Greenhouse

Farming tech company expands leadership team

Vertical farming company Plenty announced that Dana Worth has joined its leadership team as senior vice-president of commercial to help drive the company through its next…

Jan 22, free CASCADE webinar

How to adapt light in raspberry cultivation to increase yields?

CASCADE, a French technology company specialized in the development of formulations for different types of macro tunnel covers with unique light control characteristics, will present the "Improving raspberry crop yields with Light CASCADE® technology. How to adapt the light in your crops to increase…

Projar

"In winter, hydroponic irrigation must be adjusted to avoid problems caused by excess water"

In winter, low temperatures, high humidity and a lack of light can lead to the appearance of pathogenic fungi or to problems caused by the degradation of the plants' root system, mainly due to inadequate irrigation. Although the meteorological conditions that affect the crop are not the same in summer as…

Robert Van Der Geest new general manager for Mexican greenhouse Nature Fresh Farms

Nature Fresh Farms welcomes Robert Van Der Geest as General Manager to their Mexico team. Nature Fresh Farms has financially invested in the operation of a 15-acre greenhouse…

Ontario-based grower hires new GM for Mexico greenhouse

Nature Fresh Farms welcomes Robert Van Der Geest as general manager to its Mexico team. Nature Fresh Farms has financially invested in the operation of a 15-acre greenhouse…

Carrefour group will put no strawberries on its shelves in January

One of France's largest supermarket chains, the Carrefour group, has stated that there will be no strawberries on its shelves in January. According to the company's Fresh and…

Fellini Patrizio

Two hectares of experimental greenhouses to produce all year round

Fellini Patrizio managers Emile and Valentina Fellini report the news for 2021. A new washing water recycling plant is about to be activated, plus a photovoltaic plant will also be implemented and greenhouses for low-impact protected cultivation will also be set up. "The work to set up 20 thousand square…

Idromeccanica Lucchini

Changes make innovation and internationalization necessary for greenhouses

Research, innovation and internationalization are the key words that characterize Idromeccanica Lucchini. The global socio-economic scenario is constantly changing and so are its people' needs. Growers must therefore keep up with new trends and be able to put quality first and support macro-economic…

Havecon introduces Havelettuce Projects:

Standardized turn-key lettuce greenhouses make entering greenhouse industry easier

Havecon has been known as a turnkey greenhouse supplier for many years now, but as of now they'll take turnkey to a new level under the name of “Havelettuce Projects”. Havelettuce will not only take on the build of a greenhouse but the complete project realization, offering a plug and play concept for…

Molari Berries & Breeding take stock of a good 2020

You now can grow small fruits all over the world

This year many events took place in a digital setting, including the Global Berry Congress. The Italian Molari Berries & Breeding also attended the special event. "It is interesting to see how, despite the pandemic, the sector was able to keep up with a remarkable trend. Consumers' lifestyles have…

Premium Dutch strawberry ready for Christmas

This year, Dutch Berries built a four-hectare full LED-lit greenhouse. This allows this major Dutch strawberry farming to bring large volumes of a brand new crop to market from Christmas onwards. By also growing more different varieties, year-round cultivation is almost a reality. There's no Dutch-grown…

Closed ecosystem in a designer cabinet

Agrilution brings herb gardens into the home with their "Plantcube"

It will always be spring in your kitchen. That is what the "Plantcube" from Agrilution promises; a fully automated greenhouse that enables vertical farming even on a small scale. Maximilian Lössl, Co-Founder and CEO, spoke about the first experiments in his parents' basement, the new features of the…

Organic grower unveils newly renovated greenhouses in Mexico

Wholesum, Fairtrade-certified grower and shipper of organic produce, inaugurated its newly renovated tomato greenhouses at Wholesum Farms Pacific. A ribbon cutting ceremony took place on Wednesday, December 9th in Culiacan, Sinaloa, Mexico. The event consisted of a virtual live stream on the company’s…

"gaining experience for scaling and sales on hectare scale"

High quality algae from fully automated production facility in Dutch greenhouse

Algae grow fast, and in the case of spirulina, they're also rich in protein. This makes it an interesting product to grow with a view to the future. That's why, in the academic world, there's a lot of research into microalgae. More and more greenhouse growers are interested in algae production nowadays.  But:…

Scientists and disseminators value the contribution of solar greenhouses in Inversolar

Solar greenhouses have been very prominent in social media this week. The celebration of the first online version of the European Solar Greenhouses Congress has served to bring this European production method closer to society. For two days, experts, researchers, and scientific disseminators in the…

6 out of 10 vegetables consumed in Europe are grown in solar greenhouses in southern Spain

The 35,000 hectares of solar greenhouses located in Almeria and the Granada coast have become Europe's healthy pantry, mainly from autumn to spring, when continental production is not possible in other countries due to low temperatures. Andalusia's solar greenhouses have become a reference in the world…

Limited supply leads to skyrocketing prices for Russian greenhouse tomatoes

Greenhouse companies in the Russian Federation continue to increase prices for tomatoes. Their decision is based on a noticeable reduction in the supply of greenhouse tomatoes…

The technique allows increasing productivity and profitability by 30 to 50%

Hydroponics gains ground in Argentina

Soil degradation as a consequence of unsustainable management and inappropriate practices have positioned hydroponics and substrate cultivation as alternative techniques for…

Demand on tomatoes could strengthen pre-Christmas

Supplies of tomatoes right now are ample. “Currently the market shows a big offer of volume considering the volumes that are coming from Mexico, United States and Canada. We estimate that there’s 20-25 percent more volume right now compared to 2019 in total from all three countries,” says Armando Herrera…

IFAPA considers chayote a good alternative for Almeria's greenhouses

Chayote, also known as Chilean squash, is a superfood that is becoming increasingly available in Spanish supermarkets. This South American fruit has a high content of vitamin…

Bioplanet

Useful insects used in southern Italy to preserve quality and defend strawberries

Bioplanet is currently intervening with useful insects in strawberry crops in Campania. Bumblebees are used for pollination and phytoseiidae are used against red spider mites. "Favoring pollination with bumblebees is an established technique. All businesses part of Coop Sole use it to improve quality and…

"In 90 m² we can produce the same amount of vegetables as in 10,000 m² of land"

Onubafruit hosts vertical strawberry cultivation pilot project

Huelva's second-degree cooperative Onubafruit is hosting a highly technological vertical strawberry cultivation pilot project developed by Telefónica and Vertical Green, which…

The correct greenhouse tutoring system saves time and money

The correct tutoring of plants in greenhouses is synonymous with efficiency, optimal management, yields and helps save time and labor. The latter is something that all agricultural entrepreneurs have introduced to their business processes. Not everyone, though, has had the chance to experiment the…

First Tapkit in the USA (Texas) helps out with local food production

With a background of more than 30 installations in Israel, South Korea, Mauritius and the Philippines, the TAPKIT hydroponic systems is now celebrating the first installation in Houston Texas. The TAPKIT is a 500 m2 hydroponic unit, which can produce 6-12 tons of leafy vegetables and fresh herbs per…

Krist Hamerlinck, Eco Veg, Belgium

“Good organic greenhouse vegetable season ends on a difficult note”

“Organic greenhouse vegetables had a good year. But, we ended the season on quite a difficult note. For a few years now, our retail clients have been switching to Spanish products sooner. About ten years ago, we could deliver until the end of the season, in week 49. That's gradually become earlier and…

Agriplast

Reducing losses with an antivirus cover for greenhouses and tunnels

As antivirus plastic films, Solaris and Virolux from Agriplast make the difference when it comes to income, guaranteeing high yields.  Producers fear plant diseases, and the New Delhi virus is definitely one of the most common. It is a disease that compromised the cultivation of open-field zucchini in many…

Buysman Kruiden prepares for Dutch Christmas rush

"Our turnover's soared; selling to retailers and garden centre puts us on the right side of things"

Buysman Kruiden in the Netherlands is getting ready for the Christmas bustle. "Because of COVID-19, everyone's having Christmas dinner at home. That's resulted in a substantial increase in turnover this year. Our supermarket clients are already predicting a 20% rise in sales over Christmas," says Piet…

Pepper Joe’s in Urbana’s Clickstop complex

US (MA): Pepper seed breeder expands with a new greenhouse

Pepper Joe’s in Urbana’s Clickstop complex is expanding its production with a new greenhouse and plans to have it completed by mid-March of 2021. “Despite the state the country and the world is in, there’s been an uptick in gardening with an estimated 20 million new gardeners this year,” Keaton…

New novel tomato variety debuts

Village Farms has introduced its newest exclusive tomato variety, Sensational Sara®. Sensational Sara® is a novel tomato variety with a deep red color inside and out. The flavor is best described as a balance of sugar to acid ratio. The tomato is bigger than a cocktail but smaller than a TOV with a sturdy, vibrant green vine…

Organic Grower Roundtable highlights bright spots and challenges

Leaders from three organic fresh produce companies agree that the outlook for the organic industry is positive heading into the new year, as they explored a wide range of issues during the Organic Grower Summit Roundtable discussion that premiered yesterday. Moderated by Dave Puglia, president and CEO of…

with solar powered cooling systems

High-tech strawberry facility to be built in Panama

Ag Incotech, a developer and operator of large-scale agricultural projects, announced today their plans to construct the first high-tech Controlled Environment Agriculture greenhouses in Panama, one of the first of its kind in Central America, for the production of local berries. The company's strategy…

Dutch scale-up PlantLab launches first production site in USA

PlantLab, a Dutch company, has opened a new production site in Indianapolis (Indiana). This first-ever ‘Plant Paradise’ in the United States is growing vegetables for the local population at a site that was previously unthinkable - a former battery factory near the city center. In Indianapolis, PlantLab…

Greater supplies of assorted greenhouse tomatoes

Supplies of greenhouse tomatoes are up. “Overall, supply has been greater this year compared to last. Our production in Canada ran three to four weeks longer than the previous year due to favorable weather, and the fall crops being planted have ensured secure supply,” says Marc Danner, general manager of…

Jim Westhoff (Valstar):

"Humdrum day trading sales on the Dutch greenhouse vegetable market"

Day trading has been plodding along for weeks. That's led to a surplus of supplies and syrupy sales. That's on the Dutch greenhouse vegetable market. "It's really up to the…

163 Andalusian agricultural producers to benefit from aid for the modernization of greenhouses

The Council of Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries and Sustainable Development of the Spanish region of Andalusia has approved the granting of government support for the replacement of old greenhouses with modern and more productive versions with better ventilation capacity and more efficient energy…

Spanish greenhouse vegetables - questions and flexibility

Week 44 has come and gone. That's when the Dutch domestic market usually switches to import greenhouse vegetables from Spain. The Spanish greenhouse season is, therefore, in full swing. Programs have kicked off, and importers have seen supply and demand rising by the day. The season promises to be…

Pieter de Ruiter, 4 Fruit Company, the Netherlands

"Spanish kakis did particularly well"

Pieter de Ruiter of the Dutch company, 4 Fruit Company, says sales could be better. "Spanish greenhouse vegetables aren't faring well at all. That's mainly due to the lack of demand from the hospitality industry. That sector is now in a second lockdown. That's the case in not only the Netherlands. That's…

Thomas Piou, IDMAT Arboriculture:

"We are fighting the devastation caused by pests and climatic disturbances in the orchard"

The heads of the IDMAT group since 2000, Philippe Cantet and Lucas Merceron, crop specialist and steel specialist, have joined forces to provide a personalised, complete and French-labeled solution. "This duo has managed to develop an innovative and responsible company, whose goal is to support producers…

The Green House Sussex next step for UK grower Eric Wall Ltd

In 1977 Eric Wall and Hugh Stevenson began growing tomatoes at the Pollards Nursery in Barnham near Chichester, West Sussex on an area of 2.5 acres. Eric Wall Ltd was born.  Since…

Growing sustainable vegetables in the Saudi Arabian desert under 80 hectares of glass

Dava corporation, owned by the Al Batal family, recently signed a new deal with Debets Schalke for the expansion of Dava's greenhouse complexes in the Al-Kharj region. In response to increased demand for fresh premium quality vegetables, Dava corporation is announcing a series of greenhouse projects…

New packaged greenhouse grown hydroponic lettuce line to release in January

Pete’s is gearing up to release a new product line in January: Greenhouse Fresh packaged, hydroponically grown lettuce. “Pete’s has been growing in greenhouses for over 50 years and has been growing hydroponic lettuce specifically for over 25 years. However, it’s always been brought to shelves as…

"The Sibac has a very open plant and requires fewer laborers"

Sakata presents its first early red bell pepper for Almeria

Sakata, a leading seed company devoted to open ground vegetables such as broccoli, is now launching its new line of greenhouse vegetables and has presented the first variety of its new generation of greenhouse peppers developed entirely in Almería. "The Sibac is the first variety obtained through the…

Hydroponic greenhouse puts down roots in Indiana

Situated strategically at the crossroads of America, Pure Green Farms is set to begin growing, packaging and distributing fresh leafy greens in February of 2021. The new…

Italo's Farmer

Sicilian vegetables mainly sent to the Netherlands

"We focus on nursery gardening and the production of vegetables in a protected environment. Thanks to Italo's Farmer, a start-up created in 2016, our activities are more varied. We decided to transfer our know-how within a modern and dynamic commercialization project that aims at intercepting clients…

January-September 2020

Azerbaijan increases tomato exports

Azerbaijan has increased the export of tomatoes by 15.5 percent in the period January-September 2020. In this period, the country exported 154,980 tons of tomatoes worth…

Kumamoto, Japan

Peak shipping season for large banpeiyu citrus

The banpeiyu is one of the world’s largest citrus fruits. At this point in time, farms in Yatsushiro, Kumamoto Prefecture, are busy sending the fruits nationwide as it is its peak shipping season. The local specialty is a type of pomelo, a member of the mandarin orange family, and each citrus weighs…

Argentina

Fire devastates a hydroponic greenhouse in Neuquen

A fire has completely destroyed the facilities of a hydroponic greenhouse in Neuquen. As reported by its owner Ignacio Iranzi, the firefighters quickly put out the fire, but…

Ukraine: Prices for imported cucumbers up due to decline of local goods

Greenhouse cucumbers in Ukraine are mainly sourced from Turkey at this point in time. According to market operators, this situation is quite traditional for the Ukrainian…

China: Qingdao gets rooftop greenhouse for research purposes

Imagine building a greenhouse on a roof in your city. In Qindao, it is coming and will be put into use in few months. The research and isolation greenhouse project, designed and constructed by Kingpeng, will then be put into use. The project is located in Qingdao, China, and the main body of the project construction…

Simply Fresh receives ‘Telangana Best Brand Award’ from CMO Asia

Indian greenhouse growers Simply Fresh, has been awarded the ‘Telangana Best Brand’ award by CMO Asia ‘2020. The award was presented at a virtual ceremony. The awards recognize, identify, and celebrate outstanding brand building & marketing initiatives by organizations, individuals, and teams for their…

Russia bans greenhouse tomatoes & peppers from Uzbekistan’s Fergana region

Russia’s Federal Service for Veterinary and Phytosanitary Surveillance, Rosselkhoznadzor, has issued a statement that is amounting to a ban on the import of greenhouse…

Nicole Kiemle (Gärtnerei Kiemle) on the current herb market

"Closure of hospitality industry affects unusual herb varieties more than anything"

Over the years, freshly cut domestic herbs have gained a high status in the German specialized trade. Parsley, chives, basil, etc. are becoming more and more popular both in the wholesale and the retail trade. However, the current closure of the hospitality industry has a noticeable effect on wholesale…

Nature Fresh Farms wins Presidents Choice Fresh Product of the Year Award

This year, Nature Fresh Farms proudly accepted the PC Fresh Product of the Year Award for their Ontario Greenhouse Mixiany Cherry Tomatoes.  Each year, the award is distributed by Loblaw Companies Limited to one of their nominees. The criteria requires the product to be unique and stand alone as first to market…

Mathias Hundhausen (Euromeridian BV) on the start of the Moroccan berry campaign

"Good yield and quality expected"

The Moroccan berry campaign is currently ready to go. The first strawberries from the northern production facilities have already been on the market for two weeks; raspberries are expected to be added in week 49. According to current information, good yields and great fruit quality are expected, says…

RotoGro International to raise $1.53M for vertical farming

RotoGro International (RGI) has received firm commitments to raise $1.53 million through a placement. More than 38.2 million fully-paid shares will be issued to professional and sophisticated investors at 4 cents each. "This raise is an important step forward for RotoGro as the company welcomes a number of…

Jeff Cady, Tops Friendly Markets

"We're selling 25 to 35% more greenhouse-grown produce than five years ago"

Food retailers from coast to coast are increasingly turning to indoor, vertical and greenhouse farming to meet the demand for locally grown produce, reduce food miles and offer the freshest product possible. Some, such as Tops Friendly Markets in Williamsville, N.Y., are partnering with greenhouse…

Mr. Jack Ma: "Chinese agriculture currently goes through a similar development as the internet did in 2002"

Mr. Jack Ma, founder of Alibaba Group, visits largest AI greenhouse in Asia

Mr. Jack Ma, the founder and former CEO of Alibaba Group, visited the largest AI greenhouse in Asia on the 10th of October. He personally carried out the inspection of Kaisheng Haofeng (Dezhou) AI Agriculture Co., Ltd. in Dezhou, Shandong. Mr. Jack Ma visits the production service area at Kaisheng Haofeng…

Vilmorin-Mikado on their leafy range adapted to hydroponic cultivation

"More companies are looking for products dedicated to hydroponics"

With hydroponics and vertical farming gaining popularity around the world, growers are increasingly interested in finding crop varieties with a proven track record in controlled environment system. To meet this, Vilmorin-Mikado has positioned itself as a leader in plant breeding and the provision of…

Kees Havenaar: "I don't think it's been this bad across the board before"

"The 'perfect storm' hits Spanish greenhouse vegetable sales

"I was just wondering whether it has ever been this quiet and negative in the trade in the past 25 years." Well, the tone has been set, but it is clear that Kees Havenaar of Frutas Luna is concerned. And to ask the question is to answer it: "I don't think it has been this bad before, at least not across…

Idromeccanica Lucchini

Strawberries for Finland

Demand for red fruits, strawberries in particular, is growing on the north-European market. The harsh climate, short summers and little sunlight mean volumes, even those grown in greenhouses, are more limited than those obtained at more favorable latitudes. The Finnish caseIn Finland, Idromeccanica Lucchini developed a study to…

Chicago proposed home of second Second Chances Farm

Garfield Produce, located in the East Garfield Park area in Chicago, is working together with Second Chances Farm to establish the Second Chances Farm Chicago in the Windy City. Garfield Produce is an indoor vertical farm and a licensed wholesale food establishment whose mission, values and passion…

Increased demand for specialty leafy greens drives creation of indoor vegetable division

Recently, Sakata Seed announced the start of a division for indoor grown vegetable varieties. “Given the rapid growth in vertical farming as well as the development of additional opportunities for leafy greens, we felt it was important to place additional emphasis on serving controlled environment…

Christian Kruse, Haygrove LLC:

"Protected cultivation is an important growth market in Germany and still has great potential"

Berry growers in Germany are already in full preparation for the 2021 season, and the trade fair duo expoSE/expoDirekt is usually a good opportunity for the sector to exchange ideas and find out about the latest trends. For this very reason, the cancellation hits the sector hard: "For us, an important…

Edible Garden

US: Crowdinvesting campaign to scale greenhouse grower

Greenhouse company Edible Garden® today announces the launch of an equity crowdfunding campaign via crowd investment platform Republic, which will help fund the commercialization of the company's  greenhouses. "This will further reduce our carbon footprint and expand access to its USDA-Certified Organic, sustainable…

LGV Sonnengemüse starts fresh winter vegetables cultivation trial

Cooperative expects 25-ton total yield

At LGV Gärtnergemüse, they are at the start of the harvest for local winter fresh vegetables from Vienna and Burgenland. Together with horticultural school Schönbrunn -under the direction of DI Wolfgang Palme-, LGV Sonnengemüse has started a cultivation trial with fresh winter vegetables. Six growers and…

Situation of the 2020/21 campaign in Almeria

Rijk Zwaan's Thelma aubergine is one of the most cultivated in the greenhouses of Almeria's Poniente

The first quarter of the 2020-2021 campaign is already coming to an end in Almeria. In this period, there has been an overall rise in the price of greenhouse crops, although…

Netherlands: Good price prospects for lighted tomato growers

Dutch tomato growers that are starting production are looking at good price prospects, says Ronald van der Knaap of sales organization Haluco. "Currently, the prices are good, and we hope that this will continue until the end of the year.” "The production of lighted TOV will start a couple of weeks later…

Grower educates podcast listeners on greenhouse farming

How do you build a greenhouse? Why are trade shows important? These are just a few of the topics covered on the Mucci Farms “Spill The Greens” podcast which has, to date, been better received than anticipated. “All the reactions have been very positive. We’ve had more than 2,500 streams so far for the…

Subtropical sweet potatoes locally produced in Canadian greenhouses

Over the past few years, sweet potatoes have risen in popularity among Canadian consumers. Ontario production meets just over 50 per cent of the province’s demand for the…

Retilplast

Three types of coverings for fruit and vegetables

The vast catalog of Retilplast, a company specialized in the production, transformation and marketing of nets, sheets and tarpaulins, includes fruit and vegetable covers that generate different types of light, such as diffused, jagged diffused and more diffuse diffused direct light. "The needs of the market…


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