Technical Absorbents Chinese Agent, Zacky Lam, was one of a number of selected presenters at the 2014 China International Wound Care and Products Conference in July. His presentation topic was'Super Absorbent Fibre (SAF) and its use within the advanced wound care market.
Canada 150: Hunger for tomatoes turns Canada into greenhouse superpower
It`s a burgeoning empire under glass. Canadian farmers now earn more from greenhouse vegetables than from eggs or potatoes. Vineland Research and Innovation Centre has spent $10 million to build a one-acre test greenhouse, which opened last year. “Growing local food in the soil is a limited opportunity for food sovereignty in Canada,” said Jim Brandle, Vineland’s chief executive. “Greenhouse food is safe. Plus, during the winter, you are not bringing things 2,000 miles to Canada’s...
New App available for the control of Phytophthora in potato
Wageningen University & Research and Agrifirm have cooperated in the development of a new Phytophthora advisory App which has recently been made available to growers on the Akkerweb platform. WUR supplied the new computation module and Agrifirm the interface for the new App. The development of the App was in part funded by PPS PL2.0 (Precision Farming 2.0). Following tests of the new App at more than 80 growers in 2016, the warning system was officially launched this year. Growers can use the new App to...
Don`t let weather affect your potato planting
Potato planting is well underway, however the weather continues to dominate the season, with some regions experiencing protracted planting as a result. Most recently, soil temperatures have dropped and periodic frost has meant that tubers are going into cooler soils, which can delay crop emergence. It’s important to remember actions now can have a knock-on effect with crop development as the season progresses. Good tuber quality Remember, only high quality tubers should be planted, and in particular...
New developments at Potatoes In Practice
Another successful Potatoes In Practice (PIP) event was held at the James Hutton Institute’s Balruddery Farm on 11 August. The annual showcase, which is the largest field-based potato event in the UK, is reported to have attracted over 700 delegates from across the sector, including international guests and industry speakers. This year’s event featured the latest leading research, machinery demonstrations and trial plot tours, as well as seminars discussing the current issues and topics from across...
UF/IFAS study: Sweet potato crop shows promise as feed and fuel
As some Florida growers try to find new crops and the demand for biofuel stock increases globally, University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences researchers have found that sweet potato vines, usually thrown out during harvest, can serve well as livestock feed while the roots are an ideal source for biofuel. This could be a key finding for the agriculture industry in Florida and to biofuel needs worldwide, said post-doctoral researcher Wendy Mussoline. “The agriculture industry in...