"High-quality coir grow bags allow for flexibility and re-use"

Fruit farmers are facing rising costs on all levels this year, from energy to labor and inputs, and so one growing media manufacturer is promoting the re-use of grow bags to support them. Supplier of coir grow bags, Botanicoir, says re-using bags is a way farmers can make cost savings. “When we developed…

Growing blueberries on substrate in South Africa

Products by BVB Substrates are used all over the world and help different types of soft fruits growers deal with market demands and challenges. This video visits a customer in South Africa to see how they grow their blueberries. Blueberry farm Rossberries in South Africa opens its doors. Owner Chris…

Substrate cubes and slabs offer aubergine grower maximum steerability and control

Jan, Tom and Ann Heulens’ nursery is an aubergine farm in Belgium. The family has been working with substrate cubes and slabs from Saint-Gobain Cultilene for many years and is extremely happy with them. “The combination of RootmaXX and OptimaXX helps ensure optimal, constant growth. This – and the…

Three new halls for Van der Valk Systemen under construction

Since January, the groundworkers have been on the move at Van der Valk Systemen in Monster. And now, the next phase of construction has begun: the piles are being driven. Ton van Marrewijk, managing director: "And that will take some time. There are a lot of piles to be driven. The area to be built is…

"China's peat development still needs to overcome challenges "

Peat is playing an increasingly important role in modern facility gardening. How is China's peat market developing? Recently, HortidailyChina interviewed Professor Meng Xianmin from the Peat Research Institute of Northeast Normal University. Professor Meng currently serves as the executive vice president…

China: Actively promoting the construction of peat supply chain

The pandemic is now in its third year and has had varying degrees of impact on all walks of life. The recent outbreak of the war in Ukraine has made the situation even tenser. As far as peat is concerned, how has the Chinese peat market been affected? What preparations have been made? Recently, we…

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How this Kansas City urban farm turns food scraps into soil

Farmers Dan Heryer and Brooke Salvaggio wear matching gray rubber boots. They both have the hardy, outdoorsy look of people who eat a lot of organic vegetables—unsurprising, as they make a living growing them. Heryer’s loud laugh punctuates his sentences, and Salvaggio’s hands gesture emphatically as she…

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Diverting spent greenhouse growing media away from landfill into sustainable solutions

Research underway that could potentially divert thousands of tons of greenhouse vegetable production waste from landfills is showing early promising results. Walker Industries (Walker) has partnered with Ontario Greenhouse Vegetable Growers (OGVG) on a project to evaluate the feasibility of collecting…

Erwin Verbraeken, Paskal Netherlands:

"Even with seemingly simple products, we're competing at the highest level"

Erwin Verbraeken has been active in horticulture for his entire career, and he recently made the switch to Paskal Netherlands. For the Israeli company, he will be helping growers in Europe with cultivation support systems such as clips, hooks, truss arches, and cluster support systems. They may seem like…

Van Tuijl new Fibercell dealer Benelux

Paper-based growing concept introduced to Benelux

The team with BCC presents the Dutch company Van Tuijl as their new FiberCell representative for the Dutch and Belgian markets. The Fibercell concept consists of machines for paper-based growing, papers and holders.      In Van Tuijl, BCC has found it’s ideal partner to distribute and further the FiberCell concept for the Dutch and…

Fibredust increases capacity

North American coir demand keeps on growing

North American growers still have to deal with delays in the coco supply from India and Sri Lanka. The team with Fibredust explains how they help growers with the supply from Mexico. “As production ramps up for high-quality coir in Mexico, we have multiple avenues to ship from Mexico. So far we have been…

Ireland: Research shows retail price compression forced growers out of business

Launching a report on the horticulture sector – Retail Price Compression Threatens the Viability of Irish Horticulture – by economist Jim Power this morning, IFA President Tim Cullinan said the Government should move quickly to restore the ban on below-cost selling of food. “The price compression at…

China: Automated rock wool seedling and planting technology

Shanghai Nongsheng is an automation equipment integrator in China, and the company cooperates with many horticultural equipment suppliers in the Netherlands. It introduces advanced overseas technologies into China and helps them adapt to the Chinese market. Nongsheng is also a supplier of greenhouse…

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New research to boost hydroponic farming production begins in Tshwane, South Africa

Using the wrong growing medium can have a devastating effect on produce, including stunting the plant’s growth and even killing it. New research undertaken by the City of Tshwane Agriculture, the Rural Development Division, the Agricultural Research Council’s Biometry Unit and the Tshwane University of…

Dr Brian Jackson:

"It's essential to reconsider how we extract peat"

Environmental sustainability is consistently being put at the top of growers’ priorities. Of all the things that have a significant carbon footprint on crop production practices, there is one, in particular, that is increasingly being perceived as a sort of boogeyman: peat. “Many things have changed in…

These Spanish systems grow strawberries in substrate

Since its inception in 2014, Hydroponic Systems has introduced several drainage systems for specific crop types that have improved the success rates of growers around the world. One of these models is the patented HS Evolution System, which, according to field results from various customers, is capable…

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"Alternatives to peat available, but none can replace peat on their own"

The horticulture industry is constantly looking to improve itself. With a view to sustainability, circular materials play a major role in this effort. Grow 22, an event hosted by Kekkilä-BVB, explored the ways to reach a higher degree of circularity in raw materials used in the industry – specifically…

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Inside a UAE farm that grows figs and tomatoes using 'breathable' sand

At a farm in Ras Al Khaimah, new technology is making the most of a ubiquitous material – sand. It has helped to transform the desert grounds into 4,800-square-foot arable land to plant vegetables and fruits. About 800 fig trees that were planted inside a greenhouse in December, are already bearing…

Irish politician calls on government to reassess rejection of peat

Irish politician Carol Nolan, has said that the government must now move to immediately re-examine a series of decisions that it took in mid-January with respect to the horticultural peat sector. Deputy Nolan was speaking as the Minister for Agriculture, Food, and the Marine, Charlie McConalogue…

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UK: Government urged to take faster measures against peat use

35 key environmental organizations, including the National Trust and The Wildlife Trusts and over 150 high-profile names from horticulture and politics have released a joint statement urging the UK government to take faster, more effective action to ban peat in horticulture: Protecting our peatlands and…

The use of peat in substrates

Within the entire horticultural industry, there's a lot of talk about the sustainability of plant and food production. This article, written by BVB Substrates, aims to help growers explain the relationship between peat-based growing media and sustainability to their customers. What exactly is “sustainable substrate”?When…

Biogrow: Technologies and products are the core

Win-win cooperation, green development

Soilless cultivation has developed rapidly in China in recent years. What are the changes in the market? On February 24, HortidailyChina had a conversation with Biogrow, a French cocopeat supplier, to discuss the recent changes in the market. Biogrow is a professional cocopeat substrate supplier…

UK: Research reveals impact of horticulture peat use on climate

The campaign to stop peat extraction took off in the 1990s but only now are the UK and Welsh governments conducting a public consultation on ending the use of peat in the retail sector in England and Wales by 2024. The Wildlife Trusts believe we cannot wait this long. Despite 30 years of campaigning…


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