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CropKing and Urban Crop Solutions to cooperate in vertical container farm showcase

Cropking and Urban Crop Solutions will start a collaboration, combining the extensive hydroponic experience of Cropking with the controlled environment technology in vertical farming of Urban Crop Solutions. By combining these different experiences and expertise, both companies get the chance to develop…

Gemüsebau Hahn GmbH focuses on speciality assortment

First tomatoes on the Baltic coast will be harvested no later than Easter

In Barth (Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania) a large number of greenhouses are currently being demolished. The Ostsee Zeitung will tell you that these are old abandoned sites that have not been used for decades and were left to decay. Wolfgang Hahn, managing director of Gemüsebau Hahn LLC, which is located next…

Erik Buijsman, Buysman Kruiden in the Netherlands:

Vertical farming - new? We've been growing chives like this for 30 years"

Is vertical farming something new? "Well, no. We have been growing chives in this way for 30 years already," laughs Erik Buijsman of Buysman Kruiden from Andijk, the Netherlands. This family business has also had LED lights hanging above its potted herbs for 15 years now. It is then no wonder that this…

"We make every effort to increase the number of greenhouses in China using Dutch technology"

Over recent years, more and more high-tech greenhouses have been built in China, and the use of high-end technologies has become increasingly common among enterprises. Whether for growing or management, more and more greenhouse growers are turning to automated solutions and are often looking for…

Family-owned vegetable farm “Gietas”

Latvia: Spring has arrived in Aizpute greenhouses

Spring has already begun in the Aizpute -western Latvia- greenhouse where the first pansies have already been picked and the momentary sunshine is enough for the microgreens to sprout. Farm Co-owner Ivars Brants has been operating the family-owned vegetable farm “Gietas” with his life partner Rudīte…

Very strong suspicion of the first case of ToBRFV in France

A French tomato greenhouse has been contaminated with ToBRFV. After initial reportings earlier this week, a second testing confirmed the presence of the virus. The greenhouse is closed, the infected plants will be destroyed and disinfection will take place.  In France, the first ToBRFV find has been confirmed.…

Regional cucumber season started at Werder Frucht GmbH

Bountiful and successful campaign expected

In the greenhouse of Werder Frucht LLC in Bralitz (near Bad Freienwalde) in the state of Brandenburg, harvesting of lettuce and mini-cookies has begun. This year, affiliated gardeners are again expecting a bountiful and successful season. Last year, 3500 tonnes of cucumbers were harvested from around 4.6…

Bart Zeevenhoven, Scherpenhuizen:

"The market for Dutch tomatoes has been good for a few weeks now"

Dutch tomatoes that are cultivated under lights are selling very well this year. This is according to Bart Zeevenhoven of the Dutch wholesale company, Scherpenhuizen. "Prices rose sharply after the festive season. Other production countries had to deal with the extremes in weather. Due to too little…

Greenhouse from start-up company Greenloop should cost less than €1000

Hamburgers invent salad carousel for the kitchen

Basil, mint, amaranth, romana - in restaurant Bullerei in the Schanzenviertel, herbs and salads have recently been growing right behind the entrance doors, on the wall. And every two minutes the carousel, in which the edible green plants are illuminated by artificial light, rotates a few centimetres. "It's…

Californian growers use covers to protect their crops from harsh weather

Drought and freezing temperatures, in particular, are two of the challenges associated with climate change which have long been an everyday reality in California. While they may appear to be antithetical to each other at first sight, the experience of the State over the last ten years has demonstrated…

Huang Ruiqing, Beijing Ruixue Global Co:

"Goal is to achieve Dutch yield numbers in Chinese greenhouses”

In recent years, more and more high-tech greenhouses have been realized in China, and the use of high-end techniques has become more common in the Chinese market. Whether it is for planting, for the greenhouse or for the management, more growers opt for automation and quite often turn to Dutch solutions.…

US scientists study energy neutrality in greenhouses

A new study by engineering, plant, and physical biology researchers at North Carolina State University has concluded that the use of transparent solar panels to collect energy, mainly from the wavelengths of light that plants do not use for photosynthesis, could contribute to energy neutrality in…

Tomato yield in the Netherlands is 6 times greater than in Spain

According to data from Faostat, the statistical agency of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), 182,258.02 million kilos of tomatoes were produced in 2018, which was an all-time record. These were grown on ​​4,762,129 hectares, with an average yield of 3.83 kg / m². The…

Rasmus, Biosund:

Denmark: Rosa Danica subsidiary launches organic pot plant line

Denmark is one of the strictest countries regarding the rules for organic production, but Rasmus Moth Madsen took the plunge and started to focus on the production of organic potted plants. His father is Torben Moth Madsen of Rosa Danica A/S, a potted rose grower, and in his greenhouse, Rasmus started…

Autogrow launches wireless smart sensor network into US$40 billion global greenhouse market

Leading AgTech expert Autogrow has released a wireless smart sensor giving greenhouse operators high density microclimate data to improve yield, quality and decision making. Each Folium sensor gathers environmental data including temperature, humidity, CO2, PAR, RAD and barometric pressure, which growers…

“Convenience for consumers and opportunities for growers with new lettuce varieties”

It’s not exactly babyleaf, but not a full head of lettuce either – it’s exactly in between: a lettuce variety that’s harvested between 80 and 120 grams. When the lettuce is cut just above the core, the heads immediately separate into a large amount of individual leaves and a minimum of waste is left.…

Presence of ToBRFV confirmed in six greenhouses of Almeria

On January 24, the presence of the tomato brown rugose fruit virus (ToBRFV) was officially confirmed in the Spanish Autonomous Region of Andalusia. It was detected in six…

Alternative energy sources for greenhouse heating systems urgently sought

Only tomatoes produced without fossil fuels at Migros

Migros intends to purchase only vegetables from fossil-free heated greenhouses in Switzerland in the future. That is why the vegetable growers are eagerly looking for alternative energy sources for their greenhouse heating systems. 2018 was the warmest year in Switzerland since weather data has been…

Relief on arugula shortage coming soon

After a few weeks of tight supplies, relief in terms of arugula volume is on its way soon. “Supplies were very tight out west because we had cold weather,” says Nick Marella of CMC Produce Inc. in New Suffolk, NY. “But it appears as though that’s loosening up now. We’re getting longer days and the worst…

Television show MasterChef embraces vertical farming

Not just in Sweden but also in Italy the television producers of the popular program MasterChef embrace vertical farming. The Italian version of the television show will feature the Grow Unit of Cefla / C-LED.  The Grow Unit is an indoor growth system for micro vegetables (mustard, rocket, watercress, red…

US Secretary of Agriculture opens all-electric Dutch Demo Greenhouse 2030

The Dutch horticultural sector aims to be climate-neutral in 2040. Thus, Wageningen researchers have built a low-emission demo-greenhouse for the cultivation of vegetables, fruit and flowers in an effort to find ways to reduce CO2 emissions as well as the use of crop protection agents and artificial…

Two million pounds of local produce to be grown annually

US (PA): BrightFarms opens 280,000 sq.ft. greenhouse

BrightFarms opened its largest greenhouse this week. The new 280,000 sq. ft. farm in Selinsgrove, Pa. will deliver over 2 million pounds of fresh, local produce year-round in Pennsylvania and the tri-state area. Greeting the crowd of 100+ were Pennsylvania’s Secretary of Agriculture Russell Redding and Pennsylvania…

First UK cucumbers already on the shelves

With Brexit fast approaching, there’s a consumer demand that’s stronger than ever before for UK-grown products in the British domestic marketplace. So it was clearly a good decision for the growers at Thanet Earth in Kent when they invested to equip their newest cucumber greenhouse with growlights to…

Spanish region of Murcia promotes urban greening through vertical agriculture

Vertical agriculture is set to become the agriculture of the future. At present, this practice, which makes it possible to grow crops in city centers with a very limited use of water and a reduced carbon footprint, is proliferating in different parts of the world, and the Polytechnic University of…

Korean Air brings farm freshness into the clouds

Located on Jeju Island, about 55 miles off the southwest coast of South Korea, the Jedong Ranch has been operating since 1972, supplying produce, meats and spring water to…

Greenhouse vegetables to solve North Korea’s food situation?

North Korea is making an effort to overcome its food shortages by expanding its greenhouse-based vegetable and fruit production industry, Daily NK sources recently reported. Haeju strawberries, for example, once regarded as a specialty of that area, are now grown throughout the country, in greenhouses.…

Volume improving on greenhouse grown tomatoes

Supplies of greenhouse tomatoes continue to build which will likely bring down high tomato prices. “Supplies are slowly improving. Tomato supplies are very scarce before and after the holidays and now we’re starting to see more availability,” says David Pereira with Mor Gro Sales Inc. in Kingsville, Ont.…

Massimo Lucchini's comment during Horticulture in the Field 2020

"Italian technology is the best in the world: we must have faith in ourselves"

"We did not expect such a flow of visitors, and this amply repays us for all the efforts made. But above all I am positively amazed at how this group of companies share the same goal, namely that of collaborating to try to reach the markets around the world without setting limits". Massimo and Emanuele…

Miguel López, of Costa de Níjar: "We have lost 50% of the eggplant production"

1,000 hectares of greenhouses affected by hail in Almeria

"First a flood in September and now this hail storm. The truth is that this is becoming a very difficult campaign. The weather is not giving us any rest," says Miguel López, manager of the production and marketing company Costa de Níjar. The firm's producer-partners who escaped the floods have now been…

How television helped develop the Polish industry from potatoes to microgreens

Eight years ago, Polish restaurant menus mostly featured potato dishes. All that changed with the appearance of TV shows like Top Chef and MasterChef. Being a chef suddenly became a prestigious profession. "Polish restaurants delight in their innovative approach and sophisticated taste. Also, Michelin…

VOEN Vöhringer sees great potential for "Zip it" system in international commercial fruit growing

"Growing interest in our zipper"

For many years, the VOEN company has been an internationally recognized supplier of protective solutions for commercial fruit growing. Since 2014, the 'protective cover' solutions of the traditional company -located in the heart of the Lake Constance area- are also equipped with modern zippers. The efficient and user-friendly procedure…

REO Veiling sells first cucumbers of the season

On Friday 17 January, the first cucumbers of the new growing season were sold by REO Veiling. With the sale of the first cucumbers, the new growing season has now completely kicked off. The product will remain available at the REO Veiling until the beginning of November. Grower Jasper Haghedooren…

Greenhouse growers in legal dispute over "Mighty" tomatoes

MightyVine, a Chicago greenhouse grower on 22.5 acres is suing Ontario greenhouse grower Mastronardi Produce over the use of the term ‘Mighty’ in its branding. MightyVine, which grows hydroponic tomatoes in a greenhouse in suburban Rochelle IL, has filed a federal lawsuit against Canadian grower…

Henk van Doorne, Van Doorne Imex:

"In the Netherlands, things seem to get more difficult every year for lettuce"

"A wily crop," is how grower/trader, Henk van Doorne, describes Dutch greenhouse lettuce cultivation. "It seems as if things get a little more difficult every year. I do not…

Agriculture Minister Owusu Afriyie Akoto:

“Ghana to boost vegetable and flower business through greenhouse construction”

The Ghanaian government has started constructing more greenhouses to start the development of vegetable seeds, in an effort to help boost Ghana’s vegetable cut flower production sector. Three of the greenhouses are at various levels of completion, with the first one located at Akumadan in the Offinso…

"Vertical Farming meets the demand for more sustainability and regionality"

Migros Basel and Growcer launch joint vertical farming project

Together with the Migros Basel cooperative, Growcer is developing the first "Robotic Vertical Farm" in Switzerland, in order to grow regional foodstuffs there in the future, independent of weather conditions, pesticide-free and water-saving, and - thanks to the shortest transport routes - to deliver them…

Olivier Barlaguet, Saveurs des Clos:

“The French lettuce production continues to decline”

Just as in  he previous season, this year seems to be a good year for lettuce producers. “There is a very good flow for all species: lettuce, batavia, oak leaves but also chicory (curly/escarole),” explains Olivier Barlaguet of the cooperative group Saveurs des Clos. “Prices have been good since November.…

Guy Deryckere, Van Lier

“Spanish tomatoes having a tough time on the market due to competition"

“Spanish greenhouse vegetable supplies had a hard time of it recently. This was during the festive season. It was due to a few transportation issues. It gets more difficult…

Jim Westhoff, Valstar:

"Greenhouse vegetable market stable at too low a level for weeks"

The day trade in greenhouse vegetables has been going very smoothly over the last few weeks. "The hope is now mainly focused on the lower temperatures, causing production to decline and there would normally be higher prices in January and February, but for the time being it is calm and prices across the…

Cucumbers, zucchinis and pumpkins in danger

Braunschweig researchers isolate cucumber virus for the first time in Germany

Plant virologist Dr. Wulf Menzel from the Leibniz Institute DSMZ-Deutsche Sammlung von Mikroorganismen und Zellkulturen in Braunschweig, together with colleagues from Nuremberg and Freising, has isolated "cucumber virus" cucurbit aphid-borne yellows virus (CABYV) for the first time in Germany. The…

US: Massive greenhouse operation still expanding in Madison County

Canadian company Mastronardi Produce that sells its fruits & vegetables under the SUNSET brand, is a prominent greenhouse vegetable company on the continent, and the Oneida…

Ministry of Municipality and Environment also supported farmers installing greenhouses

Qatar exceeds 2019 target of food self-sufficiency

Qatar, represented by the Ministry of Municipality and Environment (MME), has exceeded its target in achieving self-sufficiency regarding various fresh food products in 2019. The achievement of the target of 2019 set under the National Strategy for Food Security 2019-23 is seen as a big step by the…

dozens of greenhouses being realized nearby Shanghai

"With an ROI of 3-5 years, Venlo Greenhouses are only built with strong financial backing"

“In Shanghai, there’s huge consumer demand for cherry tomatoes, but due to the limited acreage in an around the city only about 20 per cent of the demand can be filled in by local growers." Speaking is Mr Wang Jinhua, head of the Guangming Group. The company is building dozens of greenhouses in Shanghai…

‘Micro-green’ technology inside military bunkers

India: Troops to get fresh veggies with help of new tech

Tinned food will be a thing of the past for soldiers patrolling the Siachen Glacier, considered the world’s highest battleground: Soon they will be able to munch on a variety of fresh vegetables grown inside their bunkers within a span of 10-12 days.  This year, more than 1000 posts along the Siachen Glacier…

Major movement in organic greenhouse vegetable market does not materialize

December is not the busiest month for organic greenhouse vegetable growers, so it is also quieter at the sales offices. That, however, does not mean people sat still in the run-up to Christmas. The 2019 balance sheet was drawn up, and last-minute plans for 2020 were made. Across the board, 2019 was…

Greenhouse leafy green growers maximize opportunities

An increasing interest from consumers in local produce as well as growing concerns over food safety are two trends leading to increased opportunities for greenhouses growing leafy greens. Little Leaf Farms in Shirley, MA, is seeing consistent growth thanks, in part, to these two consumer trends. Since…

LG presents a smart greenhouse to grow vegetables in the kitchen

Due to the upcoming edition of the Consumer Electronics Show (CES), one of the main fairs and congresses on consumer technologies that will take place in Las Vegas (Nevada, United States), LG has presented its first intelligent greenhouse, a new type of appliance that can be installed in the kitchen to…

UAE: Pure Harvest to add berries and lettuce

Ever since they started harvesting their first tomatoes in November 2018, the team with Pure Harvest has been battling the temperatures in Abu Dhabi (UAE), that reach up to 53 degrees Celcius. Now that they've managed to find their way around, it's time for a new challenge: growing leafy greens and…

Profitability and competitiveness: crucial concepts for Spanish greenhouse vegetables

The lack of profitability and competitiveness of the Spanish greenhouse vegetable production was one of the key points discussed at the meeting of the protected vegetable sector, held with the presence of the Director General of Agricultural Productions and Markets, Esperanza Orellana. She acknowledged…

Ecological treatments with ozone are gaining ground

“Keeping greenhouses healthy can be simple and cheap”

Ecological treatments with ozone are gaining ground for their safety, but also for the high demand for organic or zero waste fruit and vegetable products. “Ozone is an effective natural disinfectant formed by three oxygen atoms. Its main advantage in agriculture and the food industry is that it…

Koppert also advises the use of blue colored traps

Orius and Cucumeris stop thrips in pepper crops in winter

The pest known as thrips (Frankiniella occidentalis) is becoming increasingly present in greenhouses in the winter. This is mainly due to the fact that the cold slows down the flowering of peppers. Due to the lack of flowers, there is not enough pollen to feed the Orius laevigatus (marketed by Koppert as…

US: Little Leaf Farms doubling hydroponic, greenhouse-growing operations in MA in 2020

For many business owners, Paul Sellew has a good problem to solve. The founder and chief executive officer of Little Leaf Farms is producing one million boxes of fresh greenhouse-grown baby green lettuce a month, delivered to every major supermarket chain in New England usually within 24 hours,…

Japanese strawberry growers combat effects of typhoon

The Tochigi Prefecture (Kantō region) on Honshu is the biggest strawberry producer in Japan. Now, farmers there are working at a fever pitch to prepare for the Christmas season. And there is much work to do: When Typhoon No. 19 hit in October, it flooded the Omoi River that runs through Kanuma, one of…

The first Chilean greenhouses with real-time climate monitoring are ready

The Region of Valparaiso already has the first Chilean greenhouses equipped with technological sensors that will allow monitoring different environmental variables inside…

"In November, the price of tomatoes was 38% lower than in 2018"

Spanish greenhouse vegetables: excess supply and low prices

“The average price of tomatoes this season is 29% lower than in the previous one. In November, Moroccan exports caused prices to fall by up to 38% compared to 2018, bringing them 7% below the average of the last 8 years,” said representatives of several Andalusian cooperatives. In the case of tomatoes,…

Organic vegetables from own greenhouse in Brazil

Sustainability: Daimler now grows vegetables as well

Urban farming has recently come into play at the Mercedes-Benz do Brasil truck and bus plant in São Bernardo do Campo. According to the company, organic vegetables are grown in a greenhouse next to the main restaurant, in accordance with organic farming guidelines. This is used for the customers of the factory…

Inaho - Kamakura

Japanese firm fields autonomous vegetable harvesting robot

Japanese high-tech start-up company Inaho has launched an autonomous robotic harvester that picks greenhouse vegetables. It has also begun leasing the machine to an asparagus farmer in Saga Prefecture, southwestern Japan. According to Inaho, this is the first time that an autonomous harvester robot has…

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Fortuna strawberries ensure continuity in the market

"Returning to early season strawberry varieties after so many years was a choice encouraged by my clients. Despite our wide range of fruit and vegetables, we were asked to supply strawberries between November and January. Because of this, and given the variety of requests and our intention to meet our…

Kenya: New strawberry variety from Japan grown in Nakuru

Nakuru  County has introduced a new variety of strawberries from Japan, which is fast maturing, bigger in size and has more weight that the local variety. Project coordinator Grace…

Krzysztof Sak, Agronom Berries:

"Hydroponics help us guarantee constant soft fruit supply"

Only a couple of years ago the team with Agronom Berries, one of Poland’s biggest soft fruit growers, started growing strawberries hydroponically instead of in the open field. “We thought we'd better start learning since we believe that it would become a necessity within the next decade”, says Krzysztof…

Urban farming concept also well received abroad

Berlin Start-up Infarm conquers USA

Fresh herbs and lettuce, available to the customer without long delivery routes. This is Infarm's idea. With the Urban Farming concept, the German start-up is currently conquering the USA. A far-reaching partnership with supermarket chain Kroger is planned. Click here for a short clip (German spoken). 'In the…

Interest and availability of organic greenhouse cukes grows

Greenhouse cucumbers look steady right now. “At this time of year, Canadian crops are finishing off,” says Jeff Madu of Windset Farms in Delta, BC. “Most of the Mexican crops started a few weeks ago and they’ll go right until May. There are good supplies on Mexican crops right now so the market seems…

Spain is sandwiched between increasing competition from the North and South

There are early starters and late starters. But by the time November comes around, most traders in the Netherlands switch to Spanish products. This is the way things have been done for years, and it will not change any time soon. What does change every year is the acreage and competition from other…

Natalie and Marcel Zuidgeest talk over the '3D-puzzle in 40 trailers'

Zuidkoop already busy building almost 5,000 m² of stands for Fruit Logistica Berlin

Once the three busy Fruit Logistica trade show days in Berlin are over, most exhibitors do not have to think about the next edition. Not so for Dutch stand building company, Zuidkoop. "We actually start again from the moment we return," says Natalie Zuidgeest. "However, preparations only begin in earnest…

E.coli recall in US

"Outbreaks like these are another confirmation that the future of the industry will be indoors"

The FDA has not yet linked any specific romaine lettuce grower, supplier, distributor, or brand to the E.coli outbreak in Salinas, California. Last week the outbreak spread further with 67 people reported sick in 19 states. Just like last year around Thanksgiving, the advice is not to eat Romaine…


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