Last remaining California pole-grown tomatoes

Harvest of vine-ripened tomatoes is around the corner

More than a million poles stretch toward the sky on 750 rolling acres in Oceanside, CA, graced by vines that will yield the season’s first vine-ripened roma and round tomatoes come the Fourth of July. Oppy offers the last remaining pole-grown tomatoes in California in its Oceanside Pole label. This year,…

Patents based on innovative plant breeding can contribute to more sustainability

The protection of the intellectual property rights of plant breeders could be used to ensure that crops are grown according to good agricultural practices and in this way promote more sustainable food production, argue Wageningen University & Research (WUR) researchers. The debate concerning patents on…

Increasingly more Coeur de Boeuf tomatoes remain in Belgium

Wim Vertommen of Den Overkant grows Coeur de Boeuf tomatoes for supermarket chain Aldi, among others. The supermarket has a lot of local products on its shelves. “We are delighted that we can supply to Belgium as well since there has been a period in which we exported 90% of our tomatoes to Italy”, Wim…

Western Herald

Student-built automated hydroponic system to be adopted by WMU greenhouse

Western Michigan University mechanical engineering students Joshua Desmon and Colin Ceisel created an automated hydroponic system for their senior design thesis in the Spring 2021 semester. Upon completion the system has been left to the WMU Finch Greenhouse, where it will remain for future research and…

Yanko Design

Tiny homes to grow and live on small space

With everyone aspiring toward’s eco-friendly and mindful ways of living, tiny homes have been taking over the architecture world and they continue to grow popular by the day. What started off as a cute little trend is now turning into a serious option for home spaces. They’re simple and minimal…

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"Sustainable year-round agriculture for Ethiopian chives go hand-in-hand with social responsibilities"

In recent years, the Dutch based company, Europe Retail Packing, has taken measures together with efforts to improve the marketing and trading of chives. DemandThe demand for chives has proven, even during the Covid pandemic, to remain stable, solid and with gradual growth. “During Covid-19’s lockdowns…

Tomato grower sees: more oxygen, more fruit, and a clean silo

This year, after a quick dip into the watering silo containing the daily supply at tomato grower Paul van Paassen, a diver confirmed: "No need to check this silo from now on Paul, because it is spotless." The Bleiswijk grower with 2.2 hectares of glass has invested in his irrigation water quality in…

Tomato family Vandevelde to grow bell peppers as well

"In France, not even a handful of growers cultivates peppers"

Until February, the newest greenhouse of the Vandevelde family in Zedelgem had tomatoes under lighting. They were one of the first in Belgium to do so. In mid-May, the tomatoes in West Flanders were swapped for young pepper plants in all colors. They hope to be among the first to do so too, in France…

Lively orders and good quotations for Matera strawberries

"Being able to harvest around 12 tons of strawberries a day in mid-June without having to worry about placing them is a true victory. In just a few months, the Matera® brand has managed to get noticed on both the general markets and domestic big retail chains and orders are not diminishing despite the…

Antonio Luengo, Councilor of Murcia:

"We understand that electricity has to be accessible everywhere. Why isn't this the case for water?"

In the Scheme of Important Issues (ETI) of the new hydrological plan of the Tagus, still in the drafting phase, the Spanish Ministry for Ecological Transition and the…

The effect of air pollution on tomato crop

The release of pollutant gases into the atmosphere as a result of anthropogenic activities exert an effect on biological systems at many levels. Combustion engines such as…

Researchers study how changing rainfall patterns could affect strawberries

University of Maine researchers are studying how changes in rainfall patterns caused by climate change could affect strawberries in the Northeast.  Principal investigator Rachel Schattman, an assistant professor of sustainable agriculture, and her research team built a precipitation and cropping simulator…

Study on characterization and use of a crop-residue-based mat mulch in the production of pepper

Agricultural mulches from plant waste constitute an ecological alternative due to their capacity to biodegrade and incorporate into the soil. This work aimed at evaluating,…

Study on preferences of different cultivars of lettuce seedlings for spectral composition of light

The spectrum of light significantly influences the growth of plants cultivated in closed systems. Five lettuce cultivars with different leaf colors were grown under white…

Vitabeam

Supercharging light provides plants with energy cocktail to fight pathogens and thrive

CEA facilities boast the most extreme, sophisticated systems of the agricultural industry. Whether it is a vertical farm, a single-tier cannabis indoor cultivation, or a gigantic tomato greenhouse, growers have to deal with extremely complex systems. Even though one might be taking all the precautions,…

Dick Schaap on the extension of opening hours in the catering industry

“Purchases are already exceeding expectations”

Recent times haven't been easy for businesses working in or with the catering industry in the Netherlands but, fortunately, this is set to change this weekend. From 5 June, catering establishments in the country will be able to open again from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. and receive guests inside. Dick Schaap…

New farms in southern Morocco will provide earlier blueberry crop

Nabil Belmkaddem, General Manager of BestBerry agro-export company, based in Kenitra province, was recently questioned about the area planted with blueberries in Morocco. He…

Johnson city press

Why do tomato plants smell like that?

Tomatoes are known for the earthy, spicy odor of the green foliage that is distinct to the species. People seem divided on whether that scent is pleasant or off-putting. As it turns out, the pungent aroma is thought to be part of the plant’s defenses against pests and disease. It’s caused by oils stored…

US (NJ): Livingston's inhabitants propose hydroponic pilot project

As the Township of Livingston continues to brainstorm ways to make the best use of its open spaces, Keith Hines and sustainable agriculture expert Tom Erickson recently proposed a hydroponic pilot project that would use a nutrient solution and water in lieu of soil for a community garden. After the duo’s…

Clarence Mwale – Fair-Mark

The man connecting Zimbabwe's resurgent horticulturalists with the export market

As the only licensed farm assurer for global accreditation in six Southern African countries, Harare-based Clarence Mwale works with 99% of the fresh produce exporters from the English-speaking parts in the region; he also has a Portuguese-speaking colleague who covers Mozambique and Angola. Right:…

Press office German fruit and vegetables:

COLossal Kohlrabi!

It is considered typically German and nowhere in the world is it as popular as in that nation. Some 56,000* tons or 13.7 million tubers* of kohlrabi were harvested in Germany in 2020. Photo: BVEO; Shutterstock/Michal_R Crisp, round and bright green – kohlrabi. Germans cultivate this crop like no other country in Europe, and they…

Wouter Willems, ZON, the Netherlands:

"This season's bell pepper supply is very up and down"

This season's bell pepper supply is very up and down. That's according to Wouter Willems. He's a sales manager at the Dutch cooperative's ZON. Why? The cold, wet spring. "We've had weeks with high volumes and others where there's very little. In the south of the Netherlands, we've just come out of a dip.…

Cover for all new and existing water silos

"If you were to take a tour of the greenhouses in the Netherlands you would see that not every water silo is well maintained. Sometimes there are even plants growing above the silo, which has consequences for the water quality and must be prevented," says Kees Ooms, director of Buwatec. He believes that…

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Study on the automated design of aquaponic grow beds

Aquaponics is a promising sustainable farming method that combines aquaculture and hydroponics. The type of crop directly determines, for example, the spacing between plants and between channels, which is critical to determine the footprint required and estimate the system productivity. This paper…

Luan Swart – Blue Drop Berries

Blackberry demand buoyed by blueberry growth

“Along with other producers we’re creating a valley full of blueberries,” says Luan Swart, managing director of Blue Drop Berries in Lydenburg on the Mpumalanga escarpment, where they established an independent blueberry farm in 2017.They are in the market from September until December; at the moment the…

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Rwanda: Modern farmer on promoting ‘cool’ farming in Kigali

Many perceive farming to be laborious work, however Jimmy Ntambala, a 33-year-old who founded Kingdom Farms, it's not so. He has taken up farming which he terms ‘cool’. “My kind of farming is a cool activity. By the time you keep thinking about where to grow your crops, your brain and body function…

ABN Amro: "Dutch farmers have the lowest environmental impact in the world"

It is not the first time, but that does not make it any less interesting: the claim by ABN Amro that 'Dutch farmers have the lowest environmental impact in the world'. The NOS…

Irrigation system fully installed at 25-acre pepper greenhouse

After a very successful project in 2017, Under Sun Acres has now completed phase two of a new 25-acre state-of-the-art glass pepper greenhouse range. This project was made in conjunction with a new natural gas co-gen station to supply power to the grid while using the heat and CO2 produced in the…

"I've never seen such a great bunch of roots"

In the Belgian region West Flanders in particular, it is still a fairly common combination of crops: lettuce and cucumber. Grower Kristof Van Dorpe of Vandogro also combines both crops with two rounds of cucumber, and lettuce in winter. In mid-May, his two greenhouses, each with a surface area of 7,500…

Vertical Harvest

Vertical Harvest to begin Westbrook farm construction in August 2021

"I believe that we need to be open-sourced to succeed"

“With our first site in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, we didn’t have much space and felt that a horizontal greenhouse wouldn’t achieve our goals for food production and job creation,” explains Nona Yehia, co-founder and chief executive officer of Vertical Harvest. An architect by trade, Nona has always been…

Study on the use of intellectual property systems in plant breeding

Breeding innovations are relevant for sustainable agricultural development and food security, as new, resilient production systems require crop varieties optimally suited for these systems. In the societal debate around genetic engineering and other plant breeding innovations, ownership of patents on the…

Blueberries and gold: power couple shows way forward for African mining

By next month the establishment of a first phase of 98,000 blueberry plants on land provided by a mining company will be completed, and by next year the first crop of approximately 300 tonnes will be ready for export. South African mining company Pan African Resources, the owner of Barberton Mines,…

Less blind ones and (even) more quality in cultivation with specialist propagation advice

One Greek, one Frenchman in New Zealand and one Dutchman, this is how many crop advisers specifically aimed at plant propagators Hans van Herk of Propagation Solutions knows. That is why he has stepped into this specific branch himself for the past three years. Hans helps plant growers worldwide with…

Air-based mechanical stimulation controls plant height

Mechanical stimulation to produce stable and high-quality crops under greenhouse conditions is a promising alternative to chemical growth retardants. However, plant tissue…

Remko Oirbans, Fresh2You:

"Dutch strawberry season getting well underway"

"The Dutch strawberry season began in early May at Fresh2You. We're delighted with the quality so far," says Remko Oirbans. "This season, the strawberries were delayed considerably, and demand was high. AGF.NL has reported that several times. That's affected prices. Fortunately, we now have beautiful summer weather,…

‘Fruit picking Australians are quitting just two hours into the job’

Unemployed Australians are said to be quitting their fruit picking jobs just hours after starting, leaving growers with a dire shortage of workers. Covid measures have shut…

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Certhon wraps up 7th raspberry trial successfully

“Raspberry isn’t the first crop that comes to mind when figuring out which crops to grow indoors,” Andrea Huegler, R&D Engineer and Agronomist at Certhon said. “However, we accepted the challenge and decided to go for it as there are a lot of benefits to growing it in a controlled environment.” After…

Study on how fullerenol can ameliorate iron deficiency in hydroponic cucumber

Among engineered nanomaterials designed for sustainable crop production, water-soluble fullerene derivatives offer unique properties with broad biological applications. In this paper, the role of fullerenol in the amelioration of iron (Fe) deficiency (the most common and widespread nutrition disorder) in…

The best strawberries to grow in hot locations

It's strawberry season in many parts of the U.S, and supermarkets are teeming with these fresh heart-shaped treats. Although the bright red, juicy fruit can grow almost…

US (TX): Fluence to collaborate with Prospiant to supply LEDs to NA

"This collaboration gives growers confidence when choosing lights for projects"

Fluence will serve as the preferred LED technology supplier within Prospiant’s full ecosystem offerings. “Fluence has demonstrated through its innovative approach to lighting design and successful partnerships that it is a capable market leader in LED technology for cannabis, indoor farm, and greenhouse…

Vegetables turning fluorescent under stress

A team of researchers at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem has introduced a gene for a fluorescent protein (roGFP2) in a potato plant which is sensitive to the chemical molecules of stress and turns the plant itself into a sensor through genetics.  When the plants are subjected to stress such as cold temperatures…

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Teens Grow Greens gives youth a taste of healthy foods

"I've never tried zucchini before"

For many teenagers, an after-school or summer job is about making extra money. For the Milwaukee teens involved with Teens Grow Greens, the benefits don’t stop at a paycheck. “We’re all about experiential education that’s transformative because it develops skills, creates a place of belonging and…

Midwestern growers claim their strawberries are top of the line

Many US berry consumers are searching for the bright red delights that are now either available or will soon be ready in many patches throughout the Midwest. The growers there…

On June 1, the new electric rate comes into effect

Irrigating crops could cost Spanish farmers up to 50% more from June

As of June 1, the way Spain calculates its electricity bill will change, following the new system established by the Ministry for the Ecological Transition and the Demographic…

Russia raises Turkey's tomato import quota to 300,000 tons

On Monday, Russia's Ministry of Agriculture published an order increasing Turkey's tomato import quota from 250,000 to 300,000 tons. Russia sanctioned Turkey with a food…

EU tomato growers unite against the agreement with Morocco

Tomato producers in Italy, France, Portugal, and Spain have complained to Community authorities that Morocco is breaching the Association Agreement the EU signed with that…

Study on immune function of small chloroplasts in the epidermal cells of plants

It is said that 10 to 15% of the world's agricultural production loss is caused by diseases. And since 70-80% of this plant disease is caused by filamentous fungi, protecting crops from filamentous fungi is an important issue in effectively feeding the world population. In order for pathogenic fungi to…

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FDA releases results of FY20-FY21 romaine lettuce sampling assignment

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is releasing the findings of a sampling assignment that tested raw agricultural commodity romaine lettuce mostly at facilities and on farms in the Salinas, California, and Yuma, Arizona, growing regions for the presence of pathogens that have been linked to outbreaks…

Study on nutrient control in electrical conductivity-based nutrient recycling soilless culture system

An electrical conductivity (EC)-based closed-loop soilless culture system is practical for in-field deployment. Literature on the closed-loop soilless culture nutrient management premise the limitations in managing recycled nutrients under dynamic changes in individual nutrient uptake concentrations.…

Driver crashes in Spanish tomato greenhouse

On Friday, May 28, there was a traffic accident in Vicar that ended up with the destruction of a tomato greenhouse and its production. According to police sources, the…

Nicofruit

Inspire strawberries to be available for another 15 days

"It looks like plants are really productive this year – we managed to harvest around 20 tons of Inspire strawberries every day, even though the season is coming to an end. We are thinking of replicating what happened last year, so commercialization will continue for another 15 days," reports Demetrio…

New Zealand

Produce may be in short supply as Canterbury floodings disrupt vegetable harvest

Persistent, heavy rain is causing severe flooding in parts of Canterbury. Hundreds of residents have been evacuated from their homes following rising river levels, including…

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Webinar: lighting's role in plant propagation

Greenhouse growers and indoor farmers have long explored the application of on-site young plant production. As LED technology has evolved, greenhouse growers have adopted vertical farming techniques for young plant production, ultimately saving space and producing higher-quality plants before…

Connecting food production systems: greenhouses, aquaculture and algae cultivation

Fish farming and vegetable growing are quite suitable to be combined: together they can form an innovative agri-food chain. A Mexican greenhouse horticulture company wants to explore the options for such a circular system and preferably also integrate it with algae cultivation. The Greenhouse…

Study on valorization of specialized metabolites of basil cultivars depending on cultivation method

In addition to its distinct aroma and flavor, because of which it is often used in various foods and dishes, basil has recently become increasingly popular because of its rich…

Effect of pH on growth, yield and quality of Taraxacum officinale and Reichardia picroides in a floating hydroponic system

Given the important medicinal and nutritional value of wild edible greens, in the last few years there is an increasing interest in their domestication and commercial exploitation. However, information concerning their adaptation to environmental conditions and their response to modern agricultural…

Study on howanker plants and landscape composition influence colonisation precocity of tomato greenhouses by mirid predators

Conservation biological control involves the manipulation of the environment to enhance the effectiveness of natural enemies in controlling crop pests. In this study, we…

Milestones in technological development of strawberry ripeness detection software

Organifarms’ software development team has successfully integrated the ripeness estimation which now enables the detection of the exact degree of ripeness of the fruit. This not only helps in reaching better harvesting results but also in planning the next harvest. Another step that is completed, is the…

Study on survival and reproduction of Harmonia axyridis under insecticides used in tomato plants

Agriculture depends on the correct use of different methods for pest control, however the cultivation methods adopted for Solanaceae demand numerous pesticide applications. These products can be either harmful or selective to beneficial organisms, such as Coccinellidae predators. The aim of this study…

Vegetable grower strengthens partnerships with local family-operated farms

With demand for locally sourced produce on the rise, Lipman Family Farms is advancing its commitment to family-operated farms through the Lipman Local program. Partnering with small- to medium-sized growers nationwide, the program has evolved over the last decade by expanding acreage, increasing supply…

Blueberry cultivar selection tool for Florida growers developed

As growers wind down this year’s Florida blueberry season, they can look to a new UF/IFAS tool to help them decide whether to remove any existing blueberry cultivars and/or…

Turning waste food into materials, strong enough for construction projects

Food scraps get a bold new life

Most people don't think much about the food scraps they throw away; however, investigators from the Institute of Industrial Science at The University of Tokyo have developed a new method to reduce food waste by recycling discarded fruit and vegetable scraps into robust construction materials. Worldwide industrial and household…

Tasmanian-based Agronico shifted focus to 'all things mini tubers and seed potatoes'

Over three decades, Agronico has shifted its focus from an agriculture consultancy business to all things mini tubers and seed potatoes. The business is always aiming to improve and is currently working on a five-year plan to enhance customer experience, while offering world-class procedures and…

Committee criticises UK government’s ’last minute approach’ to finalising overseas workers' recruitment scheme

With the 2021 fruit and vegetable season already underway, a cross-party committee has criticised the UK government’s ’last minute approach’ to finalising of its recruitment…

Tanzanian growers urged to grow chili peppers to keep away elephants

Earlier this week, a Tanzanian government senior official urged growers living close to wildlife protected areas to fence their farms with chili peppers; this is expected to…

Dutch growers merge pepper businesses

Plant nursery Het Westland and Powergrow plan a merger starting the 1st of January, 2022. Both companies respond to the current upscaling in the fruit and vegetable market for both suppliers and buyers by merging. After the merger, the company will continue to cultivate pointed sweet peppers, a product…

Interius Farms

Indoor farming technology seeks to localize agriculture

“The goal is to have the first crops in the system in August of this year,” Zeman said. “It’s going to take a pretty serious pull from everyone involved to get us there.” Whereas traditional agriculture grows in outdoor fields or gardens, Interius Farms uses hydroponics and vertical farming to grow…

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Growing success for Far North Queensland horticulture company

Produce from the Crystal Creek Plantation at Rollingstone, north of Townsville, will end up in local markets, as owners Kerry Boswell and Sven Fehrenbacher are selling their…

Azienda F.lli Sardelli

Cardboard punnet to valorize Sibilla strawberries

Marco Sardelli is 28 years old and boasts the enthusiasm and drive to do better which is so typical of young people. His father Massimo and his uncle Leonardo, who founded the company, are giving him space and he is working to valorize the medium-late strawberries produced at the foothills in Longiano…

South Korea; Pusan National University research

Portable electronic nose system able to detect fruit freshness

South Korean researchers have been able to develop a portable electronic nose system that can determine the level of freshness of fruit at agricultural wholesale markets,…

'Made in Italy' fruit and vegetables focusing on communication to consumers and product quality

The new European strategies From Farm to Fork and Green Deal show the importance of communication and projects such as Made in Nature, which are increasingly decisive for accompanying the growth of organic farming and sensitizing consumers to the importance of consuming organic fruit and vegetables.…

Ton van Dalen (Oxin Growers) about the Dutch greenhouse vegetable market:

"Many bell pepper order cancellations, cucumber prices should rise"

Dutch greenhouse vegetable sales have faced several challenges. There was a shortage of light, cold weather, and COVID-19 prevention measures. Ton van Dalen is Oxin Growers' commercial director. Here, he provides an update. That's about the tomato, cucumber, bell pepper, and aubergine markets. "The bell…

An effective tool to maintain fruit freshness and good quality

PlanFresh is a technology that preserves fruit using 1-methylcyclopropene (1-MCP). It can keep the fruit colorful, fragrant, juicy, and flavorful during transit and storage, keeping the fruit fresh at all times. Cathy is the commercial manager at Chesen and she introduced the function and usage of…

"Demand for this hot pepper peaks between November and April, especially in Canada and Europe"

Cuba boosts habanero pepper exports

The Grupo Empresarial Agrícola (GAG), belonging to the Cuban Ministry of Agriculture (Minag), has bet on habanero chili, a product that has a stable demand in the…

Identifying white mold in tomato production

White mold, or timber rot, is caused by the soil-borne fungal pathogen, Sclerotinia sclerotiorum. The photo on right shows a high tunnel tomato plant with main stem infected by white mold. Over time the entire plant will slowly collapse looking similar to a wilt or root rot pathogen as the water supply…

Eco-friendly plant canopies and urban furniture provide high-tech plantscaping

At first glance, a startup working to battle climate change through its series of high-tech plant canopies would seem to have little in common with a 155-year-old global automotive fastener supplier. But in the case of France’s Urban Canopee and supplier ARaymond, the pair was able to find common ground.…

Tunisia to develop sustainable methods to increase crop production

The Center for Sustainable Development at Qatar University (QU) was recently awarded a project to produce biological fertilizers based on salt-tolerant microorganisms to promote organic crop production in Qatar. The project is in response the Food Security Call from the Qatar National Research Fund and…

Project captures waste nutrients from water for use in agriculture

Scientists have refined a transformational process that allows nitrate to be captured from drinking water for use in agriculture as a liquid fertilizer. The NTPlus project,…

Study: SlGRAS4 accelerates fruit ripening by regulating ethylene biosynthesis genes and SlMADS1 in tomato

GRAS proteins are plant-specific transcription factors that play crucial roles in plant development and stress responses. However, their involvement in the ripening of…

Research shows watermelons actually came from northeast Africa

Just in time for picnic-table trivia, a new study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences rewrites the origins of domesticated watermelons. Using DNA…

Pandemic hits tomato growers on Crete

The Covid pandemic has negatively impacted tomato producers on Crete, as demand for their product has plunged. The unseasonably warm April weather has meant that tomatoes, of…

Disinfectant chamber expedites produce arrivals, reducing clearance delays

Logistics have been severely impacted by the pandemic and the domino effect of multiple port delays has been a disaster for many companies involved in the supply chain of fresh produce. In order to continue shipping fresh produce overseas, Australia-based SRE Innovation found a solution that plays a key…

Natasha and Francois Kriel – Fab Fresh Farming

New enterprise fills gap left by vegetable farmers exiting the industry

After being wiped out by hail and the heavy rain of this past summer in the Magalies in the North West Province, Natasha and Francois Kriel grabbed the chance to get back into the saddle when a vegetable farm in Tarlton, Gauteng, became available a few months ago. On the 18ha farm, equipped with…

Israeli startup developing robotic pollinator raises $4 million

Israeli startup Arugga, which is developing an autonomous robot for treating and monitoring individual plants in greenhouses, has completed a $4 million pre-A series funding round led by Cresson and with participation by Smart Agro, an agri-tech R&D partnership traded on the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange.  Arugga,…

Supplying Madrid with locally grown strawberries

The aim of the Spanish institute IMIDRA (Madrid Institute for Rural, Agrarian and Food Research and Development) is that hotels and restaurants in Madrid can supply itself for 100% with locally grown, quality strawberries. Strawberry grower Fernando Alcazar is one of the first that joins in this…

Vine tomato grower optimizes internal transport with new electric tow tractors

Four Bull 4 electric tractors have recently started driving n the greenhouse at vine tomato grower Mont Royal in Waddinxveen. The grower is thus investing in internal transport. Floris van den Berg, co-owner of the family business, which grows coarse vine tomatoes: “We chose this tractor because we have…

Study on effects of hydrogen peroxide on organically fertalized hydroponic lettuce

Hydroponic production typically uses conventional fertilizers, but information is lacking on the use of organic hydroponic fertilizers. The development of microbial…

Tasmanian-based business Agronico

Thriving on fertile Tasmanian soil and continuous improvement

Over three decades, Agronico has shifted its focus from an agriculture consultancy business to all things mini tubers and seed potatoes. The business is always aiming to improve and is currently working on a five-year plan to enhance customer experience, while offering world-class procedures and…

New University of Florida IFAS Extension Video:

Five tips on extra phosphorus for flowering (and other myths)

Dr. Paul Fisher from the University of Florida IFAS Extension presents Five Tips on Extra Phosphorus for Flowering (and Other Myths) in a new YouTube video. Fisher discusses research on how much phosphorus you really need for crops such as transplants, flowers, blueberries, and cannabis. Many growers and…

Effect of heat treatment on tomato cultivars with different heat susceptibility

High temperature seriously effects on plant vegetative and reproductive development and reduces productivity of plants, while to increase crop yield is the main target in most crop heat stress tolerance improvement breeding programs, not just survival, under high temperature. The aim or a recent research…

Robot builders continue to take steps

The Network Smart Horticulture saw the light in 2018. Since then, the robot builders have been committed to accelerating innovation in horticulture. Almost thirty companies have already joined. Now they want to take the next steps. That is why on 11 May an online meeting was held under the leadership of…

"It can look like you have enough pickers on paper but until they actually turn up you just don’t know"

The English strawberry season got off to a slow start and is still running behind schedule due to continued colder than average weather. “The strawberry crop is around 10 days behind,” said Chris Rose, Commercial Controller at Asplins Producer Organisation. “The Scottish season is more on track which may…

Horticulture protects innovation with more than just a patent

What do Nunhems, Signify*, Gege Machinebouw, Erfgoed Nederland and Van der Valk Horti Systems have in common? They are all major patent applicants within their market segment.…

Growing the ag work force, one classroom at a time

Agriculture is the second largest industry in Florida with an estimated market value of over $7.46 billion according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, but the uncertainty of the industry’s future labor force remains, as the average age of the farmer increases each year. UF/IFAS works to address this…

Study on effects of grafting rootstock on the antioxidant capacity of tomatoes in hydroponic culture

Heirloom tomato varieties are in demand by consumers due to high antioxidant levels. However, these varieties are difficult to produce and are prone to disease. To overcome…

The search for sustainable alternatives

How to fill the gap that is left by peat?

The demand for growing media is expected to explode in the coming decades, but will there be enough to meet this high demand, particularly when the future availability and use of peat is an issue? The search for sustainable alternatives is ongoing for several years now, but regarding the timeline, it…

Research on crop growing factory: focusing on lighting and environmental control

Recently, the interest in plant factory-based crop production technologies is rising following the application of smart farm technology to the agricultural arena. A lettuce production system platform is proposed in this study considering the effects of indoor environmental conditions and artificial light…

Cobbledick Produce SA

Exploring the potential for coloured vegetables in the Australian market

A South Australian vegetable grower says there is an untapped market for specialty vegetables such as coloured cauliflower and Romanesco. Cobbledick Produce SA, are sixth-generation market gardeners at Uraidla, in the Adelaide Hills, and co-owner Richard Cobbledick says he was immediately attracted to…

New paper clamshell for tomatoes introduced

Jacobs Farm del Cabo is excited to introduce a paper-based clamshell under the del Cabo brand as an alternative to single-use plastic clamshells. This year alone, the paperboard pack is projected to reduce the company’s plastic waste by half a million pounds. “Plastic reduction is an important part of…

Bruno Caggia from Citrosol

How to reduce the use of fertilizers by 2030 and halve plant protection products by 2050

There is a lot of talk about the Farm to Fork (F2F) strategy, the ten-year plan devised by the European Commission to guide the ecological transition towards a fair, healthy and environmentally-friendly food system. It is one of the seven policies the Green New Deal is based on to reduce the use of…

Study on minimal requirements for plants on textile substrates in low-cost hydroponic systems

With a growing world population and the concentration of citizens in big cities, new methods of agriculture are required. Vertical farming attracts more attention in mending…

What are the supply chain lessons learned from 2020?

Whether corporation or small business, the COVID pandemic has undoubtedly caused the supply chain to buckle. The first few weeks of the nationwide shelter-in-place were a time when availability of many products was extremely limited due to panic buying. There were similar situations everywhere, and…

Greenhouse cultivation of exotics in Amsterdam?

Many people of many different cultures call Amsterdam-Zuidoost in the Netherlands home. So, there's a great demand for exotic fruit and vegetables. The Amsterdam city council wants…

Study on water quality and farming growth benefits of intelligence aquaponics system

In 2019, the degree of food self-support in Taiwan was 32.08%, which was lower than that in the previous year by 2.4%. Taiwan does not have the ability to control the availability of food in the face of a food crisis. This study used an aquaponics system to implement the mutualism of fish, flowers,…

Study on extensive management system to enhance marketable yield of tomato landraces

Landraces are a valuable part of World agricultural heritage, however, the production of them requires compromises from consumers in terms of visual characteristics. In…

"We avoid plastic waste, we close the material loop"

The BASF Group's agricultural research station requires plant pots in large quantities every year. With the help of Pöppelmann TEKU, a supplier of plastic products for commercial horticulture, special pots made of 100 percent PCR were developed, the material of which is returned to the plastics…

NL: Westland Horti Tours restarts guided tours through the greenhouses

Westland Horti Tours has started giving tours of the Westland greenhouses again. This was not possible for a while due to the corona measures, but recently the first tours of this year took place again. Two students from ArtEZ University of the Arts with an interest in water management were given a tour…

Are the fungi we have now the same as they were in the past?

Introducing fungi to the greenhouse is generally not something growers are excited to do but can prove to be pretty useful and educational, which is why it is one of the things Jantinke-Hofland-Zijlstra wants to help growers achieve. The consultant researcher started her own company on the 4th of January…

"This initiative has benefited the nutrition of more than 3,000 low-income families in Surco"

Peru's largest vertical organic garden donates its vegetables to soup kitchens

Peru's largest vertical organic garden is located in 685 m² of El Aire park in Surco. The garden has more than 600 linear meters of panels with 11,000 pots made out of…

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Proxy F1, a rustic, versatile and reliable tomato variety

The Italian company ISI Sementi is a leader in the midi plum segment, and it is not by chance that one of the most successful and popular slogans is 'Where there's plum tomatoes, there's ISI'. The most successful variety is Proxy F1, a rustic, versatile and reliable crop, which over the years has become…

5 Things to check when comparing lighting designs for LED grow lights

As a grower, you invest in supplemental LED grow lights because they power the yield and quality of your crops. In fact, the rule of thumb is that 1% light output equals 1% crop yield. So, it is vital that your LED lighting investment delivers the full performance you paid for. The performance is…

Chinese researchers finished field experiment in deserts

Growing in the desert: from sand to fertile soil

After more than ten years of research, changing sand into soil has been achieved by a research team of Chongqing Jiaotong University in China. Since they started their first field experiment in the Ulan Buh Desert in China, the team has successfully soilized deserts in Inner Mongolia, Xinjiang, Sichuan…

Flashy promotion opportunity for vegetable shelf?

Imagine if we could promote the vegetable shelf this way!  

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US grower-shippers can expect to see lingering effects of fuel shortage in coming weeks

Fuel prices stole headlines this week, spurred by the shutdown of the Colonial pipeline in response to online hackers. Although the pipeline, which serves much of the East coast, is now back online, full recovery is expected to take up to several weeks in some areas. Currently from 50-70% of gas stations…

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"Hightech horticulture doesn't attract enough outside capital"

His exposure to the family fruit farm in Wolseley, converted to high-tech blueberry farming, demonstrated to Derek Stanford of Primocane Capital, the opportunities offered by high-tech horticulture but, equally, that recapitalization opportunities for asset managers and investors in the horticultural…

Searching for the (real) cause of a ToBRFV infection

The Tomato Brown Rugose Fruit Virus (ToBRFV) originated in 2014 in the Middle East but is now a threat to all growers, wherever they are. The virus makes no distinction between conventional and organic growers. Once infected, both growers have to completely disinfect their greenhouse, keep it clean and…

Increasing early blueberry yield with hydrogen cyanamide on bud break

Highbush blueberries need sufficient chilling exposure to induce bud break and flowering, which limits their cultivation in warm areas as well as the profitability of…

Study: can the adoption of protected cultivation facilities affect farm sustainability?

Given the increasing threat of climate change to agriculture, determining how to achieve farm sustainability is important for researchers and policymakers. Among others,…

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Researchers trace path of light in photosynthesis

Heliobacteria, a type of bacteria that uses photosynthesis to generate energy, has reaction centers thought to be similar to those of the common ancestors for all photosynthetic organisms. Now, a University of Michigan team has determined the first steps in converting light into energy for this…

Kelp, maggots and mycoprotein must be mass-farmed to combat malnutrition

Radical changes to the food system are needed to safeguard our food supply and combat malnutrition in the face of climate change, environmental degradation, and epidemics, says a new report. Researchers at the University of Cambridge say our future global food supply cannot be safeguarded by traditional…

Moderate demand on ample celery supplies

Supplies of celery are plentiful in the marketplace currently. Supplies are better than they were last year at this time. Currently production is happening in Oxnard, CA but will transition to Castroville, CA by the end of the month. As for competing supplies, Florida has finished up with its production.…

How technology can help resolve the food waste problem

While most sustainability practices focus on eradicating the negative effects of plastic on the environment, they fail to realize that food waste, while biodegradable in many cases, is also just as harmful. This has been a growing problem worldwide. Harmful Effects of food wasteA 2018 study by the Boston…

Proexport's general assembly debates the need to maintain the conditions of the Tajo-Segura transfer

"They want to force us to stop using fresh water at 11 cents/m³ and start using desalinated water at 60 cents/m³"

On Friday, the president of the Region of Murcia, Fernando Lopez Miras, closed the general assembly of the Association of Producers and Exporters of Fruits and Vegetables of…

Ready-to-use bioreactor brings tissue culture back home

Over the years, tissue culture has moved abroad due to rising labor costs. However, if it is up to ViVi Green Innovators, this will soon be history. Thanks to their automation of tissue culture through the use of bioreactors, growers are able to save on labor, while still guaranteeing hygienic…

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Mexico experiencing one of the most widespread and intense droughts in decades

NASA published a statement in which it explains the drought situation in Mexico and ensures that the country is experiencing one of the most widespread and intense in decades. According to the space agency, 85% of the territory is facing these conditions, which has affected the drinking water resources…

US: Scientists collaborate globally to improve agriculture

The United Nations has dedicated 2021 to spreading the word about the importance of fruits and veggies. The International year of fruits and vegetables highlights not only human nutrition but also the efforts of science and technology to improve sustainable production and reduce waste. Scientists in…

Two Tanzanians take ‘smart’ hydroponics closer to homes

Two Tanzanian youth, who viewed horticultural challenges as a business opportunity started exploring and customizing soil-less farming by using modern technologies. Based on their idea, the two young men won $5000 (about Sh11 million) from the Royal Danish Embassy and Sahara Ventures in 2019 – a sum…

Connecting small-scale growers with post-Covid-19 digital marketing options

Small-scale grower operations have their advantages despite being challenged by access to large markets and limits on resources. In urban and rural environments, challenges that emerged from COVID-19 brought small-scale farms to light. Having an edge in e-commerce post-Covid-19 has presented a new set of…


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