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Precision steering for tomato crops thanks to stonewool products

Miljøgartneriet is Norway’s biggest high-tech greenhouse facility. It propagates and produces tomatoes, sweet pointed peppers and chilis for sale throughout the country. The company has a strong focus on sustainability, including a circular system for heating and CO2. Besides using Grodan’s Pro blocks in…

Coco production under pressure due to COVID-19 outbreak

With lockdowns in both Sri Lanka and India and disturbed transport chains, the supply of coco substrates is under pressure. Jack van Batenburg with Shakti Cocos explains how the company tries to take care of their production and their people.  Sri Lanka and India are Shakti Cocos' main production regions for…

Growing Media Europe welcomes four new members

Growing Media Europe (GME) keeps growing with four new members having joined the association since the beginning of 2020. The companies Eifel-Holz AG, Floragard and Hawita as…

Mastering the use of substrates in hydroponics

Substrates are a key element in hydroponic systems. As growers, we must learn the needs of the hydroponic system and crop. Crops and hydroponic systems demand particular characteristics from growing substrates. But most importantly, what are the advantages of using soilless substrates? When using…

"Peat moss and growing media are essential goods"

As the entire world is battling against the propagation of the coronavirus (COVID-19), and as borders are being closed, the Canadian Sphagnum Peat Moss Association (CSPMA)…

GME calls to prevent further damage to the growing media sector

In the current Covid-19 crisis, the European growing media sector is doing its utmost to ensure continuity of movement of goods that are vital to the food supply chain.…

Stefaan Vandaele looks back and ahead after 1 year of Agaris:

“Despite the current crisis, we are looking ahead to the future”

Also during these turbulent corona times it is good to commemorate anniversaries. On March 21 it was exactly one year ago that substrate producer Agaris exchanged the name Greenyard Horticulture for the new one which literally means ‘may you grow’. There were not many changes, but with the experience from the past that has been gained and with the strong long-term share…

Namibia builds resilience to climate change

Developing countries are particularly vulnerable to climate change as heavy rainfalls and floods in Mozambique and Zimbabwe during 2019, among others, have shown. The floods are affecting thousands of people, who lost their homes, crops and livestock. Other countries in southern Africa, including…

Picking the best growing medium for your hydroponic system

The benefits of cultivating crops hydroponically are extensive, and many of them are due to the use of a growing medium instead of soil. Soil comes with a set of risks for farmers, ranging from soil-borne diseases to invading weeds. Using growing mediums instead of soil mitigates these risks. In this…

Oboya increases sales of environmentally friendly cultivation products

Oboya has received several inquiries regarding environmentally friendly cultivation products made from Swedish biomaterials. During the upcoming peak season, the company has taken several orders from customers and growers of fresh herbs and salads in the Scandinavian market. Oboya expects sales of…

New office and Public Affairs Advisor for Growing Media Europe

Eugenia Arcos Messana has started her position as Public Affairs Advisor on 2 March 2020 and will strengthen the GME team. Eugenia will be replacing Cecilia Luetgebrune during the time of her maternity leave from mid of May until beginning of September 2020. Eugenia has a background in law and a proven track…

"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…

Japanese strawberry picking farm goes sustainable with coco peat and ice cream

Shimonta, located in Hamamatsu, Shizuoka prefecture of Japan, operates a poly greenhouse where they provide strawberry picking activities and a gelateria to local people and tourists. It is said that originally strawberries arrived from the Netherlands to Japan in 1830s. Then between 1965 and 1970, agritourism…

Gebr. Brill Substrate GmbH & Co. KG celebrates its 100th anniversary

Family business focuses on sustainable and climate-neutral products in its anniversary year

The Gebr. Brill Substrate LLC & Co. KG from Georgsdorf is set to celebrate its 100th anniversary in 2020. The family-owned company is entering this very special year with a fresh, future-oriented approach and some new concepts. At the IPM, Gebr. Brill will be presenting innovative, sustainable and…

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…

Biochar and vermicompost amendments affect substrate properties and plant growth of basil and tomato

The suitability of biochar (BC) as a container substrate depends on the BC mix ratio and plant species. Mixes with mixed hardwood BC (20%, 40%, 60%, and 80%, by volume) and vermicompost (VC; 5%, 10%, 15%, and 20%, by volume) were evaluated as container substrates on basil (Ocimum basilicum L.) and tomato…


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