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Diversifying your Greenhouse Crops with Hothouse Strawberries

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Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Dec-04 Fri 13:54

Fresh, delicious, hothouse strawberries in the dead of winter…can’t you just taste them?  We would ALL love to see more local strawberries in our grocery stores, wouldn’t we?

Perhaps you’ve thought about growing strawberries in your greenhouse.  Or you’ve dabbled in production already.  Maybe you are a well-seasoned strawberry grower but eager to stay connected and continue learning.

If any of these sounds like you, you’ll want to check out an upcoming course on hydroponic strawberry production by Hort Americas.

 

 

Cole’s Notes: Getting Started

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Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Nov-18 Wed 11:52

A Walk with Cole

Hello everyone, my name is Cole B. and I am a recent graduate of The Ohio State University with a focus on Environmental Policy in Water Conservation. I come from a small farming community in Northwest Ohio and I am the newest addition to the Nature Fresh Farms facility in Delta, OH. As the Marketing Coordinator in Ohio, I plan to learn and grow everyday just like the Grow-to People here at Nature Fresh Farms. I want to share my past experiences: first, why I have a passion for agriculture, and second, my journey with the Greenhouse Education Center at Nature Fresh Farms.

Subtropical sweet potatoes locally produced in Canadian greenhouses

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Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Nov-04 Wed 10:10

Over the past few years, sweet potatoes have risen in popularity among Canadian consumers. Ontario production meets just over 50 per cent of the province’s demand for the tubers. A recent report by the Greenbelt Foundation explains how local production could expand to meet 79 per cent of provincial…

Highly specialized production of cherry and plum tomatoes

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Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Nov-03 Tue 07:40

"Isolagrande" is one of the largest and most modern greenhouse companies on a national level that was planned in Milan but which was set up in the Vittoria area in Ragusa, Sicily. It truly feels like a Dutch company. Federico Baraldi FreshPlaza talked about it with CEO Federico Baraldi who, together with…

Advantages of using 7 layer film for a greenhouse covering

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Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Nov-02 Mon 13:22

Greenhouses are used to grow plants and crops as they require controlled climatic conditions. Greenhouse covering comes in various materials. 7 layer film for Greenhouse Covering is preferred by producers because of the advantages it gives. It is not much costly and the quality of the crop is maintained.…

Eco-friendly photovoltaic solutions that also work as greenhouse covers

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Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Oct-28 Wed 07:37

Building integrated photovoltaics is a new way to conceive of photovoltaics that becomes useful in agriculture and consists in the design of innovative solutions to integrate devices that convert solar energy into electricity directly into the building.   Transparent pane The Italian team includes researchers from…

Kingsville approves bylaw against greenhouse light pollution

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Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Oct-27 Tue 08:59

The Town of Kingsville Council has passed a bylaw to crack down on greenhouse growers using lamps that produce a nighttime glow that can often be seen from dozens of kilometres away. According to a report from the town, several local greenhouse operations have site plan agreements that require "dark sky…

Is your greenhouse winter ready?

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Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Oct-23 Fri 00:46

For areas that experience significantly colder weather and snow during the fall and winter seasons, it’s important to prepare your greenhouses so your crops are protected. Here are a few things to consider when preparing your commercial greenhouse operation for the fall and winter: Tidy upThings may have gotten a little messy…

"Light transmission of glass becomes more and more important”

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Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Oct-14 Wed 13:02

The characteristics of the glass are important. Steven Adriaense, Van Looveren explains: “The light transmission is vital. That’s what it is all about now. The requirements are getting higher and higher these days. In order to show the product has a good light transmission, we supply the requested…

The coupling of nanotechnology and luminescent films to optimize greenhouse light quality

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Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Oct-12 Mon 12:24

“UbiGro is essentially a layer of light in a greenhouse,” according to UbiQD’s chief of product, Matt Bergren, who enthusiastically described how the company’s UbiGro luminescent greenhouse film and its embedded nanotechnology facilitate light management in greenhouse settings. Based in New Mexico and established in 2014, UbiQD is harnessing nanotechnology for various applications, one of which is the optimization of greenhouse light quality through its UbiGro luminescent greenhouse gilms. UbiGro films use quantum dots to convert UV and blue photons to longer wavelengths, resulting in the emission of orange/red light. Otherwise stated, UbiGro is a photoluminescent film that glows when illuminated with sunlight due to the conversion of short wavelengths to long wavelengths. This allows growers to harness various wavelengths for photosynthesis and improve crop yields.

Duelle: the latest addition to the red elongated tomato range of Syngenta

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Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Oct-02 Fri 08:48

Henri Jourdain is a tomato producer for Rougeline in Pierrelatte, in the southeast of France. He cultivates tomatoes on a 12 ha area of eco-greenhouses and specializes in small fruit. He chose to grow the Duelle, a variety of red elongated cherry tomato he has known for 3 years now.  “Latest of the range of…

Buyer Beware: Six Dos and Don’ts of Retrofitting an Existing Greenhouse

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Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Oct-01 Thu 22:21

Greenhouses are a great option for indoor growers looking to reduce operating costs and take advantage of the full spectrum of sunlight to grow their crops. For field farmers who are susceptible to crop damage and loss from unpredictable weather and unwanted pests, greenhouses provide protection and consistency. Purchasing an existing greenhouse can reduce the capital investment, provide grandfather rights to water, and minimize the regulatory burden associated with new construction. However, the existing greenhouse could also require a significant investment to make it work for your crop; to update the technology and upgrade utilities; and to even demolish or remove what is non-functional or obsolete. The following list of Dos and Don’ts will help set you and your team up for success as you evaluate and prepare to grow in an existing greenhouse. 

Bringing year-round local supply to Canada by lighting up greenhouses

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Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Sep-29 Tue 09:41

Red Sun Farms, a North American greenhouse grower with locations in Canada, USA, and Mexico, are embracing technology by lighting up a high-tech greenhouse to bring a year-round supply from Canada. There are three distinct projects underway in support of year-round Ontario grown produce: First, a new state of…

Webinar 'Preventative maintenance and environmental controls in the greenhouse'

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Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Sep-25 Fri 10:12

Argus Controls invites you to watch the 'Preventative maintenance and environmental controls in the greenhouse' webinar that took place on September 18. The panel of experts explained how an environmental control system can help growers in getting ahead of potential issues with their equipment. In…

Arctic greenhouse network provides locals with everything fresh

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Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Sep-23 Wed 13:15

Beneath the clear, polycarbonate dome encasing a former hockey arena, Ray Solotki, executive director of the Inuvik Community Greenhouse, tends to flourishing beds of vegetables and flowers. Temperatures in Inuvik, a 3,200-person Canadian town located 120 miles north of the Arctic Circle, can plummet…

Choosing the best greenhouse film

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Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Sep-22 Tue 10:06

Choosing the right cover is very important when talking about greenhouses. The most suitable films and technologies must be selected according to specific crop needs or climate conditions.  Thanks to its constant work with agricultural entrepreneurs, Idromeccanica Luchcini can supply the knowledge needed to…

Greenhouses from then to now

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Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Sep-21 Mon 09:58

What is a greenhouse? A greenhouse is a building with walls and roof made primarily of transparent material, in which plants are grown. The interior of a greenhouse exposed to sunlight is significantly warmer than the external temperature, protecting its plants from extreme conditions. Modern smart greenhouses utilize…

Did you know tomatoes are the most popular crop grown in greenhouse environments?

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Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Sep-19 Sat 03:37

Did you know #tomatoes are the most popular crop grown in #greenhouse environments? Tomato plants can actually reach over 40 feet in length and have advantages over field crops in that they use up to 90% less water and rely on beneficial insects as pest control. pic.twitter.com/eZOsTjn7Qk

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New agent cleans glass but does not affect anti-reflective coating

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Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Jul-24 Fri 09:42

In a greenhouse, every percent of light counts. The arrival of diffuse glass with an anti-reflection coating provides a high light transmission and therefore a higher yield. However, also for this glass, the advantage does not hold up if the glass is dirty. A new cleaning agent that cleans the glass…

BraZander first nursery in Bayer's Forward Farming network

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Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Jul-09 Thu 14:35

Bayer, De Ruiter and BraZander Nursery have unveiled the next steps in their cooperation to demonstrate sustainable glasshouse tomato production. BraZander will be the first nursery in Bayer's ForFarming network. This is a new step in the cooperation of Bayer and the growers, because in 2018 they worked…