Substrates

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…

GME and CSPMA sign Memorandum of Agreement

During a bilateral meeting in Brussels, the Canadian Sphagnum Peat Moss Association (CSPMA) and Growing Media Europe (GME) signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) on their future cooperation. Jointly representing the Canadian and the European growing media industry, the associations commit to promoting…

Greenyard Horticulture changes name to Agaris

Greenyard's former Horticulture division will be named Agaris. The Greenyard Horticulture division became a stand-alone organisation in the autumn of 2018. Agaris will continue to develop growing media. Together with the new family shareholder Straco, Agaris will focus on a strategy of growth. 'May you…

Antalya Substrat:

"Producing for Turkish market and exporting to surrounding countries"

Turkey is an important horticultural country and a gateway to surrounding countries. Therefore when the Turkish production site of Van der Knaap was in the way of a new to be constructed ring road, they decided to use the opportunity to move and upgrade the facilities. Since last October they are in full…

New 100% coco substrate for berries

One year after launching the PRO-MIXMC series at SIVAL 2018, Premier Tech Horticulture launches a novelty for hydroponic production. Premier Tech Horticulture, originally…

UK: The brexit vegetable survival kit

"Seeds...through time, have always sold better in a crisis", says Paolo Arrigo. It was that belief, coupled with what he saw was a 'gap in the market', which inspired the owner of London-based Franchi Seeds to create a 'Brexit Vegetable Growing Survival Kit'. "We saw on social media that there had been a…

New substrate for blueberry cultivation in containers

Blueberry growers often switch from growing in the open field to container cultivation. A change that had already taken place earlier with other soft fruit such as…

New chair for Growing Media Association

Following this week’s AGM Neil Bragg from Bulrush Horticulture is the new chairman of the Growing Media Association (GMA) with Ben Malin from Godwins taking on the role of vice-chairman. Neil takes over from outgoing chair Steve Harper from Bord Na Mona, who has held the position for the last four years.…

Hort Americas and VegBed team up

"Sustainable medium to grow microgreens with"

Hort Americas and VegBed have announced a new partnership to offer microgreen farms a sustainable medium to grow with. The agreement complements the current growing media product lineup at Hort Americas and strengthens the distribution reach of VegBed’s sustainable microgreen mats. It will give farmers a…

Mosswool regrows within twenty years

"Better production with sustainable addition to peat"

The first Mosswool factory is currently being completed and will be operational within this year. What is this new growing medium, and why is supplying company Novarbo Oy so enthusiastic about it? According to Pirita Luolamaa-Vollebregt, it’s a sustainable addition to peat, as the Mosswool regrows within…

Polish substrate for organic mushroom farming in Poland

Greenyard Mycoculture Poland, formerly known as Mykogen and was part of the Greenyard Group until mid-December, is the first mushroom substrate manufacturer to offer substrate for organic farming in Poland. Polish growers had until now to import this type of substrate from Germany or the Netherlands. The…

Handelsonderneming C.J. Klep starts with Substrate Optimaal

"Year-round stable supply of substrate is becoming increasingly important"

It all started for Handelsonderneming C.J. Klep in 1994 as a dealer of the well-known peat bales. Nowadays the grower has much more choice and the assortment with substrate mixtures offered by Klep has grown considerably. In order to make it more prominent, Klep has been marketing the substrates under…

"Real-time insight enables growers to directly improve their cultivation practices"

Corporate StartLife partner Klasmann-Deilmann and StartLife startup Sigrow collaborate in commercial horticulture. Their co-operation is resulting in insights and benefits for greenhouse growers. StartLife-startup Sigrow is working together with greenhouse growers to provide more insights in their…


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