Greenhouse

Russia: Turkish tomatoes are not in high demand at our retailers anymore

The Russian Vice Minister of Agriculture Cambulat Hatuov recently shared: “There is still demand for Turkish tomatoes in Russian supermarkets however it is considerably lower than it was in the past."  The ban on Turkish imports has been lifted and the quota was set at 50,000 tons for tomatoes but the quota is still not…

Largest “greenhouse” vegetable producing companies in the world

From a listing of over 2100 worldwide “greenhouse” vegetable producing companies in 107 countries, the top 10 growers by size are located in just 7 countries. For this determination “greenhouse” includes all “protected agriculture” producers of vegetables. The countries, in alphabetical order are: China,…

Enriva Biohouse

Video: Turn-key bioenergy implementation launched

Located on the Victorian side of the Murray River, this horticultural client of Enriva's is a family run business growing food and plants for the wholesale market. Enriva in conjunction with Smart Heating delivered this state of the art biomass project which provides a year round temperature controlled…

Greenhouse provides Everest adventurers with fresh veggies

Most of us will never make it to the top of Mount Everest. In fact, most of us will not even go to that part of the world at all. Frank Giustra did, however, and he wrote about his exploits in an article on Modern Farmer . The food on the trip consisted mostly of potatoes and French fries, processed…

China: Growing strawberries on alkaline soil

People in the town of Shache in northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region are beginning to pick strawberries grown on the alkaline land.  Xinjiang has the largest area of saline-alkali soils in China, accounting for about a third of the country's total. As a result, the agriculture and economy in Xinjiang has…

Belarus: How cucumbers are grown in winter

These days the agricultural complex Zhdanovichi produces almost everything: from meat and milk to pickles. The grower even breeds bumblebees here. Tomatoes, eggplants and cucumbers produced locally keep reaching the customers even in winter. Ms. Nadezhda Ruban, the head of the greenhouse Bogatyryovo, shared that the cucumbers and…

Searching for the best genetics for new tomatoes

Thorough research is carried out before a new tomato variety can be introduced. We see that in this video from Ahern, supplier of vegetable seeds. Sales manager Enríque Peña says that a great deal of internal testing and research is carried out, for example in the area of the best genetics, but there are also demonstrations…

Russia: New eggplant facility in Leningrad region

Agricultural company Vyborzhets, located in the Leningrad region, is striving to become the biggest eggplant producer in the northwest of Russia. They have started up a project to build a new eggplant production facility. The project presupposes the construction of a contemporary automated complex with…

"Smart glass can reduce the energy costs in the glasshouse"

Smart glass is a new type of glass with a low thermal emissivity (low-e) coating, which is a layer of thin film deposited onto normal glass at a high temperature. The low-e coating can block the heat that would otherwise be transferred through the glass, thus providing improved temperature regulation when compared to…

US (CA): Flower grower expands in vegetables with new greenhouse

Seventh generation farmers, the Aschbrenner Family began its legacy back in the 1800s in Old World Prussia, and today their thriving farm in Encinitas, CA is entering a new and exciting time. To create food for its new farm-to-table division, Gene Aschbrenner and his entire family are poised and prepared…

New 2 ha greenhouse complex launched in Turkmenistan

A new greenhouse complex, with an acreage of 2 ha, has been launched in Turkmenistan. The complex has all the contemporary equipment and boasts innovative technologies. At the moment, they have started producing cucumbers and tomatoes. Currently there are 10 major contemporary greenhouses in the Lebapsky valayat area,…

Yearly production capacity will comprise 500 tons

Turkmenistan: 8 ha organic vegetable greenhouse complex launched

A greenhouse complex for growing various sorts of vegetables was launched on January 9 in Maryisky valayat in Turkmenistan. The complex covers an acreage of 8 ha. The enterprise is planning to achieve a capacity of 500 tons of high quality organic vegetables. Within the greenhouse complex construction, materials with…

French cucumber grower goes year-round with LED

Jardins Réunis and Cheminant have both installed Philips GreenPower LED toplighting and Philips GreenPower LED interlighting in their new cucumber greenhouses in the Nantes region of France. The members of the Océane grower cooperative are the first to grow high-wire cucumbers with LED lighting in the…

Australia: Trial for year-round growing in north Queensland

The work of three young farming brothers could be the catalyst for creating a year-round season for horticulture in north Queensland. The eldest Pirrone brother, 28-year-old Ross, is fresh back from writing his Nuffield Scholarship report on international protected growing systems, however, alongside…

Easy-to-construct greenhouse keeps the cold out and the warmth in

Verge Permaculture is a well followed permaculture YouTube channel operated by a mechanical engineer. Recently Verge did a case study of the Agro Resilience Kit (ARK) Sprung tensioned membrane greenhouse and plant factory offerings. The resulting case study video has almost 10,000 views, having been released December 2,…

Black-out screen provides active humidity control

Since 1988, Phormium has produced one of the darkest black-out screens on the market: the double screen PH 98 +1. The screen is known by growers of short-day plants for its darkening capacity, energy saving and quality. In 2014 Phormium launched the award winning PhormiTex Eclipse 1+98. PhormiTex Eclipse combines the characteristics of the…

20 places left for companies

Westland greenhouse construction subject of upcoming book

There have been lots of interesting developments in greenhouse construction, which is why a book about greenhouses will be published in June 2019. Between forty and fifty companies will get a place in the book with nostalgic stories and anecdotes from yesteryear. Read an interview with the creator of the book here…

US (KY): AppHarvest sets sights on Morehead for huge greenhouse

A hi-tech greenhouse project that two years ago proposed bringing 140 jobs to Pikeville now plans to relocate its operations to a farm near Morehead, the company’s CEO confirmed to the Herald-Leader. AppHarvest announced in February 2017 that it planned to build one of the largest greenhouses in the world in Pikeville’s…

CAN (ON): Aleafia completes Phase One construction and retrofitting of Niagara greenhouse facility

Aleafia has completed Phase I construction and retrofitting of its Niagara Greenhouse facility located in Grimsby, Ontario. The company expects to complete Phase II of the construction and retrofitting on the balance of the facility in late Q1 or early Q2 2019. The company has also submitted the facility's Evidence Package…

Korean company starts building hydroponic greenhouses in Tajikistan

South Korea’s Myung Sung Placon Ltd has begun building hydroponic greenhouses in the northern Sughd province in Tajikistan. The use of the hydroponic system will help increase productivity, according to the Sughd regional administration. The building of the hydroponic greenhouses began in the Somgor area of the Bobojon-Ghafourov district…

New book highlights benefits of technology in the greenhouse

Recently the book ‘Greenhouse horticulture – Technology for optimal crop production’ was presented in Wageningen. The authors Cecilia Stanghellini, Bert Van ‘t Ooster and Ep…

Wimex Agrarprodukte and Export GmbH new operator of the 6.3 ha facility

Greenhouse facility in Osterwedding has new owner

The medium-sized Wimex Agrarprodukte and Export GmbH from Baasdorf near Köthen bought the greenhouse complex in Osterweddingen in the summer of 2018. This happened, following…

Europe supports strawberry production in the Dordogne

A new Ciref experimental greenhouse should open in Douville, in the Dordogne. The project is supported under the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) program led by the…

T.A.P. finishes installation in South Korea and Philippines

"Greenhouse kit proves its worth in various climates"

Exciting times beckon for Teshuva Agricultural Projects Ltd. At the end of December they finished the installation of their TAPKITs in South Korea and the Philippines. “Those are our first ones outside of Israel”, says CEO Avner Shohet. South Korea In South Korea Teshuva Agricultural Projects installed two TAPKITs, side by side.…

Building a better greenhouse in Belize

Most people don't realize the impact of the environment on everyday life for developing countries, but one Central Michigan University student is keenly aware of it. Taylor Crowley, an environmental studies major from Grosse Pointe, Michigan, spent a month and a half in the Central American nation of Belize helping orphaned…

CAN (BC): UBCO plans greenhouse on university-owned farm

A new greenhouse at UBC Okanagan could help researchers improve a variety of crops, including cannabis, university officials say. Marijuana could not be grown inside the greenhouse, as that…

CAN (ON): Canopy Rivers secures funding to acquire 1.3 million sq.ft. greenhouse

Canopy Rivers' 49%-owned joint venture PharmHouse has entered into a syndicated credit facility with the Bank of Montreal, as agent and lead lender, and with Canadian Imperial…

Banana cultivation in cold greenhouses in Hveragerði

Icelanders operate northernmost banana plantation in the world

The Icelanders have a dream. They want to take care of themselves. That goes for their tropical fruit consumption as well. But it is so cold. And now there is this: In Iceland, they are…

Spain devotes 14.2 M€ to greenhouse modernization

The Andalusian Council of Agriculture, Fisheries and Rural Development has published the list of the 233 beneficiaries of aid for the modernization of greenhouses, who will receive a total of more than 14.2 million Euro. This figure will serve to meet all valid applications. The grants, which are given in the…

US (MN): Revol Greens announces facility partnership to expand operations

Revol Greens, a Minnesota greenhouse farm that supplies fresh, locally grown lettuce and greens, announces a facility equity partnership with Equilibrium Capital to drive expansion in 2019. Although plans are still in development, Revol Greens plans to at least double the size of its Medford, Minnesota…

New GmbH takes over sales activities in the edible plants sector

Lubera Edibles GmbH starts its first year in business

As of January 1st, the Lubera Edibles company in Strullendorf has taken over the sales activities of the Robert Mayer distribution company in edible plants sector, and the European general license of the varieties of Swiss breeder Lubera. This was reported by Gabot.de. Lubera Managing Director Markus Kobelt (l.) and…

Australia: Growing mangoes and avocados in a greenhouse

With a horticulture degree under her belt, Nicky Nealon has more knowledge of plant production than your average gardener, which would help explain her success in growing mangoes and avocados on the outskirts of Orange. While she may be someone of an expert in the field, the former Orange High School agriculture teacher said…

Nigeria greenhouse produces 4,200 tonnes of vegetable

One of Nigeria’s biggest greenhouse, the Wells Hosa greenhouse has produced 4,200 tonnes of various vegetables meeting International standards. Photo credit: Wells Hosa Chairman of Wells Hosa, Captain Idahosa Okunbo, who stated this,  said the greenhouse covers eight hectares fully covered land and another eight hectares indoor greenhouse. Okunbo, who…

The best read articles of 2018

While we try to avoid click-bait headlines, they do score. "The best video you will see al day" and "Over 9 million views for this hydroponic lettuce video" were amongst our best read articles of 2018. But there's more. Here are our best read articles from 2018.  Following unofficial reports on the sale of Bayer's vegetable seed business, the company has  officially…

Together with Berlin Start-Up

Edeka and Metro are joining the growers

Vertical farming is a way to put an end to the climate-compromising import of vegetables from all parts of the world. Fruits and vegetables can also be grown in the…

US (KS): High tunnels allow for year-round harvesting in Scandia

No matter what month it is, no matter how cold it is, it's always green inside high tunnels. "They allow you to extend the growing season," said Christi Janssen, co-owner of C & C Farms in Scandia. "Typically in our part of Kansas, we wouldn't be able to start tomatoes until early May, but we can get tomatoes in…

CAN (ON): 7ACRES on track for all 25 flowering rooms to be completed in March 2019

As of calendar year-end, 7ACRES has 19 completed flowering rooms and is on track for all 25 flowering rooms to be completed in March 2019. Once completed, 7ACRES will have a greenhouse footprint of approximately 300,000 square feet, with the total facility reaching over 440,000 square feet. Supreme…

Van der Burg Peppers rebuilds 2.3 hectares:

"Making quality improvements with renewed greenhouse"

"Up till last summer, the old greenhouse had done nearly thirty cultivation rounds, which means that, according to present standards for sweet pepper cultivation, the greenhouse was about done", says Sofinus van der Burg from Van der Burg Peppers from Est in Gelderland province. "Especially the technical…

Russia: Ministry of Agriculture expects greenhouse crops to double

By 2024 the amount of greenhouse vegetables sold in Russia may increase up to 2 million tons, announced the First Deputy Minister of Agriculture, Mr. Jambulat Khatuov, during the Third Annual International Investment Forum “Greenhouse Complexes of Russia 2018”. According to Mr. Khatuov, within the past years we…

US: Comparing tomato varieties under organic high tunnel and open field management

Tomatoes are an important crop for small to mid-sized farmers selling directly to customers through farmers markets, Community Supported Agriculture (CSA), and restaurant sales. In a multi-year study (2014-2016), researchers from the University of Wisconsin-Madison evaluated 15 different tomato varieties for performance…

Rwanda to spend over Rwf8bn on hydroponic greenhouses

In a bid to address issues of low agricultural production partly caused by very small farms, Rwanda has embarked on growing some crops in greenhouses and hydroponics – technologies acclaimed to enhance farm output. The country seeks to establish greenhouses and hydroponic facilities with a cost of Rwf8.28 billion by…

Turkey: Investor disappointed in return from geothermal greenhouse

Investor Yunus Arifoglu Ozturk from Azerbaijan has set up a greenhouse on 4.2 hectares of his 8 hectare land in the Germencik district of Aydin (Turkey), but he is disappointed that he can't make use of geothermal water nearby in the area. Grower Yunus Ozturk: “I have been using coal for heating for the last 3…

Greenhouse to simulate impact of global warming on Aomori apples

Researchers are growing apples in artificial environments to gauge the expected impact of global warming on the prefecture’s famed fruit. The rare study is being undertaken by an eight-member team led by Daiyu Ito, professor of agrometeorology and fruit cultivation at Hirosaki University’s Agriculture and Life Science…

Turkey: Hailstorm destroys glass greenhouses in Mersin

Heavy rain and a hailstorm in Silifke, in the province of Mersin, a city located in southern Turkey, have destroyed numerous glass greenhouses in the area and put a stop to the daily lives. Many citizens were unable to leave their homes and almost all cucumber greenhouses in the area were destroyed. Locals estimate that…

Launch of greenhouse in Sosnogorsk delayed for one year

The Sosnogorsk greenhouse will be launched not earlier than in a year. The complex should have started production October 15 of the current year. For the project to be completed a similar greenhouse complex in Evma that requires three times more investment has been frozen. In the view of the planned launch, the local employment center…

Azerbaijan to invest in Dagestan greenhouse project

An investor from Azerbaijan is implementing a project in the Derbentsky district of Dagestan to build a modern greenhouse plant for the production of tomatoes. The complex is planned to be launched in February 2019, Trend reports, citing the Makhachkala Izvestiya. The investment project was initiated by Khazar-18 LLC and provides…

US (WY): Western Sugar backs out of greenhouse project, Lovell Inc. continues onward

The Western Sugar Cooperative has pulled out of the Lovell Inc. greenhouse and food hub project, leaving the project in flux. Lovell Inc. said they are still moving forward with the project.…

Egypt: President announces greenhouse expansions during opening new farm

President Abdel Fattah El Sisi on Saturday 22/12/2018 attended the inauguration of a number of agricultural development projects in Tenth of Ramadan. Attending also were Prime Minister Moustafa Madbouli, Minister of Defense Mohamed Zaki, Minister of Agriculture Ezzeddin Abu Steit and Minister of Investment and International…

US (NY): $5 million grant for $70 million greenhouse complex

Christmas day came early for two New York companies. Last week, they received funding from the Regional Economic Development Councils. One is for a $70 million greenhouse project, the other one is a vertical farm project. In total over $763 million was granted towards various projects, aiming to jumpstart the economy…

Statistics Netherlands updates figures for 2018

Netherlands: Lower greenhouse acreage and fewer companies

Up-to-date figures from Statistics Netherlands show that the greenhouse acreage in the Netherlands has dropped once again. Compared to 2017, in 2018 there was a reduction of…

Marjan van Aubel:

"Colored solar cells provide city greenhouses with electricity"

Just like a baker cannot do without an oven, a grower cannot do without light. In addition to sunlight, many growers use LED lighting to increase production. It is an investment that often is expensive. But what if the light used by the grower does not only cost money, but also generates energy? Colored solar cells…

Tomato production stopped migration from this Turkish town

The production volume of greenhouse tomatoes in Cameli town of Denizli has increased significantly over the last 2 years after the formation of the Agricultural Consultancy Office. The number of greenhouse tomato growers in the town increased from 8 to 140 as a result. Cameli tomatoes are sold to the…

Van Amelsvoort Kassenbouw celebrates its 60th anniversary

Van Amelsvoort Kassenbouw, specialized in the construction of greenhouses and business premises primarily in Belgium and the Netherlands, is celebrating its 60th anniversary this year. This was celebrated extensively on Friday 30 November. In 1958, Kees van Amelsvoort, after working for some years in the Westland, started…

Turkey: Grower sets up hydroponic lettuce in hazelnut production region

A grower in Kumlu, in the province of Ordu, a city located in northern Turkey, has started lettuce production with a hydroponic greenhouse. The grower learned about hydroponic production when he was visiting an exhibition last year, and after studying how he can set up such a production, he started…

tomatoes, peppers and strawberries

Germany: 16 hectare greenhouse for Reichenspurner Hof

Last summer, in the South German Obergarching a new project was realized in a short time. Reichenspurner Hof expanded by 16 hectares of covered cultivation at the request of a large retailer. The company, that traditionally focuses on open field vegetables, will now also cultivate tomatoes, peppers and…

Netherlands: De Ruiter doubles plant sensors

With the planting of the new tomato plants in the demo glasshouse of the De Ruiter Experience Center, De Ruiter is ready to collect data from more than 300 different varieties. To gather even more data, De Ruiter now doubles the number of plant sensors compared to the last growing season. APH specialist Martin van…

water treatment plant De Vlot ready for testing

United water purification for 65 horticulture companies

After a considerable delay due to storm damage in January, the horticultural water purification plant De Vlot in Monster has entered the start-up and research phase.  The equipment is now connected and the necessary permits are in place. The biological filters and the active carbon filters are being fine-tuned, and the process…

"To grow vegetables in the desert is a reality, not a dream"

In a 1000 m 2 research greenhouse project of the King Saudi University in Saudi Arabia, the tomato yield reaches 62 kg per square meter and cucumber yield reaches 50 kg per square meter. “It is an amazing production yield for this kind of environment with high temperature and wide desert. Now we think…

16% of Russian tomatoes picked in Stavropol region

Stavropol growers have picked 16% of the overall tomato crops in the Russian Federation, reported the press service of the ministry of agriculture. “Stavropol is a leading region in the Russian Federation in tomato greenhouse production; over 16% of the tomatoes produced in the whole country come from this region”, reads…

Russia: Second phase of 17 ha greenhouse complex launched in Novosibirsk

The second phase of the biggest greenhouse complex in Siberia has opened in the Novosibirsk region. The launch of the project, which required 23.7 million euros worth of investments from the shareholder, Korkunov Group, will allow the region to meet its own demand in vegetables. The first phase of the greenhouse complex was…

US (MI): Community worried about greenhouse migrant worker housing

It was standing room only at a Comstock Township board meeting Monday night, with people packing in to voice their opinions about migrant workers.       Nothing on the meeting agenda dealt with the issue, but word recently got out that a local business plans to house dozens of migrant workers in Comstock Township. Starting next month, 34 workers will live…

China: Grapes and cherries in the greenhouse

As the world's largest fruit producer, China ranks first among the 13 countries that produce more than 10 million tons of fruits. Nowadays, more and more high-quality fruits are coming into the Chinese market, and China comes as the most powerful high-quality fruit consumer in the world, which also…

Industry professionals and investors meet at Greenhouse Complexes Russia forum

On 5th-6th December, the Third Annual International Investment Forum "Greenhouse Complexes Russia 2018" was held, drawing participation from over 700 leaders and executives of agricultural holdings, greenhouse complexes, initiators of investment projects, investors, trading networks, government…

but of course it is done

"Repairing imploded heating tank is no easy task"

The months of August and September already tend to be busy times for bell pepper grower Hans van der Waal from H. van der Waal nursery. On 8.3 hectares he cultivates yellow and red peppers, which he supplies to ZON. This year came with an extra challenge, however. The trusses and roof of his tank needed…

China's pioneer in greenhouse vegetable farming

With digging machines roaring and walls being built brick by brick, a new generation greenhouse is under construction in Sanyuanzhu village, Shouguang, a major vegetable base in east China's Shandong Province. The construction site is just a stone's throw from the office of Wang Leyi, the 78-year-old secretary of the…

Russia: First 7.5 ha of greenhouse complex opened in Orel

The first phase of a new greenhouse complex of 7.5 ha opened December 11, 2018 in the village Alshanskie vyselky. The agricultural company Kumir invested 23 million euros in the project. The greenhouses will begin with growing cucumbers and tomatoes. The capacity of three greenhouse complexes, two of which will be…

Horticulture of the future:

Lettuce from old coal mines

The world population is growing steadily and with it, the food it requires. At the same time, traditional ways of growing food are becoming increasingly uncertain because of drought and other extreme…

Le Maraîchers du Mont Saint-Michel

France: "Local cultivation is more than the right postal code"

"The French market is a very good market to cultivate for. There is a demand for a clean, sustainably cultivated quality product: the tomatoes must be red and of good taste." This is what Jean Marc Paimblanc from the French tomato nursery Le Maraîchers du Mont Saint-Michel is saying. Recently, Havecon…

Turkey: Thermal greenhouses will be established in Kirsehir to educate growers

Thermal greenhouses will be set up in Ah Evran University in Kirsehir in order to train growers. According to the press release by the university, all the greenhouses will be set up nearby the main campus under the “Clustering of Thermal Greenhouses” project. As a part of the project, fully automated greenhouses will be…

Gas supplier responsible for crop damage in Sochi greenhouses

Gazprom Mezhregiongaz Krasnodar have exceeded their authority and discontinued gas supply to a cucumber producer. The Office of the Federal Antitrust Service in Krasnodar…

Jan Robben visited Nepal:

Bringing strawberry cultivation to a higher level, even in the Himalayas

It should not come as a surprise by now that Jan Robben, authority on strawberries, travels all over the world. Still, you don´t expect strawberries to be grown in the Himalayas. By instructions of Stichting Programma Uitzending Managers (PUM), Jan went over there for a twelve-day trip to bring the…

"10% of a little is still a little"

2018 Winter Light Greenhouse harvest: 122 kg cucumbers per square meter

"The cultivation was very successful this year. We were able to do ten kilos per square meter more than in 2017. That means we reached 122 kg/m2, of which 120 kg or 282 cucumbers were class I with an average fruit weight of 425 grams." Speaking is Frank Kempkes of the greenhouse horticulture unit at…

Turkish tomato growers expect high demand in December from export markets

Greenhouse Investors and Manufacturers Association (SERA-BIR) Chairman Muslum Yanmaz: “Tomato growers are looking forward to the month of December. There are almost no tomatoes in the global market from mid-November to April and Turkish growers have a big competitive advantage in that regard as we will…

Russia: 9 ha greenhouse complex opened in Stavropol

A new greenhouse complex by LLC Vesna of 13.2 million euros, aimed at growing cucumbers, opened in the village Podkumok, in the Predgorny region of Stavropol. “The acreage of the new greenhouse complex amounts to 9 ha, the production capacity is planned at 3.8 thousand tons of produce per year”, mentioned the head…

"It’s the most... expensive time of the year"

As the winter sets in and the days get colder and shorter, maintaining a productive growing environment can be a challenge. For those targeting year-round production, keeping crops warm and well-lit, this can be an expensive time of year with high heating and electricity bills. However, growing out of…

Italian CBD greenhouse ready for 2019 growing season

CROP's large Italian CBD greenhouse facility has been upgraded and is ready for the start of the 2019 growing season. The joint venture facility, which covers 87,120 square feet and is co-owned through XHemplar S.R.L, now has a perimeter security fence being erected as well as a comprehensive CCTV security system that…

US (MA): Lettuce grower reduces winter crop cycle by over 25% using LEDs

Atlas Farm is a certified organic farm in South Deerfield, MA. Gideon Porth founded Atlas Farm in 2003 to help connect people to their food and be a model for sustainable agricultural practices. The 95-acre farm uses its acre of greenhouse space to propagate lettuce, tomatoes, bok choy, herbs, and…

Nothing is wasted in this greenhouse restaurant

It has been there for a while, restaurant the Green House in the center of Utrecht (Netherlands). On April 9, the restaurant opened its doors, and since then the visitors have been able to enjoy food which is harvested above their heads in the greenhouse. The video below gives a good overview of the…

New tomato greenhouses planned in Solnechnodolsk

The symbolic first brick in the third and fourth series of the greenhouse complex Solnechniy Dar has been laid in Izobilnensky regional center last month. Over 200.5 million Euro will be invested in the construction. The greenhouse is part of the Eko-Kultura group  The festive event took place November 16, the head of the region…

Market scan: Japan's modern greenhouse industry

A new greenhouse market scan focuses on the current situation in the modern greenhouse sector, including support measures of the Japanese government and an overview of newly built greenhouses. The government makes efforts to increase vegetable production. In 2014 the Next Generation Greenhouse program…

Red and yellow are the colors of the exhibition

Macfrut 2019: First Greenhouse Technology Village shows greenhouse cultivation

The exhibition halls of Rimini Fiera will be renewed on the occasion of the 36th edition of Macfrut, which will take place from 8 to 10 May 2019. The design of the exhibition center will feature the colors of the two main fruits, the red of the "Mela Rossa Cuneo PGI" and the yellow of the pineapple. The…

First bananas harvested from Dutch greenhouse

Researchers from Wageningen University & Research are harvesting the first Dutch bananas this week. Boerenhart, a supplier of fresh and local products will offer the bananas as 'regional product' to restaurants and hospitals in the region of Wageningen. The cultivation took place on two types of…

Georgia: Cucumber grower installs new grow lights for high quality winter crop

The need for year-round cultivation of tomatoes and cucumbers is growing rapidly in Georgia. Grow light is an essential factor for optimal crop growth in the dark period of the year. In order to realize the most optimal light-emission, JSC Georgian Greenhouse Corporation chose to go with a Hortilux grow…

A greenhouse has been shot into space

A greenhouse satellite of the German Aerospace Center (DLR), with which the cultivation of tomatoes and other vegetables on the Moon or Mars is to be tested, has successfully…

Greenhouse farming offers lifeline for Zimbabwe’s unemployed

When Perpetua Muziri lost her office job, she paid a local company to put up two, 120-square-meter (1,292-square-foot) greenhouses in the backyard of her suburban home. “I heard about greenhouse farming on Facebook, and I thought of trying it out, since I was now jobless,” she says. For the past four years, Muziri has been growing…

Team Sonoma, Microsoft & students, win the Autonomous Greenhouse Challenge

It’s possible to grow more cucumbers via AI

The first International Autonomous Greenhouse Challenge was won by team Sonoma. The team defeated four other international teams, consisting of experts in the field of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and horticulture. The Challenge - organized by Wageningen University & Research and sponsored by Tencent…

A new greenhouse in Sakhalin collects crops

The greenhouse complex in Nevelsky region have collected the first crops last month. The local dwellers have tasted the produce of the enterprise, built in the shortest terms possible. The greenhouse complex has provided 1.5 tons of tomatoes and hundreds of kilos of cucumbers. Until the end of the year,…

A greenhouse in the eternal ice: vegetable gardening in the Antarctic

Paul Zabel from the German Aerospace Center is operating a greenhouse in the Antarctic, where tomatoes, lettuce and cucumbers flourish. For future space missions, plant cultivation is to be tested under difficult conditions. Photo: DLR In the past few months, Paul Zabel had to cope with bad weather conditions. For a whole polar winter,…

Turkey: Tomato grower goes bananas

A greenhouse tomato grower in Mugla (Turkey) decided to switch from tomato to an alternative product after years of low returns on his investment. After his research and visit to banana greenhouses in Alanya, he planted 600 banana trees around 3 months ago and will harvest the first batch of products…

Russia: New high-tech greenhouse opened in Kaliningrad

The biggest high-tech greenhouse in the region, at 3.3 hectares, was opened in the Gvardeysky region in Kaliningrad. The minister of agriculture for the Kaliningrad area, Ms. Natalia Shevtsova, reported that the complex by LLC Orbita-Agro aims to grow 900 tons of tomatoes and greenery per year. It is worth noting that…

It will cause the needles to drop faster

Don't keep a fruit bowl near your Christmas tree

A fruit bowl filled with Clementines, grapes, apricots, pears, plums, pomegranates, dates and bananas makes your room look much more festive. But, as some fruit ripens, it gives off a gas that can prematurely wilt your tree. Ethylene is omitted by stone fruit and bananas, causing other ethylene-sensitive fruits, like…

Australia: Towrang greenhouses project raises hackles

Three large greenhouses “the size of football fields” will be built at Towrang, upsetting rural residents concerned about visual and other impacts. But the applicant, Ace Chan and his…

Houweling's Group JV to focus on cannabis flowering in 2,200,000 sq.ft. greenhouse

CAN (BC): "We have discovered the cannabis industry is not quite ready for outsourcing plant propagation"

AgraFlora Organics (formerly PUF Ventures), announces its joint venture company Propagation Services Canada is to focus on the cultivation of cannabis flowering plants and conduct propagation for its own internal needs. "and therefore will move to cultivate cannabis flowering plants due to the superior economics," said…

Italy: the growing aromatic herbs sector

Massimo Gambuzza is the technical and marketing manager for the Azienda Giudice Martina Franca, “We can count on a covered surface of 16 hectares. Thanks to this, our company is one of the most important in the basil production sector in Sicily. We have grown by 4 hectares in only 2 years – as a…

Horti-Consult on market exploration in Guatemala and Costa Rica

Tomato business as usual, even with the armed guards

Each year, the cultivation consultants from Horti-Consult International organize a study trip to a distant destination. How do they cultivate in a place where everything is different, and what are the challenges and solutions? For example, in recent years, study trips were made to South Korea (2013),…

Turkish, Kuwaiti businesspeople invest $100M in greenhouses

Turkish and Kuwaiti businesspeople have invested $100 million in greenhouses in Turkey's southeastern province of Şanlıurfa, which has made progress in many areas after the introduction of the Southeastern Anatolia Project (GAP) - launched in 1977 as one of the world's largest and most comprehensive…

CAN (ON): Greenhouse developments around Kingsville raising resident concerns

It's a full house at Kingsville council with residents wanting to raise their concerns about greenhouses propping up around town. Removal of natural vegetation, light pollution and noisy…

Australia: Chinese horticulture company brings solar-powered facility to Whyalla

Whyalla is embarking on the most significant transformation in the history of the city. This was announced at Whyalla’s Big Reveal as Mayor Clare McLaughlin revealed three ground-breaking initiatives as part of the Whyalla City Transformation Blueprint. Working with key partners - GFG Alliance, Beijing Enterprises Clean…

The largest greenhouse in the Czech Republic is already in operation

The largest greenhouse in the Czech Republic, which is located in the Karvina region, has started operations. According to the ČTK Monika Zábojníková agency, of the…

Turkey: "Growing dragon fruit is solution to labor problem"

Huseyin Uzer, a grower in Antalya has decided to grow dragon fruit instead of tomato and pepper after noticing how low his profitability is. Despite the protests from his family members, he transformed his greenhouse and started to grow dragon fruit. The grower has only invested 5,000 USD to start with the production…

60,000 sq.ft. greenhouse

US (NV): Development starts at 1,000-acre cannabis farm

CROP is beginning Phase 1 development covering 1,729,000 square feet (40 acres) of outdoor cannabis and 60,000 square feet of greenhouse at its 1,000-acre cannabis farm in Nevada. It will be protected by an eight-foot-high block wall topped with razor wire and an interior chain link razor wire fence with a guard tower and…

Travel report: Delphy greenhouse vegetable consultants visit Almería

"Almería a formidable competitor in fruit vegetable cultivation"

After a few years of stagnation, both the acreage and the export in Almeria started growing again in recent years. Land prices and prices of greenhouses are also on the rise. The region is known to consist one of the largest greenhouse concentrations in the world and supplies a major part of Europe's…

new promotional video

Why Westlanders are proud of the Westland region

The Westland area is the world’s main greenhouse horticulture cluster. Over the last 120 years, Westland has become the international hotspot when it comes to growing indoor crops.  In a new video, Westland Marketing shows and promotes the region.  "As early as 1918, Westland growers started planting indoors to extend the growing season of…

CAN (BC): Village Farms expands licensed cannabis production area to 687,000 sq.ft.

Village Farms' 50%-owned joint venture for cannabis production, Pure Sunfarms, received from Health Canada the fifth amendment to its cultivation license for its 1.1 million square foot greenhouse in Delta, BC. This amendment permits Pure Sunfarms to expand its cannabis production area by approximately…

Armsunproduct

Armenian government supports giant greenhouse complex

The Armenian company Spayka, through its subsidiary Armsunproduct, has been allowed permission to import their greenhouse & greenhouse equipment exempt from custom duties. The company plans to invest 42 billion 680 million AMD, meaning over 77 million euros, in their greenhouse expansion project. The Armenian government…

Winter is coming (with storm and hail)

The weather is getting colder in the Netherlands. While the autumn sun has been shining through the trees in all its colorful splendor, winter really is on its way. And unfortunately in recent years it's come hand in hand with a growing number of unpleasant surprises, such as more hail and storm damage…

US (WI): Appleton greenhouse to grow industrial hemp

For nearly a century, Memorial Florists & Greenhouses has grown plants of all kinds, but a new look at an old variety has president Bob Aykens very interested. "They came in as cuttings, and they're in the process of being rooted and propagated," said Aykens, the business's president. Aykens says through a lease agreement with…

Mobile greenhouse is financed by Gemüsering Thüringen

German university conducts research on urban farming in growtainer

The Weihenstephan-Triesdorf University of Applied Sciences received a growtainer at the beginning of the year, intended for research and teaching purposes. The "Gemüsering Thüringen" company is financing the mobile greenhouse for a period of ten years. This is a fully insulated container that has been…

CAN (BC): Students complete “From Analysis to Recipe” course

A mix of students, faculty and staff of Kwantlen Polytechnic University’s (KPU) School of Horticulture recently successfully completed a blended learning looking at the practicalities of developing a hydroponic crop nutrient recipe based on solution analysis. This course called “From Analysis to Recipe” is especially…

Mexico: One dead and 10 injured in greenhouse explosion

An explosion in a Mexican greenhouse last night took the life of 1 person, and several people were injured. The accident was caused by an explosion of a hydropneumatic tank,…

Jan Reijm, positive about test results Winterlight Greenhouse

"Think about how test results can be used to your advantage

Jan Reijm, of Komkommerkwekerij Reijm & Zn. grows cucumbers on the high wire in Berkel en Rodenrijs, together with his father. The company is about 4.5 ha in size, and…

US (CA): More greenhouses open in Cummings Valley

Millennium Pacific Greenhouses is launching its business growing tomatoes on the vine in Cummings Valley, after construction of its buildings was completed this November.  “After four years it became a reality,” said Mehrdad Elyasi, president of Millennium Pacific Greenhouses. Millennium is just the most recent company to open greenhouses…

Russia stops reimbursing greenhouse construction expenses

The Russian government has announced it will finish their financial support of new greenhouse projects. After cutting down the 20% support by half already, the Ministry of Agriculture now confirmed reimbursements of the projects are to be cancelled next year. Horti growth Over the last couple of years the Russian government…

You can do this with an ice skate as well

In order to get fit for the 2022 Winter Olympics, skater, Manuel Leito, has found a rather unique way to slice his fruit and vegetables. If social media is to be believed, he slices his tomatoes using his skate blade. The photo on Manuel's Instagram The 33-year-old skater specializes in the 500 and 1,000m events. In 2022, he is…

"now 130 hectare, doubling is possible"

Restructuring Dutch horticulture offers growth opportunities

Restructuring of the horticultural area between Pijnacker-Nootdorp and Lansingerland has to start soon. With a more efficient layout of the area - which will get the name Het Kleihoogt - the horticulture could go on growing. This is shown in a research by Stichting FES Bedrijfsleven Oostland, handed over…

Gärtnerei Kiemle relies on year-round availability of own herbs

''Christmas sales will still be covered by our own herbs''

In December, the demand for exceptional products like herbs usually grows. More and more local gardeners and direct suppliers jump on this bandwagon and set themselves the challenge to be able to offer their own aromatic herbs all year round. Nursery Kiemle, which is headquartered in…

Globe Plant Vierpolders sees acreage grow to 12 hectares

"Demand for grafted pepper plants for season 2018 - 2019 has grown strongly again"

Globe Plant has been a big player for quite some time when it comes to grafting vegetable plants. Besides tomato, cucumber and zucchini, also pepper has been added in recent years. Grafting is done to pursue production growth, but also to reduce disease pressure. Grafting of peppers is picking up in an ever increasing…

Backyard Farms expands with high-tech greenhouse in the Northeast

Mastronardi Produce is expanding the Backyard Farms brand with the introduction of a high-tech greenhouse in New York, which according to the company is the largest-ever single build in North America. “This expansion allows us to meet the incredible loyal consumer and retailer demand for this brand," says Paul Mastronardi,…

US (MT): Ribbon-cutting for the new SIFT greenhouse

This year, the SIFT farm received a grant to help purchase two new “kit“ greenhouses to replace our older, rundown hoop houses. The work constructing the first Rimol Nor’easter greenhouse is complete. Though it took several months to chip away at this, we’ve learned many lessons. Building a greenhouse is…

Guyra, New South Wales

Australia: Costa tomato farm starts AU$67 million expansion

Wednesday, the first sod of soil was turned on Costa Group’s $67 million expansion of its tomato glasshouse operation at Guyra. The current facility already is the largest in the Southern Hemisphere. The new expansion will grow snacking and cocktail tomato varieties. Costa Group’s senior management were joined by…

"Educator greenhouses foster the perfect learning environment"

GrowSpan Commercial Educator Greenhouses provide a growing environment to encourage hands-on learning. The American-made structures offer an economical growing solution for instructors looking to enhance their program and teach horticulture throughout the year. The Commercial Educator Greenhouses are 14’ wide and built to…

Kamchatka won’t get its vegetables: Renova greenhouse project is frozen

The Renova company, owned by a Russian billionaire, Victor Vekselberg, has stopped the construction of the greenhouse complex within the Kamchatka Priority Social and Economic…

High time to heighten the greenhouse

Cannabis cultivation benefits from a high greenhouse. Vincent van den Dool of Dool International knows what he's talking about. Increasing the height of greenhouses is his bread and butter. "By increasing the height of the greenhouse, the climate can be controlled better. Because the volume above the…

Mexico: Seasonal production ramping up of specialty greenhouse vegetables

Growers of specialty greenhouse vegetables such as slicer cucumbers and heirloom tomatoes are preparing for increased production from Mexico from January. Volume is already starting in many regions and in about a month, this will markedly increase. Supplies of these greenhouse vegetables have been lower…

"Successful small-scale algae cultivation is now practical"

Smart Microfarms has opened its first spirulina algae farm in Northern California since 2016 with year round greenhouse production. A scalable, modular, replicable growing system with web based remote monitoring that can be installed anywhere. Robert Henrikson, CEO of Smart Microfarms, tells us: "Here we grow spirulina, a blue-green…

Canada: Ontario government supports greenhouse innovation

Ontario's Government for the People is supporting the province's greenhouse sector by encouraging innovation that takes steps to increase the supply of Canadian food in North American markets. Ernie Hardeman, Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs announced that the government has worked with the Ontario Greenhouse…

Video: High tunnel veg research webinar

This is a recording of an hour long webinar held by Amy Ivy of the Eastern NY Commercial Horticulture Program, Judson Reid of the Cornell Vegetable Program and Mike Davis of the Cornell University Willsboro Research Farm on Nov 29, 2018. Watch the video here. Source: Cornell University

CAN (ON): Greenhouse lights - pretty or polluting?

Purple, orange and yellow. Those are some of the colours that light up the night sky in Kingsville and Leamington at times, all because of the cluster of greenhouses that fill the region. The hues have gotten the attention of residents and has municipalities working to address some concerns about light pollution.  "I'm…


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