Cultivation

GreenTech Xpert Theatre webinar:

Dutch business opportunities in South Korea, Argentina and Colombia

For many years, Dutch horticulturalists are exporting their products and transferring their knowledge abroad. In many countries, the Dutch products and methods are being used, but there are always opportunities to expand further. In yesterday's Xpert Theatre webinars during the GreenTechLive & Online…

Aleph Farms

Growing meat on Mars

Aleph Farms, a company that grows quality steaks directly from non-GMO cells, isolated from a living animal – is taking a bold new step toward accelerating extraterrestrial food production, which has been a main barrier for long-term space missions. The company announces the launch of its ‘Aleph Zero’ program. This project will…

Grower2Grower

New Zealand: Light fluctuates like a yoyo

Last week, light levels were erratic with some fantastic days proceeded by very dull, wet and windy days. Some crop reports showed 25% less light compared to the previous week. The weather pattern is not uncommon for this time of the year but never the less it is extremely hard on older crops or crops…

Five tips on monitoring hydroponic systems

Dr. Paul Fisher from the University of Florida IFAS Extension hosts Jon Greene of Bluelab Corporation in a new YouTube video. They discuss technical tips for pH and electrical conductivity (EC) monitoring in hydroponic plant production, as well as water management and the importance of maintaining…

Biosphere 2

Scientists work in Arizona to reshape desert food production

In the cool shade of solar panels, a lush plot of herbs and vegetables hints at one possible future for farming in the desert. At the moment, that future includes more basil than researchers know what to do with. “We’ve been pulling out pounds of it every week,” said University of Arizona biogeographer…

Growing vegetables in salt water could address world food situation

Experts say food production needs to increase by 70 per cent in the next 30 years to feed a world population expected to reach 9 billion people. Unfortunately, traditional…

Kenya: Vihiga County pilots vegetable irrigation project

Kenya’s Vihiga County is piloting a Sh48 million irrigation scheme aimed to improve the production of leafy vegetables on the Emabungo-Wemilabi farm in Central Bunyore.…

Grodan

Five tips to success when using greenhouse data

Data science and AI technologies present us with so many opportunities to collect and mine data in the greenhouse to increase efficiency, quality and yield.   by Gursel Karacor I discussed all the ways to collect data (sensors, imaging technology, climate computer) in my blogs 5 Reasons Why AI Will Transform the Greenhouse Industry and Where the Magic Happens: Combining Data and Plant…

Anna Nguyen

Tupperware helps astronauts grow food in space

Tupperware Brands announces the issuance of a U.S. patent for PONDS (Passive Orbital Nutrient Delivery System), a device designed to grow vegetables in low earth orbit with minimal maintenance."We are proud to have received a patent for the unique and novel design of PONDS," said Miguel Fernandez, Chief…

Fresh strawberries grown in Tibet delivered to MT Everest Base Camp

Until quite recently fresh vegetables were virtually unobtainable at any price in Shigatse, a 182,000 km2 prefecture-level city located in the Tsang province of the Tibet Autonomous Region of the People's Republic of China. Today, fresh vegetables and even fresh flowers, are available all year round,…

WUR

Plant roots grow towards soil fungi

Plant roots not only release odours themselves, but also appear to react to odours that beneficial and harmful fungi in the soil release. They do this by actively growing towards fungi, or ignore them. This 'sense of smell' has a positive influence on the eventual health of the plant. Exposing plants to…

University of Pennsylvania

Dueling proteins give shape to plants

In an elegant choreography, plants take cues from their environment and channel them into form: flowers, roots, or branches. In a new paper in Nature Communications, biologist Doris Wagner of the School of Arts & Sciences and colleagues identified some of the behind-the-scenes machinations that go into…

Hydroponic vegetable production: Greenhouse training online course

The most requested course by participants of the award-winning Greenhouse Online Training program from University of Florida IFAS Extension is here. Learn to manage different hydroponics systems, as well as the fundamentals of climate, water, nutrition, and plant health in these systems. This…

Serroplast

Covers for small fruit cultivation

In a global scenario where the supply of fruit of various origin is high and where there is demand for healthy produce, there is the need to employ new cultivation technologies. Especially over the past ten years, covers have been used to protect fruit, improving its quality and guaranteeing production…

Alphabet

‘Mineral’ project addresses sustainable food production

Alphabet’s latest X project: A crop-sniffing plant buggy

Former Google division Alphabet X lab has presented a computational agriculture project called ‘Mineral’. This project focuses on sustainable food production and farming at large scales, with a focus on ‘developing and testing a range of software and hardware prototypes based on breakthroughs in…

Almeria, Spain

Organic chili pepper takes root in the Cabo de Gata Natural Park

Naturchac, a company from Almeria located in the heart of the Cabo de Gata-Níjar Park, has incorporated a new product to its catalog of organic products: ecological chili…

Agronomy

Growth, yield and quality of sweet pepper fruits fertilized with polyphosphates

The aim of a new study was to investigate the effect of phosphorus application in the form of polyphosphates on the yield and quality of sweet pepper fruits grown with LED (light-emitting diodes) assimilation lighting. Phosphorus is absorbed by the root system of plants mainly in the form of…

LIFE 4DOÑANA

The EU approves project aimed at optimizing the use of water in strawberry farms in Doñana

The European Union has approved its financial contribution to the LIFE 4DOÑANA project, an ambitious initiative with a budget of 2.2 million Euro and a duration of more than three years, which aims to promote efficiency in the irrigation of strawberries in the area of Doñana. The main goal behind this strategy is…

FarmTech Society

Erasmus + ECVET project PONICS VET Launch

PONICS VET: Hydroponics Technician is an Erasmus + project, focusing mainly on agriculture communities and future growers from outside the industry, which are the main target group. The project aims to provide elemental training and introduction into practice and technology that is currently not…

Two new proposals. Research activity carried out entirely in Italy

A renewed assortment of lamb lettuce

The Maraldi Sementi lamb lettuce selection is now enriched with two new varieties, Matisse and Dalì, in addition to the existing Mirò and Excel. The assortment consists of a varietal selection based on the production season, by crop cycle and phenotypic qualities. The two new varieties are the result of…

Ecoation announces KENNIS Grower Assistant, a newly patented human+machine AI / IA platform

With an official launch date of November 15, 2020, Ecoation introduces the newly patented KENNIS Grower Assistant. KENNIS combines the vast amount of data collected by OKO products and utilizes machine learning and AI / IA technology to provide an accurate stereo spatio temporal understanding of not only…

"The global population is growing faster than our food supply; innovation in lighting is part of the solution"

At Signify, sustainability is core to everything we do. Our business and customers expect to work with companies that make a positive contribution. Operating sustainably is not at odds with our growth, but is our guiding direction and competitive advantage. by Bill Bien, CEO, Agricultural Lighting, Signify With this in mind,…

Chilean entrepreneur grows cherry tomatoes in the driest desert in the world

Pietro Alberti, an entrepreneur from Arica, received the support of the Luksic Foundation's Impulso Chileno program to launch an ambitious project: growing tomatoes in a…

Agronomy

Foliar application of Zn alleviates salt stress symptoms of pak choi plants

Several studies have related the application of micronutrients such as zinc, iron and molybdenum with alleviation of stress symptoms in horticultural plants. However, there are few studies that correlate the microelements with water relations.   The main objective of a new study was to determine the effect of…

NASA technology to reveal crop health insights for agriculture industry

A Georgia-based company called Cybercorps LLC plans to offer real-time agricultural data for farmers, resource managers, first responders, and other interested user groups…

Lettuce in a hydroponic system: 100% organic nutrients

Van der Knaap is known for their substrate knowledge, but did you know they also developed a sustainable cultivation system? The liquid nutrient solution rich in organic NO3 that is produced with this system is also extremely suitable for other cultivation systems, such as growing lettuce in a hydroponic…

Impact of UV-C radiation on disease sensitivity and fruit quality of strawberry

Ultraviolet-C (UV-C) radiation is efficient in reducing the development of diseases in many species, including strawberry (Fragaria × ananassa). Several studies suggest that UV-C radiation is effective not only because of its disinfecting effect but also because it may stimulate plant defenses. In a new…

University of Georgia

UGA researcher to study potential use of essential oils in organic blueberry production

Organic fruit and vegetable growers want to meet the recent uptick in national consumer demand, but they need additional tools to battle pests and diseases that often accompany organic crop growth. by Josh Paine One such tool may be the use of essential oils. That’s why the U.S. Department of Agriculture…

Northern Michigan University

US (MI): NMU launches interdisciplinary indoor agriculture program

For the first time at Northern Michigan University, students have a hands-on opportunity to learn about the medicinal plant and food production industry. The university has implemented the first interdisciplinary indoor agriculture associate degree program in the country this semester. Assistant…

University of Palermo

Alleviation of salt stress by plant growth-promoting bacteria in hydroponic leaf lettuce

Mediterranean areas with intensive agriculture are characterized by high salinity of groundwater. The use of this water in hydroponic cultivations can lead to nutrient solutions with an electrical conductivity that overcomes the tolerance threshold of many vegetable species. Plant growth-promoting…

Automation of irrigation with LetsGrow.com

About 3 years ago, a collaboration was established between Vineland Research & Innovation Center and LetsGrow.com. The reason for this collaboration is the growing demand for…

University of Arizona

webinar, November 16 & 17

US (AZ): Hydroponic tomato online intensive workshop

Join the University of Arizona Controlled Environment Agriculture Center for the first ever Hydroponic Tomato Online Intensive Workshop. This two-day online workshop is great for those just getting started in hydroponic growing or are novice growers that are wanting to expand their knowledge. Limited…

Agragene

CubicFarms expands market for fresh produce system into insect farming

CubicFarms announced the sale of its automated, controlled-environment system to Agragene, a San Diego, US-based ag-tech company developing novel biological pest protection for crops, utilizing live sterile male insects as a form of insect pest control. This sale marks a new vertical for CubicFarms'…

René Zwinkels visited growers with Xaverius in Poland:

"Plants keep doing well, even after extreme heat"

Within twenty seconds, you can see how a grower's crop is doing just by looking at their face, as is the experience of René Zwinkels. He is an ex-tomato grower himself and currently works for Axia Vegetable Seeds in, among others, the Polish market. There he saw a 3.5 hectares greenhouse this summer…

Planasa Polska starts supplying strawberry plants

The commercial plant nursery that the Planasa group has in Poland (with Ostrowo as the plant production center), which serves the Italian, Greek, Moroccan and Albanian markets, mainly with strawberry plants, has started supplying producers in these areas. After the visit of the Planitalia commercial team…

Increasing number of vegetables harvested in Russia

As of September 15, about 3 million tons of vegetables were harvested in Russia. Of these, 965.4 thousand tons of vegetables were grown in winter greenhouses. That is 19%…

"Deep Water Culture continues to give encouraging results"

Phytoponics deep water culture trials are continuing to provide exciting and encouraging results from the extended trial programmes for standard round and cherry tomatoes, snack peppers and strawberries. The founders Adam Dixon and Luke Parkin are pleased with the ongoing development of the Phytoponics…

Fresh hydroponic produce in a Swedish ski resort

ICA Åre, located in one of the leading Scandinavian ski resorts, is the second ICA supermarket store in Sweden to install a hydroponic vertical container farm from Boston-based Freight Farms – providing its customers with just-picked leafy greens grown onsite, year-round.  Housed inside a 13 meter long shipping container,…

Hanne Poppe, Colruyt Group, Belgium:

“Managing and growing our own cultivation area is evolutionary, not revolutionary”

Last week, Belgian retailers, the Colruyt Group, made an announcement that they had established an operating company called Agripartners. This company will further develop the…

Thomas Peters, Grodan:

"The start is crucial for every crop"

Growing young vegetable plants is and remains a specialist branch in the greenhouse horticulture sector. Growers set high standards for their vegetable plants and the bar is raised every year. The start is crucial for every crop in the horticulture sector and the right start requires the right product,…

15% profit increase thanks to Growing by Plant Empowerment principles

Growing by Plant Empowerment is paving the way for further automation in the greenhouse sector by combining data analysis with today’s technology. A two-year trial to compare the results of Growing by Plant Empowerment (GPE) principles against traditional commercial methods at United Farms in Mexico has…

Aquaponics and hydroponics:

Higher yields for Malaysian farmers

In the cool, hilly area of Kundasang in Ranau, Malaysia, about 100km from Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, a small group of young farmers are trying their hand at cultivating vegetables using aquaponic and hydroponic techniques. Under the guidance of the Kinabalu Area Farmers Organisation (PPK), the farmers based…

ONfloriculture

OMAFRA webinar on nutrients and the microbiome

If you missed the OMAFRA-led webinar on microbiomes in your greenhouse water, and how that affects plant health, you can find the recording below. See this blog post for some background on why this is the newest field in water and nutrient management. Meeting Recording – view here. Access Passcode: V#i94goW…

Tanzanian group of young entrepreneurs makes a fortune from strawberry farming

A youth group in Dodoma, Tanzania, has embarked on large scale strawberry plantation in a project aimed at improving the livelihood of its members. The project launched by Tusumuke Youth Entrepreneurs Group targets to curtail production shortage, as well as tapping into economic fortunes of the cash…

CAN (ON): Pepper grower to implement smart LED lighting

Starting in November, Sollum Technologies’ smart LED lighting solution will be implemented at Allegro Acres, a family-owned greenhouse pepper farm operating in Southwestern Ontario for over 20 years. Their 30-acre production capacity makes them one of the major greenhouse producers in the province.…

"AI strawberries are just the beginning for remaking agriculture"

Agriculture could benefit disproportionately from artificial intelligence to replace low-value manual labor, especially in countries where the farming workforce is dwindling and aging. At the inaugural Smart Agriculture Competition organized by Pinduoduo, China’s largest agricultural e-commerce platform,…

Using LED grow lights and less irrigation makes stronger plants

Hort Americas is currently working on a germination and propagation project of leafy greens and culinary herbs. The project is in collaboration with their demonstration greenhouse partners, The State Fair of Texas and the Big Tex Urban Farms. Big Tex Urban farms provide the labor needed to grow and…

Indian hydroponic farm opened just before COVID-19 lockdown

The rows of lettuce, microgreens and herbs that Himanshu Aggarwal and his mother grow in an enclosed room in a busy New Delhi market began flourishing six months ago, just…

"These tomatoes are tough for a propagator, as they grow like crazy"

In the video below you can see a huge lot of single headed tomatoes, two per block. Propagation Solutions writes that they are tough for a propagator, as in September they grow like crazy.  These tomatoes had a super generative growth from the beginning, which worked out well.  Source: Propagation Solutions.

Norwegian researchers develop new cultivation method, inspired by NASA's Mars colonies

Norwegian researchers are testing a new greenhouse cultivation method which emits very little gas. Norwegian, and global food production, is, after all, a major source of emissions. That's mainly because growers use artificial fertilizers and non-recyclable raw materials. Ketil Stoknes very recently…

Hydroponic cultivation advances in Birmingham

Turns out, not having any dirt to grow fresh produce won’t soil your plans. Hydroponics, the method of cultivating plants without soils, has landed in downtown Birmingham at…

Renewed version of manual “Nutrient Solutions for Greenhouse Crops” available

Producers of fertilizers Yara, SQM and Nouryon, laboratory Eurofins Agro and consultant Geerten van der Lugt have combined forces to publish a renewed version of the popular…

Enrique de los Ríos (Unica) on digitization and agricultural profitability

"Thanks to the data management system we were able to increase production by at least 10%"

The Missing Link in AgricultureUnica Group is the largest independent fruit and vegetable exporter in Spain, generating around 500 million kilograms of fresh produce every year. As the organization announces its aim to reach 1,000 million kilos in the next three years, Enrique de los Ríos, Agro-Food…

Ruben Martinez Barricarte

Australian grapes might be on the shelves year-round thanks to specific gene

The Australian climate sees table grapes in peak production between November and May, but new research from the CSIRO hopes that could move to year-round production in the…

Pakistani agriculture experts advise farmers to start summer vegetable cultivation in tunnels

Pakistani agriculture experts have advised farmers to start cultivation of summer vegetables in tunnels with the advent of October and complete it by mid of November. A…

P.L. Light Systems

PL Light Systems releases leafy greens crop guide

Greenhouse and indoor grown leafy greens and culinary herbs provide many advantages over field grown crops, including a more stable climate, more consistent time to harvest, the ability to control lighting, shading, CO2, and increased food safety. Low ambient light levels in the winter and on cloudy…

Agritecture

Key differences of growing vegetables vs. cannabis indoors

With legal cannabis becoming a growing part of the agriculture industry worldwide, it is not only sentiments toward cannabis that are changing. content by Agritecture Cannabis has a particular way of growing, so the industry and those looking to break in can’t treat it like they would a head of lettuce or a…

Agriplast

With the right tools, it is possible to grow produce all over the world

"Our company was established in Vittoria (RG), Sicily, in 1975. This is where intensive greenhouse cultivation was born and where new agricultural needs and solutions have been developed, which our company managed to interpret supplying state-of-the-art technologies," explains Emanuele Garrasi, CEO…

Ridder launches HortOS

Keep control over large-scale horticulture businesses

Ridder’s new ecosystem, HortOS, will help horticulture businesses scale up, harness data to generate knowledge and be part of the digital transformation. "We want to give businesses even more control by enabling partnerships, unlocking data and sharing relevant, accurate information. The aim is to…

British farmers grow pumpkin that weighs 1.1 ton

A British farmer in Hampshire took a picture with his 2-year old granddaughter Martha Syrett, and their enormous pumpkin. The 59-year old twin brothers Stuart and Ian Patton spent nearly 6 hours every day on this huge pumpkin. The pumpkin currently weighs 1,198 kg and is expected to set a new world…

AUSVEG

Grower support across New South Wales

VegNET New South Wales project is expanding into a second phase after the team successfully secured funding to continue supporting NSW vegetable growers. With the current focus on developing a strategy to determine key focus areas for the industry, the team is calling on growers and other interested…

Bumblebees contributing to high quality blackberries

Why use bumblebees in blackberry cultivation? Particularly in humid conditions, these diligent pollinators are very welcome. The reason being that excess pollen can be a breeding place for fungi in wet periods. By collecting all the pollen from the blackberry blossoms, bumblebees can play a key role in…

Simplified soilless cultivation in lettuce

Simplified soilless cultivation (SSC) systems have globally spread as growing solutions for low fertility soil regions, low availability of water irrigation, small areas and polluted environments. In a recent study, four independent experiments were conducted for assessing the applicability of SSC in the…

IrriFarm smart irrigation system

IrriFarm is the new innovative system to manage and monitor irrigation remotely. "It is a complete set that enables you to remotely dose fertilizers, plan watering times and volumes and monitor the information transmitted by the sensors," explains Bernardo Grieco, owner of Pan Agri in Scanzano Jonico (Matera), a company…

Helping crops fight off smoke, rain and too much sun

As the country sees the headlines of the effects of the California wildfires—not only potentially burning crops, but the after effects of smoke and ash on the state’s crops—it raises the question: could more be done to protect agriculture from major weather events? One Las Vegas, NV-based agriculture…

Farm.One

Vertical mini-farm at Whole Foods Market in Manhattan West

Farm.One, a Manhattan vertical farm, launched its latest mini-farm at the newly opened Whole Foods Market Manhattan West. Farm.One custom designed the farm for the Manhattan West store and maintains the on-site mini-farm to supply the in-store prepared food and beverages with freshly grown and harvested…

Paolo Bombelli

Tinted solar panels allow plants to grow efficiently on ‘agrivoltaic’ farms

Tinted solar panels could allow land to be used to grow crops and generate electricity simultaneously, with financial gains, according to researchers in the UK and Italy. The orange solar panels absorb some wavelengths of light, while allowing those that are best for plant growth to pass through. The…

Chambers launches major independent raspberry varietal trial

Chambers, the soft fruit experts and acknowledged raspberry specialist, announces a major independent raspberry varietal trial, spanning plants from nine countries and…

OMAFRA

CAN (ON): Nutrient solution analysis projects for greenhouses and vertical farms

The quality of water and nutrient solution used in controlled environment agriculture (CEA) production systems, such as greenhouses and vertical farms, is one of the most important factors that affect plant health and yield. Growers monitor water and nutrient solution quality by sending samples for…

Supplemental LED increases tomato yield in Mediterranean semi-closed greenhouse

Supplemental light is a technique used to increase horticulture yield, especially in northern countries, where the Daily Light Integral (DLI) is a limiting factor during fall and winter, and which could also be used to obtain higher tomato yield at the Mediterranean latitude. In a recent study, three…

New Aponix plant plug holder

Aponix has re-invented the single-use plastic netpot and replaced it with a reusable young plant plug holder that includes an optional metal trellis holder. The aponix vertical barrel components are meant to be robust horticulture building blocks for commercial production activities and prosumer solutions enabling users to set up…

88 year old man harvests 2.3 kg heavy tomato

David Toppan came to Canada from Pordenone, Italy in 1956 and by 1957 at the age of 24 he was gardening for himself and family on his own. Gardening has been a huge part of…

Natural Light Growing Centre reaps first harvest

The CHAP Natural Light Growing Centre (NLG) at Warwick University’s Wellesbourne Campus, is enjoying its first harvest of baby-cucumbers.Following the inevitable COVID-19 delays earlier this year, the greenhouse was planted up in mid-August, and despite some technical teething troubles, the crop of more…

Pollinators for British Columbia Chris Moncrieff

250,000 essential bees almost did not reach Canada this year

Importing bees is a challenge Rod Scarlett knows well. When most international flights stopped in March, thousands of queen bees were stranded abroad, and Scarlett, the…

Effect of organic vs conventional cropping systems in courgette

Courgette is a popular vegetable belonging to the Cucurbitaceae family. It is known for its good adaptation to different weather conditions, although it performs best in a warm and humid climate. Since the yield and various quality characteristics of vegetables are known to be strongly influenced by a…

Zennor Hydroponics Farm on Facebook

Farm in Zambales has competitive edge in market through hydroponics

Due to the rise of urban gardening, homeowners, especially those who have limited space for gardening, are looking for ways to grow their own food. Many try vertical or container gardening while others practice hydroponics or the process of growing plants without soil but rather in nutrient-filled sand,…

South Africa: Sought-after East London tomatoes reap revenue from afar

An unassuming yet omnipresent fresh product — that’s the ambivalent status of the tomato in most household and commercial kitchens. And yet, how would our favourite South African bredie or stew, Cape curry, pizza, summer salad, or even a polony sandwich taste without the sweet, sometimes piquant, flavour…

Greenhouse, outdoor, or indoor: Which kale is healthiest?

Urban populations have plenty of access to calorie-dense, nutrient-poor foods. In order to move to a healthier diet, however, they need access to vegetables and other micronutrient-dense foods, according to Danish economist Per Pinstrup-Andersen, who says it's time to take vertical indoor farming…

Stefan Vogrincic

Berry setups in high and low tech greenhouses

As the berry season rolls around many traditional outdoor berry growers have ventured into protected cropping. Investment growing berries using high-tech facilities is not currently an option for New Zealand growers.  The production and efficiency benefits, between low and high-tech growing, must be negligible for…

It's always tomato time in Camarillo, CA

There's nothing quite like that first taste of a summertime tomato. But what if you could have that experience all year long? That's where Houweling's Tomatoes in Ventura County comes in! Houweling's is a family-owned, family-operated greenhouse tomato grower with facilities in Camarillo, California, as…

Practical insights from the Autonomous Greenhouse Challenge

"Spend less time on your controls, but more quality time with your plants"

When your team wins the Autonomous Greenhouse Challenge, you may safely call yourself an expert on autonomous cultivation. René Beerkens, who's been with Hoogendoorn Growth Management for twenty years, and Evripidis Papadopoulos, who worked as a Data & Algorithm specialist for Hoogendoorn during the…

Bees getting a boost:

Caffeinated nectar improving pollination efficacy

Researchers have known for some time that caffeine can improve a bee’s memory, and that some plants use low levels of caffeine in their nectar to entice bees to their flowers.…

Partial root-zone drying and deficit irrigation effect on greenhouse grown grafted tomato

The tomato is an important horticultural crop, the cultivation of which is often under influence of abiotic and biotic stressors. Grafting is a technique used to alleviate these problems. Shortage of water has stimulated the introduction of new irrigation methods: deficit irrigation (DI) and partial…

Sulfur compounds as indicators of off-odour formation in packaged rocket

Italian scientists at Research Centre for Food and Nutrition of Rome have developed a non-destructive method for the off-odour characteristic of packaged rocket. A…

Inmaculada Duarte on the Romanian tomato market

“Both farmers and food distributors should focus on the productive and nutritional value of tomatoes”

The tomato is one of the most popular vegetables of Romania and the product is still gaining ground. One producer is working on new varieties, tailored to the Romanian consumer. They have noticed the traditional means of selling produce is still the most effective one for the market in Romania. According…

Douglas Smith on Twitter

third time's the charm:

Man breaks UK record for biggest tomato

A green-thumbed dad has broken the record for growing the United Kingdom’s biggest tomato – with the help of a pair of sheer tights. Douglas Smith, 42, spent more than two months carefully growing the giant tomato, which weighs a whopping 6.6 lbs. and is actually six regular beefsteak tomatoes fused into…

Good Fruit and Vegetables

Sydney farm grows Asian ingredients in a former zoo

About 25 years ago, Leakkhena 'Laks' Ma's family started farming on a site that was once a zoo. She tells about how it was growing up there and how they run the farm now.  "There'd be monkeys in the trees and emus running around – sometimes they'd break through the fence and try to chase us in the cherry-tomato…

US (NY): Ground cherry, goldenberry research produces mixed results

Northern New York Agricultural Development Program (NNYADP) -funded research evaluating harvesting and production respectively of ground cherries and goldenberries produced mixed results. The good news: a harvesting frame built to efficiently collect ground cherries worked well. The unwelcome news: three…

Special Starting Material

Good quality starting material is very important in the horti- and floriculture sector. The quality of the crop is inextricably linked to the quality of the starting material that has been used. With virus pressure getting higher and higher, this subject has become even more important. Therefore, this month we are focusing on…

One-bite cucumber grown at Mucci Farms

In 2017 Rijk Zwaan introduced the first one-bite cucumber snack variety Quatrino RZ. Time to look back, and forward with Rijk Zwaan and Mucci Farms, one of the first companies to adopt this little thumb size cucumber. The cutest cucumber“We began growing the one-bite variety, which we market as…

Combining data and plant science

Combining data and plant science is more relevant than ever. If we apply it in the correct way, we could potentially grow fruits and vegetables more efficiently and sustainably, but how do you combine plant and data science? Nearly everything related to plants, their growth and the rootzone as well as climate conditions can be…

The unique Dutch cultivation of watercress

You can often find watercress on menus in France and England. Watercress soup is a particularly well-known dish. But watercress farmers are few and far between in the Netherlands. Dutch consumers are, therefore, not as familiar with this product. It's often mistaken for garden cress. But, it is available…

Hydroponic system promises cost savings for low to mid-tech vegetable growers

Plantlogic is focused on designing solutions for substrate production that will increase the health of plants and enable growers to adequately fertigate their crops. With these goals in mind, Plantlogic presents its newest, innovative product for hydroponic production of vegetables. The "Kratos" is aimed…

Godfrey Dol in irrigation series following the Autonomous Greenhouse Challenge

"Algorithm predicted irrigation need much better than I can with 38 years experience"

"Follow the rules of thumb and the plant performs as required" was the headline in the previous post in a series of three about irrigation. In this last part Godfrey Dol is looking into what makes the rules. A tomato crop has 5 distinct periods that require a different approach to irrigation. Godfrey…

Recap of ReduSystems' knowledge sessions

The optimal use and combination of coatings

ReduSystems is constantly expanding its product package. This steadily increases the available options for controlling natural light year-round. To keep crop advisors informed of the optimal use and combination of coatings, the ReduSystems team held a number of interactive knowledge sessions over the…

Svensson

the roadmap to sustainable horticulture:

Monitoring and controlling all the balances

Plants are created to produce fruit and flowers efficiently and sustainably by design. And as a grower, why not empower them to do just that? For growers, optimizing your cultivation is essential for success. At the same time, sustainable solutions are needed to combat the enormous challenge of feeding…

Wageningen University Alumni Chapter China organized online symposium on horticultural installations

Chinese and Dutch horticultural industries continue to cooperate during pandemic

China has seen a growth in high-tech greenhouses in the last few years. The demand for innovative technology is becoming widespread. Chinese companies are looking for automated solutions, whether in terms of plantation or management, and they often turn their attention to the Netherlands. The Wageningen…

Influence of soil composition on polyphenol profile and content in Habanero peppers

Capsicum chinense Jacq., the Habanero pepper, obtained the designation of origin in 2010 due to the unique organoleptic properties given by the characteristics of soils in the Peninsula of Yucatán. So, the aim of a recent study was to investigate the effect of soil composition on the profile and…

KTN

AgriFood innovation helping to mitigate the impact of climate change

The vulnerability of agriculture to climate change together with a key position to mitigate its effects creates a challenging but exciting scenario for innovation in the AgriFood sector. KTN, as a network working to drive innovation, supports companies and researchers working to develop more resilient…

Danperte

UK soft fruit growers work on 'world’s first robotic farm'

In an effort to address future labour shortages, the UK's largest soft fruit co-op has been given a budget of £2.5 million to create the 'world's first robotic farm'. The…

Teams from Israel and UAE may grow strawberries and blueberries in desert

Arieli Capital, an investment firm that operates innovation centers in Israel and around the world, and a regional council in the Negev desert in Israel, says it is in talks with officials in the United Arab Emirates to promote desert agriculture projects; UAE teams may visit Israel’s Negev to get…

Priva

Indoor growing vs. traditional greenhouse growing

Today, in theory, there is enough food on the planet to feed approximately 12 billion people, but the way it is distributed around the world is inefficient and unsustainable. As food is transported across the entire globe, its shelf life or freshness tends to deteriorate considerably and a lot of food…

Sierra Nevada Corporation

Ozmens’ SNC successfully grows tomatoes in Astro Garden System

Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC), the global aerospace and national security leader owned by Eren and Fatih Ozmen, successfully grew juicy red tomatoes for the first time in its Astro Garden system. NASA intends to test aeroponics technology on the International Space Station next year. “Our goal is to…

Intelligent Growth Solutions

Coronavirus crisis fuels interest in vertical farming

The coronavirus pandemic has been a major worry for many British farmers, threatening access to agricultural labor and complicating international supply chains. But for proponents of indoor farming, the crisis has offered an opportunity. David Farquhar, chief executive of technology developer Intelligent…

"I've been looking for an alternative for direct import from the Arab world"

Arabic vegetables find their way into German cultivation

Specialist wholesalers with Turkish or Arabic roots have always offered locally cultivated vegetable crops. These unusual products - such as mini cucumbers, courgettes and aubergines - are usually purchased via direct import or intermediary trade and sold in this country. A trader from Düsseldorf would…

Irrigation de-mystified: "Follow the rules of thumb and the plant performs as required"

In the first article in a mini-series on irrigation in semi-closed glasshouses Godfrey Dol discussed the right tools required to measure irrigation. In this second part he takes a look at the most important rules in irrigation. 1) A healthy, mature tomato plant uses approximately 1.7 ml/Joule/M2. Light…

Is the future of wheat farming inside and up?

What would happen if we grew wheat not on acres of land but in multistory structures that look like office buildings? The answer: yields as much as 600 times greater than those of traditional farming methods, according to a study just published by researchers at the University of Florida Institute of…

US (MO): Local couple has over 300 species in their property Mountain Jewel

Wren Haffner and Ini Giesbrecht of Gainesville own the property Mountain Jewel in the Ozark Plateau bioregion, Bryant Creek watershed, along Caney Creek of FF Highway.  They own eighteen acres but actively cultivate around three of them. "We have about a quarter-acre of intensive cultivation, including a high…

Tibetan sisters start fruit and vegetable gardening business in hometown

When she graduated from a vocational college in 2018, Gesang Wangmo started a fruit and vegetable gardening business with her older sister Degyi Zhoima in their hometown…

webinar, August 18

CropKing hydroponic workshop goes virtual

The CropKing workshop series has gone virtual. A team of industry experts and experienced growers will teach you the tools you need to get started with hydroponic growing. The live workshop will be held on Wednesday August 18, 2020 at 10:00 AM EST, via Zoom, and participants will receive unlimited access…

Priva

In control of crop transpiration

Summer is nearing its end and fall is approaching. This means shorter days, lower temperatures, and a change in the rhythm of life. And it’s no different for your crop: it will be transpiring less and its water requirements will decrease. These factors must be taken into account so that the crop and its root system stay healthy…

Irrigation de-mystified: "growers like to be on the safe side, risking overwatering their crops"

Plants need water and fertilizer to grow. In the hi-tech glasshouse industry, growers apply both at the same time. A fertilizer injection system provides the fertilizer, and…

Algae growth with LED light

Algae is defined as a large and diverse group of photosynthetic eukaryotic organisms typically found in damp places or in water. Most algae are autotrophic in that they make organic compounds from…

Survey on cucumber production under protected culture

University of Kentucky researchers are seeking input from individuals or businesses producing cucumbers under protected culture. Growers of cucumbers in greenhouses, high tunnels/hoop houses, or indoors, e.g. shipping containers or warehouses, or in-ground farm fields are encouraged to participate. This…

Nutrient Management 2 (Advanced) starts August 31

Learn in depth aspects of plant nutrition management in these Training Online courses

Train yourself and your staff to make better crop management decisions by learning in depth aspects of plant nutrition management. Nutrient Management 2 (Advanced) is the third course of the award-winning Greenhouse Online Training courses offered by the University of Florida IFAS Extension. This course…

Mitsubishi Estate digs into smart greenhouse farming

Mitsubishi Estate will make a full entry into agriculture through a capital partnership with a major domestic horticulture company, with an eye to taking technology-based…

Agritecture

Is indoor farming critical to the local food economy?

Over the last few years, we have witnessed a steady rise in demand for locally sourced food. Markets are carrying more local options, restaurants are growing their own food, even cocktails have “craft, local ingredients” stirred in them. What’s driving this trend? It seems that our palates have been changing, together…

GLASE

How can crop production data advance the controlled environment agriculture industry?

The Controlled Environment Agriculture Open Data project aims to advance controlled environment research, machine learning and artificial intelligence through the collection and dissemination of crop production data. by David Kuack There is a considerable amount of data being generated by both private…


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