Cultivation

Primocane fruiting raspberries: Growth cycle and management

Primocanes? Floricanes? Are you confused by the raspberry growth cycle and how to prune? Raspberry plants have a complex growth cycle and can be managed in different ways depending on the grower's goals. This new video released by TunnelBerries explains all this and how to manage primocane-fruiting…

Uwe Timm, AlzChem Trostberg GmbH:

"We contribute to high-quality cultivation and marketing"

In 1908, the hydropower of the Alz, which springs from the Chiemsee, was the primary reason for choosing the location of the energy dependent calcium carbide and calcium cyanamide plant in Trostberg (Bavaria). "This year we are celebrating our 111th anniversary," says Uwe Timm, Marketing Manager of…

Spain

Iberiko tomatoes grown with saline waters providing great taste and aroma

The Ibériko tomato is unique and special, having been obtained through a selection of different varieties of indigenous seeds. It is cultivated by Huertaiberika, a small…

Spanish retailers follow the trend

Lidl trials its first shop to have an urban garden

A few weeks ago people were talking about the plans of El Corte Ingles to install a vertical garden in their store in Valladolid, now their focus is on Lidl, which has put into operation its first store in the world with an urban garden. The discount company has opened this pioneer establishment in the…

Understanding pH importance in hydroponics

In hydroponics, the grower must control aspects of a plant’s environment very closely - more so than standard plant growing conditions with soil. Hydroponics is the practice of growing plants in a water system. An extension of this, is also referred to as aquaponics - the use of water and fish to grow…

Berry Gardens implements AI for cyber defence

Berry Gardens, working with the Darktrace AI supplier Darktrace, the world’s leading AI company for cyber defence, has today announced that Berry Gardens, the UK’s leading…

Migros has its own greenhouse project in Valais

Retailer as competition for the vegetable gardener?

Migros will soon sell its own hot peppers, tomatoes and cucumbers from Valais. The Association of Swiss Vegetable Producers is watching this project critically. With its own…

HortiFuture Vietnam

"Uniting Vietnamese small and big growers will better the whole industry"

“It may sound strange to ask growers to help their competitors, but in the end the entire sector will benefit of it. By professionalising Vietnamese horticulture, the quality of the produce can be improved and the market as a whole grows. And that’s our final goal.” Speaking is Manuel Madani with VNU…

Home-grown fruits and vegetables are the future

A Belgian architect, specialized in self-sufficiency, created an entirely cultivable and cultivated city. With this, we almost won’t need to go to the supermarket anymore to…

Cultivation of aquatic vegetables in Spain has grown by 248% in ten years

Vegetables do not grow only on the soil, they do so also in the sea. We are talking about marine algae, a product that has been consumed in Asia since time immemorial and that…

Sounding board meeting aquaculture, Aquavlan2

"Major challenge is impact of sodium fish water on fruit vegetables"

The Aquavlan2 project partners support the development of the Flemish and Dutch aquaculture sector through research and individual supervision. In a sounding board group, entrepreneurs and researchers from the aquaculture sector discuss the recent developments in the project. They met again on Friday,…

Kevin Jühlcke, munich micros GmbH:

"After three years of development, we have regional cress that can compete with the best in the world"

Urban and vertical farming projects are increasingly shaping modern agriculture. For a few months now, the surrounding areas of the city of Munich' have also been seeing a…

Prevent emissions when cleaning the cultivation gutter

When cleaning the cultivation gutter during the crop change, fertilizers and crop protection agents are set free again and are removed via the cleaning water. Cleaning…

Morel cultivation in France: when the sector gets organized

“For the French morel, the adventure began in 2009, when we made a technological transfer from China to France,” explains Christophe Perchat, founder and president of the company France Morilles. Until then, China was the only country that could produce on an industrial scale this beautiful wild…

Mart van Uffelen grows green courgettes and courgette fleurs:

“You're dependent on the spring harvest but the prices are not good yet”

According to Dutch green courgette grower, Mart van Uffelen, April is the month when things happen. Certainly for the courgette fleurs, he has also been harvesting since 2015. On 20 January, he planted the 1.2-hectare greenhouse. Harvesting then started in mid-February. Prices have not been great so far.…

Video: How the strawberry became "America’s most unsustainable fruit"

A new Horticulture Section seminar from Cornell University discusses how the strawberry became America’s most unsustainable fruit. The seminar video with Marvin Pritts , professor in the Horticulture Section, is now available online . Source: Cornell University

Rooftop farming to help meet demand for fresh produce

The implementation of urban gardens on building rooftops could help boost the production of agricultural crops and ensure the food security of cities. Urban agriculture on rooftops is an optimal and feasible solution to produce healthy, fresh and sustainable food in the face of increasing demand for…

A study with the model plant Lactuca sativa ˈDiablotinˈ

How to customize your plants with growth recipes

Production of leafy greens in a controlled environment has many advantages in comparison to greenhouses and open-field production. Along with being independent of weather, controlled environments allow for easier pest prevention and crop customization. The use of plant factories has increased in the last…

To grow in bags or in containers - that's the question

What will it be, growing in bags or growing in containers? According to Sebastián Ochoa Münzenmayer, Agricultural Engineer, bags are justified for short-cycle crops like vegetables. "When working with a shrub crop, such as raspberry, blueberry, blackberry and even fruit plantations, rigid containers of…

Hortival Diffusion, France, on shading products Sudlac

"Eclipse F4 essential in our growing strategy"

With 300 hectares and more than 250 employees, Hortival Diffusion (Minier nursery) is one of France’s biggest nurseries and one of the top 10 European nurseries. For 180 years, the family-owned company steadily expanded until it was bought out in 1997 by the French group Terrena. The company is known to…

An inside look at specialist propagation methods

Jena Holland, the lead hydroponic grower in GrowSpan’s greenhouse center, recently gave an inside look at the propagation process. She discussed the mediums and methods used in the GrowSpan greenhouse to propagate hydroponically grown plants, along with a few tips and tricks for growers to implement.…

Serbia: Strawberry on top

A full house in Prokuplje - together with partners from the Ministry of Agriculture, Sector for Rural Development, a practical training in the fruit sector was organized. Enthusiastic growers from southern Serbia were very keen to learn more about the importance of healthy planting material and adequate breeding techniques in…

Italy: Higher demand for strawberries from Nova Siri Genetics

"Melissa is the variety that has spread rapidly in all the southern areas of our country. In Campania, 300 hectares of strawberries have been planted with this cultivar for this campaign, representing 30% of the area cultivated in the region". So says Nicola Tufaro, a breeder from Nova Siri Genetics, a…

Spain: Endesa to cultivate microalgae in Almeria

Forty years ago, the Gregorio Marañón Institute in Madrid proposed setting up a microalgae cultivation plant in Almeria. A few years later, Pescanova presented a project for microalgae cultivation in the Cabo de Gata which didn't see the light. The University of Almeria, the Cajamar Experimental Station…

comparing open field, covers & greenhouses

"Strawberry companies spread risk by combining cultivation methods"

Flanders has 530 strawberry companies. From 733 hectares of open fields and 454 hectares under protection they annually produce over 45,000 tons of strawberries. The…

Project 'The Greenest Cucumber'

Searching for the cause behind swelling fruits

To adjust the plant load to the light supply, we need to empty more nodes, wrote Tristan Marcel Balk in his previous update about the 'De Groenste Komkommer' (The Greenest Cucumber) project in December . After this, the follow-up and swelling of the fruits has not improved. The fruits at the top of the…

April 18, 2019

Webinar: Data-driven growing in practice

On April 18 Hoogendoorn and LetsGrow.com jointly organize a webinar on data-driven growing in practice. When: Thursday April 18, 2019 Where: Online Duration: 60 minutes…

Prohexadione-calcium application affects growth of Maehyang strawberry

Strawberry ( Fragaria × ananassa Duch.) is an important horticultural crop that is vegetatively propagated using runner plants. To achieve massive production of runner plants, it is important to transfer the assimilation products of the mother plant to the runner plants, and not to the runner itself.…

Growth of ‘Mini Chal’ tomato plug seedlings under various wavelengths using LEDs

A new study aimed to determine the effects of various light qualities (green (G), ultraviolet-A (UV-A), and far-red (Fr)) on the growth and development of tomato plug seedlings. The ‘Mini Chal’ tomato ( Solanum lycopersicum L.) seedlings were used as the plant material to which various light qualities…

Kate Hofman: "We can’t just focus on technology – we have to partner along the supply chain"

Innovating for controlled environment agriculture

Is there a business case for widescale commercial vertical farming in the UK or will it remain a niche opportunity for high-end restaurants and retail? This is the challenge to be discussed by early adopters at the Agri-Tech East conference ‘Innovating for Controlled Environment Agriculture’ on 19 March.…

US: Congress urged to address Western water challenges

Over 100 organizations representing water and agricultural interests in the Western U.S. urged Congress to use any infrastructure package under consideration to help address severe hydrological conditions in the West. “As a nation we must continually invest in the Western water infrastructure necessary…

CA (BC): Village Farms to start hemp cultivation

Village Farms plans to commence hemp cultivation in a portion of its Monahans, Texas, greenhouse operation upon a State Hemp Plan in Texas becoming effective, or earlier if permitted by Texas law. In anticipation of the Texas legislation passing, Village Farms has begun design and development of the…

The influence of too many thermal shocks on strawberries

Recently, the days have been warmer than the average in spring, with temperatures up to 24°C in southern Italy. However, a new disturbance of North Atlantic origin brought the weather back again to its standard winter conditions. In mid-March 2019, the southern regions - and the northern ones first…

Farmers denied possibility of living on site

New agricultural park will boost Hong Kong’s vegetable production

Last Wednesday, officials announced that Hong Kong will produce 4,000 more tons of vegetables a year once an 80-hectare agricultural park is completed. This will be a rise from the current annual harvest of 14,900 tons. However, the Agricultural, Fisheries and Conservation Department has rejected calls…

Modernizing tomato production in Nigeria

Nigeria is the largest producer of tomatoes in sub-Saharan Africa with an annual yield of 1.8 million metric tonnes, mostly produced in the north. Tomato farmers in Katsina State are angry at the lack of preservation technology for their produce. Their method of storing the perishable fruit out in the…

South Korean ‘Smart Farm Packages’ exported to Central Asia

The Foundation of Agricultural Technology Commercialization and Transfer announced on Tuesday it is now exporting ‘smart farm packages’ comprised of the equipment, materials, and plants needed for starting a smart farm, to Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, and other Central Asian countries. The foundation signed a…

French growers get acquainted with new cucumber Davida

Davida is the new De Ruiter cucumber variety. With its wide range of resistances, including intermediate resistance to CGMMV and CMV and high resistance to powdery mildew, its high yield potential and good fruit quality, Davida is a reliable and enduring variety, ideal for a second crop in "umbrella" or…

Jack van Schie, Solyco:

"The crop has often been difficult, but the result is still good"

Jack van Schie is the manager of Solyco 3, where Merlice variety tomatoes are grown on 7 hectares. Together with two colleagues, he supervises the ‘Total concept of…

Agriculture of the future:

Are controlled environmental conditions the solution?

Worldwide, the number of megacities is increasing. As a result, food production and food consumption are becoming increasingly problematically, both locally and mentally. By 2050, according to UN predictions, 80% of the then 9.7 billion people will live in urban agglomerations. Gerald Friederici,…

US (NM): Chile peppers for NASA?

New Mexico State University’s Chile Pepper Institute may soon be exploring new heights. The Chile Pepper Institute, located within NMSU's College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences, has recently been contacted by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration to develop a chile pepper plant suitable for a…

Pilzzucht Mandarin GmbH: Start of the 2019 French wild garlic harvest

"Sales of wild garlic growing steadily every year"

Just in time for spring, the first wild garlic from the French Champagne arrived about 2 weeks ago. Increased deliveries are expected from this week, says Stefanie Wisniewski, managing director of mushroom cultivation Mandarin GmbH and experienced supplier of wild garlic to German and international…

NI: National Horticultural Research Institute paves the way for innovation

The National Horticultural Research Institute (NIHORT), Ibadan, has blazed the trails in horticultural research, technological development, extension services and product development. The institute’s mandate is to conduct research into the genetic improvement, production, processing, storage, utilisation…

Grafting tomatoes protects plants, increases yields

Grafting vegetables is a time-tested way for growers to protect plants from soil-borne diseases as well as potentially improve yields, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service expert. Grafting is the process of joining two plant varieties – the top portion, or scion, with a bottom portion,…

IN: Hydroponic farms at home thanks to innovative solution

Population explosion, drastic climate change, and the commercialization of the farming sector leading to the wear and tear of soil, the future of the country’s agricultural…

"Eberhard" damages asparagus fields

Storm damage: Films gone, tunnels bent

"Yes, there was damage," says Simon Schumacher, Managing Director of the Association of South German Asparagus and Strawberry Producers (VSSE) in Bruchsal on request from Gemüse-Online. In many growing areas, great damage was caused. Mini tunnels, triple coverings and films as well as film tunnels were…

US: Chile pepper production trial in Michigan

Most chile peppers are grown in places with some combination of seasonally high temperatures and aridity, sunshine and long frost-free periods. These climatic features allow for some or all the drying to take place in open air. The leading production and export regions are China, Mexico, Turkey,…

How pepper seedlings react to supplementary red/blue light

Red and blue light have great effects on physiological processes and growth of plants. A new experiment investigated the physiological and growth response of pepper ( Capsicum annuum L.) to supplementary red:blue (4:1) light for 1 h (T1), 3 h (T2), and 5 h (T3), and the full-spectrum light-emitting…

University of Florida

US: Researchers develop model to help keep crop seeds healthy

Working with international r researchers, University of Florida scientists have developed a model that will help protect good seeds, which are necessary to plant healthy crops…

Russian delegation discovers the secrets of Italian asparagus

Some Russian entrepreneurs are currently visiting Italy, led by the intermediary Evgenia Kravchenko. The delegation visited asparagus producers in Veneto, in the province of Padua. Wednesday, March 6 they stopped at the "Bagioni Aurenzo" in Forlì, to understand how to mechanize production. Visit to the…

"Spain is the only country able to guarantee a stable, year-round pepper supply"

Spain is currently the EU's largest producer and exporter of peppers, with approximately 750,000 tons sold each year in Europe's main supermarket chains and large stores. One…

John Van Laethem, Van Laethem

"Wild garlic's shelf life has been drastically improved"

“The wild garlic season started about two weeks ago," says John Van Laethem. He is from the Belgian company of the same name. They specialize in herbs and edible flowers. "Demand is good at the moment. The price is, however, on the high side. So, we have noticed that the large supermarkets are waiting…

Mike Chapman, HortNZ CEO:

NZ: Workforce changes present opportunities for industry

Mike Chapman, CEO of Horticulture New Zealand, discusses the recent delivering of work visas. "The Government is delivering on temporary work visas and vocational training, with consultation running on some potentially wide-ranging reforms in these two areas. Both urban and rural businesses are…

Hortinvest project officially launched in Rwanda

In Muhanga District on 6 March 2019 was the launch of HortInvest, the “Investing in Horticultural Development in Rwanda” project worth 16.2 Million EUR, a four year (2018-2021) horticultural value chain project. The Vice-Mayor for Economic Affairs, also talking on behalf of five other districts – Rubavu,…

The research by Aldo Moro University in Bari, Italy

Kidney-friendly vegetables in hydroponics

For most of us, potassium is an important mineral nutrient that we need for health and is found in many foods, including fruits and vegetables. However, for people who have kidney disease, doctors recommend a low potassium diet. The recommended amount of potassium for an adult is around 4.7 grams/day,…

IN: "Successful aquaponics farm could grow only niche products"

From time immemorial, cultivators have been growing a variety of flora in water for its vast resource of minerals which are conducive for the growth of aquatic plants. The process has acquired a new meaning with the advent of commercial ‘aquaponics’, which uses the goodness of water used by fish to grow…

15,000 tonnes of lettuce harvested in 2017

Kick-off local harvest for butterhead and Batavian lettuce

One of the most consumed salads in Switzerland is the butterhead lettuce. Its derives its name from his appearance, because the leaves converge in a dense head. Lettuce is one…

CA: Minister Bibeau highlights government support for women in agriculture

The Canadian government remarked its support to inclusion and diversity in the agricultural sector, "Diversity and inclusion are integral to creating an economy that works for everyone. The full and equal participation of women in Canada’s agriculture and food system will ensure the sector remains an…

or how a bubble bath benefits your crop

Improving the plants root system with extra oxygen

If the water weren't so cold, the silo at Dutch Berries would look pretty tempting for a dip. When you look at it at the right time, you see a real bubble bath. With millions of miniscule bubbles in the silo, the strawberry grower improves the root system of the strawberry plants. Frans van Hulten,…

Northern Ireland: Growers to explore single layer production technology

The Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA) of Northern Ireland is offering mushroom growers an opportunity to travel to the Netherlands and Belgium to learn about innovative management practices in mushroom production. Mushroom production on Dutch shelving A particular focus of…

South Korea: Novel technology to cultivate special crops with selenium

HanaroFarm, a member company of Born2Global Centre, recently succeeded in developing a new special crop cultivation technology. HanaroFarm's new special crop cultivation technology involves ionizing selenium to remove harmful components and supplying the selenium to plants to enable it to be absorbed at…

Gottfried Kreimer, Kreimer Obst & Gemüsehandelsgmbh Wien:

"Constant sales of Austrian edible flowers"

Herbs and edible flowers are among the most popular products with gastronomers. At Vienna's Inzersdorf Wholesale Market, more and more retailers are currently reacting to this trend by presenting their own pronounced ranges of herbs. Gottfried Kreimer - owner of the wholesaler of the same name - has…

Bert van Geffen is going to coach growers worldwide

"As a grower, I know how important a proper sounding board can be"

No grower can do without a decent sounding board. Even now, when climate computers and automated systems support growers all over the world in various ways, every day many decisions still have to be taken which have a great impact on the healthy growth of the plant. In 'greenhouse horticulture countries'…

Challenging start to purple asparagus trial

A green asparagus grower with a well-established program that is currently running in the Caborca area has for the first time launched a small purple asparagus trial. Grown adjacent to their existing green asparagus fields, Desert Farms planted the purple asparagus on a 10 hectare field. "This is the…

US: Irrigation considerations for commercial hop producers

Supplemental irrigation is the delivery of additional water above what is received through precipitation to encourage plant growth and production. Hops are a high value crop, with both yield and quality affected when subjected to water stress. Therefore, in many climates including the Mid-Atlantic region…

José Antonio Gómez, president of Espárragos de Granada:

"We are harvesting green asparagus almost a month earlier"

"We have been harvesting green asparagus for two weeks, although in limited quantities. This year, we have managed to advance the harvest by between 20 days and a month thanks to the cultivation in microtunnels and also to the good weather conditions, with many hours of sunshine and warm temperatures,"…

Significantly more engagement in Spanish strawberry cultivation

Migros: Strawberries are becoming more sustainable

Migros is stepping up its involvement in Spanish strawberry cultivation. Together with WWF Switzerland, the Swiss supermarket chain is launching a project for environmentally friendlier and more socially acceptable production methods. Image: Migros The economically important strawberry industry in the…

IN: Growing fresh vegetables in a hydroponic farm

What do we think of when we hear the word “farm”? Acres of lush green land under the sun which are usually away from the bustling noises of the city, cattle, fresh produce and the traditional image of Indian farmers pop up in our heads. While there are very many varieties of farming across the country…

Improving tunnel production using less water

The nursery is on the canal system in White River and uses additional boreholes to service the nursery. While the water is of a high quality, Ezigro nevertheless sterilises it in a chlorinator. One of the challenges facing the business is the need to improve water-use efficiency. “Water will become…

Destatis: Declining crop yields almost throughout the vegetable sector

Vegetable harvest in 2018 significantly influenced by drought

The dry summer of 2018 has made itself felt clearly within German vegetable cultivation. As reported by the Federal Statistical Office (Destatis), there were declining crop…

Light Engine:

"Vertical fixture to make hop cultivation more sustainable"

You probably won't notice it during Friday drinks, but there has been a shortage in hop for the production of beer. The hop that is normally grown in the open field has faced failed harvests. It is the reason hop growers are slowly switching to conditioned growth. Climbing plant Compared to the…

Season of greenhouse cucumbers in Oberlausitz is picking up speed

"A total of 1.2 million cucumbers are picked each year"

In Boxberg near Weißwasser the cucumber harvest is in full swing. Around 1.2 million pieces are picked each year. Until the green fruits are ripe, they need a lot of heat. It…

Tomato cluster kinking, snapping, or ripping

Tomato are the most widely-grown fruiting greenhouse crop. The types of tomatoes produced vary widely, from the beefsteak or slicer types to the smaller-fruited grape and cherry types. Regardless of which type you are growing, they all can suffer from cluster kinking (Fig. 1), snapping, or in extreme…

Harvesting takes place in Bürstadt since the middle of January

Greenhouse rhubarb - early, tender and fresh from the greenhouse

The first vegetable harvest already started in mid-January at Böttcher Gartenbau in Bürstadt. About 5 weeks ago, the first tender, pink rhubarb stalks were harvested from the greenhouse. The unique vegetables are expected to be available until April, says the farm management. This is followed by the…

The 'almighty' micro-greens

"Microgreens have increased in popularity among farmers and home growers alike. I would dare say that they have surpassed sprouts in popularity for several reasons. Microgreens are very young plants that are harvested for their cotyledons, the first two leaves that emerge during germination. For some microgreens, harvesting…

By Vineland Research

CA (ON): A made-in-Ontario tomato

Right now they’re tiny seedlings, only a few inches high. In 10 months, they’ll stretch toward the top of the pre-commercial research greenhouse on the campus of Vineland…

Effects of temperature and grafting on hydroponic sweet pepper

In areas characterized by mild winter climate, pepper is frequently cultivated in unheated greenhouses in which the temperature during the winter may drop to suboptimal…

US: Midwest Vegetable Production Guide updated for 2019

The 2019 edition of the Midwest Vegetable Production Guide for Commercial Growers is available for download in PDF. The guide is produced through a collaboration of land-grant universities from eight states. It provides growers with vegetable production information including fertility, variety, cultural,…

US (FL): UF/IFAS researchers found a strawberry variety that grows in South Florida

As National Strawberry Day approaches on Feb. 27, University of Florida scientists have found another variety that can grow in South Florida. It’s largely unknown to American consumers, it’s temptingly tasty and it’s good for local markets, UF researchers say. Alan Chambers, an assistant professor of…

K is for Cucumbers

Cucumber plants, like all plants, require all the essential elements to complete its life cycle. However, cucumber plants are particularly “hungry” for potassium (K), they need more potassium than nitrogen to result in high yields. by Rosa Raudales & Richard McAvoy - greenhouse@uconn.edu In this e-GroEdible Alert, we cover…

Understanding peppers and chilis from around the world

A comprehensive and multinational review of peppers/chilis (Capsicum species) with academic and scientific input from points across the globe, such as Argentina, Brazil, Taiwan, Mexico, Italy, Hungary, Austria, and the United States sets out to explore various aspects of interest concerning this…

IN: The shift to horticulture and drip irrigation improved farmers' revenue

Until a year ago farmer P. Chennaiah was growing cotton and maize and used to make a profit of about ₹ 60,000 at the end of the year on his one-acre farm. However, he shifted to horticulture and started growing vegetables like cucumber, bottle gourd, etc. He has also mulched the farm so that moisture…

UK: Next Generation Growing – Lessons Learned

Following a successful pilot study group project focused on Next Generation Growing (NGG), GrowSave led a workshop on 14 February 2019, hosted by Mill Nurseries, to share some of the lessons learned. The 25-strong audience comprised growers, crop consultants and industry representatives, all keen to hear…

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US: Integrating crop diversity into high tunnel production systems

High tunnel production has continued to grow in the midwest providing an engine for local food production. However, many growers choose to utilize these structures primarily (or even exclusively) for tomato production leading to very little room for crop rotation. At K-State, they have been working on…

Italians focus on rise of aquaculture and hydroponic systems

The Novel Farm event held in Pordenone on 13th-14th February 2019 focused on hydroponic crops, aquaculture and evolved aquaculture. It was the first edition of a small exhibition part of the Aquafarm fair. Click here for the photo gallery! It showcased lighting technologies, hydroponic components and…

Wim van Wingerden, Cropex

"Autonomous cultivation is going to be the basis of climate control"

As cultivation companies get bigger, and investors enter the world of cultivation, people with green thumbs travel the world to share their experiences. Wim van Wingerden: "I think that autonomous cultivation is going to be the basis for climate control in greenhouses." Wim joined Cropex, a group of…

The observations of the Dutch minister

"Patents on classical plant cultivation should not be possible"

A ruling of the Technische Kamer van Beroep of the European Patent Office of December 5 2018, seems to have opened the door to patents on vegetables from classical cultivation. In response to parliamentary questions, Carola Schoten, minister for Landbouw, Natuur en Voedselkwaliteit , stated that she is…

Israel: Fresh cut peppers from the Arava region

It seems that the word pepper has become for a long time now, a synonym with the Arava region, and for a good reason. About 70% of the areas designated for agriculture, are used for growing delicious peppers. The agriculture in the Arava region is definitely designated for export: Over 95% of the peppers…

"Stop nitrogen overdose in soilless tomato to promote fruit quality"

Precision horticulture is fundamental to ensure high quality production with a minimal environmental footprint. It offers the possibility to manage climatic and fertilization inputs closer to the plant needs. In practice, there is a tendency to over‐fertilize, as nitrogen limitation can decrease…

Vegetal-derived biostimulant enhances adventitious rooting in cuttings

Plant-derived protein biostimulants exhibit hormone-like activities promoting plant growth and yield, yet detailed investigations on hormonal function have remained limited. A…

Video: Sustainable microgreens in the heart of Zurich

In the heart of Zurich, startup Umami breeds sustainable microgreens. The organic farm is run by three young entrepreneurs and is specialized in the production of microgreens…

Humidity in cannabis cultivation

Cannabis in the modern era is grown in completely controlled spaces, constantly monitored and adjusted, in order to maintain a consistent quality of product, while attempting to maximize yields. by Rom Meir This highly technologized world of cannabis cultivation emerged from the underground indoor growing operations of the…

One of five pilots to reinforce the chain

Demo greenhouse to improve Argentine horticulture chain

Wageningen UR is making plans for five pilot projects to strengthen the horticulture chain in Argentina. The construction of a demo greenhouse with Dutch technology in the…

What is the impact of LED grow lights on indoor horticulture crops?

Michigan State University opened its Controlled-Environment Lighting Laboratory (CELL) in 2017. The 400-square-foot vertical farm research facility is being used to study the indoor production of high-value specialty crops, including edibles and ornamentals with LED grow lights. “The two major crops that…

water-cooled Oreon Grow Light 3.0

New LED-fixture: 15% more light output and a 15% efficiency improvement

Oreon, Dutch-based innovative developer of LED grow lights, presents its new fixture at the Fruit Logistica exhibition in Berlin, Germany. This latest model produces a light output up to 2080 μMol/s with an efficiency of 3.1 μMol/J. "The Oreon Grow Light 3.0 is therefore one of the most efficient high…


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