Greenhouse

Linde Gastechnik sees great potential for BANARG Control in tomato cultivation

"With annual product losses of more than 1,700 EUR, the use of ripening gasses pays off"

Ripening gas BANARG® has been known for several years as an agent for the optimal ripening of bananas and citrus fruits. However, the innovative process from the Linde Gases Division is now also being used more and more frequently during the production of tomatoes in greenhouses. The advantages for the…

Joint project of Chinese company and Dutch university underway

Greenhouse production management supported by greenhouse crop models

People’s living standards rapidly improve because of the development of economy in China , consumers demand for high-quality and safe agricultural products. Shanghai Lankuaikei Technology Development Co., Ltd. and Wageningen University in the Netherlands started a 4-year cooperation project “Big Data…

Fluence

Leo Lansbergen, Fluence, explains

Winter trials show promising results for LED in cucumber cultivation

LED lighting has been proving its worth in the cultivation of various crops. From tomatoes and herbs to strawberries and cannabis, many growers have already made the switch from HPS (SON-T). One crop that's still lagging behind a bit in this development is the cucumber, where growers still mostly favor…

Jorge Brotons, manager of Bonnysa: "We are growing table grapes again after 25 years"

"We try to be quick choosing varieties that allow us to continue being innovative"

The European tomato market is undergoing important changes, both in the productive potential and in consumer trends and preferences. How do you survive in an increasingly competitive market? Product diversification and the constant selection of varieties is one of the keys for Bonnysa, which in addition…

Two years growing tomatoes in the United Arab Emirates

"When I talked about growing tomatoes in the desert, people thought I was crazy"

"When I started telling people that I was going to grow tomatoes in the desert, everyone thought I was going crazy," Sky Kurtz, founder of Pure Harvest Smart Farms, recalls in an interview with DW.com. The United Arab Emirates is not exactly what is commonly understood as  an ideal location for agricultural…

"Consumers and politicians want regional, CO2-neutral vegetables - but they don't want greenhouses on the edge of town"

"It's a paradox - everyone wants organically, regional and CO2 neutral vegetables, but the vegetable farms needed for this should not be near their own village," laments Peter Höfler junior, partner of Höfler Gemüse. It is a problem that is prevalent not only for vegetable greenhouses, but for other…

Minnesota greenhouse grower releases three new products

Revol Greens announced the launch of three new products. These include Baby Romaine Twins, Arctic Crunch and Power Up blend, bringing back an original favorite and introducing two new salad blends. This announcement follows the news of Revol’s recent greenhouse expansion from two to 10 acres. “We are…

After the cases on the tomato, the virus hits another vegetable

First report of the ToBRFV on the bell pepper

In January 2020, about 85% of a bell pepper cultivation in a greenhouse located in the province of Ragusa showed symptoms similar to those of a virus. These consisted of a slight mosaic, a yellowing of the young leaves and a brightening of their veins, the browning of the stem with strong necrosis at the…

Erwin Savenije (Emsland Gemüse) has a positive 6-month balance sheet

"It looks to become a good tomato year in Germany, despite the corona crisis“

Alarming reports about the greenhouse vegetable market, especially for tomatoes, were rife during the height of the corona crisis. The direct effects of the crisis were noticeable at Emsland Gemüse too. This is Emsbüren, a German mega horticultural company's, vegetable branch. But, they anticipated the…

An increase in imports into the European Union from Morocco and Turkey

Italy ranked fourth among European tomato producers

Tomato prices are currently low, due to an oversupply that exceeds the demand. Also, the market situation is not as usual and foreseeable as the coronavirus has undermined any stability. As a matter of fact, the European Commission has forecast a 2% reduction in tomato quantities in 2020. "Tomato production…

Lorenzo Franchini and Guido Medici say.

"We want to raise awareness on vertical farming in Italy"

“As we’re located in Italy, a country with great farming traditions, some people would think that we don’t need indoor farming. But, especially today, this is wrong. In fact, we import a great part of our food, and while adverse climate events are always more frequent, the fertility of the soil is…

Isijet is also used at Ortomad

A new technology that raises the quality of baby leaf seeds

The ISI Sementi research aims to raise the qualitative and quantitative standards of its own varieties, in this case of baby leaf, with Isijet technology, as attested by the Ortomad company. Ortomad, a company of the La Linea Verde group, was founded in 1998 and represents one of the first sites in the…

Covid-19 sparks discussions on local produce supply

Hi-tech greenhouses to play bigger role in produce supply in China

During the Covid-19 pandemic that has been ongoing for months, various issues in the produce supply chain have been brought under the spotlight. How to ensure production and supply capacity and provide consumers with sufficient agricultural products against inconvenient logistics and shortage of workers…

Vertical agriculture in Chile

Urban agriculture is beginning to take off in Chile, where the AgroUrbana start-up has just closed a $ 1 million seed capital round, raising its total capital to $ 1.5 million, to create a vertical…

Spain

New zucchini variety for raw consumption to be cultivated in greenhouses of El Ejido

In a recent visit to the facilities of the Cohorsan cooperative, owned by Unica Group, the mayor of El Ejido, Francisco Góngora, had the chance to take a first-hand look at…

University of Osnabrück is dedicated to vertical farming

"AgrarCycle": highly innovative network working with science and industry

In the coming months and years, a research team at Osnabrück University of Applied Sciences wants to establish a highly innovative network of science and industry under the name "AgrarCycle" in order to sustainably promote vertical agriculture in Germany. The project is being funded with more than…

This vertical farm could be the answer to a future without water

You wouldn't expect to find a farm in an industrial park in the middle of New Jersey. Specifically, you wouldn't expect to find a farm down the road from Newark Airport, where it's 100 degrees in the shade and the scenery consists of trucks and parking lots. But I haven't come here to find a bucolic…

Torrington, CT

Ground broken on new hydroponic facility to serve marginalized communities

June 30, 2020 was an exciting day for local Connecticut organization, New Opportunities. After years of planning, ground was broken on a new hydroponic farm project called "CT Food4Thought" that is going to bring fresh, nutritious, pesticide free food to local food banks, shelters, soup kitchens, and…

Cravo retractable peaked roof greenhouses turn 30 years old

It was all the way back in 1990 when Donald Layser from Layser’s Plants and Flowers in Myerstown Pennsylvania wanted to protect his outdoor spring crops from the frost and rain. The retractable flat roof houses had already been in operation for 8 years but they were not capable of keeping rain off the…

Kevin Jühlcke (Munich Micros) on the marketing of regional microgreens:

"Corona has also created new opportunities for us"

The marketing of regional cresses was almost completely paralysed by Corona and the subsequent closure of the gastronomy industry. Nevertheless, the management of innovative cultivation company Munich Micros looks back on the past few months with a predominantly positive outlook. "The overwhelming…

"Resulting in significant oversupply"

"Greenhouse tomatoes flooding onto China market"

“Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the overall fruit market this year has been sluggish. From growing to sales, each link of the supply chain has been facing various challenges in its operations different from previous years. As far as greenhouse tomatoes are concerned, sales performance earlier on is…

France: High Environmental Value for tomatoes in Arques

In April 2018, as part of a promising partnership, BUFL started marketing the first tomatoes produced in greenhouses in the Hauts-de-France region. This project, set up by producer Kevin Vandevelde, is consistent with a logic of sustainable development, with the creation of about 40 local jobs (full-time…

Second spike of Covid cases in Beijing Xinfadi Market under control

Greenhouse produce ensures supply in Beijing

On June 11th, new cases of Covid-19 were traced to the Xinfadi Wholesale Market, the largest fruit and vegetable trading center in and around Beijing. In order to avoid further developments, the authorities took measures to close the market on June 14. To ensure the normal supply of vegetables and fruits…

Berry Gardens

UK horti cooperative Berry Gardens installs solar system at Kent headquarters

UK horticulture cooperative Berry Gardens has installed a 993kW solar system at its headquarters in Linton, Kent. The company was able to access a £780,000 (€851,000) green loan from HSBC UK to finance the installation. Berry Gardens is the largest grower-owned horticulture co-operative in the UK and…

Growth in Minnesota and California

Revol Greens expands greenhouse locations and welcomes senior staff

Revol Greens announced the expansion of its Minnesota greenhouse from two to 10 acres. This is now the largest greenhouse in the U.S. dedicated to baby leaf lettuce. In addition, Revol Greens has appointed a new CEO, Mark Schulze, along with seven new senior team members who bring robust produce-industry…

Johan Vrijland, JNV Produce:

"If Brits don't take overseas holidays, retail demand for greenhouse vegetables will remain strong"

There's an unabated demand for Dutch greenhouse vegetables from British supermarkets. That's according to Johan Vrijland of JNV Produce in Maasdijk, the Netherlands. "European countries - with France in the lead - might remain closed. Brits might, therefore, not be able to go on holiday. Then, I expect…

Demand for spinach helps fuel hydroponic farm growth

Hydroponically grown baby spinach continues to see strong demand from local consumers. “The demand for baby spinach continues to grow,” says Abby Prior of Irvington, NY-based BrightFarms, adding that because hydroponically grown spinach is a softer leaf that’s not tough, it’s more of a salad or…

Chinese shoppers tune in to watch the tomatoes grow

"They are really beautiful, like a string of gems, green and red. Hello, friends in this live room. This is the Suning Carrefour Beijing Tianzhu store live room, I am in Beijing Hongfu Agricultural Daxing Modern Intelligent Park." On May 30, following the success of the first live broadcast event, Hongfu…

Daniel Mosquera of MamaMia Produce:

“Demand for our mini cucumbers is higher now than it was pre-pandemic”

Snacking products have become increasingly popular in recent years, but MamaMia Produce has been supplying the market with their mini cucumbers for the past 15 years. Daniel Mosquera says: “We were actually one of the first companies to get the item into retail stores, when it was still relatively…

Mandarin oranges fetch record price in Japan

Mandarin oranges in western Japan have fetched a record price of 100,000 yen (€830) in the fruit’s first auction of the season. An original variety of oranges grown in western Japan fetched a record high 100,000 yen apiece at the first auction of the season for Obarabeniwase mandarins, which took place at…

Red Cherry on-the-Vine

Excitement around virtual tomato taste testing

Not being able to see each other in person has resulted in exhibitors of United Fresh’ virtual trade show taking the opportunity to present themselves online. Many opted to show videos, telling their companies’ stories and attendees have shown great interest for them. Some companies took it one step…

TEKNOSERA, highest high-tech greenhouse in Turkey, expands

"Lowering our cost price thanks to expansion"

With a height of almost 10 meters, the greenhouse that Richel built for Teknosera two years ago was the highest one in Turkey. It still is, and it will also be one of the largest: the geothermally heated greenhouse is being expanded to almost ten hectares. “Since the installation is prepared for it and…

Vertical Farming exclusively for Migros Basel

First products available in MParc Dreispitz

After several months of construction, the Vertical Farm on the Wolf site is ready for production. Here, Growcer produces regional foods in a weather-independent, environmentally friendly and water-saving manner exclusively for Migros Basel, delivering them quickly to the branch thanks to the shortest transport…

Bernhard Böckenhoff, Gut Böckenhoff:

"German blueberries do not have the status of German strawberries or asparagus"

"There is something going on every year," says Bernhard Böckenhoff laughingly. He is the managing director of the asparagus, strawberry and blueberry cultivation company of the same name in North Rhine-Westphalia. "The strawberry market is somewhat tense at the moment, as the tunnel strawberries have…

Sweet peppers, courgettes and aubergines from Poland, available from StC International

"Development in Polish greenhouse vegetables improves year on year"

StC International delivers sweet peppers, courgettes and aubergines from Poland, which are supplied directly from the source. The season has started. Courgettes and green…

Greenhouse tutor system helps save money

The proverb "time is money" perfectly synthesizes the concept behind the work necessary to perform tutoring operations in a greenhouse. During this step, a patented system that facilitates the tying of plants, thus saving on execution times, is extremely necessary. Ideal Tutor, patented by SIA Sicilia…

Hydroponics gains ground in Chile's desert

Fernando Salinas Colque, a farmer from Chile, has launched an innovative initiative for the hydroponic cultivation of strawberries in the sector of Altos La Portada in the desert region of Antofagasta. According to the Foundation for Agrarian Innovation (FIA) of the Ministry of Agriculture, which…

FruitHydroSinni

Strawberries, tomatoes and eggplants grown with the aeroponic system

"Our fruits and vegetables stand out not only due to the absence of nickel, histamine and other heavy metals, but also because of the possibility of letting our clients choose the cultivation technique they prefer. In fact, in addition to hydroponic cultivation, we grow strawberries, tomatoes and…

Introducing Zukies Mini Zucchini’s

Virtual tradeshow format is an exciting change from traditional shows

Today marks the kick off of the first virtual tradeshow for fresh produce. One of the companies exhibiting at United Fresh LIVE! is Mucci Farms. “We have been big supporters of United Fresh for many years, so this year was no different even with a new format,” says Emily Murracas, Director of Marketing…

Local, sustainable lettuce reaches more stores in New York

Little Leaf Farms, seller of controlled environment agriculture baby leaf lettuce in the U.S., is now available at Price Chopper stores throughout New York State. This…

Canadian greenhouse grower adds two more US-based facilities

Mucci Farms announced that they are adding two new US based facilities in Romulus, Michigan and San Antonio, Texas. Furthering their rapid expansion efforts over the last several years, the company is adding new locations to increase efficiencies and service more regions.  “We’re very excited about these two…

Every hectare of greenhouse absorbs the CO2 produced by 8 cars a day

"Greenhouse production is one of the world's most sustainable systems"

Greenhouse agriculture in the southwest of Spain is not only an important source of food and employment, as it also plays an environmental role: each hectare of greenhouse cultivation absorbs the same amount of carbon dioxide (CO2) that 8 cars produce circulating for one day. In addition, it also…

Spanish scientists showing the advantages of aquaponics in greenhouse melon cultivation

A study carried out by the Horticulture team of the Murcian Institute for Agrarian and Food Research (Imida) on aquaponics production systems, which combine soilless…

Maik-Oliver Abels, WeedGuard Plus: Mulching paper now conquers the German market

"Paper made from native plant fibers is ideal for organic farming"

All over the world, sustainable packaging alternatives for the fruit and vegetable industry are being sought. However, this does not only apply to consumer packaging; it begins at the cultivation side. Organic quality products are seeing an unstoppable growth trend, but they bring their own unique challenges.…

Russian Federation Enrique Gomez Tamez

Imports of Turkish greenhouse vegetables rose to 29,300 tons at the start of 2020

The volume of supplies of greenhouse vegetables from Turkey to the Russian market at the beginning of 2020 amounted to 29,300 tons, or $ 28 million. Analysts at ROIF Expert…

Nature Fresh Farms hopes to deliver similar experience at United Fresh digital show

Meeting face-to-face can be critical in building trust

Next week, Nature Fresh Farms will be exhibiting at United Fresh’ virtual trade show. “We are very excited to support United Fresh and share this unique experience of the first virtual produce tradeshow with the rest of the industry,” says Sarah Krzysik with the company. “Since the onset of COVID-19, we…

US (NC): New sustainable greenhouse for BrightFarms

BrightFarms broke ground on a new 280,000 sq. foot hydroponic greenhouse in Hendersonville County, North Carolina. Once complete, the facility will be the largest greenhouse for leafy greens in the state. The new greenhouse will add to BrightFarms’ growing network of local, sustainable greenhouse farms…

biggest rooftop greenhouse

CAN (QC): First plants in new Lufa Farms rooftop greenhouse

68,700 tomato plants and 4,800 eggplant seedlings have been raised in the new Lufa Farms greenhouse. Literally raised: the greenhouse is located on top of an existing and repurposed office building in Ville Saint-Laurent, a suburb of Montreal, Quebec. The bottom floor functions as a distribution centre…

Hydroponic growing in the Philippines with greenhouse kit

The challenging time of COVID-19 pushed TAPKIT to provide its services remotely. The TAPKIT is a 500 m2 hydroponic unit, which can produce 6-12 tons of leafy vegetables and fresh herbs per year. Four of these hydroponic system units are now in construction in the Philippines, while the instruction and…

Wouter Verkerke talks about new greenhouse crops

What do papayas, vanilla and black pepper have in common?

Do you recognize the second plant from the left in the below picture? Most of the participants in the webinar on the Greenhouse Pharmacy project, held as part of the WUR Urban Greenhouse Challenge, had no problems seeing this was a vanilla orchid. It got a bit trickier when Professor Wouter Verkerke…

TomaTech and Plantfactory present new tomato varieties

"In order to be commercially interesting, varieties need to suit growers' wishes as well"

Eight years ago, TomaTech's specialties were already popular among trade and retail companies, and their Sugar Drop tomato has been on British supermarket shelves for almost the same period. When expanding their portfolio - this year there are more than 190 varieties grown in the TomaTech demo greenhouse…

Johanna Diener, Westhof Bio-Gemüse:

"Cheap conventional tomatoes have a negative impact on the demand for organic tomatoes"

The tomato season is in full swing: large harvest volumes in the Netherlands and in Germany are causing volume pressure and falling market prices, reports Johanna Diener from Westhof Bio-Gemüse GmbH & Co. KG. The market situation for conventional produce is also affecting the organic tomato market. "The currently…

Pieter Boekhout

Russia’s GC Rost plans construction of greenhouse complex in the Far East

The Khabarovsk territory in Russia may soon have another resident. One of the largest producers of greenhouse vegetables in Russia, the Group of companies Rost, announced…

Dust storm from ex-cyclone Mangga wiped out crops Brett Critchley

Western Australia: Cucumber prices to rise

Australian shoppers can expect to pay more for cucumbers in the coming weeks after a dust storm wiped out crops in a significant supply region. General manager Kingsley Songer…


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