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Valoya

Valoya launches two new greenhouse LED grow lights

Valoya has expanded its RX-Series line of greenhouse LEDs with two new models – RX500 and RX600. The new models are higher power, higher efficiency versions of the existing RX400 model and can be used as true 1-to-1 HPS replacements. RX500 and RX600 produce up to the staggering 1700 µmol/s of uniform…

New Ready Sides™ launches with four flavors

Church Brothers Farms is launching three-minute microwavable Ready Sides – adding to its existing line of retail fresh-cut vegetables. This is the company’s first retail value added product bearing the Church Brothers Farms brand. Each unique side includes a seasoned butter puck with 8 ounces of fresh…

Bejo Ibérica remains open to new partners for the distribution of Redi

"We believe that the consumption of Redi will grow considerably in the coming years"

The launch of Redi took place in Spain and Portugal in the fall last year. Redi is a broccoli with purple shoots and tender stems that end in a small inflorescence. This new variety already has two producers in the Iberian Peninsula and it is expected to continue expanding. "Our producers have considerable…

GreenTech

Nominees for GreenTech Innovation Awards 2020 announced

The exhibitors of GreenTech Live & Online submitted 26 innovations for the GreenTech Innovation Awards 2020. An expert jury selected 12 nominees from all entries in 3 categories namely ‘Innovation’, ‘Sustainability’ and ‘Concept’. The winners will be announced during the virtual opening of GreenTech Live…

Ridder launches HortOS

Keep control over large-scale horticulture businesses

Ridder’s new ecosystem, HortOS, will help horticulture businesses scale up, harness data to generate knowledge and be part of the digital transformation. "We want to give businesses even more control by enabling partnerships, unlocking data and sharing relevant, accurate information. The aim is to…

Wonky cauliflowers and broccoli help to power health snack revolution

The launch of a new cauliflower crisp is the latest in a line of healthier snacks, using what are known as ‘ugly’ vegetables. Clare Johnston discovered how demand for nutritious and eco-friendly food options is helping Scotland’s farmers build a sustainable future. Just seven years ago, as much as 40% of…

Beekenkamp Plants

Alfresco

Beekenkamp Plants announces new hobby vegetables concept

Beekenkamp Plants Ornamentals presents “Alfresco”, a new concept for hobby vegetables and herbs. Alfresco consists of a wide range of grafted and non-grafted hobby vegetables and herbs, for which they use the best selected seeds and which are grown according to strict hygiene rules. Thanks to its…

AIRtray technology by Blackmore

"Reduce labour, costs and waste, while improving yield"

Blackmore introduces the worldwide patented AIRtray technology system, in co-operation with Proptek from England and Ellepot A/S from Denmark. The system was developed to reduce labour and waste, while growing a better crop with higher yield.  Blackmore was going to exhibit at Cultivate this year, but since…

Optimizing genotyping processes at lower costs

NRGene, AI based genomic analysis for research and agricultural breeding company, announced the launch of SNPer – a new product that optimizes genotyping processes and gathers…

Response of green and red lettuce to NaCl concentration in two successive harvests

Nutritional eustress such as salinity or nutrient stress applied in soilless systems, is a convenient pre-harvest factor efficient in modulating the phytochemical components of horticultural crops, by triggering defensive mechanisms and accumulating plant secondary metabolites in plants tissues.…

Incident management now available on Pylot

Climate Insights is the newest feature of PYLOT which record incidents that disrupt the greenhouse climate. Initially, the program will address deviations in temperature and relative humidity. Other climate variables will be added to Climate Insights over time. Last year, PYLOT introduced the widely…

Herbs are the up and coming organic product

As well as supplying a whole range of conventional vegetables, Watts Farms have also been supplying the organic market since 2004.   "The decision to add organic produce to our offer was driven by demand," according to Watts Farms director Joe Cottingham. "It grew steadily year on year until the financial crash…

CRü, the new zucchini variety that can be consumed raw

The Almeria-based cooperative Cohorsan, member of the Unica Group, is producing CRü, a new zucchini variety that can be consumed raw. This cooperative is a leader in the…

Juices from unsellable tomatoes and Belgian endive residuals

A BioBoost report became available on the grinding and pressing tests on class II tomatoes and discarded Belgian endive heads and leaves. This report describes and explores different options to grind and press the tomatoes and the Belgian endive into a tasteful juice. Healthy plant compoundsFruits and…

Changes in capsiate content in four chili peppers at different ripening stages

Interest in the consumption of the fruits of pepper (Capsicum spp.) is not only due to its organoleptic characteristics, but also due to its bioactive compounds content, which are reported to provide essential benefits to human health. However, the amount and diversity of these compounds in each fruit…

Yujileds

“China is catching up with the world as we see innovative projects every day”

Yujileds started with LED phosphor in 2006. Later on they stepped into the LED business. “We have become the industrial leader of high CRI technology, based on our superiorly bright and stable red phosphor”, Daniel Han, International Business Development Director at Yujileds says.    Potential market The company sees its…

Cultilene

Dry Comfort: a new cube for pepper growing

Saint-Gobain Cultilene introduces a new cube for pepper growing: Dry Comfort. A cube that allows the grower to grow drier and at the same time more comfortable. This guarantees optimal controllability and good root development. With Dry Comfort, Cultilene is launching a new cube that is extremely…

Dutch company introduces Moai Caviar sea grapes

Moai Caviar is known as 'Umibudo'. That's the Japanese word for 'Sea Grapes' or 'Green Caviar'. These green sea grapes look remarkably like berries or grapes. Their 'poppy' structure makes eating these sea grapes a unique experience. The little balls dissolve on your tongue, releasing a pleasant briny…

"No more tulip fingers and other skin irritations, thanks to Marly Skin"

"Marly Skin forms an invisible layer on the skin within minutes of application. All the while, maintaining the skin's elasticity and sensitivity. This layer protects the skin against irritating and abrasive substances. It doesn't affect the skin's respiration and perspiration. You also still have a sense…

Monitor temperature and humidity for perishables with LogTag data recorders

QA Supplies recommends the UHADO-16 and HASO- 8 humidity and temperature loggers for monitoring current humidity and temperature readings simultaneously. These unique products are ideal for recording and monitoring the environment within a barn, warehouse, cooler, refrigerated transportation, and more. LogTag’s…

Bejo Zaden

Improved seed coating and a new colour for organic seeds

As of September 2020, Bejo introduces a new organic coating with a yellowish colour. The non-chemically treated seed remains white, so the seeds can be clearly distinguished from each other.  The new, yellowish organic coating and the white non-chemically coating will be transitioned to the company's new sustainable…

Church Brothers Farms launches Green Giant fresh items

Church Brothers Farms is expanding its value-added offerings to the retail segment with the introduction of five new items under the Green Giant Fresh® brand: Sweet baby broccoli, Sweet baby cauliflower, Spaghetti squash, Butternut squash and Sweet potato. The Sweet Baby vegetable line includes sweet…

India's most expensive agri product might be a mushroom

The most expensive vegetable in India -which is sold only in the month of Sawan- is available only in two states: Jharkhand and Chhattisgarh. The most important thing is that its name is different in both places. The name of this vegetable is Khukdi and its price is Rs 1200 per kg (€13.20). This…

New plant-based dressings and keto beverages introduced

Continuing its journey toward its vision of Plants Powering People™, Bolthouse Farms introduced two new plant-powered innovations that deliver function, taste and value to those looking for more options: plant-based Bolthouse Farms Protein Keto™ beverages and plant-based Refrigerated Dressings. Since…

US (CA): Get a utility rebate by using LED instead of HPS

With the latest advancements in horticultural technology, many growers would rather use LEDs instead of HPS lighting. High quality LED lights are famously more efficient and longer lasting. They emit less heat than HPS and MH bulbs. Used correctly, they even produce higher yields and a more potent…

Katy Ayers

Nebraska student creates eco-friendly mushroom boat

Katy Ayers is a student at Central Community College in Columbus, Nebraska. She made a canoe out of mushrooms on a school grant, and her 8-foot boat is made from “mycelium, the dense, fibrous roots of the mushroom that typically live beneath the soil. Ayers named the vessel ‘Myconoe’. Ayers said she…

Plastic mulching improves pak choi growth and water use efficiency

Scarce water resources limit protected vegetable production in North China. Implementing efficient water-saving techniques is crucial for maintaining protected vegetable production and sustainability. A two-growing season field experiment was conducted in a glass greenhouse to explore the effects of…

tinted solar panels:

Generating clean energy while growing food

In a future world, leafy vegetables may not be grown in rows of crops under the sun. Instead, they may be grown indoors beneath tinted semi-transparent solar panels that will allow farmers to grow food and produce energy. That’s the future imagined in a recent study that shows how the use of this…

Nudie Snacks - Caulifower Crisps Nudie Snacks

UK: Snacks made from wonky vegetables

Innovative brand Nudie Snacks has chosen wonky vegetables to market a new product made from fresh produce that would usually have been discarded. The company’s Caulifower…

Effect of different LEDs on Chinese kale

Growth, Nutritional Quality and Health-Promoting Compounds in Chinese Kale Grown under Different Ratios of Red:Blue LED Lights Chinese kale is one of the healthiest vegetables, rich in health-promoting phytochemicals, including carotenoids, vitamin C, amino acid, glucosinolates, anthocyanin, flavonoids…

Ert.gr

Giant 8kg-mushroom found in Greece

A giant mushroom was found by a resident of Argos Orestikos in western Macedonia. The rare mushroom, weighing more than 8kg, was found by local Michalis Lalos, when he visited the region. He simply stumbled across the mushroom and collected it. In total, the mushroom weighs 8kg and 150 grams. Michael…

Overview of mineralisation in an aquaponic system

Aerobic mineralization is very similar to Aerated Compost Tea (ACT) or Actively Aerated Compost Tea (AACT) and is one of the easiest ways to grow more plants using less fish in aquaponic or aquaculture systems.  You may already have heard of ACT or ACCT being used in the soil systems thanks to the hard work…

Pairwise

"We've taken the Brassica heat down a notch with our new varieties"

Pairwise has developed new varieties of Brassica juncea, a leafy green that is part of the same family of vegetables as Brussels sprouts, cauliflower and kale. With the…

Global Plant Genetics

Lewis: early season primocane raspberry

Lewis is an impressive new primocane variety displaying a number of aspects that make it suitable for the commercial sector. Firstly, is the seasonality, it is an early primocane, autumn fruit begins cropping late summer. Secondly is the yield - it's a high yielding variety. In addition to that are the…

Spain

Mercadona launches a facial oil made with tomatoes from Extremadura

The Spanish supermarket chain Mercadona has launched an innovative facial oil made with lycopene, a powerful natural antioxidant extracted from the tomatoes known as “red…

The life cycle of a strawberry

Isn't a strawberry's life cycle amazing? Dutch farmers, ByBroersen, shared this beautiful photo on LinkedIn last week. It takes roughly two to three weeks from the first little blossom for the strawberry to become a lovely, red fruit.

Stability of strawberry fruit quality traits under varying environmental conditions

Strawberry fruit quality traits can be affected by genotype–environment interactions, determining the final consumer acceptance of fruits. Trait stability under varying environments is necessary to ensure the fruit quality of strawberries selected by breeding programs. Hence, inter- and intra-annual…

Speciality vegetable is particularly popular with older private buyers

"Hungarian tomato peppers are a seasonal product par excellence"

The Hungarian tomato pepper is available again in specialist shops as of this week. "On Monday, the first batches arrived at our premises. However, it is currently difficult to predict how long the seasonal vegetables will be available. Usually the season only lasts a few weeks," explains a buyer from…

Matt Hiltner with Babé Farms

"The coral-like, conical turrets set our Romanesco broccoli apart"

Supplies of Romanesco broccoli are strong out of California. “We’re currently seeing bountiful numbers of both baby and full-size Romanesco,” says Matt Hiltner of Babé Farms, Inc. in Santa Maria, CA. “Supply is currently better than it was last year at this point. The mild summer we’ve experienced thus…

Gregor Ziegler GmbH

new from Ziegler:

Sustainable Grow Bags for professional vegetable growers

For the growing of tomatoes, cucumbers, and bell peppers in the greenhouse, there is a new, sustainable product from the Gregor Ziegler GmbH from Plößberg. What's special about the Grow Bags are the domestic ingredients, which are made of 100 percent of the quickly renewable raw material wood. A central…

"Basil production from Colombia is quite unique"

Since 2017 Verbos Business Development and Nvest have been involved in bridging the gap between Colombia and the Netherlands. They are involved in matchmaking, market research…

Biobest

Open bumblebee vents as temperatures soar

When the sun shines crops grow more quickly while bumblebees thrive in the high light levels. However, when temperatures climb above 26°C the bumblebee brood inside the hive starts heating up. In a bid to cool the brood down, bumblebees tend to increasingly stay inside the hive – impacting on pollination…

Special Energy

This month, we will pay more attention to Energy. This subject will also be highlighted in FloralDaily and our Dutch newsletters, Groentennieuws and Bloemen- en plantennieuws. Articles related to the use of energy in the greenhouse industry will be published in a Special box, named Special Energy. Energy Energy is one of the most…

Indoor AgTech Innovation Summit

Julia Cohen and Susan Macisaac

Objective observations of taste: exploring the agricultural applications of the sensory science

During the webinar, the agricultural applications of sensory science in fresh produce were discussed. Julia Cohen, Head of Product & Portfolio Strategy at Bowery, opened the webinar with a short introduction on the company. The company has three farms located across the USA. “We are planning on scaling…

New strawberries on their way to Australia

Australians will soon have access to delicious new varieties of strawberries, thanks to a partnership between Perfection Fresh and Plant Sciences, Inc. Perfection Fresh CEO Michael Simonetta said: “In today’s COVID world, encouraging people to eat fresh fruit and vegetables is more important than ever.…

Minnesota greenhouse grower releases three new products

Revol Greens announced the launch of three new products. These include Baby Romaine Twins, Arctic Crunch and Power Up blend, bringing back an original favorite and introducing two new salad blends. This announcement follows the news of Revol’s recent greenhouse expansion from two to 10 acres. “We are…

Sweet baby cauliflower and sweet baby broccoli introduced

Church Brothers Farms is introducing sweet baby cauliflower and sweet baby broccoli. Both products are packed using the company’s proprietary system, Stay Fresh, which improves shelf life by minimizing respiration and eliminating dehydration. The company’s sweet baby cauliflower is a new variety with…

Pylot

Pylot adds function to help plan harvesting from day to day

Crop Cycles. This is the name of the new functionality of the data platform for high-tech greenhouses. Crop Cycles enables growers to draw up and amend harvest plans and compare them with the real results. "The new functionality eliminates the need for paper reports and Excel spreadsheets," says business…

3G real-time recorder with a screen

Frigga launches new temperature recorder T90

Last month, Frigga released their ultra low cost, disposable real-time temperature recorder that lasts up to 90 days. So far, this USB thermometer is being well received by customers. This month, Frigga continued to expand their wireless real-time product line and launched a new 3G real-time temperature…

Documentary ‘Heart of Glass’ features urban farm that hires people with disabilities

After nearly a year on the film festival circuit, “Heart of Glass” is headed to the silver screen. The disability-centric documentary will begin airing on more than 200 television stations later this month, and the broadcasts are slated to coincide with the 30th anniversary of the Americans with…

Nuclear technology helps develop heat-tolerant tomato varieties in Mauritius

Faced with global warming temperatures, the Indian Ocean country of Mauritius turned to nuclear technology to develop new tomato varieties that can thrive. The new high yielding and heat tolerant tomato seeds have now been distributed to farmers, helping to protect a national industry valued at US$ 14…

Wageningen University & Research

Breakthrough in research into mechanical forces in plant cells

Researchers have long been searching for ways to observe and measure the mechanical forces that act on plant cells. Professor of Physical Chemistry and Soft Matter Joris Sprakel and Professor of Biochemistry Dolf Weijers at Wageningen University & Research in the Netherlands, recently made a breakthrough…

Plant responses to UV blocking greenhouse covers

Pure polyethylene (PE) is enriched with several additives to make it a smart application material in protected cultivation, as a cover material for either greenhouses or…

Biochemical response of Oakleaf lettuce seedlings to different concentrations of metaloid oxide nanoparticles

Nanoparticles (NPs) significantly modify the physiological functions and metabolome of plants. The purpose of a recent study was to investigate the effect of CeO2, Fe2O3, SnO2, TiO2, and SiO2 nanoparticles, applied in foliar spraying of oakleaf lettuce at concentrations 0.75% to 6%, on the antioxidant…

"Glen Mor; the new raspberry that gives more"

Among the three new raspberry varieties James Hutton Limited has released to soft fruit growers in 2020, Glen Mor is the floricane raspberry variety the industry has been…

Agrovista

Troughs, pots or bags – the debate continues

Coir has become the substrate of choice for most of the UK’s major strawberry growers, but the debate about in which system to use it continues. Here are some pros and cons of the various options. The rapid rise in popularity of coir as a growing medium has transformed strawberry production. Many growers…

The stories behind five heirloom tomatoes

If Shakespeare's Juliet had asked Craig LeHoullier "What's in a name?," LeHoullier would have pushed back on her contention that names are meaningless conventions. That's because LeHoullier knows the importance of genealogy in regards to heirloom tomatoes.To LeHoullier, what's in the name of an heirloom…

OMRI seal usage update

OMRI (the Organic Materials Review Institute), reviewer of input products for organic use, announced today that the familiar OMRI Listed seal will now represent all OMRI Listed products, eliminating…

"By placing the critical components of the electronic ballast at the top of the housing, the cooling is significantly improved”

Improved HPS-fixture introduced by DLI

Following the introduction of the LED TopLight fixture, now Dutch Lighting Innovations introduces the improved DLI HORTI fixture. A major focal point was the cooling of the critical components on the electronic ballast. With the in-house development of this fixture, DLI says it sets 'a new standard' in…

Dogal

Shading your greenhouse from harmful sun-rays

Turkey is the world’s 7th largest agricultural producer, which led Dogal A.S. to establish strong roots in this sector as a plant protection product formulator/manufacturer in Turkey. The area of cultivated land is about 24 million hectares in Turkey. The country is ranked 5th for greenhouse agriculture,…

Nancy Pickersgill of Sunset Produce:

“Flavor has become an even more important factor for consumers during the pandemic”

While the United Fresh Live trade show floor will remain open throughout the summer, the main events wrapped up last week. Even though the show was converted into a virtual format, the exhibitor line-up featured many returning companies who are present every year. One of these companies is SUNSET®, and…

Dutch grower paving the way with a mix of three colored pointed peppers

After years of searching for three uniform sweet pointed pepper varieties to put in their three-color mix, grower Thimo van Marrewijk of nursery Het Westland has finally found the right combination this year. So now, it’s time to really start rolling out the mix that could already be found on the shelves…


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