Cultivation

July 16, Columbus

Leafy Greens 101: How to Start and Optimize Your Hydroponic Production

Hydroponic leafy green production can present commercial growers with exciting opportunities. New crop varieties, greater control, improvements in quality, consistency and yield, and year-round production are just some of the many benefits. But it can be intimidating to get started in hydroponics. What…

The effect of negative pressure irrigation on tomato production

Stable water and fertilizer supply by negative pressure irrigation improve tomato production and soil bacterial communities. That is the conclusion of a study, intended to…

More California growers planting daikon

Supplies of daikon out of California are relatively steady right now. “It’s hit and miss in terms of volume of daikon but it’s steady. There’s no gapping,’ says Joseph Krumpelman of Valley Specialty Produce in Fresno, Ca. of the vegetable that’s similar to a winter radish. That said, the vegetable, which…

Why decoupled aquaponics

Most aquaponic systems are single loop and fully recirculating. This means that the fish and plants exist in a single loop and share the same nutrient-rich water. The reason these are the most popular is because they are simple to build and operate. But single loop systems are also a compromise because the plants, fish and…

How forgotten vegetables returned to our plates

Forgotten vegetables are no longer as unknown as a few years ago. Nowadays, consumers come across these vegetables more often than in the past. New recipes and the desire for a more extensive assortment of vegetables have contributed to this. The organic production, however, has also contributed to the…

Sustainable agronomic strategies for enhancing the yield and nutritional quality of wild tomato

Urbanization and global climate change have constrained plant development and yield. Utilization of wild gene pool, together with the application of sustainable and eco-friendly agronomic crop improvement strategies, is being focused on to tackle mounting food insecurity issues. In this aspect, the green…

Mycorrhizal root exudates induce changes in growth and fumonisin gene expression of fusarium proliferatum

In a new study, root exudates from mycorrhizal and non-mycorrhizal plants growing at low or high nutrient supply were used in vitro to examine their effects on the growth and…

Hoogendoorn Growth Management, Svensson, Hortilux, Saint-Gobain Cultilene, Koppert Biological Systems, LetsGrow.com

Plant Empowerment: Sustainable Growing Foundation spreads GPE knowledge

Growers who apply Growing by Plant Empowerment (GPE) in their cultivation strategy are getting great results, hence this sustainable concept deserves to be disseminated worldwide. Hoogendoorn Growth Management , Svensson , Hortilux , Saint-Gobain Cultilene , Koppert Biological Systems and initiator…

Is adding fertigation to your growing mix right for you?

AgTech is revolutionizing the way crops are grown the world over, both in indoor and traditional environments. The ability to control environmental factors and agricultural processes with extreme precision leads to better crop yields, better resource management, lower costs, and improved environmental…

"Growers can cultivate tomatoes as effectively with PhysioSpec Greenhouse as they can under HPS"

Wageningen University and Research (WUR), in cooperation with Fluence by OSRAM and greenhouse consultancy Vortus, has released initial results of a tomato cultivation trial comparing the efficiency of full-spectrum LED supplementary lighting against a high-pressure sodium (HPS) installation. Preliminary…

European consumers quizzed on tomato preferences

Horizon 2020 multi-actor project TOMRES aims to enhance resilience to combined water and nutrient stress in tomato production and to maximise water and nutrient use efficiency. The project is designing and testing novel combinations of genotypes and management practices to reduce environmental impact.…

Daily Light Integral: Are your plants receiving the right amount of light?

Light is one of the most important factors growing any crop. But, how can you be sure that your plants are receiving enough light? There is a way to measure the light intensity received by your plants. Light occupies a large portion of the electromagnetic spectrum. But just a fraction of the spectrum is…

Australian grower cultivates strawberries with rockwool in hanging gutters

Damien Manno took the opportunity in 2018 to implement a relatively new method for the cultivation of strawberries by using AIS Greenworks, Grodan rockwool substrates in hanging gutters. Climate and irrigation in the new greenhouse is controlled by Galcon’s Galileo and Fertimix systems (supplied by AIS…

Aix en Provence: 1,100m² of organic greenhouses to supply a school canteen

After the inauguration of a grain library, Negrelian officials have opened greenhouses near Château de Châteauneuf-le-Rouge. Covering an area of 1100 m², these greenhouses…

Interactive effects of grafting techniques and scion-rootstocks combinations on cucumber

The density of herbaceous crops creates a suitable environment to produce pathogens in the soil that intensify the attack of pathogens traditionally controlled by disinfectant, which are mostly prohibited and unlisted because of their toxicity. Grafting is an alternative technique to enhance abiotic…

HortInvest project strengthens Rwandan horticulture sector

‘Investing in Horticultural Development in Rwanda’ (HortInvest) is a four-year horticultural value chain-strengthening project funded by the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands (EKN) in Rwanda. The project supports the overall objective of Rwandan National Horticulture Policy in terms of fast…

Iron biofortification of red and green pigmented lettuce in closed soilless cultivation

Consumer demand for vegetables of fortified mineral and bioactive content is on the rise, driven by the growing interest of society in fresh products of premium nutritional and functional quality. Biofortification of leafy vegetables with essential micronutrients such as iron (Fe) is an efficient means…

Report Eggplant Tour Rijk Zwaan, May 22, 2019

"Controlling Tracey with pre-night temperature works well"

This season, the Tracey RZ eggplant variety can be found on more than 55 hectares in the Netherlands. The Tracey growers meet every 4-5 weeks to share their experiences about…

Needs more power, but uses far less water than in Southern Europe

Finnish tomatoes environmental footprint halved in 15 years

Glasshouse horticulture in Finland is becoming increasingly environmentally friendly. Growers are now switching to more sustainable energy sources. This is according to…

Jammu, India: Seedless cucumber commercial production launch

Progressive Jammu farmers, partnering with the Department of Agriculture, launched the commercial production of seedless cucumber at Krishi Bhawan. The programme was inaugurated by the Director of Agriculture P.S. Rathore, in the presence of the Joint Director of Agriculture (Extension), Anil Arora and a…

Spain

Experimental cultivation of local tomatoes to boost their value

The Center for Integrated Training and Agrarian Experiences of Torre Pacheco has already obtained the first results from its experimental cultivation of local tomatoes in coconut fiber. The crops have been grown between January and July in unheated greenhouses, with a coconut fiber substrate that has…

Will field-grown tomatoes survive?

The latest advances in research on diseases of the world’s most popular fruit vegetable were shared at the VI International Symposium on Tomato Diseases, a major conference that attracted more than 200 experts, scholars, researchers and students from 25 countries to Taichung, Taiwan to discuss ways to…

Video: Aquaponics is coming to France

Widely used in Africa and the United States, aquaponics is now arriving in France. It is a form of market gardening that consists of growing vegetables in water that comes…

NIFA awards grant for microbial stress tolerance research

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – The National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) recently awarded Kevin Hockett $453,000 to assist in research focusing on how microbes tolerate…

Science gives Tassie’s essential oils a boost

A new research agreement between the Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture (TIA) and Essential Oils of Tasmania (EOT) is poised to boost Tasmania’s growing essential oils and plant extracts sector. “This new three-year Memorandum of Understanding, or MoU, will help EOT and Tasmanian producers refine…

Monitoring nutrient status in vegetable crops

June means warm weather and long days and spring planted vegetable crops are growing rapidly. Monitoring the mineral nutrient status of vegetable plants is important to evaluate fertility programs and to make adjustments. Recommended fertility programs for vegetable crops are given in the Commercial…

"Exogenous application of amino acids improves growth and yield of lettuce"

As natural plant growth stimulators, amino acids are widely used to improve the yield and quality of crops. Several studies have illustrated the effects of different amino acids on lettuce plant parts. However, the effects of applying single amino acids on root growth remain elusive. The objective of a…

New 'Micro Farm' Model Tested At OSU Mansfield Urban Agriculture Project

During a recent training session, a group of urban farmers in Mansfield, Ohio, huddled around a small raised bed of radishes, examining the crop’s growth after a cold spring week. They aren't on your typical farm. Dozens of small beds of greens are lined up under tunnels in this “micro farm” on the Ohio…

Genetic and metabolic effects of ripening mutations and vine detachment on tomato

Tomato (Solanum lycopersicum) ripening is regulated co-operatively by the action of ethylene and a hierarchy of transcription factors, including RIPENING INHIBITOR (RIN) and…

Condensation, the forgotten problem

A few weeks ago, at approximately 3pm, I was driving past a glasshouse and noticed the internal glass was covered in condensation, not just on the side walls but inside the roof. I’ve previously written, on this site, in regards to the impact on reduction of light penetration that condensation has. I am…

Five WUR researchers receive Vidi grants

The Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) will award €800,000 each to Wageningen University & Research (WUR) researchers David Ludwig, Annemiek ter Heijne, Chiel van Heerwaarden, Vera Ros, and Emilie Wientjes. They will be able to use this money over the next five years to develop…

Fully-revised edition of CABI’s Tomatoes resource guide

Ep Heuvelink’s Tomatoes is part of CABI’s Crop Production Science in Horticulture series. First published in 2005, it became an essential resource for growers, extension workers, industry personnel, and horticulture students and lecturers. Since then, our knowledge on tomato has greatly increased; tens…

Over a third of the acreage is protected cultivation

Protected strawberry cultivation has grown considerably in Switzerland

Swiss strawberries will herald the local fruit season. They will go fresh and ripe to the consumers, says the motto. From field to consumer, without long transport routes. The Swiss producers are expecting an average harvest. There is an increase in organic cultivation as well as in areas with protective…

Colin Bremner, Kleinskuur Aquaponics

Aquaponics adapted for Africa

A South African aquaponics grower has tweaked the techniques he has learned from Australia’s Dr Murray Hallam for African conditions and his design is being installed in an increasing number of African locations. Colin Bremner’s Kleinskuur Aquaponics system in Donkerhoek, outside Pretoria, last year functioned for up to a week…

Enrique Cadiñanos, of Bejo Ibérica:

"Seeds are picked by the consumer"

The interest of consumers in cabbages is growing. "Current and future consumers are well informed. They are interested in nutrition, health, quality, new flavors and gastronomy. Their needs and tastes are quickly evolving. For Bejo, it is essential to strengthen all the links of the chain (producers,…

"The fish don't swim underneath the lettuce"

The NKWK, a conference about water and climate, took place on May 14 in the Netherlands. Greenhouse horticulture could not be left out of the program, and so a group of civil servants, policy makers, and scientists went, after a full morning program and a series of workshops, to Vers van Voorne, where…

North American tomatoes see crossover in production

Supplies of greenhouse tomatoes look good given the multiple regions currently producing them. “There’s production in all areas right now. Volume is good in tomatoes out of Canada and our California operations. Canadian volume is up. California is mid-stream. And Mexico is finishing,” says Jeff Madu of…

Electricity should enable self-sufficient aquaponic systems

Aquaponics: Working with solar and photovoltaic energy

The earth's population is increasing and the demand for organic foodstuffs is growing in the city centers as well. Therefore, the area for agricultural use decreases. In order to be able to produce enough food regardless, new cultivation methods such as aquaponics come into focus. Self-contained…

India: Research centre to grow potato without soil

Soil and other growing media, such as cocopeat, are no longer necessary for growing potato as Potato Technology Centre (PTC) at Shamgarh in Karnal with the help of Central Potato Research Institute (CPRI), Shimla, is going to start work on a research project for producing potato in air by the aeroponics…

"Double cropping tunnel-grown raspberries can increase overall yields"

Eric Hanson, Brent Crain and Josh Moses of Michigan State University recently published in HortScience “Cropping on primocanes and floricanes increases yields of organic raspberries in high tunnels”. Results from this study indicate that fruiting both primocanes and floricanes (double cropping) can…

Christ Monden, De Kruidenaer, about growing on water:

"Compare systems and take blow molding seriously"

Hydroponic cultivation is taking off. It is a development that started not so long ago. Christ Monden from De Kruidenaer grows on water. His tip for other growers: "Compare systems and take blow molding very seriously. Then the benefits will automatically become clear." Advantages which Bas Dirven,…

Can California cherries be protected against rain events?

In the past week, California cherry trees have been hammered with rain. It’s a disaster for cherry growers as it causes the cherries to split. Although it is unusual for California to receive so much rain this time of year, it is a global development as cherry growers in Italy, Greece and Chile have been…

Adaptability to climate and resistance to winter

Experimental cultivation of organic pink tomatoes in Murcia

Organic pink tomato is becoming popular in the Region of Murcia and its cultivation area has expanded experimentally. The company Ecotomate, based in Mazarrón, is cultivating…

"Replace soil with foam to solve global food security crisis"

Experts from the new Institute for Sustainable Food at the University of Sheffield have found that crops planted in polyurethane foams at an urban farm grow two to 10 times faster than plants grown in soil. "Pioneering hydroponics techniques could help combat soil degradation", they say. Using a network…

Application of nano-silicon dioxide improves salt stress tolerance in strawberry plants

Silicon application can improve productivity outcomes for salt stressed plants. A new study describes how strawberry plants respond to treatments including various combinations of salt stress and nano-silicon dioxide, assessing whether nano-silicon dioxide improves strawberry plant tolerance to salt…

"This robot will tell you if your plants are sick"

A small white chart is leisurely driving between bell pepper plants. In fact, it is a robot that can be of great importance to the grower. It creates disease maps of agricultural plots and detects the disease areas. According to Volcanic Center where this robot was developed, this early detection of…

Sweet fruits at a manageable height:

Rack cultivation on the rise in Germany

Within professional cultivation, strawberries no longer just grow in the soil in the field. More and more often, growers also have them one floor up, on so-called racks. Doesn't it look appetizing though, when these red, juicy fruits are hanging down on either side of the troughs, at one meter high? It…

New control program makes data easy to access

Crop decisions aren't always easy to make and in addition software isn't always easy to access. The team with Senmatic has given additional attention to this in their SuperLink 6 update. The program is intuitive and is easy to manage, providing data collecting possibilities and easy control of the…

Russia: Novosibirsk scientists grow strawberries with aeroponics

A startup from Novosibirsk is entering the international market. Soon the technology will be sold to Arabian agronomists. Until then, the scientists continue experimenting with strawberries in the basement of the campus. The experimental greenhouse is as clean as an operation room. Special sensors…

Benefits of growing strawberries under low tunnels

A new video from TunnelBerries discusses the key benefits of growing strawberries under plastic low tunnels in cold climates of North America. These benefits are directly supported by data and conclusions gathered from multiple studies by researchers on the TunnelBerries team. The video also emphasizes…

Testing saffron in hydroponic cultivation

Saffron ( Crocus sativus L.) is cultivated worldwide. Its stigmas represent the highest-priced spice and contain bioactive compounds beneficial for human health. Saffron cultivation commonly occurs in open field, and spice yield can vary greatly, from 0.15 to 1.5 g m -2 , based on several agronomic and…

Italy: Vivo presents hemp shoots at European level

There are no reports of any European companies producing hemp shoots. Or rather, there is only one: the company Vivo, which presents this novelty. The manager Andrea Farnedi: "Produced with certified seeds, with levels of THC and CBD according to law, hemp shoots have a pleasant appearance and a bitter…

Report Hydrogen Knowledge Session in Greenhouse Horticulture

Application of hydrogen in greenhouse horticulture discussed from three perspectives

How can hydrogen be used more in horticulture? There's demand and there are possibilities, and to connect these, on April 5th 2019 there was a well-attended knowledge session about the possibilities of applying hydrogen in greenhouse horticulture. This knowledge session was organized for the partners of…

Lower Saxony producers starting the season

"At Whitsun we can look forward to fresh open field strawberries"

It is still going only getting started, but the first strawberries from Lower Saxony are already on the market. "Growers have already harvested the first sweet fruits from their tunnel and under film-cultivation," Fred Eickhorst of the Association of asparagus and berry fruit producers told the Landvolk…

Yuma, Arizona: Only citrus screen house in the state

Dr. Glenn Wright, an extension specialist in tree fruits at the Yuma Ag Center is the director of the citrus screen house program in Yuma, Arizona. He states that there are about 50 different varieties of citrus and about 70 different trees in this screen house. It's called a ‘screen house’ because the…

Biggest obstacles are legislation and permits at the moment

Are algae and horticulture a promising match?

On April 24, Greenport Aalsmeer brought a number of interested growers, specialists, and researchers together around the theme 'Algae and Horticulture.' The goal of the meeting at Waterdrinker was making an inventory about the state of affairs of algae cultivation in the Netherlands: which initiatives…

Essentials for growing hydroponic strawberries successfully

Strawberries are a high value crop recognized for their flavor, color and nutrient content. However, growing strawberries can be a challenge. The following information provides the essentials that should be considered when growing strawberries in hydroponic production systems. Hort Americas offers an…

Micro-tunnels promote growth and facilitate work in the groove

Micro-tunnels, an alternative coverage system in Argentina

Manuel Cordeiro is dedicated to the production of fruit and vegetable crops in the area of Villa San Luis, in Florencio Varela (Buenos Aires). There, producing one hectare of strawberry involves performing up to 16,600 operations while squatting, a stance that producers must maintain for more than two…

US: Strawberry establishment and production enterprise budget

Locally-grown strawberries are in high demand at markets, but the time and labor demands of growing them make strawberries a trickier crop to manage than many realize. The plants require a year of establishment before the first harvest; preventing competition from weeds is critical. In a trial, Lee…

New additions to Delphy Improvement Center team

Delphy Improvement Center has once again expanded the team of researchers for greenhouse horticulture. "These times necessitate greenhouse horticulture to become more sustainable and future-proof. Therefore research into the application of new technologies and cultivation concepts is indispensable. Two…

Climate heat mapping for indoor growing environments

A lot goes into designing a good indoor agriculture environment, from selecting the right lights, to ensuring proper irrigation, optimizing airflow, and more. But while the big four – light, water, nutrients, and air – are the major keys to plant growth, the size and quality of a crop is highly dependent…

Time-lapse: planting organic tomatoes

Planting tomatoes in a greenhouse probably does not sound super exciting to a seasoned grower, but once the process is filmed and made into a time-lapse it looks quite cool.

Alternative rootstocks for eggplant

Grafting is generally considered effective in ameliorating vegetable crop tolerance to biotic and abiotic stresses. The use of interspecific hybrid as rootstock for eggplant…

Murcia produces 1,100 tons of papayas each year

Fast growing papaya trees in greenhouses

The Region of Murcia produces about 1,100 tons of papayas per year in about 24 hectares, which are currently in production. Of this acreage, about 20 hectares belong to one firm, which sells one million kilos annually and plans to double that figure in 2019, since it has fast growing greenhouse trees.…

Grapefruits: next crop in row for 'horticulturalisation'

Grow them hydroponically, use drip fertigation and grow under protective screens. To the horticultural industry, these topics sound quite normal - but in grapefruit growing it is not. However, these solutions are named as possibilities to increase yield and harvest security. Growers of one of Florida’s…

Nic van Roosmalen starts as a crop advisor

"Growing needs to be done based on facts"

Nic van Roosmalen starts work as a cultivation and company consultant with tomatoes as his specialty. He joins the partnership of Ferry Klap (Horti Advies Ferry Klap), Eric de Winter (Wingrow Tuinbouwadviezen) and Bas Vet (Bas Vet Teeltadvies). High-tech horticulture Nic is no stranger to the job since…

Astronauts might soon grow space tomatoes

Tiny tomato plants developed at the University of California, Riverside, could one day feed astronauts on the International Space Station. The plants have minimal leaves and stems but still produce a normal amount of fruit, making them a potentially productive crop for cultivation anywhere with limited…

Increasing profit through better use of CO2

On the way to fossil-free greenhouse horticulture, the availability of fossil CO2 is decreasing and (external) CO2 becomes a cost item. The first step to dealing with this is to see how CO2 can be used more efficiently. During the workshop of Peter Geelen at the EnergiekEvent on 11 April, a number of…

Leopoldo Sánchez, of Agroponiente:

Spain: "Good results for green and Raf tomatoes this campaign"

Grupo Agroponiente, with its specialist tomato company Vegacañada, has made an initial assessment of its Green and Raf tomato line, which has obtained "magnificent results" for the second year in a row, according to its manager, Leopoldo Sánchez. This line features ribbed tomatoes, with the Raf as top…

"Are bumble bees causing my tomato flowers to fall off?"

Early market hoop house tomato growers are reporting blossom drop soon after bumble bee delivery, but the flower abortions are probably not caused by bees. by Benjamin Phillips, Michigan State University Extension I get a number of calls from hoop house tomato growers in spring regarding flowers aborting…

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…


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