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Canadian Visa application centre in Mexico City closed

WALI was notified on July 2 that the Canadian Visa Application Centre (CVAC) in Mexico City has temporarily ceased operations and quarantined all staff. This office is…

"Everything that can be automated in water, is automated"

Ball valves for irrigation used to be manually operated, but nowadays this is increasingly more automated. Someone who knows all about water technology in the greenhouse, is Hein Braaksma. "Everything which can be automated, is more and more often automated. The water-technical installation in a…

Horticentar expands in Serbia and Croatia

Dutch knowledge and premium products in the Balkan region

Horticentar (Adria DOO), as a subsidiary of a Dutch and a Macedonian company has been actively present in the Balkan region for over 5 years in the sales of premium fertilisers and technical equipment for agri- and horticulture. Local presenceHorticentar is the exclusive dealer of the Dutch fertiliser…

Dominique Amilien appointed CEO of Vilmorin-Mikado

After serving as Deputy CEO of Vilmorin-Mikado for almost two years, Dominique Amilien succeeds Rodolphe Millet and takes over as CEO of the Franco-Japanese seed company. He began his new role on May 11, 2020 with the objective of strengthening the company’s new identity. A full embodiment of Vilmorin-Mikado’s…

"Macxize can endure hot summers well"

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

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

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

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

Focusing on the French market with turnkey greenhouse projects

"Sustainability is really a theme in France," says Richard van Dijk with HortiNed. The company is focused on the French market, although they do projects in other countries as well. Just before the COVID-19 pandemic outbreak, the concrete was poured at a 4 hectare project in Nîmes. Hortined prefers to do…

New Beekenkamp mother plant trough

"Growers asked us about the possibility of adjusting the standard dimension of the mother plant trough (320-360 mm). In close consultation we identified the requirements and the possible solution options," says the team with Beekenkamp Verpakkingen. As a result, the height of the trough was adjusted (150…

Ofir Elasar appointed new VP Sales & Marketing at Top Seeds International

Ofir Elasar is the new VP Sales & Marketing of Top Seeds International. Elasar, 49, a Business Management graduate, has worked in the young plants sector at Hishtil, covering…

"Grow light cultivation is top-level sport!"

The maintenance of your grow light installation

Grow light is one of the most crucial production resources for a greenhouse horticulture business, so it's only logical that, as a grower, you will want to get the maximum return from your grow light installation. Good and regular maintenance is therefore a must. It means that you are assured of the…

Sakata Seed America announces acquisition of Danziger blocky pepper program

Sakata Seed America announced the acquisition of the blocky bell pepper breeding program from Danziger “Dan” Seeds Ltd of Israel. The purchase entitles Sakata to all existing assets of Danziger’s blocky bell pepper breeding program. The acquisition, which includes several existing commercial varieties in…

Innovation is key for baby leaves

Maraldi Sementi is at the service of baby leaf producers with a range of green, blonde and red lettuces for different cultivation cycles. These new products are highly resistant to Bremia lactucae 16-36EU and summer varieties are tolerant to Fusarium. Simone Belletti, sales manager for Maraldi Sementi:…

Craig Taylor & Steven Frankel - Fruitlab

New South African tissue culture lab aims to balance research and collaboration

Fruitlab is a newly-established agritech enterprise, whose core business is tissue culture, but their future plans include controlled environment growth rooms for research and development and hopefully, the duo behind Fruitlab say, also collaborations on both the local and international level. A 2017…

Alumat Zeeman's new webshop:

"Even in horticulture, more sales are done digitally"

The COVID-19 pandemic gave 'quite the digital boost' to not only consumers' buying habits, but also the buying habits of the B2B horticulture market. Alumat Zeeman's new webshop is visited a lot, tells Bert Strikkers, one of the company's directors.  "It's increasingly normal to purchase items via a webshop,…

"We see that local service is more important than ever"

"In 2012, I spent a year in Mexico. I saw a lot of opportunities there, and decided to jump in on a market demand for 'on the spot' technology." Dennis de Zeeuw is Director General of DQ Hortisoluciones and talks about his company and working in the Mexican market.  Hortisoluciones sells horticultural technology…

How climate screens can guide tomatoes through summer

Although they are innovative but often deliberately not in the frontline, Vereijken Nurseries is the first Dutch company in exposed tomato cultivation where the Harmony 1315 O FR has been installed. "In 2018 we built a new greenhouse," says co-owner Eric Vereijken. "We first looked at the type of glass.…

"Three local temporary teams produced gutters 'to perfection"

Lately, travel options were limited, and to certain countries even impossible. Still, most of the local projects of Meteor Systems are continuing and agreements made have to be fulfilled. In this, it was not the supply of materials and machines which was the challenge, but gutter production on location. Meteor…

Friendly fungi benefit 80% of all plant species

Mycorrhizae are beneficial soil organisms used in all kinds of crops to help maximize plant performance. The company Mycorrhizal Applications produces and researches commercial mycorrhizae. The company has 25 years of experience helping growers of all kinds adopt this symbiotic technology.  Through various…

Open call for innovation experiments

CHAP would like to bring to your attention the agROBOfood Open Call for Innovation Experiments and is happy to discuss any potential collaborative R&D projects that may fit within this call’s remit.This is an opportunity for UK-based SMEs to access and contribute to a European innovation network, opening…

Light orders canceled due to fraud

Heliospectra AB, an intelligent lighting technology company for greenhouse and controlled plant growth environments, announced that two orders from Turner Construction, which has previously been disclosed, have now been cancelled due to fraudulent activities. Heliospectra announced the first order from…

UK: Thirty trailers of materials for a 29 ha greenhouse

29 hectares of extra glass, divided across three greenhouse projects in Norwich and the surrounding area, this should all be ready before December 2020. A combination of investors, residual heat and a group of international growers are setting up a large-scale greenhouse vegetable operation in the area,…

Time was right for 'refreshing course' breeding F1 hybrid strawberry varieties

The test with growing strawberry plants on rock wool at ABZ Seeds could be called a refreshing course. What is happening this spring in the greenhouses of the breeder of F1-hybrid strawberry varieties is not new. In the nineties, ABZ and a rock wool producer already performed a test which showed there…

From buckets to IBCs

It was common practice for contractors to order a pallet full of buckets with screening products from Sudlac, but now Ruben Lensing notices increasingly more contractors are making a switch to IBCs. “That works well, both for the contractor and the factory. For example, an IBC with the Eclipse LD coating contains 1000 litres…

Aqualux UV disinfection series expanded

Artechno now with four UV disinfection devices on the market

In order to be able to disinfect drain and outlet water from 1 to more than 100 cubic meters, the UV disinfection device Aqualux has been expanded with different variations. There is no longer one, but four types of systems with different capacities, which are now available from the engineering company…

Saving costs while saving the environment with reusable trays

A tray producing company that tries to urge growers to buy fewer trays. That might seem strange, but the view of the HerkuPlast team is set on the long term. “The future growth of the horticultural industry depends also on the sustainability of the industry. Using durable trays when possible and…

Pentalayer films for greenhouses

TEHMCO S.A. is a 40-year-old Chilean company specialized in the manufacture of plastic solutions, through its wide range of products, for the mining, health, agricultural and construction industries, among others. Having established a well-earned reputation of world-class service and developing state of the art products, Tehmco…

"It is essential that water is managed effectively, but how?"

The climate is changing; the very dry weather that we are experiencing now can be suddenly followed by heavy rainfall. The dry ground resists the rainfall resulting in large scale runoff, erosion and the loss of a much needed resource. As a grower it is essential that the key resource of water is managed…

Ultra-Clima greenhouse in Uzbekistan

In March, Uzbekistan acquired its own high-tech horticulture. In that month, cultivation started in the 5.5-hectare Ultra-Clima greenhouse delivered by KUBO. The project is in the Khorezm region, an area in the west of the Central Asian country with a population of 32 million people. Interestingly: the…

Ludvig Svensson

Ludvig Svensson opened a new production facility

"The longtime dream to expand the Mexican office was made a reality"

Svensson announces the opening of Ludvig Svensson SA de CV, its newly established production facility in Mexico, which officially began operations in March 2020, becoming the companies sixth office worldwide. The company expands its footprint with the formation of the newly established office and the…

Growers positive about grow light system payback period

Grow light systems deliver so much added value that two-thirds of growers expect to be able to recoup their investment within the desired time. That was the result of a Hortilux survey of 130 growers, the main conclusions of which have been compiled in a knowledge document. The Hortilux survey of 130…

Finnish micropropagation company turns to LED circular lights for best plant quality

After having worked for 10 years as the manager of the laboratory at Häme University for Applied Science in Lepaa campus, Finland, Tiina Nyman decided to start her own company for micropropagation two years ago. Taimiemo Oy provides its business customers with certified strawberry plant material for…

Evapotranspiration, what is it exactly?

The evapotranspiration rate (ET) is the basis for a correct and accurate irrigation system design and one of the most relevant calculation parameters. Underestimating this value can result in water stress - lack of crop growth - yield loss. At the same time, overestimating this value one may face extra…

Royal Brinkman

Royal Brinkman introduces Valent Pepper twine

"By using less stretch, the plant stays in a better position throughout the growing system"

Royal Brinkman introduces the Valent Pepper twine, a twine that is now even more suitable for growing peppers. This is because there is a considerable reduction in elongation. In addition, Valent Pepper twine is flexible and soft for plants and employees and is UV-treated. Martin Meuldijk, Product…

Wouter Voortman, Boeters Ketel Constructie:

"Gas or hydrogen: boilers are necessary everywhere"

We won't see any spectacular technical developments in boilers in the coming years, since the boiler is a product that's advanced in its lifecycle, but the demand for boilers won't decrease in the future. "For large-scale heat demand, we will, for now, need boilers with burners. In the long term, I…

CO.SER's innovative solution to climate change

Answering climate change with new greenhouse gutter

"Due to global warming, the number of extreme weather events, including storms and cloudbursts, has increased in recent years. The cloudbursts, which once had a frequency of one or two annual events, are now occurring with increasing violence and intensity." That is said by explained Maria Cipro, CEO of…

Climate computers: flexibility and optical fibre

The choice for a climate computer is a complex one. There are many factors involved in this decision. These are mainly about the design. What do you want to control? How many outputs do you need? And above all: how flexible should the system be? Greenspec responded to this last question with their…

One point of contact for critical cultivation systems

In recent months, a lot of hard work has been done at the new location of tomato grower Gabel in Roeselare, Belgium. The official delivery took place at the end of April, but the first tomato plants were planted as early as March. Gabel grows tomatoes at three locations, which collectively cover 19…

LED is on the rise, when it's combined with HPS

No less than 87% of growers are considering a switch to LED grow light in the future. This figure came from a Hortilux survey of 130 growers in the Netherlands and abroad, the main conclusions of which are summed up in a knowledge document. Most growers stated that they prefer a combination of LED and…

"It's time to highlight the shadow side of grow light"

The larger the supply, the more difficult the choice. The latter certainly applies to the lighting market in greenhouse horticulture, where with the rise of LED lighting, the number of suppliers is increasing very rapidly and one luminaire or installation promises to be even better and more sustainable…

Buwatec helping clients digitally:

Downloading water tanks from across the world

“Several months ago we received an order from Qatar, for large water tanks,” tells Pieter Versluis with Buwatec. The Dutch water storage system manufacturer normally works with a worldwide dealer network, through which dealers help local customers with the installation of the tanks. “This could not be…

De Ruiter Seeds

Tomato variety offers "Completo" solution

On the 29th of April, De Ruiter organized the Completo Online Webinar together with its partners Helle Oy & Delphy, for tomato growers in Scandinavia. In total 28 attendees joined this new interactive setup for knowledge exchange. Jack Endhoven, representing De Ruiter, kicked off the Completo Webinar with…

Greenhouse producer looks at $18 million expansion in Daleville

Muncie-based agriculture technology firm Balance Holdings (BHI) is looking to expand operations in Daleville, investing nearly $18 million for the assembly of greenhouse…

keeping staff safe and operations working properly with less direct supervision

"We can go home, but the plants can’t"

The Covid-19 pandemic affects companies across all industries and horticultural operations are no exception. Making sure staff are safe and operations are working properly with less direct supervision is very important. Argus Controls talked to some of their clients and learned how they have been coping…

Johnny Rasmussen, Senmatic about the introduction of the Bio Mixer

"Organic growers want to add microorganisms or bio-fertilizers without changing the EC"

Two growers have the same need for irrigation with a precise dosing of biomass - and it should be controlled automatically. As there was no fertilizer mixer on the market which was able to add microorganisms and bio-fertilizers to the irrigation water, they contacted Senmatic. The Danish manufacturer is,…

converting under-utilized portions of sunlight to more photosynthetically efficient orange lightLuminescent

Layer of light helps plants get more from the sun

UbiQD and Nanosys have agreed to partner on the development and manufacturing of UbiGro luminescent greenhouse films. Installed above plants in a greenhouse, UbiGro is a layer of light that helps plants get more from the sun. UbiGro uses fluorescence to create a more optimal light spectrum for crops,…

Two new thermo-reflective screen nets against extreme heat

In recent years, growers had to deal with extremely hot summers, resulting in high temperatures and sunburn in tunnel greenhouses and under screen halls. A solution for this heat problem are thermo-reflective screen nets, which reflect the sunlight through the white colour. Furthermore, the addition of a…

CambridgeHOK and Havecon celebrate 10 years of partnership:

"Dozens of hectares, 300,000 m2 of glass, and over a million kg of steel"

CambridgeHOK, a company working in design and development of automated vertical farming centres and commercial glasshouses, and Havecon, a Dutch greenhouse builder, are celebrating their ten years of partnership. Over the past decade, glasshouses completed in partnership between the two firms have…

From Farmers to Frontliners

East-West Seed distributes tons of vegetables to frontliners and communities

Even in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic, East-West Seed remains true to its mission of contributing to food security and promoting better nutrition in the country as it rolls out various initiatives to help farmers and communities. Marvin Espiritu, staff of San Ildefonso Municipal Agriculture Office,…

Meet Robin, RoboRobin

Bosman Van Zaal’s new factory is filled with modern machines and is part of the implementation of Industry 4.0 at the company in the Dutch town of Aalsmeer. In the series #BVZIndustry40, the machines are introduced one by one, in which the RoboRobin is front and center. The RoboRobin is a bending cell with a press brake that…

Nanobubble technology brought to Latin America

A new distribution partnership brings nanobubble technology to farms in Chile & Peru. Moleaer, a nanobubble technology company, is expanding into Latin America, having formed a new distribution partnership with Kapicua to bring its innovative, patented technology to the region’s agriculture industry.  The…

Less evaporation and algae growth in a closed basin

The pictures show a water basin that is completely sealed. Because the basin is closed, there is less evaporation. Moreover, the stored water heats up less thanks to the reflective layer, says Bas van der Elst of Hendic. And last but not least, there is no algae growth in the basin because the water is…

Peter Mouthaan, Dimo Systems

The modern mouse trap

In the Netherlands, rat poison has been banned for outdoor use as pest control since 2018. Soon, a European ban on the use of this poison will follow. The rat and mouse nuisance, however, threatens to only increase in the coming years. That is what the Dutch Animal Infestation Knowledge and Advice Centre reported in 2019. Time…

Hortilux

Choosing the right grow light system

Why do growers use grow light, and how does this light contribute to achieving their cultivation goals? That was the key question in a survey that Hortilux conducted across 130 businesses in the Netherlands and abroad. The main conclusion: for many growers, choosing the right grow light system is still…

With spray lance on wheels, you can also chalk or coat during strong winds

You could call it the red line in the innovations of Willem Poppe: the bicycle. He already developed the chalk bike to chalk the greenhouse while riding a bike, and has now developed a spray lance on wheels, the size of a children's bike, with which his company Helderglas wants to give growers the means…

5 washing processes tested, virus removed 5x

Washing crates to beat ToBRFV

People have been aware of the existence of the 'Tomato Brown Rugose Fruit Virus' (ToBRFV) for several years. The virus has now spread across several continents and is also appearing ever more often in the Netherlands. For some time now, Limex has been intensively involved with nurseries that are concerned about ToBRFV. The team…

Joost van Rooij joins the team

Elektravon Horticulture focuses on export: helping international growers

As of the 1st of March 2020, Elektravon Horticulture has appointed a new Manager, Joost van Rooij. Joost has over 20 years of experience in national and international greenhouse horticulture and wants to expand Elektravon Horticulture utilizing export while keeping in mind ‘the established base of…

Syngenta's demo greenhouse in the Netherlands christened 'Tomato Vision'

Just one year after its building was announced, the new R&D and marketing facility called Tomato Vision opened in Maasland, the Netherlands. The centre includes 14,000 m2 of high-tech glasshouse where 800 unique new hybrids are tested and selected for specific market needs, using ultra-modern and…

thanks to fans in the greenhouse

“We experience fewer issues in cultivation and save energy”

The horticultural company Gebroeders Raijmakers in Heusden grows vine tomatoes on more than 46 acres of land. While the origin of the family business lies in the 1950s, the current company was founded by the two brothers and has grown significantly over the past years. In 2017, another expansion was…

How does COVID-19 affect the greenhouse industry?

Hundreds of industries confront new challenges as the coronavirus pandemic spreads, and the greenhouse industry is no different. We know greenhouse growers are bound to thrive through and beyond this temporary crisis. As a horticultural lighting company, we’re well aware of the adaptability and…

Conviron Launches GroGuardian™

Preventative maintenance program for growth chambers launched

With the new and comprehensive preventative maintenance and service program GroGuardian™ the team with Conviron, known for their controlled environments and controls systems for plant growth, helps growers further. The program was launched this week. "GroGuardian is suitable for you if your plant growth chambers,…

Farmshelf unveils consumer-facing vertical farming unit

Farmshelf, a vertical farming company best known for outfitting restaurants with its high-tech indoor farms, unveiled its first-ever consumer-facing product, according to a company press release. Dubbed Farmshelf Home, the new product is similar to the company’s commercial model championed by…

higher sales but also big concerns for Royal Brinkman

"Staying positive together and keeping the sector going"

Staying positive and keeping the sector going. That's what Ton van Mil with Royal Brinkman wants to do together with his company and the whole sector. Ton said how much he appreciates that everyone does the best they can in a video message, in which he also talks about the creativity, digital solutions…


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