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Thursday, December 18, 2014


"Innovation and presentation is key factor in a niche market"
Dutch grower Bert Schouten : 36,000m2 with Aeschynanthus
"It is all about innovation and presentation when operating in a niche market" says Dutch grower Bert Schouten. With 20 years experience in the floriculture industry, he developed sufficient knowledge about putting a floral niche product on the market. Schouten started his floral carrier after taking over a.....

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Rainbow Colors:
Full-scale LED installation at Dutch tulip grower
Located in Holland, Rainbow Colors is a modern, automated grower that produces more than 47 million tulips each year. At Rainbow Colors, performance and flexibility are crucial – as is maintaining stable two-layer cultivation in winter. The company was looking for a high-quality dynamic system with a focus.....

US: High tunnels found effective for finishing cold-tolerant annuals
Energy accounts for one of the largest costs in commercial greenhouse (GH) production of annual bedding plants. Therefore, many bedding plant producers are searching for energy efficient production methods. Our objectives were to quantify the impact of growing annual bedding plants in an unheated high tunnel.....

Peter Klapwijk and GreenQ terminate their cooperation by mutual agreement
Peter Klapwijk, co-owner of GreenQ, sold his shares to DLV Plant Groep BV in 2013. After the sale of these shares, Peter Klapwijk remained attached to GreenQ in the position of advisor. The decision to end this position was taken in mutual agreement.Peter KlapwijkPeter Klapwijk explains: “After having sold.....

Another great time lapse: a full year of growing in a few minutes
Ok, we now know that you all love greenhouse timelapse video's. So here is another one; During this year’s crop season, the Dutch growers at the training center in Terneuzen had a webcam installed in a greenhouse. The cam took a picture every hour, resulting in a great time lapse video. Enjoy. Source:.....

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Dutch cucumber growers meet to discuss high wire cultivation
Last month, Bayer CropScience Vegetable Seeds, together with Grow Group Baarlo and Gipmans Plants, organized two seminars for cucumber growers.The agenda included the implementation of the Nunhems variety Hi Power* in traditional cultivation and crop protection. Grow Group focused on the cultivation of.....

How low can you go?
Low daily light integrals impact young plant quality and production time
For most floriculture crops, at least a moderate light intensity is necessary to produce a high-quality crop in a greenhouse. Greenhouses located in northern latitudes, such as those in Michigan, can receive very low ambient light conditions during the winter. As we enter that time of year, growers should.....


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Wageningen UR, the Netherlands
Improved LED-lighting to reduce energy consumption by half
A new project has been granted by STW to improve LED-lighting in greenhouses, which may reduce the energy consumption for lighting by half.Eight PhD-studens and 3 postdocs will work on this project, in which a number of universities and companies are involved, including the Horticulture and Product.....


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Netherlands: Van Iperen expands production capacity of Water Soluble NPK’s
The demand of high quality Iperen Water Soluble NPK’s increased rapidly in recent years. To keep up with this growth, the production capacity in the acclimatized factory near the port of Rotterdam has now expanded. “While executing the Masterplan, our aim was more than just entering the top 3 of production.....


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The first Bio Chopper Compact in Mexico:
Mexico : El Rosal shreds crops at 4.000 m2/ hour
Last October, Royal Brinkman installed the first Bio Chopper Compact in Mexico at El Rosal in Michoacán. This shredder is designed to minimize in the volume of waste to 20%. The crops are transported to the shredder by using transportation mats. The mats will be rolled up, the crops will be shredded and the.....


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Bottled tomatoes end up in display case after 70 years
Wageningen UR Greenhouse Horticulture recently received a special batch of tomatoes by a Mrs. Meulenbeld. These tomatoes, however, were not meant to be sampled. They were bottled in 1942. After 70 years in dark storage, both the colour and the shape of the tomatoes are still surprisingly fresh.In the spring.....


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Dutch cucumber growers meet to discuss high wire cultivation
Last month, Bayer CropScience Vegetable Seeds, together with Grow Group Baarlo and Gipmans Plants, organized two seminars for cucumber growers.The agenda included the implementation of the Nunhems variety Hi Power* in traditional cultivation and crop protection. Grow Group focused on the cultivation of.....


Packagingmore »


Sustainable innovative packaging on the rise in floriculture
Nowadays, innovation and working sustainably is becoming more and more important in the greenhouse industry. Also when looking at pots, containers and trays, companies need to distinguish themselves from the competition. Desch Plantpak is one of the companies that is trying to combine these two concept in.....


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10 tonnes of baby vegetables exported to Botswana weekly
The National Agricultural marketing Board (NAMboard) started in April to export about 10 tonnes of baby vegetables per week to Botswana.NAMBoard Marketing Manager Thami Dlamini said they exported mixed baby vegetables which they sourced from their farmers adding that the produce included mainly tomatoes,.....


Substratesmore »


How to calibrate fertilizer injectors
Plants require essential elements to maximize their genetic potential. These elements are supplied by air, water, substrates and fertilizers. For water soluble fertilizers, it is important to make sure your fertilizer injector is working properly and that it is calibrated for accuracy.About 90% of the weight.....


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Organic farming techniques are closing gap on conventional yields
The unintended consequences of our agricultural food system – polluted air and water, dead zones in coastal seas, soil erosion – have profound implications for human health and the environment. So more sustainable agricultural practices are needed as soon as possible.Some farmers have turned to less.....


Coolingmore »


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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US: NSAC comments on FDA’s revised draft food safety rules
The public comment period on the US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) supplemental proposed rules under the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) closes today. The National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC) and its member organizations led a national effort to analyze and comment on the revised.....


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Men who like spicier foods more 'alpha'
Eating spicy food is often seen as a sign of male bravado - and now scientific research has found that men who enjoy hot food have higher levels of testosterone.Scientist at the University of Grenoble found a positive correlation between an enjoyment of spicy food and levels of the hormone. Greater.....


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January 28, 2015, Edmonton, Canada
Hydroponics food production workshop
There will be a Hydroponics Food Production Workshop on Wednesday, January 28, 2015, at the Crop Diversification Centre, 17507 Fort Road, Edmonton. Several experts will discuss the basics of hydroponics systems, nutrient and crop management and lighting systems. Two growers who have been using floating.....


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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.....


Vertical farmingmore »


Vertical farms will be big, but for whom?
In a windowless warehouse just outside of Chicago, where today’s forecast is for below-freezing temperatures, Green Sense Farms grows leafy greens and herbs all year around. They sell their bounty—protected from insects, disease and brutal winters—to grocers like Whole Foods and some local restaurants. Green.....


Flowers and Ornamental Trademore »


Market for Bogotá’s flowers set to bloom
If you buy flowers in the US on St Valentine’s Day next February 14, there is a high probability they came from the surroundings of Bogotá. In the green savannah-like valley, flower greenhouses are a common sight.On a recent visit one rainy afternoon to Flores el Aljibe, a business that sells bouquets of.....


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Another great time lapse: a full year of growing in a few minutes