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Friday, February 27, 2015


Rabobank net profit decreases, greenhouses a concern
Yesterday, Rabobank presented it's year report. Overall, the Rabobank is positive about it's financial results, but the difficult situation in the Dutch greenhouse sector is still a concern. Rabobank is the largest financer of Dutch horticulture. Empty greenhouses in Holland are a big concern for the.....

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Using ventilated latent heat converters to reduce botrytis pressure
Controlling the humidity inside a controlled environment is one of the most discussed concerns amongst greenhouse growers. A solution that is more often noticed by growers are the so called Ventilated Latent Heat Converters (VLHC); These units extract humid air from inside the greenhouse and convert water.....

Womensday: Rose growers suffer from situation Russia and Ukraine
This time of the year is a very busy period for rose growers. After Valentine's Day, which took place two weeks ago, the next important day is coming up; Womens Day at 8 march. This day is celebrated in many countries but is very popular in Russia and other Eastern European countries. However, due to.....

Mexico and Holland to strengthen cooperation:
Mexico: Dutch secrtetary to visit Agropark in Queretaro
Next week, the Dutch state secretary of Economical Affairs Sharon Dijksma will be participating in a trade mission to Mexico. The delegation will be visiting the Agropark in Queretaro as well as the premises of Koppert Biological System in Mexico.Dijksma will be meeting with the Mexican minister of.....

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Spain: Ifapa La Mojonera testing passive heating system in pepper greenhouse
The Institute for Agricultural Research and Training (IFAP) of the Council of Agriculture, Fisheries and Rural Development is currently testing a passive heating system for greenhouses, to assess its impact on climate and on the productivity of bell peppers.To this end, flexible water-sleeves have been.....

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Report from Gilbert Heijens, Horti-Consult International:
Argentina: 90% greenhouse cultivation located around Buenos Aires
Argentina is famous for its meat: Argentinean steak in particular. In restaurants, the main course consists mainly of meat – and preferably lots of it. In addition, little or no fresh produce is served. Conversely, the country has about 4,000 hectares of greenhouses. The team of Horti-Consult visited the.....

Koppert introduces natural spray treatment against aphids and whitefies
With the introduction of AgriTrap, Koppert is adding a new product to its range of products combating pests insects. The product has a natural basis, and has a rapid effect, and is ideal for use in integrated strategies.AgriTrap is a product based on natural polysaccharides. These are able to trap small.....


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Almeria, Andalusia
Spain: Ifapa La Mojonera testing passive heating system in pepper greenhouse
The Institute for Agricultural Research and Training (IFAP) of the Council of Agriculture, Fisheries and Rural Development is currently testing a passive heating system for greenhouses, to assess its impact on climate and on the productivity of bell peppers.To this end, flexible water-sleeves have been.....


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New offerings dial deeper into plant nutrition management
Reaching the next yield level will take major management alterations, such as moving crop inputs from pre-plant to in-season. To most effectively implement new strategies, farmers will need the right combination of insights and products. A year after its introduction, WinField is expanding its NutriSolutions.....


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Spain: Robot to harvest and pack tomatoes in TECNOVA greenhouses
The Tecnova Foundation will coordinate a research project aimed at creating a robot capable of, among other functions, harvesting and packing tomatoes, preparing them for their sale to consumers anywhere in the world.The research project is called Agronauta (Automation of agronomic work in intensive farms by.....


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Cleaning and disinfecting greenhouse floors without chemicals
Hopmans Verhuur in Bergen op Zoom, The Netherlands has developed a new machine to clean and disinfect ebb and flood floors with boiling hot water. The hot water (with a constant temperature of 100ᴼC) comes from a special mobile boiler. It does away with algae, mosses, bacteria and viruses.Toon.....


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Aline Andreas, Hassinger Orchideen:
European consumers demanding new orchid varieties
The Phalaenopsis is a popular and well-known plant in Europe. Over the last years, new colors and shapes of the Phalaenopsis entered the market. “With the Phalaenopsis, people learned the general growing features of orchids. Now, they want to see new and special varieties, like the Bellavallia® and the.....


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New labeling for Biopol Natural
Starting January 2015, the assortment of Dutch integrated crop protection company Biopol Natural will be recognizable by its new labels. The product quality is guaranteed. "With a number of individual products, the packaging itself is also adjusted in order to provide a better overall product" says Mark.....


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Why color sells plants: The psychology behind color selections
With spring approaching it’s the perfect time to look at what could help you boost your sales for the upcoming season. But does color sell plants?A simple answer would be yes and no. But this not much help with deciding what colors you should focus on displaying. Research would suggest a number of reasons.....


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"Simple improvements instead of going high tech all the way"
The world population is increasing and therefore a bigger demand for yield output is needed. As well as this, growers are forced to deliver food with a higher equal quality, as the middle class is also rising. This is also the reason that the greenhouse industry is thriving; farmers all over the world either.....


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Exploit organic agriculture, Uganda advised
Uganda must capitalise on its potential in organic agriculture; improve product quality and packaging to capture a larger share of the American export market.Meg Jaquay, the vice-president of the American Chamber of Commerce, Uganda, told New Vision in an interview recently that increasing use of non-organic.....


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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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Canada: Food security project going global
A University of Guelph research project that has already improved the livelihoods of small-scale Asian farmers will further expand worldwide, thanks to more than $4.2 million in federal support announced this afternoon.The project involves innovative packaging developed in part by Guelph researchers using.....


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Warning to check country-of-origin labels following Hepatitis A scare
The Australian Made Campaign is encouraging consumers to spend more time checking the country-of-origin labels on food products in the wake of a national recall of imported frozen berries which authorities believe to be contaminated with hepatitis A.Patties Foods recalled its 1kg 'Nanna's Frozen Mixed.....


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Mexico and Holland to strengthen cooperation:
Mexico: Dutch secrtetary to visit Agropark in Queretaro
Next week, the Dutch state secretary of Economical Affairs Sharon Dijksma will be participating in a trade mission to Mexico. The delegation will be visiting the Agropark in Queretaro as well as the premises of Koppert Biological System in Mexico.Dijksma will be meeting with the Mexican minister of.....


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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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BrightBox: the most complete commercial research facility for growing without daylight
Yesterday the official opening took place of BrightBox; a state of the art research facility for closed controlled environment food production without daylight. The facility at the Innovatoren in Venlo, The Netherlands, is the first European project that will research multi layer cultivation without daylight.....


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Funeral Directors and Flowers Study Available
US: New gold standard for sympathy flowers and the way the funeral industry views them
The Floral Marketing Research Fund (FMRF), in collaboration with AFE, released findings from a recent study of funeral directors. The downloadable free report includes thoughts and preferences on sympathy flowers, charity donations versus flowers, consumers’ reactions toward sympathy flowers, the.....


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