Greenhouse

Pinghu, Zhejiang: A modern "plant factory" is full of spring

The core area of ​​Pinghu Agricultural Economic Development Zone, covering an area of ​​3 square kilometers, has introduced more than 30 new agricultural projects. On January 12, at the Lancheng Modern Plant Factory in Pinghu Agricultural Economic Development Zone, Zhejiang, workers checked the growth of…

The eggplant, cucumber and zucchini supply is still limited in Almeria

"Volume of work in Almería has fallen by between 40 and 50% since the frosts"

The weather is once again shaping the development of the current horticultural campaign in the greenhouses of eastern Andalusia. The season already had a difficult start, as warm temperatures throughout the continent allowed the European seasons to be extended, and an unusually mild autumn caused the…

Blueberries from Australia thrive in greenhouses northern Israel

A group of growers in the Golan Heights is marketing an Australian type of blueberry that grows well in the brisk northern air, but in containers on platforms, inside a…

Ontario greenhouse grower plans 2021 growth in Mexico, Canada and US

Red Sun Farms, a vertically integrated greenhouse grower with locations in Canada, USA and Mexico, is making a significant investment in its facilities. In 2020, Red Sun Farms completed 27 acres of construction on a three-phase project totaling 63.8 acres in Kingsville, Ontario. Red Sun is making…

Solar and wind-powered community greenhouse

The Cashew Gardens community has launched what is believed to be the country’s first solar- and wind-powered community greenhouse, with the help of stakeholder support. The community will grow short-term crops using hydroponics in the first instance, incorporate rainwater use through rainwater harvesting…

Here's people dining in greenhouses

As Covid renders indoor restaurants impossible, these restaurant owners have set up greenhouses for their customers, providing their guest with various outdoor dining options.  

Afghan minister of agriculture visits Nangarhar province

Anwarul Haq Ahady, minister of agriculture, irrigation and livestock, in continuation of his provincial trips, on a trip to exploit a number of irrigation and agricultural projects, a honey quality consolidation laboratory, inaugurating of a large agricultural exhibition and meeting with agricultural…

"Vegetable Innovation Team" of Hebei Agricultural University develops agricultural equipment

In large-scale vegetable greenhouses, can machines be used to replace labor? Can tasks such as greenhouse bed rolling, electric flat ridge rotary tilling, spraying, temperature and humidity control, and intelligent picking be taken over? Professor Teng Guifa, Dean of the School of Information Science and…

70 years of water storage systems in horticulture

As early as in 1951, Genap BV recognised the importance of storing water in earth dams. "At our first facility in Westzaan, we started manufacturing prefabricated geomembranes used for lining earth dams to hold rainwater. The collected rainwater would then be used as irrigation water for greenhouses,"…

Nature Fresh Farms joins SmartWay

Reduction of freight transportation-related emissions

Nature Fresh Farms pledges to reduce freight transportation-related emissions by becoming a member of SmartWay. Over the past year, Nature Fresh Farms joined the SmartWay…

Aspiring member of government in the greenhouse

"Just come and have a look," was the invitation of Wilko Wisse and Piet Zwinkels to aspiring Member of Parliament Henri Bontenbal of the CDA. They already knew each other from Twitter where they discuss energy issues. The gauntlet was picked up, a date set and so it came about that the number 17 on the…

Damage impairing food security research

Australia: food security glasshouses remain unrepaired one year after hailstorm

Critical research to prepare Australia's crops for harsher weather has been kept on hold after a devastating hailstorm that swept through Canberra damaged Australian National University glasshouses 12 months ago. It is now a distant memory thanks to the dominating presence of the coronavirus pandemic,…

15-acre facility filled with tomatoes and mini cucumbers

Checking out the new Lakeside Produce greenhouse

Lakeside Produce officials held public tours Friday to showcase the new company’s high-tech greenhouse, a massive, 15-acre facility where a variety of tomatoes and mini…

The most modern greenhouse complex in the Russian Far East about to be launched

The most contemporary greenhouse complex in the Russian Far East is about to be launched in Talaya. Cucumbers, tomatoes and strawberries are planned to be grown there. All the equipment has been imported from the Netherlands. The constructions of more than 16 thousand square meters have been constructed…

Chris van Hulzen with Tebarex completes three project in UK

"Fortunately the Stena Line connection continued running"

It’s quite a feat – delivering 3 projects in the United Kingdom, despite the Brexit and the coronavirus pandemic. The wheels just keep turning. As Chris van Hulzen with Tebarex notes, fortunately the Stena Line connection between Hook of Holland and Harwich continued running. This was one of the few…

Greenhouse vegetable production increased by 20% in Russian region Krasnodar

The greenhouse complexes of the Krasnodar region have grown with  119 thousand tons of vegetables in 2020. This is a 20% growth compared to the previous year, the press service…

India: Coimbatore’s hydroponic farm delivers fresh greens within three hours of harvest

Sustainable farming and fresh, zero-carbon food are the philosophy behind the city’s first urban hydroponic farm, located inside an industrial building campus.  A graduate of Molecular Biology from the University of Glasgow, Akhila ran her own environmental consultancy for over 10 years before turning an urban…

Paul van Groningen, Greenfood Iberica

"Scarcity of Asian vegetables; situation of other Spanish greenhouse vegetables more relaxed"

The cold weather with snow and rain recorded recently has been taking a toll on the Spanish vegetable production. "Last week was a difficult one. There was suddenly scarcity in the production from Murcia and it became more expensive," says sales manager Paul van Groningen, of the firm Greenfood Iberica,…

CBS figures

Few youngsters interested in parents' greenhouses businesses

In 2020, more than half (59%) of agricultural companies in the Netherlands run by over 55s had no successor. This is especially true for (very) small farms. The larger the business, the greater the chance it had a successor. The Dutch Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS) reported. Their report is based on…

Overview of the effects of the winter weather in Andalusia

UPA Andalusia has made an initial estimate of the damage that storm Filomena and the cold wave had on Andalusia's countryside. Eastern Andalusia has been hit the hardest, the…

Expert shares thoughts on greenhouse challenge

Jasper den Besten, a professor at HAS University of Applied Sciences (‘s-Hertogenbosch, the Netherlands), shared his opinion on Urban Greenhouse Challenge: Reforest, an…

US: Cultivating beautiful flowers and greenhouse vegetables at Castle Hayne Farms

Growing up in the Netherlands, Mark Hommes was raised on horticulture and a love of Dutch iris. Current co-owner of Castle Hayne Farms, Mark always knew he would become a commercial-flower grower, learning the trade from his father, but what he didn’t realize is the amount of rich history both his…

Will Teeuwen: "The biggest challenge is the availability of personnel; I am not worried about sales"

First Dutch greenhouse asparagus arrive extremely early at Teboza

The first greenhouse asparagus haves already been harvested at Teboza, in Helden, Limburg. "Extremely early; we were also surprised ourselves. Normally, the first asparagus arrive in late January," says Will Teeuwen. "The supply will still be limited in the coming weeks, but the quality of these first…

Farming tech company expands leadership team

Vertical farming company Plenty announced that Dana Worth has joined its leadership team as senior vice-president of commercial to help drive the company through its next…

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Templeton Hills Community Farm

"Nourish the land and be nourished"

Red wigglers squirm between brown leaves and green vegetable parts as Matt Giese lifts the lid of a wooden box on stilts. The worm composting bin's surface is alive with beings turning discarded organic material into nutrient-rich food for the rows at Templeton Hills Community Farm. Castings fall out of…

Family build eco-friendly dome in Norway

Life goals: Living in a greenhouse

Ingrid Marie Hjertefølger, 38, and her partner Benjamin, 34, used to live a perfectly normal life in a perfectly normal home. But a few years ago, the vegan family decided to make a change – and they put in plenty of hard work to make that happen. Ingrid, who works as a nurse, was on the hunt for an…

Delayed arrival of migrant workers worries Niagara greenhouse growers

New requirements of air travellers to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test result before boarding a plane to Canada are proving to be a barrier for temporary foreign…

American Community College receives $30K donation to build greenhouse

Cape Fear Farm Credit partners with Bladen Community College to provide resources to build a greenhouse that will enhance its agricultural programs. “This donation is going to provide a greenhouse for our students and for our community,” said Dr. Amanda Lee, Bladen Community College President. “It is…

Wim Roosen, Dutch Plantin

"We are investing to secure the coco supply"

For the second year in a row, the team with Dutch Plantin is building a new factory in India. In addition, the Dutch facilities are being expanded. "The demand for coconut products is increasing worldwide - we're expecting to reach one million extra grow-bags per year this year," says Wim Roosen. "Then…

72 hours rule

New COVID-19 travel rules could hurt Canada’s greenhouse vegetable industry

New COVID-19 testing requirements for travellers entering Canada could hinder more than would-be pandemic tourists. They could also leave tomato, pepper, and other greenhouse vegetable farmers in B.C. scrambling for workers. Temporary foreign workers, most of them from Mexico, are essential to B.C.'s…

China: No soil needed, only spraying for vegetables growing on the "wall"

Next to a road in the agricultural area of ​​Nangang Town, 2 steel-framed greenhouses resembling the Bird's Nest (Beijing National Stadium) and the Water Cube (National Aquatics Center) and covering an area of ​​about 2,400 m2 is the Nangang Aeroponics Agricultural Science and Technology Demonstration…

with Viraj Puri, Gotham Greens

Analysis on how COVID-19 has impacted indoor farming

Yahoo Finance’s Zack Guzman and Akiko Fujita discuss indoor farming outlook and the plant-based fresh food categories with Viraj Puri, Gotham Greens Co-Founder and CEO. "This…

New research on use of irrigation and nitrogen in tomato greenhouses

Water and nitrogen are two main factors affecting crop yield and quality, and their optimization is crucial for sustainable agriculture production. In this study, the results of a three-year (2017–2019) experiment were presented to reveal the effects of irrigation and nitrogen rate on yield, crop water…

Idromeccanica Lucchini

New greenhouse types available to meet harsh climatic conditions

Research, innovation and internationalization are the key words that characterize Idromeccanica Lucchini. The world is constantly changing and so are its people' needs, especially when it comes to food. Growers must therefore keep up with new trends and be able to put quality first, following economic…

Italian greenhouse company "goes green"

Two hectares of experimental greenhouses to produce all year round

The "green turn" of the Italian company Fellini Patrizio does not stop. The year 2021 carries some surprises, the two managers Emile and Valentina Fellini announce. They will install a new plant to recycle water, install solar panels end expand their greenhouse acreage. "Shortly we will start with the…

Canada: Kingsville opens up about enforcing the light pollution and odour law

The town of Kingsville has laid out its plans for enforcing By-Law 96-2020, which is a bylaw to prohibit and regulate public nuisances related to odours and lighting from the cultivation of plants and cannabis. "Greenhouse Owners that utilize grow lights and who have not responded or presented light…

New Ontario Agriculture Worker Safety and Awareness Certificate launched

The Ontario Federation of Agriculture (OFA) has launched an online training program for workers new to the agricultural sector, created in partnership with the University of Guelph – Ridgetown Campus Business Development Centre. The Ontario Agriculture Worker Safety and Awareness Certificate is geared…

Thomas Bos, Thomasol:

"Cold front causes Spanish greenhouse and open field vegetable prices to shoot up"

The ongoing cold front in Italy has now hit Spain too. It has caused a sudden shortage in the Spanish vegetable sector. "The nights are at around freezing point here in Alicante. In Almeria, it's 2-3°C at night. Then production comes to a standstill," says Thomas Bos of Thomasol. This farm supplies…

Turn off the lights to turn on savings

Greenhouse growers have several ways to control and reduce energy costs. In all cases, it’s best to first understand the electricity market and the different rate options. By turning out the lights at selective times, Ontario greenhouse growers can avoid significant electricity costs. But deciding to hit…

Deforche Construct

Rooftop greenhouse Agrotopia is taking shape

Little by little, the roof greenhouse on the crate shed of the REO Auction in Roeselare is taking shape. Compared to the very first visible work, there is already a real greenhouse on the roof, as greenhouse builder Deforche Construct shared recently.  After the Christmas break, the construction team went back…

Ghanaian public urged to use greenhouse technology vegetables

The public, including restaurant operators, have been advised to use more locally produced greenhouse vegetables to guarantee human safety and wellbeing. Mr Abobo Alphonsus, the Upper West Regional Schedule Officer for the Greenhouse Project, noted that with the greenhouse technology, the market was…

Californian company fined for for PACA Violations

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has imposed sanctions on Poblano Fresh Produce Corp. (Poblano Fresh), Los Angeles, Calif., for violating the Perishable Agricultural…

Complete COVID-proof restaurant greenhouse built in Milford, US.

Eating out amongst the plants

Greenhouses and igloos should begin springing up in downtown Milford this week. The temporary outdoor structures will allow selected restaurants to offer sit-down options during the pandemic. "We're ecstatic," Downtown Development Authority Executive Director Ann Barnette said. "Obviously we wish we would have gotten all 26…

Papaya cultivation appears to be promising for Dutch growers

Which tropical fruit is promising in the greenhouses of Dutch greenhouse horticulture entrepreneurs? With this question, the Business Unit Greenhouse Horticulture and Flower Bulbs of Wageningen University & Research started a research into the cultivation of avocado, papaya and mango. Of those three…

TomaTech breeders

ToBRFV resistant varieties available for planting season

TomaTech announces the launch of its range of commercial Tomato brown rugose fruit virus (ToBRFV) resistant varieties, available immediately for this coming season.   Intermediate resistance to ToBRFV (symptomless) vs non-resistant (displays symptoms) High Tech leads the wayOver the last 3 years, the TomaTech R&D…

New showroom in Taiwan shows the importance of greenhouses

Chiayi County Commissioner Weng Chang-liang, third right, looks at vegetables grown at a greenhouse showroom operated by Jin Jhan Greenhouse Project Co in Chiayi County’s Singang Township yesterday. The company, which plans, designs, installs and constructs greenhouses for clients, launched the showroom…

Drinking water concept important aspect in future of film company

For Annemieke Aal and Martijn Riewald with Gauris, film is the common theme of their working life. Two years ago, the entrepreneurs switched to greenhouse horticulture. According to the film makers, the still relatively new glasshouse horticulture film player feels completely at home in the world of…

"Logistics is the largest enemy of combatting viruses"

More and more often you will find hygiene poles and mats at the entrance of a greenhouse. People enter the greenhouse virus-free. So, once in the greenhouse, not much can happen. After all, plants do not move. Jos Veugen, Frans Veugen Bedrijfshygiene: "The focus must be at the front side and the…

China: Building a rural complex integrating modern agricultural and rural development

A modern and efficient agricultural industrial park in Dongying District is under construction in Niuzhuang-Shikou Rural Revitalization Demonstration Area (China). It is planned to cover an area of ​​over 666 hectares. Construction of the park started in December 2019. The project involves construction…

CAN (ON): Greenhouse growers ask for more time to combat light pollution

Give us more time, Essex County’s greenhouse growers are pleading with local municipalities vowing to crack down on light pollution that is brightening up the night skies over acres of indoor crops. “Our growers understand and share community concerns on the effects of light pollution to the…

China: New tomato varieties ready for harvest at High-tech Zone

Recently, two new varieties of tomatoes, namely Xueshanguo and Xueshanlinglong Fruit, cultivated and planted by a plant factory in Urumqi High-tech Zone in Xinjiang (China) are fully ripe. These new and ripe tomatoes are cultivated without soil, using cocopeat as the substrate, which effectively improves…

CAN: Université de Sherbrooke students create off-grid greenhouse

Three engineering students at 'Université de Sherbrooke spent three years designing and building their perfect greenhouse. They set out to build a smart green building, which would be entirely off-grid, and a model for future construction projects, while also promoting food autonomy. The…

Kurdistan: Greenhouse launch marks official start of million oak tree campaign

An environmental organization based in the Kurdistan Region inaugurated a greenhouse project in Erbil on December 18, as part of its plans to plant one million oak trees across the Region in the span of five years. Hawkar Ali is a 34-year-old teacher at the University of Kurdistan Hewler (UKH), in Erbil.…

Victoria Gardens Fruit & Vege

Tasman growers and farmers brace for lasting impact of hailstorm

Farmers and growers are counting the cost - thought to be in the tens of millions of dollars - of the Boxing Day hailstorm in Tasman. It shredded vineyards, smashed greenhouses, dented and bruised apples, kiwifruit and hops and severely damaging buildings in Motueka. Some say it was the worst hailstorm…

A video shows the creation of artificial rain by Contec Srl

New irrigation system with concrete poles

For the company Contec, 2021 will be a year marked by innovation. Indeed, an innovative system for creating artificial rain is being developed and new subsidiaries will be opened. Contec started out as a manufacturer of prestressed concrete transmission poles, but in the meantime it has grown into a…

January: Special Water 2021

Thirsty yet? Or are your plants? For sure we can help you with this. This month, we will pay more attention to water on the HortiDaily newsletter. Think of water basins, silos, drippers, drain water purification or, let's hope not, water nuisance. And perhaps snow or ice, although nowadays it seems to be more about ice in…

Havecon introduces Havelettuce Projects:

Standardized turn-key lettuce greenhouses make entering greenhouse industry easier

Havecon has been known as a turnkey greenhouse supplier for many years now, but as of now they'll take turnkey to a new level under the name of “Havelettuce Projects”. Havelettuce will not only take on the build of a greenhouse but the complete project realization, offering a plug and play concept for…

Our daily newsletter will be back on January 4, 2021

Happy Holidays!

We can hardly believe it either but the year 2020 draws to a close. The year has been challenging in many ways and more than ever we're grateful for your continuous support and feedback. 

On behalf of our entire editorial staff, we would like to offer you our season's greetings. We are hoping that we can get back to some kind of 'normal' in 2021 and hope we will get the opportunity to see some of readers again at trade fairs for that all important photo!

For now we are taking a break for the Christmas period. We will be back in the New Year with all the latest news and happenings in the horticultural industry.

 

Premium Dutch strawberry ready for Christmas

This year, Dutch Berries built a four-hectare full LED-lit greenhouse. This allows this major Dutch strawberry farming to bring large volumes of a brand new crop to market from Christmas onwards. By also growing more different varieties, year-round cultivation is almost a reality. There's no Dutch-grown…

The correct greenhouse tutoring system saves time and money

The correct tutoring of plants in greenhouses is synonymous with efficiency, optimal management, yields and helps save time and labor. The latter is something that all agricultural entrepreneurs have introduced to their business processes. Not everyone, though, has had the chance to experiment the…

Organic grower unveils newly renovated greenhouses in Mexico

Wholesum, Fairtrade-certified grower and shipper of organic produce, inaugurated its newly renovated tomato greenhouses at Wholesum Farms Pacific. A ribbon cutting ceremony took place on Wednesday, December 9th in Culiacan, Sinaloa, Mexico. The event consisted of a virtual live stream on the company’s…

Ton van Mil, Royal Brinkman

"Opportunities for global greenhouse horticulture are further increasing"

2020: what a year! We have been struggling worldwide with Covid-19 for almost a year now. On behalf of Royal Brinkman, CEO Ton van Mil thanks everyone for their trust. "The opportunities for global greenhouse horticulture are further increasing due to the increasing need for healthy food and beautiful…

42,000 square-foot

US (OKLA): New greenhouse facility to address food security disruption

On December 21st, Osage Nation Principal Chief Geoffrey Standing Bear and other key tribal officials have formally cut the ribbon at the new (42,000 square-foot) greenhouse growing space and programs building (44,000 square-foot) that includes aquaponics and food processing areas. There are already a…

special year overview

Growing CEA market in the spotlight in December

This month we've seen many sources confirm what the industry has believed in for many years: there's growth potential for the CEA market and the world is ready to capitalise on it. New projects are being launched, there's investors news almost every day and many market reports confirm the state of the…

Turkey: Growers in Erzincan enjoy higher productivity with switch to hydroponic production

Greenhouse production is improving rapidly in Erzincan, located in Eastern Turkey. Curly lettuce growers who started hydroponic production in the city have tripled their yield. Grower Sercan Karabulut, who lives in Erzincan, started greenhouse production greenhouse as a hobby, but slowly it became his…

Horticultural glass price doubles from growth in solar market

Since September, the price of horticultural glass has changed dramatically. “The glass price has been almost stable for ten years, it only drops a little bit year after year. Yet a couple of months ago, the price almost doubled,” says Michael Lee with Planti. “It’s bad news for everybody, not in the…

China: Poverty alleviation project joins hands with pomegranate industry

Relying on the pomegranate industry, the poverty alleviation project jointly built by Liuyuan Town and Dige Town, Yicheng District in Zaozhuang, Shandong Province (China) has driven nearly 4,000 people in the two towns to achieve stable and long-term poverty alleviation. According to the introduction, in…

Philippines: Greenhouse villages planned as part of “Plant, Plant, Plant” Program

The Department of Agriculture (DA), through the Agricultural Training Institute (ATI), has partnered with four barangays in Caloocan and Quezon cities for the establishment of “Greenhouse Village” in support to the urban agriculture initiative of the “Plant, Plant, Plant” Program. Key ATI officials…

Havecon

Jamie Mastronardi Jr on working with Havecon:

"Always ready to rock"

The 5th episode of "Havecon client speaks..." features Jamie Mastronardi Jr., one of the sons of JEM owner Jamie Mastronardi. Since the winter of 2018/2019 Havecon built almost 28 acres (over 11 hectares) in three different phases for them. The current phase the builder is working on, called R&D, consists of a storage room and…

Scientists and disseminators value the contribution of solar greenhouses in Inversolar

Solar greenhouses have been very prominent in social media this week. The celebration of the first online version of the European Solar Greenhouses Congress has served to bring this European production method closer to society. For two days, experts, researchers, and scientific disseminators in the…

Eco protest at Tropicalia greenhouse site in north France

More than 200 people from 32 eco associations - including Greenpeace and green party Europe Écologie-Les Verts (EELV) - have protested at the controversial “Tropicalia” greenhouse site in northern France. The €73million Tropicalia project, near Berck-sur-Mer in Pas-de-Calais, is set to build the world’s…

Growers in the spotlight in November

It's what we do all year but in November we paid even more attention to what growers have discovered and endured this year and labour is one of the main topics. THe availability of labour, solutions to grow with a lower labour requirement and the appreciation for the labour force - all has been discussed…

Turkish tomatoes grown in geothermal greenhouses exported to Germany and UK

Tomatoes grown in geothermal greenhouses in the district of Sandikli in Afyonkarahisar (Turkey) with hydroponic production are exported to big cities domestically and to many countries in Europe as well as Russia, Germany, and the Netherlands. Tomatoes are produced with hydroponic production in 30…

Russia: GC Rost decided against constructing the greenhouse in Leningrad region

A land plot with an overall acreage of 23 ha, allocated for the potential greenhouse complex, belongs to LLC Agrotechnologii. In February 2020, 99% of the charter capital was passed on to the LLC Rost Managing Company and the remaining 1% to the owner and general director of MC Rost, Mr. Sergey Rukin.…

"gaining experience for scaling and sales on hectare scale"

High quality algae from fully automised production facility in Dutch greenhouse

Algae grow fast, and in the case of spirulina, they're also rich in protein. This makes it an interesting product to grow with a view to the future. That's why, in the academic world, there's a lot of research into microalgae. More and more greenhouse growers are interested in algae production nowadays.  But:…

A look at a "vegetable basket" in China

The verdant Romaine lettuce stands neatly in the directional planting bed. The local electric power department technicians and agricultural technicians inspect the temperature and humidity control, fertilizer, and water intelligent operation system in the greenhouse to ensure the positive growth of…

6 out of 10 vegetables consumed in Europe are grown in solar greenhouses in southern Spain

The 35,000 hectares of solar greenhouses located in Almeria and the Granada coast have become Europe's healthy pantry, mainly from autumn to spring, when continental production is not possible in other countries due to low temperatures. Andalusia's solar greenhouses have become a reference in the world…

UK farmers turn to robots to plug labour shortages

The Financial Times reports that, as Christmas approaches at the Melrow nursery in Merseyside, north-west England, one worker wants no holiday, has no concerns about catching Covid-19 and is happy to work up to 23 hours a day plucking piccolo tomatoes. The Eagle robot, acquired by the nursery’s owner…

Limited supply leads to skyrocketing prices for Russian greenhouse tomatoes

Greenhouse companies in the Russian Federation continue to increase prices for tomatoes. Their decision is based on a noticeable reduction in the supply of greenhouse tomatoes…

215 acres

Record-breaking year for Canadian greenhouse builder

The year held many firsts for South Essex Fabricating, a premier greenhouse builder based in Leamington, Ontario. Established in 1994 and initially specializing in the fabrication of commercial greenhouse parts and structures, SEF has since expanded to offer comprehensive technical solutions, project…

IFAPA considers chayote a good alternative for Almeria's greenhouses

Chayote, also known as Chilean squash, is a superfood that is becoming increasingly available in Spanish supermarkets. This South American fruit has a high content of vitamin…

Dutch cucumber grower expands with lighted cultivation

Cucumber grower Reijm en Zn. BV, which consists of Piet, Jaap, and Jan Reijm, expands with the acquisition of a tomato farm from brothers Wilfred and Vincent van Winden in Zevenhuizen, the Netherlands. The greenhouse consists of over 11.5 hectares of glass, of which 6 hectares are fitted with…

October 16-30th

Automation top of mind in October

In October the GreenTech was set to take place and this did happen, yet not in person but digitally. Fortunately the horticultural industry as a whole is becoming more and more digital and in October autonomous growing again was top of mind with the launch of various technical solutions.  Priva launches Plantonomy: an…

Netherlands: Vitom continues with lighted cucumber cultivation in 1 location

In De Lier, the Netherlands, cherry tomatoes on the vine were grown for a long time. In the last two years, that became cucumbers. On the facade you saw the name Vitom, as is the case at the company's other location.  At the first location, the greenhouse is being demolished at the moment. Cucumber growers…

Graffiti aubergines now only available via The Greenery

Next season, Van Luijk will be the only Dutch aubergine nursery that will grow the special graffiti aubergine. In the coming years, Van Luijk will increasingly specialize in non-standard aubergines. These will be produced in a three-hectare greenhouse. This farmer's been a member of the Coforta…

Bringing hydroponics to Kenya

Traditional soil-grown crop production has worked well for thousands of years, but there is one fact that has placed strain on conventional agriculture: The human population is expected to reach 10 billion by 2050. With that comes a demand that already stressed fields can not necessarily supply. For Peter Chege, founder and…

Why Alibaba rival Pinduoduo is investing in agritech

Back in 2018, the interactive e-commerce platform Pinduoduo  sent shock waves through the investor community when it raised $1.6 billion from a Nasdaq listing as a three-year-old company. Online shoppers in China were excited to see its rise as an alternative to longtime market dominators Alibaba and JD.com.…

October 1-15

New weapons in fight against ToBRFV

If you could name one virus that has dominated headlines in the horticulture industry, apart from the obvious choice of course, chances are ToBRFV will come to mind. The tomato virus has been plaguing growers around the world, and slowly but surely the industry is coming to grips with it. In October…

Loyola Chicago launches School of Environmental Sustainability as a research center

Loyola University Chicago boosted its commitment to addressing environmental and climate change issues with the unveiling Dec. 14 of its new School of Environmental Sustainability. The school, Loyola's 11th, upgrades the status of its seven-year-old Institute for Environmental Sustainability, which…

Year Overview September 16-30

Automation o'clock in September

HortOS was launched in September of this year. The Ridder system was created to keep control over large-scale horticultural businesses. And there's more novelties to remember - as well as many growers sharing how they kept growing in this unusual year.     Ridder launches HortOSKeep control over large-scale horticulture businessesRidder’s new ecosystem, HortOS, will…

US (TX): Tractor Supply greenhouse gets green light

The Navasota City Council held a Regular Meeting Monday, Dec. 14, and approved a greenhouse construction permit application submitted by Cole TS Navasota TX LLC (Tractor…

Agriplast

Reducing losses with an antivirus cover for greenhouses and tunnels

As antivirus plastic films, Solaris and Virolux from Agriplast make the difference when it comes to income, guaranteeing high yields.  Producers fear plant diseases, and the New Delhi virus is definitely one of the most common. It is a disease that compromised the cultivation of open-field zucchini in many…

Clover introduces free agronomy service for their greenhouse farmers

The farmers of India are channeling into a growing consciousness of adopting scientific and clean farming techniques to grow superior quality of fruit and vegetables. The…

Wisconsin: Grants awarded for vegetable variety trials in high tunnel greenhouses

The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) today announced 19 projects have been selected to receive $1,186,278 in Specialty Crop Block…

and expand in China

Bayer expands Better Life Farming Alliance to Bangladesh and Indonesia

Through the expansion of the Better Life Farming Alliance to Bangladesh and Indonesia, Bayer and its partners will provide more smallholders with better access to innovative and sustainable agricultural solutions, and increased farm incomes. In 2021, the “Better Farms, Better Lives” initiative will…

Wittenberg Gemüse

Kevin van IJperen about growing in Germany

Germans are critical when it comes to cultivating crops under glass. Horticultural company Wittenberg Gemüse has found that it takes years before local governments and residents get on board with the cultivation. Kevin van IJperen with Wittenberg Gemüse, the largest greenhouse horticulture business in…

Pinduoduo smart agriculture competition winners announced

Technology beats humans at growing strawberries in greenhouses

Technology beat farmers at growing strawberries in the inaugural Smart Agriculture Competition organized by Pinduoduo, China’s largest agri-focused technology platform, underscoring its potential to raise agricultural productivity and increase food security. The four technology teams, which employed data…

Russia: 6 ha greenhouse complex launched in Serpukhov

The Turov greenhouse complex in Serpukhov urban district has started production activities. The first produce is expected by the end of the current year, reads an announcement…

WHAM

US (NY): Greenhouses allow relatives to visit elderly loved ones

The winter months have prompted one local elder care facility to think outside the box for family visits during the pandemic. And in this case, the answer was a greenhouse. Jewish Senior Life in Brighton put up miniature heated greenhouses for families to sit in during window visits with loved ones. The…

MF Nurseries embarks on €1.8m expansion after switching to Gas Networks Ireland for power

MF Nurseries is to spend €1.8m expanding its tomato growing facility in Swords, Co. Dublin, with the development of new greenhouse facilities powered by Gas Networks Ireland. Switching to natural gas as the primary source of energy will reduce the company’s carbon emissions by up to 10%, and almost 90%…

Year Overview September 1-15

Greenhouses, robots, and more

The first half of September saw plenty of interesting developments in the industry. North American growers were particularly busy with new greenhouses and expansions. Automation was also a hot topic, with several robotics providers announcing investments. Lufa Farms World's biggest rooftop greenhouse opens in MontrealBuilding…

South Korea funds “smart” agri projects in Iloilo and Bukidnon

Filipino farmers will start adopting “smart farming technologies” shared by South Korea aimed at enabling them to sustainably produce quality vegetables year-round. This will be realized soon as the Department of Agriculture (DA) simultaneously launched two smart greenhouse projects in Iloilo and…

Miniature greenhouse dome helps harvest rainwater and foster sapling-growth

A newly released miniature greenhouse can help you grow plants with creation of a modular micro environment. The Agrodome is created by Mexican company NOS and is a miniature greenhouse dome helps harvest rainwater and foster sapling-growth transparent, breathable, stackable and portable system for…

First Tapkit in the USA (Texas) helps out with local food production

With a background of more than 30 installations in Israel, South Korea, Mauritius and the Philippines, the TAPKIT hydroponic systems is now celebrating the first installation in Houston Texas. The TAPKIT is a 500 m2 hydroponic unit, which can produce 6-12 tons of leafy vegetables and fresh herbs per…

"Adopt high pressure fogging to minimise crop loss"

With increasingly more unpredictable weather in the UK, growers often face difficulty trying to optimise their glasshouse temperature, and minimise crop mortality. In-efficient combinations of heat and irrigation paired with fluctuating weather will undoubtedly bring condensation into the environment,…

Soft fruit on the table and sustainable novelties in August

In August temperatures were still high, COVID still played a major roll in the world and horticulture launched many new novelties. Here's a small lookback on novelties in substrates, soft fruit and of course LEDs.  new from Ziegler:Sustainable Grow Bags for professional vegetable growersFor the growing of…

Krist Hamerlinck, Eco Veg, Belgium

“Good organic greenhouse vegetable season ends on a difficult note”

“Organic greenhouse vegetables had a good year. But, we ended the season on quite a difficult note. For a few years now, our retail clients have been switching to Spanish products sooner. About ten years ago, we could deliver until the end of the season, in week 49. That's gradually become earlier and…

$ 2.5 million loan

US$ 2.5 million loan for 5 ha expansion Turkmen tomato producer Agromar

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) is supporting the expansion of the Turkmen tomato producer Agromar with a US$ 2.5 million loan for the extension of the company’s production facilities. Agromar was established in 2016 and nowadays is one of Turkmenistan's leading growers,…

US: Radford University Greenhouse gets major upgrades for next semester

Students at Radford University with a green thumb will be in for a treat next semester. After nearly two years of renovations, the greenhouse at the Artis College of Science and Technology has gotten a complete upgrade. The diverse collection includes plants with medicinal properties, herbs, spices, and…

US (NEV): The Greenhouse Project opens new indoor classroom

There’s a saying that “not all love stories start with roses, some start with petunias, too.” It was Carson’s beautiful downtown petunia baskets we began seeing in the mid 2000s that became the first step in the journey to establish The Greenhouse Project that today has two established greenhouses…

Summer temperatures and hot novelties in July

Over summer we published about various LED novelties on our newsletter. The acreage of LED-lit cultivation is growing rapidly and the knowledge on the lights as well. And technique helps us in more ways: growing autonomously, for example.     "Under LED, 1 truss less settled but more yield due to bigger fruit weight" In Autumn 2019…

Indian research

"Polyhouse greenhouses have a positive effect in the stability of growers' income"

India is the fifth largest producer of tomato accounting for 6.0% of the world production. The major growing states are Odisha, Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka. Tomato (Lycopersicon esculentum) considered as "poor man's orange" and universally treated as "Protective Foods". In a recently published article…

New novel tomato variety debuts

Village Farms has introduced its newest exclusive tomato variety, Sensational Sara®. Sensational Sara® is a novel tomato variety with a deep red color inside and out. The flavor is best described as a balance of sugar to acid ratio. The tomato is bigger than a cocktail but smaller than a TOV with a sturdy, vibrant green vine…

Roll’N Grow makes heating floors and benches easy

Bottom heat that rolls out like a carpet

Growers now have a quick, easy way to provide the game-changing root zone heating that plants prefer. Roll’N Grow covers benches and floors with growth-enhancing heat in a fraction of the time it used to take. “The benefits of root zone heating are well documented – some growers say they won’t produce…

but horticultural developments took place anyhow

Special year overview: No-shows in June

We've ended up in June with our special year overview and it might not come as a surprise but most events that month were cancelled due to the COVID outbreak. The effects of the diseas turned out to be big - not only in the greenhouses itself or in the fresh produce industry but also among suppliers.…

with solar powered cooling systems

High-tech strawberry facility to be built in Panama

Ag Incotech, a developer and operator of large-scale agricultural projects, announced today their plans to construct the first high-tech Controlled Environment Agriculture greenhouses in Panama, one of the first of its kind in Central America, for the production of local berries. The company's strategy…

Australia: Construction begins on $1.9 million glasshouse at Cowra DPI

The NSW Department of Primary Industries (DPI) Cowra Agricultural Research and Advisory Station is set to welcome a new addition, with the construction of a $1.9 million glasshouse. The glasshouse will allow researchers to control or manipulate the growing environment for new varieties of crops all year…

'Greening the Islands' award for Alquimi Renewables

Alquimi Renewables and its operating entities Island AgTech and Island Growers Caribbean has recently been recognized by an international jury of experts and awarded the Best Agriculture Project by the GTI Observatory and Greening the Islands. "This was based on our submission of our Barbados project…

Major gas upgrading plant for Canadian RNG project

Hitachi Zosen Inova (HZI) has handed over its largest-ever membrane gas upgrading plant to StormFisher for a low-carbon renewable natural gas (RNG) injection project in Ontario, Canada. StormFisher has partnered with Enbridge Gas to inject the RNG into its natural gas distribution system in Ontario. The…

Jim Westhoff (Valstar):

"Humdrum day trading sales on the Dutch greenhouse vegetable market"

Day trading has been plodding along for weeks. That's led to a surplus of supplies and syrupy sales. That's on the Dutch greenhouse vegetable market. "It's really up to the…

163 Andalusian agricultural producers to benefit from aid for the modernization of greenhouses

The Council of Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries and Sustainable Development of the Spanish region of Andalusia has approved the granting of government support for the replacement of old greenhouses with modern and more productive versions with better ventilation capacity and more efficient energy…

Spanish greenhouse vegetables - questions and flexibility

Week 44 has come and gone. That's when the Dutch domestic market usually switches to import greenhouse vegetables from Spain. The Spanish greenhouse season is, therefore, in full swing. Programs have kicked off, and importers have seen supply and demand rising by the day. The season promises to be…

"Entire PAR-light range has function for crop"

The plant uses barely fifty per cent of the sun’s radiation energy for photosynthesis. This part of sunlight is called PAR-light. Within this range all the wavelengths have a function, contrary to what was once thought. Plants use light for two things: photosynthesis and photomorphogenesis (control of…

Iran: Greenhouse area reaches 262 hectares in Sistan-Baluchestan Province

25 hectares of new greenhouses have been established in the province since the start of this year in the Iranian calendar year (March 20), declared the deputy head of the Agriculture Department of Sistan-Baluchestan Province, in the southeast of Iran. The greenhouse area has at the present stood at 262…

April: Greenhouse suppliers fear effects COVID outbreak are yet to come

In April still COVID of course was a major topic, yet also other news managed to slip in at the top of our newsletters, although a lot of attention still went to growers and suppliers dealing with the new reality. Yet also investors made it into the headlines, with Certhon being bought by Denso, for…

US: Decades-old greenhouse renovated for high-school

Northside Learning Center High School has been busy with upgrades and additions to better serve students when they return. The school, which serves students ages 14 to 22 with intellectual disabilities and impaired adaptive functioning, renovated its decades-old greenhouse, wrapped up construction on its…

March: COVID, COVID, COVID

In March we published what would be the last photo report of the year: the HortEx Vietnam. Following that event, more and more countries went in lockdown and due to the hospitality industry being shut down and supermarkets dealing with hoarding, the fresh produce industry had to shift and do its utmost best to feed the world.  Get…

NWF State College

Northwest Florida State College celebrates grand opening of culinary arts greenhouse

Northwest Florida State College on Thursday celebrated the grand opening of the Kay Litke Culinary Arts Greenhouse — a space where students will learn farm-to-table culinary techniques and innovative green practices on the Niceville campus. More than 100 people attended the event, according to a press…


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