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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…"It was never our intention to end up in the tomato business"
Dutch pioneers in Thailand featured in Dutch newspaper
Loose tomatoes, beef tomatoes, TOVs, oval, colored, and cherry tomatoes - you hardly see these anywhere in Thai stores - until Dutchmen Thomas Ruiter and Menno Keppel started growing tomatoes. They did this when it became clear that it was difficult to sell horticultural technology in Thailand. These…Arjan de Gier, Thanet Earth
"Being a grower is a mindset. It’s in you. Part of your being"
Arjan de Gier tends his cucumbers with a mild care often reserved for new-born infants and puppies. He lovingly adjusts their hanging positions, checks their size and girth, strokes their skins, admires their straightness and clips a leaf right here, a stalk there. He’s 50 years outdated and, apart from…Agro-Inwest reaches 100 hectare acreage
"Growing in terms of acreage and quality"
When hearing about the 105-hectare greenhouse project operated by Agro-Inwest, it’s hard to realize that the first crop of the company only got planted in 2014. The rapidly growing company is located in the Kaluga region, 300 km from Moscow, Russia, and became one of the biggest greenhouses in the world…Column Frits van der Meulen, KCB:
“Very few problems in quality of Dutch greenhouse vegetables”
In recent weeks, the climate conditions were practically normal by Dutch standards, and that’s to the benefit of quality of the products, according to Frits van der Meulen in his…German lighting supplier has successful solution to counter potato germination
"We are seeing opportunities along the whole potato supply chain"
During storage and processing, the toxins solanin and chaconin are formed within the potatoes. These are responsible for the "greening" of the potato. This makes the tubers not only unsightly and unsuitable for the trade, but inedible as well, because the glycoalkaloids solanine and chaconin are toxic to…
UK: Tangmere Airfield Nurseries is celebrating 30-years of production this year
Back in 1989, they began with just one glasshouse of 7.5 acres, and a team of fifteen. Fast-forward thirty years and the business has grown ten-fold to 75 acres of state-of-the-art growing and packing facilities with over 150 employees. The Tangmere story began when Dirk Houweling set out to establish a…
Germany presents the first space greenhouse model
Scientists from the German Aerospace Center (DLR) have presented in Bremen a model of a space greenhouse that could supply astronauts participating in space missions with fresh food. The model was based on the results of the Eden-ISS project, through which vegetables were grown in Antarctica. The design…Krist Hamerlinck, Ecoveg:
“Run on all organic greenhouse vegetables”
The holiday period is gradually reaching its end in Belgium and the Netherlands, and a lot of people have returned home again. Ecoveg mostly notices this because of demand. “There’s a run on all organic greenhouse vegetables imaginable,” says Krist Hamerlinck of Ecoveg. “Early in August we had a surplus…De Ruiter presents ‘Journey of the Seed’ in the De Ruiter Experience Center:
“By continuing to offer added value, growers and retailers will keep coming”
Ask a grower, and he will say every day in his greenhouse is different. Things are never boring. This will also not happen in the De Ruiter Experience Center. This Dutch breeding company opened this center 18 months ago. They ensure things will never get boring in Bleiswijk, the Netherlands, where the center is…EDEN-ISS project:
Substantial vegetable harvest in Antarctica
As the climate in Antarctica is still as inhospitable as ever, the German Aerospace Center (DLR) chose that region to set up the EDEN-ISS greenhouse there in 2018. There, food production of the future is being researched in the immediate vicinity of the German Antarctic Neumayer III Station. In the…
Sfera Agricola: the revival of Italian tomatoes
The largest hydroponic farm in Southern Europe can be found in Tuscany. Launched in 2015 by Luigi Galimberti, Sfera Agricoa grows plants above the ground and pesticide-free,…Jim Westhoff, Valstar:
“Aubergines and loose tomatoes currently outliers on Dutch greenhouse vegetable market”
Despite the supply of Dutch greenhouse vegetables not being too large, demand has fallen behind a bit in recent weeks, according to Jim Westhoff of Valstar. “As a result, all prices except those of aubergines aren’t skyrocketing. That would’ve been different if demand had been good. This is in contrast to…
Mucci Farms acquires Orangeline Farms and announces expansion plans
Mucci Farms has announced that it has acquired controlling interest of Leamington, Ontario based Orangeline Farms, including its existing greenhouse and warehouse facilities, and additional land with plans for expansion. Subsequently, the company also announced additional expansion plans in Canada and…
Organic vegetable greenhouses in the Jordan desert
The Costa Group, owner of the Costa Cruceros company, has undertaken a project with the Sahara Forest Project Foundation, under the auspices of King Abdullah II of Jordan and Crown Prince Haakon of Norway, for the production of organic vegetables in Jordan. Through this initiative, 20 hectares of…Christian Kruse, Haygrove GmbH, on the advantages of tunnel cultivation for berries:
"Extended season, better taste and coloring, reduction of pesticide use"
"Our new substrate hanging systems offer a more comfortable method of working with berries: no one wants to work on ground level, and at the same time necessary work, such as mowing under the gutters, is facilitated by the suspension system. We would like to show this installation to new and existing customers,…Russian growth
“Another 260 hectares of greenhouses planned in 2019”
“The greenhouse industry in the Russian Federation has demonstrated a significant growth during the past 5 years, due in no small part to the boycott,” says Elvira Sakhabutdinova of Vostock Capital. “The market of protected ground vegetables grows annually, and greenhouse area increases by 1-4% every…Idromeccanica Lucchini
Nanotechnologies and semi-closed greenhouses for protected cultivation
Nanotechnologies too can be applied to regulate the protected environment in a greenhouse, especially in places with difficult weather conditions. Idromeccanica Lucchini, a specialist in the design and manufacture of greenhouses, can do just that. "A lot of elements must be considered when a greenhouse is set…Georg-August-University Göttingen observes:
Fifty percent of consumers would buy 'vertical agriculture' products
Rising populations and worsening weather conditions due to climate change make it difficult to produce enough healthy and fresh food. A contribution to solving this problem could be provided by so-called vertical agriculture. Here, the vegetables and fruits are grown on floors one above the other. This system…
"Spain has the largest area with biological control in Europe"
In certain areas of Spain, pesticides are being replaced by small workers who do the same job in a very efficient manner: insects. "They work for me day and night," says Antonio Zamora with a smile while standing in his greenhouse. Its tiny employees are bugs that feed on the parasites that threaten his…