Cultivation

The Hindu

“People called me crazy when I started growing passion fruit"

India: Kerala government commends two young farmers for their promising work

Sreevidya M and Saifulla P are two young farmers instituted by Kerala Government. While Sreevidya converted a rocky terrain into green patch, Saifulla grows medicinal plants and other crops on leased land. Kolathur village of Kasaragod district has a star in Sreevidya M. 6 years ago no one would have…

Global group recognizes UF/IFAS engineer for strawberry spray app

Now that we’re knee-deep in strawberry season, many growers owe Clyde Fraisse and Natalia Peres a debt of gratitude. About a decade ago, Peres saw a need for a fungicide decision-support tool. Farmers sprayed about every week to control strawberry diseases known as anthracnose and botrytis during the…

www.vegetablegrafting.eu

The right portal to find the right rootstock

Almost 20 years of experience in the field of horticultural grafting have been put all into a new website created and launched by Fenix seeds. The website is available for both professional experts and amateurs at: www.vegetablegrafting.eu. "This page is much more than a single and useful online place to…

Koppert Cress sells Maasdijk cultivation location to Frestia

Two hectares of Koppert Cress greenhouse has been sold to Frestia. Both parties announced this at the end of last week. "The offer comes at a good time for us," says Rob Baan, who last week, much to his sorrow, also had to lay off some of his permanent staff. "Where we want to become connecting factor,…

UK: Increased need for heat protection on isle of Wight

Isle of Wight has an ideal tomato growing climate. However, the summers here are also becoming more extreme. APS Produce has successfully used the diffuse heat-reflecting ReduFuse IR coating for its sensitive varieties and organic tomatoes. A. Pearson & Sons is the largest local supplier of tomatoes for…

Growing tomatoes on perlite, why not?

Tholen - “A few days after the planting, the roots were already in the slab.” For tomato grower Pieter Hoogerbrugge, of Kwekerij Hoogerbrugge in Lepelstraat, this is remarkable. He is growing on perlite together with his brother Erik for the first time this season. Fellow grower Peet Withagen, of the…

Ministry of agriculture Afghanistan plans food safety project with $100 million budget

Officials of the ministry of agriculture's agriculture and food safety emergency project (EATS) held an advisory meeting and introduction of the project with the directors of agriculture in Parwan, Kapisa, Panjshir and Kabul provinces. The meeting was held in Kabul today, and officials from EATS briefed…

Iran: Greenhouse development in Fars Province on agenda

The head of the Agriculture Department of Fars Province said that his department intends to develop cultivation in greenhouses of the province based on a comprehensive plan by the Iranian calendar year 1404 (starting in March 2025). Hossein Pejman: “We are going to develop the greenhouse areas in the…

Christina Grozinger receives food & agriculture science award

Pollinators, such as honeybees, sustain ecosystems by transferring pollen to flowers, which supports seed, fruit and vegetable production. Pollinator populations are declining across the globe due to multiple interacting factors, including land use and climate change. The National Academy of Sciences…

Interview with Giovanni Lutri, producer from Scicli (RG)

"Smart Hydroponic Grow System increases production by 40%"

One of the main problems affecting growers is the loss of soil vitality. Coir is applied to deal with this but, as irrigation strategies are often unsuitable, this technique does not always reach its full potential.  Obtaining active plants with a higher production potential is the objective of the Smart Hydroponic Grow System, an example of innovative technology and…

Gentilfruit

120 hectares of raspberries, blackberries, blueberries and baby kiwifruit soon to be planted in Basilicata

"The time has come to diversify in Basilicata, Italy. This region boasts exceptional soil and weather conditions to produce small fruits 12 months a year. Together with other local entrepreneurial activities, we are focusing on the cultivation and commercialization of berries, a sector that has been…

Philippines: Government intensifies soil rejuvenation program

The Department of Agriculture (DA) will intensify its soil rejuvenation program nationwide to sustain the increased productivity of rice, corn, vegetables, coconut, fruits, and other major crops. “One of our continuing major challenges is how to increase productivity and reduce the cost of production.…

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Study on integrated aquaculture-agriculture systems

This study compiles the growth of Tilapia fish in plastic tanks. This water was used to water a crop of mini bell pepper.  A preliminary assay was conducted to evaluate the feasibility of an integrated aquaculture-agriculture production system. Tilapia  was farmed in plastic tanks (500L), with and without bioflocs…

New study on control of pollination by hoverflies in greenhouses

A newly published research proposes a conceptual model for pollination and fertilization of tomato flowers in greenhouses crops by hoverflies, when the maximal number of adult pollinators maintained by the crops is less than what is needed for an economically successful pollination in greenhouses. The…

Qatar Ministry plans to establish plant factories for leafy greens

The Qatar Ministry of Municipality and Environment (MME) has planned to establish plant factories soon to ensure production of leafy vegetables round the year. The plan is…

Succesful first harvest of winter-produced greenhouse peppers in Canada

Sollum Technologies is pleased to announce that Allegro Acres, located in Kingsville Ontario, harvested the first greenhouse crop of winter-produced peppers using LED lighting technology in Canada. The results of this strategic partnership, in collaboration with the Harrow Research Center of Agriculture…

"Consumption of winter strawberries grows in Europe"

When we talk about seasonal fruit, the strawberry must find a place in the calendar for the whole year because it is possible to produce naturally for almost 12 months thanks to a careful choice of plants and the characteristics of each variety. The European project Fruit & Veg: Natural Health! promoted…

Jan Banken, Horti-Consult International:

"My most important advice is to give yourself a buffer when cultivating"

It is a surprising fact that both during the first outbreak of the coronavirus (Covid-19) in China at the end of 2019, and when the first case of the Tomato brown rugose fruit virus (ToBRFV) appeared in Germany in the summer of 2018, crop advisor Jan Banken of Horti-Consult International was a lot closer…

"the perfect choice for sustainable growers"

Fresh herbs in bio-degradable flower pots

In this video below, Desch Plantpak show how their D-Grade®BIO pots are not only a good fit for flowers, they are as well for fresh herbs. "This combination is the perfect choice for sustainable growers," says Kees Waque, Manager Retail & Marketing at Desch. In their new Colour your Story magazine,…

US (AL): Studying poultry wastewater as way to irrigate crops

As fresh water supplies become increasingly limited and the world's population continues to grow, Auburn University College of Agriculture researchers are working on ways to find and utilize alternative water resources for irrigating crops. "One proven source that can meet this demand is wastewater,"…

Productive response of greenhouse vegetables to suboptimal growth environment

New study about the effects of the insect screens in agriculture

Environmental pressure poses a major challenge to the agricultural sector, which requires the development of cultivation techniques that can effectively reduce the impact of abiotic stress affecting crop yield and quality (e.g., thermal stress, wind, and hail) and of biotic factors, such as insect pests.…

Indoor saffron farming with special reference to hydroponic system

Indoor farming is a method of cultivating crops or plants normally on a large scale entirely indoors. But, we must make sure that our indoor room’s insulation has enough R-value to support farming 24×7. The R-value is the measure of resistance to heat flow which is thermal resistance indicating the…

PMA expands virtual learning course offerings

Produce Marketing Association (PMA) and Center for Growing Talent (CGT) are expanding their virtual learning opportunities. FreshEd Academy is a growing portfolio of…

University of Sheffield leads £6 million research project to 'transform the UK food system'

A new £6m research project titled Healthy soil, healthy food, healthy people (H3) seeks to transform the UK food system from the ground up via an integrated program of interdisciplinary research. Social and natural scientists from the Institute for Sustainable Food at the University of Sheffield will…

The guide for growing tomatoes

Greenhouse production of hydroponic tomatoes is increasing worldwide every year. The reason? All the advantages provided by these growing systems! The principal advantages of hydroponic controlled…

Illinois professor receives NASA Early Career award to help astronauts grow vegetables

Ying Diao has received a NASA Early Career Faculty award to improve the growth of vegetables in space. When in space, astronauts typically eat dehydrated, nutrient-dense food, but when it comes to longer space missions, that can become a problem as they’ll eventually lack nutrients from fresh vegetables.…

Cédric Geens, W. Jonckheere, Belgium

“The coming weeks will be tough for Spanish vegetables and citrus”

The extreme winter weather in Spain isn't problematic for only that country. It's affecting Belgium too. According to Cédric Geens of W. Jonckheere, it's simple. "We're very dependent on Spanish agriculture in both summer and winter. You don't have to be a genius to see that there will be major problems…

Jan 22, free CASCADE webinar

How to adapt light in raspberry cultivation to increase yields?

CASCADE, a leading French technology company specialized in the development of formulations for different types of macro tunnel covers with unique light control characteristics, will present the "Improving raspberry crop yields with Light CASCADE® technology. How to adapt the light in your crops to…

Australia: Chilli spacing trial summary report

Hot pepper intensive chilli production systems are susceptible to soilborne diseases, such as Sclerotium rolfsii, especially during the summer months. Recently, the SoilWealth…

Irrigation protects crops from weather and pests

Climate-smart farming in Nepal helps farmers make a living

Ram Bahadur Rayamajhi worked in a furniture shop in India for nearly 15 years but returned to his home village in western Nepal's Pyuthan district several years ago, after suffering from a nerve problem. With his son unable to find a good job, Rayamajhi had to provide for his household of eight people…

Global gardeners help Florida University with breeding program

Normally, University of Florida scientists such as Harry Klee gauge the taste and aroma of their new tomatoes by letting volunteers test them at the UF Sensory Lab in…

Philippines: Strawberry-shaped walkway to be constructed in Beguet

A strawberry-shaped walkway would be put up at the strawberry fields of Benguet province’s capital town of La Trinidad to draw more tourists as the province revives its pandemic-stricken economy. The elevated pathway is part of the new projects being undertaken by the Benguet State University (BSU). BSU…

Why mulching films are important

Cultivation techniques that use mulching films are widespread all over the world due to their significant advantages for yields and quality. To better understand which are the characteristics that make crops managed with this techniques more efficient, FreshPlaza talked to Marco Cascone, CEO and R&D director of Agriplast, a…

Ghana: Delegation from Okeyehene's Palace harvests first greenhouse vegetables

This week, the Chief of Staff from the Office of the Okyehene led a delegation to visit the Youth in Greenhouse Enterprise Project (YuGEP) production site at Kyebi to assist 20 beneficiaries to undertake their first harvest of 600kg of cucumbers, bell peppers and tomatoes produced from five (5)…

American high school greenhouse serves families in need

As a pandemic that struck quickly, erased jobs and created financial crises for many suburban families continues into a new year, High School District 214 continues to join…

Building North Canada's future in local food production

Growing nearly anything in the Yukon brings its own set of challenges. “We’re basically at the top of the world,” says Derrick Hastings, farm manager at the Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in Teaching and Working Farm. “We’re at the end of the road.”  Located on the outskirts of Dawson City, Hastings says they depend on a…

Urban Farming using LEDs from Fluence by OSRAM

Year-round under-glass herb cultivation in the heart of Berlin

ECF Farmsystems uses innovative LED lighting solutions from Fluence for todays herb cultivation in the heart of Berlin. An innovative urban farm, ECF Farm Berlin (ECF Farmsystems) uses techniques for greenhouse and vertical cultivation of basil. The farm also uses aquaponics to naturally fertilize the…

Wageningen University & Research:

"Horticulture can cover the growing demands for local produce in urban areas"

Urban horticulture is not expected to replace traditional dominant food systems in feeding the world. But it can cover the growing demands of locally available, nutritious, sustainable and fresh produce in urban areas. The Greenhouse Horticulture and Flower Bulbs Business Unit of Wageningen University &…

India: Entrepreneurs decided to explore the new trend in farming

With a family business in bio-pesticides, organic farming and indoor horticulture, Anisha Goel was no stranger to the toll excessive chemicals have on the body, the loopholes in organic certification, lack of Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) and the extent of food wastage.  Anisha was visiting India from…

for Indiana couple

Hydroponics to complement traditional farming methods

After losing all their vegetable crops to a 100-year-flood during the summer of 2008 in Indiana, traditional farm couple Darin and Deb Kelly decided to try a soil-less farming system known as hydroponics. Their first system was made from a plastic bin and a 400-watt lightbulb in their basement and could…

"Space-bred seeds offer valuable opportunities"

China's historic 23-day Chang'e 5 mission has not only obtained precious rocks and soil samples from the moon, but has also brought back a group of seeds that traveled the furthest in the nation's agricultural and forestry histories. More than 30 kinds of seeds, including rice, oats, alfalfa and orchid,…

Certhon's first results of indoor strawberries trial

Martin Veenstra, Indoor Farming specialist at Certhon: “This way of growing strawberries is unique because all grow parameters can be precisely controlled during the entire growth cycle. From start to finish. This ensures optimum quality, yield, and fruit sizes, independent of the growing season. All…

India: Man quits IT job to start aquaponics company

Rohit started farming in Jalandhar in 2018, and mainly uses water containing fish waste as manure to cultivate a variety of fruits and vegetables.  The corporate grind may help bring in cash, but sticking true to nature is crucial for others. Rohit Gupta (28) left his software engineering work to take up farming.…

Purple bell peppers new eye-catcher for US grower

Ark Foods has set out to challenge what grocery shoppers think when they hear “Bell Peppers.” Customers who reach for the popular red, yellow, and green varieties in their produce aisle have a new eye-catching, farmers market version to love: the Purple Bell Pepper. Grown originally for Whole Foods…

The right light intensity and illumination length for plants

Based on the plant's natural habitat, all plants and crops require a different light intensity in each growing phase for optimal plant development. Therefore, the required light intensity is different from crop to crop. Next to that, every crop is in need of a different illumination length. The HortiOne…

A video shows the creation of artificial rain by Contec Srl

New irrigation system with concrete poles

For the company Contec, 2021 will be a year marked by innovation. Indeed, an innovative system for creating artificial rain is being developed and new subsidiaries will be opened. Contec started out as a manufacturer of prestressed concrete transmission poles, but in the meantime it has grown into a…

Optimizing Husk tomato production in Mexican greenhouses

Physalis ixocarpa Brot. (tomatillo or Husk tomato) is one of the five major vegetables cultivated in Mexico, but its yield in the field is low. However, greenhouse crops and the enhancement in plant density can promote an increase in yield per area. The aim of a recent research was to evaluate: yield,…

Harvesting strawberries every day of the year in LED greenhouse

This year, Dutch Berries invested in the build of four hectares of greenhouse with full LED lighting. With that, the large strawberry grower from Zuilichem, Netherlands is able to produce large volumes of a fresh, new species for the market. By growing an increasing amount of varieties as well, year…

Liesbeth Hamil, Lyna

"As a cultivation country, Morocco's become a formidable Spanish and Turkish opponent"

In recent years, Morocco has invested massively in developing its agricultural and horticultural sectors. These small-scale farmers used to sell their products on the local market. Now, they've evolved into professional companies that focus on markets such as Europe and Russia. So, Morocco has become a…

Agronomy

Improving water use efficiency in cherry tomato cultivation

The spatial distribution of root systems in the soil has major impacts on soil water and nutrient uptake and ultimately crop yield. New research aimed to optimize the root distribution patterns, growth, and yield of cherry tomato by using a number of emitters per plant. A randomized complete block design…

Greenhouse vegetable growers working with Leamington community to mitigate nighttime light glow

Ontario Greenhouse Vegetable Growers (OGVG) are eager to engage the local municipal councils of both Kingsville and Leamington on reasonable and enforceable lighting by-laws for the greenhouse sector in the region. OGVG recognizes the legitimate community concerns with greenhouse nighttime glow. "At the…

Maintain your crop balance during winter

Moving towards Christmas and New Year’s Eve is known that in most countries worldwide, radiation levels are decreasing which results in a drop of outside temperature and humidity increase. Such conditions could decrease plant development and growth while increase risks such as condensation on leaves and…

Bioplanet

Useful insects used in southern Italy to preserve quality and defend strawberries

Bioplanet is currently intervening with useful insects in strawberry crops in Campania. Bumblebees are used for pollination and phytoseiidae are used against red spider mites. "Favoring pollination with bumblebees is an established technique. All businesses part of Coop Sole use it to improve quality and…

Tomato cultivation in the desert

South of Dakhla, in Morocco, the Agida farm is developing an unusual model of greenhouse cultivation. It is an Economic Interest Group (GIE) created in 2017 on the initiative of the Agricultural…

"Strawberry production with organic fertilizer is significantly higher”

In innovation center ‘de Kas’ by Van der Knaap Group, tests are being conducted with a diverse range of vegetable crops. The tests focus on various types of substrates and mineral versus organic nutrition for crops. This article will discuss the strawberry test conducted. Last year, Van der Knaap…

Hamburg-based start-up &ever makes big strides in Kuwait

"Up to 550 kg of lettuce per day thanks to faster growth cycles"

Instead of traveling 5,000 kilometers between German growing areas and consumers, lettuce from vertical farming company &ever in Kuwait travels less than 100 kilometers. With its first commercial farm in the middle of the Kuwaiti desert, the Hamburg-based company supplies regionally grown leaf lettuce to…

Optimise production by plant load management

Every tomato grower wants to optimise production and quality, especially in wintertime when prices are often highest. Despite applying additional HPS or LED lighting, PAR light is the main restricting factor in this period, so the art of growing now is achieving optimal light use efficiency (LUE) and a…

Carnegie Mellon University

The salad days of AI

Nidhi Jain has never had much luck growing plants. "I've tried to work with plants, but they didn't want to work with me," said the senior computer science major from California. "So I've stuck to succulents." Green thumb or no, Jain and her classmates in the School of Computer Science's "Autonomous Agents" course this fall…

The technique allows increasing productivity and profitability by 30 to 50%

Hydroponics gains ground in Argentina

Soil degradation as a consequence of unsustainable management and inappropriate practices have positioned hydroponics and substrate cultivation as alternative techniques for…

Cleverson Matiolli

Plants have a body clock as well research shows

This research highlights a single letter change in their DNA code can potentially decide whether a plant is a lark or a night owl. The findings may help farmers and crop breeders to select plants with clocks that are best suited to their location, helping to boost yield and even the ability to withstand…

The effects of pre-harvest factors on metabolomics profile of lettuce leaves

The study of the relationship between cultivated plants and environmental factors can provide information ranging from a deeper understanding of the plant biological system to the development of more effective management strategies for improving yield, quality, and sustainability of the produce. In this…

Monitoring and controlling water quality in aquaponics

This research shows that Recirculating Aquaculture Systems (RAS) are an environmentally friendly alternative to conventional fish production methods and enable fish breeders to significantly reduce the nutrient loads on adjacent water bodies due to production. Therefore, RAS can be seen as an important…

Growth prospects strong for controlled-environment leafy greens

2020 has been a breakout year for indoor and greenhouse farming, and Abby Prior believes the momentum will continue to build. Prior, senior vice president of sales and marketing for Irvington, N.Y. based BrightFarms, spoke Dec. 14 with The Packer’s Tom Karst about the developments at BrightFarms and the…

Webinar series for greenhouse growers

Urban Ag News launches a webinar series for growers producing vegetables and herbs as seedlings or transplants in heated greenhouses. Topics include transplant uniformity,…

pH tests for hydroponic leafy greens

Last year Van der Knaap Groep performed two different trials with hydroponic lettuce. Karel de Bruijn: “We used mineral nutrients in one pond and organic in the other. Last year's trial was successful. The filtration system did its job. The membranes ensure the bacteria can't pass through. That's why our…

Wisconsin: Grants awarded for vegetable variety trials in high tunnel greenhouses

The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) today announced 19 projects have been selected to receive $1,186,278 in Specialty Crop Block…

Influence of environmental factors on stomatal opening and development

Research shows that Stomata, the microscopic pores surrounded by a pair of guard cells on the surfaces of leaves and stems, play an essential role in regulating the gas exchange between a plant and the surrounding atmosphere. Stomatal development and opening are significantly influenced by environmental…

Overcoming the pollination gamble with science

Being involved in numerous Technology Implementation Projects in many companies, I realized that the individual pollen supply chains for a given crop are often fairly similar, and that the main challenges the production researchers are tackling are common too. With my posts I try to condense my…

Pinduoduo smart agriculture competition winners announced

Technology beats humans at growing strawberries in greenhouses

Technology beat farmers at growing strawberries in the inaugural Smart Agriculture Competition organized by Pinduoduo, China’s largest agri-focused technology platform, underscoring its potential to raise agricultural productivity and increase food security. The four technology teams, which employed data…

Education program brings together industry leaders for a three-day online conference

"Green & Growin’ 21 Virtual Education fills a need for online learning"

Online education has been available for decades, but many have turned to it for the first time in 2020. The global pandemic forced everyone to find new ways to do business,…

The interaction between salinity and nutrient solution temperatures

A large number of studies on salinity in hydroponic systems have been carried out, but few of them have evaluated the interaction between salinity and nutrient solution temperatures. In Brazil, two experiments were carried out in a randomized block design from January to February (Experiment I) and June…

Roll’N Grow makes heating floors and benches easy

Bottom heat that rolls out like a carpet

Growers now have a quick, easy way to provide the game-changing root zone heating that plants prefer. Roll’N Grow covers benches and floors with growth-enhancing heat in a fraction of the time it used to take. “The benefits of root zone heating are well documented – some growers say they won’t produce…

Smart irrigation technique

Some crops need a lot of water to grow. There are different kinds of irrigation options, but we haven't seen this one before! Smart solution!

No subsidy for 'discouraging use of Dutch tomato'

This fall, questions were asked in the Dutch Parliament when people found out that Milieu Centraal (an environmental organisation), which receives government subsidy,…

UF/IFAS-developed blueberry app to help growers battle diseases and pests

A new University of Florida app will help the state’s blueberry growers identify and manage disease and insect injuries commonly encountered in Florida before their crop is ruined. Collectively, blueberries are a $60 million-per-year crop in Florida. Patricio Munoz, the UF/IFAS blueberry breeder and an…

PMA virtual town hall

How precision nutrition can drive produce marketing

This week’s virtual town hall focused on precision nutrition. “This is a customizable approach to dietary management by providing tailored nutritional advice,” explains Max Teplitski, PMA’s Chief Science Officer, who led the panelists in the discussion. “While this has been more or less the approach of…

Foundation for Food & Agriculture Research (FFAR) provides $2,591,231 grant

Initial lettuce project launched by Precision Indoor Plants (PIP) Consortium

Lettuce is the third most consumed vegetable in the US. However, as a perishable product, much of the produce is not marketable because lettuce leaves discolor after harvest. In fact, 46 percent of head lettuce and 55 percent of fresh romaine and leaf lettuce is wasted. The Foundation for Food &…

tomato crop performances under chemical nutrients monitored by electric signal

"Tomato plants do not need all nutrients at once for quality fruits"

Fertigation is considered an efficient alternative to the enhanced use of chemical fertilizers. Since most of the fertigation systems rely on a theoretical electrical conductivity value of the nutrient solution, a team of Romanian researchers tried to evaluate if this is the real need of the plants as…

Deep propagation trays added to AIRtray assortment

AIRtray Technology by Blackmore announces the release of deep propagation AIRtrays in the sizes 144ct 1 1/5” Deep, 128ct 2” Deep, 72ct 2 5/8” Deep, 50ct 3 3/5” Deep, and 32ct 4 1/3“ Deep.  72ct 30x70mm AIRTray and 72ct 35 x 60mm AIRtray Plant HealthAiIRtray Technology is a production system customized to optimize…

The salinization of irrigation water in Almería could reduce the diversity of cultivable fruits and vegetables

The progressive salinization of the irrigation water available in Almería could jeopardize the diversity of the province's horticultural production, since it would force…

A. Richa, S. Touil and M. Fizir

Recent advances and perspectives in the treatment of hydroponic wastewater

Research by A. Richa, S. Touil and M. Fizir highlights the recent developments in the treatment of hydroponic wastewater. The rapid development of hydroponic farming produces a large amount of wastewater rich in nutrients and organic matters thus imposes great harm to humans and the environment if the…

UF/IFAS

White strawberry one of two new UF/IFAS varieties ready for harvest season

A white strawberry? Not red? Yes, you “read” that right. And it smells a little like a pineapple. It’s also novel in that it’s the first white strawberry to go to market in the United States. Just in time for the west-central Florida strawberry harvesting season, which runs from now until the end of…

Who still believes in the pre-night drop and morning dip?

Introduced about two and a half decades ago, the idea of using a sharp temperature drop to encourage fruit production is still a source of contention. As a teacher of the “HNT (Het Nieuwe Telen) Learning Groups”, an educational program where Dutch growers are taught the principles of Next Generation…

Plant Empowerment

Plant Empowerment book and website now available in Spanish

‘Plant Empowerment: The basic principles’ is now also available in Spanish. Thousands of copies of the English-language edition of the book have already been sold around the world, and a Dutch version was released in August 2020. The publication of the Spanish version of the book will be celebrated…

Jiffy doubles its growbags range

Jiffy has doubled its range of growbags. "Now it’s easier than ever for plant propagators and growers to meet their crops’ needs and boost yields," the company states in a press release.  New Jiffy Essence Growbags: "the perfect budget choice"Jiffy Essence is our new standard range of growbags. Filled with Jiffy’s peat-free substrate,…

Photoconversion fluoropolymer films for cultivating plants under conditions of insufficient insolation

Plants are capable of using mainly the quanta of the red and blue parts of a spectrum for the reception of energy during photosynthesis. However, for many crops grown indoors in high latitudes or under conditions of insufficient insolation, the average daily intensity of the red and blue parts of the…

Growers learn to use 'x-factor' far-red in cucumber cultivation

Growers, researchers and lighting suppliers agree, far-red is the 'x-factor', but when this x-factor should be deployed, that is a different story. At the Proefstation voor de Groenteteelt (testing station for vegetable cultivation) in the Belgian town Sint-Katelijne-Waver, they are conducting research…

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Philippines: Leyte government will launch a hydroponic farming project

The Leyte provincial government will launch a hydroponics farming project to help farmers maximize limited space in cultivating high-value crops. Leyte Governor Leopoldo Dominico Petilla said on Tuesday compared with traditional gardening, hydroponics is a concept that uses less soil, less space, less…

NMSU Science centers provide agricultural industry with research based solutions

With four crop production regions, 11 plant hardiness zones, five defined watersheds, and 126 distinct soil types in New Mexico, agricultural production varies from the north…

Hydroponic system in food-insecure neighborhood expanded

About 35 students in Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University’s Honors Program have worked all year long to feed people experiencing hunger and disenfranchisement throughout the local community, through a partnership with Derbyshire Place, a nonprofit near the Daytona Beach Campus. This holiday season, as…

What influence do carbon compounds have on the growth of biofilm?

Organic substances are increasingly discussed in the horticultural sector, and the term carbon compounds is regularly mentioned. But what are carbon compounds? In short, they are compounds that consist mainly of carbon atoms. Carbon compounds are also referred to as organic compounds, but that is not the…

Five Tips on Pesticides, Water Quality, and $$$

How water quality affects pesticide efficacy, the bottom line

Water quality expert Dr. Sarah White, Professor and Nursery Extension Specialist from Clemson University, describes how water quality affects pesticide efficacy and the bottom line in this new YouTube video. Do you know how the pH of water in your spray tank affects the effectiveness of pesticides? How…

Netherlands: More Honeytomatoes® for Looye

Roots is also going to grow Honeytomatoes® in Zevenhuizen in the Netherlands, as the growers announced. In April, Kwekerij Rimato and Oussoren Trostomaten already announced they were merging into one company: Roots. The growers grow tomatoes on a total area of 26 hectares. In Honselersdijk, that already…

Hort Science Online 3 goes live

"From IPM plans, to harnessing social media"

Hort Science Online 3 (HSO 3), the last in ICL’s digital autumn events, went live yesterday providing access to six topical workstations featuring diverse subjects from creating IPM plans to harnessing social media to grow online presence. ICL’s UK Technical Manager Andrew Wilson and the HSO logo.  “With HSO…

Brexit threatens to bring high tariffs for Spanish berries

Strawberry acreage stabilization, reduction of winter raspberries and more blueberries expected

The Spanish province of Huelva is getting ready for a new berry campaign under the shadow of the consequences that the first wave of the coronavirus brought to the sector in spring. "A few days ago, the strawberry planting phase was completed," says Rafael Domínguez, manager of the sector's association…

Plant research seals importance of microbes for survival and growth

Scientists have revealed that plants have a ‘sealing’ mechanism supported by microbes in the root that are vital for the intake of nutrients for survival and growth. Plant Scientists from the Future Food Beacon at the University of Nottingham have demonstrated that the mechanism controlling the root…

Video: How water pH affects effectiveness of pesticides

In a newly released video of the University of Florida, water quality expert Dr. Sarah White from Clemson University describes how the pH of water in your spray tank affects…

Human transmission important part of greenhouse cleanliness

With crop-rotation coming, it is important to ensure the safety of this process. Compared with traditional greenhouses, the pests and diseases in modern tomato production greenhouses have been greatly reduced, and the use of crop protection is also decreasing. However, viral diseases are still a headache…

Grower2Grower

The need for clipping speed

Last week Stefan Vogrincic, a consultant at Grower2Grower, decided to time himself against an experienced greenhouse worker who was clipping cucumber plants using the tomsystem. He warmed up on a row before starting to time himself against the tomsystem. Approximately 30-50 cm of plant length required to be trained or attached…

Eric Léonard, of Le Safran de Cotchia:

"We have been cultivating saffron in Belgium for 11 years"

Halfway between Brussels and Liège, not far from the city of Namur, we find the only professional saffron farm in Belgium, called "Le Safran de Cotchia". The idea of cultivating saffron in Belgium was a gamble of Eric Léonard and his wife, motivated partly by a need to "go back to basics" by working the…

Quiclone

Cloning without using any medium

There are many different ways to carry out plant cloning: tissue culture, plugs, rockwool, and so on. At the same time, more innovative technologies have been coming up over time, which made cloning much easier. One of the most interesting is aeroponic cloning, which has many benefits for large-scale growers, as it allows them…

Yachting World

Hydroponics on a yacht

Self-sufficiency is a goal of many liveaboard cruisers who sail the world’s oceans, generating their own water and power, writes Erin Carey With limited space and the obvious challenges of salt, wind and motion, many would never entertain the idea of growing their own produce. Yet it can be possible: we spoke to cruisers who…

UF/IFAS

Home-grown lettuce for the holidays

Set it and forget it…until the holidays. UF/IFAS Extension will teach you how to grow greens just in time to serve at your holiday meal. The course will teach participants how to grow hydroponic butter bibb lettuce and includes all the supplies needed to grow enough lettuce for a home-grown side salad at…

RF Agriculture

Turning the page to the next growing season

Benjamin Franklin is quoted saying, “By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.” When considering this quote for the commercial greenhouse operation, it should come as no surprise that preparing for the next growing season is an important task as it sets the tone for the entire season. Starting…

Dreamstime: Mihalec

Supporting cucumber growing in the UK

Anchor Nurseries Ltd is a fourth-generation family business, based in Woodmansey, East Yorkshire. They have been growing cucumbers there for over 60 years and pride themselves on growing quality Yorkshire produce. Under the leadership of James Broekhuizen, Nursery Manager, the business is continuing to…

Kathy F.Atkinson

UD researchers identify gene that regulates how plants respond to stress

Maybe you go for a leisurely walk, curl up with a good book, lift weights or reach for some comfort food when you’re not feeling well or have had a particularly stressful day. Although there are myriad ways that we all outwardly cope with stressors, one thing is constant: at the cellular level, the…

Hort Americas

Hort Americas releases Guide for Growing Leafy Greens

Commercial production of leafy greens is getting more and more competitive every year. Therefore, it is important to seek the best options in order to compete in this market. Production of leafy greens inside greenhouses and plant factory systems are great options to produce high marketable products.…

'Seed cocoons increase seedling survival rates to 90%'

The world economic forum shared a video on LinkedIn showcasing their innovation when it comes to boosting seedling survival rates. Using a seed cocoon, the survival rates go up to 90%, rather than 10%. 

Bowery Farming

Building trust in CEA food safety

In early 2019, after the Thanksgiving 2018 romaine recall, numerous leading CEA producers of leafy greens came together with a thought – what if we treat food safety as a pre-competitive issue? We could work together to develop a strong and credible approach to food safety for CEA leafy greens, whilst…

Dreamstime: Martin Bergsma

Comparison of red and blue light effects on lettuce

In this study, A. Virsile, J. Miliauskiene, P. J. Haimi, K. Lauzike, and G. Samuoliene sought to evaluate and compare the effects of constant and dynamic lighting on red and green leaf lettuce (Lactuca sativa L. Red Cos and Lobjoits Green cos) cultivated in a controlled environment. Plants were…

Christian Kruse, Haygrove LLC:

"Protected cultivation is an important growth market in Germany and still has great potential"

Berry growers in Germany are already in full preparation for the 2021 season, and the trade fair duo expoSE/expoDirekt is usually a good opportunity for the sector to exchange ideas and find out about the latest trends. For this very reason, the cancellation hits the sector hard: "For us, an important…

Space farming

The future colonization of the Moon and Mars will be conditioned by the possibility of guaranteeing the production of food on their surfaces. Taking a kilo of tomatoes (or any other product) to the…

C. Stanghellini and JA Bunce

Carbon dioxide, what plants crave for

Carbon dioxide is essential for plants to live and grow. Plants are autotrophs, meaning they can generate their own energy to live and grow by using the simple substances around them. People, on the other hand, are heterotrophs; we need to consume external sources of energy (food), like meat and…

Dreamstime

Crops bred in space produce heavenly results for China

Humanity's desire for high-yielding crops is as old as civilization itself.  In China, this is best illustrated by the fact that 41 of the nation's 56 ethnic groups have their own…

Dreamstime

Hydroponic-grown tomatoes use different agrofilms as greenhouse cover

A research conducted by D.J. Marques, E.M. Filho, H. Bianchini, and V.V. Junior on the choice of material to cover the greenhouse.  Protected cultivation has increased over the years. More studies on the benefits of using photoselective agrofilms are necessary. The choice of material to cover the greenhouse…

Chieri Kubota, Ohio St. University

What are the production and training issues facing controlled environment agriculture growers?

Ohio State University professor Chieri Kubota is focused on helping to resolve the production and training challenges facing controlled environment growers. Trying to produce vegetables in hot, humid conditions can be difficult for controlled environment growers whether growing in a greenhouse or a…

Mat mounds

If you would go on a greenhouse tour, you are guaranteed to see them a lot: mat mounds. The mounds will not be as large as with waste processing companies when growers change their cultivation, but it is still an impressive picture and a tell-tale sign that the season has come to an end. Also at Dutch grower Kwekerij Moors,…

LGV Sonnengemüse starts trial in unheated greenhouses

"The aim of the trial is a climate-friendly cultivation of regional fresh winter vegetables"

At LGV Gärtnergemüse, they are at the start of the harvest for local winter fresh vegetables from Vienna and Burgenland. Together with horticultural school Schönbrunn -under the direction of DI Wolfgang Palme-, LGV Sonnengemüse has started a cultivation trial with fresh winter vegetables. Six growers and…

First results of the Projar study on fertigation

"We have achieved a 40% increase in the production compared to the previous harvest"

Last June, Projar launched a study on the management of irrigation and fertigation in a tomato farm in Águilas, Murcia, which was burdened by problems of root asphyxia due to…

Dr.Bangemann, Saka Pflanzenzucht

Researchers might have found a way for plants to strike back at viruses

Recently discovered interactions between plant and viral proteins open up new avenues for making plants resistant to viruses, thus safeguarding crop yields in changing climate conditions. Many diseases caused by common plant viruses reduce the crops of important food plants. In the worst case, potato…

Addressing common climate issues in greenhouses

The ventilation and circulation of air in horticultural greenhouses are of great importance for the growth and well-being of plants. Depending on the situation in and around…

"difficult to find employees willing to do this kind of work"

Gutter system makes strawberry harvest more easy

A state-of-the-art soilless strawberry crop has just been set up in the Metaponto area, and more precisely in Policoro (MT). "One of the main challenges for each campaign is finding enough labor for harvesting operations, as it is very difficult to find employees willing to do this kind of work for such…

Dreamstime: Mosab Biltawi

"Resilient plants can be the new weapon against climate change"

Sally Mackenzie spent her childhood summers walking through the vast fields of bright, red, ripe tomato crops: They grow best in the heat of her home state of California. Yet recent seasons prove it can get too hot for a tomato.  “It just sits there, puts out these little green knobs, and won’t do anything…

Inaugurated by Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan

Kerala opens new Indo-Dutch Centre of Excellence for flowers and vegetables

An all new Indo-Dutch centre of excellence (CoE) for flowers and vegetables was recently inaugurated in Kerala's Wayanad area. The centre will put together exercises like the…

"We need to keep both our workforce and the food supply secure"

The hardest harvest: looking back on the shutdown of Nature Fresh Farms

"COVID-19 has presented the entire agriculture industry with unprecedented challenges. As farms, we have an important duty: to continue operating as an essential service and keep our crops growing strong while putting strict health and safety procedures in place to keep our teams safe. This is an ongoing…

Bios Lighting

The importance of light controllability for plant growth

One of the most critical challenges—whether for greenhouse managers or for horticulture aficionados—is to provide plants with enough photoperiodic sunlight for effective photosynthesis, so that they can grow optimally regardless of the geographical location and climate. Winter months even in supposedly…

Deseacrop

European project demonstrates the viability of using desalinated water in tomato cultivation in Almería

Growing higher quality tomatoes with desalinated water is already possible, as demonstrated by the European project Life Deseacrop (Desalinated seawater for alternative and…

Recycled water proves fruitful for greenhouse tomatoes

In the driest state in the driest continent in the world, South Australian farmers are acutely aware of the impact of water shortages and drought. So, when it comes to…


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