Cultivation

Digestate as alternative substrate for soil-less lettuce farming

The consumption of ready-to-eat salad has been growing over the last 20 years in the European market. The annual growth rate is at 4%. That's why this food category is renowned as one of the most profitable horticultural segments. As a result of a growing trend, the lettuce and chicory are farmed over a 1.2 million…

Food & Energy training in South Africa

14 participants from a Correctional Services department in South Africa successfully participated in the Food & Energy training in November. They received their certificate after a 4-day training course with theoretical and practical part in the areas of agro-solar food production and technical…

Jan Reijm, positive about test results Winterlight Greenhouse

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

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

Austria: Vegetable harvest 2018 was significantly weaker

This year's harvest of field and horticultural vegetables has come to a total of 562,700 tons. This is a decline of 6 percent compared to the previous year, or a decrease of 8…

Syngenta gathers in one place the main players of the courgette supply chain

Italy: the present and the future of the courgette

In Sicily, Syngenta organised “A day about the present and the future of courgettes in Italy” with the participation of producers, technicians, retailers and nursery farmers. During the day, many topics were discussed such as varietal innovations, plant diseases, genetic research and consumption trends.   Visiting…

Central Italy: Floods raise concerns about water stagnation

In the southern areas of Central Italy, heavy, persistent rain and floods have caused a critical situation to develop in the countryside. Here, we show some photos taken at the beginning of the 48th week that illustrate the conditions in fields and greenhouses. A local producer confirms the seriousness of the situation, “Almost a…

The yield dropped by 70%

South Italy: the effects of climate change on Italian produce

Giorgio Mercuri is the Fedagri-Confcooperative national president and an entrepreneur. He described the critical conditions that Southern Italy has been experiencing, “For more than one month, we have been facing very dramatic situations throughout Southern Italy”. Damaged crop The past months’ extreme climatic conditions – heavy, persistent…

"How you grow and process fresh cut basil will impact flavor and shelf life"

Basil is one of the most popular culinary herbs. Whether grown as a potted crop or for fresh cut sales, basil is an herb that’s in demand year-round. Growers looking to add edibles to their product mix should consider basil to be a must-have herb in their product offerings. Clemson University horticulture professor Jim…

Brazilian relative of the humble tomato is a true 'star'

The thorny, spikey Solanum kollastrum might look somewhat evil by plant standards, but a closer look at this curious new species will place it within its ecosystem. Recently described in open access journal PhytoKeys , this newly discovered  of the tomato has stems, densely armed with prickles of up to 17 mm long…

Cucumber Event BASF Vegetable Seeds:

"Cucumber cultivation in the future no longer feasible without lighting and further automation"

What direction will cucumber cultivation take in the Netherlands? How to deal with labor in the coming years? What influence do lighting, automation and digitization have? During the BASF Vegetable Seeds cucumber event 'Light on the Future' on Wednesday 7 November 2018, 70 cucumber enthusiasts discussed…

"Pepper grow trials using CO2 foliar spray technology show added value"

Toronto based CO2 GRO shared positive value results from two pepper grow trials using its dissolving CO2 Foliar Spray technology. The first pepper trial was performed at a commercial Michigan aeroponics facility using dissolved CO2 Foliar Spray technology versus no CO2 gassing on a limited number of…

Zimbabwe: Model horticulture farms in the pipeline

Scoping and planning exercises are underway between trade promotion body ZimTrade and Dutch senior expert consultancy PUM to establish model farms in Zimbabwe where best practice horticulture and shipping methods can be demonstrated. Acting under a 2016 MoU between PUM and ZimTrade, the parties carried out a…

Spain: Aromatic and medicinal herbs, an alternative in irrigated areas

The Center for Scientific and Technological Research of Extremadura (CICYTEX) is working on a project to diversify the supply of medicinal and aromatic plant crops. The idea is to have high-quality sustainable productions in Extremadura. Trials are being carried out with various species: oregano, Thymus zygis, lavender,…

US (NH): Pest and nutrient management in caterpillar tunnels

New Hampshire Agricultural Experiment Station researcher Dr. Becky Sideman is studying tomato growth in caterpillar tunnels at the UNH Woodman Horticultural Research Farm. Learn more about her research virtually “As If You Were There.” In partnership with the experiment station at UNH, the USDA Northeast Climate Hub recently unveiled its…

Eye protection for indoor growers

Indoor farming requires high levels of full spectrum LED light, in turn, increased levels of UV light. Without the right eye protection, an increase in UV light can create damage to a grower’s vision. The greater the amount of light the more likely the grower will experience vision wash-out and tired…

The effects of water temperature in aquaponics

In a new article at The Aquaponic Source, Joe Pate expands on the idea of water temperature in an aquaponics system, and describes how temperature affects water quality and its relation to fish and plant growth. Temperature is a measure of how fast the molecules in a substance are moving; the faster they move, the…

Spectacular view of red peppers drying in the sun on military farms in Xinjiang

This is the height of an abundant red pepper harvest season in all 11,333 hectares of the military farms in Yanqi County, Xinjiang. Spectacular view of red peppers drying in the sun on military farms in Xinjiang The red pepper harvest covers vast areas like a red carpet. Many people have turned out to enjoy this beautiful scenery. Spectacular…

Autumn strawberries production in Marche

FilinaraFarm from Monterubbiano (Fermo) was the first to believe in the idea by the Department of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Studies at Università Politecnica delle Marche (UNIVPM) and by Assam (Agenzia per lo sviluppo Agricolo della Regione Marche) to produce strawberries in the Marche region…

Experience from the field

You’re a solid grower with great ideas, but you may feel like you don’t have enough experience in the field. You may need to be patient and research your ideas, but then again, maybe it’s not that. Maybe your ideas are missing something. There are extra factors with hydroponics that may cause things in the field to fail, here’s…

What you need to know about pH in hydroponics

When it comes to learning about hydroponics and aquaponics, it’s likely that you’ll run into a few unfamiliar terms. In particular, there’s a lot of mumbo-jumbo about pH—we…

November 8 & 29

US (NY): Vegetable cover crops, research results to be featured in free webinars

Two free webinars in November will highlight the results of vegetable research funded by the Northern New York Agricultural Development Program and conducted in partnership with the Cornell Cooperative Extension Eastern NY Commercial Horticultural Program. The vegetable production research funded by the farmer-driven Northern…

"Crop rotation a good moment to install a new drip system"

With the start of the crop rotation, naturally the moment arrives for the installation of a new drip system. There are several motives to purchase a new system: for example due to wear and tear, a crop change or from a hygienic point of view. These are the reasons that the demand for the assembled…

Outlook for the Sicilian aubergine campaign

At the end of October, the campaign of the Sicilian aubergines cultivated in greenhouses will start. It will come into production by mid November. The specialised operator Nuccia Alboni explains: “In the province of Ragusa, this year, the acreage of the round aubergine transplants are stable compared to last year. At the…

Spain: Start of second annual campaign for pink tomato of Híjar

In the latest harvest of this appreciated pink tomato, the total volume reached 120,000 kilos. This production was mainly intended for the regional market, especially for its sale in gourmet stores. The prospects for the second annual campaign that is now starting are also good, both in terms of volume…

Pioneering with new productions is a chicken-and-egg story

Perhaps we’ll be picking papaya and other tropical fruits in Dutch greenhouses in five years. Or wasabi, black pepper and vanilla, which is now mostly being grown on Madagascar and which yields about 500 euro per kilo? At the Wageningen University & Research, they’re researching the possibilities.…

US (TX): AgriLife Extension-led study aims to boost strawberry production

A group of Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service collaborators are determined to increase the number of Texas-grown strawberries available to consumers by improving grower productivity, profitability and resiliency. Locally grown strawberries were offered for sale at the farmers market in Lubbock. (Texas A&M AgriLife…

Austrian wine growing region aims at exotic vegetables

Why grow ginger and wasabi in the Burgenland?

Vegetables that were only imported for a long time are now being cultivated here as well. This is due to, among other things, climate change. You can expect a lot, driving through the Burgenland over long dirt roads past countless, oversized cultivated areas. Potatoes, peppers and tomatoes thrive in the…

Domestic okra ends even season

As the domestic okra season wraps up, supplies are beginning to thin out slightly. “Supplies of okra are moderate for now. They’re not peaking but they’re not short either,” says Ari Kamberian of Tazza Produce in Los Angeles, Ca. “This is usual for this time of the year. Winter is coming and okra doesn’t like cold so it starts producing less.”…

"New cultivation systems offer an answer to anonymous food consumption"

Alternative food initiatives to restore the connection between food and society. Will this be the cultivation model of the future? Our current cultivation model is under pressure: we know…

Mushrooms + UV light = Vitamin D bombs

Mushrooms a weapon in fight against global vitamin D shortage

Vitamin D mushrooms. After three years of effort, the European Commission approved the claim this summer. With the aid of UV light, mushrooms change into small vitamin D bombs. Scelta Mushrooms and Banken Champignons made an effort to also be allowed to use the claim in Europe. Now what? Are consumers…

Follow-up research winter production of blackberries under LED recently started

“Picking fresh Dutch blackberries in December”

Three weeks ago at the Delphy Improvement Centre in Bleiswijk, the Netherlands, a new test was started with blackberries under LED lighting with the aim of harvesting from…

Agroecology could help feed Europe without pesticides by 2050

European agriculture could gradually reduce the use of pesticides, thus reducing their impact on the environment and biodiversity, while ensuring food security for millions of…

Growing with gutters

"Make growing easier with fewer drawbacks"

Elevated gutters, is becoming more the “norm” when building new greenhouse structures. It is an important decision to make and comes with extra expense however, this expense can be offset as a traditional internal drainage system is not required when growing from the ground. There are other floor gutter options available…

UK: Sharing is caring with Next Generation Growing (NGG) techniques

Over the past few months, GrowSave, a knowledge sharing project delivered on behalf of AHDB Horticulture, has been running a pilot study group implementing Next Generation Growing (NGG) techniques in the UK horticulture sector. The group is a mix of growers of protected edibles, soft fruit and herbs, as…

Netherlands: Demonstration fossil-free tomato cultivation begins

Demonstrating a fossil-free cultivation concept for tomatoes: that is the goal of the cultivation that starts on August 11 at the Delphy Improvement Centre. The seventh batch is flowering, and the team is already looking forward to the first harvest, which is expected to take place in three weeks. In the…

Plant Empowerment book officially launched at CGC

Last week on October 3rd, during the Canadian Greenhouse Conference, the official North American launch of Plant Empowerment was held. Together with the current partners of Plant Empowerment; Ludvig Svensson, P.L Light Systems (Hortilux), Koppert Biological Systems, Hoogendoorn, LetsGrow.com and Cultilene, the new…

WSU research awarded 14 out of 25 grants

Grant recipients to study produce and bee pollination

The USDA Specialty Crop Block Grant Program awarded a total of $4.6 million to research nurseries, fruits and vegetables, with approximately half of the funds going to WSU…

Turkey: Growers recoup their losses with zucchini production

Production of “Ayas” tomatoes from Ankara has sustained significant losses this season due to heavy rains and the growers are trying to recoup their losses with zucchini production. The growers note that they have lost almost as much as 80 % of their tomato production and they claim that they could not fulfill the…

Imaginative Chinese statue: Rooster made out of peppers and corn

This week, a Chinese resort unveiled a 20-foot-tall rooster statue. It was made entirely out of chili peppers and corn cobs. The video, filmed at the resort in Linyi City, Shandong Province, shows the giant rooster statue with its body composed of red and green chili peppers and its legs made from corn cobs.

Turkey: Grower in Antalya switches from tomato and pepper to dragon fruit

A grower in Antalya is tired of the rising production costs in tomato, pepper and other vegetable cultivation. Now he's switched to dragon fruits. The grower started receiving products a year ago and now each dragon fruit is being sold between 1.75 to 2.5 USD. Dragon fruit does not need a lot of water…

"Empower your plants and your business"

On Wednesday, October 3rd, 2018, the official North American launch of the new book Plant Empowerment will be held. The launch will take place at the Canadian Greenhouse Conference at the Scotiabank Convention Centre in Niagara Falls, Canada. Jan Voogt, one of the authors, will deliver a keynote speech…


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