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"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,…

cake day

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…

Patrick Casteleyn, MechaTronix:

"One extra layer with lighting in strawberry greenhouse, also a big step forward"

Because it is becoming increasingly difficult for growers to obtain a building permit for the expansion of a greenhouse, it is important to use space creatively. Strawberry growers are also struggling with this, but unlike growers of lettuce, herbs or leafy crops, multi-layer cultivation is not yet that established.…

Johan Grootscholten, Globe Plant:

"Smaller pepper plants than previous years and a shift in the selection of tomato available.”

It’s mid-September, the season for propagating young plants isright around the corner. Johan Grootscholten, Globe Plant: “We have a very loyal clientele, but what the customers are looking for in their plants can differ each year. What is most notable now is the fact that most of the pepper plants that…

André Valstar, Berg Hortimotive:

"Optimized internal processes pay off"

From tube rail carts, spray carts and reels to leaf-picking machines and electric tractors. At Berg Hortimotive, the activities are divers. We are giving you a look into the factory in De Lier and André Valstar, Product & Marketing Manager, explains the processes.   In the near future, Berg Hortimotive will realize a…

40 years of climate screens: from dark to diffuse

"When it turned out that screens also saved energy, demand grew enormously"

Exactly 40 years ago Ludvig Svensson delivered his first climate screen to a Swedish grower who - looking for a sun protection screen - approached the neighboring textile manufacturer. Although Svensson in Sweden still produces curtains and upholstery fabrics, that production has been overshadowed by the…

Stef van der Linden, Hortimat, sees the effect of rising virus pressure:

"Own crop rotation machines in demand, especially abroad"

New viruses keep on appearing and crops are affected. Unfortunately, there is not always a suitable solution for suppressing it. Plant protection products are often not effective. The crop may have to be removed. Who is going to do that? The present risk of contamination is a source of concern for…

US (IL): John Bowman recognized for lifetime achievement in international horticulture

John Bowman recently received the “Outstanding International Horticulturalist” award from the American Society of Horticultural Science. This award recognized Bowman’s lifetime of achievement in international horticulture. He currently serves as a program area leader in the United States Agency for…

October 9-10, Surfleet

UK: Innovations to improve returns on investment

New innovations in vegetable varieties and agronomy that can improve returns for vegetable growers at every point in the production cycle, will be the key focus for this year’s Syngenta Fields of Innovation Open Days in October.  A combination of new variety attributes and technologies that can significantly increase…

Koppert Machines builds extra production area:

Netherlands: "From this fall extra space for increasingly larger projects "

There is a lot of construction going on at the Vlotlaan in Monster, the Netherlands. Machine builder Koppert Machines is in fact expanding. A new production area is being added. "We see the projects getting bigger and bigger, so we need extra space to grow ourselves as well and to continue to meet the…

fighting condensation

"The trick is to make the most of the available light"

Winter is coming! At least for the Northern Hemisphere days are getting shorter and the dark months of the year are coming soon. Growers know the importance of light all too well. They want to let as much light in the greenhouse as possible. "The trick is to make the most of the available light. There…

"Vertical Farming, the future for food production"

Vertical Farms would appear to be a Valhalla for plant cultivation. Growing crops under the perfect climate (always the same) conditions, throughout the year. Continuous production with constant quality. And then preferably in multiple layers on top of each other. Or perhaps are Vertical Farms, not the…

Rijk Zwaan

Fusarium-resistant cucumber varieties introduced

For years, there has been an urgent need from growers for cucumber varieties with Fusarium oxysporum resistance. Rijk Zwaan has introduced not one but two such varieties onto the commercial market. The newcomers Forami RZ and 24-272 RZ are both resistant to the fungal infection which is notably difficult…

September 24-26, Warmenhuizen

"An inspiring platform for growers, processors and retailers"

The world is changing. On top of yield and production security, other traits such as taste, sustainability and consumer preferences become more important. These characteristics are valuable for the whole chain, from grower to consumer. This year, Hazera will have a new concept for their annual Open Days…

Which grower buys the last plots in Terneuzen

Netherlands: Growing with energy certainty in Zeeland

A large plot already connected to a residual heat and CO2 network, where can you still find it? In Terneuzen, or in Westdorpe to be specific. There are two plots of 12 and 14.4 hectare ready for building a greenhouse. Erik den Drijver, agricultural property expert of Santen & Gasille Makelaars: "The…

Crop rotation approaching: rush on foils and slabs

The crop rotation is nearing again. Already during the summer holidays, the first orders for foils, ground cloths and stone wool slabs trickle in at Benfried. “All foils are made to measure by the manufacturer. Here we sort it for shipment to the customer. It is a big job every year, but also a lot of…

Mark van der Zande, Logitec Plus:

Better cultivation results and labor savings through substrate mixing lines

Logitec Plus recently installed a substrate mixing line at Ball Zhuomei flower nursery in Shanghai, China, with labor saving and error elimination as the most important improvements. Where previously there was a worker at each individual seed line and tray transplanter to first make a mixture and deliver…

Australia: Major fresh produce employers commit to sustainable and ethical employment practices

With the release of data which shows Australian Fresh Produce Alliance members employ in excess of 22,000 people across more than 100 different production locations, the Alliance has committed to working with retailers, suppliers, government and their grower networks to ensure that industry complies with…

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 in…

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…


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