Have you considered growing greenhouse vegetables for a high-end clientele?

An increasing number of upscale resorts, restaurants, and affluent individuals have begun operating their own greenhouses to produce the fruits and vegetables they want to prepare and consume.While many restaurants across the country lost sales or went out of business during the COVID-19 pandemic, some…

Varietal innovation for the Italian basil Gentile

As a result of its genetic improvement research on basil, SAIS Seeds has obtained Gentile (sa 1164), a protected variety, a Genovese-type basil characterized by leaf shape, plant vigor, and productivity that make it suitable to flank the Superbo and Gecom varieties in a wide variety of growing conditions…

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Australia: Gladioli gardeners make the most of pandemic gardening boom

Nestled between dry paddocks in South Australia's southeast, an oasis of colorful gladioli flowers, photographed from the air, blooms under the scorching summer sun. Gladioli are perennial flowers that blossom during the summer. They grow from a corm, which is similar to a bulb, and are known for their…

Solarization with biodegradable film

The banning of fumigation systems with methyl bromide, established by the Montreal Protocol in 1987, with subsequent and periodic limitations imposed on the use of other active ingredients, such as 1.3 dichloropropene, chloropicrin, etc., have oriented research for the sanitation of agricultural land…

Growing fish, worms, and plants is all part of the greenhouse project at USD 350

The residential carpentry class of St. John High and local volunteers were conscripted to build a greenhouse for Joel Delp’s Human Environmental Resources class in September of 2021. Also, any other class who wanted to have a project that included the greenhouse would have access to it. The Human…

Aquaponic Farm Management Plan for leafy greens & herbs

From the aquaponic consulting and design company Regen Aquaculture comes the first edition of The Aquaponic Farm Management Plan: Leafy Greens & Herbs Module. Aquaponic consulting…

Optimizing space in aquaponic greenhouse

Maximizing the square footage of your growing area is key to getting the most out of your greenhouse. In this video, Sam discusses growing with a vertical hydroponic system and how to best utilize the space to increase profitability.

Western Kenya farmer finds export markets and fortune in herb and spice farming

A farming revolution is taking shape in Siaya County of Western Kenya, chaperoned by a former civil servant who has transformed swathes of traditionally unfarmed land into an oasis of herbs and spices. The herbs and spices farming has captured international markets while creating a new age farming…

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Istanbul municipality hands out free summer vegetable seedlings

İBB started the distribution of approximately 15 million summer vegetable seedlings, which will be delivered free of charge to a total of 166 farmers in 1.140 districts and five neighborhoods. IMM (Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality ) president Ekrem İmamoğlu loaded the seedlings that will be delivered…

China: Hydroponic vegetables provide plateau people with healthy food

Hydroponic vegetables grow well in a greenhouse in Zhouqu County, Gansu Province. Zhouqu County is located at the junction of the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau and Loess Plateau, with an altitude of 1,173 meters to 4,504 meters. Due to the rugged geography and climate, vegetables have not been available all year…

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Peter Pane focuses on indoor farming

"Growing lettuce directly in the restaurant itself is an absolute megatrend"

Peter Pane likes it crunchy: The popular burger grill chain is the first German system gastronomer to roll out its indoor farming concept. After a test phase in Lübeck, the Leipzig location is now enjoying freshly harvested greens. Together with start-up Mana Farms, Peter Pane is integrating its…

Roxborough youth farmers get hydroponics boost

The Roxborough Police Youth Club recently expanded and remodeled its hydroponics greenhouse with the help of the Digicel Foundation. The launch of the upgraded greenhouse took place on April 29 and is seen as a step forward for agriculture on the island. The aim is to improve the diversification of the…

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Fiji: Hydroponic farmers told to grow vegetables year-round

Hydroponic farmers have been told to grow vegetables all year-round so that they can continuously supply to hotels and resorts. A total of 19 farmers in the Western Division received offer letters for the Ministry of Agriculture’s Hydroponics and Protected Agriculture program to start hydroponics farms.…

New highlights Greentech Amsterdam

The program of GreenTech Amsterdam, from 14 – 16 June at RAI Amsterdam, has been supplemented by new highlights such as ‘Tomato virus’, ‘Digital phenotyping’, and ‘Peat alternatives’. The new day-to-day highlights are presented below. Vision Theater: Wednesday 15 June 13.30 – 14.15 hrs: Vision towards predictive…

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US (WI): Local farms producing crops for Pine River Shares

In a major shift in their commercial market, the owners of Homegrown Farm in Bayfield are selling their wholesale produce this summer to Pine River Shares for distribution to local residents. The farm previously was selling wholesale to restaurants in Telluride. “We hated that our food was going so far…

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India: Polyhouse farming finds many takers

Siju Sivanandan, a Kollam-native who was in the Navy, is now enjoying his retirement days by doing something productive. In 100 square meters of land, Siju has set up a kitchen garden with long beans, cucumber, tomato, green chilies, ladies finger, and amaranthus. Three months into polyhouse farming — a…

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Korea's rise in single-person households influences business to grow small peppers

Single-person households dominate the Korean population, becoming a driving force for businesses catering to them specifically. Farmer Park Sam-sup, who has been farming bell peppers since 2017, attributes his success to the growing number of people living alone. He grows the Raon variety, a cultivar…

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Spring clean your commercial greenhouse with these 7 tips

During every busy shipping season, you invariably run into issues that would have been eliminated had a little spring cleaning taken place. The spring cleaning referred to here encompasses more than just the “cleaning” perspective. It also involves planning ahead and taking care of business concerns, so…

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Copper may help reduce the use of antibiotics in crops

Researchers at Russia’s National University of Science and Technology MISIS, Voronezh State University of Forestry and Technologies, and Tambov State University discovered that copper oxide nanoparticles in the composition of a preparation to protect in-vitro-derived seedlings work as an immunostimulator…

Québec grower invests in new LED grow lights

Wanting to waste no time outfitting her new strawberry greenhouse with the most advanced technology, Magalie Rajotte, owner of Les Serres de la Vallière in Saint-Hyacinthe, Québec, has invested in Sollum Technologies’ smart LED grow light solution. “Strawberries are very rewarding crops to grow, but they…

"We are committed to introducing advanced horticultural technology into China"

Orange and Dragon Trading Shanghai Co., Ltd. is a wholly foreign-owned trading company in Shanghai, mainly engaged in trade consulting in the fields of international trade,…

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Combining crops and solar panels is allowing Kenya to ‘harvest the sun twice’

In a region where energy security poses real challenges, but sunlight is not in short supply, solar electricity seems an obvious solution for much of Africa. But the answer isn’t as simple as that. Installing vast arrays of photovoltaic (PV) panels often means clearing swathes of land to bare soil. This…

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How to avoid calcium deficiency in controlled environment food crops

Tipburn and blossom end rot are symptoms of calcium (Ca) deficiency. Sometimes the first thought when a nutrient deficiency occurs is to add the nutrient that appears to be required to solve the issue. This isn’t always the best way to resolve the issue. Calcium has a very important role in the formation…

Infrascreen secures $1.5 million to advance carbon neutrality for greenhouses

Infrascreen, provider of nanotech solutions for energy-efficient climate control, announced that it has secured $1.5 million in seed funding from Investbridge Capital and ACE & Company. Infrascreen uses nanotechnologies to produce smart materials for greenhouses, helping to increase their energy…

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Philippines: urban farmer teaches fellow youth how to produce food on TikTok

In a country where agriculture is known to be concentrated in rural areas, a 21-year-old farmer is trying to change that narrative by teaching fellow young Filipinos about urban gardening through what might be the best platform to reach them: TikTok. Bea Suavengco, also known as “Urban Farmer TV” on…

Fiji Ministry rolls out hydroponics and protected agriculture program

Nineteen successful applicants from the Western Division have received their offer letters for the Ministry of Agriculture’s Hydroponics and Protected Agriculture program. Seven farmers from within the greater Nadi area, together with five from Ba, three in Tavua and Rakiraki respectively, and one farmer…

Innoplant is participating in the Green Moon project to grow vegetables on the Moon

From Granada to the Moon

The seeds that will sprout the first extra-terrestrial orchard on the Moon are being studied in Granada. Innoplant, a firm specializing in the search for scientific and technological solutions to the…

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Research shows significant environmental benefits of local food production

A new study examining a range of environmental impacts of vegetable production and distribution found that local production offers significant benefits overall compared to the large-scale methods that represent most of the current vegetable sales to supermarkets. An article on the research findings by…

Strawberry in integrated production promotes sustainable development

Raising the quality standards of strawberries with added value while allowing the traceability of all stages of production is just one of the advantages offered by integrated…

UK: Improved blueberry varieties making strides

An exciting range of new low-chill blueberry varieties launched last year are now being more widely planted in Europe and Morocco. Plants365, a nursery business based in the UK, and with production in the EU, is licenced for these new low-chill cultivars across Greater Europe and North Africa. Bred at…

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US (IL): Large lettuce greenhouse close to being brought to city

The Yorkville City Council and the developer of a proposed greenhouse lettuce production facility are close to an agreement. Council members are expected to approve the deal at their May 10 city council meeting. Lettuce grower Bright Farms plans to bring the facility to a 100-acre site at the northeast…

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New Zealand farmer and brewer collaborate to make tomato beer

New Zealand is used to being the first at things: Everest, splitting the atom, winning a Rugby World Cup - but this might be their finest achievement yet. A farmer and a brewer in south Auckland have collaborated to make the world's first tomato beer. "We have lots of crazy ideas. Some of them work, some…

Pumpkins, melons, tomatoes and birds grow in new Chinese greenhouse park

Located in Shengxin Village, Fengjing Town, Jinshan, Jiufeng Agricultural Expo Park, which opened last month, is a new greenhouse in Asia. The smart agricultural big data platform at the entrance, photo by Tu Yu (the same below) Seed wall and pumpkinsAccording to Cheng Chen, a staff member, there are…

Innovative solution from Rite-Hite is already being used in greenhouses and warehouses

"HVLS industrial fan proven to help significantly improve indoor environment"

In times of rising energy and production costs, more cost-effective solutions are desperately sought, especially in greenhouse cultivation. Several years ago, the specialized company Rite-Hite Ltd, based in Volkmarsen, Germany, developed a high-tech industrial fan. "The ingenious ventilation system will…

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Effects of plant-derived protein hydrolysates on lettuce and tomato

Plant-derived protein hydrolysates (PHs) are gaining global interest for their sustainability and positive effects on crops under abiotic stresses. However, the long-term effects of PHs on the yield and quality of greenhouse crops have not been described. Romaine lettuce and Micro-Tom tomato were grown…

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Malaysia: First agriculture product collection center to open next month

The first agriculture production collection center (APCC), run by the Rural Development Corporation (KPD), will open its doors next month. The collection center can cater for up to 50 metric tons of high-value agricultural products such as fresh vegetables, fruits, and flowers at any given time. Sabah…

Fabio Guerreiro, producer from Huelva: "The Limvalnera is the most profitable non-private strawberry variety"

"We trust that, in a few years, the Limvalnera will be a variety with a high market share"

Without a doubt, varietal breeding is a powerful tool for agriculture. Thanks to the development of new varieties, growers have access to an interesting range of materials adapted to the specific characteristics of each area, climatically resilient and increasingly resistant. At the same time (and…

Bonavista Peninsula grower concerned with lack of local food production

A farmer on the Bonavista Peninsula is raising concerns over the long-distance food supply and the lack of local food production in the province. Adam Furlong, who operates the small-scale Outport Acres farm in Bloomfield, which services a number of local grocery stores, says much of Newfoundland and…

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Bangladesh: Dragon fruit is cultivated out of season under artificial light

Dragon fruit can now be grown year-round. A group of scientists from Khulshi Agricultural Research Centre in Chattogram have successfully grown the exotic fruit in winter. Usually, dragon fruit is cultivated from April to October, considered the season for its cultivation, when daytime is longer. But,…

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Soilless cultivation technology is revolutionizing agriculture

The success of soilless cultivation technology lies in the supply of the three elements that plants need to survive: oxygen, water, and nutrients. "Hydroponics has been presented as the great alternative for food production in the future," says Vicenta Riera, Crop Marketing Specialist and agronomist at Projar,…

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Qatar is turning organic waste into compost to grow fruit, vegetables

More than 75 tons of organic waste was collected during the 19-day tournament and has now been turned into compost. At sites, the Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy worked to maximize the use of compostable food containers and cutlery and create awareness within the workforce on the appropriate use…

Italy: Strawberries on gutters up to 3 rows high

"The demand for strawberry substrate cultivation solutions is growing in many Italian cultivation areas. However, the uncertain current situation is still holding back investments. We will soon start with the installation of about 7 hectares of substrate cultivation, most of it with two rows of gutters,…

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Strawberry season: Arkansas farmers grow crops as state sees drier weather

Holland Bottom Farm started their strawberry season last week, but the wet weather has made it difficult for the plants at the farm.There's been a few cold streaks and several days of rain this spring, which has been a challenge for farmers. "The rain's pretty tough when it's raining every other day. We…

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Can NYC Mayor’s proposal to put cannabis greenhouses atop NYCHA buildings come to fruition?

Mayor Eric Adams wants to put greenhouses growing cannabis on the roofs of New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) buildings, but there are a few obstacles, namely, the federal government. While Gov. Kathy Hochul signed legislation in February that created a new conditional license that will allow…

Expo in Shandong displays vegetables grown in simulated space environment

On Wednesday, a vegetable garden simulating a space environment debuted at the 23rd China (Shouguang) International Vegetable Science and Technology Expo and China (Shouguang) International Vegetable Seed Industry Expo 2022. The garden, resembling two space capsules, simulates special space conditions…

TROPICSAFE achieves significant results to better manage coconut lethal yellowing, grapevine yellows and “huanglongbing”

For five years, the TROPICSAFE project, funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme and coordinated by Prof. Assunta Bertaccini (University of Bologna, Italy), studied three economically important insect-borne prokaryote-associated diseases of perennial crops grown in…

French grower:

"Yunnan is the ideal place to grow blueberries"

It’s still a little chilly outside at this time of year, but in the blueberry seedling greenhouses of Martin Dabilly, spring is everywhere. Dabilly is a French agricultural engineer who came to southwest China’s Yunnan province 16 years ago. He once planted raspberries in the province and now runs a…

René Capote und Ben Horsbrugh from GLOBALG.A.P.:

'Creating values for the industry'

GLOBALG.A.P.’ s certification system is used in over 130 countries and is often described as the most widely adopted farm quality assurance in the fresh produce sector. We spoke with Senior Technical Expert René Capote and Team Leader of Key Account & Membership Management, Ben Horsbrugh, about…

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Nurseries in Athens teach children how to plant

On 20 April, the Mayor of Athens Kostas Bakoyannis visited the Botanical Nursery School on Spyrou Patsi Street. There, he planted the first citrus fruits, herbs, and vegetables in the nursery’s “junior” garden alongside children and teachers. The Botanical Nursery School is one of seven that has a…

National Plant Biosecurity Strategy released by Plant Health Australia

The 2021-2031 National Plant Biosecurity Strategy (NPBS) released today by Plant Health Australia (PHA) provides a framework to strengthen Australia’s plant biosecurity system…

Small-scale farmers focus on Kenyan herbs and spices for export

To many small-scale farmers, exporting their produce sounds like a far fetched dream or a privilege for the rich who can grow different types of crops in tons. The same goes…

Australian Competition and Consumer Commission wants increased focus on Horticulture Code enforcement

Breaches of the Horticulture Code of Conduct have prompted the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission to issue a warning to fresh produce wholesalers. The ACCC says it…

Grafting vegetable plants: from challenge to standard practice

Grafting can be applied to all vegetable crops such as tomatoes, eggplants, cucumbers, courgettes, peppers and watermelons. Today, grafting has transferred from a challenge into standard practice, even though it is and remains an 'operation' that must be carried out with extreme precision. Hans van Herk…

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Simon Schumacher, VSSE, at the start of the strawberry harvest

"Frost protection measures have gone well due to the dedicated efforts of growers"

Throughout Germany, strawberry plants are doing well. After an average mild winter and storms, the crops have weathered the late frosts well so far thanks to foil tunnels, fleece covers and frost protection irrigation. While the harvest is gradually starting in the high tunnels in southern Germany, it is…

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New mesh keeps out insects, but lets in sun for higher yields

Researchers have designed a textile called Plant Armor that forces insects to navigate a maze-like path if they want to reach a farmer’s crop. Based on their findings, North Carolina State University researchers said the Plant Armor could provide a more effective alternative for insect protection—one…

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The first Moldovan greenhouse strawberries are more expensive than imported ones

The season of local greenhouse strawberries started at the end of last week at the fruit and berry market of Moldova. The first offers of berries appeared in social networks and groups of communication services. The price is exactly the one representative of the Pomușoarele Moldovei Berry Producers…

Straits Agriculture: Young farmers paving the way for new agriculture technology

According to Shina Teo of Singapore-based Aeroponics farm Straits Agriculture, vertical growers need to strategically plan what they are growing, considering how quickly demand might change. “We do market research so we can get the customers to tell us what veggies they’d like. In this way, we can better…

Growing cucumbers efficiently under LED

In the third episode of a trilogy, BASF Vegetable Seeds share the latest insights about their trials of cucumber growing under LED lighting. What findings were made? And what can be learned from this information? Remco from Wijnen Square Crops, Thea from Mertens, and Marcel from BASF will tell you all…

Exporting chillies from Rwanda: how this entrepreneur built her business

In 2017, Sakina Usengimana worked in Rwanda’s hospitality industry when she attended a Youth Connekt UNDP seminar where a speaker delivered a message she would never forget. “You have land, yet you are hungry. Those are the exact words he used to talk about the African continent. Hearing that, I was…

Morocco sees blueberry cultivation growing exponentially

Morocco has slowly built a reputation for its blueberry production. The ​​blueberry acreage in Morocco has increased more than 15-fold times since 2005, when the first…

How to reduce redness caused by stressful situations in black eggplant

The Ecoculture Biosciences company has managed to develop solutions to reduce redness in black eggplant derived from stressful situations. This is a problem that occurs when…

Ambassador Visits NovaMoba Greenhouse in Montenegro

Ambassador Reinke joined Podgorica Mayor Ivan Vuković on a visit to the Urbana bašta Podgorica, which is managed by the Municipality of Podgorica in cooperation with the NGO Paradigma. One of the six greenhouses constructed throughout Montenegro as part of Paradigma’s #NovaMoba initiative is located in this…

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Is the Japanese white strawberry worth the hefty price tag?

These Japanese strawberries, which are a big part of the luxury fruit market in Japan, are white inside and out. They are super hard to grow and mostly (if not only) found in Japan. Because of this, you’ll occasionally find them in very select spots throughout Canada and the USA – if you can find them at…

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‘We’re really growing students’:

Cabrillo horticulturist Heather Blume is in full bloom this season

Heather Blume, the Environmental Horticulture Center coordinator at Cabrillo College, slides her hand underneath a floating layer of lettuce, revealing countless root systems soaking in a long trough that stretches nearly the entire length of one of the 3,600-square-foot greenhouses at the top of campus.…

Ireland: Rising farm output prices unlikely to fully offset higher production costs

A new report, by economists at Teagasc, warns of continued financial concerns for Irish farmers over the coming months, as high costs, largely, but not exclusively, relating…

3rd generation grower shares his thoughts on greenhouse vegetable production

Agriculture has definitely shifted over the years.  Traditional field farming is obviously still a necessary option, and will always have a place on peoples’ plates. However, a shift to other forms of food production is necessary as society shifts with the times.  For a few brief years in my early 20s I lived in…

Working in a data-driven way in the herb segment

Expanding and standing out with fresh herbs: That is what Vitalicious, Vitacress Real's herb brand, aimed at the foodservice sector, focuses on. They use market data to provide customers with targeted advice and inspiration. Which fresh herbs should chefs use, and how often should they use them? What do they…

California growers had hoped for a wetter winter

As we get deeper into spring, concerns continue to grow in California over drought following a winter that wasn’t as wet as hoped for. “We had a really good December. But there’s been limited rainfall and snow since the beginning of the year,” says Tom Conrado of Classic Fruit Company in Fresno, CA. “The…

Open Day at Southern Seed

South-eastern Sicily is the cradle of greenhouse intensive cultivation

A joint open day with Southern Seed, a Sicilian seed company, and  Progene Seed, a company specializing in breeding. The event aimed at promoting a vast range of products suitable for the Mediterranean climate.  The varieties on display: Giovì light green zucchini, Buzz premium cherry tomatoes, Datterì midi plum…

Celebrate the 'year of the poppy and basil'

Fleuroselect is celebrating the 'Year of the Poppy and Basil'! They encourage growers to join this promotion initiative by making the Plant of the Year part of their marketing plans. With this initiative, the Home Gardening business unit aims to drive visibility and boost the sale of poppy and basil…

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Robot bee project awarded £640,000 grant

A scientist from the University of Stirling and his US collaborator have been jointly awarded a £640,000 grant to create “robot bees”. In a project which aims to improve agriculture as well as help advance understanding of the evolution of species of bees and flowers, these microrobots are to be built to…

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Autonomous strawberry harvester now working Central Florida fields

An automated strawberry-harvesting robot at Wish Farms in Plant City has shown progress toward full deployment for the upcoming strawberry season, its inventors say. Gary Wishnatzki, a third-generation strawberry grower who runs Wish Farms, said several factors led the grower to develop a robotic picker…

Film farming: growing roots on plastic film that blocks pathogens

This video tells the story behind film farming, developed in Japan. The idea is that roots grow on a thin, transparent film. In the film are tiny, invisible holes, that allow water and nutrients through but block bacteria and viruses. This technology was invented by a Japanese engineer. A small firm in…

Protein could be used to encourage plant growth, improving biomass production and crop harvests

A collaborative research group has discovered the protein that inhibits the formation of organic nitrogen compounds in plants. This protein, if manipulated, could potentially be used to encourage plant growth, improving biomass production and crop harvests. Nitrogen is one of the building blocks of life.…

Carmazzi of Viareggio relies on the use of beneficial insects for their peppers

The monitoring of harmful insects has become more and more difficult, while customers are asking for productions with reduced residues of chemicals. The Italian company Carmazzi of Viareggio has decided to bet on the use of beneficial insects on edible flowers, hot peppers and traditional flowers. The…

Modular herb cultivation concept: local-for-local and super fresh

How do you sustainably increase fresh herb availability? That is the question Upfarm got to work answering and thus introduced a unique cultivation concept for in-store and restaurant cultivation. "We bring technology and the fresh, local, and experience trends together," says owner Lode Lauwers.   The greenhouses have their…

"In this campaign, costs have increased by 33% on average while product prices have only increased by nearly 20%"

Spain: Greenhouse cultivation in Almeria has increased by €16,000 per ha so far this year

Farmers are facing the most expensive campaign in history, according to the general secretary of Asaja-Almeria, Adoración Blanque. "The horticultural sector's costs have…

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Philippines: Hydroponic veggie farming takes off in Basilan

People in Basilan are experimenting with something new to them that they expect to earn the province the tag “hydroponic agriculture capital” of the Bangsamoro region. Many Muslim and Christian residents of Basilan are now studying hydroponic farming, being promoted by their provincial government that…

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"Herb towers create an experience"

Herbs are not merely a seasoning; they also create an experience. The Dutch start-up, the LIF Group, is using herb towers to capitalize on this. They work with W&L Groenservice, which supplies potted herbs for the towers. "We can deliver about 50 species of herbs along with a range of edible flowers. The…

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Identification and management of hairy bittercress in greenhouses

Hairy bittercress (Cardamine hirsuta L.) is an important weed species of container nurseries and greenhouse operations. It is an annual or biennial, dicotyledonous plant that belongs to the family Brassicaceae. It is native to the areas of Europe and Asia but has established itself worldwide. It has been…

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Siemens enables underwater farming

Siemens Digital Industries Software today announced that Nemo’s Garden, a startup focused on sustainable underwater cultivation of crops, has deployed Siemens’ Xcelerator portfolio of software and services to shorten its innovation cycles and move more rapidly towards industrialization and scale. Nemo’s…

French fruit growers and vineyards endure coldest April day in 75 years

Overnight Sunday and early Monday, French wine and fruit growers have been unpleasantly surprised by the coldest April day since 1947. This is the second straight year they…

China: Dingdong (Cayman) is launching milk honey tomato grown up drinking "milk" in Shenzhen

Recently, Dingdong online food delivery platform will exclusively launch milk honey tomato, a kind of "grape tomato grown by drinking milk and soy milk" in Shenzhen in early January. This high-quality fruit originated in Taiwan, was planted in Fujian, and first appeared on the dining tables in Shenzhen.…

Cost savings of a climate-controlled greenhouse

For many growers, a climate-controlled greenhouse is the best setting to implement controlled environment agriculture. Greenhouses combine the benefits of a natural growing environment with the precision control of indoor production, using the best qualities of both growing methods to create superior…

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Vietnam: Urbanization in outskirt areas to develop high-tech agriculture

Under the plan on urbanization in the outskirts of Ho Chi Minh City, the suburban districts of Hoc Mon, Binh Chanh, Nha Be, Cu Chi and Can Gio will become urban districts or cities within the city in the 2021-2030 period. There is some concern about agricultural activities of the rural districts when…

Improperly ventilated heaters and ethylene damage

Natural gas and propane are popular choices when it comes to heating a greenhouse. The products of burning fuel are carbon dioxide (CO2) and water (H20); both compounds we know are good for your plants. However, combustion is often incomplete, and impurities such as carbon monoxide (CO), sulfur dioxide…

Erwin Verbraeken, Paskal Netherlands:

"Even with seemingly simple products, we're competing at the highest level"

Erwin Verbraeken has been active in horticulture for his entire career, and he recently made the switch to Paskal Netherlands. For the Israeli company, he will be helping growers in Europe with cultivation support systems such as clips, hooks, truss arches, and cluster support systems. They may seem like…

Transplant time for oblong and cherry tomatoes

Transplants of Sbirulino and Mr. Green tomatoes have started all over Italy during the past few days characterized by unusual spring-like temperatures. Sbirulino is a cherry tomato from TSI Italia. The variety is very popular in the leading domestic markets and mainly in the center and north of the…

China: Smart agricultural technologies make vegetables ‘greener’

“These ‘low-carbon’ cherry tomatoes sell well and taste nice,” said Sun Liming, a resident of Xiaoxinmatou village, Baodi district, north China’s Tianjin municipality. “We have grown vegetables for decades, and never thought that vegetables can be related to ‘low-carbon’ one day. A few years ago,…

Singapore: farming for the future

When served as a delicacy, crickets look like a much less intimidating snack than you might imagine. Roasted, covered in flavors, and missing most of their six legs and wings, the insects closely resemble a grain or a nut as opposed to anything that once crawled or flew. These are just some of the…

Marina Martin Curran, sustainability manager at Vivent

PhytlSigns: analyzing and using electric signals from plants to optimize crops

“When we talk about plant communication, people know immediately what we are talking about,” explains Marina Martin Curran, sustainable development manager at Vivent. Just as trees exchange information through their roots using electrical, mechanical and chemical signals, fruit and vegetables also emit…

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Living salad bar to motivate people to start growing themselves

Walking around a massive greenhouse on the campus of Texas A&M’s Agrilife program just outside of Dallas, Joe Masabni grabs a handful of fresh basil growing out of what resembles a section of gutter from the side of a home. As he clips the basil, an aroma of herbal essence fills the space around. “You…

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Soilless culture training for youngs in Tunisia"

As part of the international cooperation project Helios, the Tunisian Union of Agriculture and Fisheries organized a training for young people in the techniques of soilless culture as a promising sector of the Tunisian economy.  In this context, head of the Tunisian Union of Agriculture and Fisheries Abdel…

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The establishment and spread of Begomovirus using ToBRF as a case study

Early detection of tomato yellow leaf curl virus (TYLCV) in a previously unaffected tomato production district in Australia allowed its spread to be evaluated spatially and temporally. The population dynamics of the TYLCV vector, Bemisia argentifolii (silverleaf whitefly, SLW), were also evaluated in a…

Two tips on strawberry truss tape installation

Recently, the team with Hebei Naltsen Trading found many truss tapes on tabletops strawberry grow systems are installed in the wrong way, which may lead to lots of trouble for strawberry grow systems. Here Jasen Zhang with Hebei Naltsen Trading explains how to do better. Tip one: the glossy side up and the…

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UK: Tlush family turns home into working hydroponic farm

Plymouth Township farmer Katie Tlush had spent 15 years as a dental hygienist when the pandemic made her a stay-at-home mom to toddlers Oliver and Lady.  Husband Jonathan is senior foreman at BMW of the Main Line.  The two had always been home gardeners.  Raising crops professionally?  In hindsight, the chickens kind of paved…

Singapore: Have a look at how rice is cultivated inside a vertical farm

Temasek Rice was harvested in a high rise, residential farm. A joint project with Netatech and Temasek Life Sciences Laboratory, these rice stalks were grown over a period of four months in a vertical farm at Blk 146 Tampines Avenue 5 in Singapore.

The all-new growfoammax substrate increases fresh weight with up to 30%

"Easier, faster and better root development from day 1"

Growfoam, a Dutch bio-tech scale-up company, introduced their new growfoammax substrate. Although it may not look like something completely new compared to their familiar growfoam growing mediums, the new substrate is completely overhauled in terms of design and structure. A softer foam and more room for…

Thorough cleaning of floating rafts and channels in hydroculture systems

There is growing demand for thorough cleaning of DWC floating rafts and NFT channels in hydroculture systems. Although hydroculture and hydroponic systems have been around for decades, the number of nurseries using these systems is rising sharply. It is essential that the floating rafts and channels used…

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Philippines: University seeks funding to extend urban farming project

The University of Science and Technology of Southern Philippines (USTP) on Wednesday proposed PHP1.2-million worth of funding as an upgrade to its existing Urban Community MicroFarm (UCM) project. In an interview, Angeli Collera, head of USTP's Center for Human Development (CHD), said the proposal…

Philippe Blanquet, from Cichorium, specialist in the cultivation of organic chicory:

“We make our custom chicory cultivation chambers available to producers around the world”

It is believed that Belgian producers of chicory roots, which were used as a substitute for coffee at a time when coffee was only available to the very rich. They were the ones who discovered that by storing some roots in damp, dark sheds, they germinated, producing light-colored shoots with a delicate…

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"Our reusable containers are in use for an extremely long time, in some cases up to 30 years"

Plastic crates are ideal for storing and transporting fruit and vegetables and are sustainable as a reusable solution. Reusable containers are the trend in fresh produce logistics. They are suitable for storage and transport from harvest to retail. When choosing the right crate, however, one should pay…

High young plant density doesn’t have to be efficient, and here’s why

“It isn’t just about your substrate or production methods; it’s about how it travels through your system,” says Bill Riffey, the general manager of grower operations at OASIS® Grower Solutions for the Americas, Europe and Africa. Joined by OASIS’ global research manager, Dr. Vijay Rapaka, Bill spoke…

Kubwimana records increased yield after turning to greenhouse farming

Jean-Paul Kubwimana is among smallholder farmers and investors in the Sustainable Agricultural Intensification and Food Security Project (SAIP) intervention sites countrywide who received greenhouses from the Project through matching grants. SAIP which is implemented under Rwanda Agriculture and Animal…

Start of white radish and radish harvest in Knoblauchsland

The radish and radish harvest in Nuremberg's Knoblauchsland is now slowly picking up speed, as Stefanie Häring of Gemüsebau Ruff-Häring. tells us. "Last weekend, about a week later than last year, we were able to harvest the first white radishes in the greenhouse, while the first radishes from the foil…

'Championing organic within agricultural policy': a manifersto

The largest certifier of organic land in the UK, OF&G (Organic Farmers & Growers) has published its manifesto ‘Championing organic within agricultural policy’ to highlight the key advantages of the organic approach in response to the unprecedented transitional upheaval in the farming sector. OF&G chief…

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In Kerala, restaurant menus now hinge on in-house hydroponic farms

Kochi-based agri-tech company sets up hydroponic farms for restaurants and resorts. Tonico Cafe in Kakkanad, Kochi, gets fresh basil, kale and cilantro from a garden on its own walls. The cafe, popular for its pastas and soups, turned to hydroponic farming a few months ago, in order to produce its own…

China: High yield and bumper harvest of peppers, popular in the market

This year, the early spring peppers in Menglong Village, Tutai Village, Daheigong Village and other places in Yisa Town, Honghe County, Yunnan Province have had a bumper harvest. At present, the harvest is nearing its end, and the purchase price is also rising. Pepper cultivation has brought a lot of…

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It’s bananas: The very different greenhouse producing tropical fruit in Norfolk County

“My friends think I’m nuts, but that’s just normal,” David laughed. “I’ve always tried something different. I don’t usually go down the same path everybody else does.” David’s divergent detour toward Canadian greenhouse production of not just bananas, but five tropical fruits (banana, papaya, guava,…

Temperature for the plant as speed and development

The proper combination of temperature, humidity, CO2 and grow light in your greenhouse determines the health and vitality of your crop. In addition, a proper balance helps to prevent the occurrence of pests and diseases. In this video, Tomatoworld tells more about this. 

AI on the farm: A new path to food self-sufficiency

Winter Farm wants to change agricultural methods in order to grow the business and achieve its ambitious goals: produce more than 13 million kilograms of fruit and replace 10% of Canada’s strawberry imports by 2025. Enter IVADO and research teams from three Quebec universities: ETS, HEC Montréal and UdeM…

Step into the Vertical Future

Prior growing experience meets data and technological innovation

“The amazing thing about our technologies and operating model is they enable us to continuously improve the offering to our customers. Let’s say a customer wants to grow a new crop type, in addition to the data already provided to them, we’re set up to conduct advanced and/or parallel trials at our R&D…

US (NC): 79-year old farmer couple continues growing food in tunnels

Small Snow Hill farmer has built his business through direct local sales of collards, heirloom variety sweet potatoes and greens At 79 years old with a lifetime of farming experience to his name, James Shackleford of Snow Hill well understands the challenges of being a small farmer and making a living…

Sustainability Report 2021

'Our approach targets the four key pillars of Environment, Economic, People and Community'

Costa Group Holdings Limited, the Australian grower, packer and marketer of fresh fruit and vegetables, has released its 2021 Sustainability Report. The 2021 Sustainability…

Double roof shade nets for bell peppers

"Double layer roof shade nets are a unique design for climate-sensitive crops such as bell pepper", the team with Indian nethouse supplier AATRE Green says. "The freely ventilated structure is built to naturally regulate temperature and relative humidity to optimum levels." In a video, they show how…

Caroline Kiening, Gemüsebau Kiening, on current cost increases

"A little more appreciation for regional products is imperative"

Rising costs on the part of the production are causing considerable hardship for many growers, especially those involved in greenhouse cultivation. Rising minimum wages, energy prices and other additional costs also dominate everyday conversations at the Munich growers' hall at the local wholesale…

"Plant needs to go to the hairdresser every week"

The cultivation of tomatoes at Tomatoworld in Honselersdijk can be followed weekly in a video by farm manager Ab van Marrewijk. This week he focuses on good crop evaporation. He draws the comparison with going to the hairdresser. Ab did it recently. The crop has to go to the hairdresser every week.

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UK: Fera Science to launch £1m insect laboratory at York base

Fera Science has invested £1m into creating an insect research laboratory at its base at bioscience hub, York Biotech Campus (YBC). The expansion involves converting a former storage unit on-site into a purpose-built insect research unit and will see the business’s presence at YBC grow by over 2,000 sq.…

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Local family farms thrive in southeastern Connecticut

It is often said that family farming in Connecticut is only a bit of the past, now swept away by suburban sprawl and by the takeover of food production by international agribusiness. Yet in southeastern Connecticut, a younger generation is helping family farms to thrive, due partly to technical…

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US (MA): No rest for the winter, Holly Hill Farm grows fresh produce all year long

Even when winter weather sets in, the desire for fresh produce doesn’t go away. Fortunately for Cohasset residents, Holly Hill Farm has the hook-up all winter long. But how is Holly Hill able to keep up their production as temperatures drop? Recent state funding along with some innovative practices have…

Tomatoes and other greenhouse commodities continue to see growing demand

Supplies of greenhouse tomatoes are strong currently. Right now, there are tomatoes coming from various growing regions throughout Canada, the United States and Mexico. “We anticipate this strong supply to continue as we head into the overlap season of the winter and spring crops,” says Ray Wowryk,…

Lettuce could protect astronauts’ bones on Mars trip

Astronauts might one day grow and eat genetically modified plants to ward off disease associated with long spaceflights. Researchers at the University of California, Davis, College of Engineering have developed a transgenic, or genetically modified, lettuce producing a drug to protect against bone…

Man starts modern farming in Jaipur after leaving job in Singapore

A young man employed with a Japanese company in Singapore has left his job to start modern and organic farming in the Dudu town of Rajasthan’s Jaipur. Bhanwar Singh Mandiwal, an entrepreneur as well as farmer mainly focuses on exotic vegetables like colored capsicum, celery, rosemary, and parsley. “I…

Revolution Farms

Lettuce eat greens: How hydroponic farms are changing the salad scene

Average winter temperatures in Caledonia, Michigan, hover around freezing, and you’re lucky if you see the sun. But at Revolution Farms, winter is the peak growing season. Rows of crisp romaine and bibb, delicate arugula, frilly red and green sweet crisp, and other varieties are sprouting, maturing or…

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Champerché opens an urban farm in a parking lot in Sartrouville

Between high buildings, a basketball court, and a nursery school, a group of about fifteen people are finishing their lunch break in the sun and are getting ready to go back to work... a few meters underground. It is this former parking lot, in the heart of the Cité des Indes in Sartrouville (Yvelines),…

California asparagus production kicks off

Mexico could see an early end to its Caborca asparagus season partly due to weather. The region has seen some cold weather patterns that could have impacted growing, according to James Paul of Greg Paul Produce Sales Inc. in Stockton, CA, which works in partnership with the Giumarra Companies. Enter the…

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Saudi scientists grew spinach in the desert by harvesting water out of thin air

Saudi Arabian summers may be dry and scorching hot, but in June last year, some 50 miles north of Jeddah, 57 seeds sprouted into healthy, seven-inch-tall water spinach leaves by harvesting water out of thin air. Like all conventional crops, spinach needs water to grow. But, in this case, the spinach…

Research on genetics will benefit both domestic and foreign growers

California strawberry industry still going strong

The state of California has almost perfect growing conditions for strawberries in three principal areas along the coast: Oxnard (2,400 hectares), Santa Maria (4600 hectares)…


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