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Marco Brok, Golden Scorpion the Netherlands:

"Our parts are hidden in the fixtures of the lamps"

It's a beautiful name, yet it's virtually unknown in the horticultural sector. While the company has been on the market since 2012, and since 2017 in the Netherlands in Monster, as GS NL. How is this possible? "It's quite simple, actually", explains Marco Brok, Managing Director of GS NL. "Our parts are…

Trials with bees in horticultural crops take off in Morocco

Bee Vectoring Technologies will start conducting trials in Morocco, a significant market opportunity for its proprietary bee-delivered crop productivity system. The company is also in discussions with well-established commercial partners in the region who have expressed interest in collaborating with BVT…

Philippine government intensifies urban agri through veggie seed distribution amid COVID-19

To ensure food availability and sustain production amidst the threat of COVID-19, the Department of Agriculture (DA) of the Philippines is intensifying the promotion of urban agriculture through the distribution of free vegetable seeds and planting materials nationwide. “We need to explore all strategies…

Natchez and Ouachita blackberry varieties commercialised in Ukraine

The blackberry varieties Natсhez and Ouachita from the University of Arkansas soft-fruit breeding program will soon be registered in Ukraine. As licence holder of these varieties in Europe, Global Plant Genetics, is planning to commercialise Natсhez and Ouachita in Ukraine in co-operation with the local…

De Ruiter shares cucumber knowledge with French growers in online event

On Thursday March 26th, the De Ruiter team had the pleasure of inviting all French cucumber partners to an online event dedicated to De Ruiter varieties. For this first cucumber webinar, approximately 30 French participants from the different cucumber branches (growers, advisers, cooperatives) attended…

East-West Seed helps rebuild livelihood and ensure food security for Marawi IDPs

East-West Seed Philippines, through its Knowledge Transfer program, and in collaboration with Plan International, United States Agency for International Development Marawi Response Project, and the Provincial Government of Lanao del Sur, recently launched a 6-month capacity-building project in vegetable…

U.S. seed companies remain committed to meeting farmer, consumer demand

The following is a statement from American Seed Trade Association (ASTA) President & CEO Andrew LaVigne:  “The U.S. seed industry stands with the entire agriculture and food value chain in its commitment to ensuring America’s families have ongoing access to a healthy, safe and affordable food supply as we…

The impact of COVID-19 on the seed sector in the Netherlands

European Seed have published an interview with Niels Louwaars, Managing Director at the Dutch Seed Association Plantum NL. European Seed (ES): Niels, how are you and your team…

Alberto Palmí, director of Fedemco:

"We continue to supply wooden containers to the sector, despite the Covid-19"

Production has slowed down in Spain due to the conditions in which pickers must work in the field, as well as those of workers in the plants. The cost of transportation…

market recovers rapidly after COVID-19 shutdown

"We've seen the other side of this"

“We’ve seen the other side of this”, says Israel Holby with Plantlogic, when asked about his thoughts on the effects of COVID-19 on the fresh produce market. The company makes containers for soft fruit production in substrate. The manufacturing of these materials is done in-house in China, and after the…

The impact of COVID-19 on the seed sector in Italy

European Seed have published an interview with Alberto Lipparini, Secretary-General of the Italian Seed Association Assosementi, on the impact of COVID-19 on the seed supply chain in Italy. European Seed (ES): Alberto, the news we are receiving from Italy about the impact of COVID-19 in Italy is…

Second Chances Farm creates two programs to fill community’s need for fresh, locally grown produce

Restaurant and school closings inspire new ways to bring harvests to market

In response to the state-mandated closing of restaurants and the “social distancing” recommended by the CDC to slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus, Second Chances Farm (SCF), Delaware’s first indoor vertical farm located in The Opportunity Center at 3030 Bowers Street in the Riverside neighborhood of…

ISF calls on members to provide info on seed movement issues under the COVID-19 crisis

We are all facing an unprecedented situation and learning to cope with the current human health crisis “SARS-CoV-2” and the disease it causes “coronavirus disease 2019”…

Limgroup and Fresh Studio join forces in Vietnam

When you think of Vietnam you will probably not directly think of asparagus production, but asparagus production in Vietnam is on the rise. Increasing demand from local consumers and good prices, results in an increasing asparagus production area with currently several thousand hectares. In Vietnam the…

Ukraine plans to simplify procedures for import of seeds

The Ministry of Economic Development and Trade supported the changes initiated by the producer associations to the law of Ukraine "On protection of rights for plant varieties" and the law of Ukraine "On seeds and planting material". These changes should simplify the procedures for registration of seeds…

"You don't want to have to get changed 7 or 8 times a day"

What are the challenges that the modern young plant growers face nowadays? Martin Uittenbroek, resigning director at Vreugdenhil Young Plants, knows all about it. Over the years, hygiene has become increasingly important in the company, which alongside tomato, bell pepper and cucumber plants now also…

Coronavirus food shortage fears prompt Australian shoppers to target seeds and country stores

While panicked shoppers have so far targeted supermarket shelves amid coronavirus fears, it seems they have now expanded their nets to include other sources of food. An Adelaide nursery is reporting a significant increase in vegetable seed sales in the past fortnight. There are also reports of city…

Precautionary measures for protective greenhouse coatings

Growing under glass in summer is for most crops impossible without a coating on the greenhouse roof. The world seems to be changing, but that's one thing that doesn't change, even with borders closing and work being done with minimal staff. How is the distribution of those coatings being done now?…

US: Organic seed producers directory connects seed growers and buyers

Organic Seed Alliance has unveiled an online Organic Seed Producers Directory, an easy-to-use tool that connects organic seed producers with seed companies and wholesale seed buyers. Seed producers are invited to create a profile in this directory so wholesale seed purchasers can easily find and connect…

Meeuwes Brouwer, Russian agricultural council:

"The Netherlands plays a prominent role in Russian greenhouse horticulture growth"

Meeuwes Brouwer has been a agricultural counselor in Russia for almost four years. Agriculture is developing rapidly in this vast country. The Russian agricultural ministry…

GrowGeneration opens largest hydroponic store in the US

GrowGen has officially opened its 2nd Tulsa operation. The ribbon cutting, in order to signify that the store was officially opened for business, took place Saturday, March 7th at 10 a.m. at 5566 S Garnett Rd, Tulsa OK. 74146. This 40,000 square foot retail location will serve as the central division's…

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Delays in horticultural projects due to travel limitations

The suspension of all travel from Europe to the US will greatly affect the horticultural industry, especially since more and more travel limitations are expected or already in place. Suppliers and builders respond to the current situation and how to do business when you can't visit your project. The…

provisional name 'Skye'

UK: Newly released primocane raspberry RBC16P4 shortly available for commercial use

Plants of the newly released primocane raspberry RBC16P4 (provisionally named Skye) from James Hutton Limited (commercial subsidiary of the renowned James Hutton Institute) will shortly be available for commercial use. Global Plant Genetics represents certain James Hutton Limited raspberry varieties in…

Graines Voltz to acquire HILD Samen business from BASF

Graines Voltz, a French floral and vegetable seeds distributor, signed an agreement with BASF to buy its HILD Samen business in Marbach, Germany. Currently, it is part of the vegetable seeds business of BASF’s Agricultural Solutions division. The HILD portfolio divestiture includes its seeds business and…

Chinese suppliers deal with road blocks

"Back in business after COVID-19 delays"

With China being an important country for the production of many horticultural supplies, the outbreak and the fear for the COVID-19 disturbs quite a few production processes. Michael Lee with Planti, explains how the producer of horticultural glass dealt with the disturbance and how it was doing business…

Major seed deposit at Svalbard Global Seed Vault

35 genebanks from all continents deposited seeds at the Svalbard Global Seed Vault, at a deposit event hosted by Norwegian Prime Minister and co-chair of the UN group of SDG Advocates, Erna Solberg. President of Ghana and co-chair Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo and other members of the Group of Advocates…

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Organic seed database now also available in Denmark

In order to make the availability of organic seeds more transparent, the implementation of an electronic database is obligatory for all EU member states according to…

Dead or alive

A non-destructive method for determining and predicting seed viability

Monitoring the viability of seeds is of paramount importance to plant breeders, traders, farmers, researchers and seed bank managers. The globally recognized standard method to test seed viability is the germination test. Representative samples are sown according to genus-specific standardized protocols…

Jack Crienen:

"We can optimize high-wire cultivation in order to work more efficiently and increase production"

This year, it’s twenty years since BASF Vegetable Seeds started breeding high-wire cucumbers. A key player in this development was cucumber grower Jack Crienen (53), from Baarlo, who discovered an abnormal plant in his greenhouse. It was this plant that was later used as the basis for developing Nunhems…

India: East West Seed showcases benefits of vegetable farming

East-West Seed India highlighted the benefits of Vegetable Farming by creating an exclusive, live half acre demo plot that showcased 9 vegetable crops and 39 varieties through its ‘Knowledge Transfer’ initiative at the 5th edition of Krushik, Live Demos and Agri Expo 2020 from 16th-19th January 2020 at…

Pellikaan introduces PlanthooQ Ultra Light

"More light in the greenhouse thanks to new crop hook"

"Light forms the foundation of good plant growth and development. ’One percent more light is one percent more yield’ is the most important rule in greenhouse horticulture. That is why it is important to make optimal use of the available light and to prevent shading as much as possible." That is told by…

Rob Sandberg, De Gier Systems:

"We are ready for it"

2019 was a good year for De Gier Systems. Investments were made in new products, the improvement of production, and assembly lines. Managing Director Rob Sandberg is satisfied: “The last couple of years we have seen tremendous growth and are very proud of it. The investments we have made are a guarantee for the future in which…

Argus Controls and A1 Growsystems to cooperate in future projects for the Australian market

Argus Control, based in Surrey BC, Canada and A1 Growsystems, based in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, have announced their plans for mutual cooperation in the Australian market. A1 Growsystems, specialized in grow systems for commercial greenhouses, and Argus Controls, active in the design and supply of…


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