This digital cultivation logbook does not forget or lose anything

Walking around the greenhouse and inspecting the plants is a routine job for growers. Equipped with a notepad and an EC meter, growers are doing their job. Feeling, smelling, seeing: "Hey, seems like a pest" and "oh, those plants look kind of dry". Let's write that down. But then... a quick phone call in…

Global fresh fruit supplier turns to agri-data provider to improve market intelligence

UniFrutti forge partnership with Tridge to support international growth strategy

UniFrutti Group, an international fresh fruit supplier, has turned to Tridge to provide comprehensive market analysis to support its ambitious growth strategy and to help improve its market intelligence within the fruit and vegetable market. Tridge is a global trade ecosystem that uses a combination of…

Totam Seeds switches to more specialty tomatoes

At the end of November last year, it was announced that the Japanese Mitsui took over 75% of the shares in Totam Seeds. This means that the Dutch tomato breeding company, which originated in 2010 from the growers association Prominent, is able to take significant steps in the market. CEO Fulvio Berton…

Slightly later start for peak Oxnard strawberry supplies

Peak strawberry supplies out of California should coincide well with Easter. “Strawberry supplies are good. Two weeks ago, they were great. But there’s been some rain and cool weather that have slowed things down a little bit. But we’re in good shape at this point in the strawberry season,” says Jim…

Brinkman

Maximize yield with the right advice and equipment

Brinkman Australia a division of global horticultural specialists Royal Brinkman, supplier of professional horticultural products and services are bringing growers across the country more in line with trends and developments from around the globe. "Our goal is to assist growers towards creating fully…

John Willems reflects on his first 100 days at ZON, the Netherlands

"We could supply clients with more products"

John Willems has been ZON's acting-director for just over 100 days now. He entered this role in less-than-ideal circumstances. Before he was appointed, this Dutch growers association's previous director and several board members had resigned. "The company's internal working didn't always correspond with…

Detlev Köster: Asparagus is also in the starting blocks

"German cucumbers are clearly our priority"

With the longer days and spring-like weather, the cucumber season is now officially starting in Germany. GBZ Papenburg has been supplying cucumbers from its own facilities for just over a week. We spoke to Detlev Köster, managing director of Johann Köster LLC & Co., who already has the Papenburg…

Construction started on new building for Voshol Warmte-Elektrotechniek

Founder Jan Voshol launched construction of the new building for Voshol Warmte-Elektrotechniek at an easy-to-access location along the A12 in Waddinxveen. Voshol is building a facility in the ‘Distripark Doelwijk’ industrial area that is equipped for supplying horticultural materials to North America and…

Scant supply, many quality issues for import strawberries around Valentine's Day

Strawberry trading usually increases as Valentine's Day approaches. Not this year. The market was difficult in week 6 when Valentine's Day was celebrated. The reasons were…

Juan Manuel García, Projar:

"Why plants prefer coir, and growers as well"

To understand why coconut fiber is a special growing medium from an agronomic point of view, it is important to analyze the differences between a soil crop and a coir crop and compare the main factors that generate stress at the root level. The behavior of a plant is generally influenced by the…

Matt Szucs general manager new Plantech West venue

"We've become a local area supplier for Leamington, Kingsville & Chatham-Kent region"

Recently, in an effort to respond to the dynamic and growing market in the Leamington/Kingsville/Chatham-Kent area, Plantech Control Systems Inc, owned by Richard Hiebendaal and Rob Brinkert, joined forces with JM Controls and Electric, owned by Jeff McFadden, in developing Plantech West, a new venture…

Growing media supplier hires sustainability manager

Jiffy Group is proud to announce the appointment of Richard Stevenson as its first Global Sustainability Manager from January 1st, 2021. The new role reflects Jiffy’s commitment to being an ever more sustainable company. A major supplier of growing media to the horticulture & agriculture sectors, it…

UK: Horticulture decisively rejects AHDB in petition

The horticultural industry has provided an overwhelming ‘no’ vote (with just 39% of growers voting to retain the statutory AHDB levy) in the official ballot which closed last week. This result comes as no surprise to the AHDB Petitioners and confirms beyond doubt the findings of their own ballot last…

Why India is an interesting country for greenhouse suppliers

This week, a Virtual Trade Mission India has taken place (from 8 to 12 February). This mission was led by the Netherlands Minister of Foreign Trade and Development…

Dutch Greenhouse Delta

"Fork2Farm solutions in increasingly complex environments"

COVID-19 has increased the need for fresh, safe, and affordable food across the globe. "We notice how the Dutch horticultural sector increasingly asks for integrated…

CA: Appeal of Santa Ynez Valley greenhouse denial stalls

An appeal of a denial by the Santa Barbara County Planning Commission of a greenhouse near Solvang went unresolved Tuesday when the project was sent back to staff for an…

Fertilizer giant Stanley Agriculture targets home gardeners on Pinduoduo

More people living in cities worldwide are growing vegetables in their homes and communities to provide a source of food and as a diversion during lengthy homestays during the coronavirus pandemic. Cultivating fruits and vegetables on allotments was common in cities especially during wartime, when city…

Giuseppe Cilio from Italo's Farmer

Corona outbreak urges Italian grower to innovate: tomato sauces from greenhouse produce

Difficult moments sometimes lead to great ideas, and solutions for problems are mostly found reacting in a timely manner and with the courage to change direction. This is what lies behind the new range of red and yellow cherry tomato products launched by the Italian company Italo's Farmer. "The sauce…

"Travel restrictions will affect Canadian vegetable production"

Canada’s horticultural industry plays a vital role in producing local, fresh food for millions. Many of the farms employ seasonal workers, temporary foreign workers, and…

Blue Water Farms

Minnesota's farm wants to move walleye production indoors

Blue Water Farms is a Minnesota-based startup with the plan to use recirculating aquaculture systems technology, known as an RAS, to produce walleye and plant products. The company plans to operate a walleye hatchery, tanks for fish as they grow and processing facilities, as well as an aquaponic…

Australia: lost crops affect farmers' mental health

The scarcity of seasonal workers continues to impact growers as crop losses climb to over $45 million this week. The labour shortage is a result of Federal and state…


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