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US (NE): O'Neill struggles with labor shortage, questions about immigration policy a year after raid
Twice a day, a white school bus lumbers through this town carrying about 25 workers to and from a massive, glass greenhouse where they pick tomatoes. The temporary workers arrived a year ago, shortly after federal immigration officials raided the greenhouse and other local businesses in O’Neill. About…
Seed treatment battles CGMMV
For growers dealing with CGMMV this virus often is a recurring problem. The Cucumber green mottle mosaic virus is known for returning season after season. In Korea, growers chose to battle the virus with a seed treatment. “We’ve stopped the spreading of the virus with the Johnni-der V2 SEI”, they say. The 9,000 cucumber plants…Cor Pellikaan: the brain behind the system
"Suspension system provides more efficient cultivation of tomatoes and cucumbers"
Cor Pellikaan, the founder of Pellikaan, was born and raised in the Westland region in the Netherlands. He started, as a teenager, his working career in the greenhouses of this area. Cor Pellikaan:”After many years I learned and I knew what to look for in order to achieve a more effective and profitable…On display at the De Ruiter Experience Center
Seminis presents new type of broccoli
Skytree is the newest introduction in broccoli from Seminis. Skytree is part of the "Easy Floret" series. The broccoli from this series is easier to harvest mechanically due to the reduced number of leaves around the stem. Skytree is also easy to process into florets. This results in a product which is…
US (CA): Providing produce growers with a holistic approach to field challenges
As growers face increased pressure to provide fruits and vegetables that are more flavorful, more sustainably produced and delivered faster and fresher to consumers, they need innovative and tailored solutions that can also help them maintain a successful and profitable operation. To help growers meet…
US (GA): Hydroponic school gardens fight hunger, offer fresh food options
Clark Creek Elementary in Acworth, Georgia, is about to get an upgrade to its food pantry. The school pantry feeds 92 kindergarten through 5th grade students each week, giving them a backpack full of food to keep them from going hungry over evenings and weekends when school meals aren’t available. Many…
Peru: veggies celebrate Independence Day
On July 28, Peruvians celebrated Independence Day. At Agroseed the workers celebrated in style, according to the photos that director Dov Bernardo Hecht shared via LinkedIn . "Each production area makes a presentation before the party, we are very impressed with our people's creativity", says the proud…
Mexican growers feel unfairly disadvantaged by new U.S. tomato suspension agreement
The Tomato Suspension Agreement proposed by the U.S. Department of Commerce in July has deeply flawed provisions, according to Mexican growers. These provisions infringe upon federal laws and are unlikely to survive antitrust and other legal actions that are sure to arise, according to the Fresh Produce…Application materials accepted through September 13, 2019
US: Horticultural Research Institute offers $20,000 in scholarships
The Horticultural Research Institute (HRI) announced it is accepting scholarship applications for the 2019-2020 school year. These scholarships are made possible by seven…
"A perfect lettuce leaf for every kind of sandwich"
In line with today’s busy lifestyles, people are increasingly eating out for breakfast or lunch as well as dinner. Trendy fast-food chains offer a range of healthy juices, salads and sandwiches all day long. Needless to say, a healthy sandwich isn’t complete without a salad garnish. Vegetable breeding…Bell pepper crop specialist Roel Klapwijk, Personal Vision:
“A new step has been taken with an aeration system for better water quality”
A troublesome pepper gutter that makes it impossible to drain from the side, cannot be replaced just like that. In order to still take steps with the oxygen content in the slab and thus prevent root problems during the course of the cultivation, Personal Vision chose to work with an aeration system. "An…Gerard Vonk, Tangmere Nurseries, grows bell peppers on 30 hectares with Elite Bio Twine:
"After two years of testing without problems, this year for the first time the entire greenhouse is full with it"
When Dirk Houweling set up a greenhouse horticulture company in 1988 on an unused airfield in Tangmere, Southern England, Gerard Vonk was already present. Tangmere Nurseries started with three hectares, but now, more than thirty years later, it has become thirty. As a manager, Gerard is busy with it…Job Roskam:
"In Australia, they are cultivating in the Dutch way more and more”
Although he is saying goodbye to Royal Brinkman Australia, his heart remains in this country filled with horticultural possibilities. Back in 2000, Job Roskam moved to the Land Down Under and since then has seen the greenhouse horticultural industry develop at a rapid pace. “Especially the vegetable…
8th layer added to 7-layer greenhouse film
The development of 7-layer technology formed the basis for the production of more sophisticated greenhouse films. Now Plastika Kritis from Greece (www.plastikakritis.com) added layer an 8th layer on the surface of the film. "We're raising the standards of anti-dripping effectiveness." Anti-dripping…September 24-26, Netherlands
The future of sustainable vegetable varieties
New varieties in brassica, squash, onion and leafy crops, coming to fruition at this year’s Fields of Innovation event, have been selected specifically to help sustainable business growth for growers and the whole value chain. There will be new Syngenta brassica varieties on show that include…Cucumber grower Edwin Hendrickx, Tuinderij Hendrickx:
"Compared to last year, I have much less problems with mildew"
After becoming infected with the cucumber mosaic virus for three years in a row, cucumber grower Edwin Hendrickx has been free from the virus that caused him quite a bit of headache for one and a half years. Reason for him to take a new step on the way towards optimum cultivation. A stronger crop, that's…
"Reducing the chance of root disease in strawberries with growing mats"
“The nice thing about capillary growing is that it's from the bottom up,” says Pete Hendriksen from CeeGreen. “So you always have air around the roots. The more air circulation you can keep around the roots the better it is for the plant. This is especially good for strawberries, which are susceptible to…
Initial review of findings highlight importance of current location of Ontario Food Terminal
Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs Ernie Hardeman and Etobicoke-Lakeshore MPP Christine Hogarth were at the Ontario Food Terminal to announce the initial findings of the government's review on modernizing and enhancing the terminal. Early findings show the advantages of its location in South…
Innovation and technology take centre stage on day two of PCA Conference
The Protected Cropping Australia (PCA) Conference 2019 held its final day of plenary sessions on the Gold Coast, with a focus on technology, biosecurity, Integrated Pest Management (IPM), Labour and plant nutrition. Among the sessions, delegates learnt about the lessons learnt by the strawberry industry…
Ivan Casteels joins Roam Technology
Roam Technology NV Belgium is pleased to announce Ivan Casteels as the newest addition to its expanding Business Development Team. Prior to joining Roam, Ivan was working for Saint-Gobain Cultilene as Business Manager Asia, Oceania, Middle East and Emerging countries. He held different positions within…
Fulvio Berton new Global Strategy and Business Development Lead at JVS
Fulvio Berton has been appointed the new Global Strategy and Business Development Lead and Board Advisor of JVS, Japan Vegetable Seeds Co., the joint venture established in 2018 between Nippon Norin Seed Co. Ltd., Kurume Vegetable Breeding Co. Ltd. and Mitsui & Co. Ltd., as the holding company of Top…Rob Riezebos, Wolter Koops:
"Within 24 hours, all of Germany is supplied in the desired time frame, no matter shipment size"
Germany has been the most important trading partner of the Netherlands for a long time, particularly in fresh produce. Rob Riezebos, Wolter Knoops: "Even before the arrival of cooled transport, we transported cocoa products from the ports of Amsterdam to the former Eastern bloc, to the still divided East…
Higher translucency for sulfur-sustainable and UV-A transmitting greenhouse foil
“Our goal was to create a foil that lasts longer regularly exposed to sulfur”, says Tom De Smedt with RKW Hyplast when asked about the company’s new greenhouse foil Grafeno. “Also we wanted to make sure that bees and bumblebees would thrive underneath it from the start of the season.” These goals were…
Things growers should never do in a semi-closed glasshouse
One of the main attractions for retailers and consumers alike to choose glasshouse produce, is the reliability with which the glasshouse produces quality and quantity of produce in a safe way. The semi-closed glasshouse has extended that reliability in the way it manages summer heat, pest and disease and…
"Fresh vegetables continue to gain ground in foodservice market"
Whether in a smoothie for ‘on the go’, snack tomatoes in a business meeting or an 80/20 meal at a top-class restaurant... Bauke van Lenteren, Manager Convenience at vegetable breeding company Rijk Zwaan, has noticed that fresh vegetables are becoming an increasingly important ingredient in the growing…
US: ASTA announces new leadership team, national award winners
The American Seed Trade Association’s (ASTA) newly-elected officer team was announced during ASTA’s Policy & Leadership Development Conference (PLDC) in Denver, CO. Members of the FY2019-20 ASTA officer team—officially taking office on July 1 are: Chair: Wayne Gale, Stokes Seed First Vice Chair: John…
Russian grower picks Dutch tomato variety
This week, De Ruiter welcomed the team from APH Eco-Culture, one of the largest greenhouses in Russia, at the De Ruiter Experience Center in Bleiswijk (The Netherlands). This visit was not only to strengthen the relationship with the De Ruiter team, but also to celebrate an exclusive agreement on an…
US: ASTA staff appointed to key trade advisory committees
American Seed Trade Association (ASTA) staff will represent the U.S. seed industry on two key trade advisory committees. President & CEO Andy LaVigne has been appointed to…
World Food Prize awarded to East-West Seed founder Simon N. Groot
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and President of the World Food Prize Foundation Kenneth M. Quinn announced Simon N. Groot as the 2019 World Food Prize Laureate. Mr. Groot has played a transformative role in improving the health and economic opportunities of small farmer communities in more than 60…
"It’s critical that the U.S. lead with policies that reflect the ongoing evolution of plant breeding"
The following is a statement from American Seed Trade Association (ASTA) President & CEO Andy LaVigne in reference to USDA’s new proposed rule (SECURE) to update APHIS’…
UK seed vault banks on wild crops to feed a warming world
“You are standing in the world’s most biodiverse location,” proclaimed a yellow poster at the door of the largest global collection of wild plant seeds, sunk in an English hillside. The underground concrete vault in West Sussex is part of the Millennium Seed Bank, where rows of steel shelves lined with…
"Healthy root system starting point for a successful crop"
The starting point for a successful crop is a healthy root system. "Especially at the final stages, and even more when we are growing a long production cycle or when we are using the same substrate as the year before", the team with Hydroponic Systems says. When crops reach its max production, plants…
Seed industry getting down to the nitty-gritty
While there’s a lot of work to be done, the ISF committees are getting down and dirty to find solutions for the seed industry. Communicating, engaging and changing is just a taste of what the International Seed Federation (ISF) is working to achieve this year. They’re also rolling up their sleeves to…Cake for 3-year anniversary
Seasun expands Strabena acreage again during coming winter
It has already been three years since Seasun started the cultivation of cherry plum TOV Strabena. The Strabena is now well known on the market. At the moment, there is a select number of growers in the Netherlands that cultivate the Strabena. Jogchem Dieleman, seller of Fresh ConneQt, and Duco de Ruiter,…Report Eggplant Tour Rijk Zwaan, May 22, 2019
"Controlling Tracey with pre-night temperature works well"
This season, the Tracey RZ eggplant variety can be found on more than 55 hectares in the Netherlands. The Tracey growers meet every 4-5 weeks to share their experiences about…Open Days Eminient Seeds June 11-13
A Tinkerbell rainbow, new peppers, and cherry tomatoes
On June 11, 12, 13, Eminent Seeds opens their demo greenhouse in the World Horti Center to present exclusive varieties of tomatoes, bell peppers, and peppers. Introduction 7 colors Tinkerbell The color range of the Tinkerbell has been successfully expanded with the purple Tinkerbell in the summer of…
Developments in the Sri Lankan coco industry
The global horticulture industry uses a lot of coco substrate, much of which is sourced from Sri Lanka. Such large-scale production sounds like it would be a strain on the country's environment, but if it's up to Growrite, that won't be the case. The company is all about producing their substrates as…fighting virus pressure
"Use clean transport mats to keep viruses out"
Growers all over the world are cautious and take prevention measures against the ToBRF virus. This applies to many cultivation aspects, the crop rotation included. "The required machines and supplies for the crop rotation have to be clean. You do not want any virus in your greenhouse, especially not…