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Yield of fertigated bell pepper under different soil water tensions and nitrogen fertilization

Considering the lack of technical information on the water depth and nitrogen fertilization via fertigation in protected cultivation for bell pepper production in northern Brazil, a new paper aimed to study the soil water tensions under different nitrogen doses for the cultivation of bell pepper in…

Research into the quality of drainage water in soil-bound crops

In 2030 all Dutch growers will have to reuse the drainage water in their greenhouse. But with soil-bound crops, much is still unknown about the quality of that water. That is why the Greenhouse Horticulture and Flower Bulbs Business Unit of Wageningen University & Research is investigating the quality of…

Use of mycorrhiza to reduce mineral fertilizers in soilless melon cultivation

Intensive use of mineral fertilizers in soilless growing systems can have adverse effects on the environment and human health and could be economically expensive. The aim of a new study was whether it can be reduced mineral nutrients in soilless grown melon by using mycorrhizae inoculation. The…

Elevated root-zone dissolved inorganic carbon alters plant nutrition

Enhancing root-zone (RZ) dissolved inorganic carbon (DIC) levels of plants grown hydroponically and aeroponically can increase biomass accumulation but may also alter plant nutrient uptake. New experiments investigated how bicarbonate (HCO3−) added to a hydroponic nutrient solution and CO2 gas added to…

Which growing medium brings the best growing results for vertical farming?

There are many questions to consider when choosing the right growing medium for a vertical farm. First of all, you need to reflect, will you choose a growing medium or non-medium for vertical farming? What are the options available in the market with reasonable freight costs, and what are the growing…

"Humic acid growth agent boosts strawberry yields by almost 50%"

Developed through extensive testing and chelation research, MPXA enhances growth in crops through stimulating oxygen uptake, increasing chlorophyll content and increasing the availability of macro and micronutrients to plant roots. However, trials have revealed that MXPA is particularly effective with…

Directly brewed compost extract improves yield and quality in hydroponic baby leaf lettuce

The aim of a new study was to see whether the application of a directly brewed compost extract (added in the nutrient solution or by microsprinkler) could be used to improve the yield and quality of baby leaf red lettuce growing in a floating system, and to control the incidence of Pythium irregulare.…

Yara to sell its 25% share in Qatar Fertiliser Company

Yara has signed a Share Purchase Agreement with Qatar Petroleum (QP) to sell its 25% share in Qatar Fertiliser Company (QAFCO) for USD 1 billion. Since the establishment of…

"Growers and consumers increasingly opt for sustainable potting soil"

The potting soil supplier Agaris has been awarded with the Chain Custody RPP certificate. A requirement to achieve certification is that the company extracts all its peat from peatlands that have been certified by the independent Foundation Responsibly Produced Peat (RPP). This ensures that this precious…

A ‘plug & play’ solution for liquid fertilizer supply

During HortiContact in Gorinchem, Yara Benelux placed the YaraTera Easyfeed in the spotlight, a mobile and fully automatic A and B container dosing unit and storage in one. Growers can easily and inexpensively connect the unit to existing installations. From now on, the A and B container can be filled…

Test & adjust nutrients in hydroponics

In hydroponic systems, we supply nutrients in forms that are available to the crop. Plants respond rapidly to good and bad fertilizer choices. Therefore, we need to use precision in applying the fertilizers to sustain crop yields and quality. In this e-Gro Edible Alert, I will discuss sampling and how to…

Azerbaijan tomato growers add blueberries to assortment

There's much talk about the opportunities in the Azerbaijan industry - but what's it like trying to take these opportunities? Back in 2012 the Azerbaijan company WeGrow established a 10 ha tomato greenhouse. Ilyas Ahmadov explains how the company has been expanding ever since. One of their most recent…

Van Iperen International & LandLab Italy

European pilot project to create a new generation of biostimulants

LandLab Italy and Van Iperen International, the Dutch producer of specialty fertilizers, have joined forces in a new project, assisted by James Hutton Institute, University of Padova, Euroliquids and Van Iperen. The project, which is called LIFE Plants for Plants, focuses on a new generation of organic…

Bangladesh: Farmer turns heads by growing on coco dust

A farmer in Naogaon (Bangladesh) is growing high yield plants of different variety of vegetables with the coco-dust method where coir dust mixture is used instead of soil in the seedbed. The unconventional seedling growing system drew the attraction of farmers in the region. Amran Ali started growing…

Turning food waste into fertilizer

A New York City startup is using potato peels, apple cores, and rotten tomatoes to help farmers grow fresh fruits and vegetables. “We take produce waste from food distributors and food processors – anything that can’t go to a food bank or farm,” says Tinia Pina, founder and CEO of Re-Nuble. The company…


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