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Koos van der Meij, Hydrizine Company

Nettles: Potential new crop for Dutch rose growers?

"Especially for rose and cut flower growers who lost out against African competition in recent years, it could make for an interesting switch," says Koos van der Meij of Hydrizine Company. Recently, he started up a trial to grow nettles. "This plant contains formic acid. Besides stinging, it also can be used.....

US: ASABE publishes first of three horticultural LED lighting standards

The American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE) has published the first in a three-part series of standards relating to LED radiation measurements for plant growth and development.ANSI/ASABE S640, Quantities and Units of Electromagnetic Radiation for Plants (Photosynthetic Organisms),.....

Creating optimal balance between ventilation and insect exclusion

Dümmen Orange knows the importance of being globally accessible & locally embedded. The group strategically established their production operation in La Mercedes, El Salvador some years ago to be closer to the most demanding markets. The El Salvador location was not only selected for its vicinity to the.....

LEDs and multilayer cultivation optimise Queen’s production

In recent years, Queen invested in new technologies to further their ambition of a climate- and environment-friendly production. This has resulted in a new propagation area with 100% climate controlled growth conditions, where multilayer cultivation, high humidity, heat recovery and LED lighting constitute.....

UK: Florismart wants to end Dutch monopoly using tech

Steve France is chief executive of Florismart, a platform that is challenging, and successfully diminishing, the Dutch monopoly on the cut flower trade by culling layers of bureaucracy and middlemen.While visions of vast fields of Dutch tulips hold true, the days of the Netherlands being the world’s dominant.....

How plants flourish thanks to adaptations to their environment

Plant species vary in appearance and in terms of heredity, but there is also a huge variation within one and the same species. In his inauguration speech to mark his appointment as personal professor in the genetics of plant adaptation at Wageningen University & Research on July 6, Prof. Mark Aarts.....

More efficient Gypsophila cultivation with Fibre-Neth plug

At the beginning of this month, Van der Knaap paid a visit to Kolster in Boskoop. After a busy season they are again full of new plans. "We are always looking for unique varieties, products and markets. We have extensive knowledge in this area, which enables us to optimally advise our customers," says Wouter.....

US (OR): Smith Gardens switches to ErfGoed floors

ErfGoed, the Netherlands based supplier of cultivation floors, announced that Smith Gardens has signed up for the installation of ErfGoed floors at the Cultivate ’17 in Columbus, Ohio. Smith Gardens will retrofit a 10-acre facility at its Aurora (Oregon, USA) location and decided to use ErfGoed growth.....

A visit to North Carolina State University:

Farmer Tyler shines his light

In his latest video, Farmer Tyler visits Dr. Ricardo Hernandez at North Carolina State University to learn about light quality research and its practical applications in horticulture.The video explores the effects of each color of light on plant growth, the impact of light quality when used in supplemental.....

Daily, customized weather updates to change the way Ontario farms

Timely access to weather information from farm advisors is set to be a game changer for Ontario farmers. A new weather database providing real-time updates from 80 automated weather stations along with customized weather-based recommendations from agronomists is helping Ontario crop farmers make key growing.....

AU: Nursery growers encouraged to help address data gaps

Calls are underway for a first of its kind survey of Australian nurseries, with growers being encouraged to participate to help benchmark the performance of nursery businesses and effectively position the industry for the future.The survey is being managed by independent research agency, Down to Earth.....

Spotted at Cultivate '17:

Svensson introduces new aesthetic, technical, deco screens

Shopping is all about the experience, especially when spending a day at the garden center. In order to gain that experience and make shopping even more enjoyable, Svensson is introducing a new collection of garden center screens that combine function and aesthetics. The material secures a favorable climate,.....

Royal FloraHolland app now incorporates Logistics Supplies Online

The Royal FloraHolland app, already downloaded over 6 thousand times, first appeared in 2014. Suppliers and buyers, both local and international, are using the app with increasing regularity. Now a new function is available in the app: Logistic Supplies Online.You can see your current balance of CC.....

Philips Lighting expands Horticulture LED Solutions team in Australia

Philips Lighting announced the hiring of Aart Slobbe, key account manager, Horticulture LED Solutions for Australia and New Zealand. This new hire will address the increasing demand for LED lighting in Australia and New Zealand. Slobbe is attending the PCA Conference from 9-12 July in Adelaide, Australia,.....