Greenhouse

Show gives grower a chance to show off its uniqueness

For one vertical indoor organic grower, this year’s United Fresh LIVE! is a chance to potentially reach a broader audience. “We want to be able to talk to a wider span of people with this show,” says Don Helms of Rockingham, VA-based That’s Tasty. “It’s new territory so we’re looking at interesting and…

Joseph Talbourdet of Westmoreland Topline Farms:

“We see plenty of room for growth in the snacking mini cucumber segment”

Even though the pandemic has interrupted normal routines, snacking items continue to see good demand with retailers. Westmoreland Topline Farms launched their Huge Cruncher cucumbers in 2019, and have seen good demand for this snacking cucumber, as well as for their sanZano tomato. Mini snacking cucumbersJoseph…

PhytonIQ produces Asian root vegetables on eight floors

Wasabi cultivation in Austria's Burgenland

Wasabi is difficult to cultivate and was not readily available in Austria for a long time. The plant needs two years to grow - a long period, during which a lot can go wrong. The root is actually native to Japan, but since 2017 it has also been growing in Austria, under strictly controlled conditions in one…

Viraj Puri: "Patient approach has allowed us to scale rapidly and sustainably"

Gotham Greens double their acreage within six months

In the last six months, US greenhouse company Gotham Greens has more than doubled its footprint by opening four new greenhouses. Newest in their 'collection' is the one in Denver. For decades the area next to an abandoned runway at the former Denver Stapleton Airport site had been sitting vacant. Only 3…

Intergrow Greenhouses partners with Natural Upcycling to reduce food waste

Consumers have high expectations when it comes to their food. Even in produce, they expect beautifully uniformed, well presenting fruit. But at the end of the day this is farming and it is not realistic that every piece of fruit produced meets those requirements. Even with the strictest growing and…

Priva computer system now designed to control Cravo retractable roof greenhouses and cooling houses

Cravo’s retractable roof technology allows fruit and vegetable growers in hot climates to produce high quality product, especially during times of the year when it is difficult to grow. The company has teamed up with Priva, a high-tech company that offers climate control, energy savings and optimal reuse…

Tomatoes and peppers to be grown by the end of this year

"Combination of scale and technique makes 29 ha UK project unique"

Even though BOM Group has quite a lot of experience in the UK market and is familiar with big greenhouses, the 29 hectare project that they are realizing currently in Norfolk - UK, is unique. Despite the Covid-19 crisis they are building (under the health regulations) full steam ahead to have the 29…

Krist Hamerlinck, Eco Veg:

"Corona crisis stimulates the consumption of organic greenhouse vegetables"

"The corona crisis has caused us a lot of inconvenience. We had to adjust the machines and the way of working, but it is also very difficult to find staff," says Krist Hamerlinck from Eco Veg. "We work a lot with people from Ukraine, but because the borders are closed, they cannot come. The Polish…

Margret Eschbach, 2bfresh Eschbach AG on the current market for Micro Leaves

"We can't have to dump fresh cress while people buy canned ravioli"

Before the Corona pandemic, cresses and micro leaves were among the most interesting trend articles in the vegetable sector. Especially in the gastronomy the unique Micro Leaves in numerous variations of increasing popularity. But in times of Corona, the sprouted vegetables are disposed of in tons (for example…

Ronald van Vossen, Angus Soft Fruits Europe: "Limited raspberries and blueberries supply"

"Stable greenhouse strawberry market, but difficult transition of Dutch greenhouse blackberry "

The sales of Dutch greenhouse strawberries are currently progressing very well, according to commercial director Ronald van Vossen of Angus Soft Fruits Europe from Ridderkerk, The Netherlands. Qualitatively, we have access to a strong product thanks to the sunny weather and cool nights. In addition, the…

Ministry of Agriculture: Irina Kvyatkovskaya

Mixed food price dynamics in Russia

The Russian Ministry of Agriculture, which conducts regular monitoring of prices, issued a report in April stating that the price dynamics were mixed. The Ministry expects to…

Spain

"Classical music favors the growth of plants by around 25%"

The only Pink tomatoes certified by Aragon's Committee for Ecological Agriculture in the province of Huesca are grown in the greenhouse of the Organic Garden of Casa Rural La Portellada, in Barbastro, accompanied by classical music. According to their producers, Antonio Risco and Victoria Martinez, music…

testing of asymptomatic workers: over 120 positive cases

US (NY): COVID-19 outbreak among greenhouse workers

This week officials of the Madison County government confirmed that the greenhouse of Green Empire Farms, employing over 300 employees, dealt with an outbreak of the Covid-19…

app helps growers make most out of their TAPKIT

"Growing is not only about the right hardware, but also about knowledge and crop support"

With the TAPKIT, a  500 m2 greenhouse enabling growers to start-up their own hydroponic venture, TAP has brought hydroponic growing within reach of many growers all around the world. With the newly launched app, including crop advice on specific climate conditions, water quality and hundreds of FAQs, they…

Tomato Vision opens its doors in the Netherlands

A new Syngenta tomato demonstration center is set to change the way tomato varieties are bred and to fulfill new market demands in the future. Creating the tomatoes of the futureJust one year after its building was announced, the new R&D and marketing facility called Tomato Vision opened this week in…

Green-Dome as local solution for sustainable basic food supply

The Garden of Eden from the MABEWO Solar Dome

Start-up companies are revolutionizing the production of food worldwide. Indoor farms and closed cycles are being used to develop innovative methods to satisfy human hunger. Closed cycle: Cultivation and recyclingContrary to what the normal visitor to a farm can imagine, the use of the sun and the soil is…

Hotraco Horti supplied complete automation for greenhouse climate and irrigation.

Dutch climate control for 1200 ha horticultural project in Egypt

In early 2020, Hotraco Horti completed a large automation project in Egypt covering more than 1200 ha. With this mega-project, consisting of 126 clusters of 6, 8, 10 or 12 horticultural greenhouses, each covering more than a hectare, Egypt is taking major steps towards self-sufficiency in food production…

Benedikt Mangold, BayWa Group:

“Greenhouses interesting and promising part of our strategy”

“2019 has been a pleasing year,” says Benedikt Mangold, Head of Global Produce at BayWa. Benedikt has been working with BayWa since 2011 and runs the Group’s international fresh produce division, which includes T&G Global - a market leader in New Zealand’s fruit business- since August 2019. On March 4th…

Videxport S.A., partner of Giumarra Companies

Mexico grower introduces sanitation tunnels for worker safety

The Giumarra Companies, marketing partner of Sonora, Mexico-based Videxport S.A. de C.V., announced the company’s new sanitation tunnels to support worker safety and ensure continued production and quality during the COVID-19 crisis and beyond. Videxport is a Fair Trade Certified™ and Sedex Members…

Transitioning underway on Mexican greenhouse tomatoes

Supplies of Mexican greenhouse tomatoes are currently winding down. “This is when we phase out some of our crops that we carry over the winter. And of course, we phase in new crops to allow us to stay a year-round supplier,” says Anthony Otto of Magic Sun in Richmond, Va. As Mexican greenhouse operations…

Produce is safe for consumption

Canada: COVID-19 outbreak amongst workers in greenhouse Chatham-Kent

At the Canadian pepper farm Greenhill Produce, located in Kent Bridge Ontario, 40 workers have been infected with COVID-19. None have been hospatilized as they are…

There is a limit on the import of agricultural resources required for greenhouse production in China

The production of fruit and vegetables in Chinese greenhouses reaches its annual peak during April and May. The production capacity of larger production areas grows as the weather warms up around this time of year. Market demand also grows stronger around the same time. Manager Xu Dan of Beijing…

Nicolas Mazard with Koppert Cress USA dba Flavour Fields®

“I believe good things will come out of this”

How will life look like after COVID-19? “I believe this year will make it into the history books and we will talk about life pre-corona versus post-corona,” says Nicolas Mazard with Flavour Fields, based on Long Island, NY. In its greenhouses, the company grows microgreens that are being used in chefs’…

Webinar this Thursday, April 30th

How to profitably increase local fresh fruit and vegetable production in warm and hot climates?

Cravo’s retractable roof technology allows fruit and vegetable growers in warm and hot climates to produce high quality product, especially during times of the year when it is difficult to grow. This Thursday, the company will be holding a webinar that discusses cost effective solutions to the challenges…

BC kicks off production of organic greenhouse grown peppers and TOV’s

Production of organic bell peppers and organic tomatoes-on-the-vine has just started at OriginO’s greenhouses in Delta, British Columbia. “The growing season started in January and harvest began this month,” says Aaron Quon with Oppy, fresh produce grower, marketer and distributor as well as a long-time…

One of the many solutions offered by Idromeccanica Lucchini

Wide range of customization options with the Multytunnel system

The Multytunnel technology system for greenhouses meets the needs of horticulturists who work on large surface areas. The experience gained by Idromeccanica Lucchini, also thanks to a continuous and successful interaction with horticulturists, has highlighted the need to combine the advantages of…

Over 100 hectares of nurseries in Poland and Spain producing 60 million strawberry plants

"The strawberry sector is not stopping despite the current health emergency and, while harvesting is continuing, we are already thinking about the next campaign. We have set up around 100 hectares of greenhouses, 70 of which in Poland and 30 in Spain. We planted the new Rossetta® (NSG 120), Marabella®…

Johannes Dick on the situation of producers in the Corona crisis:

"Some marketing personnel lack all consideration and knowledge of the situation"

Four weeks ago there was still a certain amount of concern about the producers, but now they are often pilloried," says Johannes Dick from the herb cultivation company of the same name in Bornheim. "Since the beginning of the crisis, we have been delivering more volume to the food retail trade every week,…

Richard Hartensveld, Schenkeveld:

"Much respect for the labor migrants that remain”

The number of labor migrants working in greenhouse horticulture may only really become apparent when some of them were no longer able to travel to the Netherlands due to corona measures. “Luckily, they can still travel from Poland, but no longer from Romania, Moldova, Hungary, and Bulgaria”, says Richard…

"Smart glass greenhouses are the focus China's agricultural development"

The COVID-19 outbreak has brought a lot of challenges to vegetable and fruit growers, so what issues have they encountered in terms of cultivation and marketing? Recently, Horti China launched a series of "Hort China Talk" interviews and interviewed Haisheng Group, a vegetable and fruit expert. Horti…

Dr. Klaus Henschel, Gartenbau Fontana:

"Corona will unleash renewed debate on sustainable production"

For almost three weeks now, the greenhouse facility of Fontana Gartenbau LLC, on the German-Polish border, has been full of activity. Despite the Corona virus, the regional cucumbers and tomatoes from Brandenburg have to be harvested as usual this year. As managing director of a medium-sized horticultural…

Mr. Akarca, Elite Foods

“Competition of greenhouse vegetables from the South is gone”

“These times are more difficult because of the Corona crisis. The retail chains are doing well and continues to purchase product, but the customers who supply the gastronomy have disappeared or are purchasing less,” says Mr. Akarca from Elite Foods. "We are grateful that we can continue working, even…

"The Chinese market price of greenhouse tomatoes from Shaanxi is high, but so is the product quality"

Tomatoes are one of the more popular vegetables in the Chinese market. The number of production areas is quite large and they are distributed across the country. The most recent production season finished in January, but some of the other production areas are already starting the new production season.…

Vertical evaporative system increases productivity in greenhouse crops

The project "Integration of sustainable technologies to reduce climate stress in greenhouse horticultural production in the Mediterranean area", carried out by the University of Almería, Ifapa, Imida and the Cajamar Foundation, has served to assess different growing conditions for bell peppers in…

Ton van Dalen (Oxin Growers) about the Dutch greenhouse vegetable season's start:

"Cucumber market went from a flying start to not selling at auction"

Spring weather is here, and Dutch greenhouse vegetables are coming onto the market. Commercial Director, Ton van Dalen, of Oxin Growers, take a look back and ahead. "We can say that, for Easter, the overall demand for greenhouse vegetables is good. This week's orders are also encouraging. But, the…

"Growers prepare for a season with fewer or inexperienced workers"

A possible solution to prepare for a season with fewer or inexperienced workers is to work with cultivation aids such as truss arches, crop hooks and plant clips. There is now a higher demand for these among European growers, notes Arjen de Haan, who joined Paskal last month. Fewer workers"If one or two experienced…

California Masterplant adopts SELDA Informatica's winTutor IRIS management software

California Masterplant is a Business Unit of The Morning Star Co., a tomato processing company. With a transformation of over 3 million tons of raw material coming from the fields, The Morning Star Group represents around 30% of the USA Market and 10% of the Global Market. Since 2003, by purchasing 30% of…

Anthony Umina, Fresh Local Produce:

“This is what we call hands-free cultivation"

“This is what we call hands-free cultivation ,” says Anthony Umina, managing member of Fresh Local Produce, when showing his newly realised fully automated growing system in Hudson, Ohio. Fresh Local Produce of Ohio started their production of fresh baby lettuce in a 2 acre greenhouse this February and…

abc westland expands business park

Hines abc westland will expand the business park by 5.5 hectares in 2020 and 2021. In recent years abc westland has purchased various greenhouses. Now that the access road to this expansion area is ready, the area is being prepared for sale. "It brings hope to see that these kinds of developments continue…

Landgard defies crisis and supplies tons of local fruit vegetables

Optimum weather conditions put greenhouse crops on the map

With the increasingly nice spring weather, the harvest of fresh German fruits has really taken off at the member farms of the Landgard producer cooperative. The first fresh regional cucumbers and tomatoes from unexposed protected cultivation were available in smaller quantities since the end of January…

$100 million for UAE greenhouse company Pure Harvest Smart Farms

The team with greenhouse company Pure Harvest Smart Farms has secured a multi-stage investment commitment of over $100 million. Currently Pure Harvest operates a greenhouse in the UAE desert and grows tomatoes over there. With the investment, the company will expand with new greenhouses in the UAE, Saudi…

Jan VanderHout

"International workers need to get here quickly for spring planting"

"Now more than ever, we know how important it is for Canadian farmers to be able to continue to grow their crops and raise their livestock. A safe, consistent food supply is an essential service, especially during a global crisis like this when other countries around the world are facing the same…

"I'll start picking my cherries in about 15 days"

Cherry orchards saved from snowfall thanks to innovative roofing solutions

"After the last snowfall, I was very worried about the results because I feared damage caused by the frosts, but on Wednesday morning, on my way to the farm, I found no problems nor anomalies in my cherry orchards" - said Ruggiero Granieri, owner of the eponymous farm located in Barletta (Bari). "On the roof…

"Chinese greenhouses provided steady supply of vegetables"

The Chinese vegetable industry has suffered the consequences of the COVID-19 epidemic for more than two months now. People are paying close attention to market conditions and…

Ray Wowryk with Nature Fresh Farms

“It is too early to determine how shopping patterns will unfold”

When the situation around the coronavirus escalated about 2.5 weeks ago, consumers started panic buying and retail demand exploded as a result. “All areas within the fresh produce supply chain felt the surge in demand during the first week to ten days,” says Ray Wowryk with Nature Fresh Farms. “This has…

Strawberry cultivation in Baden-Württemberg

More than a quarter of the 2019 harvest from protected cultivation

More and more strawberries are growing in the southwest, protected in foil tunnels or greenhouses. All in all, last year the volumes harvested increased to some 27,000 tonnes…

Spain

More than 30,000 hectares of greenhouses operate at full capacity in Almeria

The current health crisis in Spain has tested the strength and importance of the agricultural sector in Almeria, which is operating at full capacity. Work in the more than 30,000 hectares of greenhouses and in the trading companies continues, attending to all the measures required to maintain the health…

"It is the first of its kind in a high-tech environment."

Australian glasshouse producer planning to diversify into the cucumber space

A major Australian glasshouse producer and marketing company, Flavorite is preparing to diversify its business, with the introduction of high wire glasshouse grown continental cucumbers. Flavorite is building another four hectares of glasshouse, ready for planting in June 2021, at its facility in…

Philip van Geest (VGI): Good demand from the United Kingdom for open field vegetables

"Greenhouse vegetable prices fell sharply after run on supermarkets in past two weeks"

During the last trading days, the prices of greenhouse vegetables such as bell peppers, tomatoes, aubergines and cucumbers have fallen sharply. "For cucumbers, 0.01 each was…

Themar Al Emarat facility UAE in production

Cooling a soilless growing facility even in extreme climates

It's not a fata morgana that you see when staring at the al Kaheef desert in the United Arab Emirates - it's a real greenhouse that is realised there. The 5 hectare facility of Themar Al Emarat was erected last year. Thanks to the modern techniques and a new technology developed by New Growing System…

Vertical farms are battling the new market situation due to COVID-19

"We are all in this together and we will make it"

The COVID-19 has a huge impact on many industries due to the measures taken in regards to labor and food safety. Also vertical farming has been hit by the virus as many farms deliver their fresh produce to the hospitality service. Now most restaurants are closed, they have to come up with solutions for…

Florian Wolz, Franken-Gemüse Knoblauchsland cooperative

"The focus should be on providing enough for everyone, not undercutting prices"

The coronavirus has a firm grip on the world. While the food supply is still sufficiently secured, many catering suppliers are facing the end of their supplies and producers (cooperatives) are worried about the next harvest. Seasonal workers no longer want to travel in the face of the pandemic, and even if…

Corrie Hutchens of Pete’s:

“Our new butter lettuce wrap kits will help consumers prepare easy and healthy meals”

Greenhouse-grown hydroponic greens are the specialty of California-based company Pete’s. Now the company is expanding their offering and are launching Butter Stuffers, which are ready-made butter lettuce wrap kits. The product line is launching today, March 19th, on the US West Coast. Corrie Hutchens…

New 6 ha LED-lighted strawberry facility to be realised in Lincolnshire, UK

Only recently it was announced that Beeswax Dyson Farming – Britain’s largest privately owned farming business – will realise a multi-million pound state-of-the-art indoor strawberry production facility in Lincolnshire, UK. Now the team with British company CambridgeHOK, chosen to design and build this…

Self-assembly greenhouse nominated for sustainability award

Being nominated for a prize is awesome and so there was already a minor celebration at TAPKIT Hydroponic systems - but unfortunately the recent Covid outbreak throws a spanner in the works. Yet the startup is still being placed in the spotlights as the program wants them to be awarded for their…

Vegetable cultivation in Lower Saxony:

Onions and cucumbers are the main crops

In 2019, according to the results of the State Office for Statistics of Lower Saxony (LSN), 774 agricultural enterprises in Lower Saxony cultivated vegetables on an area of…

Canadian grown pepper program to commence shipping beginning of April

Village Farms International Inc., headquartered in Vancouver Canada announced that their Village Farms Greenhouse Grown brand of tomatoes, peppers, and cucumbers are all ramping up for a strong season. In particular, the company’s Canadian grown national pepper program will commence shipping at the…

Russian retailer Magnit to increase purchases of domestically produced vegetables by 80%

Russia’s Magnit retail network plans to increase vegetable production in its greenhouse complexes by 30% in 2020. It is also set on increasing direct purchases from Russian producers by 80%. This will reduce the dependence on imported products. In 2020, Magnit plans to launch the first phase of the…

Alessandra Di Maio from CO.SER

Coronavirus having a minimum impact on businesses

"Up until last week, the Coronavrius did not affect our business much and our clients only lamented lower revenues. Things are different this week and the smaller clients selling to local markets are clearly the ones in most difficulty," reports Alessandra Di Maio from CO.SER. "Our clients, however, are…

First daikon radish of the year were harvested in Knoblauchsland, Germany

"We expect to be able to deliver the first volumes to retailers in two weeks"

The first daikon radishes of this year's season were harvested last Friday in Knoblauchsland, Germany. Similar to last year, the first fresh greenhouse products arrived at the regional wholesale market in Nuremberg at the beginning of March. "Now, at the beginning of the season there are only small quantities…

Cucumber prices on the rise in Ukraine

The demand for greenhouse vegetables traditionally increases before the holidays in Ukraine. At this time, according to EastFruit, trading activity in the domestic cucumber…

Increases fruit size and yield

Automatic retractable roof advances cherry harvest 3 weeks

For eight years, Michigan State University and Cravo Equipment have been researching the opportunities for retractable greenhouses for the cherry industry. “We have been working on understanding the positive impact on window of supply, yield and sizing,” says Cravo’s President Richard Vollebregt. “Prior…

Early salads stand out for being well-balanced, fresh and having short transport distances

Lettuce harvest on Reichenau island nears its peak

Just in time for the first spring-like days, Reichenau Gemüse starts the season with the first main product, lettuces. A lot of light and warmth have greatly favoured the growth of the greens, according to managing director of the vegetable cooperative Johannes Bliestle. Around 350,000 heads of different…

Viennese Fruit Smile company offers a full range of Egyptian products

"Growing demand among retailers in major German cities"

In recent years, Egypt has become one of the most important growing regions in the world. One of the consequences of this is that more and more major suppliers are specialising in Egyptian imported goods, which is why the quantities and product range are being rapidly expanded. However, competition is fierce,…

Enza Zaden introduces new tomato varieties

One thousand operators - producers, traders and buyers - from over 850 companies attended the House Fair Sicily 2020 Tomato DemoGreenhouse promoted by Enza Zaden in Sicily. Enza Zaden Tomato Demo Greenhouse. (Click here for the photo gallery) The Enza Zaden product range includes cherry tomatoes, plum…

Jörg Broschkat combines ecological and economical conditions of plant care

"Only if we can intervene promptly, can we find a remedy"

The requirements for fruit and vegetables in the retail trade are becoming more and more demanding, especially with regard to residues of plant and soil protection substances.…

Bayer opens 300,000 sq. ft. corn breeding greenhouse in Arizona

Bayer has opened a new smart, state-of-the-art, automated greenhouse facility in Marana, Ariz. The Marana Greenhouse facility is the first of its kind for the company and the most technically advanced. The approximately USD 100 million facility will serve as a global product design center for corn, the…

Colruyt grows basil in self-developed vertical farm

On Tuesday March the 3rd, Colruyt Group introduced home-grown basil from a vertical farm. The fresh basil from the private label Boni Selection can be purchased from of today in all 31 stores of Bio-Planet. Bio-Planet will also market fresh coriander within months. Fabrice Gabbato According to Fabrice Gobbato, director…

Hydroserre Mirabel acquires Serres Lefort

The president of Hydroserre Mirabel, Sylvain Terrault, has announced the acquisition of Les Serres Lefort. The latter had been placed under the protection of the Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act (R.S.C., 1985, c. C-36) a few months ago. Many discussions were required with all parties involved to…

Development of urban greenhouses in Belgium

In Brussels, fish and vegetables go hand in hand. BIGH (Building Integrated Greenhouses), is the largest urban product farm in Europe since 2015. With a surface of 4,000 m²,…

Zoef Yilmaz, Yilmaz Radish:

"Retail will increasingly opt for security of radish from Dutch greenhouses due to extreme weather"

At Yilmaz Radijs, the most important period for selling radishes has arrived once more. Every week Yilmaz Radijs produces high-quality radish for its customers in England, the Netherlands, Scandinavia, Germany, Belgium and France. According to the grower, the weather extremes are favourable for Dutch…

Mexico: Protected agriculture can increase productivity by up to 1,500%

According to Homero Ontiveros, a consultant at GreenTech Americas, a global platform for horticultural experts, the Mexican states that make up the Centro-Bajio-Occidente Alliance (Aguascalientes, Guanajuato, Jalisco, San Luis Potosi, and Queretaro) are leaders in different production sectors thanks to…

Intended to modernize vegetable production

ADB approves $40 mln for Mongolia

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has approved $40 million in loans to support the modernization of government-owned irrigation networks and vegetable production in Mongolia. "The project will promote income and employment generation in rural areas," said ADB Senior Natural Resources Economist Jan…

Sahara Forest Project in cooperation with Norwegian wholesaler BAMA

Jordanian high-end vegetables: Spreading to new markets

This week, the Sahara Forest Project (SFP) will launch cooperation with Norwegian wholesaler BAMA to bring cherry tomatoes and sweet potatoes from Aqaba to Norway. International cruise ships from Costa and AIDA calling the port of Aqaba are committing to buy larger volumes and extend their agreements to…


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