Greenhouse

Haygrove LLC at the upcoming expoSE in Karlsruhe

"Tunnel cultivation is of strategic importance for our planet"

Berry fruit is booming - and has been for several years. Accordingly, local cultivation is becoming increasingly important in order to combine the ubiquitous idea of ​​regionalism with the superfood 'berry'. There are several ways to make growing easier and more productive for producers. With these solutions,…

Netherlands: Organic 58 ha facility acquired by Best Fresh

Best Fresh has reached an agreement with the administrator handling the bankruptcy of greenhouse horticulture company A.C. Hartman on acquiring its assets. The 58-hectare greenhouse facility was declared bankrupt almost two weeks ago. "The purchase is a logical next step for Best Fresh in its strategic development…

Are Dutch Venlo-style greenhouses feasible in China?

The Chinese company Beijing Zhongnong Futong Gardening Co., Ltd. and the Dutch company Tomato World signed an agreement on October 24th, 2019. The Dutch subsidiary company of Zhongnong Futong will become a golden member of Tomato World in 2020. This makes Zhongnong Futong the first Asian member of Tomato…

RAIF warns about presence of tomato russet mite in greenhouses of Almeria

The Phytosanitary Warning and Information Network, RAIF, has reported that the Australian mite Aculops lycopersici, known as the tomato russet mite, has been detected in the province of Almería in most of the plots where the crop's setting and harvest are already starting, and with an increase observed…

Frans Lommen, Certification Specialist at ZON:

"This Dutch greenhouse vegetable season had its highs and lows"

Frans Lommen is a Senior Certification Specialist at the Dutch cooperative ZON. The greenhouse vegetable season is drawing to a close in that country. There are a few exceptions. Some growers cultivate lit tomatoes year-round. ZON magazine interviewed Frans. Frans Lommen What does a Certification…

Spanish PO Looije inaugurates 19 hectares of state-of-the-art greenhouses in Murcia

On Tuesday, November 5, the Looije Producers Organization inaugurated its new state-of-the-art multi-tunnel greenhouses at the Don Alfonso farm, in the Murcia town of Águilas, with which the entity will have 19 new hectares for crop cultivation. The facilities, built by the Murcia-based company Novedades…

Papayas to be grown in Iceland

The company Paradise Farms and Ölfus municipality (southwest Iceland) have decided to sign a letter of intent involving the leasing of 50 hectares of land for organic food production, mainly in large…

LED Lighted greenhouses shown in new photography project

In a newly presented project, German aerial photographer Tom Hegen focuses on greenhouses in the Netherlands growing crops with LED lights. The project, called THE GREENHOUSE SERIES, shows the effect of illuminated greenhouses in the early morning. With his series, the photographer wants to show the…

Bulgaria’s greenhouse veg production grew by 28.1% in 2018

Bulgaria's total greenhouse vegetable production increased by 28.1% last year compared to 2017. This was reported by the Deputy Minister of Agriculture, Food and Forestry,…

The first imported goods arrive in Munich three weeks earlier than in the previous year

"Beautiful weather leads to a record-breaking early start for Greek tunnel strawberries"

The very high daytime temperatures in Greece (25 degrees continuously) have led to an exceptionally early start of the harvest on the strawberry plantations over there. Therefore, the first tunnel goods from Greece will arrive in Munich today, three weeks earlier than last year, says direct importer Theo…

Also looking to boost production

University of Florida leads research to reduce pepper diseases

Everyone should know that peppers are popular. Consumers eat all kinds, including jalapenos, habaneros, chilis and more. Because people eat so much of the fruit, they’re worth…

8.8 hectares of Cravo greenhouses with retractable roofs

Simply Fresh invests $30 million to optimize quality production in India

Simply Fresh is carrying out the phase 1 of its construction project, which includes 8.8 hectares (22 acres) of retractable-roof greenhouses and a state-of-the-art baler to help ensure a continuous supply of fresh produce to help meet the demand of the growing middle-class population. The facility will…

Paradeiser-Kaiser:

Austrian grower brings organic tomatoes to China

Being an organic farmer on 1.2 million hectares of land in China - this is the current project that Erich Stekovics is occupied with. Now, the organic farmer from Frauenkirchen…

Simply Fresh investing $30M for greenhouse project in India

Simply Fresh says that with its new investment in India, consumers will be able to enjoy fresh and safe produce that is sustainably grown locally following international standards for food safety. Construction of phase 1 is underway which includes 8.8 hectares (22 acres) of retractable roof greenhouses…

Russia harvests almost 1 million tons of greenhouse vegetables in first nine months of 2019

In the first nine months of 2019, Russian producers harvested 966.7 thousand tons of vegetables grown in protected agricultural production, out of which 897.0 thousand tons…

Stephan van Marrewijk, Vicasol:

"October still dramatic for Spanish greenhouse vegetables"

Spanish greenhouse vegetable growers came onto the market a little earlier this year. There is also a wide range of Dutch products available. This is making for a challenging market situation. "We had good weather for a long time. Until recently, we had daytime temperatures of between 26 and 28°C. The…

Greenhouse vegetable production in Bulgaria grew 28.1% in 2018

Deputy Minister of Agriculture, Food and Forestry Verginiya Krasteva said at the opening of the first seminar of the Bulgarian Association of Greenhouse Producers that the…

Floods and storms in Spain and southern France affected some crops

This week’s weather around the Mediterranean caused a lot of damage in the south of France; the French government has declared a state of natural disaster. In Béziers, 6…

New expansion for Gotham Greens

So, what do you do when you are done building three greenhouses? You start with a fourth, of course. That's what the team with Gotham Greens is doing. While finishing their projects in Baltimore, Chicago and Providence, they're currently also expanding in the west. Their new state-of-the-art Mountain West region flagship…

VR glasses slowly becoming known, also at PMA

“Our main goal is to attract people to the sector using VR glasses”

There is no doubt that they attract attention. But, in the long run, VR glasses must be more than just a nice gadget. "Promoting our growers is our main goal now," says Costin Beliciu of the Ontario Greenhouse Vegetable Growers (OGVG). This company was as the PMA in Anaheim, California. "However,…

Special brand developed for vertically-grown products

The first vertically grown products have recently become available at Van Gelder fruit & vegetables. This is the result of the collaboration between Van Gelder and vertical cultivation specialist PlantLab. Joint efforts were made to grow and market fresh vegetables with a lot of taste and high…

New micro greens product makes retail launch

AeroFarmsⓇ, producer of indoor vertical farming and locally-grown produce has just introduced a new line of microgreens under their retail brand Dream GreensⓇ. Dream Greens now has two varieties of microgreens -Micro Super Mix and Micro Spicy Mix, now available at all Whole Foods Market locations in the…

Latvian super-strawberries will withstand October chill

At first glance it seems unbelievable to see hundreds of flowering strawberry plants and long rows of red berries in greenhouses during the middle of October. Owner Ilmārs Gulbis didn’t heat the greenhouses in Laidi parish even on the days when temperatures fell below zero, yet the strawberries were…

possible second contamination in Westland

Netherlands: In addition to ToBRFV, PepMV also found at Dutch growers

In a report, the Dutch Food and Consumer Product Safety Authority (NVWA) provides more details about the discovery of the Tomato brown rugose fruit virus (ToBRFV) in vine tomatoes at a greenhouse horticultural company in the Westland, the Netherlands. Among other things, it is reported that the infection…

Column by Frits van der Meulen (KCB)

"The last leg of the Dutch greenhouse season"

The greenhouse vegetable season is slowly approaching its end, writes Frits van der Meulen in his KCB column. In the supermarkets, the majority of products still on the…

Johan Vlaemynck, Tomato Masters

"Smaller Spanish tomato area creates opportunities for lit tomato season"

In Belgium, Tomato Masters began with lit tomato cultivation at the beginning of August again. This kind of cultivation used to put pressure on the early season. However, Johan Vlaemynck is not concerned about that this year. "We saw in the media that, this winter, the Spaniards have a smaller than usual…

Automation inside and outside Mucci’s cucumber greenhouse

When talking about Mucci’s novelties, a lot of attention goes to the strawberries. Not a surprise, since the company has been one of the pioneers in this greenhouse crop. However, there’s more nice things going on in their Leamington enterprise. A high level of automation is in place at their cucumber…

Innovative hydroponic system for fig cultivation

The green sector company Grupo Projar will present its innovative hydroponic system for the cultivation of fig trees in the new edition of Fruit Attraction, the International Fair for the Fruit and Vegetable Sector, held from October 22 to 24 in Madrid. After conducting a trial in an experimental center,…

Greenhouse grower to reveal new member for its family of products

“At PMA Fresh Summit in 2018, we shook the tomato category with the launch of Sweetpops,” says Leona Neill with Red Sun Farms. Since then, the company continued to add new products to its ‘Sweets Family’. “In March of this year, we Picked a Pack of Perfect Sweetpeps and at Fresh Summit today the newest…

UK invests in greenhouses to protect supply after Brexit

As reported by the BBC, the British horticultural sector is preparing to protect the market supply from the possible difficulties that the UK's separation from the European Union could have by promoting the construction of greenhouses. 29 hectares of greenhouses capable of producing 10 million kilos of…

Kees Havenaar, Frutas Luna:

"People in Spain are more concerned about low prices of greenhouse veggies than Brexit"

The sale of Spanish greenhouse vegetables is not doing well according to Kees Havenaar of Frutas Luna. "The prices are very poor, both from eggplant and peppers, as well as from cucumbers and courgettes." The tomatoes are currently a positive exception, as are the leafy vegetables, which we are currently…

US (NJ): Element Farms unveils 70,000 sq.ft. greenhouse

Element Farms will begin operations at its new 70,000 square foot Lafayette, New Jersey, greenhouse facility this month. The company will outfit its new site, once home to a horticulture company, with proprietary technology and supplemental lighting to produce a wide variety of leafy greens. At full…

Aftermath Typhoon Hagibis

Japan: Strawberry farms devastated by floods

The city of Sano, in Japan's Tochigi Prefecture, is struggling to recover from the damage left in the wake of Typhoon Hagibis. The owners of flooded farms growing the prefecture's mainstay "Tochiotome"-brand strawberry now fear that their plants may not bear fruit in time for picking season. Tochigi Prefecture…

Some $443,000 in project investments

Northern Australia: Undercover crops to be investigated

The northern parts of Australia could be on their way to becoming Asia’s salad bowl through more use of protected cropping systems. A new project backed by the Cooperative Research Centre for Northern Australia (CRCNA) will investigate the best way to support growers wanting to set up protected cropping…

Cravo

First avocados grown under an automated retractable roof greenhouse

Katrina and Tim Myers, from Barham Avocados, based in New South Wales, Australia, posted an updated video of their avocado trees, one year after the transplant. The avocados are…

Greenhouse vegetable prices on the rise in CIS countries

Greenhouse vegetable prices have increased almost everywhere in the CIS region. Belarus and Moldova have witnessed the growth of prices on tomatoes and in Moldova the prices on cucumbers shot up. Crop rotation in the greenhouse complexes can be named as the main factor for the price formation in week 41…

Pure Flavor to launch RedRoyals at PMA Fresh Summit

"New cherry tomato on the vine will be a game changer"

While increasing its acreage of traditional greenhouse commodities of tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, and eggplants, Pure Flavor continues to focus on bringing new specialty items to market. After years of research & development, the company will be unveiling its new RedRoyals Cherry Tomatoes on the Vine…

Salad producer joins blockchain-based platform

BrightFarms announced it is incorporating blockchain technology as a member of the IBM Food Trust network. Food Trust, a blockchain-based information-sharing platform, connects supply chain data across the ecosystem. In addition to providing provenance insights, network members such as BrightFarms, say…

John Grootscholten, Daily Fresh Radish:

"Despite extreme weather conditions, Dutch radish available 365 days a year"

"Greenhouse grown radish is always reliable and available in the Netherlands," says John Grootscholten of Daily Fresh Radish. "At the moment we are once again steaming and disinfecting for a clean start to the winter. We are also working on scaling up our area. This is all to ensure that if the cultivation takes…

Les Saveurs de Jade

France: Exotic fruits and citrus grown in greenhouses

Growing exotic and citrus fruits in Brittany, France, is possible. On his three hectares of greenhouses, Gilles Le Bihan grows pitayas, finger limes, aloe vera and many other products. He is one of the few in Europe to do so on his farm, “Les Saveurs de Jade”. “We started four years ago with a pitaya…

Agrizar grows berries exclusively for Mastronardi BerryWorld America

Agrizar, one of Mexico’s largest growers, with a production network of over 8,700 acres, will grow berries exclusively for Mastronardi BerryWorld America (MBWA). “I was intrigued by the success of BerryWorld’s proprietary berries in global markets,” says Piero Zarattini, CEO of Agrizar. “But when I witnessed…

USDA report

US greenhouse tomato production spans most states

While Florida and California accounted for 76 percent of U.S. production of field-grown tomatoes in 2016, greenhouse production and use of other protected-culture technologies help extend the growing season and make production feasible in a wider variety of geographic locations. Some greenhouse…

Jepco secures GBP900,000 in funding

UK Open field grower expands hydroponic installation in answer to Fusarium

British lettuce grower Jepco will be expanding their growth season thanks to a GBP900,000 funding package provided by the Midlands Engine Investment Fund (MEIF) Debt Finance, managed by Maven Capital Partners (Maven). With the money, they will acquire the hydroponic technology and equipment needed to…

Retailers bring herb and vegetable production closer to the public

Can supermarkets contribute to local cultivation?

The world’s current food system is under pressure. Global population numbers keep rising significantly, and a large portion of these people already live in, and will increasingly live in cities. So, ever further away from where food is grown. At the same time, it is expected that the amount of available…

Greenhouses in Minsk Region

Belarus: First time lemon cultivation in Smolevichi District

Agricultural companies and greenhouses in the Minsk region are about to end the season. The last batches of traditional and exotic fruits are currently harvested there. For…

Reduces single-use plastic waste by over 60,000 pounds per year

Houweling’s Group and Apeel Sciences join forces to deliver plastic-free produce

Apeel Sciences announced an agreement with Houweling’s Group, greenhouse grower and marketer fresh tomatoes and cucumbers. The Houweling’s Group will have access to Apeel’s…

Florian Wolz (Franken-Gemüse eG) on the possible benefits for Spanish and German producers

"If there is a supply gap because of the floods, prices will rise"

"We are not really noticing the storms in Spain either in terms of pricing or availability. Of course, broccoli and cauliflower from German farms are currently experiencing problems also, but the situation is slowly recovering," says Florian Wolz, Managing Director of Franken-Gemüse Knoblauchsland eG. Just…

New Michigan co-located indoor farm opens

Gordon Food Service and Square Roots, an urban indoor farming company, have celebrated the opening of their partnership’s first co-located farm at a ribbon-cutting event on the campus of Gordon Food Service’s headquarters in Wyoming, Michigan. In addition to executives and staff from both companies,…

Japan's cold region to produce bananas

In Kashiwazaki - Niigata Prefecture -  a materials manufacturer and retailer has begun growing bananas using the exhaust heat from its waste incineration facility. Shimoda Industry…

Raspberries in pole position

Will the rest of the glasshouse soft fruits follow strawberries' growth?

Could blueberry, blackberry or raspberry glasshouse cultivation follow in strawberries’ wake? Who knows? The potential is certainly there. The cultivation of other soft fruits under glass is slowly increasing in the shadow of glasshouse strawberry cultivation. More and more growers are looking into ways…

ecovio® M 2351

BASF develops a biodegradable material for padded films

Many farmers worldwide use padded polyethylene (PE) films in the cultivation of industrial tomatoes, the most cultivated vegetable in the world, to increase yields, as they…

Regional fruits are being harvested until Christmas in Osterweddingen

High-tech greenhouse bridges season

In Osterweddingen, the first harvest of greenhouse strawberries is starting: "Elsewhere, the season is ending. With the help of high-tech we can offer the plants optimal…

NatureFresh Farms records strong start with new 32-acre greenhouse

NatureFresh Farms is celebrating a 20-year growing milestone with what they describe as a strong start to the first season at their newly developed 32-acre greenhouse in Leamington, ON. After nine months of construction, the facility measures 32 acres in total area and, to the gutter, is 7.3 meters tall.…

Peppers take leading position away from tomatoes in Almeria's greenhouses

Peppers have taken the leading position away from tomatoes in the greenhouses of Almeria, as revealed by the forecast of the production of both crops for the 2019/20 campaign. The pepper acreage will expand considerably, reaching 11,570 hectares; 445 hectares more than last season (+4%). Since 2017, the…

Hydroponics revolutionizes agriculture in Japan

Yuichi Mori, a Japanese researcher, has revolutionized agriculture through the development of transparent polymer films made from a permeable hydrogel, which can store liquids and nutrients where plants can grow without the need for soil. The device was originally designed for renal dialysis treatment.…

Growing lettuce locally: How close can you get?

When talking about the future of food production, almost everybody agrees that food can be produced much closer to the consumer. Especially when looking at the US lettuce market, the distances travelled by leafy greens are encouraging indoor farmers to join the market. Then, there’s the second question:…

Retractable roofs to protect crops

UK strawberry farm cashes in on £5m greenhouse investment

One of the UK’s biggest strawberry producers is cashing in on a £5 million investment to deliver top Kent fruit to leading supermarkets. Langley-based Charlton Farms, one of the county's largest family-owned soft and top fruit producers, provides stores like Sainsbury's and Marks & Spencer with their…

NatureFresh Farms announces internal leadership developments

NatureFresh Farms doesn’t only grow produce – they also grow their people into confident, forward-thinking leaders. Cornelius Neufeld and Frank Neufeld have each been working in the greenhouse farming industry for over 20 years. In recent months, both Cornelius and Frank have taken on more prominent…

Start-up ECF supplies regional Rewe branches

Berliner Aquaponik-Anlage delivers 6,000 to 8,000 basil pots per week

Basil and perch are produced by the start-up ECF in the aquaponic system on their farm in the middle of Berlin. The founders also show that they can plan and build. Now there are two large greenhouses on the 1,800 square meter site, where basil grows. Between 6,000 and 8,000 pots leave the farm weekly after…

Damage to greenhouses estimated at about 177 million dollars

Japan: Typhoon Faxai caused heavy damage to agriculture

So far, typhoon Faxai has caused more than 290 million dollars in damage to agriculture, forestry and fisheries industries, mainly in eastern Japan. The amount is expected to rise. Farm ministry officials say the total covers damage reported as of Thursday morning in Chiba, Ibaraki and six other…

Salera owns 30 hectares destined to the fresh-cut industry

Bonduelle Italia CEO Andrea Montagna has no doubt: Azienda Agricola Salera is one of the best in the field when it comes to fresh-cut products. On 17th September 2019, the company opened its doors to showcase how it produces 2000 tons of vegetables for the fresh-cut industry every year.  Click here for the…

CuTE greenhouse showcases EU fruits and vegetables at the European Parliament

A mobile greenhouse arrived at the European Parliament on Wednesday September 11th, kicking off a two year tour of Europe informing consumers about the benefits of European-grown fruits and vegetables. The exhibition was the launch of a campaign called CuTE (Cultivating the Taste of Europe) organised by…

Trying to further improve in-flight meals

Singapore Airlines partners with high-tech urban farm

Singapore Airlines is getting ready to launch a new ‘farm-to-plane’ dining program, using vegetables grown at a local farm in Newark, New Jersey, on its flights from the New York City area. AeroFarms, the company supplying the greens, is a high-tech "vertical farm," which uses a controlled climate, LED…

Urban farming start-up to open Michigan farm on September 30

On September 30th, Square Roots will cut the ribbon and officially open its newest indoor farm on the Gordon Food Service headquarters in Wyoming, Michigan. The company said this is the beginning of a strategic partnership that will see Square Roots’ high-tech farms built on or near Gordon Food Service…

Jordan Valley farmers welcome halt to citrus imports

According to a Jordan Valley Farmers Union statement on Tuesday, the Agriculture Ministry coordinates with farmers to protect local produce. There were reports of farmers protesting against the import of citrus fruits from abroad, President of the Jordan Valley Farmers Union Adnan Khaddam told The Jordan…

Largest Australian biofuel plant to supply energy to new Katunga Fresh greenhouse

Space is not an issue for the Australian greenhouse growers with Katunga Fresh. Neither is the quality of the tomatoes being produced, labor, or the demand for the product in the Australian market. It’s the energy supply that was limiting the company’s growth: it was expensive and too low in…

Turkish greenhouse growers make a loss due to high input costs

The Greenhouse Investors and Producers Union's (SERA-BIR) Chairman Muslum Yanmaz said that greenhouse productivity decreased from 30 tons per 0.1 hectare to 17 tons. Due to bad weather conditions and high input costs, 120 greenhouse growers made a loss in an area of 1100 hectares. "The majority of our…

Wyssa Gemüse sees successful future for hydraulic farming in Switzerland

"Rising interest in hydrosalads, advantageous cultivation techniques should be emphasized more"

Hydrocultures have been making a rapid entry into the (Northwest) European trade for several years. In Switzerland, there are currently three farms that are involved in hydro-cultivation. Of these, Wyssa Gemüse is the only one who cultivates hydroponic crops outdoors without covering. Headquartered in the…

Video: Greenhouse hit by a tropical storm

It was a serious tropical storm that hit the Culiacán region in Mexico at the end of August. With severe rain and wind the retractable greenhouse was attacked quite heavily - but it held up. "The reinforced polyethylene roof coverings can't blow off since they are suspended below stainless steel wires", the…

Mariska de Zoete of Fruca: "Our homes and cars are completely flooded"

Clearing the rubble in Spain after the severe weather; leafy vegetable shortages a sure thing in the winter"

Last week, the Southeastern parts of Spain were pummeled by unusually heavy rain and floods. The severe weather claimed at least six lives. An estimated 3,500 people have lost their homes due to the floods. A Dutch national is also missing. The 66-year-old man fell victim to the weather in the Spanish…

Bushel Boy breaks ground on 50-acre Iowa facility

Minnesota-based Bushel Boy Farms is expanding its commitment to meeting Midwest demand for local, high-quality fresh produce as it broke ground on a new 20 hectare / 50-acre facility in Mason City, Iowa on September 11. The $35 million investment in the new facility will increase current production by…

Henk van Doorne: "Most of the greenhouse lettuce we harvest, currently becomes air cargo"

Is the Dutch greenhouse lettuce market still viable?

The greenhouse lettuce market is not too bad. This is according to Henk van Doorne. He is a grower and trader at Van Doorne Imex. This company is based in 's-Gravenzande, the…

Only 20% of Almería's greenhouses use biological controls

Only 20% of the greenhouse production in the province of Almería is grown with biological controls, despite the fact that the province was a pioneer in its implementation…

Agriculture Minister Ezzedine Abu Stait:

“Climate change impacts Egyptian food security”

On Monday, Egyptian Minister for Agriculture and Land Reclamation, Ezzedine Abu Stait, warned workshop attendees of the effects of climate change for Egypt. Climate change…

Russia increases its greenhouse area each year after the veto

Since the imposition of the Russian veto on EU fruit and vegetable products, Russia has increased the area devoted to greenhouses by 1 and 4% year-on-year in the last five years, thanks to a government financial support program for the construction and modernization of greenhouse infrastructure. In 2014,…

Investments in Armenian greenhouses bear fruit

Growing strawberries and raspberries might seem like an endeavor that’s far removed from the realm of politics. But in Armenia, one of the first countries to privatize land after the collapse of the Soviet Union, the fledgling market economy has offered greenhouse growers new opportunities to compete.…

Dong Nai province

Vietnamese province invites businesses for developing production chains

The south Vietnamese province of Dong Nai is calling on domestic and foreign firms to participate in developing 52 production chains in agriculture till 2020, focusing on…

Planning permission procedure for Dutch investors stopped for now

Planned lettuce greenhouse in Wiesentheid will not be built

The Delissen brothers from Holland have withdrawn their building application for a gigantic lettuce greenhouse in Wiesentheid. The project has stalled for the time being, reports…

Ideal Tutor, tutoring for greenhouse crops

"In agriculture, the productive process can make a huge difference in terms of time and labor costs," explains Alessandro Avarino, administrator of SIA Group, a company dealing with technical innovation in the greenhouse sector.  Alessandro Avarino "Our Ideal Tutor system is an extremely useful tool to rationalize…

"We are excited about the potential of our new, strengthened edges of SOLARIG®"

An international greenhouse and woven polyethylene (PE) cover company is looking to strengthen its market in Australia with the development of new and stronger products. PIC Plast Ltd from Israel has been operating in Australia periodically for several years with customers mainly from the vegetable…


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