Cultivation

Alexandre Picault, Kultive:

“We are confident about the 2023 cucumber campaign”

Many cucumber producers were faced with a lot of uncertainty last year regarding the success of the 2022 season, but cucumbers are gaining in popularity in France. "Cucumber prices had increased by more than 30% at the end of the previous campaign. Thanks to prices that remained high throughout the…

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New grant to grow fresh produce, health equity for CNY refugees

A new greenhouse is coming to the nonprofit Refugee and Immigrant Self-Empowerment, or RISE. The organization's agriculture program teaches refugees from countries around the world how to farm in the upstate climate. A recent $30,000 grant will help the organization grow its resources to expand its…

Hanania Avakrat of Shorashim Nursery discusses DryGair dehumidifiers

“Our dehumidifiers still control humidity after 13 years”

Shorashim, founded in 1982, is one of the largest nurseries in Israel. They specialize in growing vegetable and spice seedlings using advanced manufacturing processes and technologies. The nursery includes 10 hectares of greenhouses and provides over 150 million seedlings a year to farmers all over the…

Grower guidelines released for strawberry variety Malling Centenary

Malling Fruits has issued grower guidelines for Malling Centenary, its most successful variety that has become the strawberry industry’s standard Junebearer variety. Bred by…

Organic farm results higher than for conventional farms

Organic farms achieved a higher balance than conventional farms during the period 2011-2020. The balance is the difference between revenues and costs. In 2020, the balance for organic farms averaged 110 thousand euros, almost a quarter higher than that of conventional farms, where the balance averaged 89…

Chilly Arizona temperatures and winds impact lettuce production

Cold weather is making its way through the Arizona/California desert region. There, cold winds have gusts up to 40 mph. Markon reports that morning low temperatures will dip to between the upper 20°Fs-to upper 30°Fs, and widespread lettuce ice is expected to develop until Saturday, January 21. Lettuce…

Jan Reymers, managing director of Gemüsehandel Reymers, offers iceberg lettuce from Spain

"For a long time, iceberg lettuce was much too cheap"

Both in summer and winter, iceberg lettuce is the mainstay of Gemüsehandel Reymers Ltd at the Hamburg wholesale market. "For a long time, iceberg lettuce was much too cheap. There were many traders here at the wholesale market who offered their goods very cheaply and pushed the price down accordingly,"…

Widespread lettuce ice forming in Arizona

The Arizona and California desert region experienced strong winds early in the week, resulting in current morning temperatures dipping into the low-to mid-30°Fs, causing widespread lettuce ice to form. Low temperatures will persist for the next five days, with continuing lettuce ice events through the early…

Benny Cuypers, BelOrta:

"Traditional winter vegetables seem to be filling greenhouse vegetable supply gap"

The almost complete lack of Dutch and Belgian greenhouse vegetables this winter should come as no surprise. However, 'traditional Belgian winter vegetables' seem to be filling…

US (GA): Kennesaw State-based mushroom farming business takes honors at innovation challenge

A business founded by researchers at Kennesaw State University to improve the process of growing specialty mushrooms won the People’s Choice Award and finished among four finalists at the Ag Innovation Challenge sponsored by the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF). (in the picture: Chris Cornelison)…

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In Iceland, greens are grown in geothermal-heated greenhouses

Iceland has so many contrasts. Being a lightly populated island north of usual routes, it has to be very self-sufficient wherever practical. During my visits, the somewhat limited bills of fare that make up the traditional diet are easy to understand. It’s the twenty-first century, and much more variety…

US (PA): Penn State assists Cameroonian refugees with specialty mushroom ventures

Specialty mushrooms such as oyster are relatively easy to grow on a small scale, making them attractive to those looking to diversify a farm, engage in a hobby or launch a small business. Research-based information from Penn State about producing specialty mushrooms also may benefit people from a…

How much light do different crops need?

There is an optimal amount of light for every crop. At lower levels, plant production levels fall. But too much light also depresses yield and quality. So customization is vital. Here, ReduSystems shares a list of light levels tailored to specific crops. Tomatoes and cucumbers(MAX. 30 MOL/M2) These crops…

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Growers with the Real Organic Project present real ideas for solutions

Dave Chapman knows tomatoes. Since 1984, he’s been growing them in Vermont at Long Wind Farm, perfecting his use of greenhouses to extend the season from as early as March to as late as December. So he’s enthusiastic about taking measures to make tomato growing as productive as possible for as long as…

Northern European growers deal with energy crisis

"Year-round strawberry cultivation: challenging, but not impossible"

The quality of winter strawberries can be outstanding, but it comes at a cost - and with the rise of the energy prices, that cost increased significantly. What does that mean for the year-round strawberry cultivation in Northern Europe? That was discussed during last weeks Strawberry Day.  A packed hall, with…

Photo report: Record attendance for International Soft Fruit Conference

From Azerbaijan to Canada. The International Soft Fruit Conference, held yesterday in the Brabanthallen in Den Bosch, the day after the Dutch Strawberry Day, attracted an international audience. It might not come as a surprise: developments in the sector are moving globally and at lightning speed. Polish…

Eating dark green vegetables can aid in losing visceral fat

Visceral fat is stored deep in the belly. Having too much of it has been linked to various medical issues such as diabetes, heart disease, and even certain cancers. This means…

The Tea Podcast with Camille Schuneman of Cajun Acres Hydroponic Greenhouse

In a recent episode of the Tea Podcast, host Ben Powers interviewed Camille Schuneman, owner of Cajun Acres Hydroponic Greenhouse, a new age, female-operated business of farming lettuce for the local restaurants in the Acadiana region, Lafayette, US. During the interview, the two discussed an array of…

"Plant loss? Investigate what causes it"

Suppliers of cuttings or plants do everything they can to provide growers with disease-free material. Or growers do their own propagation, in which case they also prefer to do it as healthily as possible. Yet there is often quite a lot of plant loss in new crops. Control during propagation often goes…

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UAE: “Growing in soil is more expensive, but the plant is so much better”

“Almost everything sold in stores is grown hydroponically, but we are growing in soil which makes New Leaf one of the farms that are truly contributing to a clean and highly nutritious food supply,” says Adam Pitts, Founder of vertical farm New Leaf. Farm manager Ian Geronimo, and New Leaf founder Adam…

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Local farmers growing vegetables in underused spaces feed Singapore sustainably

Walk around Singapore, and you’ll find people growing vegetables in many corners of the island, from rooftop farms to herb gardens in hotels, community plots near homes, and indoor systems in industrial buildings. Over the past decade, urban farming has spread and flourished in Singapore, with Mr. Bjorn…

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US: New bulletin on transitioning to organic production released

Sustainable Agriculture Research & Education (SARE) has released a new bulletin, Transitioning to Organic Production, that lays out basic transition strategies for livestock, field crop, and horticultural systems, including a summary of the certification process and the National Organic Program…

Indonesian agriculture minister impressed by how UAE grows fruits and vegetables in desert

An Indonesian agriculture minister is surprised at the way the UAE is scripting a green history in the desert areas of Abu Dhabi. Last week, Dr. Syahrul Yasin Limpo, Minister of Agriculture, and a delegation visited the facilities of Elite Agro Group (EAG) – a leading local producer and distributor of…

14 weeks after sowing first crop of strawberries grown on rockwool

ABZ Seeds is conducting a trial of growing the F1 variety Soraya on stone wool this winter. Twelve weeks after sowing, the first fruits are visible. In a video, the breeders take viewers through the entire cultivation process, which can be harvested after 14 weeks. At ABZ, they see growth in growing…

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US (FL): Crops appear mostly unscathed by unusual cold

Florida’s citrus, fruit and vegetable crops appear to have escaped any widespread damage from some of the coldest weather in years, officials with state growers associations said. A cloud cover helped protect citrus trees in areas where the thermometer hovered around or below freezing, though there may…

US: Something is hiding in the lettuce capital of the world

Thrips are roughly half the size of a grain of rice, so it’s hard to believe that an insect this small could do millions of dollars of damage to crops in the Salinas Valley each year. But thanks to research led by ARS Entomologist Daniel Hasegawa, along with university, along with university, community,…

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Extreme cold weather expected in Tajikistan and Uzbekistan

Growers and representatives of the greenhouse business in Uzbekistan and Tajikistan are worried about the weather forecast for the coming days. A cold air mass from Russia is expected from January 10 to January 15, 2023. The air temperature at night can drop to -20-22° C in some regions, which is…

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Why the experience of champignon growers, high-tech greenhouses and witloof producers should not be ignored

Key mistakes of vertical farms

In her speech at the “Vertical Farms: Development Strategies, Business Models and Risks” online conference, Kateryna Poberezhna, FAO International Consultant, noted that “Very expensive technologies and an insufficient level of knowledge are also challenges, especially since this is not only agronomy but engineering, as well.”…

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Indo-Israel Centre of Excellence for Vegetables showcases yellow and purple cauliflowers

The Indo-Israel Centre of Excellence for Vegetables in Gharaunda has been successfully cultivating colored cauliflower, namely purple and yellow cauliflowers. Several…

US (TN): UT extension center for profitable agriculture project focuses on specialty crop production

A multi-year project led by the University of Tennessee Extension Center for Profitable Agriculture (CPA) is helping Tennesseans make informed decisions about producing and marketing specialty crops. The project, “Chronicling Tennessee’s Specialty Crop Landscape,” studies Tennessee producers who grow and…

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High-tech New Zealand strawberries on the horizon

New Zealanders will be able to enjoy spray-free strawberries grown through a high-tech new system almost all year round through a Government-backed pilot project based in…

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US: Pepper imports from Spain prohibited

The U.S. has suspended imports of fresh bell peppers from Spain due to multiple Medfly detections during Customs and Border Protection (CBP) inspections of commercial…

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Russian Scientists develop new technology for Plant Breeding

Skolkovo (Russia), Dec 30 (ANI/ TV BRICS): The scientists at Skoltech Agri-technologies Design Centre are using the latest breeding technologies to produce plants with special qualities. They are producing wheat that can grow in permafrost and other forage crops that are immune to diseases and pests.…

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Harvest pesticide-free greens at PJ mall’s rooftop farm

Consumers can now harvest their own pesticide-free vegetables at the rooftop farm of a Petaling Jaya mall. Fresh Growcer at 1 Utama Shopping Centre in Petaling Jaya is open daily from 11 am to 8 pm. The farm’s vegetables get their nutrients from fish waste, and 95% less water is used compared to…

UAE: Pilot farms supply over 500kg of berries to local retailers for the same price as open fields each week

“We’re importing the strawberry seedlings, transplanting them into our system, whereas after two months, they’re fruiting. At this point, we’re supplying over 450-500kg of strawberries per week with our two Dubai farms. The strawberry sales are a complementary income, and ultimately, we’re dealers, so…

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Rwanda: Strawberry farming turns into fruitful business

On a sunny morning in Mayange Sector, Bugesera district, Doreen Karehe is busy supervising one of the greenhouses in which juicy strawberries are growing in hydroponics. The 32-year-old is a trained lawyer who has substituted her legal gown to focus on horticulture, particularly growing strawberries, a…

New trial for high-wire cucumber cultivation starts: What does the trial look like?

At trial center Botany a new trial with high-wire cucumber cultivation has started. In the first episode of a video trilogy, the project partners share the kick-off and setup of the new trial. How can growers grow good-quality, year-round cucumbers that are more energy-efficient? Project leader Frank…

Australia: Basil crop research project underway

Bundaberg Region farms have participated in a CQUniversity-led research project into the impact of downy mildew on basil crops which has the potential to prevent yield losses that cost the industry millions each year. In partnership with the Botanical Food Company, the project is coordinated by Research…

Voltiris raises CHF 1.4M pre-seed investment round to help greenhouses save energy

Voltiris, an energy company founded by Swiss entrepreneurs Nicolas Weber, Jonas Roch, and Dominik Blaser, has raised a CHF 1.4M Pre-Seed round to accelerate the development and commercialization of the company's novel solar modules technology for greenhouses by expanding commercial pilots, setting the…

Kulim Malaysia builds greenhouse to aid association

Agrobusiness group Kulim Malaysia Bhd, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Johor Corp, has built an RM40,000 greenhouse at Cerebral Palsy Johor (CPJ) to aid the association. This will include providing agrotherapy for children with cerebral palsy and developing an income stream through the sale of crops grown…

State agency localizes glasshouse plastic cover film to reduce reliance on Japanese products

A state agricultural technology development agency has localized plastic cover films for greenhouses in an effort to reduce South Korea's dependency on foreign raw materials, especially from Japan. The new film's durability is equal to its Japanese counterparts, and it can be used for more than four…

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Only 10 places outside of Japan grow wasabi. Israel is one of them

The car belonging to the security officer at Eliad, a community in southern Golan Heights, slowly passes by the greenhouse. Anyone who grew up on a moshav or kibbutz is all too familiar with the look on the driver’s face – the one that says, “Who are you, and what are you doing here?” An inquiring look…

Agtech start-up Grow Indigo raises $6 million in funds

With an area of over 1.2 hectares, the Korea-Vietnam smart farm is located at the Vietnam Academy of Agriculture. Despite the sweltering summer heat, the plants can still grow normally thanks to the application of smart technology from the RoK. All irrigation comes from drilled wells, with filtration,…

Autonomous agriculture prediction: SwarmFarm Robotics founder Andrew Bate on what to expect in 2023

Victor Hugo famously said: “There is nothing more powerful than an idea whose time has come.” The signs are clear: it is time for autonomy on our farms. With every major equipment company making some type of move into this category, the debate has ceased to center around “if” autonomy happens or “when”…

The new GAMA 0 vertical cultivation system multiplies the production of aromatic herbs thirteenfold

The plant biotechnology group Beyond Seeds, together with the University of Almeria and in collaboration with the Herbex Group, participate in the TRFE-I-2021/013 project that has obtained, thanks to the 'Vertical Farming GAMA 0' cultivation system, a production of aromatic herbs with a yield 13 times…

Zayndu: "Our seed treatment increases yield with 10-27%"

Growers hit by energy increases could increase productivity with a novel seed treatment. Results from Zayndu show yield increases of 10 – 27% in the yield of herb and salad crops and more rapid germination following treatment with its Aurora plasma-tech.  Improving productivity could offer a significant impact…

Pakistan: 3rd aeroponic greenhouse for production of virus free seed potatoes established

The third latest aeroponic greenhouse for the production of virus-free seed potatoes has been established at National Agricultural Research Center (NARC). The greenhouse was…

In their cutting-edge greenhouses, 18 Artesanos can produce 2.5 times more tomatoes than regular producers

Hydroponic agriculture gains ground in Colombia

Andy Nathan Goldstein Kirmayer and Joel Alejandro Cohen Almosni, from Venezuela, created 18 Artesanos, a revolutionary tomato company in Colombia. In a 5,000-square-meter…

“BERRY” robot improving its navigation and harvesting speeds

Automated strawberry harvesting to come in 2023

“We have improved the cluster navigation for more difficult situations of navigating through tight spaces. We have also improved the picking aspect,” says Hannah Brown, chief communications officer at Organifarms. Organifarms revealed “Berry,” its strawberry harvesting robot, at GreenTech in 2022 and won…

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Australia: Centuria Agriculture fund buys Sundrop Farms asset for $70m

A Centurial Capital Group-managed fund has acquired Sundrop Farms for $70 million from the Morrison & Co Growth Infrastructure Fund. Acquired by the Centuria Agriculture Fund (CAF), the asset is a 246-hectare site in Port Augusta, SA, and provides four five-hectare glasshouses that run on renewable…

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US (IA): A hydroponics system will help address food deserts in Dubuque

The city of Dubuque plans to help address food deserts by putting in a hydroponics system. That’s where produce can be grown in water instead of soil, making it accessible year-round. Matthew 25 in Cedar Rapids has been growing food using a hydroponics system for a few years now. They use a 500-gallon…

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UK: The rise and benefits of urban farming

Payen, an environmental scientist at Lancaster University and lead author of a new study analyzing the crop yields of urban farming, says the reality is that ‘urban agriculture in any given city can take lots of different forms, and these forms vary across different cities, countries, and continents.’…

"Seed Processing Holland offers solutions for high energy prices with their seed drying tech"

A report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics says that electricity prices have jumped up 15.8% in the last year, largely as a result of the high price of natural gas. Not only is it impacting households, but it also impacts overhead costs and business strategy, which might cause the desire to move past…

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CAN: Lakeshore council to discuss future of large greenhouse developments

Lakeshore Council is set to consider the next steps when it comes to the future of greenhouse developments in the municipality. A report going before the meeting asks the mayor to send a letter to the Minister of Agriculture, Food, and Rural Affairs outlining the Council's ongoing concerns with…

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US (TX): Carrollton man discovers vivipary tomato

Gary Anguish could hardly believe his eyes when he walked into the kitchen of his Carrollton home last week and found green sprouts growing out of a tomato on the counter. Anguish said he and his wife purchased the tomato about two weeks ago with plans to eat it in the near future. “It sat there longer…

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"Ozone reduces defense costs by 30%"

We have known pathogens in the irrigation water are a serious issue for crops and their profitability for over a century. Over the past few years, the increase in temperatures and the fewer precipitations have worsened the problem. There is substantial scientific proof that demonstrates that contaminated…

As food supply concerns grow, Israel explores desert agriculture and aquaculture

Water and fish are powerful symbols, often centering around life and sustenance.  These days, both are important as ever, especially when it comes to the world's food supply. Israel is stepping up to do its part, exploring aquaculture and desert agriculture as a potential solution to the growing need for food…

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Geothermal potential of Agri, Türkiye being evaluated by Istanbul Technical University

Studies are ongoing to evaluate the geothermal potential of the Diyadin district of Agri in Türkiye, which stands out with its rich geothermal resources. A cooperation with Agri Ibrahim Cecen University (AICÜ) and Istanbul Technical University (ITU) has been created for this study. As reported in the…

Together with the water authority, municipality and province

Dutch strawberry grower takes steps towards responsible increase tray field cultivation

Dutch strawberry grower Van den Elzen Plants, together with Water authority Aa and Maas, municipality Meierijstad and the province, will be researching which way strawberry cultivation fits the area best, with regard to soil and water. This cooperation agreement was signed on Friday, December 9, at…

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India: Urban farming is flourishing in Jammu

Urban farming has been gaining momentum in the Jammu region for the last couple of years. According to JC Raina, agronomist (Vegetable Improvement Scheme), the Directorate of Agriculture Jammu sold a record 1,200 bags of plants of exotic varieties last year only from its nursery situated at Talab Tillo,…

ARS team fights blueberry virus to help growers keep fruit on the shelves

More people are getting the 'blues'

In the United States, blueberries are the second-most produced berry, and their popularity has grown exponentially in less than 30 years – up from 45,000 tons grown in the 1990s to 339,000 tons in 2019. ARS researchers are working hard to help farmers keep up with consumer demand. Researchers at the…

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Kenya: Synnefa charts a food security path with smart greenhouses

By providing farmers with smart sensor-installed greenhouses, agriculture technology company Synnefa is solving three problems in Kenya: reducing the cost of farming, increasing crop yields, and boosting food security. So far, the start-up company has installed more than 1,300 smart greenhouses across…

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82.62% of the Spanish zucchini exported in the 2021/22 campaign were produced in the greenhouses of Almeria

In the 2021/2022 campaign, Almeria exported 319.8 million kilos of zucchini and was Spain's leading zucchini-exporting province, accounting for 82.62% of the 386.42 million kilos of zucchini that Spain exported. Despite having exported 44.16 million kilos or 12.15% less volume than in the previous…

Dealing with oxidative stress to boost yields

Cellular oxidation, or oxidative stress, is the ultimate consequence of any stress experienced by an organism. In other words, it’s an aggression to the cell thus causing damage and a notable disturbance of its functioning. Exhaustion and physiological disorders are the objective criteria to assess…

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US (CA): Las Positas College celebrates new horticulture facility

Las Positas College's newly constructed horticulture facility and the soon-to-be-completed viticulture building are some examples of how district officials said the college is teaching sustainability while also looking at the Tri-Valley's agricultural history. "You need knowledgeable people in the…

Meet the biologist behind a space mission to grow plants on the Moon

Associate Professor Caitlin Byrt is one of the scientists working on Lunaria One, a space start-up with plans to grow plants on the Moon in 2025. In this video, she talks about her work in agricultural science and how finding solutions to growing plants in space can help us here on Earth. Source: www.theunconventionalgardener.com.

EU: Will doors be opened to allow genetically modified crops?

In 2001, the current EU directive on genetically modified (GM) crops made their cultivation in Europe almost impossible. That position seems due for revision now in light of new techniques, applications, and understanding. Agroecologist Bert Lotz has been researching and debating this issue for more than…

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India says GM technology is important for food security

India recently said it was important for the country to adopt farming technologies like genetically modified (GM) crops to ensure food security and cut a reliance on imports as it tries to boost the output of edible oils for its huge population. The environment ministry in October granted environmental…

Rwandan government urged to leverage agric technologies to feed growing population

Rwanda’s population is estimated to have increased by six times within the last fifty years, but the land remained the same, according to estimates from the Ministry of…

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US (SD): Underground greenhouses offer more than just food

You may have been to a greenhouse before, but have you been to one underground? Daniel Nelson, a former facility manager at Pine Ridge School, is in the process of building a greenhouse underground. The main goal of building underground greenhouses is to extend the growing season and protect crops from…

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Earth notes: Navajo Hoop Houses

Sometimes a sheet of plastic not much thicker than a sheet of paper can make all the difference for a growing plant. On the sunbaked lands of the Navajo Nation, a hoop house garden can be an important way to provide good nutrition. For about a decade, Navajo farmer Tyrone Thompson has provided fresh food to communities in the…

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Research at Brooks greenhouse on increasing your production

A variety of tests on growing tomatoes and strawberries are being conducted at the Brooks Greenhouse located at the Crop Diversification Centre (CDC) to see if there is a way to increase their production. Last week a couple of groups learned about the projects during a facility tour. The research is…

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The value of the marketed production experienced a 56% increase and accounted for 17% of revenues

Cucumber was Almeria's third most important greenhouse product in the previous campaign

Andalusia's Observatory of Prices and Markets has recently published its analysis of the province's greenhouse crops in the 2021/22 campaign. According to this report, the cucumber was the third most important greenhouse crop of the campaign, only behind pepper and tomatoes. In September and October, the…

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Grow Ontario strategy to boost Ontario food consumption and strengthen agri-food sector

If all goes according to the Ford government’s plan, Ontarians will have much more of their diets met by food grown and processed in the province a decade from now. The ag ministry’s newly released ‘Grow Ontario’ strategy aims to boost the consumption and production of Ontario food by a whopping 30 % by…

NZ: Fight against fruit fly strengthened through biosecurity partnership

An agreement to fight the threat of fruit flies has been renewed and updated by the government and eight of New Zealand’s largest horticulture industry groups. The Fruit Fly…

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Australia: Scientists at Future of Food Summit say large corporations need to invest in protected cropping

If 2022's floods, fires, and droughts weren't warning enough, corporate agriculture is being sent a message – invest in protected cropping now or risk the future of food. While costs and design were still a barrier, Australian scientists said if large companies did not start spending on new technology…

Cocogreen appoints Simon Shelbourn as Chief Financial Officer

Cocogreen announces the appointment of Simon Shelbourn as Chief Financial Officer (CFO). Joining the business with immediate effect, the move demonstrates Cocogreen’s commitment to continued growth and further international expansion as the global leader in low-carbon, high-yield and sustainable growth…

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US (CT): Indoor farming helps food banks get fresh produce to those in need

It may look like something out of science fiction, but the brightly-lit units are down to earth. "It's experimental, it's new, it's futuristic," said Rev. Sara Smith, executive director of Nourish Bridgeport. "It is the future of farming." It is a hydroponic farm that grows vegetables for Nourish…

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UAE’s growing focus on localized food production puts spotlight on solutions that convert deserts to arable lands

Dake Rechsand, a Dubai-based company, specializing in sustainability solutions for desert farming and water conservation, lauded the government’s food security vision, which led to a special session recently. Attended by H.H. Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of the…

Positive developments in West-African horticulture

Professionalising the horticulture sector in Ghana and Côte d'Ivoire to improve the quality and safety of fruits and vegetables. That was the aim of HortiFresh West Africa, a programme supported by the Dutch government and guided by Wageningen Centre for Development Innovation (WCDI) of Wageningen…

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Greenhouses worth 430 million tenge launched in Karaganda region

In the village of Trudovoe, in the Karaganda region of Kazakhstan, the construction of a greenhouse complex for growing cucumbers with a capacity of up to a thousand tons per year on a total area of ​​14.3 thousand square meters was completed in last month. The total cost of the project amounted to 430…

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Zimbabwe: growing hydroponic food in a refugee camp

48-year-old Francine Mashimango stands inside a greenhouse at a hydroponics station in Tongogara Refugee Camp (TRC) in southeastern Zimbabwe. Mashimango is looking at a month-old lettuce grown in a deep water culture system of hydroponics. The single mother of eight children fled conflict in the…

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US: Underground greenhouse new way to farm in South Dakota

Near the southern border of the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota, a curved translucent roof peeks out a few feet above the dusty plains. It’s a blustery November afternoon, and the last remaining greens outside are fading fast. But below ground, at the bottom of a short flight of stairs, the inside…

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Greenhouse melons and watermelons treated with antagonistic insects

"Thanks to the launch of beneficial insects against aphids and red spider mites, we were able to drastically cut down the number of greenhouse treatments on watermelons and melons," says Tommaso Concari, agronomic technical manager of Op Bristol, summing up the work begun in recent months with Bioplanet…

Nigeria: Bridging the knowledge gap in protected cropping

No need to reiterate how CEA offers opportunities to improve food supply and safety. The old story goes that it is more easily said than done, especially when setting up such cultivation settings. That is why Farmer Samson Ogbole and Soilless Farm Lab have embarked on a mission to train growers in…

The Center of Excellence for Vegetables, an Indo-Israel agriculture project

The Center of Excellence for Vegetables (CEV), an Indo-Israel Agricultural Project in Gharaunda, Haryana, is paving the way for the future of horticulture and perhaps agriculture as a whole in India. The center demonstrates soilless seedling production systems, naturally ventilated poly houses, micro…

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India’s Greenhouse-in-a-box wins Prince William’s Earthshot Prize 2022

India’s Greenhouse-in-a-box was among the five winners announced by the Prince of Wales, Prince William, in Boston, United States, on Friday. It is a sustainable solution for small-scale farmers developed by an Indian start-up, Kheyti, in Telangana, which has won one million pounds ($1.2 million).…

Alicia Dufour, Voltz Maraîchage:

“Our new range of field tomatoes resistant to mildew will help us lower production costs”

Graines Voltz has expanded its range of determinate tomatoes with three varieties that can tolerate mildew attacks in the field. Available for sale since September 2022, Défiant F1 is an early variety of round and very regular fruits with an average weight of 80/100g. As for the seasonal variety…

Simone Pierini, from Agronom Berries Spain S.L.: "Some farmers from Huelva have already expressed interest in Polish plant material"

"Greek producers, who also purchase their plants from Spanish nurseries, have reported the same quality issue in strawberry plants as Spanish producers"

Producers in the province of Huelva, such as Simone Pierini in Lucena del Puerto, have started to harvest the first strawberries of the season. "Specifically, producers have started harvesting the earliest potted varieties. We have planted Agrom Berries plants from Poland produced especially for the…

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Linköping will grow more climate-smart tomatoes

The municipally owned Tekniska verken electricity producer, located in the city of Linköping (Sweden), plans to grow its biogas production capacity. That, however, also means that more carbon dioxide will be produced as a by-product. There is an opportunity too, though, as the company has received…

Canada: New growing containers will bring the green to Nipissing

Nipissing First Nation is putting the final touches on a new greenhouse project—the Mnogin Greenhouse (pronounced Mi-noh-gin, with a hard ‘g’)—and all should be complete early in the new year. The structures are in place—they were delivered to Jocko Point in mid-November—however, the greenhouses are not…

Growth of specialty crops highlights need for expanded risk management tools

Specialty crops, including fruits, vegetables, and nuts, make up almost one-third of total crop sales in the United States, but a large number of specialty crop acres remain…

BASF’s vegetable seeds and IUNU partner to advance digital phenotyping for hydroponic lettuce

BASF's vegetable seeds business, operating in the market under the Nunhems brand, announced today that it has chosen IUNU as its provider of computer vision and AI software for its lettuce breeding program. This partnership marks the continued movement toward data-driven and autonomous growing for BASF.…

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Germany: Vanilla, pepper, and vegetables cultivated in new research center

Peppers cultivated in Osnabrück? In the new research center Agricultural Systems of the Future, scientists from Osnabrück University of Applied Sciences are researching its potential. Vanilla, salads, and other vegetables are also grown in the new indoor farm with a roof greenhouse on Campus Haste. So…

Kwekerij 't Woudt

Dutch tomato grower expands into strawberry cultivation

From now on, Kwekerij 't Woudt will be cultivating strawberries at one of its locations in the Netherlands. That is in addition to mini cherry vine tomatoes. The idea to grow strawberries started two years ago. That gained momentum when Rick and Wessel van Koppen joined the company. Thus, come October…

Special Year Overview: the most important news of 2022

You might be a little distracted and not really keep track of the passing days. Well, worry not because Mariah Carey has got you covered. Now aware that we are in December, it is time for our last Special of the year! In this Special Year Overview, we will look back at the most important news of 2022.  New…


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