Substrates

Turkey: Engineer grows greenhouse tomatoes in bags

An engineer, Ergin Inal, in Antalya has managed to successfully grow tomatoes in bags in his greenhouse. The grower had previously managed to grow green pepper in bags and now moved on to tomato production. The grower first filled the bags with perlite and then planted 16 tomato seedlings in each one.…

Klasmann-Deilmann conducted experiment in continued growing of Elsanta

"Good results with new substrate of alternative wood fiber raw material"

Klasmann-Deilmann recently completed a trial with substrates for continued growing of Elsanta at Proefcentrum Hoogstraten. The results show that GreenFibre, an alternative raw material made of wood fiber developed by Klasmann-Deilmann and produced in-house, is an excellent alternative to coconut coir and…

"Human activity means UK peatlands contribute to climate change"

The UK’s peatlands are making a significant contribution to greenhouse gas emissions because of the way they are managed, a major new study has shown. Peatlands occupy 12% of the UK’s land area and store vast quantities of carbon. Healthy peatlands capture carbon dioxide (CO­ 2 ) from the atmosphere and…

A closer look at the sustainability of growing media

Decreasing arable land, rising urbanization, water scarcity, and climate change exert pressure on agricultural producers. Moving from soil to soilless culture systems can improve water use efficiency, especially in closed-loop systems with a recirculating water/nutrient solution that recaptures the drain…

"RHP-certification next step in the supply of high-quality coco resources"

A good start of the trade fair week for FibreDust. At the GreenTech this week, they can announce that they have recently been officially admitted as an RHP-certified supplier of BVB Substrates. This means that the coco coir substrate that FibreDust supplies to BVB meets the highest quality standards in…

Royal Brinkman Mexico and Villanova Global AG

New Riococo distributors to support global expansion

US-based growing media manufacturer and supplier Riococo has recently expanded its operations in Europe. "The demand for our products is growing in Europe and with the right partners we decided to expand our operations in Switzerland, Germany and Slovakia", Shan Halamba with Riococo says. Therefore an…

Australian grower cultivates strawberries with rockwool in hanging gutters

Damien Manno took the opportunity in 2018 to implement a relatively new method for the cultivation of strawberries by using AIS Greenworks, Grodan rockwool substrates in hanging gutters. Climate and irrigation in the new greenhouse is controlled by Galcon’s Galileo and Fertimix systems (supplied by AIS…

Plug manufacturer Foamplant introduces Growfoam at GreenTech

Growing even more precise with a custom-made foam substrate

It is a product that, with a little imagination, is reminiscent of the old- fashioned kitchen sponge, but then in a high-tech and fully biodegradable jacket. The Growfoam plugs from Foamplant are made with fully biodegradable foam. "The foam has all the good properties of organic substrate, but the…

Netherlands: BVB Substrates to build new warehouse

On May 27, under the watchful eye of Mart van Buuren and the Van Buuren family, grandsons Douwe junior and Sebas drove the first pile of the new modern warehouse of BVB Substrates in De Lier. The warehouse is the first in the substrate sector where products are stored vertically, with a particular focus…

How soil can create sustainable environments

Cheddar visits Scotts Miracle-Gro headquarters in Ohio to learn about the science behind different types of soil, and why soil is so important when it comes to building a sustainable environment. Click here for the video.

Growing Media Europe publishes Sustainability Agenda

Growing Media Europe (GME) presented its first Sustainability Agenda. To download the document from the GME website click here . The Sustainability Agenda serves as a general policy guideline, describing GME's vision on sustainability and setting out the way forward for the growing media sector. Drafted…

Ukraine: Further development of phase 3 mushroom substrate production in Uman

The Myco division of Agaris has launched the production of phase 3 substrate for button mushrooms in its facilities in Uman, Ukraine. The construction of new tunnels for phase 3 substrate production is another step in the development strategy of the company. The production capacity of phase 3 substrate…

Sri Lanka: Fibredust factory awarded SA8000 certification

Fibredust announces that company owned factory, SP Matpol in Sri Lanka, has received SA8000 certification. SA8000 measures social performance in eight areas important to social accountability in workplaces, anchored by a management system element that drives continuous improvement in all areas of the…

"Replace soil with foam to solve global food security crisis"

Experts from the new Institute for Sustainable Food at the University of Sheffield have found that crops planted in polyurethane foams at an urban farm grow two to 10 times faster than plants grown in soil. "Pioneering hydroponics techniques could help combat soil degradation", they say. Using a network…

"At least 80% organic matter and full disintegration in 25 years"

New substrate based on brown coal

Substrates come in many shapes and sizes - there's mineral wool, perlite, peat, coco coir... and soon perhaps brown coal, at least as far as Paweł Mietlicki is concerned. His company, CarboHort, developed a new type of substrate based on brown coal. The invention, developed in collaboration with Prof.…

Canada: Government awards $1.9M in financial assistance to Lambert Peat Moss

Lambert Peat Moss is one of the key players in the peat moss industry in Quebec. To ensure its growth, the company is receiving a repayable contribution of $1.9 million from Canada Economic Development for Quebec Regions. With this financial assistance, the SME will be able to improve its productivity…

Increasing demand for alternative resources in substrate

Netherlands: New building Klasmann-Deilmann in Schiedam

In April, substrate supplier Klasmann-Deilmann Benelux starts building their new production hall for the GreenFiber wood fiber product. The first phase of the new production hall will measure 4,000 m2. Because of the advanced automatization, Greenfiber will be produced 24 hours a day, seven days a week.…

Impact of soil blocks on yield and earliness of six tomato varieties

With increased interest in sustainable farming practices, there are many on-farm practices that can be considered. One practice is soil blocking, maybe most well-known for being discussed in Elliot Coleman’s “The New Organic Grower.” Soil blocking is a method of sizing up transplants in molded blocks of…


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