Jordan vegetables are grown in plastic tunnel greenhouses. A cheap solution. But the production per square meter is low, certainly when water consumption is taken into consideration. And Jordan has a shortage of water. The Greenhouse Horticulture Business Unit at Wageningen University & Research…

András Újszászi – CTO, Gremon Systems PLC

From reactive to proactive greenhouse management

As many other industries, the greenhouse industry is facing huge problems such as higher wages, the shortage of labor, changing workforce habits, profit expectations, need of higher productivity, increasing competition. "Technology companies were the first who tried to tackle the new challenges with…

Dutch greenhouses to be erected in Almaty

Kazakhstan has a challenging climate for greenhouse construction. With hot summers and extremely cold winters, the country needs highly divergent technical capabilities. For this, the Kazakhs are increasingly looking to Dutch innovations in this area. Artist impression of the Kazakh project. Van der Hoeven…

Piet Zwinkels harvests first organic radish from Austrian greenhouse

"My heart is singing, I’m growing radish again"

Cows are walking around with a bell around their neck and the yodeling is unrivalled. But for growing organic radish, they could do with some Dutch help on a plateau in the vicinity of Vienna, Austria. Piet Zwinkels, the Westland's former radish grower, arrived just in time. He has been involved in the project as a crop advisor for six months. “I am yodeling from happiness. It is s…

50 acre Kingsville projects have a value of $73 million

The four greenhouse construction projects that were realised in 2019 in Kingsville total over 50 acre (20 hectare) in size and according to Kingsville Mayor Nelson Santos  that's…

Australia: Coral Greenhouse open to divers

The Coral Greenhouse and the Ocean Siren, the first phases of UK diver-sculptor Jason deCaires Taylor’s Museum Of Underwater Art (MOUA) project on Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, have been unveiled. The Coral Greenhouse is open to scuba divers visiting John Brewer Reef. The 12m-high underwater structure…

Dutch-Macedonian company to build logistics centre and greenhouse in Serbia

Dutch-Macedonian joint venture Gresto had a groundbreaking ceremony in Ruma, Serbia, marking the beginning of the construction of their logistics centre and a greenhouse. According to the announcements, the facility should be finished by this summer. The investment, in its first phase, is worth EUR 2…

High tunnel research increases profits for New York growers

According to the latest Census of Agriculture, there are nearly 8,000 U.S. farms growing tomatoes in protected settings including greenhouses or high tunnels with a total value of $419 million. How does New York rank? #2 in the U.S. for number of farms growing in protected settings with a total of 489 farms…

Costa’s in Australia increasing its size with automation

When considering one of Australia’s largest wholesaler, distributor and exporter of fresh fruit and vegetables, the dynamic and entwined structure of the Viscon Group is able to support Costa’s Guyra tomato glasshouse expansion in 2020. To better highlight this, Viscon Fresh Produce and Viscon Logistics are…

Iran, FAO launch joint program to help Afghan refugees

Iran’s Bureau of Aliens and Foreign Immigrants’ Affairs, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), and World Food Programme established a greenhouse in Semnan province, located around 220 km east of capital Tehran, to help Afghan refugees. Financially and technically supported by…

Coatings: what do they bring?

Investing in a coating boosts yield and improves product quality. The actual return on investment depends on the conditions. Willem Valstar from StarGrow Consultancy helps tomato growers find the most economically profitable approach. Valstar mainly advises growers in the Netherlands, Belgium and the United Kingdom, and previously…

"Vertical Farming meets the demand for more sustainability and regionality"

Migros Basel and Growcer launch joint vertical farming project

Together with the Migros Basel cooperative, Growcer is developing the first "Robotic Vertical Farm" in Switzerland, in order to grow regional foodstuffs there in the future, independent of weather conditions, pesticide-free and water-saving, and - thanks to the shortest transport routes - to deliver them…

US (AZ): Bayer greenhouse facility beginning operations

After three years of development, a seven-acre greenhouse facility operated by Bayer just outside of Marana is expected to begin operations at the end of January, with plans to begin heading toward at full capacity in March. The facility will produce genetically modified corn. The facility is located on…

An optimal climate in every season

Every climate is different, and each crop has its own preferences. The wide range of ReduSystems coatings makes it possible to manage sunlight throughout the year. To ensure…

US (MN): Greenhouse industry contributes to Owatonna development boom

On Nov. 5, the voters of Owatonna approved a $104 million bond issue to construct a new high school. For this southern Minnesota city, the vote signifies something more than an up-to-date school building. It also represents a major investment in their community’s economic future. Bushel Boy Farms, whose…

"Breakthrough cultivation on water nearby"

Growing crops in soil is traditionally the case with lettuce and cut flowers. But climate change, more extreme weather and increasingly stricter requirements for emissions, quality of groundwater and crop protection products, cause growers to look for other solutions. Growing on water can be the…

US (CA): Strawberry breeder adds 2,100 sq. ft. greenhouse

To create the world-class strawberries of the future, California Berry Cultivars, LLC (CBC) purchased a 2,100 sq. ft. Thermolater greenhouse from Agra Tech, a leading manufacturer of commercial greenhouses, to utilize cutting-edge technology and pursue its lofty goals. This is the second greenhouse that…

US (OH): Great Lakes Growers increasing production capacity to 260,000 square feet

Great Lakes Growers, a hydroponic greenhouse facility that grows leafy greens and herbs in Burton, Ohio, have broken ground on another 100,000 square foot expansion on the heels of completing their most recent 80,000 square foot expansion that began just one year ago. Once completed, the expansion will…

dozens of greenhouses being realized nearby Shanghai

"With an ROI of 3-5 years, Venlo Greenhouses are only built with strong financial backing"

“In Shanghai, there’s huge consumer demand for cherry tomatoes, but due to the limited acreage in an around the city only about 20 per cent of the demand can be filled in by local growers." Speaking is Mr Wang Jinhua, head of the Guangming Group. The company is building dozens of greenhouses in Shanghai…

Prioritizing upgrades in your commercial greenhouse

In every commercial greenhouse, upgrades are an inevitable reality in order to remain competitive. Updating your greenhouse is a great way to become more efficient and save on costs, but for growers with older greenhouses or dated equipment, it can be difficult to know where to start. When you are making…

Agriculture Minister Owusu Afriyie Akoto:

“Ghana to boost vegetable and flower business through greenhouse construction”

The Ghanaian government has started constructing more greenhouses to start the development of vegetable seeds, in an effort to help boost Ghana’s vegetable cut flower production sector. Three of the greenhouses are at various levels of completion, with the first one located at Akumadan in the Offinso…

Solar panels could take greenhouses off the grid

A solar panel on a greenhouse roof may seem illogical at first, but a trial at Freeman Herbs is proving that with some clever manipulation greenhouses can produce electricity from sunlight without affecting the plants growing underneath. The Lincoln greenhouse known for its potted herbs that consumers…

US (NV): Hydroponics garden to be dedicated to local girl's memory

The Boys & Girls Club of Truckee Meadows is dedicating a new hydroponics garden to the memory of Katie Weingartner, a 15-year-old Reno High School student who lost her life in 2017. A ribbon cutting ceremony for “Katie’s Garden” will be held at the Club’s William N. Pennington Youth & Teen Facility,…

Construction of Gorny agricultural complex is completed

Agrotype company have completed the construction of an industrial greenhouse in Ust-Kataev of Chelyabinsk region. The unique object located at the allotment with the height difference of over 24 meters was officially opened on December 18. The governor of Chelyabinsk region, Mr. Alexey Teksler was…

"Knowledge required to solve empty greenhouses"

Empty greenhouses in India are looking for Dutch growers

India is an upcoming horticulture country. One of the regions where cultivation has taken place since ages, is Goa, a state on the west coast of the country with more than a…

CAN (ON): Unprecedented greenhouse growth shows no signs of slowing down

After an unusual slowdown, hundreds of acres of vegetable greenhouses with a construction value of up to $420 million are expected to be added this year and next in the Leamington area. By the numbers, Leamington and Kingsville had permits with a construction value of more than $183 million issued in…

BLE changes funding guidelines

Vegetable greenhouses need fossil fuels for peak hours and as back-up

The Federal Agency for Agriculture and Food in Bonn, Germany, announced on January 8, 2020, that with immediate effect, projects for the promotion of energy-efficient…

Ghana to boost vegetable and cut flower business with greenhouses

The government of Ghana has started constructing greenhouses to start the development of vegetable seeds to help boost the country’s vegetable and cut flower production sector. Three of the greenhouses are at various levels of completion, with the first one located at Akumadan in the Offinso North…

Cucumbers, zucchinis and pumpkins in danger

German researchers isolate cucumber virus for the first time

Plant virologist Dr. Wulf Menzel from the Leibniz Institute DSMZ-Deutsche Sammlung von Mikroorganismen und Zellkulturen in Braunschweig, together with colleagues from Nuremberg and Freising, have isolated "cucumber virus" cucurbit aphid-borne yellows virus (CABYV) for the first time in Germany. The…

Indonesian resort launches hydroponic farm

As an ongoing commitment towards supporting eco-tourism and green lifestyle sustainability, Bali Dynasty Resort has established its own mini hydroponic farm. The aim of this project is to provide its kitchen with a fresh and healthy supply of organically grown products. The urban farm will also serve as…

Eco-tourism focused greenhouse under construction in Indonesia

Gallant Venture has partnered Obayashi Corporation – one of Japan's largest general contractors – to pilot a technologically-advanced eco-tourism focused greenhouse on Bintan island, Indonesia. This was announced at the Joint Development Agreement Signing Ceremony held between the partners. PT Persada…

Iceland: Biodome combines geothermal and vertical farming technologies

The ALDIN Biodome Resort secured planning permission late last year to build the world’s first geo-climate biodome, a new type of heated greenhouse resort that grows its own exotic food, hosting dining facilities, yoga classes and other events, and providing comfort, health and nourishment…

Tropenhaus to re-open:

Papaya and chili from Central Switzerland will again be available from late February

At the end of June 2019, Coop had closed the Tropenhaus in Wolhusen. The future of Central Switzerland's greenhouses with tropical plants, as well as the restaurant, was…

How to properly store your greenhouse portable modular conveyor

When the production season starts to slow down, you might be wondering what you need to do to properly store your greenhouse’s portable modular conveyor over the coming months. Though portable modular conveyors are easy to maintain, there are a few steps you’ll want to take before you pack them away for…

Horticulture research yields light bulb moments in the improvement of greenhouse growing

The illuminated light bulb. It’s the symbol of a great idea come to life. Erico Mattos’ big idea doesn’t reinvent that iconic bulb exactly but reimagines how it can be used. Around the globe, greenhouses grow fruits and vegetables to provide a healthy food supply year-round. But as reliable as the sun is…

‘Micro-green’ technology inside military bunkers

India: Troops to get fresh veggies with help of new tech

Tinned food will be a thing of the past for soldiers patrolling the Siachen Glacier, considered the world’s highest battleground: Soon they will be able to munch on a variety of fresh vegetables grown inside their bunkers within a span of 10-12 days.  This year, more than 1000 posts along the Siachen Glacier…

Effects of biochar application in a sorghum crop under greenhouse conditions

Application of biochar from vine shoots (Vitis vinifera L.) as an organic amendment in the soil is an alternative agricultural management of interest. The behavior of this…

Horconex celebrates New Year in new HQ

"Is everyone in?", Director Cees van Uffelen asked on the first Friday afternoon of 2020 around half past three. This was followed by chuckling, because the party location in the brand-new Horconex building in Poeldijk was jam-packed, with around 350 guests. Everyone was keen to see what that building,…

Gebrüder Meier Gemüsekulturen AG relies on proper energy management

"We are offering an environmentally sound product at a good price"

Ecological compensation areas, beneficial organisms, use of rainwater and wastewater, a photovoltaic system and the reuse of beetroot waste by means of a biogas plant - when…

US (CT): Hydroponic greenhouse project to bring locals food and jobs

A new greenhouse facility will come to Torrington, CT - in addition to providing fresh, local, pesticide-free produce to residents of New England, it will also offer something else: economic opportunities to disadvantaged citizens. New Opportunities is a community action agency that serves Waterbury,…

Ministry of Municipality and Environment also supported farmers installing greenhouses

Qatar exceeds 2019 target of food self-sufficiency

Qatar, represented by the Ministry of Municipality and Environment (MME), has exceeded its target in achieving self-sufficiency regarding various fresh food products in 2019. The achievement of the target of 2019 set under the National Strategy for Food Security 2019-23 is seen as a big step by the…

US (NH): Biomass-powered greenhouse project could be producing greens by the end of the year

Last October, Burgess BioPower began demolishing a former warehouse on its 125-acre property to make way for a 190,000-square-foot hydroponic greenhouse that would be heated by the warm wastewater from its 75-megawatt biomass power plant. The facility would employ up to 30 people, Burgess BioPower has…

Seed Money Projects for international partnerships

The opportunities for the Dutch agri-food sector to cooperate with partners in Africa, Asia, and North and Central America have been explored in 16 Seed Money Projects (SMPs), financially supported by the Dutch Topsectors Agri & Food and Horticulture & Starting Materials. The results of these projects, carried…

"Know the rules when paying family for farm work"

Farming in Canada has always been a family intensive business, even on larger incorporated farm enterprises. Spouses in many cases are full partners in the process and chief bookkeepers for the business. Part of normal childhood education on the farm is an ongoing list of farm chores, which can include…

Always take the greenhouse with you...

You love working in the greenhouse... but you can't be there 24/7, sadly. If only you could take your greenhouse with you... Well, the greenhouse helmet might be just the thing for you. Greenhouse what? Yes, you read that right. Patented in 1986, this oversized astronaut helmet gives you your own…

"LED lighting in greenhouses helps but standards are needed"

While LED lighting can enhance plant growth in greenhouses, standards are needed to determine the optimal intensity and colors of light, according to Rutgers research that could help improve the energy efficiency of horticultural lighting products. Many lighting companies market their LED (light-emitting…

Israel: Research as peacemaker

Over 40 years ago, an artist in Israel wanted to grow tomatoes. The result was a greenhouse that has grown into a place of learning and a meeting place for young people - no matter what religion they belong to or where they come from. "About the size of a football field" - this is how Noam Geva describes the Ecological…

Strengthening techniques for greenhouses

Greenhouses are specially designed to provide suitable conditions which favor growth and production of plants annually. This is achieved through their unique structural characteristics which enable them to carry out their specified functions. For a greenhouse to be termed as well-designed, it must…

Russia: Eight killed in greenhouse fire

At least eight migrants have been killed in a greenhouse fire southeast of Moscow, according to emergency officials. The blaze broke out in the Moscow region district of Ramenskoye and spread across an area of 240 square meters in the early hours of the day, authorities said. A statement on the Emergency…

Portugal: Growing pineapples in a greenhouse

Since 1850, pineapples are grown on the Portuguese isle of São Miguel, the biggest island of the Azores. Originally an ornamental plant, but quickly used for consumption. The large scale oranges cultivation on the island were hit by a disease, and a switch to pineapples took place. Augusto Arruda, whose…

keeping the future expansion in mind, which by then will use 300m2 of the total 600m2

Councilor takes a look in the vertical farm at the WUR

Currently, a new research facility on the terrain of Wageningen University & Research the BU Greenhouse Horticulture in the Dutch Bleiswijk is being realized. Reason enough for councilor Abee of the Lansingerland municipality to see how things are progressing. The building started in September. The unique…

Russia: Three football stadiums of greenhouses to be launched near Moscow

A 30 thousand square meter greenhouse complex by the agricultural complex Moscovskiy has almost completed in the village Verhnee Valuevo in new Moscow area, announced the head of the city department on the development of new territories, Mr. Vladimir Zhidkin. According to him, the greenhouse and nursery…

Turkey: Geothermal greenhouse to be built in Didim

The environmental assessment process for a geothermal greenhouse to be built in the Didim district of Aydin has officially started. The greenhouse which will cost around 50.000 USD to build, will be 3-hectares in size with a geothermal well drilled within the area. The heat generated from the well will…

US (NY): Massive greenhouse operation still growing in Madison County

It’s the largest single build for Canadian company Sunset Farms, owned and operated by the Mastronardi family. The Oneida facility will be the second biggest in the company’s portfolio. The local facility is about halfway complete, but is already growing fresh strawberries in one of two massive, 32-acre…

Retractable roof greenhouse improves Australian strawberry quality

Australian Strawberry Distributors (ASD), Coldstream, has invested in a Canadian-designed and built Cravo greenhouse. General manager Jim Ripepi said they had significantly improved fruit quality, allowing the company to target the export market of Dubai. Mr Ripepi said the walls and roof of the…

A toolkit for creating and revamping greenhouse programs in Nebraska schools

From greenhouse to cafeteria

The Center for Rural Affairs is working with schools across the state of Nebraska to revamp greenhouse programs. While school greenhouses can be utilized in a variety of ways, the goal is the cultivation of nutritious produce that can be returned to the study body, bringing the greenhouse into the cafeteria. Greenhouses can…

NatureFresh starts new Discovery Center trials

In 2020, NatureFresh Farms are officially entering their 5th regular season in the Discovery Center, which is their Leamington-based trial greenhouse. With over 275 trials to perform this upcoming season, the Discovery Center team is going to have their hands full with growing, testing, and tasting new…

How rooftop greenhouses can reduce the environmental aspect of horticulture

Sealing ground is a problem which negatively impacts the water balance since the soil cannot be used as a water puffer anymore. This results in surface water not being able to be added to the groundwater level which can directly lead to flooding. On the other hand, this water does not get added to the…

Little Leaf Farms to double again in 2020

US: Greenhouse leafy green growers maximize opportunities

An increasing interest from consumers in local produce as well as growing concerns over food safety are two trends leading to increased opportunities for greenhouses growing leafy greens. Little Leaf Farms in Shirley, MA, is seeing consistent growth thanks, in part, to these two consumer trends. Since…

US (WV): United High School could get mobile greenhouse

United High School may be getting a mobile greenhouse after the recent approval of a school facilities project that will relocate the high school to the Adamston Elementary School site. A request for the mobile greenhouse, or freight farm, was brought before the school board at a December meeting by…

Greenhouse sweet potato slip production budget for Mississippi

In Mississippi, sweet potato slips are grown in greenhouses to increase the production of virus-tested and true-to-type sweet potato material in accordance with certification standards set forth by the Mississippi Crop Improvement Association (see these standards at www.mcia.msstate.edu). Since 1999, the…

US (HI): Hydroponic greenhouse farm ready for commercial harvest

Sprinkling over red dirt that was once part of the most productive pineapple plantation in the world may not seem like the way to start a positive transformation of agriculture on Lanai. But within the first two of nine huge greenhouses with concrete floors on the former Pineapple Isle, an abundance of…

Why Virginia is growing more food in greenhouses

Farming is Virginia’s top industry – generating $70 billion a year and providing jobs for 334,000 people. Winter used to be a quiet time for farmers in the Commonwealth, but more of them are now growing crops inside, year round. When John McMahon left his job in corporate sales to grow leafy greens in…

growing tomatoes and berries in the subtropics

The rise of of tech giant Panasonic in greenhouse horticulture

Tomatoes and strawberries are difficult to grow in hot and humid subtropical regions. Panasonic and several other companies took on the challenge of growing delicious tomatoes and strawberries in the extreme environment of Ishigaki Island, located in a subtropical region. Tech companies diving into the greenhouse…

China: Seaweed from the greenhouse

Recently, a one film greenhouse up to 11 meters high was built in Tianjin, China, by Beijing Kingpeng workers. The greenhouse area is 4576 ㎡, and will be used to grow seaweed in the future. Cover material on the roof of the greenhouse is a new generation PO film, and has a high light transparency, while the…

India: Haryana approves 40 horticulture projects

In the 32nd State-Level Executive Committee meeting of the Indian Haryana State Horticulture Development Agency, held at Chandigarh last month, 40 horticultural projects were…

Alberta Greenhouse Rebate Program

CAN (AB): Grant available for Alberta greenhouse growers

The Alberta Greenhouse Rebate Program provides eligible greenhouse operators with a grant equal to 80% of the carbon levy paid on their purchases of eligible natural gas and…

Exotic new vanilla crop could put Florida on world spice map

Most natural vanilla comes from Madagascar, or a few other foreign locations, and demand far outstrips supply. Flavoring companies are willing to pay as much as $270 per pound because it’s just so important. But University of Florida scientists believe South Florida has promise as a place to grow the plants…

Turkmenistan entrepreneurs start building greenhouses

Entrepreneurs in the Turkmenistan region Dashoguz Velayat make a significant contribution to the economic growth of the northern region of the country. They invested funds in the diversification and modernization of the industrial and agricultural sectors, implemented a number of socially significant…

How plants can talk: emitting informative airborne sounds under stress

Stressed plants show altered phenotypes, including changes in color, smell, and shape. Yet, the possibility that plants emit airborne sounds when stressed – similarly to many animals – has not been investigated. Here CSH, the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, shows, to their knowledge for the first time,…

CAN (AB): Greenhouse strives to be responsible planetary tenant

Sustainability isn’t just a buzzword at Big Marble Farms. The largest indoor vegetable production greenhouse in Alberta practices sustainability at every stage, operating year-round to supply cucumbers and tomatoes. Beginning as a four-acre farm 10 years ago, subsequent small expansions followed by a…

Special Trade Shows 2020

The first two months of the new year will again be packed with horticultural exhibitions. We'll kick of with the Soft Fruit Conference next week, followed by the IPM in Essen and Sival in Angers, then the Fruit Logistica in Berlin will take place, followed by the Dutch HortiContact in Gorinchem, the Netherlands Therefore,…

Arjan Bassie (Syngenta) on the new demo greenhouse construction process

Netherlands: "The cooperation between all parties determined the end result"

In the fall of 2018, Arjan Bassie approached AAB to discuss the possibilities regarding project management of the Syngenta new-build R&D tomato greenhouse project in Maasland. Arjan: "After a couple of discussions, we decided that AAB would provide support in the permit phase, the design phase, the tendering phase and the construction phase. AAB was already well known to…

China: "Gobi Agriculture" has a future

Zhangye, Gansu is a traditional agricultural city. Heihe, the second largest inland river across the city, forms a large fertile oasis in the Gobi Desert. According to the…

Learning from building a rooftop greenhouse

Inagro and Agrotopia prove that agriculture and industry do not have to be competitors when it comes to land usage. A research greenhouse will soon be built on a crate warehouse from REO Veiling in Roeselare. The project is one of the five pilot projects called ‘Productive Landscape’ done at the Flemish…

Lettuce scare spurs sales at greenhouse grower

Recent outbreaks of foodborne illnesses have generally been bad news for lettuce growers nationwide, but one greenhouse operation in snowy Superior reports its sales actually have been bolstered as consumers search for healthy alternatives to field-grown greens.Bay Produce has found a strong market for…

Commercial beekeeping turns to agriculture as major revenue stream

The beekeeping industry, which is integral to agriculture production, is undergoing some significant developments. Bees of course help plants reproduce thanks to their help in the pollination process. And at this time of year, many commercial beekeepers are preparing to go to California soon to help…

Iran: Irrigation, greenhouse projects inaugurated in Bushehr province

First Vice-President Es’haq Jahangiri inaugurated two projects related to agricultural development in southwestern province of Bushehr on Monday, ISNA news agency reported. One of the projects, called greenhouse construction and development plan, has the capacity to produce 16,000 tons of crops, which…

Russia: Putin to visit greenhouse complex and hold a meeting on the development of the agricultural sector in Adygea

Russian President Vladimir Putin arrived on a working trip to Adygea, where he will visit a greenhouse complex where roses are grown year-round and a new high school. Earlier on Monday, the head of state attended the opening of railway traffic on the Crimean bridge, reports TASS. The Green House…

Japanese strawberry growers combat effects of typhoon

The Tochigi Prefecture (Kantō region) on Honshu is the biggest strawberry producer in Japan. Now, farmers there are working at a fever pitch to prepare for the Christmas season. And there is much work to do: When Typhoon No. 19 hit in October, it flooded the Omoi River that runs through Kanuma, one of…

Azerbaijan continues to increase tomato volumes

Statistical data has shown that export volumes of tomatoes from Azerbaijan, also in Russia, continues to increase, while import is decreasing. Should the Russian Federation…

Turkey: Growing tomatoes to the sound of music

Agrocan, a glass greenhouse born out of the necessity to deal with the waste heat of a textile factory has an interesting way to sustainably grow tomatoes. Over 150 blue-collar workers care for and handle the plants in the agrocare, tending to the plants' every need, while 10 engineers work round the…

Sustainable and safe greenhouse crop production

Ohio’s production of crops grown under controlled environments (CE), i.e. greenhouses and plant factories, is growing. From 2012 to 2017, floriculture and bedding crop production increased by 12%, based on square footage. During the same period, the area allocated for greenhouse production of vegetables,…

US (NY): Webster residents try to block another greenhouse

Located on the US side of Lake Ontario, with 42.000 inhabitants, only 300 miles away from New York and 400 from Washington. Webster might seem like the ideal place for a high tech greenhouse and it's no wonder a couple of years ago some greenhouse entrepreneurs selected this location to realise their new…

The first Chilean greenhouses with real-time climate monitoring are ready

The Region of Valparaiso already has the first Chilean greenhouses equipped with technological sensors that will allow monitoring different environmental variables inside…

Central Horticultural Association:

German CO2-tax: "Tragedy for domestic horticulture"

The Central Horticultural Association (Zentralverband Gartenbau e. V. - ZVG) is appalled at the reports of a higher CO2 certificate trading entry price of 25 euros per ton instead…

Russia: Agrotype are beginning the construction of the greenhouse Michurinsky

Agrotype will begin construction of a new greenhouse for vegetable growing, it will be built in the village Zeleniy Guy of Michurinsk region in Tambov area, Russia. The construction of the industrial greenhouses will be carried out in several phases. The acreage of the first phase should comprise 31.9…

US (FL): Aquaponics facility in Woodville sparks concern among residents, environmental advocates

A large aquaponics facility is under construction in Woodville amid concerns about its potential effects on the Floridan aquifer, the source of drinking water for thousands of residents.  In a four-page letter Tuesday, the Wakulla Springs Alliance asked Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried to force property…

US (CA): New greenhouse facility allows for expanded research space

A project underway on the east side of the UC Riverside campus will offer high-tech greenhouse space where researchers from different disciplines can work together in a climate-controlled environment. The Plant Growth Environments Facility is the first new greenhouse research building built on campus in…

Nigeria: Greenhouse farming getting rooted in Lagos, Ogun

As the gap in efforts to produce enough food to feed the country’s increasing population continues to widen, experts have severally called for the innovation of agriculture in Nigeria through the adoption of technology-driven solutions as the only way to achieve sufficiency.  One of the technologies that have…

Autonomous Greenhouses Challenge gets underway

Can artificial intelligence outperform the greenhouse grower?

Tomatoes are planted in the greenhouses of the 2nd Autonomous Greenhouses Challenge. Growing tomatoes with artificial intelligence (AI) in autonomous greenhouses, even from the other side of the world: Monday 16 December, the young tomato plants of five international teams that compete in the Autonomous…

scale-up from 10 to 30 ha

Japanese strawberry greenhouse project underway in Russia

Marubeni announced the conclusion of a Japanese Strawberry Greenhouse Project contract with Russian company VE Group. The design and supply for the greenhouse will be conducted by JFE Engineering. In accordance with recent increasing demand for high quality strawberries in the Russian market, VE Group…

Music makes plants grow faster, Turkish grower says

Sultan Aydin, a female grower from Erzurum, a city located in eastern Turkey has been representing woman growers from her country in international exhibitions. The grower has had her greenhouse for 3 years and she grows her products with music and without any fertilizers. Therefore she was selected to…

Kazakhstan: 10 thousand tons of tomatoes from Pavlodar

A new greenhouse with the capacity of 10 thousand tons of tomatoes has been launched in Pavlodar region. 200 working places have been created in Ekibastouz. The new complex by LLC Greenhouse Qaztomat consists of two greenhouse zones, a refrigerator warehouse and a service zone. The enterprise uses the…

"Light pollution can suppress melatonin production in humans and animals"

We've all seen headlines like "Purple glow lights up the sky over..." or "What's that mysterious yellow light?" Reactions to light from greenhouses range from bemusement to complaints, but the question is whether those lights are merely annoying to some neighbors, or if there's a bit more to it than…

Generating electricity from “waste” light can lower greenhouse production costs

Electricity is a major expense for Canadian greenhouse growers. At the same time, their large facilities offer potential to produce renewable solar energy – but the challenge to date has been how to do that without impacting the growth and productivity of the crop inside. A potential solution from…

Netherlands: A new greenhouse for Montreahof

At Montreahof in Berkel en Rodenrijs, the Netherlands, the new bell pepper plants were partly planted this month in a brand new greenhouse. An old greenhouse, which was already thirty years old, has given way to a new model with wider windows, better insulation and a more efficient layout. Grower Edwin…

Growers in Mersin, argue that Turkish state-initiative greenhouse grower Sera A.S. will hurt small growers

In a press conference organized by the Chamber of Agriculture in Mersin, the positives and negatives which Sera A.S., a state-owned greenhouse grower initiative might bring, are discussed extensively.As the prices of fresh produce such as potato, onion, and tomato skyrocketed in the last 2 years, the…

South Korea: State research institute confident of exporting smart cooling house to UAE

Confident of opening a new business opportunity in Middle East countries with scarce arable land, a state research center in South Korea boasted of the excellence and successful operation of its new smart greenhouse capable of farming fruits and vegetables in dry desert climates. While glass greenhouses…

Nicolas Magueur, Serres Magueur:

Energy optimisation given a boost in renovated greenhouse

The young plants are doing well in the recently opened 1.6 hectare greenhouse of Nicolas Magueur. Just like they have been doing on this location for almost thirty years now. “This brand-new facility actually is the renovation of our first greenhouse from 1990", Nicolas shows. "The new design completely…

Video: Dutch greenhouse growing back in 1962

Have you got a spare 30 minutes? Then the following two videos about the Westland’s tomato cultivation back in 1962 are an excellent recommendation. Maybe you’re already familiar with them, but that doesn’t make them any less beautiful. Over half a century ago, Leendert W. Koppenol filmed at Plant…


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