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Dutch tomato growers switch to cucumber crop

After completion of the new Growers United Maasdijk packaging site, the packaging activities of Prominent Maasland, Green Diamonds Packing, DC Sweetpoint and Purple Pride were gradually brought together at this new site. The certification process has largely been completed and the audits have been…

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"I was a hydroponic expert, but I could not ignore the aquaculture side"

The waterwise and environmentally-friendly aquaponics farming method used at FinLeaf Farm maximizes productivity on a small two-hectare piece of land and could be the answer to achieving food security and sustainable agriculture. Integrated Aquaculture Group, which specializes in operating and building…

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Vacant lot in South Dallas food desert transformed into urban farm for new growers

A vacant lot near a Dallas Area Rapid Transit station in South Dallas will soon come to life as an urban farm. And that is just planting a seed for more. Restorative Farms, a local nonprofit organization dedicated to creating community-centric farm systems, runs an existing training farm that’s near the…

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Permafungi:

Vertically cultivated mushrooms are blossoming in Brussels’ cellars

“Once the summer break is over, our 10 growing rooms, consisting of 1000m2 in total, will be fully occupied and deliver 1000kg of mushrooms a month in total for 4000kg coffee grounds recycled,” says Julie Jacqmain, Production- and communication manager at Permafungi. “About four rooms are in use now, as…

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Using a CRISPR/Cas9 system in vegetatively propagated berry crops

Fruit and berry crops, as well as grapes, are important parts of the human diet and, at the same time, significant objects of genetic, breeding, biochemical and nutritional research. Traditional approaches to crop research and improvement are now complemented by effective modern genetic technologies. In…

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Zambia: Youth changing lives one plant at a time

Just like millions of teenagers around the world, Daniel has a dream: to help make the world a better place. Having just turned 16, he recognizes one of Zambia’s biggest challenges: food systems are not robust enough to meet the needs of the population. “When I grow up, I want to use technology to…

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Space chilies are blooming marvellous

Over our heads, on the International Space Station, chili peppers are blooming and being hand-pollinated by astronauts. There are four pepper plants growing in the Advanced Plant Habitat (APH). NASA astronaut Megan McArthur posted pictures of them starting to flower. Plant researchers at NASA’s Kennedy…

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“Urban agriculture is the future of agriculture"

US Rep. Bobby Rush introduces legislation for urban agriculture

U.S. Representative Bobby L. Rush, a member of the House Agriculture Committee, announced the introduction of the Urban Agriculture and Community Food Security Act (H.R. 5173), legislation that would establish two new programs to bolster urban agriculture in communities across the nation. Joining Rep.…

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22-year-old student pioneers hydroponic farming in Rwanda

Many students go to university but few think about creating businesses that can even help them afford some basic needs at school.   Marie Aline Iraguha, a 22-year-old young female student currently second year African Leadership University, has beaten the odds by founding AliFarms Group Ltd, an agribusiness that…

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Dozens of growers compete in Spain’s ‘ugliest tomato’ contest

Spain's 'ugliest tomato' award, celebrated every year in northern Tudela, has had tomato growers scrambling to find the right product. Dozens of ugly tomatoes competed for the award of this 14th edition, decided by a popular jury. The type of tomato, known as "Ugly tomato of Tudela", is an old tomato of…

How to create sufficient evaporation

"Always keep your plants active"

To grow strong resilient crops we need to empower the plants to bring the needed elements to support this building process. We can do this easily by making sure that there is a sufficient rate of evaporation. During the daytime, the energy from the sun will guarantee there is sufficient evaporation. But during nighttime and/or…

Two branches of plant immune response closely linked

Like animals, plants need to be on a constant lookout to recognize and respond to invasion by microbes. Plant immunity consists of two branches – the initial defense begins with the detection of invaders by receptors at the cell surface, while a second alarm pathway is triggered by receptors within the…

Internet of Things monitoring of rocket growth supplemented by LEDs lighting

In this study, the Internet of Things (IoT) was employed for monitoring the growth parameters of rocket (Eruca sativa) plants cultivated in a greenhouse under supplemental LEDs lighting. Red (R), blue (B) and the combination red and blue in different ratios (75R:25B, 50R:50B, 25R:75B), were employed, as…

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"A new highlight at this autumn demo is cos lettuce for hydroponic production"

A warm welcome to Rijkzwaan's Hydro Demo, which is taking place from 20 September to 1 October 2021, close to their open-field demo in Fijnaart. "We are expecting it to attract just as much interest as our very first Hydro Demo that was held in June of this year. A new highlight at this autumn demo is…

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Student business turns waste water into plant growth

On many farms, "poop water," or the wastewater from livestock, ends up in large manure lagoons. However, Lemna, a 2020 startup co-founded by ASU alumnus Travis Andren, is working to revolutionize the idea of waste in animal farming by turning this poop water into plants. Lemna, operated by a trio of ASU…

Vegetative and productive responses of tabasco pepper to fertigation and plastic mulching

The use of plastic mulching and high-frequency hydroponic drip irrigation (intensive production methods) watering cycle may increase tabasco pepper crop production per unit area. To test this hypothesis, two randomized block experiments were conducted in a greenhouse, using a 2 × 4 factorial scheme with…

Complex event processing methods for greenhouse control

In the greenhouse environment, the application of complex event processing (CEP) technology can effectively tackle the problem of recognition of the complex patterns that…

Philippines: city plant nursery eyed as training hub for urban farming

The local government and the regional office of the Department of Agriculture (DA) in Western Visayas are preparing this city’s Uswag Plant Nursery in Barangay Tacas in Jaro district as a venue for training and showcase on urban farming. City Agriculturist Iñigo Garingala said that in February this year,…

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US: Let’s see how farmers grow chili peppers

When it comes to choosing chili peppers, farmer James Weaver can do it without gloves, but some of his customers are more sensitive capsaicin, a chemical that can heat and give a burning sensation to chili peppers, and need protection from it. “I don’t mind because my hands are pretty used to it, but I…

Riccio di Parma tomatoes weigh in at 1.2 kg each

The harvest of the Riccio di Parma tomato, an ancient variety that has been rediscovered and could become a widespread crop in the hills of Parma, is underway. Currently, three companies have joined the project, but the cultivation is open to other interested parties as well. "This year we are growing about…

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Zimbabwe: Mother and daughters practice hydroponics in their backyard

“In Zimbabwe, we have a mentality that the youth has, they think that you need lots of land to be able to start a farming business, so this has been very good, you know, with a little bit of space you can actually produce a lot of vegetables and produce which you can use to generate an income,”…

Dutch strawberry plant grower shares experience with UV pesticide

In the Netherlands, Plantenkwekerij Kapteijns propagates strawberry plants in a greenhouse. A spray boom regularly 'flies' over the crop. This is no longer an unusual occurrence for the grower. He has been using UV crop protection for years. In 2012, the nursery's Piet-Hein Kapteijns contacted…

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"Consumers are able to recognize the differences between hydroponically and conventionally grown tomatoes"

"Hydroponics is a more environmentally friendly and economical way of growing crops that allows crops to be grown year-round. Tomatoes grown in this way should have a more pronounced aroma and flavor, and the fact that they are harvested at the ripe stage should also be reflected in the fresh red color…

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Mini Symposium on pepper quality

The pepper world is rapidly developing. With the introduction of sweet pointed peppers and the ever-increasing demands of consumers, pepper quality has become even more important. "With the choices we make in the quality we have an impact on the lives of millions of consumers. Every step in the bell pepper supply chain has…

Growing on Mars: Soil is not the problem

If humans want to live on Mars for a longer period it will be necessary to grow their own crops there. And what is more logical than growing the crops in a greenhouse on the surface, profiting from the sunlight, as seen in many scientific designs and Sci-fi movies? However, will this be possible giving…

Analysis: Yield of tomato cultivation under light and unlit in Flanders not much different

The area of tomato cultivation under light in Flanders has increased slightly in recent years. Growers nowadays grow all sorts of tomatoes, from 'standard' loose and vine tomatoes to all sorts of specialties. In addition to the different varieties, the choice of whether or not to grow tomatoes in a…

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A review on aquaponics for improved food security in Africa

As an emerging technology, there is very limited information on aquaponics in Africa. Questions about the ecological and socio-economic sustainability of aquaponics are answered in this comprehensive review. A newly presented review considers aquaponics projects in Africa, categorizes the technology by…

New strategy in fossil free cultivation of fresh strawberries

To realise less sprouts, bigger fruits, and a higher harvest this year, a new strategy has been drawn up in a trial of the fossil-free cultivation of ever-bearers. Planting was done earlier on 3 March, so less heat was needed to forcefully build up a large leaf packet in a short time. The aim is to lower…

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SA: Tunnel farming buys crops time

The Motheo Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) College in Bloemfontein has embraced food security innovations. The institution unveiled its innovative greenhouse tunnel project on 13 August. The latest agriculture methods are implemented, with the tunnels benefitting growers by…

India: Naturally ventilated polyhouses found as best greenhouse for hot, arid region

The performance of a cucumber type evaluated under three protected structures has been monitored by a group of researcher. Their research includes naturally ventilated polyhouse (NVP), insect proof net house (INH) and shade net house (SNH) at Jodhpur, Rajasthan in hot arid region of India "The…

“The concept of being late on the market will be diminished in the upcoming years”

If it is up to Ilyas Ahmadov, the concept of being late or early in the market will be diminished for his blueberry crop. The general manager of the Azerbaijani company BerryBlues sees how some countries seasons overlap now. “Consequently the future focus will be on new cultivars, suitable for longer…

Diaphragm-type pneumatic-driven soft grippers for precision harvesting

Soft actuator technology and its role in robotic manipulation have been rapidly gaining ground. However, less attention has been given to the potential advantages of its application to the agricultural sector, where soft robotics may be a game changer due to its greater adaptability, lower cost and…

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Kenyan farmers use online groups to plan for adverse climate changes

Inside his feed store in Kajiado, south of Nairobi, Kenya's capital, livestock farmer Paul Sosonik has tens of hay bales that he has stored for his 12 Friesian dairy cows. Sosonik has further stored some silage in a bunker, but it is not as much as the hay. "I grew the fodder grass in March; the rains…

Transplanting strawberries: how to ensure good plant establishment

Transplanting strawberry plants is a critical process for good crop development. Plants experience stress when they are moved from the greenhouse to the new planting out site. They undergo handling at the nursery and are moved to a new, hostile environment.  In this process, the plant may lose part of its…

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US (CA): INSV-virus confirmed in desert lettuce

A bothersome plant virus first discovered in 2006 in the Salinas Valley of California was discovered last season near Tacna, Ariz., a farming community east of Yuma, and in five different fields in California's Imperial Valley.  The disease is like others in lettuce that cause decay and render the crop unmarketable,…

Use of thermal imaging to assess water status in citrus plants in greenhouses

The direct examination of plant canopy temperature can assist in optimizing citrus irrigation management in greenhouses. This study aimed to develop a method to measure canopy…

Jurgen De Braekeleer, REO Veiling:

"Coming period going to be great for Belgian soft fruit"

"Everything's pointing to the coming period offering ideal conditions for Belgian soft fruit," says Jurgen De Braekeleer. He is REO Veiling's soft fruit product manager. "The growing conditions are almost perfect. And, as usual around this time of year, demand for soft fruit is increasing. We're at the…

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How to maximize water resource efficiency

One of the challenges farmers face in a soil-free environment is ensuring that plants are getting proper nutrient balance. In these types of operations, water recycling and water management are essential. For soilless agriculture, water reclamation and water reuse help reduce the overall water footprint.…

How to stop unnecessary venting in the glasshouse

Common sense tells us that eliminating unnecessary venting will save energy. However, putting this theory into practice is not as straightforward as it sounds, especially when humidity control is a key requirement. This article outline a simple way that you can minimize ventilation whilst maintaining the…

NASA watches water to help growers grow

Every day - up to thirty times a day, in fact - one of Mark Mason's employees at Nature's Reward Farms in Monterey County, California brings him the results of a soil test for discussion. Mason supervises fertilizer and irrigation for the farm's 5,000 acres along California's Central Coast, which is…

Why use bumblebees in blackberry cultivation?

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…

Tolerance to virulence phenotypes of phytophthora capsici in pasilla pepper cultivars

Phytophthora capsici is the most important limiting factor in the production of chile pepper in Mexico. This pathogen presents virulence phenotypes capable of infecting…

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Red Sea Farms investment:

"It wasn't easy to approach investors with our story of using salt water in horticulture:

For a company that started out as a way for two researchers from the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, or Kaust, to apply their research, Red Sea Farms has come a long way. Earlier this month, the Saudi Arabia-based agriculture technology start-up raised a total of $16 million from an…

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First report of white mold on watercress in aquaponic system in Hungary

Sclerotinia sclerotiorum has reportedly been found on watercress (Nasturtium officinale) in an aquaponic system in Hungary. This is the first reported case of white mold on watercress in aquaponic system in Hungary.  Watercress (Nasturtium officinale) is an aquatic dicotyledonous vegetable belonging to Brassicaceae…

Do the bumblebees that escape from greenhouses affect indigenous pollinators?

More than two million commercial colonies of bumblebees are used each year worldwide to pollinate nearly 20 types of crops. These bumblebees can represent a risk for wild…

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Row orientation affects the uniformity of light absorption, but hardly affects crop photosynthesis

Light distribution within canopies is important for plant growth. This study aimed to quantify the influence of row orientation on inter- and within-row variation of light absorption and photosynthesis in a hedgerow crop. An experiment with two row orientations of a tomato crop was conducted which was…

"Hydroponic technique can be used for green fodder production of many forage crops"

Minimizing agricultural water use while maintaining or improving the economic productivity of the agricultural sector is a major challenge in arid and semiarid regions.…

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Fine-tuning nutrient replenishment in hydroponics

Controlling the electrical conductivity (EC) of recirculating nutrient solution is a simple and practical way to manage nutrient supply in hydroponics, and growers often aim to maintain a target EC level for a healthy crop. Solution EC is a measure of total soluble salts and provides an estimate of total…

Will hydroponics scale in India?

While hydroponics helps in saving water, land and water resources, experts believe using the right tech to negate the impact of higher upfront costs is the need of the hour.   The increased demand for fresh and chemical-free food in cities has led to a boom in urban farming in India. Hydroponics, a method of farming that involves growing…

Using thermal imaging to assess water status in citrus plants in greenhouses

The direct examination of plant canopy temperature can assist in optimizing citrus irrigation management in greenhouses. That's what researchers conclude from a study aimed to develop a method to measure canopy temperature using thermal imaging in one-year-old citrus plants in a greenhouse to identify…

Innovation for the environment: American Academy teaching students to farm sustainably

The forward-thinking approach of one Academy in Florida is helping students to learn about sustainable food production, by introducing some of the most innovative technologies available in farming. Agriculture teacher, Ray Cruze, works closely with co-teacher, Tim Bean, to head up the agriculture program…

The dome: a potential game-changer for vanilla supply

“I could get as much vanilla out of five geodesic greenhouses as I would out of one hectare,” says David Soo, CEO of Australian Vanilla Plantations. This innovative greenhouse company is currently producing vanilla in New South Wales, Australia, in its prototype geodesic greenhouse that is automated and…

Contribution of Piriformospora indica on improving the nutritional quality of tomatoes

Protected cultivation has a significant contribution in vegetable production. We investigated whether humic acid addition to soil and Piriformospora indica can improve the…

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The response of tomato to biochar addition under reduced nitrogen application

Tomato is an important economic crop that is widely consumed worldwide. Tomato production is mainly limited by the use of nitrogen fertilizer, sunlight, soil and water conditions. Biochar is one of the soil amendments, and it is recognized as a promising practice for improving crop production in…

Researcher seeks to minimize loss of fresh fruit and vegetables

University of Saskatchewan PhD candidate Nazanin Charchi and her research team in the Department of Biological and Chemical Engineering are investigating how to minimize losses of fruits and vegetables by regulating emissions of ethylene in controlled agricultural environments. Each year, more than one…

Nova Siri Genetics: 'Rusticity, earliness and productivity characterize our cultivars'

Strawberry planting continues in Spain and Poland

Strawberry producers in Mediterranean areas are already at work. The land where the seedlings will be planted to produce strawberries for the 2022 campaign is being prepared. The choice of varieties in the strawberry sector is strategic. Producers choose varieties very carefully in order to obtain…

Water storage and shadow nets strongly increase yields of Kenyan grower

Although water storage facilities are usually circular in shape, Maji Kenya recently built a water storage facility that was quite different in shape. For this Kenyan lettuce grower, they were instructed to design and construct an 8 by 21 water storage facility that had to be rectangular, not round. “It…

South Africa’s first saffron season exceeds expectations

South Africa started its first full-fledged planting of saffron this year, and the first season exceeded all expectations, with most farmers producing successful crops. According to Bennie Engelbrecht, founding member and director of Saffricon – the company at the helm of the local saffron revolution,…

More greenhouse strawberries being grown in Belgium

In 2020, the Belgian strawberry acreage shrank by 2.1%. That is mainly due to a decrease in open field cultivation. The area of covered farming increased by 12%. That is according to the Belgian statistical office, Statbel's, final figures. Among other greenhouse crops, the lettuce acreage has noticeably…

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Lettuce: Meet the salad king of South Africa

Not knowing what to do after finishing his military service back in the 1970s, Michael Kaplan set off to work on a kibbutz in Israel. Back home in East London in 1978, he made the decision to become a farmer, an option that was met with criticism from family and peers who did not have farming…

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Rockmelon growing successfully in Bangladesh

Rockmelon, a desert fruit, is now being cultivated in Bangladesh. Three farmers from Cumilla and Khulna districts have successfully cultivated the desert fruit in their fields. Elias Mollah and Afzal Mollah, two brothers from Panchpota village in Dumuria upazila of Khulna district, have successfully…

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Strawberry crown plugs provide flexibility and improved performance

Annual plasticulture strawberry production has not been adopted as rapidly in cold climate regions as has occurred in warmer production areas due to uncertainty about potential benefits. Recent trials have demonstrated the potential of regionally adapted varieties in the annual plasticulture system in…

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US (NY): Urban farm coming to the Javits Center this month

A sprawling new urban farm is coming to one unlikely New York venue this month after a $1.5 billion reinvestment into the state’s “Crown Jewel” convention hall. The Javits Center will have some verdant new features when its renovation is officially unveiled this month thanks to an innovative,…

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SA: this pecan nut farmer is building her growing dream

Precious Mathibe was born and bred in Pretoria in Gauteng. She spent her entire schooling career in the city and obtained a master's degree in international business. She was determined to realize her dream to start a farm, so she saved up. "I saved up for at least five years and recently, last year, I…

Growing a snail garm and fish ponds in one location

This video shows a location with a snail farm and mobile tarpaulin ponds. In the concrete pens, take notice of the water trench around the structure which helps to prevent ants or other predators from entering the farm. 

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Understanding temperature in growing systems

In order to improve temperature control inside of a growing system, we must understand how temperature works inside of a system with plants and the variables involved in determining temperature for our crops. There are different variables that affect the temperature in plants. Some of the most important…

Optimizing strawberry production with a rotating growing system

New Growing System has optimized the hydroponic production of strawberries with its new rotational system. This system is characterized by its effectiveness, efficiency,…

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Pengadegan Farmers Group harvests organic and hydroponic crops amid pandemic

Reduction in employment caused by the prolonged and unforeseen COVID-19 pandemic, along with the ensuing emergency public activity restrictions (PPKM Darurat), has led to many low-income families facing economic hardships. But creative and productive optimists always try to seek a solution under any…

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Plants recycle specialized metabolic products to provide nutrients for primary metabolism

Plants are able to reuse specialized metabolic products and break them down to recover nutrients needed for basic metabolic activities, RIKEN plant scientists have discovered. Deactivating the enzyme responsible for this mechanism could improve the production of health-promoting chemicals in crops in the…

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US (WA): Microgreens business turns bountiful during pandemic

Patrick Brown, the co-founder of Moms Micro Garden in Buckley, never imagined the difference the company’s microgreens could make. The business, which grows and supplies microgreens, was started by Brown and his wife, Rachel, and sparked from an idea after his mom contracted E. coli from tainted lettuce…

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Wageningen University an Pinduoduo collaborate on Smart Agriculture Competition

Wageningen University and Research (WUR) of the Netherlands will work with Pinduoduo, China’s largest agriculture platform, on the 2021 Smart Agriculture Competition, helping to promote innovation in automation and precision technologies to increase efficiency in agriculture. The Smart Agriculture…

US: Achievements in researching soilless substrates

Brian Schulker’s research in soilless culture plant growing systems has yielded some noteworthy achievements through his master’s degree and now into his Ph.D. program with the Department of Horticultural Science. Soilless culture plant production is an area of extreme growth (globally) and its relevance…

Holding a meeting on collecting horticultural products

A meeting on how to collect horticultural products was held at the Ministry of Agriculture campus with the presence of Shirshah Amiri, deputy minister of agriculture and livestock, of the Ministry of Agriculture, and Wahidullah Yousafi, general director of Geographical Indications Information System of…

$US40M granted for irrigation development in Madagascar

The government of Madagascar has received US$40 million from the World Bank for irrigation development in the country. The Sustainable Agriculture Project through a Landscape…

British pavilion to be organized at GreenTech Amsterdam

The Commercial Horticultural Association (CHA) is already planning for the rescheduled GreenTech in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, on 14-16 June 2022, where it will be organizing…

Magic Sun Farms:

"There's definitely demand for year-round bell peppers"

For one grower, supplies of greenhouse-grown bell peppers are steady following the introduction of the new line of produce. Magic Sun Farms of Richmond, VA is an established greenhouse organic and conventional tomato grower and wanted to extend its product line to bell peppers. Pepper production began in…

Combination of cultivating crops and generating solar energy with solar panels

Test set-up at Thwan van Gennip for double use of soil: sun and cultivation

In the Dutch towns of Someren and Lierop grower Thwan van Gennip, cultivation system supplier Green Meteor, the researchers of the KU Leuven and Engie, have accepted the challenge to research whether or not it is possible for them to ‘harvest the power of the sun’ twice via Agri PV. Agri PV is a…

Large investment for automatic soil moisture sensor system developers SoilSense

"Every grower in the world should have access to insights about their irrigation"

SoilSense, a Scandinavian startup helping farmers with sensor-based precision insights, has just raised $230k in a seed round from leading Danish investors. SoilSense provides an automatic soil moisture sensor system for agriculture that lets all farmers save water while increasing yield without the need…

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HiTech farm in Hyderabad grows 150 varieties of vegetables, herbs & plants

Sachin Darbarwar, a software engineer, was born and raised in Hyderabad. He spent nearly 18 years in New Zealand and Australia before returning to Hyderabad. It was the concept of "Talking to Plants" that drew Sachin's interest in the farm-to-fork venture. Here, all stages of plant growth were monitored,…

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German investor brings aquaponics vegetable farming to Southern Africa

A German investor, Desert Foods International, DFI has partnered with a South African Farmer to implement a historic climate-resilient agriculture vegetable and fish farming project. The project, which will spread to the entirety of Southern Africa, commenced operations most recently at a farm in South…

Ferme d’Hiver:

“We can put 90 strawberry plants per m2 where a greenhouse would put only 10-12”

“I spent my first 25 years on a farm and the next 25 years in technology. Vertical farming is the bridge between those worlds,” says Yves Daoust, chief operating officer and founder of Ferme d’Hiver. The company was founded in 2018 and aims to develop a network of indoor farms and become a global hub for…

Tungsram and GreeenTech join forces to help set up urban farms

"Using variable spectrum luminaries allows us to grow a wide range of plants"

Bringing food closer to consumers is no longer an option but rather a necessity, given the strain traditional agriculture and transportation place on the environment. Czech grow tech company GreeenTech teamed up with Hungary’s Tungsram to provide vertical farming solutions that pave the way for…

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Ex-navy man uses hydroponics to grow turmeric in grow bags

CV Prakash, a former naval officer, dedicated his free time during the lockdown last year to find ways of making growing turmeric (Curcuma longa) more profitable for farmers. He has trained over 12,000 people in soilless farming techniques since 2008. During his research into growing the Salem variety of…

US (MN): Hydroponic growers able to survive during drought conditions

Drought conditions across Minnesota are having a significant impact on farmers, growers, and other crop producers. But for hydroponic growers like Revol Greens in Medford, the lack of rain is not as much of an issue. In a hydroponic system, plants like lettuce and herbs are grown without soil, and Revol…

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Effect of the flow rate on flow visualization of nutrient solution in hydroponics

In hydroponics, the flow pattern of nutrient solution in a cultivation container affects the growth of plants. Even if the flow rate of nutrient solution is the same between containers, the flow pattern may differ based on the size and shape of the containers. Therefore, the flow pattern cannot be…

US: Newburgh growers take on complex issues of food insecurity in the city

Hidden away, on a slope at the corner of Carpenter and Gidney avenues is an oasis in Newburgh. The vegetable plots in raised beds and long rows, tall and colorful flower gardens, and surrounding trees that screen the farm dull the noises from traffic just a few blocks away on Route 9W. In this two-acre…

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US: Veteran finds peace and purpose in container farm

John Miller's routine may seem a bit "scaled-down" compared to his former life as a combat soldier. Miller spends much of his time in a 40-foot-long shipping container converted into a hydroponic farm field. “In essence we sell a lot of things what we would consider baby," Miller explained. Little white…

More than pretty plants: students use greenhouse for research

The University of Nebraska at Kearney greenhouse is much more than just a place to raise plants. It’s also space for students to learn and grow and where faculty facilitate research. UNK junior Macy Hill, a biology major from McCook, has been working in the greenhouse since January as part of the…

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Tomato fruits send electrical warnings to the rest of the plant when attacked

A recent study in Frontiers in Sustainable Food Systems shows that the fruits of a type of tomato plant send electrical signals to the rest of the plant when they are infested by caterpillars. Plants have a multitude of chemical and hormonal signaling pathways, which are generally transmitted through the…

Study on photo-selective shading screens as a cover for production of purple lettuce

Photo-selective shading screens are emerging practices that aim to combine crop physical protection with different solar radiation filtration to achieve desired physiological…

Thierry Julien, Les Crudettes:

“We will create a greenhouse of 7,000 m² of salads and aromatic herbs in aeroponics”

At the Vivatech Fair 2021 held mid-June in Paris, the company Les Crudettes attended with its partner CleanGreens, in order to present its Cap Vert project. “It is an aeroponics production system, which consists of spraying a nutritive solution on the roots of our salads and aromatic herbs. It is a…

Uni student gets hands-on with horticulture research

For Nettie Baugher, NC State’s online Master of Horticultural Science program offered the best of both worlds.  Baugher’s undergraduate degree is in horticulture, and she currently works in horticulture as a commercial horticulture area agent for Gates, Chowan, and Perquimans Counties with NC Cooperative Extension.…

Florida blueberry growers part of national survey on pollinator use

It’s National Blueberry Month, a time to savor the fruit’s flavor, reap its health benefits — including fiber and vitamins C and K — and appreciate how it grows. For example, most blueberry farmers use pollinators, such as bees, to help their plants blossom. A national group of scientists that includes…

Hydroponic watermelons grow between the tomato plants

Is the watermelon from the greenhouse here to stay? "Who knows?" Grower Lynn Vermeiren and brand manager Tom Verdonck of Tomeco laugh mysteriously. From week 24 they have been harvesting mini watermelons every week in the greenhouse in Meer. And in Loenhout, the plants for a new crop, planted on 7 July,…

How much did it cost to produce a hectare of aubergines in a greenhouse in Almeria this campaign?

According to an analysis carried out by Hortoinfo, based on the data of the Observatory of Prices and Markets of the Junta de Andalucía, the cost of growing one hectare of…

"Water footprint in solar greenhouses 20 times lower than national agricultural average"

It is paradoxical that three-quarters of our planet is covered with water and that less than 1% is suitable for living beings. As a result, water is a scarcity that must be used meticulously in the sectors where production depends on its use. This is the case of agriculture, the sector that consumes the…

China: "A container is not just a logistic vehicle anymore"

On July 3, the 10th China Flower Expo came to an end in Shanghai. Many Yangzhou elements were shining at this year’s flower expo. Among them, the AI ​​smart plant cabin made in Yangzhou attracted CCTV twice on May 24 and 25. During the Flower Expo, several white cabins were located next to the international…

Why Australian growers need to think about cooling in the middle of winter

By now you’ve probably heard about all the issues with shipping that are related to COVID-19: the global scarcity of containers, increased demand from China, union industrial action, skyrocketing airfreight prices, COVID cases at ports, bad steering in the Suez canal, and general profiteering by all…

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Underwater farms, and how they work

Could underwater strawberries and deep-sea herbs provide a more sustainable alternative to land-based farming? Industrial agriculture is struggling to meet the needs of a rapidly growing population.  So, scientists and entrepreneurs are hoping underwater farming could address these issues by growing crops…

Nigerian grower showcases farmland

Wiebe Boer shared pictures on his LinkedIn page of his farmlands located in Kwall, Bassa LGA, Plateau State. Wiebe, born and raised in Jos by his Dutch parents, expressed delight at starting up a family tradition. He celebrated young people who have taken up farming and highlighted some produces which…

Meters might be key to conserving water for California agriculture

California’s governor Gavin Newsom has acknowledged the lack of metering provides no sense of how much water is used by California agriculture. Growers in the Watsonville area…

Study on tomato leaf diseases classification based on leaf images

Tomato production can be greatly reduced due to various diseases, such as bacterial spot, early blight, and leaf mold. Rapid recognition and timely treatment of diseases can…

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How New Jersey farms cultivate exotic crops

Sunshine-yellow yuzu, walnut-sized limequats and dark-green calamansi punctuated the hundreds of potted trees in Seema Malik’s greenhouse when the call came last fall. It was a friend of Martha Stewart’s—she and Stewart were on the road and wanted to stop by. “We actually didn’t take it seriously,” says…

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US (OK): Graduate student first to use aquaponics with grafted plants

Che Deer, a master’s student in the OSU Department of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture, is conducting research with grafted plants in three different types of environments — outdoor, greenhouse, and residential indoor. Grafting is when the root system of one plant is combined with the scion (upper…

Hydroponic history of Singapore shown in video

Join host Mervin, as he shares fun facts about soilless cultivation, soldier farmers, food gardens, and urban farmers in Singapore.

An experimental greenhouse by Isi Sementi at the Ricci company in Cesena, Italy

Direct selling strategy for specialty tomatoes

An experimental greenhouse to test tomato production in the Italian Romagna area was set up by Isi Sementi in Cesena, at the Lucia Ricci farm. "Among the various types of tomatoes on trial, the varieties that I sell best and that are most requested by my customers are those that combine a particular…

"unprotected fruit crops are considered lost"

Heavy rain causes severe damage to open field fruit and vegetable crops in Western Europe

The enormous amount of rain that has fallen in Western Europe in recent days has caused rivers to burst their banks and wash away buildings in Belgium and Germany, where at least 1,300 remained missing. Homes and streets in the Netherlands also flooded. The weather also had disastrous consequences for…

Midsummer: Tomato propagation for cultivation under lights in full swing

The lit cultivation of tomatoes has increased strongly in Northwest Europe in recent years. In the Netherlands, more than 60% of the cultivated area is already under lights in winter. Increasing the scale of these lit growers means that production has to be spread, which also means planting dates are…

Papaya consumer popularity prompts university trial for commercial expansion

University of Florida scientists want to help South Florida farmers increase their economic returns when growing papaya to meet consumer demands and enhance their competitive edge domestically and internationally. That’s why they embarked on a trial to find new varieties that grow well in South Florida…

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Belgium: Increasing demand for growing towers from catering industry and home growers

"Rather than chefs having to travel for hours to a wholesale market, we are growing on-demand to eliminate these actions,” says David van Steenkiste, founder and CEO of Plant-T. David says that he noticed a lot of shortages in resources, which resulted in experimenting with some farming methods during…

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Study on root dipping techniques to test performance of jute mallow

Hydroponics is a good alternative for producing healthy crops and vegetables, free from soil-borne pathogens as it is not growing on soil. Does every crop perform well on hydroponic systems? To know this answer, a research team carried out this experiment to test the performance of jute mallow in a newly…

Research into tomato fruit ripening

Ripening of tomato fleshy fruit is coordinated by transcription factor RIN, which triggers ethylene and carotenoid biosynthesis, sugar accumulation, and cell wall…

First peppers to be grown in space

Astronauts aboard the International Space Station have launched the Plant Habitat-04 (PH-04) experiment, which aims to grow peppers in space for the first time. The scientists…

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Solution-focused innovation the future of agriculture

There is nothing ordinary about the future of agriculture and food in Canada. From technology and automation to upcycling and reducing food waste, 11 ag-tech companies at the recent AgShowcase sponsored by Bioenterprise and FCC highlighted how they are building businesses that will benefit the industry…

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US (NC): training students for growing jobs in plant science

A new training program at Durham Technical Community College will prepare students for good-paying entry-level jobs in North Carolina’s growing agricultural biotechnology industry beginning this fall. Students can get BioAg PRO training in commercial greenhouses.“This new training opportunity builds on…

Ultrasonic transmitters secure clean water for tomato grower

For four months now the Dutch tomato grower Frank Dekker from Dekker Glascultures has used ultrasonic transmitters in his basin and silos to improve the quality of his irrigation- and drain water. And to great satisfaction. The USAF ultrasonic transmitters are supplied by Ultramins. "It’s been somewhat…

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Soft and sturdy fiber optic device for real-time 3D visualization of crop root growth

Recent studies have shown that plant root architecture determines crop resilience and productivity. For example, deep root structures improve drought resistance and maintain high crop yields even without rainfall. Conversely, shallow root structures are advantageous for growth in oxygen-deficient saline…

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"We’re going big this season, focusing on bell peppers and chillies on the entire 10ha farm"

“We’re going big this season, focusing on bell peppers and chillies on the entire 10ha farm,” declares Eric Mauwane of Oneo Farm in Tarlton, Gauteng. Right: Eric Mauwane (left) with Fredie Ndindana, Corteva Agriscience's technical sales manager for South Africa, a close collaborator  These are crops he started growing…

Resource Management Act replacement must protect and promote local food production

Horticulture New Zealand says the legislation that replaces the Resource Management Act (RMA) must ensure that New Zealand can sustainably grow fresh, healthy food for…

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"Our vision is to remove seasonality in food from existence"

Forget Iowa's rich and abundant soil. If the future is growing lettuce vertically indoors, then the future is now. Tucked in a spacious room at the Iowa State University Research Park are walls upon walls of lettuce hugging shelves upon shelves of microgreens and tomato plants.  The indoor farm, called Nebullam,…

HortAmericas presents:

Mastering microgreens

Here we take a look at growing microgreens in a controlled environment with the use of a GrowRack™ or vertical farming setting. With the use of LED grow lights you can achieve great results. Technical expert M. S. Karla Garcia discusses the details.  For more information:Hort Americas Chris Higgins, CEO chiggins@hortamericas.com  www.hortamericas.com   

Substrate insights with Growficient

Precise control over irrigation of raspberries

A big challenge when growing raspberries is determining the right method of irrigation. Determining the right moments to water is important, but is often done on a hunch. Nowadays irrigation can be monitored and optimized with substrate sensors from Growficient. Grower Bart Mensen from Verpaalen Soft…

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"Hawaii does a lot to help growers, but it's not enough"

The state of Hawaii needs to take a hard look at all its efforts to help farmers and bolster agriculture ,says University of Hawaii economist Sumner La Croix. And La Croix isn’t just talking about the Agribusiness Development Corp. — though he has few positive words for that state agency, which was…

ADAPT project:

Farmer survey points to climate change as biggest threat to European potato production

Europatat is part of an international consortium involved in the ADAPT research project (“Accelerated Development of multiple-stress tolerAnt PoTato”). This project aims to…

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Air-based mechanical stimulation controls plant height

Mechanical stimulation to produce stable and high-quality crops under greenhouse conditions is a promising alternative to chemical growth retardants. However, plant tissue damage and the lack of full automatization have been major constraints for large-scale applications. This study demonstrates the…

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Strawberry-picking robotics startup Traptic begins commercial deployment

South Bay robotics startup Traptic has announced some major progress. For starters, it began commercial deployment of its strawberry-picking mobile robot early this month. Blazer-Wilkinson, a large US strawberry producer, began to deploy the technology in June, and the system is working in tandem with…

Egyptian farm uses fish waste to grow vegetables

This hydroponic farm uses fish waste to grow leafy green in Giza, Egypt. NatureWorks farms both Tilapia fish and fresh vegetables "Our system here is a closed circle, made up of fish tanks and plant pots. The fish release their eggs, which are very small. We feed the fish. The fish get bigger and release…

A man in Lanzarote grew a giant cucumber that weighs eight kilos and is one meter long

A man in Haria, Lanzarote, has managed to grow an incredibly big cucumber: it weighs more than 8 kilos, it's one meter long, and has a diameter of nearly 15 centimeters.…


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