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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…

Fluence

Leo Lansbergen, Fluence, explains

Winter trials show promising results for LED in cucumber cultivation

LED lighting has been proving its worth in the cultivation of various crops. From tomatoes and herbs to strawberries and cannabis, many growers have already made the switch from HPS (SON-T). One crop that's still lagging behind a bit in this development is the cucumber, where growers still mostly favor…

DA Communications Group

Philippines Department of Agriculture aims to modernize the country’s agri-fishery sector

As part of its thrust to modernize the country’s agri-fishery sector, the Department of Agriculture (DA) is laying the groundwork to digitize its operations starting with the upgrading of its management information system (MIS). “The upgraded MIS contains the digital registry of farmers and fisherfolk,…

UK: Gin&Tonic with homegrown cucumber

A cold gin and tonic with some slices of fresh, homegrown cucumber, what's better when it's the middle of summer? That's what Hendrick's Gin and the Cucumber Growers Association must have thought when they decided to collaborate on sharing free cucumber seeds this summer. You can get the seeds via an…

"Consumers and politicians want regional, CO2-neutral vegetables - but they don't want greenhouses on the edge of town"

"It's a paradox - everyone wants organically, regional and CO2 neutral vegetables, but the vegetable farms needed for this should not be near their own village," laments Peter Höfler junior, partner of Höfler Gemüse. It is a problem that is prevalent not only for vegetable greenhouses, but for other…

The company is starting a trial in Murcia to maximize the development of plants in this material

Projar studies the appropriate irrigation strategies in the cultivation of coconut fiber

This week, the technical department of Projar started the first phase of its study to define an appropriate irrigation strategy for crops cultivated in soil with coconut fiber. This trial, which is being carried out on a farm in Aguilas (Murcia), aims at promoting and maximizing the plant's root system's…

KR: LG shows off blockchain-powered farming system at Seoul metro station

South Korean electronics giant LG has created a very public showcase for its blockchain-powered food and agriculture traceability platform – at one of Seoul’s busiest subway stations. Per Paxnet, LG’s telecoms subsidiary LG U+ and its IT services arm LG CNS have teamed up for the venture, which will see…

J. Feng and K. Folta

Micro-naps for plants

A nighttime arrival at Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport flies you over the bright pink glow of vegetable production greenhouses. Growing crops under artificial light is gaining momentum, particularly in regions where produce prices can be high during seasons when sunlight is sparse.  The Netherlands is just one country that has rapidly…

Plant Empowerment

How to achieve consistent pollination

One of the most important issues for a crop is consistent, good pollination. During the summer this can be a challenge. If temperatures go above 30°C, pollination slows down. When temperatures keep on increasing, pollination and fruit setting slows down more and more. One reason for 'slower' pollination…

PH: Army launches program to avert food shortage in camps

The Philippine Army has launched “Army Green Camp,” a program meant to ensure food sufficiency in military camps amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic. Army vice commander Major General Reynaldo Aquino spearheaded the launch at the Army Headquarters in Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City on Monday.…

"We want to raise awareness on vertical farming in Italy"

“As we’re located in Italy, a country with great farming traditions, some people would think that we don’t need indoor farming. But, especially today, this is wrong. In fact, we import a great part of our food, and while adverse climate events are always more frequent, the fertility of the soil is…

Carol Khadra

Water Saving Greenhouse:

Finding the best solutions for local climate conditions in Qatar

Testing different technologies, cultivation methods and crop nutrition solutions in trial and demonstration greenhouses in Qatar, and then showing the results to the local farming community. That is the purpose of an 800 m2 ‘Water Saving Greenhouse’ in Qatar, where tomatoes are grown. Yara International,…

JM: Aquaponics farming appeals to local teacher

Margaret Lothian is a teacher of 31 years who is now contemplating a career change, following her recent involvement in a community project on aquaponics farming. “I’ve been acting as vice-principal for the past two years. I have been in teaching for almost 31 years, and right now I would leave it to do…

Covid-19 sparks discussions in local produce supply

Hi-tech greenhouses to play bigger role in produce supply in China

During the Covid-19 pandemic that has been ongoing for months, various issues in the produce supply chain have been brought under the spotlight. How to ensure production and supply capacity and provide consumers with sufficient agricultural products against inconvenient logistics and shortage of workers…

"Dry-fog is the next generation of aeroponics"

Lite+Fog, a Berlin-based company, started focusing on dry-fog systems as they noticed many benefits from it. "Dry-fog is the next generation of aeroponics. I started working on indoor farms for more than ten years. Because I did a lot of mushroom farming, I began to work with dry-fog and realized that it…

webinar, July 23

Stakeholder needs relevant to indoor propagation

There are economic and knowledge-based challenges that must be addressed for indoor farms to be viable in the United States despite their potential benefits. A mixed-methods…

Forest Starr & Kim Starr

Sea vegetables could become important new source of nutrition

According to aquaculture experts in Florida, in the future, sea vegetables could provide a tasty source of nutrition. The native Florida vegetables that grow in salty areas…

Vegetable pollination guides

eOrganic is making available eight introductory pollination guides for common vegetable crops, developed by Hannah Swegarden of Cornell University as part of the NOVIC project. These photographic guides are intended to provide a brief overview of how to make crosses using controlled pollination techniques. They are available in…

Iran: Tehran province annual greenhouse output to reach 820,000 tons

The annual production of fruits and vegetables in Tehran Province’s greenhouses is planned to reach 820,000 tons in the current Iranian calendar year (ends on March 20, 2021),…

ENEA: the experimental campaign between real and virtual begins

Space: a hi-tech vegetable garden to grow on the moon and at the poles

The future is already here! This is demonstrated by Enea, which is working on a hi-tech garden to grow micro-vegetables on the moon and in extreme terrestrial environments, such as polar ones. The cultivation is set up inside a special igloo greenhouse designed to withstand very low temperatures. Luca…

University of Osnabrück is dedicated to vertical farming

"AgrarCycle": highly innovative network working with science and industry

In the coming months and years, a research team at Osnabrück University of Applied Sciences wants to establish a highly innovative network of science and industry under the name "AgrarCycle" in order to sustainably promote vertical agriculture in Germany. The project is being funded with more than…

Spain

New zucchini variety for raw consumption to be cultivated in greenhouses of El Ejido

In a recent visit to the facilities of the Cohorsan cooperative, owned by Unica Group, the mayor of El Ejido, Francisco Góngora, had the chance to take a first-hand look at…

Shore Breeze Farms

US (VA): Shore Breeze Farms to increase production at hydroponic greenhouse facility

Shore Breeze Farms will expand operations at its hydroponic greenhouse facility in Northampton County, increasing its production of Virginia-grown leafy greens by 30 percent. The company provides Virginia-grown lettuces to Virginia public schools, local restaurants, and farm stands on the Eastern Shore…

Spain

Florette starts with the lettuce and endive harvest in Soria

Bagged salad manufacturer Florette Ibérica has recently started with the lettuce and endive harvest in the municipality of Olmillos, in the province of Soria. The process had…

Western Sydney University

Western Sydney University donates 58 tonnes of vegetables to Foodbank

Western Sydney University's Hawkesbury campus and its research partners are donating tonnes of fresh, healthy produce to Foodbank NSW and ACT to support families in need during bushfires, COVID-19 and beyond. The donations are being made through the world-class education and research facility for…

Aerogondo | Dreamstime.com

Artificial intelligence in the greenhouse

When will human growers become obsolete?

Greenhouse automation has come a long way in the past two decades. Give it another two decades, and it may completely overshadow the human element in the greenhouse. At least, that's a conclusion you might draw when looking at the results of the Autonomous Greenhouse Challenge and the implications of it…

"Macxize can endure hot summers well"

New variety large cluster tomato 'stands out' in the Axia demo greenhouse

There are currently two internal trials running in the Axia Vegetable Seeds demo greenhouses in Naaldwijk, the Netherlands. According to Axia, there is one variety that stands out: Macxize, a variety in the large cluster segment. "During the warmer weather, it is especially noticeable that there is…

"Under LED, 1 truss less settled but more yield due to bigger fruit weight"

In Autumn 2019 Gemüsebau Steiner installed Hyperion LED top lights in their tomato greenhouse in Kirchweidach, replacing the existing 1000W HPS fixtures with LED fixtures in an area of 5,000m2. This was the first 100% LED tomato installation in Germany. More importantly, this was a unique trial comparing…


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