Lettuce Farming News

  • Chinese space programm use the W.E.T. Sensor to help grow lettuce in space

    The multi-parameter W.E.T. Sensor is in use by Chinese astronauts aboard the Tiangong-2 Space Lab. Tiangong-2, which translates into “Heavenly Palace”, was launched on the 15th of September 2016. This space station is designed to allow Chinese scientists to test life support ...


    By Eijkelkamp Soil & Water

  • Chinese astronauts use the WET Sensor to help grow lettuce in space

    Delta-T Devices has revealed that their multi-parameter WET Sensor has been used by Chinese astronauts aboard the Tiangong-2 Space Lab. Tiangong-2, whose name means “Heavenly Palace”, was launched on 15th Sept 2016, and is designed to allow Chinese scientists to test the life support technologies needed to create a permanently staffed Space Station by 2022. Two Chinese astronauts ...


    By Delta-T Devices Ltd.

  • Scientists remove reliance on seasonality in new lines of broccoli, potentially doubling crop production

    Scientists at the John Innes Centre are developing a new line of fast-growing sprouting broccoli that goes from seed to harvest in 8-10 weeks. It has the potential to deliver two full crops a season in-field or it can be grown all year round in protected conditions, which could help with continuity of supply, as growers would no longer be reliant on seasonal weather conditions. The part of the ...


    By ScienceDaily

  • Walki develops new biodegradable mulching paper

    Walki has developed a new fibre-based soil mulching solution that is completely biodegradable. This organic mulch type, which is used for weed control and to optimise soil conditions and crop yield, is the first of its kind on the market. Walki, a leading global producer of technical laminates and protective packaging materials, has developed the first-ever organic mulching solution ...


    By Walki Group Oy

  • Mechanical Plate Seeder

    Visser now has the perfect solution for salad growers who want to produce their own young plants. The Mechanical Plate Seeder is very easy to use, can do easily different sizes of pelleted seeds and also has the ability to seed multi colour salad in 1 step. Even though with a job like this daily production is small, this Mechanical Plate Seeder helps to save time and make the ...


    By Visser Horti Systems B.V.

  • MSHS Celebrates 150 Years on Tangletown`s Sustainable Farm

    When: Saturday, September 24, 2016 10:00am - 3:00pm Where: Tangletown Gardens Farm, 11407 County Road 9 Plato, MN Status: 68 of 100 seats filled. Category: Classes Fees: $20 Members, $25 ...

  • Growers can increase efficiency with single crop focus

    Vegetable growers are able to benefit from increased productivity by focusing their growing operations on producing a single commodity, with efficiencies created by investing in labour that is specialised for a single crop. This is one of the outcomes from an Economic Discussion Paper produced by vegetable grower body AUSVEG, using data from the Australian Bureau of Agricultural and ...


    By AUSVEG

  • Growers can increase efficiency with single crop focus

    Vegetable growers are able to benefit from increased productivity by focusing their growing operations on producing a single commodity, with efficiencies created by investing in labour that is specialised for a single crop. This is one of the outcomes from an Economic Discussion Paper produced by vegetable grower body AUSVEG, using data from the Australian Bureau of Agricultural and ...


    By AUSVEG

  • Hudson Valley organic farm produces seeds largely by hand

    Drying corn stalks wilt in late summer sun as Ken Greene tours his crops. Calendula flowers are past bloom and brown. Melon leaves lay crinkled by the dirt. Plants have, literally, gone to seed. A perfect picture for an organic seed harvest. "It looks like hell now, but it's actually good for the seeds," said Greene, co-founder of the Hudson Valley Seed Library. The small business 70 miles ...


    By Associated Press

  • End-of-production LED Lighting Increases Red Pigmentation in Lettuce

    Growing vegetables in greenhouses extends crop production seasons in northern latitudes, but the greenhouse environment is far from ideal for providing plants with optimal photosynthetic light. In fact, available photosynthetic daily light in greenhouses can be reduced by up to 50% or more by the structures' glazing material, superstructure, and shading. In northern latitudes, low light is ...

  • Here`s our salad – fresh and green!

    A lettuce plant spends around 10 weeks slowly growing in the ground. But once it's harvested, time is of the essence because the fresh leaves will quickly wilt, discolour or become home to germs. Gentle disinfection with chlorine dioxide helps to prevent the last problem. Nasty surprises in your salad Not only are fresh vegetables good for you, but they taste ...

  • British tomatoes - the best of the best!

    2014 has just witnessed the 9th Tastiest Tomato Competition, sponsored by Marks and Spencer, organised by the British Tomato Growers’ Association and held at the National Fruit Show in Kent. Staged towards the end of the British tomato season, there was no shortage of entries in four separate classes at the show, ranging from tiny cherries to juicy beefsteaks, proof of the skill of British ...


    By Tomato Growers Association

  • Costs put crunch on carrot growers’ profits

    Aussie carrot growers are experiencing tough financial conditions, similar to many other vegetable producers, as increasing costs drive falling returns, according to data from the Australian Bureau of Agricultural Resource Economics and Sciences (ABARES). The latest data illustrates that carrot growers’ returns, on average, have been falling since 2007-08. “This clearly shows that ...


    By AUSVEG

  • “Willy Wonka” of Vegetables to Inspire Aussie Vegetable Growers

    The ingenious mastermind behind several strange and wonderful varieties of watercress that resemble the taste of oysters, liquorice and citrus is set to join an exciting panel of speakers at an industry-first seminar next month. Dutch cultivator Rob Baan will provide highly-anticipated insight into his sustainable and innovative horticultural enterprise, Koppert Cress, at the 2014 Produce ...


    By AUSVEG

  • Salads and Sandwich Wraps Recalled due to E. coli O157:H7 Concerns

    Last month, the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced the recall of almost 200,000 pounds of ready-to-eat salads and sandwich wrap products. The products contain cooked chicken and ham that may have been contaminated with E. coli O157:H7. The food products were shipped to distributions centers intended for ...


    By EMSL Analytical, Inc.

  • Possible Listeria Contamination in Salad Dressing Causes Recall

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced on Wednesday, October 29, 2013, that there will be a Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recall for broccoli salad kit products, due to concerns about possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination in the salad dressing. The sum of 22,849 pounds of broccoli salad kits have been ...


    By EMSL Analytical, Inc.

  • Does Your Produce Contain High Levels of Pesticides?

    The Environmental Working Group (EWG) has released its 2012 “Dirty Dozen” list, which records the fruits and vegetables that the non-profit has found to be the most contaminated with pesticides. The EWG’s intention by publishing the list is informing consumers who may want to choose organic options when purchasing the produce that are more likely to be contaminated when ...


    By EMSL Analytical, Inc.

  • Salmonella Contamination Suspected in Bagged Salads

    Dole Fresh Vegetables recently announced a voluntary recall of bagged salads due to possible Salmonella contamination after New York authorities found that a random sample of the product tested positive for the pathogen.   756 cases of DOLE® Seven Lettuces salad with Use-by Date of April 11, 2012, UPC code 71430 01057 and Product Codes 0577N089112A and 0577N089112B are being ...


    By EMSL Analytical, Inc.

  • Using Muckbuster in a Commercial Bakery – What is the payback time?

    A commercial bakery in the UK using the Muckbuster™ unit to create energy from its waste bakery products can pay for the unit in under 5 years.  This is based certain assumptions: The most important factor is the type of waste and quantity that will be put into the Muckbuster™ unit.  In our case, a half a metric tonne of food waste consisting of sandwiches and breads is ...


    By SEaB Energy Ltd.

  • Revolutionary technology improves lettuce harvest yields

    BiOWiSH™, a breakthrough enzyme technology, has boosted hydroponic lettuce weights by up to 30% at harvest time, according to results of a recent trial. The new technology was adopted during multiple full growing cycles at the Glenorie Hydroponics lettuce farm in New South Wales, Australia. The results showed BiOWiSH™ treated lettuce were 17% to 30% heavier at harvest time for red and ...


    By BiOWiSH Technologies

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