Horticulture News

  • Easing the soil’s temperature

    Soil characteristics like organic matter content and moisture play a vital role in helping plants flourish. It turns out that soil temperature is just as important. Every plant needs a certain soil temperature to thrive. If the temperature changes too quickly, plants won’t do well. Their seeds won’t germinate or their roots will die. “Most plants are sensitive to extreme ...

  • Farms must begin reporting air releases of hazardous substances from animal wastes

    Beginning November 15, 2017, many livestock, poultry and equine farms must comply with reporting requirements under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA) section 103. The law requires entities to report releases of hazardous substances above a certain threshold that occur within a 24-hour period. Farms have historically been exempt from most reporting ...

  • Intra-row weeding possible with vision systems

    Researchers of Wageningen University & Research, BU Greenhouse horticulture, developed weeding machines which are able to do intra-row weeding. Our experts in robotics were responsible for the detection of weed based on camera images. This development brings great advantage in weed control on the field, improving crop size and quality. When growing organic vegetables on the field, one of the ...

  • Product Launch: Heat-X

    Following the co-operation agreement with Winterwarm we can now present the extended offering on gas heaters with two new series (indirect and direct) and six new models providing the farmer with energy savings and lower cost of ownership. The Heat-X series are suitable for Layer, ...


    By Munters Zeol Division

  • Global programme seeks to contain serious threat to the world’s bananas

    A fungus poses major risks to the world's banana production  and could cause vast commercial losses and even greater damage to the livelihoods of the 400 million people who rely on the world's most traded fruit as a staple food or source of income. FAO and its partners Bioversity International, the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture and the World Banana Forum have launched a ...

  • 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

  • Geoplast CEO Mirco Pegoraro at Flormart 2017: The Video of the Lecture

    On September 22, 2017, Geoplast CEO Mirco Pegoraro spoke at the Conference EcotechGreen, which took place at Flormart Fair, International Exhibition of horticulture, landscape architecture and green infrastructures. On that occasion he also presented the Building Beyond Together Root Cycle video, about the ...


    By Geoplast US Corp.

  • Mineral content of soils key to physical and chemical behavior

    Many aspects of the physical and chemical behavior of soils are directly related to the minerals present. “This includes shrink-swell behavior, soil structure, availability of nutrients, and the fate of contaminants that enter the soil,” according to Judith Turk, University of Nebraska-Lincoln. The “Soil Mineralogy” symposium at the Managing Global Resources for ...

  • Grafting helps pepper plants deal with drought

    Joining a high-yield pepper plant sapling to the roots of a strong and resistant variety could help pepper farmers cope with lower rainfall, a study has found. An experiment using the technique of merging two plants, known as grafting, resulted in higher fruit yield during periods of less rain. Plants also grew much better in salty soil, a by-product of drought, the researchers ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • Moringa India discuss the Key Strategies to Successful Moringa Investments

    As Moringa is poised on the cusp of commercialization, Moringa investors have stepped up their efforts to develop a sustainable  source of a unique business proposition to exploit the opportunity , and some are already well on the road to success. However, with so many new projects coming up, and a lack of understanding of the Moringa Oleifera Plant and reliable information; lack of QPM ...


    By Advanced Biofuel Center

  • Treating citrus greening with copper: Effects on trees, soils

    Citrus greening is a major challenge for Florida growers. The disease destroys the production, appearance, and economic value of citrus trees and their fruit. Trees decline and die within three years. Researchers at the University of Florida and other institutions are searching for cures and treatments to reduce citrus greening effects. The “Influence of Foliar Copper Application Rate on ...


    By American Society of Agronomy

  • DOE Studies impact of drought on biomass products

    Researchers from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) have linked changes in rainfall and other environmental stressors during crop growth to potential deleterious effects on biofuel production.  The study demonstrates that the effect of weather conditions on crop yields can significantly impact the downstream processing of those ...


    By Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

  • `Banana has a future after all`

    The banana has been severely affected by fungal diseases that can only be combated by using omore and more plant protection products. In the last century, the much-loved Gros Michel banana variety was wiped out as a result of Panama disease. But now the replacement variety Cavendish – available in every supermarket – is at risk. At his inauguration as professor by special appointment ...

  • GPR in Ukrainian historical investigation

    This summer we participated in a big project by which Ukrainian scientists tried to trace roots of first Ukrainian Dukes. We made a GPR survey in Volodymyr-Volynsky, old city in Eastern Ukraine where one of our Dukes was born. 1+1 TV channel created a movie about this investigation. You can watch this movie here (in Ukrainian). ...


    By Transient Technologies LLC

  • Simulating Agricultural Climate Change Scenarios using Controlled Growth Chambers

    Extreme weather, believed to result from climate change and increased atmospheric CO2 levels, is a concern for many. And beyond extreme events, global warming is also expected to impact agriculture.1,2   Although it is expected that climate change will significantly affect agriculture and cause decreases in crop yields, the full effects of climate change ...


    By Edinburgh Instruments Ltd

  • CropLife Asia Promotes Role of Plant Science & Benefits to Thai Farmers at Tech4Farmers Asia 2.0

    Dr. Siang Hee Tan, Executive Director of CropLife Asia, participated today at the Tech4Farmers Asia 2.0 event held in Bangkok. He took part on a panel looking at the issue of 'Creating an Enabling Environment for Market Access'.  "The population in Asia is projected to have one billion more people by 2050," said Dr. Tan. "Our farmers need to produce more food to feed a growing world while ...


    By CropLife Asia

  • Can food be produced on floating islands?

    Yes, it can! Today the first of the vegetables were harvested and tasted at the Wageningen University & Research Applied (WUR) Arable and Vegetable Research test location in Lelystad, the Netherlands. In mid-May the small-scale test island was launched by Stichting Drijvende Eilanden (The floating islands foundation) in partnership with the Wageningen University & Research Science Shop. ...

  • How to use non-crop plants

    This is the fifth article in a six-part series providing practical information of an overall IPM program. Vineland investigates the role of non-crop plants for pest and disease management. These plants are not grown to sell, but only to create an environment that is detrimental to pests and diseases and/or beneficial to biological control ...

  • Not just for bugs

    The use of biological control has been steadily increasing in both ornamental and vegetable greenhouse crops. Since many disease-management programs rely on the use of preventative measures, the use of microbial biocontrol agents should be a natural fit. Why aren’t more growers using them? At Vineland Research and Innovation Centre, we’ve been putting biological products to the ...

  • Cattle on Feed Lower Than Pre-Report Estimates

    On August 1, there were 10.6 million head of cattle on feed, up 4 percent from the previous year.  The rate of cattle placed onto feed   has slowed noticeably, coming in only 3 percent up from 2016. August is the first month in 2017 without double digit placements since February, as February’s numbers dropped 1 percent without the extra calendar day of the 2016 leap year. In ...

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