Cultivation

Seed treatment battles CGMMV

For growers dealing with CGMMV this virus often is a recurring problem. The Cucumber green mottle mosaic virus is known for returning season after season. In Korea, growers chose to battle the virus with a seed treatment. “We’ve stopped the spreading of the virus with the Johnni-der V2 SEI”, they say. The 9,000 cucumber plants…

"A year to remember" for California exotic vegetable growers

Growers of exotic vegetables such as bitter melon in California have been enjoying an excellent season in terms of production and market conditions. The season spans around the summer months from around June to October for the majority of commodities, and this year the weather conditions have been very…

Presentation of raspberry tomato varieties from plastic tunnels at Polish farm

On August 11, Polish tomato producers had a chance to learn about raspberry tomato varieties cultivated in tunnels during a meeting organized by the Hazera company on the farm of Elżbieta and Roman Olszowa in Borek. The event was co-organized by Eurobyt and Intermag. Raspberry No. 1 Małgorzata Zadura,…

Strawberry cultivation: Cameroon growers take up the challenge

There is a widely held belief that strawberries cannot grow in Cameroon. This myth accounts for the scarcity of strawberry farmers there. This scarcity has created an economic…

Qatar: Hydroponic farming having a huge impact on agri sector

Hydroponics farming has created a huge impact on Qatar’s agriculture sector as local fresh produce is becoming sustainable all-year-round, prominent Qatari agriculturist and Agrico managing director Nasser Ahmed al-Khalaf has said. “We continue to grow and develop more farms (in Qatar) even during the…

Kees Veldhuijzen about the Iribov project in Ghana

Make a real impact with good starting material

Iribov has had a production location in Ghana for a number of years. The location is used for the propagation of tissue culture. Most of the production will go back to the Netherlands for the customer network in Europe, but during the last three years the company explicitly also started to focus on the…

Effect of organic fertilizer on growth and nutrient leachate profile of greenhouse cucumber

Fertility management of seedlings and transplants is considered a key challenge in organic greenhouse production. This study was conducted to determine the response of greenhouse-grown cucumber ( Cucumis sativus ) and nutrient release profile to two organic fertilizers and their combinations applied at…

The difference between semi-closed and pad and fan glasshouses

Pad and fan glasshouses have been in use for a long time. Most fruiting plants are prone to reduced quality and yield at maximum temperatures of more than 30 degrees Celsius. The cause is a reduced viability of pollen and as a result, the fruit will be soft, dull, misshapen and smaller in size. As fruit…

China: Hot weather leads to hike in cucumber prices

Although autumn this year is supposed to begin on August 8th according to the traditional Chinese calendar, there are many areas in China still experiencing lasting hot…

UVI aquaponics featured in National Geographic

The University of the Virgin Islands’ Agriculture Experiment Station (AES) has been featured in the August 2019 issue of National Geographic, one of the leading magazines on science, geography, history, and world culture, UVI has announced. AES, which features an aquaculture program, is spotlighted in…

Tomato growers sound the alarm because of a large shortage of CO2

The tomato growers from Dutch growers organisation Prominent have sounded the alarm because of a large shortage of CO2. They need carbon dioxide to grow their plants properly.…

UN releases major climate change report, advises more vegetable, less meat production

Keeping global warming below 2 degrees C (3.6 F) can be achieved only by reducing greenhouse gas emissions from all sectors, including land and food, said the United Nations' Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change in a report released Aug. 8, 2019. The panel of scientists said agriculture,…

More companies cautiously approaching growing outdoors

Canadian asparagus making way for weed

WeedMD is one of 13 Canadian marijuana companies that have been granted outdoor cultivation licenses in an industry that predominantly grows in greenhouses or warehouses. It has planted 21,000 plants on 27 acres that formerly grew asparagus and expects to harvest more than 25,000 kilograms of dried pot…

Marcus Pechtl, Gemüsebau & Gastroservice Tirol:

"Supplying gastronomers with our vegetables and fruits"

"Tyrol is developing into a melon country" - this was the ORF headline a few days ago. The exotic fruit is growing and blossoming more and more often in the Tyrolean fields. Also Marcus Pechtl - an experienced vegetable farmer and supplier to regional gastronomers, based in Tarrenz, has now decided on…

US (AR): Research trials examine potential benefits of cover crops in watermelon production

Researchers with the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture are conducting a series of experimental trials that may help the state’s watermelon growers improve their yields while improving the soil and reducing pest pressure. Amanda McWhirt, extension fruit and horticulture specialist for…

Selection of fertilizer and cultivar of sweet pepper and eggplant for hydroponic production

Dutch bucket hydroponic trials were conducted with the aim to evaluate the effects of different hydroponic fertilizers (5N-4.8P-21.6K, 5N-5.2P-21.6K, and 7N-3.9P-4.1K) on growth, fruit production, and the fruit quality (fruit shape index) parameters of two cultivars of sweet pepper (Capsicum annuum L.)…

US (CT): Thompson snags $81K USDA aquaponics grant

This fall, Thompson and Putnam students will have an opportunity to bring their learning to life. An $81,000 USDA Farm to School grant was awarded to the Thompson and Putnam school systems for the design and construction of aquaponic systems at the two town high schools. Aquaponics combines the growing…

NASA: First fruit grown in space to spice-up astronauts' menu

Researchers at NASA are planning on sending a version of chile peppers in space to be grown and harvested at the International Space Station. The peppers, from Española in New Mexico, would be the first fruiting plant to be grown in space once it is sent to the ISS for testing in March 2020. The tests…

Enormous, but strange avocado

Earlier this week, Miami Fruit wrote on Facebook: “the avocados are popping off right now.” A photograph of an enormous avocado has now gone viral. Netizens are shocked by its odd shape and sheer size. The photo of the huge avocado has been shared more than 2,100 times including by Australian Organic, the member-based…

CAN (ON): Protecting the environment through agri-food research

Ontario's government is working for the people by investing in agri-food research to help protect the province's natural resources. This $1.8 million investment will support research projects to develop new environmental technologies, practices, and on-farm solutions, and foster efficiency and…

Horticultural specialist talks about the best growing media for peppers

In the following video, Horticulture Specialist Troy Buechel talks about different ways to produce peppers and what growing media are best to grow peppers. He discusses various different ways of growing peppers and which Pro-Mix growing media can be used for the best effects. He also gives some…

"mobile gutter system to innovate food cultivation"

From seed to harvestable product, fully automated

How do food producers deal with the global food issue? The growing demand for food and increasing challenges in the production will be a considerable challenge during the coming years. Codema has both the knowledge and dozens of years’ experience in horticulture and offers producers innovative solutions.…

Ugly tomatoes can still make for a great sandwich

The Tomato Festival in Cartersville, Georgia, includes awards to gardeners who grow the “Prettiest Tomato,” “Biggest Tomato” and, my favorite category, “Ugliest Tomato.” Why homegrown tomatoes are sometimes ugly is a common question I get as a University of Georgia Cooperative Extension agent. There are…

CAN: Food or cannabis? Growing questions in Canada

When the Liberal government of Canada legalised recreational use of cannabis late last year, it created a whole new industry virtually overnight. One aspect has been a massive rise in greenhouse building and conversion of former manufacturing plants into commercial grow-ops. But questions were quietly…

US: NYC’s bougie restaurant chefs get veggies from Staten Island

Just a few miles away from the former Fresh Kills landfill, a small farm on Staten Island is growing vegetables for the city’s most elite restaurants — including the extremely not dumpy, three-Michelin-starred Per Se. It turns out, bougie chefs can’t get enough of Staten Island’s dirt. “There’s something…

Australia: Demand for native foods pushes foraging trend to greenhouse cultivation

Thousands of pots of living microgreens line the benches of the greenhouses at a Burringbar property in northern New South Wales. Iain and Mandy Reynolds, who also grow edible flowers at Pocket Herbs & Produce, have recently added bush foods to their range of hydroponic produce. They are tapping into…

How does a semi-closed glasshouse operate?

There is much confusion on how best to grow crops in a semi-closed glasshouse. Godfrey Dol, an expert on growing in semi-closed glasshouses, shares his experiences. To explain the differences between a conventional and a semi-closed glasshouse, let’s have a look at how a conventional glasshouse exchanges…

Paramylon treatment improves quality profile and drought resistance in the Micro-Tom

Tomatoes, the most cultivated vegetables worldwide, require large amounts of water and are adversely affected by water stress. Micro-Tom was used to assess the effects of β-(1,3)-glucan (paramylon) purified from the microalga Euglena gracilis on drought resistance and fruit quality profile. Plants were…

Quantifying herb growth in response to nutrient solution electrical conductivity

The researchers of Iowa State University's objectives were to quantify the growth and tissue mineral nutrient concentrations of cilantro, dill, and parsley in response to nutrient solution electrical conductivity (EC) under low and high photosynthetic daily light integrals (DLI). Three-week-old seedlings…

US (NH): Researchers find specialty eggplant varieties grow well in high tunnels

Researchers with the New Hampshire Agricultural Experiment Station at the University of New Hampshire have found that eggplant varieties developed specifically for growing in greenhouses and high tunnels produced a prolific amount of fruit, offering Granite State growers another option for their summer…

Over years, Casey Houweling called on his inventivity

"We were never afraid to take risks"

Innovating is beautiful, but it does not always happen because often there is no real necessity. That necessity was there for the American grower Casey Houweling, as he told during the innovation seminar by Royal Brinkman. Over the years, each time a more southern-situated company was added to Houweling,…

Bell pepper crop specialist Roel Klapwijk, Personal Vision:

“A new step has been taken with an aeration system for better water quality”

A troublesome pepper gutter that makes it impossible to drain from the side, cannot be replaced just like that. In order to still take steps with the oxygen content in the slab and thus prevent root problems during the course of the cultivation, Personal Vision chose to work with an aeration system. "An…

Gerard Vonk, Tangmere Nurseries, grows bell peppers on 30 hectares with Elite Bio Twine:

"After two years of testing without problems, this year for the first time the entire greenhouse is full with it"

When Dirk Houweling set up a greenhouse horticulture company in 1988 on an unused airfield in Tangmere, Southern England, Gerard Vonk was already present. Tangmere Nurseries started with three hectares, but now, more than thirty years later, it has become thirty. As a manager, Gerard is busy with it…

No such thing as male and female bell peppers

Although the myth that bell peppers are either male or female continues to spread, bell peppers do not have genders. According to the myth, “male” bell peppers have three lobes and are more bitter, while “female” bell peppers have four or more lobes, have more seeds, and are sweeter to eat. However, bell…

Modelling crop transpiration in greenhouses: different models for different applications

Models for the evapotranspiration of greenhouse crops are needed both for accurate irrigation and for the simulation or management of the greenhouse climate. For this purpose, several evapotranspiration models have been developed and presented in an article by researchers from the Department of…

Kenya: Horticulture students establish greenhouse vegetable seedlings farm

JKUAT students from the Horticulture Students Association (HOSA) have set up a greenhouse farm for vegetable seedlings in order to enhance their capacity in farming practices aimed at addressing the demand for quality seedling material in the region. Speaking during an interview, HOSA Patron, who is also…

Tomato grower Cock van Schie:

"Growing with a higher sodium content possible without damage"

In the hot summer of 2018, tomato grower Cock van Schie was forced to gain experience with a considerably increased sodium content. Fortunately, as a member of the guidance committee for sodium research in Bleiswijk, he was already used to such values. The crop did not suffer. "I don't get panicky that…

Frank Kempkes (WUR) on fossil fuel free cultivated strawberries

"Despite countermeasures against tipburn, the strawberry problem is still not solved"

In the fossil fuel free and sustainable demo greenhouses at Wageningen University & Research in the Dutch town of Bleiswijk, four different crops are cultivated, among which the strawberry. The strawberries of the everbearer Favori were planted on the 28th of March. Unfortunately, the planting…

Fertilizer for 10,500 haskap plants

Canada, Prince Edward Island: Transforming sea lettuce into plant food

An entrepreneur from Prince Edward Island is working on a project that he hopes will get rid of a perennial Island problem while helping to grow interest in the haskap berry…

US: 2019 Gulf of Mexico “dead-zone” shows the need for Aquaponics

The 2019 Gulf of Mexico “Dead Zone” is predicted to be the second-largest on record. A dead-zone is an area of very low oxygen (hypoxia) where most life cannot survive. A major cause of the Dead Zone is nitrogen and phosphorous fertilizer runoff from field agriculture along the Mississippi River. This…

Mexico: Structure and genetic diversity of nine important landraces of capsicum species cultivated in the Yucatan Peninsula

Mexico has a wealth of Capsicum species, which has led to the development of a large number of chili pepper landraces. A great wealth of Capsicum germplasm can be found in southern Mexico in the Yucatan Peninsula, an important area of diversification of Capsicum annuum. Specifically, in the western…

Española chile pepper: The first fruiting plant NASA will grow in space

A team of scientists at NASA are working to launch the Española chile pepper into space. This would be the first fruiting plant the US has grown and harvested at the International Space Station. As NASA looks to send astronauts to Mars, it's crucial that the agency find plants and fruits that can travel…

Australia: UNSW Founders event hands first prize to modular aquaponics idea

Last weekend, UNSW Founders held the exciting Sustainable Urban Agriculture and Food Planning Hackathon. During this 2.5 day Hackathon, participants were tasked with exploring how they could create low cost, low energy, accessible and sustainable urban agricultural solutions for continuous food…

Expanding the term plant lighting efficacy: Putting the plant in focus

LED grow lights are gaining popularity and the technology behind them has improved over the years. The efficacy of a grow light is one of the factors you need to understand in order to make an informative purchase decision and reach a high-quality plant production. The efficacy number of a grow light…

Snack peppers find acceptance with reduced seed count

John Stommel of the Agricultural Research Service of the US Department of Agriculture (USDA-ARS) has investigated the desirability for, and practicality of, producing snack peppers, both sweet and hot, with low seed count. His findings are in the article, “Reduced Seed Count Improves Versatility and…

Keeping the semi-closed glasshouse cool

If air-exchange is the main means of cooling a glasshouse, how does a grower keep the semi-closed glasshouse cool? Besides fan speed, which has a negative effect on climate , and evaporative cooling there is one other important tool to keep the temperature low, Godfrey Dol of Glasshouse Consultancy…

Cucumber grower Edwin Hendrickx, Tuinderij Hendrickx:

"Compared to last year, I have much less problems with mildew"

After becoming infected with the cucumber mosaic virus for three years in a row, cucumber grower Edwin Hendrickx has been free from the virus that caused him quite a bit of headache for one and a half years. Reason for him to take a new step on the way towards optimum cultivation. A stronger crop, that's…

CAN (PE): A man's passion for aquaponics

Dave Atkinson with CBC is working on a new series for CBC P.E.I. called "The Things We Do For Love." In this series, he wants to tell stories of the things people do because they bring them joy. The most recent story in this series is about a man and his love for aquaponics. Colin MacLean, a reporter at…

Greenhouse of yellow zucchini grower Jan van Vliet offered to lease:

“If you can no longer deliver the quality you want, you have to quit”

At the end of June, the last of the yellow zucchini’s were removed from the greenhouse. Now, Jan is busy cleaning up the rest of his greenhouse. The cultivating is done, but not only for the year, but for good. “We have always provided top quality products to supermarkets, but this year the product was…

Kenyan grower explains how Polythene Mulch technology helps increase crop production

Kinuthia Kiarie has been a strawberry farmer for the last six years. He has been using conventional methods of growing the fruits but he has revolutionized and adapted the use of technology to increase his yields and income. Kinuthia is now using Polythene Mulch, a technology that makes it favourable for…

Grafting can help control diseases in organic high tunnel tomatoes

Grafting can help control diseases in organically grown high tunnel tomatoes, according to the results of a University of Florida study. In the study, funded by a Southern Sustainable Agriculture Research & Education (SSARE) On-Farm Research Grant, specialty tomatoes grafted onto two…

CAN (ON): Tomato-growing sinkhole returns to Toronto

A sinkhole in Toronto's Rathnelly neighbourhood that gained notoriety in 2018 after residents planted tomatoes inside it to spur city action is back again. But this time, the city is moving swiftly to have it repaired before another tomato crop is planted, something one resident says they are prepared to…

Kenya: Boosting food security amid biting land scarcity, learning from Singapore

Singapore is an island city-state with a population of 5.6 million people and a land mass of 277 square miles. The Singaporean government has an objective of cutting back on its food imports and increasing domestic food production through an initiative called “30 by 30”. It aims at increasing food…

President of American Seed Trade Association replies to criticisms

The president and chief executive of the American Seed Trade Association Andrew W. LaVigne writes in his reply to Dan Barber's critical New York Times article about the seed…

Holy grails of modern growing

Global food demand is expected to rise in the next 30 years expecting an addition of 3 billion to our current population from 2020 – 2050. To meet the demand of growing population nations are shifting to modern agricultural practices incorporating computers and internet. Hi-tech farming is no longer a concept, at least in this…

US chef emphasizes importance of variety choices

Dan Barber, chef and co-founder of a small seed company, takes on Big Seed in an opinion piece for the New York Times. In the article Dan talks about 60% of the seed industry being in the hands of four major companies. Dan is primarily concerned with securing and increasing the quality and variety of the…

Omeprazole promotes chloride exclusion and induces salt tolerance in greenhouse basil

The role of small bioactive molecules (<500 Da) in mechanisms improving resource use efficiency in plants under stress conditions draws increasing interest. One such molecule is omeprazole (OMP), a benzimidazole derivative and inhibitor of animal proton pumps shown to improve nitrate uptake and…

Nigeria: Buhari signs Africa free trade pact

The Federal Government of Nigeria said it has identified 22 products from the non-oil sector from which the country can earn $30 billion and create 500,000 export-oriented jobs annually. Nigeria is the 53rd state on the continent to append its signature to the document. This is coming after President…

Myanmar: Start-up sees future farmers using hydroponics, smart tech

Ko Htet Aung Hlaing, founder of local start-up HydroPlant, wants to revolutionise farming in Myanmar. “HydroPlant is expanding its two business arms. The first one is disseminating hydroponic technology and selling the required equipment. We build greenhouses. The second is selling smart precision…

New report outlines strategy for creating development impact in fruits and vegetables

According to the World Vegetable Center report, the world’s current food systems are not resulting in increasingly healthy, high-quality diets. "Undernutrition, micronutrient deficiencies and overnutrition affect billions of people worldwide. Low-quality diets—containing too little fruit, vegetables and…

US (NH): Extending the strawberry season with low tunnels

Researchers with the New Hampshire Agricultural Experiment Station at the University of New Hampshire have succeeded in quadrupling the length of the Granite State’s strawberry growing season as part of a multi-year, multi-state research project that aims to benefit both growers and consumers. Learn more…

Effect of supplementary light intensity on quality of grafted tomato seedlings

Lower quality and longer production periods of grafted seedlings, especially grafted plug seedlings of fruit vegetables, may result from insufficient amounts of light, particularly in rainy seasons and winter. Supplemental artificial lighting may be a feasible solution to such problems. This study was…

NZ: No more locally grown, fresh vegetables for Wellington?

Being able to pop down to the local roadside market or, more lately, the weekly farmers market for fresh, locally grown vegetables is something that an increasing number of people value. Wellingtonians returning to the capital often stock up around Levin and look for locally, Horowhenua-grown produce in…

The balance of the southern Germany strawberry season

Tunnels keeps strawberries out of the rain

Storms and cold spells meant that the 2019 tunnel strawberry harvest started later last year, so there were only a few first domestic strawberries available around Easter. Also, the strawberry harvest was slowed down in May because of the cool temperatures both in the tunnels and over the fields, which…

US: Throwback Tuesday to the Greenhouse Tomato Handbook

Nowadays growing tomatoes im greenhouses is a common thing, but thirty years ago greenhouse tomato production attracted much attention partly because of a new wave of interest in “alternative crops.” "The attraction is based on the perception that greenhouse tomatoes may be more profitable than the more…

How to test different light recipes?

LED lighting and the light recipes that go with it are developing rapidly. This, in turn, makes it easier for growers to adapt to crops' differing qualities and yields, while reducing energy costs. More and more crops are able to benefit from developments in the LED-lighting field, and more and more…

BB: Teachers' training college opens aquaponics farm to staff and students

The Erdiston Teachers’ Training College is on its way to becoming a green campus. After three months of construction, the institution officially opened its aquaponics farm to the staff and students. The farm which is being facilitated by the school’s Climate-Smart Aquaponics for a Sustainable Future…

US (MA): Hydroponic Growing graduates learned with lettuce, seek jobs in cannabis

Ernesto Hernandez Martin graduated Thursday from the Freight Farms Hydroponic Growing apprenticeship program at Holyoke Community College, having learned how to grow lettuce in the controlled environment of two shipping containers. But that’s not all he can grow. “I’m looking forward to getting a job in…

Garden-fresh vegetables for flat owners

The terrace vegetable nutrition garden model developed by experts from Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) will make it easier for flat-owners to get garden-fresh vegetables. The model uses soilless media (cocopeat) for cultivation of vegetables and herbs. It is particularly suitable for urban areas…

Israel: Research center switches from HPS to LED lighting for indoor tests

Located at the University of Tel Aviv in Israel, the Institute for Cereal Crops Improvement (ICCI) is one of the world’s premier research organizations focused specifically on the collection, cataloguing, and improvement of cereal crops. Having previously struggled with the many problems of HPS lighting…

Things growers should never do in a semi-closed glasshouse

One of the main attractions for retailers and consumers alike to choose glasshouse produce, is the reliability with which the glasshouse produces quality and quantity of produce in a safe way. The semi-closed glasshouse has extended that reliability in the way it manages summer heat, pest and disease and…

First report of Pepper virus A naturally infecting tomato in India

Tomato (Solanum lycopersicum) is a commercially important vegetable crop grown worldwide. In October 2018, diseased tomato plants were observed in a field in Nashik, Maharashtra state in India. The plants showed symptoms including leaf yellowing, mosaic and mottling. Leaf samples from four symptomatic…

Kickstarter for hydroponic home garden system

Poland-based company Verdeat announced this week it will launch a Kickstarter campaign in July for its modular vertical farm meant to fit inside apartments, offices, and other non-commercial spaces. Like other indoor hydroponic grow systems, Verdeat is able to cultivate most plants without the use of…

Aquaponics Book: Aquaponics Food Production System

The aquaponics book is an open access publication. A big consortium, consisting of members of the European Aquaponics COST network and beyond have been working on the book in their free time. The book itself can be seen as the main dissemination of that European COST Action. The content of the book is…

Why the future of growing strawberries in Australia may be up in the air

The future of Australian strawberry growing could literally be up in the air, with farmers following an international trend that takes the back-breaking work out of picking the fruit. The families behind Taste 'N' See near Caboolture, have created what they have dubbed 'The Hanging Gardens of Bellmere',…

... and why hydroponic grown lettuce is the answer

"Food safety has a different meaning in Europe than in America”

“When you talk about food safety in America, you talk about a different topic than when you talk about food safety in Europe. In Europe, growing safe is about growing without residues of plant protection products, whereas growing safe in America is defined by the absence of pathogens in food.” That’s…

environmental platform warns of the waste of water involved in this practice

Abandonment of millions heads of of lettuces in Yecla

The Plataforma ciudadana Salvemos el Arabí y Comarca has denounced the abandonment of some 3 million lettuces in a total area of 35 hectares of crops in El Llano and La Umbría del Factor, located in the municipality of Yecla, and that for their cultivation have needed the contribution of about 120…

ASR (Aquifer Storage and Recovery) realised

ASR (Aquifer Storage and Recovery) realised at Dutch eggplant grower

Climate change, rise of sea levels, subsidence, and salinization of the groundwater makes fresh water more scarce in the future. At the same time, there are more often periods with heavy rainfall. All that rainwater could provide a solution for fresh water shortage, but above-ground storage takes up too…

"Retailers increasingly interested in ribbed tomatoes"

"The tomato campaign is off to a good start and volumes seem to be in line with 2018," reports Felice Petrillo, president of AOP Luce when talking about the table tomato campaign of partner PO La Flacca. Crops are located between Fondi and Sperlonga, an ideal area for the cultivation of vegetables thanks…

July 16, Columbus

Leafy Greens 101: How to Start and Optimize Your Hydroponic Production

Hydroponic leafy green production can present commercial growers with exciting opportunities. New crop varieties, greater control, improvements in quality, consistency and yield, and year-round production are just some of the many benefits. But it can be intimidating to get started in hydroponics. What…

The effect of negative pressure irrigation on tomato production

Stable water and fertilizer supply by negative pressure irrigation improve tomato production and soil bacterial communities. That is the conclusion of a study, intended to…

More California growers planting daikon

Supplies of daikon out of California are relatively steady right now. “It’s hit and miss in terms of volume of daikon but it’s steady. There’s no gapping,’ says Joseph Krumpelman of Valley Specialty Produce in Fresno, Ca. of the vegetable that’s similar to a winter radish. That said, the vegetable, which…

Why decoupled aquaponics

Most aquaponic systems are single loop and fully recirculating. This means that the fish and plants exist in a single loop and share the same nutrient-rich water. The reason these are the most popular is because they are simple to build and operate. But single loop systems are also a compromise because the plants, fish and…

How forgotten vegetables returned to our plates

Forgotten vegetables are no longer as unknown as a few years ago. Nowadays, consumers come across these vegetables more often than in the past. New recipes and the desire for a more extensive assortment of vegetables have contributed to this. The organic production, however, has also contributed to the…

Sustainable agronomic strategies for enhancing the yield and nutritional quality of wild tomato

Urbanization and global climate change have constrained plant development and yield. Utilization of wild gene pool, together with the application of sustainable and eco-friendly agronomic crop improvement strategies, is being focused on to tackle mounting food insecurity issues. In this aspect, the green…

Mycorrhizal root exudates induce changes in growth and fumonisin gene expression of fusarium proliferatum

In a new study, root exudates from mycorrhizal and non-mycorrhizal plants growing at low or high nutrient supply were used in vitro to examine their effects on the growth and…

Hoogendoorn Growth Management, Svensson, Hortilux, Saint-Gobain Cultilene, Koppert Biological Systems, LetsGrow.com

Plant Empowerment: Sustainable Growing Foundation spreads GPE knowledge

Growers who apply Growing by Plant Empowerment (GPE) in their cultivation strategy are getting great results, hence this sustainable concept deserves to be disseminated worldwide. Hoogendoorn Growth Management , Svensson , Hortilux , Saint-Gobain Cultilene , Koppert Biological Systems and initiator…

Is adding fertigation to your growing mix right for you?

AgTech is revolutionizing the way crops are grown the world over, both in indoor and traditional environments. The ability to control environmental factors and agricultural processes with extreme precision leads to better crop yields, better resource management, lower costs, and improved environmental…

"Growers can cultivate tomatoes as effectively with PhysioSpec Greenhouse as they can under HPS"

Wageningen University and Research (WUR), in cooperation with Fluence by OSRAM and greenhouse consultancy Vortus, has released initial results of a tomato cultivation trial comparing the efficiency of full-spectrum LED supplementary lighting against a high-pressure sodium (HPS) installation. Preliminary…

European consumers quizzed on tomato preferences

Horizon 2020 multi-actor project TOMRES aims to enhance resilience to combined water and nutrient stress in tomato production and to maximise water and nutrient use efficiency. The project is designing and testing novel combinations of genotypes and management practices to reduce environmental impact.…

Daily Light Integral: Are your plants receiving the right amount of light?

Light is one of the most important factors growing any crop. But, how can you be sure that your plants are receiving enough light? There is a way to measure the light intensity received by your plants. Light occupies a large portion of the electromagnetic spectrum. But just a fraction of the spectrum is…

Australian grower cultivates strawberries with rockwool in hanging gutters

Damien Manno took the opportunity in 2018 to implement a relatively new method for the cultivation of strawberries by using AIS Greenworks, Grodan rockwool substrates in hanging gutters. Climate and irrigation in the new greenhouse is controlled by Galcon’s Galileo and Fertimix systems (supplied by AIS…

Aix en Provence: 1,100m² of organic greenhouses to supply a school canteen

After the inauguration of a grain library, Negrelian officials have opened greenhouses near Château de Châteauneuf-le-Rouge. Covering an area of 1100 m², these greenhouses…

Interactive effects of grafting techniques and scion-rootstocks combinations on cucumber

The density of herbaceous crops creates a suitable environment to produce pathogens in the soil that intensify the attack of pathogens traditionally controlled by disinfectant, which are mostly prohibited and unlisted because of their toxicity. Grafting is an alternative technique to enhance abiotic…

HortInvest project strengthens Rwandan horticulture sector

‘Investing in Horticultural Development in Rwanda’ (HortInvest) is a four-year horticultural value chain-strengthening project funded by the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands (EKN) in Rwanda. The project supports the overall objective of Rwandan National Horticulture Policy in terms of fast…

Iron biofortification of red and green pigmented lettuce in closed soilless cultivation

Consumer demand for vegetables of fortified mineral and bioactive content is on the rise, driven by the growing interest of society in fresh products of premium nutritional and functional quality. Biofortification of leafy vegetables with essential micronutrients such as iron (Fe) is an efficient means…

Report Eggplant Tour Rijk Zwaan, May 22, 2019

"Controlling Tracey with pre-night temperature works well"

This season, the Tracey RZ eggplant variety can be found on more than 55 hectares in the Netherlands. The Tracey growers meet every 4-5 weeks to share their experiences about…

Needs more power, but uses far less water than in Southern Europe

Finnish tomatoes environmental footprint halved in 15 years

Glasshouse horticulture in Finland is becoming increasingly environmentally friendly. Growers are now switching to more sustainable energy sources. This is according to…

Jammu, India: Seedless cucumber commercial production launch

Progressive Jammu farmers, partnering with the Department of Agriculture, launched the commercial production of seedless cucumber at Krishi Bhawan. The programme was inaugurated by the Director of Agriculture P.S. Rathore, in the presence of the Joint Director of Agriculture (Extension), Anil Arora and a…

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Experimental cultivation of local tomatoes to boost their value

The Center for Integrated Training and Agrarian Experiences of Torre Pacheco has already obtained the first results from its experimental cultivation of local tomatoes in coconut fiber. The crops have been grown between January and July in unheated greenhouses, with a coconut fiber substrate that has…

Will field-grown tomatoes survive?

The latest advances in research on diseases of the world’s most popular fruit vegetable were shared at the VI International Symposium on Tomato Diseases, a major conference that attracted more than 200 experts, scholars, researchers and students from 25 countries to Taichung, Taiwan to discuss ways to…

Video: Aquaponics is coming to France

Widely used in Africa and the United States, aquaponics is now arriving in France. It is a form of market gardening that consists of growing vegetables in water that comes…

NIFA awards grant for microbial stress tolerance research

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – The National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) recently awarded Kevin Hockett $453,000 to assist in research focusing on how microbes tolerate…

Science gives Tassie’s essential oils a boost

A new research agreement between the Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture (TIA) and Essential Oils of Tasmania (EOT) is poised to boost Tasmania’s growing essential oils and plant extracts sector. “This new three-year Memorandum of Understanding, or MoU, will help EOT and Tasmanian producers refine…

Monitoring nutrient status in vegetable crops

June means warm weather and long days and spring planted vegetable crops are growing rapidly. Monitoring the mineral nutrient status of vegetable plants is important to evaluate fertility programs and to make adjustments. Recommended fertility programs for vegetable crops are given in the Commercial…


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