Job opportunity: Senior Horticultural Engineer, Strawberries

The Growcer is an innovative agri-tech startup launched in Ottawa in 2015, specializing in the manufacturing and design of modular hydroponic systems that enable commercial food production in plug-and-play 40 ft. modules. Its vertical farming technology enables customers to grow fresh vegetables in virtually any climate, having been deployed within the Arctic Circle below -50°C. […]

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Soil-less strawberry production in greenhouses

By Corenthin Chassouant, originally published by Horti Generation Introduction Strawberries (genus Fragaria) are one of the most important fruit crops in the world. In North America, California and Florida are the largest producers. In Canada, the Quebec province stands out with a growing production in recent years. In France, half of the strawberries are now produced in soilless culture (Ancay, […]

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PIP Seeks Research Applications for Premium Strawberry Flavors

WASHINGTON (October 13, 2021) –Food production faces challenges from climate change, competition for scarce resources and supply chain disruptions. One solution is controlled environment agriculture, which grows a range of crops in controlled spaces and can enhance desirable traits in crops. To advance controlled environment agriculture science, the Foundation for Food & Agriculture Research’s (FFAR) Precision […]

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Managing Western Flower Thrips in CEA Strawberry Operations

Western flower thrips (Frankliniella occidentalis) are among the most damaging greenhouse pests especially onstrawberries. Adult thrips are slender insects about 1mm long. Thrips feed by piercing the cells and sucking out their contents leading to silver/gray patches. Thrips especially feed on growing points and flower buds leading to distortion of these tissues as they develop. […]

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This popular hydroponic strawberries short course is filling up fast!

Press Release – Hort Americas most popular short course yet is being offered this coming Saturday and you still have time to register. Hort Americas continues to show its industry leading knowledge in controlled environment agriculture with its series of Online Short Courses. Look for a new one each month. In June, they will tackle fertilizers […]

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Driscoll’s adopts first-in-industry technology solution to measure and reward berry sweetness

Integration of Consumer Physics technology into quality inspection process rewards Driscoll’s independent growers who harvest the most flavorful berries WATSONVILLE, Calif. — Driscoll’s, the leading consumer brand in fresh berries, today announced a partnership with the Israel-based, technology solutions company Consumer Physics to leverage its SCiO technology to innovate Driscoll’s quality measurement process. The Near Infrared (NIR) technology […]

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Hort Americas offers new Short Courses online, next is on hydroponic strawberries

Press Release – Hort Americas continues to push their industry knowledge, showing that they are not only a company interested in selling, but offering the technical service to go with it. They have had three short courses so far, but if you missed them you can request them on-demand! You can register now for the next […]

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The Medical Qualities of Strawberries and Blueberries

By Janet Colston Coronavirus is the first global pandemic of most of our lives and so far the virus has predominantly affected the elderly and those with decreased immunity to disease. As we start to come out of lock down there is more fear for healthy individuals, in particular with regard to the ability to […]

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New GLASE Webinar on off-season strawberry production

Strawberry production in greenhouses and indoor farms represents an uprising market that offers the potential for CEA growers to diversify and remain competitive. In this webinar Dr. Chieri Kubota from Ohio State University will discuss the opportunities of off-season strawberry production under controlled environments. Webinar title: Off-season strawberry production under controlled environments Date: November 21, 2019 Time: 2 p.m. – 3 p.m. EST […]

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Upcoming GLASE Webinar: Strawberry and Tomato responses to light and CO2 control

GLASE (Greenhouse Lighting & Systems Engineering) announces their next webinar. Date: October 25, 2019Time: 12 p.m. – 1 p.m. EDTPresented by: Neil Mattson and Jonathan Allred Click here to register! Carbon dioxide enrichment has long been known as a tool to boost greenhouse crop yield but the benefits depend on the crop and production environment […]

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10th International Soft Fruit Conference in the Netherlands early bird exhibitors expires October 15

BVB Substrates and Delphy are organizing the 10th “International Soft Fruit Conference” in the Netherlands. The conference will take place on Thursday 9th January 2020 in the “1931 Congrescentrum Brabanthallen” in ‘s-Hertogenbosch. We will be presenting many aspects of the cultivation of soft fruit in Europe in order to create a unique platform for growers […]

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What are the production and training issues facing controlled environment agriculture growers?

Ohio State University professor Chieri Kubota is focused on helping to resolve the production and training challenges facing controlled environment growers. Trying to produce vegetables in hot, humid conditions can be difficult for controlled environment growers whether growing in a greenhouse or a warehouse. “The challenges of greenhouse growing in Ohio and the Midwest are […]

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Deciding which strawberry varieties to grow in greenhouse production systems

Originally published in Issue 10 Which are the best strawberry varieties for greenhouse production? Combining June-bearing and everbearing varieties can help ensure fruit is available during periods of premium pricing. Trying to decide which strawberry varieties to produce in a controlled environment production system can be a challenge for growers using field-bred varieties. Mark Kroggel, […]

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Strawberries can be adapted to greenhouse production systems

Originally published in Issue 9 Greenhouse growers looking to diversify into edible crops may want to consider strawberries, which can be adapted to production systems they are currently using for other crops. Greenhouse growers looking to diversify their product mix with a fall to spring edible crop might want to consider strawberries. “There is still […]

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