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Boosting the value of processing tomatoes with by-products

Facing rising production costs and market challenges, the Australian processing tomato industry needs to identify new uses for waste streams to generate greater value and profitability from current production. That’s a key observation from 2018 Nuffield Scholar and Victorian processing tomato producer,…

Turkish greenhouse construction company goes international

Serasan Greenhouse Construction company President Hasan Yildirim had started his career in 1994 as a worker in an iron and steel manufacturer and now he is the owner of one of the fastest-growing greenhouse construction companies in Turkey. After attending numerous courses and training programs about…

Erik de Smalen of Royal Brinkman España:

"Spain must take ToBRFV seriously to prevent tomato cultivation from being threatened"

This spring there were already rumors and now, at the start of the Spanish season, it has been confirmed: in Spain too they are dealing with the contagious Tomato brown rugose fruit virus (ToBRFV). "This is going to change cultivation," says Erik de Smalen of Royal Brinkman España. In recent years, the…

"The urge for adventure is in our blood"

That Dutch greenhouse builders are real adventurers, Leo Alleblas can confirm. He has been around in the sector and has traveled a lot. "The current generation does not believe their ears when you tell the stories of the old days. Everything was done by hand." Leo was fourteen years old when he finished…

Henk Verbakel (Havecon Greenhouse construction) was visited by Nu.nl:

"Made in Holland is a definite hit"

Growing a tomato might take serious time, but so does making a greenhouse. In a recently published video of a Dutch news website, a part of the process is shown.  The journalists visited Havecon Horticultural Projects, one of Netherlands biggest greenhouse builders. They opened their new venture this year…

Danish judge condemns calling PLA plant pot biodegradable

Can you call a pot biodegradable when it only composts under very specific circumstances, like in an industrial composting plant? No, says a Danish judge. They forbid the…

US (NJ): Greenhouse at South Plainfield High School coming to fruition

Teachers at South Plainfield High School (SPHS) will soon be able to take their classes outside, offering students the opportunity to learn in a hands-on space. A greenhouse is complete and an outside, sustainable classroom is scheduled to be ready, weather permitting, by spring.  “Our students are in tune…

CAN: Marie-Claude Bibeau is re-appointed as Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

Marie-Claude Bibeau is re-appointed to her role as Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada. On behalf of fruit and vegetable farmers across Canada, CHC is please to…

56th Meeting, World Vegetable Center Board of Directors

The World Vegetable Center Board of Directors held its 56th meeting from 11-20 November 2019 at WorldVeg headquarters in Taiwan. The board expressed its profound gratitude to the Government of Taiwan for its tremendous support to WorldVeg in general and for the RIM project at WorldVeg Headquarters in…

New 160 meter factory hall for Hendic

What a length...160 meters. Bas van der Elst is very happy about it. "This is working so well. We are now producing liners in continuous parts of 160 meters. Less lifting is required and we are welding less. That saves on material and benefits the quality." Nicolle Peetoom and Bas van der Elst. Space for…

US (FL): Bee supplier sells out planned Florida allocation to multiple strawberry growers

Bee Vectoring Technologies International Inc. announced it has sold out its planned Florida allocation of commercial bumblebee hives with its proprietary bee delivery system and Vectorite with CR-7. Multiple Florida strawberry growers, including a second top-tier producer to adopt the technology, will be…

Kees de Groot on his career in the greenhouse construction

'We must make something different than others'

When he made his round through the greenhouse with his wife during the open days in the Westland, Kees de Groot was always looking upwards. How are the connections? Is there a leak? "From leakages, you learn the most." His house was filled with notes about coupling pieces and sealing profiles - the…

Arjan Pauw, Gavita International:

"3000 luminaires per day with up to 100 people on the floor"

Gavita International completely outgrew its location due to the growing demand for HPS lamps. At the end of 2018, the old production location was replaced by a new, state-of-the-art production facility on the industrial site in Aalsmeer, the Netherlands. A beautiful and large new location where it is…

Van der Waay introduces AquaJet

"A ladder alone is no longer sufficient"

Marcel Koolmees and Joost van der Waay In a relatively short period of time, Van der Waay from Hazerswoude, the Netherlands, progressed from contractor to market leader in the building of greenhouse roof cleaners and chalk machines. In the last 10 years, attention for the greenhouse roof has increased. And there are many reasons for this. Because the greenhouses have be…

Water silos are getting stronger...and higher

The larger the diameter of the tank, the lower the tank will be. This was the principle in the world of water silos. It had everything to do with the water pressure becoming too high. However, with current technology, the improved quality of steel, and improved technical calculations, it is possible to…

Tony Bundock visiting India

"Water management one of the biggest challenges for Indian growers"

"One of the biggest challenges for Indian growers is water management. Securing a water supply and having an efficient application system is key to success for many growers." Speaking is Genesis Horticultural Solutions director Tony Bundock. He has just returned to Australia from India, after undertaking…

Dutch blueberry producer adds three license varieties

In 2017, Fairplant from Emmeloord – The Netherlands started producing blueberry plants in-house. Fairplant has recently been able to add three license varieties to the range, namely Draper, Liberty and Aurora. Michigan State University (MSU) has granted Fairplant the licenses. Sales manager Rik Klein explains:…

Long and heavy heating pipes require a ‘sturdy truck’

There is a growing demand for the exportation of heating pipes, as the people at Spraying company R. van der Horst noticed. To make all of that possible the pipes need to be loaded into containers. “That last part is something we do weekly now. And we want to do it in a safe way so we purchased a heavier…

Netherlands: Construction of Trias Westland heat network is progressing well

There is a lot of work going on in the construction of the Trias Westland heating network. Kilometers of steel heat pipes are laid in the Westland, often in straight lines and by means of guided drilling. Yet it occurs that a straight pipe is planned and still an obstacle is encountered. How do you…

Harry Dullemans, founder of Agrolux, keeps developing fixtures

“Never say you’re not there, then they will pass you by”

He doesn’t speak Chinees and his English is shaky at best, but Harry Dullemans, the founder of Agrolux, is still a successful fixture developer. The fact that he is 77 years old doesn’t keep him from his work. In his workshop, he tinkers on new fixtures and the requests for his work keep coming in. “You…

"Plastic-free crop waste yields multiple benefits"

The crop rotation for many horticultural companies is right around the corner. This also means that the taken out crop is shredded and removed. These crop residues often contain plastic. This brings about extra disposal costs for the grower, is socially undesirable and prevents optimum use of residual…

New 16-litre pot will help with the early phases of berry cultivation

As well as the large volume pots for blueberries, Beekenkamp has added a 16-litre pot to its berry and blackberry cultivation pot series. This 16-litre pot can be used for a good start in cultivating berries. The additional height of this 16-litre square pot guarantees maximum drainage. The pots also…

Steenks Service expands with their new webshop

In recent months, the people at Steenks Service have been busy working behind the scenes on the development of their new webshop where they will sell parts. The webshop is online now, says Wouter Steenks. “In our webshop, you can find a variety of parts for a wide range of machines. We have everything…

Netherlands: Drying seeds will be a piece of cake with speed controlling ventilation

The drying cabinet of Van den Berg Climate Techniques can be found in the laboratories of the biggest vegetable- or flower seed producers, as well as at growers who dry their own seed for production or research. The design of the drying cabinets has remained the same for over 25 years. After all, why…

Dutch horticulture consortium to show Indian farmers that agriculture can be profitable too

A consortium of Dutch companies specialising in all aspects of horticultural cultivation, including finance and technology, would launch two projects -- one each in Uttar Pradesh and Himachal Pradesh, according to a top executive of the consortium. "We are here to show Indian farmers that enough money…

A&L Canada Laboratories announce facilities and staffing expansions

A&L Canada Laboratories Inc., a provider of analytical services and technologies, announces the addition of new 4000 sq. ft facility to increase services and capabilities to clients in the area of precision agriculture and core analytical testing services. This investment complements the recent…

Ethylene solution to ripen tomatoes on the plant also permitted in Belgium and England

Harvest up to one and a half bunches extra or stop the cultivation early. It is possible thanks to dispensing ethylene gas in tomato cultivation. The British company Restrain developed the Restrain Generator for this purpose. A few years ago, the CTGB enabled this for the Dutch and French growers, since…

"Garden centers want black chalk, and the greenhouses get cleaned again."

Contractors live along with the weather forecast

When applying chalk, Dennis van Veldhoven prefers to do it on a sunny day, but the rain is more than welcome to help wash it off. Machine Contractor Van Veldhoven is currently working on removing the chalk they applied on the greenhouses at the beginning of the season. After spraying the chalk with a…

Mark Stanley with MicroCool:

“No matter what fog system you use, a good controller is essential”

Fog systems can be used to humidify or cool growing environments depending on the way you use them, but the growing environment is delicate – especially in greenhouses, humidification and cooling can be quite the balancing act. This is why Mark Stanley with MicroCool emphasizes the need for a good…

US: Promising new varieties expected to help growers meet market needs

The Syngenta Vegetable Seeds Americas Tour stopped at several research stations across the nation this summer. Each event highlighted crop species from the Syngenta portfolio and featured new commercially available varieties as well as experimental material coming soon. The Americas Tour began in Woodland,…

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Water systems in time to Indian project despite early project deadline

Priva and Voshol recently entered into a partnership for the realization of a challenging horticultural project in India. In Hyderabad, a metropolis in southern India, a production facility is being developed for Simplyfresh. It concerns a total of eight hectares as part of a project that will be further…

New growing container for indoor organic vegetables

Greenhouse growers have a new solution for producing high-quality organic vegetables indoors. The A.M.A. 60 Growing Container, developed by A.M.A. Horticulture Inc., is a simple solution that satisfies organic growing standards in Canada. Developed with grower input in 2018 and successfully piloted by…

Godfrey Dol sharing guidelines for growers in semi-closed glasshouses

What is the best humidity for a tomato plant?

The temperature and humidity of the air entering the glasshouse is as important as the temperature and humidity inside the glasshouse, Godfrey Dol, an expert on cultivation in…

India: Syngenta invests $2mn for Andhra Pradesh research centre

Global agriculture firm Syngenta on Tuesday inaugurated a research centre in Andhra Pradesh with an initial investment of $2mn. With $13.5bn in sales in 2018, Syngenta is one…

Farmshelf CEO counts on manufacturing scale to become big hydroponic feeder

These days, Farmshelf basically is only helping grow basil in the back rooms of some of America’s best restaurants. But Founder and CEO Andrew Shearer is pursuing a vision of using manufacturing scale to bring down the cost of his hydroponic horticultural systems to transform his Brooklyn-based startup…

Kerklaan Greenhouses and Mustang Demolition:

"Building with the materials we've gotten from used greenhouses, closes the circle”

What once started with Joost Kerklaan tearing down some greenhouses, has grown into two serious companies active in greenhouse demolishing and building all over the world. Kerklaan Greenhouses and Mustang Demolition, where, since January 1st 2019, Rick van Buijtene and Hans Kerklaan became in charge.…

Jerry Arkesteijn, Beekenkamp Verpakkingen

"Canadian growers are raising the standard"

Canadian growers are raising the standard. Increasing prices and lower margins are pushing growers towards increased efficiency and lower returns ask for higher yields. In order to deal with this development, more Canadian growers are choosing cultivation methods that have more consistent output. One of…

Wim Roosen, Dutch Plantin:

"More stable start of the crop thanks to coco pith"

The step into hydroponic growing from soil can seem like a big one with many techniques and investments needed. In Spain, they found a solution to start with the benefits of growing hydroponically, but without the major costs. “By putting coco pith in or on the ground, growers can benefit from a more…


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