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Canadian greenhouse grower expands strawberry acreage

Nature Fresh Farms is moving forward in expanding its commodities into the berry category with more acreage dedicated to a strawberry program. With help from its longstanding growing partner Cielo Vista, the greenhouse grower will expand its strawberry farm from one to 16 acres, planned to be completed…

Who is the winner of this year's CPMA Packaging Innovation Award?

Mucci Farms announces it has been awarded the Packaging Innovation Award for the new Naked Leaf Living Basil Sleeve at the Canadian Produce Marketing Association’s 2021 Annual Convention and Trade Show. The 95th CPMA show is held in a virtual format featuring exhibitors from across the North American…

Crowd investment campaign for hydroponic greenhouse kits

There's a new opportunity for investors with interest in the agricultural industry. The Israeli company TAPKIT hydroponic systems has launched a crowd investment campaign. With over 30 successful installations word-wide, the company wants to upscale their business. "We are already selling on a consistent…

WayBeyond - New Zealand

Solutions for growers to not only become economically sustainable but reduce food waste

A New Zealand-based agritech solutions company says even changing an element of the way a fruit and vegetable business is run can greatly lead to the reduction in food waste and improve sustainability. Speaking at the recent MobileTECH Ag conference in Rotorua, WayBeyond Chief Technology Officer Jonathan…

France: Photovoltaic solar power plant to protect asparagus from the cold

In Mallemort (Bouches-du-Rhône department), Laurent Chabert grows asparagus in a photovoltaic greenhouse of 3 hectares. The crops are therefore protected from the cold, as the…

Inci Dannenberg, Bayer:

"Technology to help growers seize glasshouse opportunities"

Although there are differences between the European and the American glasshouse industry, with one focusing more on the retail market and the other one traditionally being focused on the foodservice, opportunities for glasshouse growers abound, says Inci Dannenberg, the new Global Head of Vegetable Seeds…

Square Roots

Kimbal Musk's mission to bring responsibly-grown local food to everyone in America

Square Roots deploys its latest indoor farm in Michigan

To meet rapidly increasing demand for locally-grown produce, Square Roots is announcing its newest indoor farm in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Square Roots broke ground in late December and planted the first seeds in March, three months later. Now the company is preparing for the first harvest, where its…

NatureSmart – Wilene Burger

Fresh marketer connects Namibia and South Africa

NatureSmart was established last year to facilitate the growing fresh produce trade between Namibia and South Africa. It makes sense for Namibian growers to enter the South African market since labour and pack-at-source costs are much lower in Namibia than in South Africa. “We've ended our first year on…

24 acre greenhouse to rise in Georgia

Pete's plans project in Peach County

Governor Brian P. Kemp today announced that Pete’s, a long-time, California-based greenhouse grower, will invest $18 million in opening their first eastern U.S. indoor, controlled environment agriculture facility in Warner Robins in Peach County, Georgia. “Agriculture is our top industry, and Pete’s will…

Shortage of snacking tomatoes and abundance of round tomatoes in North America

Coming out of the winter season, supplies of tomatoes are ample. “We’ve seen an abundance of larger round tomatoes--beefsteak, tomatoes on the vine (TOV) and that’s been the case for about six weeks,” says Ryan Cherry of Delta, BC-based Windset Farms. It seems that regions producing tomatoes, including…

500,000 sq. ft.

Expansion amidst the pandemic for aquaponic grower

Springworks announced plans to add 500,000 additional square feet of greenhouse space. The sizeable expansion will sustainably serve the Maine farm’s largest customers, Whole…

Root-Pro, developed by Gadot Agro

Boosting plants' resilience with new formulation

Plants need a healthy environment in which to grow. Soil fungi can be harmful to plants, as they may restrict proper root development and nutrient uptake. Growers make great efforts to protect young plants against these pathogens. Gadot Agro from Israel has developed a new formulation called Root-Pro™, which…

"Dutch-style greenhouse vegetables will create a lasting impact on Chinese market"

Jaguar The Fresh Company is proud to announce that with immediate effect, Leopard Fruit Trading (Shanghai), a 100% subsidiary of Jaguar, and FoodVentures China, have entered into an agreement for the marketing and sales of fresh produce grown by a new FoodVentures project in Shanghai. FoodVentures will…

Baby spinach to grow in new high-tech US greenhouse

Element Farms has completed all phases of construction and onboarding at its first facility and has revealed its plans for expansion: a 2.5-acre spinach greenhouse designed with the exact specs for growing free baby spinach all year round. Element Farms already grows over half a million pounds of…

Southern Exposure, April 6-8

Mucci Farms launches mushroom collection and presents new sustainable packaging options

This week, the Southern Exposure tradeshow will be held in hybrid format. Exhibitors as well as attendees will be given the opportunity to choose between an online or an in-person experience. One of the companies exhibiting at the show is Mucci Farms. The team will be in Orlando to meet and greet…

Temperature control and light management

Arrigoni’s thermo-reflective mesh improves productivity

High temperatures need no longer be a threat that can compromise quality and create unpleasant working conditions. Arrigoni, an international leader in the production of technical fabrics for agriculture, offers Prisma® thermo-reflective mesh, a hi-tech solution tested in the field to protect crops and…

Greenhouse tomato markets to strengthen?

The market on greenhouse tomatoes is anticipated to pick up.  “The tomato market has been low for the last two months. We have been focusing on serving our core customers. Not only…

The personal experience of the agronomist Álvaro Villalba

How profitable is above ground cultivation?

Many farmers wonder about the difference in productivity between growing crops rooted in soil and soilless cultivation. To date, there is still a certain confusion among the two cultivation techniques. While the traditional method is based on production exclusively in the natural soil, soilless…

largest greenhouse in North America: 77-acre

Construction completed on Pomas Farms

After having a record-breaking 2020, South Essex Fabricating is continuing its upward trajectory, as the Canadian greenhouse manufacturer recently finished its work with Pomas Farms in Leamington, ON. After building the massive 77-acre expansion, Pomas Farms has effectively doubled its area to become the…

Partnership to advance blueberry and caneberry production in vertical farms

AeroFarms, a certified B Corporation working in vertical farming, and Hortifrut S.A., a certified B Corporation in Chile and a global business in berries marketing,…

GKE Corporation

Singapore

GKE Corp to expand agri operations with newly obtained farm licence

GKE Corp has been granted a farm licence for its subsidiary GKE Agritech to grow and sell agricultural produce commercially in Singapore. The integrated warehousing and logistics solutions provider has stated it received approval from the Singapore Food Agency for its farm licence application on March…

"NZ has a very good name as a market leader and agriculture innovator, so they will give companies the time and listen"

New Zealand has a huge tech opportunity in the Middle East's growing horticulture industry

An international consulting company says New Zealand has a real opportunity to be a partner of choice with the Middle East in providing "world-leading agritech solutions" to a growing agriculture sector. Alpha Kennedy, from Prime Consulting International, told delegates at the MobileTECH Ag event in…

Strawberry cultivation in southern Italy

Marisol strawberries perform well in soilless crops

When you grow 80 thousand soilless plants, you truly get an idea of how a crop reacts. Stefano Agnello's company planted Marisol strawberries five years ago "and will continue doing so for a long time, as results when it comes to yields and quality are extremely satisfactory. What is more, shelf-life is…

Lettuce grower launches new product line

"Consumer demand for a safer alternative"

Expanding what is already one of the most diverse greenhouse baby leaf and head lettuce portfolios on the market, Revol Greens is adding a large-scale chopped romaine program with three new retail varieties available at select retailers throughout the Midwest. There also will be channel-specific…

Bart Leemans start new business, Bal073, in the Netherlands:

“The foodservice market plays by different rules”

Getting the ball rolling. That's what Bart Leemans plans to do with his new company, Bal073, in the Netherlands. Bart has years of experience in the foodservice sector. Now,…

Diego Martínez, crop planning manager at Agromediterránea:

"We got the sweet corn season to start two months earlier by growing it in greenhouses."

Greenhouse cultivation is making it possible to extend the sweet corn campaign in Spain. This is a vegetable with certain light and temperature requirements that seasonally limited the start of its production to the summer, but thanks to the conditions provided by protected plots, it has become possible…

Transparent solar cells to power greenhouses

More and more fruit and vegetables are now grown in greenhouses. However, the challenge posed by this cultivation method remains the supply of energy to the structure in order…

Development of vertical farms in France: Jungle raises 42 million euros

The French start-up Jungle has raised 42 million euros [50 million USD] to develop three vertical farms in France. Created in 2016 by Gilles Dreyfus and Nicolas Séguy, Jungle develops vertical farms for the production of aromatic herbs, salads, micro-sprouts and flowers for the food and perfume industry.…

Victory for hydroponic growers

Judge rules: This lettuce can be organic

Good news for the organic growers of the US. Or at least, for the organic hydroponic growers of the US. The U.S. District Court in San Francisco has affirmed the legality of U.S. Department of Agriculture certification of organic hydroponic operations. This means that the organic label can be used for…

L'Insalata dell'Orto

Sales have started for fresh-cut PGI salad from Lusia

The sale of PGI salad from Lusia in fresh-cut bags from L'Insalata dell'Orto has started. The product was designed for big retail chains and is available in 150 gram bags. A lot of thought was put into the packaging so as to attract consumers and provide them with as much information as possible at a…

Tahiti: a farm producing fruit and vegetables all year round

In Taravao, French Polynesia, a farm produces fruit and vegetables all year round using a method of cultivation above ground: aquaponics. This method is based on an autonomous…

Solarenn: launch of the strawberry season for Delphine Diot

The strawberry season has started for Delphine Diot, a strawberry grower in the French town of Chavagne. For Delphine, her team and the Solarenn cooperative (Saint-Armel), the strawberry marathon has begun in order to harvest the 42 tons of gariguettes between March and July! Delphine Diot, whose parents…

SP Soluciones Agricolas quadrupled its sales of coconut fiber substrate in 2020

Hydroponic strawberry cultivation in Huelva increases because of the lack of labor

Huelva strawberry producers have opted more and more for hydroponic cultivation in recent years in response to various factors, including the lack of labor and the…

Chefs maximize the versatility of cress

It can sit on the plate next to a steak as a punchy side salad. It can be whirled into a pesto. It can be lightly sautéed along with fresh spring vegetables and tossed into a pasta. When it comes to the leafy green Cress from the Coaldale, AB-based Whole Leaf Greenhouse, there are numerous things chefs…

Novagric offers comprehensive projects for sustainable, high-yielding agriculture

Looije's production volume grew by 14% in 2020

The difficulties and new challenges that have arisen as a result of the spread of the coronavirus have not stopped the producer organization Looije SL, which closed the year 2020 with a 14% growth in its production volume. The company, specialized in the marketing of cherry tomatoes, has managed to…

Study concludes that it's possible to grow produce in greenhouses with semi-transparent solar panels

A new study published in the Cell Reports Physical Science journal has proved that it's possible to use semi-transparent solar panels, which are specifically designed to only…

Combimetal Carrera: "No more concrete poles or difficulties in tying branches."

An innovative umbrella-shaped structure for growing kiwis

"With the arrival of new varieties of kiwi in our area, there was a need to have a structure that could support both the net and the plastic, as well as the weight of the plant in full production, thus ensuring greater control of the growing conditions and also facilitating harvesting. Assisted by a…

The solution by Vivai Magalotti Quarto guarantees the health of plants

Innovation in growing kiwi plants above ground

In order to increase the health of the plants and to reduce transplanting stress to zero, kiwi plants can be grown in 6-liter phytocells made of coconut fiber. This is the solution offered by the nursery company Magalotti Quarto, which is already in its third year of production. Corrado Arigliani showing…

Joseph Sbrocchi of Ontario Greenhouse Vegetable Growers:

“We expect a near 7.5% increase in greenhouse acreage before the year’s end”

The popularity and volume of greenhouse grown products on the market are on the rise, says Joseph Sbrocchi, General Manager of Ontario Greenhouse Vegetable Growers. This not-for-profit organization, which was formed in 1967, represents approximately 220 members who grow greenhouse tomatoes, cucumbers and…

Idroterm Serre

Ongoing investments for protected crops

"We produce greenhouses complete with foundations and systems. Despite everything, 2020 was a positive year and we have worked a lot, especially on the most innovative fronts," reports Andrea Mariani, engineer at Idroterm Serre. "Indoor farming, vertical farming, soilless cultivation, agriculture 4.0 -…

Brinkman

Maximize yield with the right advice and equipment

Brinkman Australia a division of global horticultural specialists Royal Brinkman, supplier of professional horticultural products and services are bringing growers across the country more in line with trends and developments from around the globe. "Our goal is to assist growers towards creating fully…

Juan Labastida, Enza Zaden Mexico:

“Growth is the word that describes Mexican horticulture best”

“Growth is the word that would describe recent developments in Mexican horticulture best,” says Juan Labastida with Enza Zaden Mexico, adding that consumer demand has been the biggest boost for the growth of the sector. Recently, the breeding company announced a collaboration with Mexican seed…

TomaTech research team continues its work and is optimistic about the future

New tomato varieties in the fight against ToBRFV

The Israeli based company TomaTech is making great progress in the fight against ToBRFV. Starting next season, commercial varieties with intermediate resistance will be available. These include date tomatoes, midi plum and a number of colored varieties, both loose and on the vine. This variety renewal starts…

Copadel

“At the moment, prices are very low”

Based in the French town of Châteaurenard, Copadel grows and sells, from its own production and in collaboration with other local producers from the Bouches-du-Rhône, Vaucluse and Gard, 15,000 tons of fruit and vegetables per year: salads, asparagus, zucchinis, apricots, cherries, table grapes (Muscat of…

Erik de Jong (Jongfresh): "Specials sales still lagging"

Dutch grower's greenhouse in production after strange corona year

Last year, Dutch radish grower, Jongfresh, decided to expand. They decided to build a new greenhouse (1,5 hectares of a seven-hectare total) and a 4.000m2 processing facility. Little did they know what kind of year lay ahead. "Things didn't turn out quite as we'd hoped," Erik de Jong says, understating…

Figs gaining ground in Almeria's greenhouses

The acreage devoted to fig cultivation in Spain is growing as the demand for the fruit continues to increase across Europe. In countries such as Germany, for example, they are…

25-acre tomato/strawberry greenhouse expansion for Ontario grower

With the increasing demand for locally grown greenhouse produce, DelFrescoPure® announces phase 1 its 25-acre greenhouse production expansion. The expansion will be in full production by September 2021 to fulfill demand for Ontario greenhouse-grown tomatoes and strawberries for 2021-2022 winter…

Idromeccanica Lucchini

Greenhouse for organic crops

Organic cultivation is based on the natural fertility of the soil, without using synthetic substances or GMOs, and it only employs natural elements (such as manure and compost) that do not alter the integrity of the soil. The purpose is to supply consumers with products entirely free from synthetic chemicals while at the same…

Equilibrium capital and Houweling’s Group announce LED investment and expansion

"Ideal opportunity to support agricultural business in Utah"

Equilibrium Capital and Houweling’s Group are continuing to enhance their sustainability profile with the announcement of an investment to retrofit their existing 28-acre Utah greenhouse with an advanced, hybrid LED system. The project, in partnership with Rocky Mountain Power, Hortipar Lighting…

Dovizio F1, higher production, sustainability and quality for all

A vine tomato that doesn't de-stem, is tasty and with high yields

"We are directing our production towards a variety of vine tomatoes developed for a long-term cultivation. This has led to the creation of Dovizio F1, a cherry tomato which is suitable for transplanting from the end of August until spring, thus providing the conditions for a year-round production," said…

Growing at a healthy rate with Intergrow Greenhouses

It's a good thing that the foundations and the underground pipework of Intergrow's new greenhouse were already put into place last autumn, because with current temperatures of -5ºC it’s no fun digging into the ground. Thankfully the greenhouse builders were able to progress rapidly and within a fortnight…

Flavorite Group & Murphy Glasshouse businesses merge

The Flavorite Group are pleased to announce the merger of their business with the Murphy family businesses in Victoria, formerly known as Murphy Fresh (Mansfield) and Tatura Fresh (Tatura).  Since the July 2020 consolidation of the Flavorite entities into the Flavorite Group in collaboration with Roc Partners,…

Students pivot their business and build a vertical farm in their parents’ cellar

In 2017, Lucas and Brieuc, two Belgian students started a business called Good Move. This company has now gone in a new direction. Until early 2020, Good Move produced cold-pressed, organic fruit and vegetable juices. But then the COVID-19 pandemic broke out and upset the apple cart. “The European…

Georgia: GlenBerries presents greenhouse and flash-freezing facility project

Georgian company GlenBerries LLC is a producer of fresh and frozen fruits and vegetables. Recently,  it has launched a new development project for 117 hectares of greenhouses in…

Cooling down a hothouse to launch Panama's strawberry cultivation

When you think of Panama and especially when you think of Panama City, strawberries might not be the first thing that come to your mind. Yet, if it’s up to the team of Ag Incotech, they will become so in the near future. The company, a developer and operator of large-scale agricultural projects, recently…

"We're expanding because we want to continue to support food service"

A 10-acre greenhouse facility in Massachusetts is providing the United States’ East Coast with “local lettuce that locals love,” according to the company’s slogan. Paul Sellew started Little Leaf Farms with the vision of supplying the East Coast with fresh, locally grown leafy greens. On February 17, the…

Researchers develop an AI system that allows greenhouses to operate without human intervention

This technology is a step forward for future space missionsOne of the challenges to colonize other planets and establish human settlements, starting with the planets closest…

A couple of Brazilian lawyers quit their jobs in Belo Horizonte to grow shiitake in Nova Lima

They are both lawyers. She had a company in Belo Horizonte, where she worked with her mother. He also worked in the state capital of Minas Gerais; in a large law firm. Gisele Lima and Juliano Stockler Ferraz, who are also climbers and share a passion for nature and outdoor life, decided to quit their…

Plant health measurements device

Remarkable new employee for Mucci Farms

In addition to the launch of a new OKO Immersive solution at Mucci Farms, the companies have signed an agreement to pursue 2021/2022 product development research in Mucci Farms’ Ontario greenhouse facilities. "Mucci Farms’ expansive facilities and diverse crop selection provides the ideal environment for…

Willem de Vries, GroenLeven,:

"If it were up to us, the Netherlands would soon be growing all its fruit under solar panels"

Last year, the Dutch energy provider, GroenLeven, initiated a pilot project with five growers. They wanted to see how these farmers' fruit grew under solar panels. This is a world-first - considering solar panels' dual function in this way. Along with Wageningen University and Research (WUR), GroenLeven…

Triangle Farms brings cultivation techniques to India

"We're not looking for high-tech, we're looking for the right tech"

Building greenhouses in India presents a unique challenge, more so than in the US or Europe, states Shrihari, co-founder of Triangle Farms, who is currently realising their first greenhouse dream in the Indian city of Hyderabad. He explains that the Indian subcontinent's seasonal variations can be…

Aggressive Canadian expansion announced

McCain Foods invests millions in vertical farming operation GoodLeaf

McCain Foods Limited has made a substantial investment in TruLeaf Sustainable Agriculture and its wholly owned subsidiary GoodLeaf Farms, Canada's largest commercial vertical…

Dutch companies building high-tech greenhouses in South China and Hong Kong

"Self sufficiency is at the top of the Chinese agenda"

Self sufficiency is at the top of the Chinese agenda. Not only on a national level but also on a provincial level, China strives for greater efficiency in production in order to meet the local demand for fresh produce. For that reason, high-tech greenhouse horticulture is developing rapidly. Horticulture is…

Karma Verde Fresh

Introducing vertical farming to Mexico and beyond

Karma Verde Fresh (KVF) is a vertical farm based in Monterrey, Nuevo León (northeastern Mexico), producing a variety of seedlings, leafy greens, strawberries and beans, and manufacturing its own cultivation systems which can be installed in any urban environment to promote local agriculture. First…

Vegetable grower Peter Gogeff at the start of the domestic spinach season

"Glasshouse spinach went the entire winter without heating"

The first local spinach of this season is already in circulation. "In our glasshouse, the spinach went the entire winter without heating. Thus, it has grown particularly climate-friendly, but also robust. In case of frost, we covered our spinach with fleeces for protection. This allowed us to harvest the…

Genetti Eco now offers commercial horticulture thread from wood fibers

"Compostable eco-strings are recycled within a closed loop"

For the cultivation of tomatoes, high wire cucumbers and the like, growers are still mainly using plastic strings. "However, no grower ultimately wants to be seen as harming the environment. Therefore, we are offering NatureGOLDTwine eco cords to commercial horticulturalists from now on, as  an environmentally…

Logistics challenges weigh on North American organic greenhouse vegetable availability

Supplies of organic greenhouse vegetables continue to remain steady as they meet pressures on demand. Ray Wowryk, director of business development with Leamington, ON-based Nature Fresh Farms says it is now in full production on organic cucumbers in Ontario, including the Long English and Mini Salad…

Infarm ushers in new era of cloud-based vertical farming

Urban farming company introduces automated, modular Growing Center

Infarm, an urban farming company that is already present in 10 countries, 30 cities and thousands of stores, continues to realize its vision of a global, connected, sustainable and highly efficient farming ecosystem.Infarm's goals include driving innovation in the $3 trillion global fruit and vegetable…

John van Lieshout, Valstar, the Netherlands:

"First cucumbers harvested from the new greenhouse"

The first greenhouse cucumbers of the season were harvested in the Netherlands yesterday. "We started with traditional cultivation three weeks ago already. But as of yesterday, our high-wire cultivated cucumbers are also available.  They're 100% 'On the Way to PlanetProof' too," says John van Lieshout of Valstar.…

Hot water circulating in 15 hectares of tunnels beneath the ground

Italian organic asparagus grown with the help of underfloor heating

"The idea is essentially the same as with underfloor heating. Thanks to a series of pipes, warm water circulates around 45 to 50 centimetres under the ground, which makes the asparagus in the greenhouse grow much earlier." Italy's Orto Veneto is about to start harvesting the Primo Asparago, which is…

In February, Almeria's tomato prices were the worst they've been in the last decade

The tomato from the greenhouses of Almeria is not going through its best moment. This season is a reflection of the difficult situation that this crop is facing due to the…

Start of the cucumber harvest in Knoblauchsland

"Cucumber prices will inevitably rise due to CO2 tax"

In the Franconian Knoblauchsland, this year's cucumber harvest is almost getting started. Vegetable farmer Willi Sippel is in the process of harvesting the first domestic greenhouse vegetables of the year. Just in time for the rising temperatures, these vegetables are now seeing good demand on the…

FruitHydroSinni: 'We turned a problem into a business opportunity'

Patent for hydroponic cultivation now available to all growers

The Italian company FruitHydroSinni, which specialises in growing and marketing crops obtained from hydroponic and aeroponic systems, is sharing its latest innovation with growers who are planning to start or have already started a hydroponic cultivation. The company, already internationally renowned for…

FD Berries says blueberry grow bags make the difference

"Our goal is to reach more than 400 hectares in the next 3 years"

Since 2019, FD Berries in Jalisco Mexico has utilized the FibreDust True Blue Blueberry growbag and couldn’t be happier with the results.  After the company established themselves in Mexico in 2019 to produce substrates locally, they've also started producing blueberries there. Today, FD Berries has more than…

Lualtek

LoRaWAN technology for remote greenhouse monitoring and management

LoRaWAN technology is at the service of agriculture. A solution to monitor and plan greenhouse activities featuring the LoRaWAN system - a wireless radio technology for the long-distance and low energy consumption monitoring and communication of data which does not use an Internet connection or…

US lettuce grower raises $90 million to fund East Coast expansion

Little Leaf Farms has raised $90 million in debt and equity financing. Equilibrium Capital led the latest funding round, with Coppermine Capital, joining founding investor Bill Helman and Pilot House Associates. Bank of America has also committed more than $20 million to date, with an additional $20…

Steve Tsakoumakis - Kapiris Bros

“As environmental changes and pressures evolve, we look toward the future and continue to research and invest"

The growing season for tomatoes in South Australia has not been without its challenges with very high temperatures which made it necessary to increase irrigation, but nevertheless have ensured a good quality of supply. “The growing season in South Australia has been prosperous, particularly taking into…

Ilil Hertz on starting a greenhouse

"I spent many hours in front of my computer, now I'm connected to nature again"

Years and years ago there were cows walking around at the kibbutz Nir Elyahu that was erected by the grandparents of Ilil Hertz – but there’s no room for them anymore. Earlier this year and within a fortnight, a complete 500m2 greenhouse was erected. Within this TAPKIT, the former graphic designer is…

Two companies that are heavily investing in Hawaii’s agricultural future

On Lanai, a sliver of long-abandoned farmland is being revamped. In six high-tech greenhouses, a futuristic vision of food-growing is underway; one in which nutrient density…

Situation of greenhouse crops in Almería in the first week of February

As outlined in the report on the situation of the crops from the Studies and Statistics Service of the General Secretariat of Agriculture, Livestock and Food of the Government…

Spanish acreage and yield on the rise:

"Labor issues make peppers a more and more attractive crop"

Labor issues in the Spanish greenhouse industry have urged many tomato growers to switch to a different crop. For this reason, the pepper acreage in Spain has expanded. “Pepper is becoming a more and more attractive crop which allows growers to diversify and stay profitable” says Carlos Herrerias López,…

annual production: 200/m2

Finnish cucumber growers reach record harvest

It was with surprise that Jyrki Jalkanen with the Finnish Glasshouse Growers' Association learned about the statistics of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), saying that Netherland ranks first in terms of cucumber production with an average yield of 68.38 kg /m2. “Many…

Costa Rica has already shipped its first container with hydroponic tomatoes to the United States

Last Thursday, the Hacienda Tobosi SA (Tomatissimo) company sent the first container with 20,000 kilograms of hydroponic tomato from Puerto Moín, Limon, to the Port of Miami,…

Chinese giants Huawei and Pagoda joining hands to improve fruit industry standardization

Recently, Huawei and Pagoda reached a cooperation agreement committed to integrate the upstream and downstream fruit industry chain and promote industry standardization through innovative technologies, in order to ensure the high eating quality of produce. Digital growing and standardization of quality…

"quality improves because of stable climate"

Dutch grower puts solar panels above soft fruit plants

Growing red berries under solar panels: the first to do this is Rini Kusters of Kusters Zachtfruit. The trial solar panel setup that he installed together with GroenLeven last year above the crops will be extended to a full solar source from today. "Someone has to take the first step," Rini says. 20…

New heat-diffusing mesh with aluminum microparticles blocks 66% of infrared radiation

Agralia is a Spanish agro-textile company that has been dedicated to crop protection for more than 40 years. The constant search for solutions to the farmers' needs has led to the development of new cutting-edge products such as Agrifresh, Agralia's patented aluminum shading net. Agralia's technology has…

Turkish greenhouse cucumbers in Ukraine

High prices for local cucumbers leads to local wholesale prices dropping

As expected, sales of the new season of greenhouse cucumbers began throughout Ukraine at the start of this month. Also, as predicted, the wholesale prices immediately doubled…

Hydroponic grower readies greens for March release

Leafy greens are officially growing at a new hydroponic farm in the Midwest. Pure Green Farms is now growing its four lettuce varieties for its inaugural SKUs at its four-acre farm and looks forward to the products being in stores starting in March. The greens will be used in the company’s four lettuce…

"We are receiving many orders from different areas of Italy after the first successful results"

Retiplast launches a new net cover for the fresh-cut vegetables grown in the summer season

The production of fresh-cut vegetables in greenhouses in summer usually encounters many difficulties during the sprouting phase, due to excessive light and high temperatures. In order to face this problem, the company Retilplast has launched a new product, the white net cover Refresh with a cooling…

Canadian grower launches new logo

Red Sun Farms, a vertically integrated high-tech greenhouse grower with locations in Canada, USA, and Mexico, responds to customer demands for more visible branding in the retail environment by presenting a new logo.  The new logo incorporates the iconic butterfly while maintaining bright, bold colours that honour…

Organic greenhouse tomatoes see increased demand across varieties

Supplies of greenhouse tomatoes are good but volumes will soon build to meet the increased demand tomatoes have seen in 2020. “Supply and quality are both good, although the seasonally low light levels do slow the growth this time of the year. We should see stronger volume around March 1,” says Anthony…

"A tiny taste of heaven"

Meet the new award-winning grape tomato

While consumers continue to look for more healthy snacks in the fresh produce aisle, greenhouse vegetable grower Pure Flavor® is launching their new Cloud 9® Bite-Sized Fruity Tomatoes to help meet the growing demand for consistently flavorful options. "After extensive product trials and consumer taste…


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