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Evaluation of heat requirements under LED and HPS lamps

An open source model for greenhouses with supplemental lighting

Greenhouse models are important tools for the analysis and design of greenhouse systems and for offering decision support to growers. While many models are available, relatively few include the influence of supplementary lighting on the greenhouse climate and crop. A new study presents GreenLight, a…

Luitens renovation crew works with the rhythm of crop changing

New roll facade cloths and powerrollers spruce up Lans' greenhouses

It's the time of crop change in the lighted tomato cultivation, so it's the time for maintenance, too. Some chores can be done during cultivation season, but changing roll facade cloths with a greenhouse full of plants, is practically impossible.  At the different locations of Lans in Rilland the old crop…

Project fulfillment is planned for the end of the current year

Russian grower plans third greenhouse of 7 hectares

“We are constructing the third greenhouse Obskoy. The foundation has been finished, and the project is planned to be launched at the end of October 2020. It will be the last greenhouse project that GC Gorkunov will open in the Novosibirsk region”, announced the general director of GC Tolmachevsky (part…

Eco-kultura launched greenhouse complex Tulsky

In January 2020, AIH Eco-kultura has conducted a festive opening ceremony of the first phase of the greenhouse complex Tulsky, covering the acreage of 26 ha. The overall budget for the project is 109.6 million euro, announced the representatives of the company. The project GC Tulsly presupposes three…

Trade Board from Turkey visits Europe’s largest radish production greenhouse in the Netherlands

A trade board from the Turkish city Sakarya, located in northwestern Turkey nearby Istanbul, has visited the biggest red radish grower in the Netherlands to receive information about the greenhouse production process. Yilmaz Radijts, a company that grows radish high-tech, received the delegation and…

US (ID): Forest nursery serves serious seed purpose

The Idaho Panhandle National Forests Nursery in Coeur d’Alene produces more whitebark pine seedlings than any other facility in the country. Throughout the Rocky Mountain region, whitebark pine trees grow in the highest elevation forests and at timberline from Alberta to Wyoming. The seeds provide…

Ventilation control discussed in online knowledge lessons

Consultant Paul Jense with Priva discussed ventilation controls that influence the greenhouse climate resulting in desired stable conditions. He explained how you can set window limits and the P-band to prevent fluctuations in air exchange and thus achieve a better climate for the crop. With Priva Office…

Letter of intent Gakon and the region of Tashkent in Uzbekistan puts the greenhouse builder in pole position

"If anything is going to be built, it will be by us"

The government of Uzbekistan is aiming for self sufficiency. Ambassadors are sent out to strengthen the ties with the international greenhouse horticulture. Uzbekistan is not a subject to threats. The ambition to be self sufficient arises from economical drives. Export to neighboring countries Russia and…

Ridder teams up with experienced Canadian partners

CAN (ON): 30 acre Lebo Farms greenhouse to be finished by the end of 2020

Get ready for some serious greenhouse expansion. Next year, Lebo Farms plans to start growing in a completely new 30 acre greenhouse in Leamington, Ontario. Ridder Group and its local Canadian partners Anchor Hydro, Zwart Systems and Acrobat have recently started work on the greenhouse project. The first…

"Growers prepare for a season with fewer or inexperienced workers"

A possible solution to prepare for a season with fewer or inexperienced workers is to work with cultivation aids such as truss arches, crop hooks and plant clips. There is now a higher demand for these among European growers, notes Arjen de Haan, who joined Paskal last month. Fewer workers"If one or two experienced…

Russian: Ministry of Agriculture expects record setting greenhouse crops

The Ministry of Agriculture of the Russian Federation expects record setting greenhouse crops in 2020, at least 1.25 million tons, which is 6.1% more compared to the level of 2019. The news has been reported in the announcement of the Ministry. According to the Ministry, gross crop yield in 2019 by…

Grower sets up 20 hectare greenhouse in Aydin, Turkey for banana production

An investor from the city of Aydin is working through different obstacles to build his 20-hectare greenhouse for banana production.The greenhouse construction cost is around 500.000 USD and the grower will first complete half of the greenhouse and start production there. The first phase will cost 300.000…

CAN (BC): Intake for greenhouse carbon tax relief grants open

Greenhouse operators can now apply for carbon tax relief grants for the 2020 production year, until May 1, 2020. Commercial producers in B.C. who grow vegetables, ornamental…

Russian greenhouse industry appeals to the government

The leaders of the greenhouse industry of the Russian Federation with the support of Association of The Greenhouses of Russia, represented by Mr. Aleksey Sitnikov, the president and Ms. Natalia Rogova, the general director, have addressed the Minister of Agriculture, Mr. Dmitry Patrushev with the letters…

Delaying crop growth in anticipation of better times

The market for ornamental products has declined drastically due to the coronavirus. Many growers have questions about slowing down their crop growth in order to lower or postpone production. This is contrary to a grower’s nature. Normally growers aim for increased production and quality, as well as an efficient…

Anthony Umina, Fresh Local Produce:

“This is what we call hands-free cultivation"

“This is what we call hands-free cultivation ,” says Anthony Umina, managing member of Fresh Local Produce, when showing his newly realised fully automated growing system in Hudson, Ohio. Fresh Local Produce of Ohio started their production of fresh baby lettuce in a 2 acre greenhouse this February and…

or why thinking your season through will result in a higher ROI

What not to do when starting a new crop

Your new, shiny and high-tech greenhouse is all built up and installed, and even though it might have been quite a project, it unfortunately still doesn't mean your crop will be an instant success. Growing is taking care of living plants, and that is quite a challenge. "The first year of the cultivation…

The first vegetable seedling listed company realizes "5G planting"

At the moment, China is still at a critical point in epidemic prevention and control. Growers need to prevent the further spread of the epidemic, and at the mean time start spring planting. In Shandong Anxin Seedling Co., Ltd. in Jiyang District, workers are busy breeding seedlings. Ensuring sufficient…

Institute for Social-Ecological Research develops 'Hypowave' water recycling process

Novel agricultural crop production, recycling water

Record temperatures and prolonged drought are increasingly affecting agriculture worldwide. In Germany, too, droughts are now jeopardizing a high-yield harvest. A cultivation system with a new type of irrigation technology using treated wastewater is particularly suitable for water-poor regions and selected…

Jan van Genderen (Royal Berry) happy with spring in the greenhouse:

"We're all kind of living day by day now"

Time for a positive sound, they thought at Royal Berry. It's spring in the greenhouses at this strawberry grower and they made everyone part of that via some beautiful photos. "We think the consumer needs and wants locally grown, super healthy strawberries, right in this trying period", says grower Jan…

WUR LightLab to be accredited for light measurements

The Wageningen University & Research LightLab has unique measuring equipment to measure characteristics such as translucency, diffusion and spectrum of greenhouse cover materials and screens. Now, WUR LightLab is the first ISO17025 accredited lab to be permitted to carry out measurements under the…

How to start a commercial greenhouse, CEA facility, or indoor farm

Mark Twain once said, “The secret to getting ahead is getting started”. These words can not be more true when starting a new business especially when starting a new commercial greenhouse operation. An operator wanting to expand an existing venture or starting brand new from scratch has quite a few things…

Marten Barel still going strong:

"The transition that horticulture has seen is truly impressive"

Last year, we started our series 'Andere Tuinbouwtijden' featuring industry veterans. Many a seasoned worker reminisced on times long gone, and most are still very active, even after their retirement. Marten Barel is one of them, and after reading all his colleagues' stories, he knew he has even older stories.…

Overview of greenhouse horticulture in Portugal: technology and environment

The total greenhouse production area in Portugal is about 3,000 ha with a tendency for expansion, and tomato is the most important greenhouse crop. Protected cultivation in…

$100 million for UAE greenhouse company Pure Harvest Smart Farms

The team with greenhouse company Pure Harvest Smart Farms has secured a multi-stage investment commitment of over $100 million. Currently Pure Harvest operates a greenhouse in the UAE desert and grows tomatoes over there. With the investment, the company will expand with new greenhouses in the UAE, Saudi…

#FlowerBoostChallenge crosses borders

The #FlowerBoostChallenge crosses borders! The initiative to support floricultural growers started in The Netherlands and found its way to Belgium, UK and Canada. Ever since the COVID-19 outbreak, the prices for cut flowers and potted plants have decreased dramatically. This week many flowers and plants…

Dutch snack tomato growers Greenco sell another greenhouse

"Our focus is no longer on self-production"

They were one of the first to invest and build a brand with their greenhouse grown snack tomatoes, and in 15 years they expanded their snack tomato acreage to over 40 hectares in the Netherlands. Yet last year Greenco sold their newest high-tech greenhouse and today they announced to sell another 10…

Russian grower comments on greenhouse industry growth

In 2019, the greenhouse complex Donskaya Usadba reached the forecasted production capacity of 11 thousand tons of vegetables per year. The enterprise sells medium-sized cucumbers and tomatoes. The company are planning the construction of the second phase of the complex, which will allow them to increase…

US (MA): More insects spotted in the greenhouse

Based on greenhouse monitoring in the past week, UMass Extension's Greenhouse Crops and Floriculture Team with Jim Mussoni, Private IPM Scout, report the following: Twospotted…

Poland’s first full LED lighting in pink tomato greenhouse installed

Signify has installed LED lamps in a Tomimaru Muchoo pink tomato greenhouse for the first time in Poland. This innovative full LED solution was implemented on a 2 ha plantation belonging to Łukasz Budyta Greenhouse Complex, which was fitted with Philips GreenPower LED toplighting modules and Philips…

How greenhouse automation can assist social distancing

Unless you've been living off the grid for the past month, you're probably aware that the effects of the Covid-19 virus have changed our world as we know it. More and more…

Turkey ranks among top countries with geothermal greenhouses

“Turkey is among the top-5 countries in the world in terms of geothermal resources. Our country is ranked 4th in geothermal electricity generation and 1st in geothermal greenhouse heating", according to Turkey Geothermal Association Chairman Orhan Mertoglu. "However, we still have a lot of unfulfilled…

Eelco Wolthuizen, Metazet FormFlex:

"We are increasingly seeing large horticultural projects in China"

Metazet FormFlex has now been active in the Chinese market for more than ten years, with a local Chinese team and its own office and production facility in Beijing and Xi’an. The Coronavirus currently still has the world in its hold and this also affects the activities in China, but the expectation is…

Growing tomatoes in Iceland: isolated, cold and dark?

Growing tomatoes in Iceland? Sure! At Fridheimar, Knútur and Helena do just that. They produce one tonne of organic tomatoes every day. Close to their farm is a hot water spring they use. When the water comes in, it is still about 95 degrees Celsius. The water heats the greenhouse, so it is always about…

Why use a greenhouse humidifier

Smart Fog makes commercial humidifiers for the food industry. These humidifiers produce micron droplets that sanitize a space without leaving behind moisture on surfaces. From the greenhouse humidifier to the grocery store case humidifier, Smart Fog can keep produce clean and safe. Keeps produce clean and safeSmart Fog…

Spain

More than 30,000 hectares of greenhouses operate at full capacity in Almeria

The current health crisis in Spain has tested the strength and importance of the agricultural sector in Almeria, which is operating at full capacity. Work in the more than 30,000 hectares of greenhouses and in the trading companies continues, attending to all the measures required to maintain the health…

Rise in fruit and vegetable prices the result of cold weather, Turkish traders say

As Turkey is implementing new measures to battle the coronavirus, it has closed down its borders to Iraq and Iran. This has negatively impacted some of Turkey’s fresh produce exports; however, exports from Antalya to Russia still continue at full speed. There are no supply problems of fresh produce in…

challenges remain for growers despite travel exemptions

Canadian grower quarantines workers to remain ahead of the curve

About 8,000 seasonal and other temporary workers are working in Ontario right now, primarily in greenhouses. About 4,600 more workers were scheduled to arrive by mid-April…

Houweling’s Tomatoes wins Ultra-Clima greenhouse court cases and is awarded first sub-licence

The court cases concerning KUBO’s Ultra-Clima greenhouses patent has been decided in favour of Houweling’s Tomatoes. Greenhouse builders in America and Europe had challenged the validity of said patent. KUBO had exclusive patent rights from Houweling’s Tomatoes since the design and development of the…

Research into the quality of drainage water in soil-bound crops

In 2030 all Dutch growers will have to reuse the drainage water in their greenhouse. But with soil-bound crops, much is still unknown about the quality of that water. That is why the Greenhouse Horticulture and Flower Bulbs Business Unit of Wageningen University & Research is investigating the quality of…

Greenhouse research to help in development of coronavirus vaccine

An ancient relative of tobacco, much maligned for the damage it has inflicted on public health, is key to a new vaccine to prevent the novel coronavirus. Medicago – a Canadian company with a biomanufacturing facility in Durham –  has used it to produce an experimental plant-based vaccine for COVID-19, the…

N:K ratio for phenological growth stages of net melon cultivated in NFT hydroponic system

The adequate ratio in the supply of nitrogen (N) and potassium (K) for each phenological growth stage of melon is fundamental for its growth and development with the maximization of the dry mass partition between the vegetative and reproductive parts. The objective of a new study was to evaluate the…

Russia: Measures to avoid shortage of fresh vegetables during epidemic

The Greenhouses of Russia Association has developed recommendations for retail chains and greenhouse enterprises in order to avoid a shortage of fresh vegetables during the…

7 hectares of greenhouse area not to be built at this time

Politicians rejects mega-greenhouse in Middle Franconia

It would have been an agricultural project the likes of which Fürth has hardly seen before: A Nuremberg company would like to build greenhouses on seven hectares of land near…

Robotic farming paving the way?

Is fully automated farming the future? It is, in fact, part of the future says Mike Zelkind, chief executive officer of 80 Acres Farms, a vertical farming company based in Hamilton, Ohio. “I think indoor farming should play a role in a holistic solution to farming—so should greenhouses and other traditional farms,” says…

Shading screens characterization by means of wind tunnel experiments and CFD modeling

The use of shading screens in the protected cultivation sector is widespread, due to the fact they allow both to reduce the heat load and thus to control temperature, and to have lower and uniform levels of light intensity inside greenhouses. An extended selection of shading screens is available on the…

What type of lighting is right for my indoor grow?

When it comes to fueling plant growth, lighting is one of the main ingredients of a maximum yield recipe. Figuring out if you want full natural sunlight only, a mixture of…

China: new greenhouse area 2019

Richland Sources released a report in which you can find statistics about the new greenhouse area in China at the end of 2019 and about the different types of new greenhouses, and how their area expands.  You can download the full document at Agroberichten Buitenland.

Russia: Greenhouse production in Volgograd region has doubled

18,560 tons of vegetables have been collected in the Volgograd region since the beginning of 2020, which is almost twice as much as in the same period of 2019. According to information provided by the Committee on the Agriculture of Volgograd region, the main share of the produced vegetables is taken by…

Vietnamese project to enhance efficiency of hi-tech urban agricultural models

The People’s Committee of the Mekong Delta city of Can Tho has launched a project to enhance the efficiency of hi-tech urban agricultural models in and near urban areas in the 2020-23 period, aiming to develop at least nine models. Under the project, the city will focus on models that cultivate flowers,…

The lettuce industry has certainly seen better days

For about three weeks now, lettuce prices have been on a downward trend. They have certainly seen better days. "With regard to the assortment of lettuces, the situation has been particularly difficult for some weeks now. The fairly mild climate, which marked the second half of the winter, has caused an…

Thailand: Kasetsart University shows new greenhouse

In this video, Kasetsart University shows its demo greenhouse. It is equipped with the latest technology. The aim is to provide courses and training. It has a weather monitoring and reporting system. Via a smartphone application, real-time graphs of all the measurements can be visualised. For instance, humidity,…

Silke Hemming, Autonomous Greenhouse Challenge:

"Autonomous cultivation will become increasingly important"

While governments across the globe have introduced measures to limit the spread of COVID-19, the five teams participating in the Autonomous Greenhouse Challenge are hard at work to take autonomous and remote growing to the next level. The first remotely grown tomatoes have already been harvested. What's…

4 benefits of an automated controller in a vented greenhouse

Ceres’ patented solar design and innovative climate control technologies enable them to build year round greenhouses in any climate. Depending on geographic location, crop application, and specific client needs their greenhouses might operate with different types of ventilation, HVAC and other greenhouse…

Elsen’s idea for greenhouse came from tour to Nebraska inventor

The seed of an idea for the Cherry Valley Produce LLC greenhouse, which is operated south of Miller by Randy and Penny John and their daughter and son-in-law, Kerry and Brock Elsen, was planted during a field trip for Buffalo County 4-H members.Kerry Elsen, who is a Buffalo County Extension educator,…

government supports producers with $5 billion increased lending capacity

Canada: Food industry increases pay for hourly staff

Canadian prime minister Trudeau announced $5-billion increase in lending capacity for farmers and food producers in Ottawa on Monday morning. "Canadian farmers and food…

'Blueberry used to be an extensive crop, but is becoming more and more intensive"

“The blueberry cultivation is growing rapidly around the world, and together with it the demand for coco substrate”, Wim Roosen from Dutch Plantin says. Blueberry used to be an open field crop, but most of the new projects are using hydroponic growing techniques, offering new opportunities and of course…

Microgreens program at Iowa State Penitentiary helps prisoners to self-sustain

The Iowa State Penitentiary at Fort Madison has a growing concern about food. Not long ago, ISP Correctional Trades Leader Sarah Rippenkroeger discovered a booth selling microgreens in Missouri, and she knew they would be good to grow in the ISP greenhouses. "I found a roadside fruit stand, and they had…

Demonstration trial reduced CO2 dosing

CO2 supply in a greenhouse promotes crop growth. In the future the supply of CO2 has to be reduced considerably because the availability of CO2 from industry will be reduced due to CO2 emission goals, the use of natural gas for heating is reduced, and the greenhouse horticultural sector has the goal to…

Themar Al Emarat facility UAE in production

Cooling a soilless growing facility even in extreme climates

It's not a fata morgana that you see when staring at the al Kaheef desert in the United Arab Emirates - it's a real greenhouse that is realised there. The 5 hectare facility of Themar Al Emarat was erected last year. Thanks to the modern techniques and a new technology developed by New Growing System…

Colder outside air ingeniously mixed with greenhouse air

"As you can see, it looks quite 'space age' and industrial and that has its reasons", says Hans Weisbeek of Hinova in a segment on Dutch regional television about the development of the Hinovator. The regional TV channel sees there are quite a few horticulture suppliers in the region, and that those…

Pepper grower becomes Dr. Veggie, juice maker

Jeroen Boeters, bell pepper grower and juice maker: "Why I have my second greenhouse for sale? Because I am very busy with Dr. Veggie, my vegetable juice business." He is selling his second greenhouse in Bleiswijk to be able to focus on the red bell pepper cultivation in the main location of Boeters Kwekerij…

Cold front 'the Dragon' damages Jordan greenhouses

Jordan Valley growers were struck with severe damage from a storm that shook their greenhouses and crops last weekend. This highlights the vulnerability of small and medium sized horticultural entrepreneurs.Jordan was impacted with the cold front dubbed “the dragon” with gusts and winds up to the speed…

Zhongnong Futong completes multi-span greenhouse

Recently a Beijing company, Zhongnong Futong, has completed a multi-span greenhouse in Suzhou district, Gansu province.  The greenhouse has a construction area of 21,360 m2, and in it there will be focus on efficient production of fruit and vegetables, such as tomatoes and peppers. There are a lot of Dutch…

How China slowly recovers from COVID-19

Spring is blooming and the economy in China is starting again after Covid-19. Due to the impact of the virus, all walks of life have ushered in unprecedented challenges. During the two-month stagnation in China, many companies in the industry and our own business have suffered a lot, but everyone has a…

U.S. consular operations suspend routine visa services in Mexico

In response to the global pandemic COVID-19, and in line with the Mexican government’s call to increase social distancing, the U.S. Embassy in Mexico City and all U.S. consulates in Mexico will suspend routine immigrant and non-immigrant visa services starting March 18, 2020, and until further notice.…

Input external CO2 in greenhouses yields at least 91% CO2 emission reduction

Does the input of external CO2 help reduce greenhouse horticulture CO2 emission in 2030? It does. That is the answer researchers from Wageningen University & Research gave in…

Controlled environment production for safe consumption

In the 17th Indoor Ag Science Cafe forum on March 10th, 2020, Paul Lightfoot of Bright Farms spoke about his views on food safety. The Indoor Ag Science Cafe is an online…

Corrie Hutchens of Pete’s:

“Our new butter lettuce wrap kits will help consumers prepare easy and healthy meals”

Greenhouse-grown hydroponic greens are the specialty of California-based company Pete’s. Now the company is expanding their offering and are launching Butter Stuffers, which are ready-made butter lettuce wrap kits. The product line is launching today, March 19th, on the US West Coast. Corrie Hutchens…

Field tests demonstrate effectiveness of thermo-reflective screen and insect screen

Fresh-cut salads and other vegetables now have an extra ally to grow and develop at their best throughout their life cycle. Arrigoni has presented new tests on the effectiveness of the Prisma thermo-reflective screens and Biorete Air Plus for this type of crop. A large audience of agronomist technicians…

Greenhouses are for plants? Not always!

When you say greenhouse, most people's minds go to vegetables, flowers, maybe some other crops, but reptiles is usually not the first thing on your mind. That's different for Ryan and Kyle from Primitive Predators in South Florida. They already have a greenhouse and are now building even more as…

Aad van den Berg, Delphy, on COVID-19 outbreak:

"Data-driven cultivation management was already high on the agenda"

As a crop advisor, in spite of Covid-19, you can be important these days. Aad van den Berg, Delphy: "Before our advisers make their visits, we first determine whether they really are welcome. Usually that is not a problem. The advice is given one-on-one, usually to only to 1 or 2 individuals. Most are…

Russia: First cucumbers planted in 12 ha greenhouse in Kurgan region

New greenhouse complex Martynovsky in the Kurgan region in Russia has started planting the first cucumbers, reported the regional department of agriculture. The first batch of seedlings has been planted in March. Quite soon, the agricultural complex will harvest the first crops and once the enterprise…

Control of algal growth on greenhouse surfaces using commercial algaecides

Greenhouses and nurseries provide ideal environments for facilitating the formation of nuisance algal mats. Algal growth poses safety concerns to horticulturists and stimulates the propagation of unwanted plant pests and pathogens. To date, few strategies and data are available to effectively manage…

North Korea: Military base makes way for vegetable greenhouse

In Jungphyong, North Korea, due to the northern oceanic climate, vegetable farming used to be practically impossible. People used to eat mostly pickled vegetables. When a military base moved away from the region, plans formed for a vegetable greenhouse. The project started in September 2018, and was…

"Demolishing a greenhouse is extremely personal"

"You have to have some experience to be able to give good advice for tearing down a greenhouse", according to Jan van Beusichem. With his twenty years of experience, there's no question about it. Under the name J.B. Sloopadvies he recently started giving advice. "There's a lot of demolishing nowadays and…

Precautionary measures for protective greenhouse coatings

Growing under glass in summer is for most crops impossible without a coating on the greenhouse roof. The world seems to be changing, but that's one thing that doesn't change, even with borders closing and work being done with minimal staff. How is the distribution of those coatings being done now?…

Advancing global food security through early disease detection

Indoor growing platform wins 250K prize

Radicle Growth has awarded Scanit Technologies $250,000 as the winner of the Radicle Challenge by Corteva. Radicle teamed up with Corteva on this Challenge to identify a…

Dutch growers deal with labor issues due to COVID-19 outbreak

Labor has been a tricky issue in the horticultural industry for quite some time now, but these days with the coronavirus problem it's even more so than normal. In glasshouse vegetables, harvesting must continue, and in cut flowers and ornamental plant cultivation, currently the hardest hit, as sales…

Canada: Greenhouse Competitiveness and Innovation Initiative enters Phase II

The purpose of the Greenhouse Competitiveness and Innovation Initiative (GCII) Phase II is to help maintain the competitiveness of the Ontario greenhouse sector in global markets and its leadership position in developing and adopting innovative technology, to encourage future investment and growth in the…

Turkmen greenhouse enterprise exports its first harvest to regional countries

Altyn Tug Individual Enterprise harvested its first tomato crop, over 800 tons of tomatoes, from its greenhouse complex and exported two thirds of the vegetables to Russia and Kyrgyz Republic. The 12-hectare greenhouse complex, located in the Dashoguz Velayat’s S.A. Niyazov etrap in the northern…

Russian retailer Magnit to increase purchases of domestically produced vegetables by 80%

Russia’s Magnit retail network plans to increase vegetable production in its greenhouse complexes by 30% in 2020. It is also set on increasing direct purchases from Russian producers by 80%. This will reduce the dependence on imported products. In 2020, Magnit plans to launch the first phase of the…

Ton Habraken (Svensson) about Plant Empowerment

"Screen more and more a tool for better plant growth too"

"While a screen was usually seen as a way to bring down your energy bill, it is now more and more used as a tool for better plant growth", says Ton Habraken of Ludvig Svensson. It's a development that fits Plant Empowerment, the new way of growing that's largely promoted with both a book and a platform.  Concept…

The Taiwanese tech behind Dutch greenhouses

Taiwan-based company Hugreen has cooperated with Netherlands-based developers of greenhouses to make greenhouses smart through establishing sensing networks and monitoring systems, according to company founder and CEO Clement Lee. Netherlands-based greenhouse developers have advanced agricultural…

US (IL): Biomass-powered greenhouse project moves forward

North Country Growers, the Boston-based company that has proposed building two giant greenhouses on land that it would buy from the city of Berlin, has been given until march 31 to close on that purchase. The Berlin industrial development and park authority voted to grant the extension. Richard Rosen,…

Ontario food suppliers hit by COVID-19-related school closures

Ontario food suppliers say Thursday’s announcement to close more than 4,800 Ontario elementary and high schools for two weeks following March Break to battle the COVID-19 pandemic swirling the globe is going to be painful. “These closures mean lost sales, lost revenues and less work for my staff…

New 6 ha LED-lighted strawberry facility to be realised in Lincolnshire, UK

Only recently it was announced that Beeswax Dyson Farming – Britain’s largest privately owned farming business – will realise a multi-million pound state-of-the-art indoor strawberry production facility in Lincolnshire, UK. Now the team with British company CambridgeHOK, chosen to design and build this…

COVID-19 update

Labour shortage but plenty fruits and vegetables available

Empty shelves in the fruits and vegetables aisles and a demand that equals that of Christmas and Easter, and at the same time through the roof, the floricultural market has collapsed due to the COVID-19 outbreak. Another challenge on the horizon is that of labour. The horticultural industry in general…

Russian greenhouse vegetables feel the heat from rising prices

Greenhouse vegetables in Russia may start going up in price in view of a harsh increase of the dollar-rouble exchange rate. This, combined with the possible bankruptcy of several enterprises, could have an influence on the price, mentioned the director of the National Union of Fruit and Vegetables, Mr.…

Successful trade mission Vietnam

Vietnamese growers prefer foil greenhouses to plastic greenhouses

From 23 to 28 February 2020, the Dutch embassy in Hanoi and the Consulate-General in Ho Chi Minh City organized a trade mission for Dutch horticulture companies to Da Lat in the province of Lam Dong. A vegetable company in Lam Dong Need for innovationTechniques which are used during sowing, growing and…

Sustainable cultivation in the greenhouse: higher production, lower footprint

It sounds too good to be true: a higher production, and at the same time a lower footprint. But it is possible, as shown during the 'Greenhouse2030: Sustainable cultivation with a future' project of the Greenhouse Horticulture Business Unit of Wageningen University & Research. The project investigates…

Japanese researchers working on improving greenhouse tomato cultivation

The National Agriculture and Food Research Organization or NARO is an institution in Japan for conducting research and development on agriculture and food. They have found that the crop yields in their greenhouses could be a lot higher and that about half of the greenhouse workers is 65 years old or…

Exploring ways to feed the future in the Autonomous Greenhouse Challenge

The 2nd Edition of the Autonomous Greenhouse Challenge is underway, drawing 21 teams and over 200 participants in its initial round. Run by Wageningen University & Research (WUR) and sponsored by Heliospectra and other industry leaders, the challenge includes multidisciplinary teams from around the…

Greenhouse risk management plan for the greenhouse under extreme conditions

With the development of China's facility agriculture technology, vegetable production under extreme environmental conditions has been realized by using modern greenhouse facilities and soilless cultivation technology. In 2015, the Chinese Antarctic research station completed the construction of a…

Canadian grown pepper program to commence shipping beginning of April

Village Farms International Inc., headquartered in Vancouver Canada announced that their Village Farms Greenhouse Grown brand of tomatoes, peppers, and cucumbers are all ramping up for a strong season. In particular, the company’s Canadian grown national pepper program will commence shipping at the…

Californian fruiting tree stock grower invests in new greenhouse

Californian fruiting tree stock grower Dave Wilson Nurseries have taken steps to provide a consistent quality product for their customers. They invested in a new greenhouse. The new technology and automation are put to use to ensure quality trees for their growers.  The new greenhouses provides a controlled environment…

Semi-transparent dye-sensitized solar panels for energy-autonomous greenhouses

Over 60% highly transparent quasi-solid-state dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) with dimension of 50x50 cm 2 were fabricated via inkjet printing process using nanocomposite inks as raw materials and tested under outdoor illumination conditions. The cells were electrically characterized, and their…

Designing resilient organic greenhouse production systems for Europe

During the last decade, there has been a strong discussion about the principles of organic farming, driven primarily by the differences in organic production systems in Europe. Some systems are highly intensified and focus on high economic sustainability whereas others focus on increasing biodiversity…

Self-assembly greenhouse nominated for sustainability award

Being nominated for a prize is awesome and so there was already a minor celebration at TAPKIT Hydroponic systems - but unfortunately the recent Covid outbreak throws a spanner in the works. Yet the startup is still being placed in the spotlights as the program wants them to be awarded for their…

Aquaponics project a hit for Jamaican students

As Jamaica gears up for a drier than normal rain pattern this year, the College of Agriculture, Science and Education (CASE) has opened a new aquaponics unit to train and sustainably provide vegetables and meat to its various stakeholders. The medium-size aquaponics unit forms part of the college’s…

Unusual talent in the tomato greenhouse

At the tomato cultivation companies of Tomeco, a cluster of eight Belgian tomato growers, they regularly host interns and job students in the greenhouse to teach them about cultivation and have them work at the same time. Recently, it was Vicky van Ginneken, not your every day talent, because Vicky is…

Perspectives for greenhouse business development in Russia

Aleksandr Rudakov, president of Eco-kultura, spoke as an industry expert to Russian TV show Business Day, about the profitable greenhouse business in Russia. He said that while the greenhouse industry in Russia is showing impressive profitability figures, a few years ago profitability was even higher.…

"Technique used to suppress soil pathogens, pests in high tunnels can work in Pennsylvania"

A biological technique used to suppress soilborne pests and pathogens already used in warmer climates, with some modifications, will work in Pennsylvania and other more northern locations, according to a team of researchers.  That’s good news for the growing number of vegetable and small-fruit growers using…

Agrokultura Group

"Less disease and better quality under diffuse coating"

Agrokultura Group is finding it easier to find the balance between optimal use of sunlight and crop protection. In the video, Sergei Volkov explains how ReduSystems coatings play an important role in this. The company grows tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers, aubergines and strawberries on 58 hectares in Kashira,…

Epoxy flooring – Protecting your commercial greenhouse twenty-floor seven

In order to meet the standards needed to grow crops to top quality and maximum yields, a commercial operation needs to select flooring that provides a seamless surface to help in elimination of crevices, lines, and other areas where soil and pathogens can dwell. The floor should be non-porous and provide…

Various ways of hydroponic growing in tropical climates

Cucumbers, melons and tomatoes, all grown on NFT gutters. It is one of the tests the team with Dutch Greenery is conducting right now at their demo greenhouse in Thailand. With their experiments and by sharing the knowledge they gather, they help growers in South East Asia get ahead.  Helping growers"We want to…

Mastronardi Produce acquires Double Diamond Farms greenhouse supply

Mastronardi Produce acquires Double Diamond Farms. The company has assumed sales and marketing of Double Diamond Farms production of 140 acres of high-tech, lit greenhouses in…

Increases fruit size and yield

Automatic retractable roof advances cherry harvest 3 weeks

For eight years, Michigan State University and Cravo Equipment have been researching the opportunities for retractable greenhouses for the cherry industry. “We have been working on understanding the positive impact on window of supply, yield and sizing,” says Cravo’s President Richard Vollebregt. “Prior…

Tomato growers in Antalya experiencing serious problems with exports to Russia

Greenhouse tomato growers from Antalya, Turkey are experiencing serious difficulties due to the trade problems with Russia. The problems at the Russian customs are not completely solved yet and the quota imposed on Turkish import tomatoes by Russia is causing massive amounts of waste for the growers as…

Ohio State ATI adds hydroponic production of vegetables to greenhouse and nursery management program

The Ohio State University Agricultural Technical Institute (Ohio State ATI) greenhouse students now can engage in a hydroponic crop production course. The course is available to students in the greenhouse management and greenhouse engineering technology specializations. “Greenhouse programs used to focus…

British grower adds 6 ha soft fruit greenhouse

Beeswax Dyson Farming has been granted permission to construct a state of the art 6 ha glasshouse with associated infrastructure at their farm in Carrington. Strawberries and other soft fruit will be grown utilising heat generated by an anaerobic digester which already provides electricity for nearly…

High tech in the basement at university greenhouse

A ‘green’ university obviously also wants ‘green’ greenhouses. For this reason, construction started on a one hundred percent electrical ‘high containment’ research greenhouse on the campus of Wageningen University & Research at the start of 2019. Right before Christmas, the greenhouse was fully glazed, so…

4.5 hectares of geothermal greenhouses to be built in Sakarya, Turkey

The Akyazi municipality in Sakarya, a city located in northwestern Turkey, is planning to take a significant leap in greenhouse production in the area. The municipality decided to build a “Greenhouse Excellence Center”, a 4.5-hectare geothermal greenhouse facility in the Kuzuluk area of the district. The…

"Nectar Farms project still on the horizon"

Stawell's Nectar Farms project is still forging ahead says company chief executive Stephen Sasse. The company is still waiting to finalise legal documentation of funding. "It's taken considerably longer than what we had hoped," Mr Sasse said."From our side there are no more outstanding issues. That…

CAN (PE): Kensington greenhouse operation now 100 per cent heated by renewable fuel

An Island farming operation will receive more than $800,000 for a project to increase energy efficiency and reduce fossil fuel use in its greenhouse operation. The Schurman Family Farm in Kensington provides organically grown produce throughout Atlantic Canada. For this, they received a federal…

Russian company buys 11 ha greenhouse complex in Leningrad region

One of the biggest vegetable producers in Russia, GK Rost (earlier known as Technologii Teplichnogo Rosta), enters the Leningrad region. The company, owned by Mr. Sergey Rukin, purchased the greenhouse complex project from the owner of Sun Development Company, Mr. Kyrill Vyazovsky. The complex, growing…

Bayer opens 300,000 sq. ft. corn breeding greenhouse in Arizona

Bayer has opened a new smart, state-of-the-art, automated greenhouse facility in Marana, Ariz. The Marana Greenhouse facility is the first of its kind for the company and the most technically advanced. The approximately USD 100 million facility will serve as a global product design center for corn, the…

Grower in Mardin, Turkey dismantles and sells greenhouse due to unfair electricity billing

The growers in Mardin, a city located in southeastern Turkey, keep fighting through problems as the production costs such as chemicals and fertilizers keep increasing. In addition to the high production costs, the growers are also dealing with high bills coming from the regional electricity distribution…

$300,000 each for Den Haan and Forest Glen

Canadian government invests in Nova Scotia greenhouse businesses

Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, and Keith Colwell, Nova Scotia Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries, announced $600,000 in investments for two greenhouse businesses in Nova Scotia to position them for accelerated business growth. Through Nova Scotia's Agriculture Business…

March 19-20, Bordentown

US (NJ): Two-day short course introduces beginners to greenhouse crop production

People consider starting a greenhouse for a variety of reasons, and greenhouse farming provides a way to grow year-round. However, managing the production system and its…

Arctic greenhouses put Northern communities in charge of food supply

When Ben and Stefany learned about the issues of food insecurity in the North of Canada, they wanted to take action. Having a passion for the region, they contacted many communities in Nunavut - and Naujaat was the most responsive to working with them. They conducted interviews with roughly 10% of the…

CAN (QC): Hydroserre Mirabel acquires Serres Lefort

The president of Hydroserre Mirabel, Sylvain Terrault, has announced the acquisition of Les Serres Lefort. The latter had been placed under the protection of the Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act (R.S.C., 1985, c. C-36) a few months ago. Many discussions were required with all parties involved to…

Chinese growers work on tomato seedlings during early spring season

Farmers in Gezitou Village of Jinzhong have started the cultivating and managing work of tomato seedlings during the early spring season. The team led by Professor Sun Sheng from Shanxi Agricultural University has introduced the automatic insecticide sprayer, pest control system and water and fertilizer…

Brent Burky with Sierra Gold Nurseries

“Container nursery helps us respond quicker to changing market demand”

In addition to switching their tree propagating activities from field to containers, US propagator Sierra Gold Nurseries has also been able to shorten the time to grow rootstock by investing in its own rootstock facility and tissue culture lab.  Reid Robinson and Brent Burky with Sierra Gold Nurseries 70 year…

Sahara Forest Project in cooperation with Norwegian wholesaler BAMA

Jordanian high-end vegetables: Spreading to new markets

This week, the Sahara Forest Project (SFP) will launch cooperation with Norwegian wholesaler BAMA to bring cherry tomatoes and sweet potatoes from Aqaba to Norway. International cruise ships from Costa and AIDA calling the port of Aqaba are committing to buy larger volumes and extend their agreements to…

Argentina: Region of Patagonia interested in Russian tech for vegetable cultivation

The Argentinian province of Tierra del Fuego in Patagonia, the coldest region in the country, is interested in Russian technologies for the cultivation of vegetables. The head of the Russian trade mission in Argentina, Sergey Derkach, made this clear in a recent interview. Head of the Russian trade…

South Africa: How aquaponics benefits children and the community

In his State of the Nation Address in February 2019, President Cyril Ramaphosa announced government’s plan to introduce six new subjects in schools’ curricula. One of these is aquaponics, and the aim is to teach learners technical skills, as well as how to produce food to ensure food security. At the…

Semi-closed greenhouses equipped with night cooling system

Semi-closed greenhouses are no longer only for areas with a temperate climate. For more extreme climates there are also solutions - creative solutions. Three years ago in…


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