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How to Stop Unnecessary Venting in the Glasshouse

23 September 2021

Common sense tells us that eliminating unnecessary venting will save energy. However, putting this theory into practice is not as straightforward as it sounds, especially when humidity control is a key requirement. This article outline a simple way that you can minimize ventilation whilst maintaining the humidity conditions you want.

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Real-Time Detection of Crop Stressors Helps Develop New Crop Protection

23 September 2021

Swiss-based technology company Vivent announced today a new partnership with Bayer which grants the company access to the system PhytlSigns. “Helping grow more food through real-time detection of crop responses to environmental changes and a wide range of threats is the foundation of our technology,” said Carrol Plummer, of Vivent. “Our sensors record these signals and with our unique analytical approach which uses machine learning, the signals can be interpreted.”

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Bio-Enzyme Water cleaner Receives OMRI Certification

23 September 2021

Trusted by California growers for their wastewater cleaning needs for over a decade, Aquabella® Bio-Enzyme is now also better for organically minded farmers. The product just received organic certification from the Organic Materials Review Institute (OMRI), which assures the suitability of products for certified organic production, handling, and processing. "This is great news for Aquabella’s current customers, and even better news for any growers who are required to use OMRI listed products for their own organic certification standing," the Aquabella team says.

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Midsummer: Tomato Propagation for Cultivation Under Lights in Full Swing

31 August 2021

The lit cultivation of tomatoes has increased strongly in Northwest Europe in recent years. In the Netherlands, more than 60% of the cultivated area is already under lights in winter. Increasing the scale of these lit growers means that production has to be spread, which also means planting dates are spread. For propagators this means a higher possession in summertime.

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iUNU acquires CropWalk and CropTalk Media: "The Future is More Biologicals, Not Less"

31 August 2021

“As an analogy: In the old days, you brought the patient to the doctor, and to the x-ray. With our technology, in real-time we can bring the doctor with the x-ray to the patient, wherever they are. The doctor doesn’t have to be in the same room as the patient.” 

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Pakistan: Government Assures Full Support to Promote Horticulture

31 August 2021

The federal government has assured full support to the private sector to promote floriculture in Gilgit-Baltistan following global standards and promoting the tissue culture to multiply the imported flower bulbs.

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Saltwater-Grown Crops Lift Hopes of Arid Arab Countries

12 August 2021

A Saudi Arabian startup offers an ingenious, environmentally friendly solution that could ease nations’ food worries. Red Sea Farms, which is based on the campus of King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST), near Jeddah, nurtures new breeds of crops that are irrigated with seawater.

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A Ray of (UV) Light at the End of Strawberry Pest Tunnel

12 August 2021

For a number of years, University of Florida plant pathologist Natalia Peres has used an ultraviolet light system to thwart strawberry pathogens. Peres even published a study this year that showed the system helps control powdery mildew.

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Hydroponic Watermelons Grow Between the Tomato Plants

12 August 2021

Is the watermelon from the greenhouse here to stay? "Who knows?" Grower Lynn Vermeiren and brand manager Tom Verdonck of Tomeco laugh mysteriously. From week 24 they have been harvesting mini watermelons every week in the greenhouse in Meer. And in Loenhout, the plants for a new crop, planted on 7 July, are ready in the gutter on Friday afternoon, 9 July. The tomato growers have enthusiastically started their voyage of discovery.

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Greenhouse Horticulture Also Affected by Chip Shortage

15 July 2021

Not only are raw materials scarce, but computer chips are also hard to come by. This scarcity is causing delays in the delivery of machines but is also negatively affecting the delivery of greenhouses, the ANP discovered.

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“In face of California’s climate chaos, B.C. must act to secure Canada's food supply"

15 July 2021

California is experiencing an unprecedented drought, with dire implications for Canada’s fruit and vegetable supply. "We must build year-round capacity for fruit and vegetable production if we are to maintain our food security. The situation is urgent; California has declared a state of emergency as temperatures have crested into the upper 40s and low 50s, temperatures far above the point at which even well-irrigated crops begin to die," Lenore Newman and Evan Fraser write in The Province.

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“We want to bring new dynamics and sustainability to the Greek farming industry"

15 July 2021

"The world is fast-moving and climate change is a danger. The amount of farmland is restricted and food insecurity is growing," says Stavros Tabaoglou, managing director with Bellamia Farms sa. The company is transforming large-scale agriculture in Greece by investing in state-of-the-art greenhouses. Construction of their first semi-closed greenhouse project started recently.  In the first phase, three types of tomatoes are to be grown. The second stage of its operation will include more fresh vegetables and the production of fresh-cut, ready-made salads. 

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New Strawberry Rotational System for Maximum Growth

17 June 2021

This NGS product line, currently used in the UK, Portugal, and Southern Spain, has met with enthusiasm from strawberry producers.

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Slides Through Dutch Greenhouses: 90% Success for Robotic Tomato Harvester

17 June 2021

Remember the Greenhouse Robotic Worker developed by MetoMotion? Over the last couple of years we followed the development of the robot intensively and now there's new news to share. Last year MetoMotion partnered with De Ruiter to trial the GRoW system at the De Ruiter Experience Center. In October, an official milestone measurement was taken and showed that GRoW harvested a complete row of tomatoes with a 90% success rate and no human intervention.

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Qatar Vegetable Production Growing Strongly

17 June 2021

The uptrend in the volume of vegetable production in Qatar is expected to continue year-on-year, ensuring a steady supply of fresh produce from local ‘active farms’, a prominent agriculturist told Gulf Times.

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Scientists Discover How to Alter Colour and Ripening Rates of Tomatoes

17 June 2021

The production of fruit is a vital process for plants because it enables them to reproduce and thrive. One strategy that plants use to ensure that their fruit is successful is to give them a colorful appearance so that they are attractive to animals for seed dispersal.

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Climate Screen Made From Recycled Materials

17 June 2021

Covering your greenhouse with PET bottles? It might not sound like a solution for a better climate, but it is. At least, if you're talking about the Luxous 1147 Eco FR. This new climate screen introduced by Svensson is made of recycled material. "The film contains 30% recycled polyester made from PET bottles and offers all the benefits growers need," the Svensson team reveals.

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Genetti Eco Now Offers Commercial Horticulture Thread From Wood Fibers

20 May 2021

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 friendly alternative," says Raimund Genetti, managing director of Genetti Eco LLC.

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New Radish Bunching Machine For Grimmway Farms in California

20 May 2021

For Grimmway, the machine builder delivered a specific outdoor machine, suitable for bunching larger radishes. Likewise, the passageways between the 14 lanes are larger, which makes it an interesting machine for German radish growers. "Grimmways harvests in fourteen rows on a bed, supplying 4,000 bunches per hour with ten to twelve radishes on a bunch," says Paul.

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Automation Company Tortuga Produces Hundreds of Harvest Robots

20 May 2021

After four years of research and development, Tortuga launched a harvest robot fleet last year. The platform is now equipped for strawberry harvest, has already picked outdoor table grapes, and will be adjusted to work on blueberries, cucumbers, tomatoes, and peppers as well. And there's more to come, says Eric Adamson.

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PICS PICA: A Scalable Aquaponics System

20 May 2021

One of the challenges to combining fish and vegetable production is needing to manage both crop production and fish rearing simultaneously. This is particularly true for pH management, with plants preferring a slightly low pH while fish prefer a slightly high pH always push the pH higher. To address this, Peckas has developed its Peckas Intelligent Control System (PICS PICA).

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China: "Upgraded Automatic Boomer More Suitable for Multi-Span Greenhouse Irrigation"

16 April 2021

Compared with Kingpeng’s last generation sprinkler irrigation machine, the upgraded machine has more functions and operate more easily. The machine interface can be operated flexibly, and all parameters are operated on the touch screen. Set the spraying time and spraying frequency and can spray automatically and regularly, saving labor cost. Remote control function: with the help of the remote controller of irrigator, it can realize the remote operation of starting, stopping, returning and other functions. This function is particularly convenient when the operator is far away from the irrigator or outside the greenhouse.

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Shanghai's Intelligent Greenhouse Enters Trial Operation

16 April 2021

A high-tech greenhouse entered trial operation recently in east China's Shanghai. Construction was completed on the Chongming Modern Agricultural Park, covering an area of 835 mu (about 56 hectares). The park is composed of five giant greenhouses, which are expected to welcome visitors in May.

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Female Farmers Foster Future of Family Farms

16 April 2021

With 96 percent of America’s farms family owned and the average farmer’s age approaching 60, there are natural leadership and ownership transitions happening in Kansas and across the fruited plains. The next gen farm is more and more likely to have a woman making the big decisions. This is precisely the case for Alisha Mawhirter who owns and operates 4 Star Hydroponics in St. John, Kansas (pop. 1,390).

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Playing With Far-Red Light Improves Yield: Eventually All Lighting Will Be Dynamic

16 April 2021

"How much far-red light plants need, changes during the season and even during the day," says Koen of MechaTronix. Lighting with an adjustable partial spectrum allows for this kind of control: the standard spectrum remains the same and the intensity of red and far-red light can be adjusted. "You only have dynamically what you want to have dynamically.” We expect that all lighting will be dynamic eventually.

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Technical Mission Introduces Taiwan

24 March 2021

Three varieties of Taiwan watermelon were grown in Bahrain, where land is about 92 percent desert. Due to water restrictions and a lack of cultivated land, the kingdom relies heavily on imports to meet local food demand, including fruits and vegetables.

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Agricultural Trade Between Russia and Azerbaijan has Increased by 1.5 Times in Five Years

24 March 2021

The development of bilateral relations in agriculture was the topic of a meeting of the Russian-Azerbaijani working group on Agricultural cooperation, held in the Ministry of Agriculture of Russia. Sergey Levin and Elchin Zeinalov, the Deputy Ministers of Agriculture of the two countries and co-chairs of the working group, chaired the session.

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Scientists Unlock Potential to Yield “Diet” Fruit

24 March 2021

A new study has demystified sugar distribution in plants, paving the way to create low sugar or ‘diet’ fruits. The study, published in Proceedings of National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), culminates seven years of research by the University of Newcastle’s Professor Yong-Ling Ruan from the School of Environmental and Life Sciences, in collaboration with peers at Northwest A&F University.

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Sensors and Technology Enable Remote Greenhouse Monitoring and Management

24 March 2021

For the Italian grower Andrea Angiletti, a great part of his greenhouse activities are now monitored, planned and adjusted remotely through a system of sensors developed by Lualtek, a start-up established by Luca and Alessio Occhipinti. Their wireless radio technology system LoRaWAN is used for this.

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$ 5 Billion Support Plan from the World Bank to 11 African Countries

18 February 2021

The World Bank has announced that it plans to support over $ 5 billion in investments in 11 African countries over  the next 5 years to restore degraded land, increase agricultural productivity and help improve livelihoods.

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New Study on Control of Pollination by Hoverflies in Greenhouses

18 February 2021

A newly published research proposes a conceptual model for pollination and fertilization of tomato flowers in greenhouses crops by hoverflies, when the maximal number of adult pollinators maintained by the crops is less than what is needed for an economically successful pollination in greenhouses.

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Biodegradable Plastics Help Reduce Agricultural Plastic Waste

18 February 2021

When one thinks of the agricultural industry, plastic waste is not the first thing that comes to mind. But the reality is that plastics play key roles in the farming and greenhouse business, leaving behind much waste every year.

As an example, just in the United States, the agricultural plastics generation is estimated to be 816 million pounds. And most of that is not recycled, ending up in the ground or landfills, often impacting wildlife and the environment negatively.

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New Formulation: Beneficial Nematodes in Capsules

18 February 2021

The biotech companies e-nema GmbH and Katz Biotech AG have started a cooperation to develop a new, innovative product for biological pest control: Beneficial nematodes, formulated in capsules, offer long lasting efficacy against sciarid gnats and are ideal for preventative treatments.

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Nematodes significantly reduce Tuta larvae

12 January 2021

"We examined several dead larvae under the microscope and observed dozens of parasitic nematodes moving inside them," Zoboli continues. "After this result, we have kept spraying with nematodes every time there was a new wave of small larvae and the problem never grew big after that."

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Indian aquaponic growers have big plans for organic produce

12 January 2021

"Indian farmers have developed a habit of using a ton of artificial fertilizers and pesticides to aid their crops and have become habituated to them. This has led to most of India’s arable land and ground water being heavily contaminated with run off of these chemicals. These combined issues made us think about cultivating organic produce ourselves."

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Not just salads, but all types of food grown in 'vertical farms of the future'

12 January 2021

Instead of producing salad vegetables, his vertical farms would produce a wide range of food with high nutritional value such as honey, fish, insects and algae. The Superfarm project would also strive to recreate an ecosystem in an urban environment through features such as beekeeping and an aquaponics system.

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Greenhouse production management supported by greenhouse crop models

28 September 2020

With the rise of people's living standards in China, consumers began to demand high quality and reliable agricultural products. In this direction, a Chinese company and Wageningen University in the Netherlands launched the "Big Data Quantification and Modelling for Modern Agriculture in China" project in 2018. Greenhouse climates can be simulated with the computer programs developed within the project.

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China embraces autonomous greenhouse management

28 September 2020

Seeing a new opportunity in a crisis that has affected the world like the coronavirus, Sven Paauwe of China-based Delphy started a study on the rapid development and implementation of the autonomous greenhouse system. Sven from the Deplhy Dashboard, a platform that controls autonomous farming through data-based advice, gave details of the platform.

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A Venlo roof and a cabrio roof in one greenhouse

28 September 2020

"Voigt", which gives its name to an ongoing project near Berlin, will be a garden center. In less than a week, the steel construction completed and ventilation windows are prepared for installation, combining different roof types. The first part of the project will have a Venlo roof with fixed windows for good ventilation and the second part will have a convertible roof.

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Blueberry used to be an extensive crop, but is becoming more and more intensive

21 July 2020

Blueberries were grown in an open field system, but most of the new projects use hydroponics, ie "soil-free cultivation techniques." Hectares of blueberry plants are neatly lined up in greenhouses, protected from the weather.

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Autonomous cultivation will become increasingly important

21 July 2020

While governments across the globe have introduced measures to limit the spread of COVID-19, the five teams participating in the Autonomous Greenhouse Challenge are hard at work to take autonomous and remote growing to the next level. 

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Free Covid-19 staff checklist app for greenhouses

21 July 2020

The team at BumperCrop have worked in conjunction with growers over the past two weeks on a new App to help address the New Zealand rules for operating during the COVID-19 lockdown period.

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

27 May 2020

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 their produce. We reached out to vertical farms worldwide to see what measures they have taken to battle the COVID-19.

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Don’t be afraid eating your fruits and veggies during COVID-19 process

27 May 2020

Including fresh fruits and vegetables in the diet has consistently been shown to improve overall health, including the immune system. Staying healthy increases the body's ability to fight infections. In addition, many questions have arisen in many parts of the world about the safety of fruits and vegetables due to Covid-19.

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United Arab Emirates: Raspberries and blackberries grown commercially for the first time

27 May 2020

There is a pilot project underway in Abu Dhabi, aimed at growing raspberries and blackberries commercially for the first time.The popularity of berries (and their large profit margins) have caught the eye of the Abu Dhabi Agriculture and Food Safety Authority. The organisation is harvesting the fruits of their first season, which began in November, at the Adafsa model farm in Al Dhafra.

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Turkmen greenhouse enterprise exports its first harvest to regional countries

27 May 2020

Altyn Tug Individual Enterprise harvested its first tomato crop, over 800 tons of tomatoes, from its greenhouse complex and exported two thirds of the vegetables to Russia and Kyrgyz Republic.

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The Spanish field adapts to the state of alarm

27 May 2020

The Spanish agricultural sector is trying to adapt to the state of alarm decreed by the Government by following the pertinent measures, such as using masks and gloves and maintaining a safe distance among people. However, producers face other issues that they find more problematic, such as the commute to farms, as the Government's Royal decree requests that they are carried out individually; something that is very difficult to do in the countryside.

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New thrips identification poster available

27 May 2020

Tripsler, sera bitkilerine en çok zarar veren haşereler arasında yer alıyor. Seralarda yerleşik trips türlerinin sayısı son on yılda önemli ölçüde artmış durumda. Seranızda hangi trips türlerinin bulunduğunu bilmek, etkili kontrol programları oluşturmak için önemli bir ilk adım. Bununla birlikte, bu küçük böcekleri ayırt etmek, ilk bakışta neredeyse aynı görünen çok sayıda tür nedeniyle o kadar kolay değil. 

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