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Tuesday, September 16, 2014


Tomato Working Party visit the Netherlands:
Double glazed greenhouses and Futagrow catch attention of UK tomato growers
Last week, the British Tomato Working Party visited several outstanding and remarkable greenhouse operations in The Netherlands. The Tomato Working Party is a benchmarking group with British growers that is frequently visiting and studying the latest developments in greenhouse.....

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Open house October 7th:
Canada: Westland Introduces the Novavert retractable roof structure
Westland has partnered with Novavert to offer a high-quality, affordable Outdoor Structure with a Retractable Roof system. This was designed for a multitude of uses, including hardening your crop and extending your growing area with a flexible use structure. The truss is designed at 22 inches high with a 5%.....
Kwekerij De Grevelingen:
Bad situation in horticulture forces another Dutch tomato grower to stop
The Dutch tomato grower De Grevelingen in Sirjansland will close it's business after this year's cultivation. The bad situation in the Dutch horticulture market has forced growers Arnold and Marc Groenewegen to make this decision.The two brothers are in business since 2000. In 2006 they made the news with.....

ICESC2015: Hydroponics and Aquaponics at the Gold Coast
International event on soilless cultivation to be held in Australia
From Sunday 5th – Wednesday 8th July 2015 the ISHS Soilless Culture Symposium will be held at The Pavilion Convention Centre ‐ Jupiter’s Gold Coast QLD (Australia). All those interested in cultivation of crops in hydroponic and aquaponic systems under cover and outdoors are cordially invited to.....

Biobest completes acquisition of The Bug Factory
Biobest today announced the closing of the acquisition of 100 % of the shares of The Bug Factory. The Bug Factory has been Biobest’s exclusive distributor in Western Canada since 2003. The Bug Factory has also produced certain beneficials complementary to Biobest’s own product range and has served a number.....

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UK: Successful conference on Vertical and Urban farming at Nottingham University
Last week, the Centre for Urban Agriculture at the University of Nottingham was organising an International Conference on Vertical Farming and Urban Agriculture. This event aimed at bringing together scientists, engineers, industrialists and policymakers to discuss current ideas, technologies, commercial.....

No more rubber needed in fog installations by JB Pompen
Two years ago, JB Pompen put the fog installations on the market. "What's striking about this product is the conical seal" explains Jordy van den Berg. A bite-ring coupling has been made that provides a waterproof system. Bite-ring couplings originate from hydraulics. The couplings are manufactured by 300.....


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Fully operational next growing season:
VB Project starts construction of pump compartment at Geothermie De Lier
The activities at Geothermie De Lier, VB Project's eighth geotermal project, are progressing well. VB Projects, part of VB Group, is responsible for the above ground installation. After a long period of preparations and a drill process with two positive tests, the floor was released by KCA Duetag and VB.....


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Not all Mycorrhizae are created equal!
At the end of your day, knowing the type and quality of the mycorrhizae you use for your plants does make a difference. By far the greatest amount of independent research data and documented plant benefits are with Glomus intraradices. Pro-Mix (Premier Tech Horticulture) is the largest commercial producer of.....


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Blackmore’s precise cylinder seeder catches attention during Cultivate ’14
Seeding 1200 trays/hr without loosing precision
Just like last year, Blackmore brought it´s advanced cylinder seeder to Cultivate ´14. The seeder is known as one of the most precise and accurate seeders on the market, thanks to it´s exclusive multi/option cylinder had that will never miss a seed, or pick two seeds at the same time. Blackmore´s Lars Jensen.....


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Backyard Farms puts Beefsteak Tomato in the spotlight
It’s the porterhouse of the tomato family with a flavour profile that’s as big as its size. Juicy, meaty and sweet, the Beefsteak Tomato is one of the four varieties Backyard Farms grows all year long in their greenhouse.Unlike their Tomatoes on the Vine and Cocktail Tomatoes that are both picked in full.....


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Nickerson-Zwaan changes its name and launches its New Brand: Hazera
Nickerson Zwaan B.V. changes its company name into Hazera Seeds B.V. and launches its new brand, Hazera, conjoint with its partner company Hazera Genetics. The organizational structure, including management, sales team, customer service, R&D set-up and all supporting departments, will remain.....


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U.S. Market Trends:
Packaged produce means less time, less waste, more variety
More than 70% of U.S. households consume bagged/packaged salads. Considering the hectic pace of the average American's daily routine, reliance on the convenience and variety offered by bagged salads and other types of ready-to-eat vegetables and fruit will be a key factor spurring the U.S. market for these.....


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New York Fashion Week:
Subway fashion show inspired by vegetables
As the whole of New York was getting psyched for Marc Jacobs and the Diesel crowd was trying to figure out where the F the Moynihan Station’s Skylight’s Mail Sorting Room was, a show was taking place that was definitely not on the official lineup: the Spring 2015 collection of the Project Subway competition......


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In memoriam: Pawel Bonarek of Cultilene
With great sadness we announce the death of Pawel Bonarek - wonderful colleague and employee of Saint-Gobain Cultilene. Pawel passed away on September 4th 2014 at the age of sixty.Pawel Bonarek was a graduate of the Faculty of Horticulture at the Agricultural University in Warsaw. After his graduation he.....


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New test may detect organic food fraud: Is your produce really organic?
Is that organic apple you're buying actually organic? More and more people are willing to shell out more money for fruits, vegetables and other foods that are labelled as "organic." But can the label be trusted? Scientists have taken a look at both conventional and organic tomatoes in order to devise a new.....


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New cooling masterbatch for greenhouse films cuts down interior temperature in hot regions
In field tests in South Israel, greenhouse films produced with Tosaf's new cooling masterbatch IR8783PE reduced the peak temperature inside a greenhouse tunnel by up to 5°C in comparison with a conventional film containing a light diffuser, the company stated.Designed to support optimal plant growth in hot.....


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US (FL): UF/IFAS researchers could improve how companies ship fresh produce
A University of Florida-led research team’s development of a tracking system could change the way companies ship fresh fruits and vegetables, letting them know which produce is closest to expiration and providing consumers the freshest products available.Jeffrey Brecht, director of the UF Institute of Food.....


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Hibiscus may help diabetics
Scientists from Assam's Tezpur University and West Bengal's Visva-Bharati University have unlocked the potential of natural chemicals derived from a particular species of Hibiscus that can help generate a better therapeutic agent for diabetes.According to International Diabetes Federation, diabetes affects.....


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Netherlands: Symposium hydroponics during Seed meets Technology
A better controllable production, residue-free, low-emission, a clean and safe product. Regarding these topics, cultivation on water offers good opportunities. Currently, several systems for cultivation are on the market. In the Netherlands, technicians, seed companies, sales organizations and more and more.....


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Partnership with national design college to challenge paradigms:
AmericanHort launches initiative to explore the future of garden retail
The future of garden retail is being explored with a new initiative announced this week by AmericanHort at Cultivate’14. Over the next 12 months, the association will engage its membership and consumers in a project to explore and then identify strategies to expand garden retail. Along with the Horticultural.....


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