Fertilizers

"Stop nitrogen overdose in soilless tomato to promote fruit quality"

Precision horticulture is fundamental to ensure high quality production with a minimal environmental footprint. It offers the possibility to manage climatic and fertilization inputs closer to the plant needs. In practice, there is a tendency to over‐fertilize, as nitrogen limitation can decrease…

Vegetal-derived biostimulant enhances adventitious rooting in cuttings

Plant-derived protein biostimulants exhibit hormone-like activities promoting plant growth and yield, yet detailed investigations on hormonal function have remained limited. A…

Increasing the efficiency of each foliar application

ICL Specialty Fertilizers introduces new portfolio of innovative liquid foliar fertilizers: Agroleaf Liquid. The new products provide the benefits of next generation liquid foliar fertilizers with F3 SurfActive Technology. The technology enables better spreading, better adhesiveness and better retention…

"Tomatoes grow well on sugar beets' waste water"

Sugar beets are turned into sugar, but because a sugar beet consists of water for 75%, a lot of residual water remains after production. This water, which would normally be drained, will get a new destination in the greenhouse horticulture area Nieuw Prinsenland in the Netherlands. Suiker Unie captured…

Dutch growers talk about plant resistance, performance, and nutrients in Almeria

On Tuesday 22 and Wednesday January 23, 2019, eight companies from the Dutch tomato industry visited the greenhouse area in Almería, southern Spain. Directed by Alltech Crop Science, which organized the two-day trip, the present day challenges were discussed, as well as solutions for the future. Jacco Peene, sales manager Alltech Crop…

Online service for growers and agronomy experts aims to optimize fertilization programs

Haifa launches NutriNet, an online expert system which aims to support and optimize the process of creating customized fertilization programs. The service is free of charge for users. The new NutriNet platform was developed at the Haifa Group Innovation Center. It incorporates plant nutrition related knowledge that was…

Beijing Leili Marine Bioindustry Inc.

China: "The popularity of our seaweed fertilizer is increasing year by year"

Today, growers are more focused on growing their products in an environmentally friendly way. Globally, food safety has become an important issue for many people because of the serious consequences of pollution. In this context, many companies are striving to improve work efficiency and strengthen safety…

Strong tomato vines require more light

January started out with poor light conditions for tomato growers in the Netherlands. Ron Kleijn of Van Iperen witnessed this with his own eyes during a recent visit to tomato growers. Under a photograph of a tomato crop on Twitter he wrote that there should be quite a bit more light. "At the moment 100…

France: Haifa adds 8,000 MTPA to Controlled Release Fertilizer production capacity

Haifa Group announced the expansion of its Controlled Release Fertilizer (CRF) production in Lunel Ville, south France. The total production capacity at the facility is upgraded to 24,000 MTPA of Haifa’s Multicote CRF product range.   Based on Haifa’s proprietary polymer coating technology, the CRF production facility meets the growing…

Veolia and Yara partner to recycle nutrients

Resource recovery company Veolia and crop nutrition company Yara signed an agreement to develop circular economy in the European food and agricultural chain by recycling…

Mitigating the adverse effects of drought stress on strawberry

Silicon (Si) is a beneficial element that alleviates the effects of stress factors including drought (D). Strawberry is a Si-accumulator species sensitive to D; however, the function of Si in this species is obscure. A study was conducted to examine the effect of Si and inoculation with an arbuscular mycorrhizal fungus (AMF)…

Group De Ceuster (DCM) opens new sustainable head office

"We see our future in Belgium and worldwide"

The Belgian family group De Ceuster continues to grow. In February, 2019, Group De Ceuster will therefore open a brand new and sustainable head office in Grobbendonk. The European market leader in organic fertilizers is a true family business, and at the same time a global player. Continuous innovation…

US: Plant health companies merge, uniting under one banner

Douglas Products announces the formation of a new Plant Health Division following the addition of two companies known for innovation in Biological plant nutrition and soil…

France: Premier Tech acquires TerreauxSTAR

Premier Tech announces the acquisition of TerreauxSTAR through its Business Unit Premier Tech Horticulture France. Located in Forges, western France, this company is a player in the production of growing media intended for professional markets. TerreauxSTAR offers sustainable, high-efficiency and innovative solutions. The acquisition is an…

Video: Finding the right fertilizer for your berries

There are several types of small fruits and berries that are produced in pot culture in commercial greenhouses or outdoors, like blueberries, strawberries or raspberries. Horticulture Specialist Troy Buechel goes over the ideal PRO-MIX product to match your specific needs. For more information Premier Tech Horticulture Office 1, avenue…

Scientists isolate fungi that can boost plant growth even under less water conditions

Scientists at the Bharathiar University engaged in studying the ecology of soil microbes that colonize plant roots have isolated a fungus that can enhance plant growth even in…

UK: Time for growers to take a closer look at their soils

The AHDB GREATsoils programme has been signposted as a vital resource and tool for growers as part of two new soil qualifications from BASIS, the independent standards setting and auditing organisation. BASIS facilitated the creation of two new syllabuses as requested by its members for foundation and advanced level awards,…

Biostimulants improve the nutritional value of iceberg lettuce

Studies carried out by Tradecorp in various Iceberg lettuce orchards in the region of Murcia confirm that the use of biostimulants and soil activators, such as Actyvium,…

CAN (ON): Talking healthy roots with horticulture students

Tree propagation experts from A.M.A. and Vineland Research and Innovation Centre visited Niagara College and Guelph University in November to meet the next generation of top horticulture talent and discuss the science of healthy roots.  More than 100 horticulture students from Niagara College’s School of Environment and Horticulture…

The Soil Food Web for greenhouse production: bringing biology into the equation

"As an agronomist, a central question for me is always: what is soil?", Simon Neufeld, Chief Agronomist, Earth Alive Clean Technologies tells us. "Some people believe it’s just the stuff that holds roots in place. Others think of it as a nutrient storehouse and supplier. In fact, soil is a complete…

Mixing by hand is a thing of the past

What do washing machines in hospitals have in common with agriculture? At first glance, not much. But for DEMA, one thing led to another. Jeff Smith, VP of Sales for Strategic Markets at DEMA, explains that in wash systems for hospitals, a system is needed to precisely measure and track the amounts of detergent. Having developed…

Four-Time NBA champion invests in foliar spray producer

Four-time NBA Champion John Salley has joined the PureCrop1 team in an undisclosed equity position and business development program. Salley will utilize, promote and share the PureCrop1 story. "I am really happy and excited to have John part of our team," explained Ray Drysdale, Founder of PureCrop1. "John is well…

New plug and play devices deliver dissolved oxygen to plant roots

Dissolved oxygen (DO) does many things for your plant. It is a critical but often overlooked piece that helps plants uptake nutrients through the roots. Dissolved oxygen is the mechanism that allows the nutrients to be absorbed through the root membrane. "Without sufficient levels of DO, there will be no…


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