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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…

"By combining techniques we're able to produce organic products of the highest quality"

Founded in 1987, the Società Agricola Biodinamica San Michele is one of the most distinguished biodynamic agricultural societies in Europe. Located in the Venice region of Italy, the society uses traditional biodynamic agricultural methods developed in the early 1900’s by renowned Austrian scientist…

Mikhail Hutton, Artemis:

"A full view of your farm all on one platform"

A clogged pump fails to deliver nutrients across your aquaponic farm. A power outage disables LED lights in every zone of your vertical facility. You underestimate your harvest labor needs and don't have enough employees to fill your orders. These are risks that growers face every day. "It's no wonder…

How soil can create sustainable environments

Cheddar visits Scotts Miracle-Gro headquarters in Ohio to learn about the science behind different types of soil, and why soil is so important when it comes to building a sustainable environment. Click here for the video.

Adriano Desideri, SOLHO:

"Off-grid energy system opens up new possibilities for greenhouses"

Building a greenhouse and connecting it to gas and electricity in some regions is more challenging than in others. While in the Netherlands and elsewhere in Europe an extensive infrastructure is available, in the Middle East and North Africa that is often not the case. But there they do have a lot of…

Unlocking the potential of Tanzania's horticultural sector

A new case study looks at the potential value of horticulture for farmers in Tanzania, and the contribution of the seed sector to the growing Tanzanian horticulture sector. You can find the full case study here and read more about the opportunities and challenges facing the country's farmers and what is…

Watching tomato plants with a GoPro

A few months ago, the Research & Development team at Beekenkamp Plants started working with a GoPro camera. The main reason why they work with a GoPro is to gain more insight into the development and response of the plant over the days. In the video below you can see a tomato plant just after the…

De Ruiter Seeds

Radiance, the new tomato in the medium TOV segment

Most tomato growers and traders are early birds. But it is still special that they came in large numbers to the Breakfast/Knowledge Session of De Ruiter... which started at 5 o'clock in the morning. For these growers and traders, a Knowledge Session about the latest tomato-on-the-vine DRTH1004 of De…

New HQ Havecon & Voorwinden Group opened in style

There aren't many women active in greenhouse building, but last Saturday it was three girls that took care of the most important job of the day. The daughters of Henk Verbakel, Havecon, hit the red button, officially opening the new facilities of Havecon & Voorwinden Group. From the 1.5 hectare HQ,…

René Huijsmans, Syngenta

"Scouting is more important than ever this year"

The seed suppliers live in turbulent times. As of January 30, 2020, only two solutions for combating fungi on recently planted seeds are being offered. René Huijsmans, Seed Care Manager, Syngenta: "These agents give the seed and young plant resistance against fungi attacks in the earliest stage of the…

Korea nurtures seed industry to bolster food security

To overcome Korea's limit in its market size, which accounts for only 1 percent of the international market, the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs is investing 400 billion won ($352.4 million) to help seed firms to log $200 million in exports and become the world's No. 15 seed-exporting…

India: High-tech centre set to produce 10 million seedlings

The hi-tech vegetable seedling centre at Nadukkara in Muvattupuzha is nearing its target of producing 10 million seedlings in one-and-a-half years. Officials said that the target of producing about 10 million hi-tech seedlings would be achieved by June. Four poly-houses spread over 1,536 sq.m have been…

"Enthusiastic reactions to new Sweet Palermo colours"

Chain partners have reacted enthusiastically to the new Sweet Palermo colours, according to Rijk Zwaan. Orange and chocolate-coloured variants are now available in addition to red and yellow ones within the breeder’s brand of sweet pointed peppers. “We plan to introduce the trio of red, orange and yellow…

Van den Elzen Plants expands

43 ha plot dedicated for propagating strawberry, raspberry and asparagus plants

Van den Elzen Plants, propagator of strawberry, raspberry and asparagus plants, recently purchased a plot of approximately 43 hectares at the Dutch greenhouse horticulture area in Siberia. Half of the surface area is for the time being intended for outdoor cultivation of raspberry plants. The other half…

"increase the marketable yield"

Russian and Belarusian tomato growers learn about rootstocks and new varieties

On the 17th and 18th of April, De Ruiter and one of the distributors in Russia OOO Agrofirma “Semagro” organized an event to bring Russian growers and traders together to share experiences of De Ruiter's assortment. More than 60% of Russian and Belarusian tomato growers participated in the event, proving…

Stephan Kohn, GLAESERgrow:

"Big increase of plastic tunnels over the last years"

“The big soft fruit growers in Germany cultivate in glasshouses, others grow in tunnels or use only Non-woven Crop Covers to protect the plants from rain and against frost damage. The amount of tunnels has – overall – shown a big increase over the last three years, as growers are more focused on…

"Strong truss attachment offers opportunities"

Growers and retailers put Strabena in the spotlight

A group of growers and retail professionals gathered on Friday 12 April in the De Ruiter Experience Center in Bleiswijk, the Netherlands. This time, the Strabena tomato variety was in the spotlight. Nico van Vliet, trade partnership manager with De Ruiter, took the group back to the start of the…

22 European business organisations ask the EU for pro-innovation rules for plant breeding

22 European business organisations jointly call upon member states and the European Commission to initiate a legislative change that provides innovation-friendly rules for plant breeding. The goal is to obtain practical and science-based rules for products resulting from the latest mutagenesis methods…

20 years of Van Dorssen & Frensch

"In the Swiss horticulture sector, out of sight is out of mind."

March 1, 1999, the day that Willem van Dorssen and Ton Fresch signed the papers for their joint company. Now, little over 20 years later, the gentlemen are still brotherly next to each other in the car on the road to Switzerland. Willem and Ton know the Swiss market like no other. Ton: "In the Swiss…

Australia: Abundant Produce reports record seed sales

Seed sales at Abundant Produce, which have been very low in March Quarters to date, were up 10-fold on March Quarter 2018 (and over 20-fold on March Quarter 2017). New trials commenced in Australia and the United States, and market penetration in Victoria is gaining traction. Implementation of Abundant…

Colourful innovations in Sweet Palermo, snack tomatoes and Violet & Luca

Inspiring consumers with a choice of new colours

New colour combinations in fresh produce displays can entice shoppers to choose the healthy option even more frequently. Vegetable breeding company Rijk Zwaan is therefore launching a number of colourful innovations: under the Sweet Palermo brand as well as in snack tomatoes and kohlrabi. Colour is an…

Bayer and Fair Planet renew commitment to improve access to seeds in Ethiopia

Bayer has renewed its commitment to the “Bridging the Seed Gap” project for five years. The project, developed by the non-profit organization Fair Planet, facilitates smallholder farmers’ access to seeds of high-quality vegetable varieties suited to local growing conditions. Additional training on how to…

Foreign workers drop by 5% in Italy

A report from Osservatorio Eban-Nomisma shows that, after many years, the number of foreign workers has finally dropped by 5% in 2017 to 275 thousand. The study illustrates an…

Nigeria to cooperate with the Netherlands on seed development

Nigeria's Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Chief Audu Ogbeh, has disclosed plans by the Federal Government to collaborate with the Government of the Netherlands on improved seeds/seedlings to boost food production in the country. The minister disclosed this during a courtesy visit by a…

ASTA applauds international move to streamline phytosanitary system for seed

The American Seed Trade Association (ASTA) welcomes the decision by the Commission of Phytosanitary Measures (CPM) to develop a Systems Approach for seed as an Annex to ISPM…

Photos: Powerplants Australian 25 year celebration

Here's a little fact about Marcus van Heijst with Priva Oceania that you didn't know. When racing on Green Machine Trikes, he beats everybody. During the festivities for the 25th celebration of Powerplants Australia, he became the overall winner. The 35 employees of Powerplants, a Australian turnkey…

Myanmar: Modern seed processing facility opens in Yangon

East-West Seed inaugurated a 4,500 square meter commercial seed processing plant, the first of its kind in Myanmar. This investment is seen to contribute significantly to improving the availability and access to quality seeds for the country’s smallholder farmers. The $1.05 million facility (Phase 1) is…

Hazera to expand activities on the Polish seed market

Hazera Poland, a subsidiary of Hazera, part of the Limagrain Group, intends to extend the range of vegetable seeds offered to the Polish customers. A new business plan for operations in Poland includes strengthening Hazera’s collaboration within the Limagrain Group. In view of its distribution of…

October 13-15, Stockholm

Registration open for Euroseeds Congress 2019

The Euroseeds Congress 2019 will take place in Stockholm, Sweden from 13 to 15 October 2019. You can reserve your place and register via the Congress website as of today: www.euroseedscongress.com . Last year in Madrid, more than 1070 participants from all over the world joined. During the section…


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