Greenhouse

Greenhouse operations: Innovation discovery survey

The University of Arizona strives to promote innovative thinking and offers a startup innovations course. This course allows students to come up with their own products and learn how to develop the concept as if they were to create their start up business. Amanda Bogden, a Graduate Student at the…

AmHydro and Farms 2050

Spreading hydroponic farming technologies across India

On April 9th, Farms 2050 of Bangalore and AmHydro of Arcata, CA celebrated the grand opening of what is the largest commercial hydroponic farm in India to date. A rich agricultural heritage that has been challenged by a harsh climate, water scarcity and a rapidly growing population to feed has created an…

Russia: Greenhouse starts experimenting with aubergines

After a five year break the greenhouse Teplichniy in Vladimir has started growing aubergines and bell peppers again. For the time being, it is more of an experiment and the plants only occupy a couple of rows in the greenhouses. The first crops have been purchased within several minutes, not even having…

Qatar: Greenhouse fertigation workshop draws 20 agronomists and farm managers

Qatar Fertiliser Company (Qafco), Agrico and Yara International jointly conducted a ‘Greenhouse Fertigation' workshop for 20 experienced agronomists and farm managers from Qatar at the Hydroponic Trial and Demonstration Centre in Al Khor recently. The workshop was one of the initiatives undertaken in…

Belgium: Full LED lighting in new 10 hectare tomato greenhouse

Signify announced its second horticulture project with tomato grower Luc Coghe to install full LED lighting in a newly built 10 hectare greenhouse in Roeselare, Belgium. Since 2014, Luc Coghe, owner of Tomco and his wife, Greet Biesbrouck, have increased yields and improved the quality and taste of high…

Luna system surpasses one billion square feet of greenhouse imaging and analysis

iUNU, a computer vision SaaS-based company that launched Luna, the artificial intelligence platform for the greenhouse industry, announces the milestone of the Luna knowledge base surpassing one billion square feet of imaging. iUNU predicts that as it continues to cover more greenhouse square footage,…

Exchange of information from the Zentralverbandes Gartenbau:

Under glass cultivation is urgently looking for skilled workers

Procurement of labor becomes more and more of a challenge for the companies specialized in greenhouse cultivation. An information exchange in the Papenburg area, between companies and representatives of the Zentralverband Gartenbau (ZVG), took place on April 8 and 9, 2019 with the intention of discussing…

US (WA): Farm to Classroom program seeking new greenhouse

Farm to Classroom is seeking community support to build a new lasting greenhouse in the heart of their beloved garden. This winter, winds deconstructed their temporary greenhouse of two years, a 12-foot x 24-foot Gothic arch structure made of recycled materials. The desired kit, undergoing permit process…

US (IN): Medora adding Grow Lab, greenhouse at school

The Medora Community Schools agriculture department is ready to take the next step to grow its program. In just the second year of the department’s existence at the school, ag teacher and FFA adviser Ashley Shoemaker said her students have put in the work to add a Grow Lab and a greenhouse across the…

Iran: Value of greenhouse products exports expected to increase to $1 billion

Iran's greenhouse plan, in regard to the production of greenhouse products in recent years, has grown quite well, according to the government of Iran. The value of greenhouse products exports will reach more than $1 billion in 2019, they say. According to the Ministry of Jihad-Agriculture Information…

"Our goal is to supply growers only with technique that is of use to them"

It has been sixty years this year since Azrom started its operations in greenhouse building, making it one of the oldest operators from Israel. "Our goal is creating a farm that helps the grower in the long term. The opposite of one size fits all", Fany Baluka with Azrom laughs. "It's a matter of…

Greenhouse strawberry harvest season in Crimea

The Minister of Agriculture of the Republic of Crimea, Mr. Andrey Ryumshin has announced the start of the strawberry harvest season. “One of the biggest enterprises in the Crimea, LLC Yagodnaya Polyana, has already collected the first crops, 50 kilos of tasty Crimean strawberries. The harvest has begun…

Turkey: Agricultural technician starts growing tomato and lettuce through hydroponic production

Agricultural technician Abdulsamet Talaz started to grow lettuce and tomato through hydroponic production in Bafra, Samsun. The greenhouse is currently small in size as the young technician is getting more familiar with soilless production and the ambition of the grower is to establish a fully automated…

Russia: Volgograd greenhouse complex back in business

People in the Russian region of Volgograd will be able to buy locally produced vegetables, greenery and seedlings again. The greenhouse complex in Tonshalovo worked three years ago, however, it was closed due to debts. Now a local farmer has decided to revive the half-ruined enterprise. One 7 ha…

UK: Major fire damages greenhouse in Guernsey

The Guernsey Fire & Rescue Service attended a fire at Rue des Pointes, St Andrew's on Sunday. “At 19:50, The Joint Emergency Services Control Centre received a total of six 999 calls reporting a large structure fire in the area of Rue Des Pointes, St Andrew. "Guernsey Fire & Rescue were…

Berlin start-up brings "small garden in the supermarket" to NRW

Infarm installed greenhouses in 2 Edeka stores in Münster

Grow herbs and salads locally in the supermarket and get them, freshly harvested, in the shopping cart. With the "small garden in the supermarket", the word "freshness" takes on a new dimension. The department stores in Loddenheide and Gievenbeck welcome a new farmer in the city: start-up company Infarm…

Scientists from Saint Petersburg present Arctic greenhouse

Mr. Alexander Beglov, acting governor of Saint Petersburg, during his visit to the International Arctic Forum has paid special attention to a product of Saint Petersburg scientists – a complex for growing vegetables in the conditions of the Far North. The technology, worked out by the scientists of the…

CAN (ON): Researchers to study feasibility of solar-powered greenhouses

University of Windsor researchers have teamed up with local produce growers to improve greenhouse energy efficiency and decrease operating costs. The two-year project led by Dr. Rupp Carriveau, director of UWindsor’s Environmental Energy Institute and co-director of the Turbulence and Energy Lab, is…

Migros has its own greenhouse project in Valais

Retailer as competition for the vegetable gardener?

Migros will soon sell its own hot peppers, tomatoes and cucumbers from Valais. The Association of Swiss Vegetable Producers is watching this project critically. With its own…

"Sanitation is important in transplant production houses"

By now almost all growers have started transplant production or have hired someone else to grow their transplants. With all of the important things that go into transplant production one of the sanitation factors that is somewhat neglected is weed control. by Jerry Brust, IPM Vegetable Specialist,…

Böttcher Gartenbau supplies ingredients for popular Easter specialty

Seven herbs for green sauce - now with German herbs

Parsley, chives, chervil, sorrel, pimpinelle, borage and watercress: "Every connoisseur knows that these are the necessary ingredients for the green sauce." The well-tried specialty is a seasonal highlight, especially in Southwest Germany, and especially at Easter," says Hendzel, responsible for…

Vietnam: Da Lat’s farms turn modern in Industry 4.0

Da Lat city in Lam Dong province has become well-known for its modern agricultural techniques. Many of Vietnam’s wealthy farmers are situated in the Central Highlands city, thanks to their investment and application of scientific and technological advances in production. According to Dr. Pham S, Vice…

Germany: Rooftop greenhouse provides guests with fresh tomatoes

The rooftop at the Estrel not only offers a view of Germany’s capital city, but ever since last summer, the hotel’s executive chef, Peter Griebel, has been harvesting organic vegetables such as tomatoes, zucchini and cucumbers from the new rooftop garden. Sometimes, he even returns to the kitchen with…

Maximilian Reuhl, Wetterauer Früchtchen: "Good prices and quality"

Hessian strawberry producers start the season with good prospects

In Wetteraukreis, in the heart of Hesse, the heated film tunnel strawberry harvest started this week. "The crops are doing quite well and so far we have seen no damage. We assume it will be a normal season opener," said Maximilian Reuhl of production company Wetterauer Früchtchen based in Münzenberg.…

"China's greenhouse technologies turn Egypt's desert green"

China's greenhouse technologies are currently boosting the development of Egypt's modern agriculture through the construction of hundreds of greenhouses. The technologies are used in a large joint project northeast of the Egyptian capital Cairo, said the Chinese project manager in an interview with…

US (NJ): Community college kicks off Earth Week with greenhouse opening

Sussex County Community College will kick off an Earth Week celebration at 9 a.m. Monday, April 22, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony for its new greenhouse on the campus' Connor Green. The greenhouse is an experimental classroom where students can learn both traditional and innovative growing techniques…

rectangular water silo under cultivation tables

Water storage that does not take up any space

A familiar problem: more water storage is needed, but there is no room for a silo.To solve this problem, Bucon Industries realized a solution by placing a rectangular water silo under cultivation tables. Through installer Stolze from Maasdijk, a rectangular corrugated water storage silo was delivered to…

Ultra-Clima growers gather in France

It was an international group that payed a visit to Groupe Olivier and SCEA Cheminant in Nantes last week. Amongst them Houwelings Tomatoes and Windset Farms of the United States, Agrimind from Japan, Lipetsk from Russia, Foodventures from Kazakhstan, Ocean Orchids from Slovania and Les Hortensias also…

"The world can't get enough of Turkish tomatoes"

According to the Greenhouse Investors and Producers Association (SERA-BIR), Turkish tomatoes are very popular in the world. Muslum Yanmaz, head of the association said: "We export mainly to Russia and also to Romania, Bulgaria, Germany and Switzerland. The world can't get enough of Turkish tomatoes."…

US (NY): Fire damages greenhouse at Cornell AgriTech Campus

A fire broke out at Cornell’s Geneva AgriTech campus Saturday evening, damaging a greenhouse, the headhouse and the adjacent building. The campus was reopened Sunday morning,…

CAN (NS): Windstorms a big threat to greenhouse crop starters

It was the emotional toll that hit Emily teBogt hardest during an April 4 windstorm at her Grand Pré farm. The young farmer recalls watching as her plastic and metal greenhouse was ripped apart, the doors thrown off hinges as wind beat her baby shoots of spinach, beet greens, radish, carrots growing…

New Zealand cherry grower hosts open house in retractable orchard cover

Central Otago based cherry producer Clyde Orchards recently hosted an educational field day under their new 3-hectare Cravo retractable roof X-Frame. The field day gave leading cherry and berry professionals from across New Zealand, Australia and the UK a chance to connect with both current users and…

Spicy compound from chili peppers slows lung cancer progression

Findings from a new study show that the compound responsible for chili peppers' heat could help slow the spread of lung cancer, the leading cause of cancer death for both men…

Belgians keen on building Russian greenhouses

A working meeting with a delegation of the Belgian and Luxembourg Chamber of Commerce was conducted with the governor of the Russian region of Yugra, Ms. Natalia Komarova. Ms. Komarova noted that in 2019 industrial parks in Surgut and Nizhnevartovsk will be launched and in 2020 one in Surgut region. The…

Home-grown fruits and vegetables are the future

A Belgian architect, specialized in self-sufficiency, created an entirely cultivable and cultivated city. With this, we almost won’t need to go to the supermarket anymore to…

Greenhouse acreage expanding in Ukraine

The greenhouse acreage in Ukraine has been gradually expanding within the past three years. According to official data, the increase from 2016 to 2018 amounted to 9%. Data from Agri-Gator shows that the biggest growth occurred in 2018. According to data from the country's statistics service, in 2018 the…

South Korea to get second Smart Farm Innovation Valley

The Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs of Republic of Korea (MAFRA) announced a second Smart Farm Innovation Valley plan which includes Koheung in South Jeolla and Miryang in the South Gyeongsang province as of March 28, 2019. Bird's-eye view of Smart Farm Innovation Valley. Credit: MAFRA…

Russia: First cucumbers picked in Oryol greenhouse

A cucumber greenhouse complex has become the first one of a series of agricultural projects carried out in the Oryol region. The investments have amounted to 34 million euros. Currently, the site has 7.5 ha of greenhouses employing 150 associates and a potential for producing almost 4.5 thousand tons of…

New research and training greenhouses for Koppert Mexico

Being one of the biggest suppliers of biological crop protection also means that you have to investigate a lot in research all around the globe. To do so, Koppert Biological Systems recently opened two new research greenhouses in Querétaro. Equipped with all kinds of very nice techniques, these will help…

Israel: Vegetable prices exceptionally high for Passover

Imports have been introduced but it will take months for the shortages to be eliminated, the Ministry of Agriculture reports. Prices of tomatoes and cucumbers are rising…

US (KY): Hydroponic operation raises money for new greenhouse through crowdfunding

Kentucky Fresh Harvest, a hydroponic greenhouse operation based in Stanford, Kentucky, has successfully completed an equity capital raise totaling $520,000 on Harvest Returns' investment platform. The funding raised will help the Kentucky Fresh Harvest team support its rural community by adding nearly 75…

Moldova needs to invest in development of greenhouse agriculture

The Republic of Moldova produces only 4 percent of its vegetables in greenhouses, although this sector could become a strategic one for Moldova, according to experts from the…

France: Biodegradable twine decreases contamination in trials

For the past year, ARaymond has been carrying out tests of a biodegradable range of products in collaboration with the Comité Départemental de Développement Maraîcher (CDDM). This collection of clips and twine has been developed by ARaymond’s in-house Research & Development team in addition to their…

Research with 'plethora of gauges' sheds light on draining rainwater from greenhouses

For the Water Board of Delfland in the Netherlands, a student researched how the drainage of rainwater occurs in a horticultural company at different quantities of water. Holstein Flowers from De Lier cooperated in the project. Mathieu van Holstein: "Water which cannot be collected because of bottlenecks…

Taiwan: Biodegradable agricultural film ready to hit the market

The Council of Agriculture (COA) entrusted Taiwan Institute of Economic Research (TIER) to hold the AGTECH Program R&D presentation and exchange activity on March 15 in Qiding community center, Miaoli County, showcasing the accomplishment of biodegradable agricultural film from Chiao Fu Material…

Russia: 11 ha greenhouse in Komi started operation in test mode

A contemporary greenhouse complex, called Sosnogorsky, with an acreage of 11 ha has started operation in test mode in the Republic of Komi. This is the first contemporary fifth generation complex in the region, reported the Deputy Chairman of the regional government, Mr. Anatoliy Knyazev. “The greenhouse…

US (NC): Reward increases to find vandals who damaged Maysville greenhouses

Authorities in the East are asking for help in searching for people responsible for vandalizing two commercial greenhouses at 2894 Belgrade Swansboro Road in Maysville. The owner is now offering a reward in addition to the Crimestoppers reward, bringing the grand total to $10 thousand dollars. Read more…

Kenya: Why greenhouse growers are going for shade nets

The ongoing dry spell in several parts of Kenya has brought untold suffering to farmers at the Coast. Several wells have dried up, leaving crop and livestock farmers with no water for irrigation or to offer their animals. However, it is the greenhouse farmers in the region who are finding the going tough…

"Forget smart cities (for a minute), we need to talk about smart farms"

There’s a lot of talk about digital technology and smart cities, but what about smart farms? Many of us still have a romantic view of farmers surveying rolling hills and farm kids cuddling calves, but our food in Canada increasingly comes from industrial-scale factory farms and vast glass and steel…

"Growing is our mission"

The Endeavors Greenhouse in Milltown, Wisconsin is a part of the Endeavors Adult Development Center. Their mission is for adults living with disabilities to participate and thrive in their communities by reaching their highest level of independence by promoting personal growth and provide meaningful employment opportunities.…

unrolling reel anchored via hooks

"Replacing manual tying of the plants with new system"

"We produce and distribute solutions for greenhouse horticulture, including an innovative system called IDEAL TUTOR for the improvement of working conditions. More specifically, we aim at reducing the time and cost of greenhouse crop tutoring," explains Alessandro Avarino, administrator for SIA Srl in…

Moldova: Greenhouse vegetables more profitable than apples, plums, grapes and nuts

Moldova is a major fruit exporter, however, they do not make use of their favorable geographical position and climate conditions for greenhouse production development. The economist of the investment department at the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations (FAO), Mr. Andrey Ermak, said…

Kazakhstan: First phase opened of 20 hectare project Aqtobe Greenery

Twelve months after starting the construction of the greenhouse, Aqtobe Greenery is harvesting its first tomatoes in Kazakhstan. This high-tech greenhouse is a joint venture of the Dutch operators FoodVentures, together with the Kazakhstan Silk Road Agricultural Growth Fund and local Kazakh businessmen.…

Kikkoman opens Kimitsu Tomato Garden

European heat pumps provide heating and cooling for 4.7 hectare Japanese greenhouse

When we say Kikkoman, you'll probably say soy sauce and not tomato greenhouse - but you are wrong. Yesterday the 4.7 hectare Kimitsu Tomato Garden was opened officially in Japan. The Kikkoman group participates in the farm, as do the local growers of Kazusa. The tomatoes will be sold under the brand of…

US (NC): Alexandria Center for AgTech-Research Triangle opens, second phase underway

Alexandria Real Estate Equities, an urban office REIT focused on collaborative life science and technology campuses, has officially opened the Alexandria Center for AgTech – Research Triangle, and has begun its second phase development. The company also launched two new platforms to help emerging agtech…

Romeo Ceroni, etter & berno AG:

"The season for spinach has just started here in Seeland"

"The season for protected cultivation spinach has just started here in Seeland", says Romeo Ceroni, managing director of the fruit and vegetable company etter & berno AG, from Ried/Kerzers in Switzerland. "We try to source our products as regionally as possible, and if no spinach from Seeland or…

World map shows trade relations

Westland trade can be found everywhere

It will come as no surprise that the Westland trades all over the world, but where is all that trade actually coming from? A new digital world map maps exactly that. The map is an initiative of Ard Dekker from Naaldwijk, who mapped everything in cooperation with Westland Marketing and municipality…

Greenhouse vegetable cultivation gets back on its feet in Crimea

In order to provide the residents of Crimea as well as tourists with fresh vegetables all year round, the greenhouse acreage on the peninsula is to quadruple. There has been gradual growth recently but it is far from reaching the recommended norm of vegetable consumption yet. The enterprise Krymteplitsa…

Uzbekistan: Hundreds of greenhouse hectares planned in Free Economic Zone

President Shavkat Mirziyoyev of Uzbekistan visited an innovative greenhouse being built in Bukhara district by the foreign enterprise “Bukhoro Varnet”, the Press Service of the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan reports. In accordance with the 10 July 2018 resolution of the head of state, the free…

Afghanistan: 118 greenhouses to be built in Farah

The Afghan Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock (MAIL) through the Community Based Agriculture and Rural Development Project (CBARD), will build 118 small greenhouses in the Posht Road and Khak-e-Safed districts of the Farah province. The aim of the greenhouses is to create job opportunities…

CAN (NS): Seniors benefit from nutritious meals through university greenhouse

A joint program between Cape Breton University’s Verschuren Centre for Sustainability in Energy and the Environment (Verschuren Centre) and New Dawn Enterprises (New Dawn) will see local seniors benefitting from nutritious meals through a new Greenhouse Program. The greenhouse was donated to the…

UK: Salad grower looks into vertical farming

G’s Fresh, based at Barway, near Ely in Cambridgeshire, produces lettuce and other salad crops, and has a large standard greenhouse which is used to propagate seedlings for planting out into the field. Ben Barnes from the firm is exploring two key questions: Can the efficiency of the propagation facility…

"More than just hot air"

Correctly circulating air in a glasshouse can be tricky as you can’t see currents and airflow. Here are some tips and tricks you can use to optimise air movement in your glasshouse. by Jon Swain Optimising the climate for crop health should be a key objective of any grower, but achieving the optimum conditions is easier said…

Scherzer Gemüse starts with mini cucumber cultivation for the first time

In the greenhouse facility in Waldeck, a district of Dinkelsbühl, the Gemüse Scherzer family business is now harvesting tomatoes the fifth year. Dinkelsbühl's Lord Mayor Christoph Hammer made a company tour, also talking about "five years of tomatoes made in Dinkelsbühl". In recent years, a lot has…

US (ME): University to start construction on research greenhouse in spring

The University of Maine Presque Isle will be starting construction this spring on a new research greenhouse for its agriculture program, with the building work being done by Presque Isle-based contractor PNM Construction. At a breakfast meeting Wednesday, UMPI leaders outlined the year-old agricultural…

Russian holding Eco-cultura began construction of a 300 million Euro greenhouse complex in Surkhandarya.

Eco-cultura began construction in Uzbekistan

In the view of the major project, the Russian company in close cooperation with the Uznbekozikovkatholding have carried out a complex of research, marketing, engineering and organizational activities. The above have allowed for the creation and implementation of a highly productive complex adapted to the…

Wittenberg Gemüse GmbH is also planning outdoor cultivation

"Gradually growing strawberries out to 30 ha"

Wittenberg Gemüse GmbH will be harvesting greenhouse cultivated strawberries from greenhouse cultivation for the first time next autumn. This new cultivation division will confront the company with new challenges, says Managing Director Helmut Rehhahn in an interview with the Mitteldeutsche Zeitung .…

UK: Nursery to let, Isle of Wight

Quinton Edwards offers an Isle of Wight nursery to the market to let. The nursery benefits from circa 2.9 acres of glass on a site of circa 7.83 acres and has sought after organic registration with the Soil Association being formerly used for tomato growing. The nursery is connected to three phase mains…

Keeping things clean: Weeds, rodents and sanitation

Some issues that come up in the greenhouse are not necessarily first on the priority list, but can have significant implications for crop production and Integrated Pest Management (IPM). by Jim Mussoni, Private IPM Scout, and Jason Lanier, UMass Extension As benches begin to fill up and conditions get…

Local bumblebees displaced by greenhouse pollinating ones

Researchers from the Doñana Biological Station-CSIC and the University of Almeria have confirmed that commercial insects move towards natural spaces. It has been found in the…

Visit sustainable ECO lounge at CPMA

Mucci Farms trialing new compostable and recyclable packaging options

An exciting week lies ahead with CPMA’s annual tradeshow and convention taking place in Montreal, QC. At this year’s show, Mucci Farms will be focusing on its Cutecumber Poppers, Fresh Mix and a new packaging series called Simple Snack. “We are trialing and will be soft launching our Simple Snack Series…

Light diffusion, dual temperature regulation, and pest exclusion

Dave Wilson Nursery is a fruiting tree stock grower for commercial orchards and retail nurseries located in California’s Central Valley, east of Modesto in the Sierra Nevada foothills, near the town of Hickman. The nursery production includes greenhouses that utilize Svensson Harmony 4647 FR and Econet…

Turkey: Istanbul hydroponic greenhouse ready for its first harvest

Istanbul municipality has set up a soilless agriculture greenhouse in cooperation with Yildiz Technical University in order to support and improve agricultural production in the country. The greenhouse is ready for its first harvest. The plans for the Soilless Agriculture Research and Practical…

beekeeper Mario Coremans:

"A bee only gets buzzy if all factors are right"

"Look, this flower has been pollinated, because you can see very small dots here." When Mario Coremans enters the strawberry greenhouse, he immediately looks at the flowers to see how the pollinating is going. Since 2012, he has been renting his bee populations to growers of soft fruit to pollinate their…

China: Rapid price increase for peppers is due to declining import volumes

The price increase of Chinese peppers began in October last year. This growth "exploded" even further in March this year. The price of peppers was around 5-6 yuan [0.74-0.89…

Total vegetable yields also under last year's level

Thuringia: Under glass vegetable harvest declining

According to information from the Thuringian State Statistics Office, a total of 11,150 tons of vegetables were harvested in 2018 in the Thüringer Greenhouses. That was around 100 tonnes or 1 percent less than the year before. With a total of 34 hectares, the greenhouse area was 3 hectares or 8 percent…

Stefano Hiwat account manager Central and East Asia

Hortilux expands its activities to Asia

The horticultural sector in Asia - namely in Central Asia – is developing rapidly. Because of this the need for grow light systems is increasing. Hortilux plans to actively support Asian entrepreneurs in this area: by offering tailor-made grow light solutions and by sharing their knowledge and expertise.…

US (RI): Gotham Greens expands to New England with 110,000 sq. ft. greenhouse

On the banks of Providence's Woonasquatucket River, Rhode Island Governor Gina M. Raimondo, Providence Mayor Jorge O. Elorza, Rhode Island Commerce Secretary Stefan Pryor, and community leaders joined Viraj Puri, co-founder and CEO of Gotham Greens, to officially announce and preview construction…

Chinese vegetables greenhouse to use root zone temperature optimisation

Roots Sustainable Agricultural Technologies has executed a third sale and installation agreement with Dagan Agricultural Automation, its exclusive distribution partner in China, for a state-of-the-art greenhouse project. The A$64,400 sale involves the installation of Roots’ proprietary Root Zone…

Afghan Ministry of Agriculture distributes 20 greenhouses to farmer families

The Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation, and Livestock (MAIL) of Afghanistan, through the National Horticulture and Livestock Program (NHLP), distributed 20 greenhouses to a number of farmer families in Khost province. Each of the greenhouses worth 30,000 AFN [400 USD] were distributed to strengthen the…

First lettuce from French aeroponic greenhouse

Feeding roots via nutritious mist

The roots of the plants are hanging in the air. Nutricients, needed for the growth, are directly sprayed under the roots. This way a one hectare greenhouse equipped with the CombaSystem would be able to produce 750 tons of salad per year. The recently installed pilot greenhouse is 5,000 sqm. From the…

US (MN): Aquaponics grower on a mission to promote local food

Controlled Environmental Farming (CEF), a corporation registered in Minnesota, USA, is looking for investors for its mission: to engineer, construct and operate agricultural facilities that contain the optimum growing environment for the cultivation of locally grown fresh vegetables, fruit, herbs and…

Fully automated year-round cultivation on water

In Warmenhuizen, located in Seed Valley, the first fully automated foil greenhouse with hydroponics in the Netherlands was opened recently under the name B4HydroGrow. Bosman Van Zaal is closely involved in the development of this project and realised the heating in the greenhouse and the climate in the…

Greenhouse glass shortage in Turkish market

Due to the heavy rain, a lot of greenhouses in Antalya were flooded in the last few weeks. A lot of growers have sustained significant losses in their production in addition to the damage to the greenhouses. Another production area in Mersin, a city also known for its agricultural production in Turkey…

Etagrow wants to revolutionize indoor vegetable farming with its LED-based system

Tyrolean start-up brings us winter tomatoes with recycled heating

Start-up Etagrow from Telfs (Tyrol) wants to revolutionize indoor vegetable cultivation with its LED-based system. The waste heat of the water-cooled lamps is used for heating. How the innovative process would work is explained by the founder. "The world population continues to grow; at the same time the…

Cucumbers: German harvest begins

Cucumbers are available all year round, but fresh cucumbers from local farms only start their new season in March. To produce high-quality fruits, the heat-loving plant grows in Germany and Central Europe predominantly under protection in film tunnels or greenhouses. At home, it should not be kept below 10°Celsius. Cucumbers…

US (NC): Vandals do thousands of dollars in damage to commercial greenhouses

Authorities are asking for help in searching for people responsible for vandalizing two commercial greenhouses at 2894 Belgrade Swansboro Road in Maysville. Onslow County Sheriff's deputies say the greenhouse business experienced extensive damaged. The greenhouses are on farmland located a few yards…

Qatar: Ministry signs greenhouse project agreements

The Ministry of Municipality and Environment (MME) of Qatar signed agreements with a number of national companies to implement projects in the field of agriculture, fisheries and livestock for owners of Qatari farms. The MME signed contracts for the supply and installation of cooled and standard…

US (KY): Community college offering hydroponics courses in new greenhouse

Madisonville Community College students and others will now be able to study hydroponics as part of their general or specific studies. MCC is continuing to expand its offerings in agriculture. Program director and ag instructor April Duncan spoke recently to the I-69 Alliance, describing opportunities at…

Turkmenistan opens 6-hectare tomato greenhouse for export

Built by Nahal and Kerwen Gurluşyk Economic Associations in the city of Mary, a modern 6-hectare greenhouse has a projected annual production capacity of 1,200 tons. Tooled with the latest specialized equipment, the large area is home to high-yielding varieties of tomato. The greenhouse takes advantage…

Kenya: Local business in plans to upscale farmers to property owners

Local agribusiness company Goldenscape has merged with Silverstone Property sellers to enable investors to own land in addition to leasing greenhouses. The new offer will see investors own land in prime spots in major towns in Kenya by contributing 85 per cent of Sh500,000 [5,000 USD] capital of the home…

US (TX): Fortified ‘high tunnel’ growing structures withstand ‘bomb cyclone’ winds

Lessons learned in construction of protected agriculture systems, or high tunnels, kept Texas A&M AgriLife Research tunnels near Amarillo securely in place during the recent “bomb cyclone” that reached recorded wind gusts of 80-90 mph. Six high tunnels have been constructed as a part of the Texas…

US (NC): How a greenhouse delayed the 1959 sale of an estate

The Terry Estate, also known as InTheOaks, is a 24,000 square foot private estate built in Black Mountain between 1919 to 1921 by Franklin Silas Terry, the first VP at General Electric, and his wife, Lillian Emerson Terry. Modeled after a Tudor country manor and second only in size to the Biltmore House…

A Growers Climate: about diffuse light

Diffuse light is priority number one simply because there’s money to be earned with it. Growth improves under diffuse light while both greenhouse and plant temperature is lowered. According to Hugo Plaisier from Svensson, diffuse climate screens offer further advantages too. Cultivation can be lighter,…

A little bit of twine goes a long way

Since the start of this season, Gardener’s Pride has added a cucumber crop to their tomato cultivation. Since the beginning of January, 3.7 hectares of cucumbers grow on high-wire in the Dutch town of Klazienaveen. Unlike most twines being used in cucumber crops, these are not made of plastic, but made…

One of Turkey's biggest geothermal greenhouses founded in Kırşehir

A protocol was signed between Ahi Evran University and an investor company on 6 August 2018 within the scope of the Geothermal Greenhouse Project. As a part of the protocol, the university has decided to give worker and education support, intern student support, analysis support, product marketing…

US (MA): Extending the growing season with right combination of conditions, plants

Despite the snow overnight, it was a balmy 75 degrees inside the giant greenhouse at Mill River Farm. For Jan Johnson, who acquired the 32-acre farm in April 2013, it’s simply another Monday in the Berkshires: There are animals to feed, eggs to gather, greens to harvest and plans to be made. “We’re still…

"The climate-neutral greenhouse is getting closer and closer"

The number of techniques for limiting CO2 emissions or the use of chemical crop protection is increasing. But these solutions are seldom combined in practice. In the 'Greenhouse2030: Sustainable cultivation with a future', the Wageningen University & Research Business Unit Greenhouse Horticulture…

Landgard partners in 330 hectare project

Hungarian agrifood megaproject to include 30 hectare greenhouse

A 30 hectare greenhouse park for cultivating peppers, tomatoes, eggplants and herbs. Another 50 hectares to grow asparagus and soft fruit outdoors. Processing & distribution facilities, family-friendly housing, a restaurant & shopping centre. And let's not forget the fish farm. All this is…

Turkish government pays 5 million USD for greenhouse hurricane and flood damages

Turkey Minister of Agricultural Bekir Pakdemirli: “We have increased the inspections on intermediaries to control the price levels of fresh produce at the market place. Additionally we have started insurance payments to growers to cover their damages sustained during hurricane and flood in Antalya during…

Acreage increased by 16.5% last year

Strawberries more often grown under protection

In Lower Saxony, strawberries are increasingly grown under walk-in protective covers or in greenhouses. As reported by the State Statistics Office (LSN) on Thursday in…

Jack van Schie, Solyco:

"The crop has often been difficult, but the result is still good"

Jack van Schie is the manager of Solyco 3, where Merlice variety tomatoes are grown on 7 hectares. Together with two colleagues, he supervises the ‘Total concept of…

Agriculture of the future:

Are controlled environmental conditions the solution?

Worldwide, the number of megacities is increasing. As a result, food production and food consumption are becoming increasingly problematically, both locally and mentally. By 2050, according to UN predictions, 80% of the then 9.7 billion people will live in urban agglomerations. Gerald Friederici,…

"With digital agriculture, some improvements are automatic"

Jian Jin, Assistant Professor of Agricultural & Biological Engineering, knows to make progress, one must continuously move forward. The mindset is reflected in his life, and in the plants in his automated greenhouse. Jin first found success in the phenotyping industry, designing imaging systems for…

IN: "The first large-scale automated and soilless greenhouse in the country"

The world is now waking up to agricultural practices which are environment-friendly and guarantee healthy produce. India is also channeling into this growing consciousness. We are witnessing an organic food revolution in the country. Taking this a step further, the D.S. Group has now brought hydroponic…

Landgard starts domestic greenhouse season

"We expect the first peppers before easter"

With tomatoes and peppers from unexposed cultivation, Landgard is bringing the first fresh summer vegetables from the region on the market in Germany in the middle of March. Due to the sunny weather in February, member companies of the producers' cooperative in northern Germany and the Lower Rhine will…

CAN (ON): Royal Bank of Canada to fund expansion of cannabis greenhouse

Eve & Co, through its wholly-owned subsidiary Natural MedCo, has entered into an $18,700,000 construction facility with Royal Bank of Canada to fund the completion of the 780,000 sq. ft. expansion of its greenhouse production facility located in Middlesex County, Ontario. After completion of the…

South Korea: First crops harvested in hydroponic units

In South Korea the first lettuce and herbs have been harvested in the TAPKIT units that EZfarm purchased. Harvesting under these cold conditions is the first for the relatively new greenhouse kit. Teshuva Agricultural Projects (T.A.P.) supplies the TAPKIT - a 500 m2 hydroponic unit, in three different…

Alleviating water deficit tolerance in rice under greenhouse conditions

The aim of a new investigation was to enhance overall growth, yield attributes as well as physio-biochemical adaptive strategies by exogenous foliar application of glycine…

Munich gastronomy supplier Früchte Feldbrach scores with regional cress varieties

"With Munich Micros we have an interesting USP on the market"

Since mid-November, Früchte Feldbrach GmbH from Munich has been offering a diverse range of regionally cultivated cresses. Under the label Munich Micros, the sprouts are offered on the wholesale market. At that time the product line was only available on pre-order, while various processes were optimized.…

Greenhouse tomato production spans most US states

While Florida and California accounted for 76 percent of US production of field-grown tomatoes in 2016, greenhouse production and use of other protected-culture technologies help extend the growing season and make production feasible in a wider variety of geographic locations. Some greenhouse production…

UK: University of Sheffeld launches greenhouse in Oman

World leading science research from the University of Sheffield is helping to solve the problem of limited food availability and soaring food prices which hit the Middle Eastern country of Oman every summer through the creation of innovative sustainable greenhouses. The pioneering design incorporates…

Azerbaijan: New greenhouse to grow tomatoes for Russia

Premium tomatoes are now being grown for export in Azerbaijan by a new-to-agriculture player in a high-tech structure thanks to Netafim’s local greenhouse projects team. A leading water conveyance equipment manufacturer in Azerbaijan looked to diversify into agriculture for the first time and needed a…

Supervisor Haaglanden:

"Time is of the essence for initiatives surrounding collective purification"

Doubtful, this is how supervisor Leo Buijing of the Environment Service Haaglanden in the Netherlands describes the silence surrounding the initiatives for collective water purification. In the near future, he hopes to engage in conversation with industry association Glastuinbouw Nederland, regional…

"New developments increase fire safety in greenhouses"

Fire is generally not something you want at your greenhouse horticulture company, so it's a good thing there are an increasing number of innovative fire safety solutions for…

Turkey: Growers start planting cucumber seeds in greenhouses in Batman

Growers in Batman, a city located in southeastern Turkey, moved the planting period to an earlier date due to better weather conditions this year. Growers in the Balpinar district have been earning their living through agricultural production for a long time. The main product grown in the district is…

Russia: Belaya Dacha raises funds for 7-hectare expansion in Stavropol

VTB Bank has financed the construction of the greenhouse complex Dolina Solntsa in the Stavropol area. The loan will be allocated for the construction of the second phase of the greenhouse complex of 7.2 ha for vegetable and lettuce growth. The project should be completed within one year. The overall…

Pascual Miralles, Novagric:

"There are opportunities for Iranian growers in the horticultural industry"

Thanks to the recent expansion of the Iranian greenhouse market project, Zarrin Greenhouse Complex is now growing tomatoes on 10 hectare. Another 5 hectare is currently being realised. Pascual Miralles with Novagric explains how the company deals with hot summers and cold winters. "Pad and fan cooling, a…

Handheld, backpack and air-assisted sprayers

Spring is in the air, which means it's spray season at CropKing. In order to combat pests, disease causing microbes and other "invaders", we use a sprayer to apply chemicals and protect the plants we are caring for. From handheld, to air-assisted sprayers or foggers, there are many options and lots of…

First Smart Greenhouse Philippines Project opens in Cordillera

The Department of Agriculture (DA) launched the first ever Smart Greenhouse Philippines Project (SGPP) in the country, which aims to enhance productivity and produce high quality tomatoes using advanced farming technology from Korea. Agriculture Secretary Manny F. Piñol led the launching ceremony and…

What does light do to your crop?

All radiation from the sun, whether it is PAR light, UV or infrared, has an effect on the growth and production of crops. You can selectively manage it with coatings that increase the positive effects and inhibit the negative ones. Less than 15% of the sun’s radiation is visible to us. Coincidentally, this largely corresponds…

2,000 visitors on first day of HortEx Vietnam

In Vietnam the 2nd edition of the HortEx kicked off this morning. The show has seen serious growth after its successful first edition. A remarkable number of plastic greenhouse builders and substrate suppliers found their way to the show. Opening of the show by the organisers, representatives from the…

Monosporic inoculation of crops under greenhouse conditions

Research into the symbiotic relationship between plants and arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi (AMF) is key for sustainable agricultural intensification. The objective of a new study is to evaluate native AMF at the monosporic level in greenhouse-grown, economically important crops. Agricultural soil samples…

Gemüsering Thüringen GmbH:

"2800 tons of Brioso tomatoes expected"

In the giant greenhouses in Alperstedt, Germany, 2800 tons of cocktail and 3500 tons of vine tomatoes are ripening. The harvest at Gemüsering Thüringen will begin at the end of March. There are bell peppers growing in the 20 hectare farm as well. The growers expect a yield of 1200 tons . The Gemüsering…

What Does IP Rating Mean for Greenhouse Equipment?

Since all growing facilities expose equipment to water and dust, it is important for growers to understand what their electrical equipment’s rating means for their facility…

Controlling electrical conductivity in fertigation

Measuring conductivity is a great way to check your nutrient levels. Spot checking is great, but why not monitor and adjust automatically? In this way you can monitor multiple points in your growing operation all at once. Read on to learn more about electrical conductivity and fertigation systems.

AU: "Visa changes welcome but don’t address industry’s full labour needs"

Peak representative body for Queensland horticulture, Growcom has today welcomed Minister for Immigration, Citizenship and Multicultural Affairs, David Coleman’s announcement of the addition of skilled agricultural occupations to the Regional Occupation List. Under the modified scheme, skilled migrants…

Optimal microclimate on crop level

Due to several technical improvements in modern greenhouses and more intensive cultivation methods, the necessity of controlling humidity levels on crop level increases. Meaning ventilation plays a vital role as this results in a better and more uniform climate. With the V-FloFan, Multifan offers the…


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