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Bejo Seeds

Bejo's Open House Tour now available on YouTube

Bejo Seeds Inc. held its first ever Virtual Open House on September 1, 2020. The virtual event gathered commercial growers, farm market growers, industry professionals and many more to the one day webinar that featured 13 different crop groups brought to you by Chelsey Lenczyk (Bejo Seeds Sales and…

Bayer trials new tomato varieties with ToBRFV resistance

Bayer announced the final large-scale pre-launch trials of Roma-type tomatoes to help growers address Tomato brown rugose fruit virus (ToBRFV). The trials, which begin later this month in Mexico, will include two varieties of Roma-type tomato that claim Intermediate Resistance (IR) to ToBRFV. The type of…

Lots of enthusiasm for Delphy Berry Plaza meeting

Strawberry growers are used to cultivating Elsanta, but in recent years, more new varieties are appearing. During the recent Berry Plaza meeting, various everbearer varieties, plant types and plant data were presented, all aimed at optimizing cultivation and maximizing yield. There was a lot of…

Fertilizer Daily

Russian greenhouse growers turn to LED

Oreon has entered the Russian market and will supply LED fixtures to the Agrokultura Group and Yelets Vegetables. These two companies are major players in the market and have been introduced to Oreon through their partnership with Lumex M. Agrokultura GroupThe Agrokultura Group is established…

Tracy Lee appointed to lead

Sakata Seed America announces formation of CEA department

Sakata Seed America announced the formation of a Controlled Environment Agriculture (CEA) department. This new department will focus on indoor agriculture, a growing segment of the produce industry that focuses both on traditional greenhouse production as well as specialized vertical farming. According…

Macpac announces new on-line shopping experience

Packaging manufacturers Macpac report that in the coming weeks they will be launching a new on-line ‘shopping’ website. It will provide a one-stop shop for box quantities of selected packaging on demand in key sectors. A spokesperson for the manufacturer said: "We’ve been successfully offering our…

BioTherm expands sales team

Rob Dimino has joined BioTherm as the regional sales representative for the Mountain Region. Based in Colorado, Rob will serve customers from Arizona to Texas and north to Idaho and the Dakotas. “As BioTherm scales up to meet growing demand for our innovative products, Rob’s ambition and service-oriented attitude matches well with…

De Ruiter Market Experience offers three opportunities for connection towards value chain

Looking to the overall appearance, the external and internal color but also measuring the firmness and taste, are the most important ingredients of a visit to the De Ruiter Market in the De Ruiter Experience Center in The Netherlands. In the past half year this was, most of the time not executable, and probably…

Valoya and Citizen Electronics enter a licensing agreement

Citizen Electronics Co. Ltd., developer of electronic devices and applied products and Valoya, the research driven LED grow light manufacturer, have entered a licensing agreement whereby Citizen Electronics will take Valoya’s LED spectrum portfolio into use. Citizen Electronics will apply Valoya's…

New light system for Vineland Research

Vineland Research and Innovation Centre (Vineland) is recognized as Canada’s leader in horticulture research and innovation. Located in Ontario’s Niagara region, on a 218-acre campus, they are an independent, not-for-profit organization dedicated to advancing horticulture science. The campus is comprised…

Norway: Local bumblebees for local growers

Bumblebees make excellent pollinators; a single bumblebee is as effective as five honeybees when it comes to pollinating raspberry crops. Growers also benefit from the fact bumblebees get to work earlier in the year, when temperatures are lower. Unlike honeybees, that only tend to fly in good weather,…

Coco fiber and coir production facility joins the Fibredust family

Fibredust announces new Mexican operation “Costa Sur”

US based Fibredust announced the expansion of their Mexican operation to include the production facility in beautiful Jalisco Mexico. This 10 hectare facility offers a new avenue for coir and fiber made and shipped from Mexico. “The addition of Costa Sur to the Fibredust family enables efficient shipment…

Nunhems

More diversity in fresh cucumbers and a new delivery program for Windset Farms

At Windset Farms, one of North America’s largest sustainable suppliers of naturally grown produce, Nunhems talked with David Coronado (Senior Cucumber Grower) and Shiho Uzawa (Marketing Manager) about the changing demand for greenhouse grown cucumbers and their new delivery program, Windset Direct. “The…

Growing young farmers amid rising unemployment and food security concerns in Thailand

The unemployment rate in Thailand continues to rise, driven by the socio-economic impact of COVID-19, and the short term outlook remains negative.  An additional 8 million people in Thailand’s labor force are at risk of losing their job, according to the Office of the National Economic and Social Development…

Agrikol

Cooperation projects between Agrikol and Horti XS

Horti XS is a client of Agrikol. The team with Agrikol says the following about the company: "At Horti XS, they have unrivaled experience and understanding of the global greenhouse technology industry. Their product development is driven by evolving market demand. Horti XS provides engineering and…

Signify

hybrid lighting in tomato cultivation:

“LED ensures controllability”

A stronger plant, higher fruit weight and more uniformity in growth; these are the results of illuminated tomato cultivation when combining Philips GreenPower LED toplighting compact and SON-T lighting. Thus a hybrid light solution. Both projects were installed at the end of 2019. The growers, the world renowned tomato…

The combination of research and advancements in fixtures

Increasing yield, while improving plant quality and driving down energy costs

“We’re here to empower cultivators worldwide to explore the interaction between light and life, increasing their yields and plant quality while achieving new margins and profits,” says Steve Graves, VP of Business Development at Fluence by OSRAM. The company was founded in 2013 in Austin, Texas, by…

Positive tests followed up with high demand in truss supports and tomato clips

After extensive research for a high quality partner in the tomato clips and truss supports, Hortus (HSI) started three years ago with the final phase of the field tests. Randor Cena is the main contact regarding this product development and sales in the North, Mid and South American Market. Furthermore,…

"The market for strawberry varieties is in flux"

One and a half years after the launch of Limalexia, John Schoeber and Vincent Deenen of Limgroup look back at that time. Limalexia was specifically developed during the breeding process to improve shelf life, taste, color, and production. The latter has even been 10-15% higher than the standard variety.…

BG Installatie is preparing for anniversary year

"The challenge is to keep the overview in big horticultural projects"

Freelancers wanted, urgently, Laurens van der Sande of BG Installatie recently proclaimed. In these times of corona, that can be called remarkable, because although plenty of greenhouse horticulture projects are ongoing, it is also difficult and people were (temporarily) unemployed. "We look positively to…

ScoringAg

"You have to sanitize everything"

Maintaining the integrity of the sanitation

“You have to sanitize everything,” says William Kanitz with ScoringAg. “If you don’t protect your product, the consumer gets sick.” The company sells and produces sanitizing equipment for fresh produce and its packaging. Due to the Coronavirus, things have changed. It’s increasingly important to reduce…

Orance points to lack of independent system approach in horticultural lighting market:

"Well-founded, independent selecting in horticultural lighting market increasingly difficult"

The current lighting market is still very product driven. Understandably, given the number of product suppliers of luminaires who all want to profile and position themselves in the market. The extreme increase, especially of LED products, is in itself good for the end customer, because it stimulates…

The Roofmaster transforms into a real chalking machine

The Roofmaster’s shape – rather like an A – which allows it to move through 2 gutters on 4 wheels, has not changed in the 30 years that the machine has been on the market. But that’s only one of the few things that have not been upgraded over the years. The installation from Besseling has been thoroughly…

with VR glasses to watch the work on site

Water treatment system in South Korea installed ‘virtually’

Long summers with very little rain. This is a problem not only for Western Europe: South Korea too suffers from extreme drought in the summer months, resulting in a shortage of irrigation water for greenhouse horticulture. The problem became so urgent at a 10-hectare tomato growing business in the south…

"The basis, a homogeneous climate, is already there"

Artechno doing new cultivation tests in VF chamber

"Together with another colleague, I am adding green thumbs to the team that is full of technicians here", Rick van Schie laughs. As the son of a tomato grower and next year's fourth-year horticulture student, he  started cultivation research in the industrial hall of Artechno in De Lier. In a AVF+ Junior climate…

“We have made progress and develop new screens in-house”

Five years of Ridder screens

Five years ago, Ridder added screens to its portfolio. They decided to take up this challenge after their existing clientele expressed a clear need for an additional screen supplier. Johan van Erven, commercial product specialist at Ridder, explains: "From that starting point, Ridder started to explore the opportunities and we…

Yuhua Glass

printed patterns on the glass:

No more shadow in the greenhouse

“In 2011 we started with glass for greenhouses,” says Marcel Kahi, Sales Manager with Yuhua Glass. The company has over thirty years of experience in the glass business. At the moment, they sell more than 250 hectares of diffusing glass every year. They are also involved in solar glass, which is mostly used as cover for solar…

Knowledge sessions on year-round product package

ReduSystems is constantly expanding its product package. This steadily increases the available options for controlling natural light year-round. To keep crop advisors informed of the optimal use and combination of coatings, the ReduSystems team held a number of interactive knowledge sessions over the…

ProEx Food, LLC

"Space and budget constraints result in a need to be inventive with machine solutions"

More and more companies are trying to diversify their product lines in order to be able to adapt to changes in the market. In an increasingly globalized and everchanging fruit and vegetable sector growers, packhouses and processors are looking for flexibility for their daily operations. ProEx Food LLC.…

GE Current extends range with new generation Lucalox HPS

GE Current, a Daintree company, today announced that the company is extending its portfolio of horticulture lighting with the introduction of a new generation of Lucalox High Pressure Sodium (HPS) lamps. Building on the existing strengths of the original GE Lucalox, the new range from Current will offer…

'Ready2Grow' propagation set

Lux Light has the optimal solution for germination and cultivation of plants, seedlings and microgreens in the smallest space with ideal light, with the combination set of Sylvania Gro-Lux E27 LED and HOMEbox Ambient Q30.  The Sylvania Gro-Lux is suitable for germination and cultivation of plants. It is very efficient with 39µmol/s at…

"Great potential for burner installations in Chinese market"

Due to the corona crisis, projects were postponed and little was happening in greenhouse construction. In the meantime, the market is recovering worldwide. Vitotherm, a company for burner installations, is also seeing this activity in the Chinese market. The company sees a lot of potential in the Chinese…

70,000 households to gain greater access to affordable vegetables

The World Vegetable Center (WorldVeg) selected East-West Seed Knowledge Transfer (EWS-KT) for its innovative approach to enabling smallholder farmers across the countries to adopt one or more off-season vegetable production methods.  Through the Grow Against the Flow project, the partnership aims to reach…

Sensors were allowed to prove themselves by test with increased pre-night temperature in tomato

In 'The Road to Digital Green Fingers' project, researchers increased the pre-night temperature in a tomato cultivation by one degree for four weeks. In this way, the crop was 'bullied' to see how far it could go, but especially also to understand the physiology behind the measurements. The better that…

Rijk Zwaan and Holland Greentech expand cooperation in West Africa

"Holland Greentech is proud to have started this next step with Rijk Zwaan for developing horticulture in West Africa". That's what Norbert van der Straaten, founder & director of Holland Greentech, commented after the company announced an expanded cooperation with Rijk Zwaan in West Africa. Formal…

Bejo

Dutch-based Bejo acquires South African distributor Nuvance

Bejo and Zaad Holdings announced Bejo’s acquisition of Nuvance, as of July 1st 2020. Until June 30th Nuvance was a subsidiary of Klein Karoo Seed Marketing, part of Zaad Holdings. Bejo is a Dutch family-owned company specialized in international breeding, production and sales of vegetable seed. Nuvance…

Product database eases UV LED product selection process

Kopp Glass announces a new release of its UV LED Product Database. With hundreds of new UV LEDs available each year, researching and comparing the various options for a…

De Ruiter Seeds

Prioritizing customer safety, De Ruiter now offers virtual tours

Meeting and “events” look a little different these days, but while in-person glasshouse tours are on hold, that doesn’t mean the pause button gets hit on collaboration and innovations in the glasshouse industry, too. Now, more than ever it’s important to connect with all areas of the glasshouse industry.…

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…


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