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“Mergers raise concern in seed market”

A new OECD report on the latest developments in seed markets provides an in-depth assessment of structural changes in global markets for seed and biotechnology based on new…

HM.Clause India holds first open day in Hyderabad region

On 21 November 2018, HM.Clause India held its first ever open day at one of its ten local experimental stations in India, near Hyderabad. Nearly 200 customers from all over India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka came to discover nearly 90 varieties of more than 20 different vegetable species. The visit of the area was…

New cucumber varieties on the rise in Sweden

There's an increasing demand for new cucumber types in Sweden. Vegetable supplier Årstidernas test breeders have therefore been experimenting with cucumber taste and texture in order to develop unique new varieties. Different varieties One interesting new variety they came up with is the Salt and Pepper, a firm,…

Improving drainage conditions of blueberries

Over the last few years, the demand for berries and especially for blueberries by consumers has been increasing, which has led into an increase in this crop's cultivated area. Thanks to developments like the Hydropot System, also the outcome of the cultivated area increases - both in quantity and in the…

Swiss gastronomy supplier puts new lettuce variety into its product range

''Great development potential for novel lettuce variety Chicarita''

In the area of single and leaf lettuce, a lot has happened in recent years. There were the Salanova varieties and the mini Romanas that have quickly found their way to European traders. At the moment, another new lettuce variety has appeared, which is establishing itself at a rapid pace. It is the…

UK: Vintage seed catalogues discovered

During cupboard clear-outs, staff at Thompson & Morgan recently came across a rare vintage archive of Thompson & Morgan seed catalogues, including those that were printed during the First World War. Thompson & Morgan, which is one of the UK’s largest mail order seed and plant companies, was…

Access to Seeds launches second Index

Access to Seeds has launched its latest Index, evaluating and ranking seed companies according to their efforts to improve access to quality seeds of improved varieties for smallholder farmers. The results of the South and Southeast Asia (SSEA) Index were announced during the Asian Seed Congress attended…

Benjamin Wagner:

"Unique tying system for three crops"

Following demand from organic crop growers, Tomsystem has launched a new clip suitable for tying organic crops such as tomatoes, cucumbers and sweet peppers. This new non-galvanized clip has been tested by Bio Gemuse Wagner in Germany with extremely positive results. Tomsystem, manufactured by Agrifast, is a…

Everything about cabbages during open days Seminis

"You can eat everything, from the rose to the stem"

At Seminis, the branch of Bayer that deals in seeds from the open field, they pay a lot of attention to cabbages during the open days. On the field in Enkhuizen, next to the production location of the breeding company, visitors of the open days were given a tour of the various plantings of cauliflower…

Open Days at Pop Vriend Seeds

Expanding to six varieties and plenty of choice in each segment

In the shadow of the extensive 2,500 square meter new seed warehouse and office complex that opened at the beginning of September, the demo fields at Pop Vriend Seeds were ready for visitors from all over the world. On Tuesday, 25 September a sizable crowd congregated on the premises of Pop Vriend Seeds…

Grafting totally daylight-free tomato plants

The winter season of the fruit crops is coming and production peaks are also coming again. In addition to the daily focus for production, this is also a moment to acquire a lot of variety knowledge in the research area. Beekenkamp Plants is conducting trials in which daylight-free tomato plants are grafted. They do…

"Choosing between natural light and light deprivation"

How about blacking out your greenhouse completely? It is one of the options Dan Cloutier with greenhouse designer Agro Resilience Kit (ARK Ltd) offers to his clients. "We design and build transparent greenhouses and non-transparent greenhouses. Our customers have the option to choose between a fully…

Dutch acreage starting material reaches record height

The area agricultural land for the production of seeds and breeding material (such as young plants) has increased significantly in the period 2002 - 2018. The area of seeds and such for the so-called open field vegetables reached a record high of 2240 hectare in 2018. The area for the production of seeds…

Australia: "Increase in seed demand for cucumbers and tomatoes"

The Australian breeding company Abundant Seeds saw continued growth in sales during the last quarter, achieving a new daily record number of cucumber seeds sold – more than 200,000 seeds in just one day. They write about it in their September quarterly report.  Abundant Seeds grew sales particularly strongly in northern NSW…

Australian farmers push for new 'ag visa'

Labour shortages, mountains of paperwork and uncertainty

Aussie fruit and vegetable growers say a lack of workers is keeping a lid on industry growth and leaving hundreds of tonnes of fruit at risk of being left on the ground every…

Canadian Greenhouse Conference '18: here's the recap

For those of you who might have missed it yesterday: we've published the Canadian Greenhouse Conference '18 photo report. Check it out here or read the article here.

Tim de Kok, Windset Farms:

"Importance of the propagation stage one of the biggest lessons learned"

Back in 2014 Windset Farms was one of the first major farms to start with greenhouse grown strawberries. “Though it hasn't been easy developing a crop strategy for this fairly new greenhouse grown product, we learned year by year”, says Tim de Kok, Senior Grower at Windset Farms California. Tim de Kok, senior grower…

Seed meets Technology

Niche event unites the seeds industry

Last week the fifth edition of Seed meets Technology took place . During this conference in Zwaagdijk - in the midst of all the open days at breeders in the area - the breeding sector met to discuss the latest developments on seeds and seed technology. Check out the complete photo report here . Visitors from all over the world have discovered the…

Plantlogic blueberry pots:

"Pyramid-shaped pots promotes excellent drainage"

Born out of necessity for blueberry growers requesting a better container for their substrate crop, the company Plantlogic was born. "With constant grower feedback and technical knowledge, our containers are designed especially for any type of substrate plant production in greenhouses, hoop houses or…


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