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Thursday, November 27, 2014


UK berry grower conducts 500 root zone measurements per day:
"Frequent substrate measurement can eliminate water wastage and reduces fertiliser costs"
Clock House Farm is based in the rolling hills of Kent, a few miles south of Maidstone in the UK. Its expansive farm is devoted to the cultivation of berries. “We produce about 1,000 tonnes of strawberries and 1,000 tonnes of raspberries a year, all grown in polytunnels on 223 hectares in multiple.....

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US (NY): Eden growers assessing storm damage
Last week's storm dumped heavy snow upon the Eden Valley, damaging greenhouses and structures that are integral to the local food network.The Zittels have been growing things in Eden for well over a century, with a farm on Webster road so big it produces one million geraniums a year and needs a series of its.....

Canada: Truly Green aiming for big impact with smaller carbon footprint
Truly Green Farms of Chatham is moving closer to setting a new standard of growing environmentally-friendly greenhouse tomatoes.Chatham Rotarians were given a first-hand look at the unique operation during their meeting Wednesday.Truly Green is building a 90-acre greenhouse complex on Bloomfield Road across.....

Root development, in rather than under the cube
Cultilene RootmaXX is a new rock wool cube that offers improved control for tomato growers. The plant makes the roots, but it is the substrate that helps the root development, protects the roots and gives the grower maximum control over plant development and balance. Never before have we seen such uniform.....

EPS propagation tray for single use: benefits hygiene and logistics
In close collaboration, Dutch young plant propagators Plantenkwekerij van der Lugt, Plantenkwekerij Globe Plant and EPS producer Hordijk EPS have developed an EPS tray. The tray has round holes that can hold 252 plants for propagation. The tray is specially designed for single use only. For international.....

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De Ruiter Merlice event in Holland:
"Strength of Merlice variety can be converted into speed and generativity"
On November 6th, De Ruiter organized a Merlice event for its Dutch growers. The meeting was for growers to exchange tips on how to get more results out of the variety. Afterwards there was a rib-experience on the river Meuse. Duco de Ruiter served as chairman. As the afternoon kicked off, he introduced.....


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Canada: RFP for study of Economic Viability of geothermal resources
The objective of this study will be to ultimately deliver an assessment of the economic viability of geothermal energy in the Province of British Columbia for electrical power generation. The electrical power generation component will initially review sites previously studied, the Clarke Lake Gas Field, and.....


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US: ZeroTol 2.0 now suitable for hydroponic systems
ZeroTol 2.0 is now labelled for hydroponic use* including foliar sprays, media drenches, nutrient/reservoir tanks and aerosol/fogging applications. ZeroTol 2.0 will control root diseases like Pythium (Root Rot and Damping off), Phytophthora (Blight) Fusarium (Wilt), Verticillium (Wilt), Rhizoctonia (Root.....


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Innovative flower processing lines on display at IFTF
During the IFTF2014, Bercomex demonstrated different solutions that improve the processing of roses. The Bercomex booth showed an overview of new innovations, on which has been worked hard in the past months. In regular consultation with growers, choices were made about the innovations, which are most needed.....


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EPS propagation tray for single use: benefits hygiene and logistics
In close collaboration, Dutch young plant propagators Plantenkwekerij van der Lugt, Plantenkwekerij Globe Plant and EPS producer Hordijk EPS have developed an EPS tray. The tray has round holes that can hold 252 plants for propagation. The tray is specially designed for single use only. For international.....


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De Ruiter Merlice event in Holland:
"Strength of Merlice variety can be converted into speed and generativity"
On November 6th, De Ruiter organized a Merlice event for its Dutch growers. The meeting was for growers to exchange tips on how to get more results out of the variety. Afterwards there was a rib-experience on the river Meuse. Duco de Ruiter served as chairman. As the afternoon kicked off, he introduced.....


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"Cucumber can be stored for longer due to high wire cultivation"
Green Diamonds growers dare to give shelf life guarantee
"The ageing of cucumber starts on the plant. This means that the shorter amount of time the cucumber is on the plant, the longer its shelf life after harvest is." This is one of the things that Floris van der Linden of Green Diamonds has learned from seven years of high wire cultivation. This knowledge is an.....


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How was the Dutch Trade Mission to Japan?
"We must work together to capture opportunities in Japanese horticulture"
The Dutch trade mission to Japan took place last week. Some of the participants included Remko Bakelaar, of Vijverberg Advies, and Michel Kauderer, of Verkade Klimaat. How was the trade mission and what are the opportunities for the industry in Japan?The Dutch agro-food sector is very attractive for Japan......


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Soil study highlights diversity and climate-change response
A new study has pulled together soil research to demonstrate how organisms below the ground could hold the key to understanding how the world's ecosystems function and how they are responding to climate change. Published in Nature, the paper by Professor Richard Bardgett from The University of Manchester in.....


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Organic farming does not benefit the environment, say Swedish researchers
Relying on organic crop production would be “disastrous” and could “lead to starvation,” according to researchers at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences who have a new book out called "The Organic Dream."The researchers have caused quite a stir in Sweden. Radio Sweden spoke to one of the authors,.....


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Humidification: Is your system ready for the season?
Before activating make sure the filters are clean, change if necessary: Check / change the pump oil: Flush the system (see manual): Check nozzles for performance. Each (standard) nozzle puts out 12 lb/hr. or 5.5 kg/hr. when performing correctly. Blockages reduce this output considerably.For more.....


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Engineered bacteria ripens fruit by belching ethylene
The ruby red rows of tomatoes at the local grocery store don’t come off the vine in such a pretty state. Food producers pick fruits while unripe and later douse them with ethylene. The ethylene used by food producers comes from cracking fossil fuels. As a green alternative, Cristina Del Bianco of the.....


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New study finds GMO safe for animals, humans
Results of a new study of genetically engineered crops eaten by livestock indicate again that GMO feed is safe and nutritionally equivalent to non-GMO feed.The study, which included more than 100 billion animals between 1983 and 2011, showed no unusual trends in the health of animals during that time.The.....


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52 growers joining the HortiDaily Greenhouse Tour
The seating for the HortiDaily.com High Tech Greenhouse Tour in February 2015 is as good as fully booked. This means that we currently have 52 growers joining from 16 different countries, and a total greenhouse acreage of more than 900 hectare. Hortidaily.com and the Horticulture Business Days are.....


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Produce View empowers tomato growers with information on British Tomato Conference
UK: The ins and outs of British tomato retail
Understanding the market and the retail sector is crucial in horticulture and the tomato industry is no exception. At the 2014 British Tomato Conference Mr Tim Mudge, commercial manager of Produce View, a wholly owned subsidiary of the British Growers Association, who gave a presentation about the position.....


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US (AL): Community and students get involved at aeroponic greenhouse
Students and community members can now grow plants without soil at East Campus. The Department of Human Environmental Sciences opened an aeroponic greenhouse in May where a variety of vegetables were grown.“In the summer we taught classes over there for the community,” said Jill Englett, instructor of Human.....


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Rwanda's Flower industry gets timely shot in the arm
Rwanda’s flower sector players are upbeat following the Cabinet approval of a partnership deal between the government and a Kenyan-based company, Shalimar Flowers, to develop the country’s cut flower industry.Last week, the Cabinet published a resolution supporting the joint venture that will see Shalimar.....


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