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“We can go home, but the plants can’t”

The Covid-19 pandemic affects companies across all industries and horticultural operations are no exception. Making sure staff are safe and operations are working properly with less direct supervision is very important. Argus Controls talked to some of their clients and learned how they have been coping and adjusting their operation with the current health crisis….

Texas specialty crop sector hit hard by COVID-19

The specialty crop sector in Texas — consisting primarily of fruits and vegetables — has been one of the hardest hit sectors of agriculture due to the COVID-19 pandemic, according to agricultural economists, industry groups and agricultural producers. “Most fruits and vegetables are consumed when fresh and are highly perishable commodities,” said Joe Outlaw, Ph.D., Texas…

India: Tomatoes in Maharashtra infected with plethora of viruses

A variety of viruses are to blame for the ongoing early ripening of tomatoes in Maharashtra, a report released by the Indian Institute of Horticulture Research (IIHR) Bengaluru stated. The disease, which was first reported in tomato-growing zones of Satara, Ahmednagar and Pune, had resulted in farmers reporting heavy loss for a crop which otherwise…

Next Generation of Greenhouses May Be Fully Solar Powered

Many greenhouses could become energy neutral by using see-through solar panels to harvest energy – primarily from the wavelengths of light that plants don’t use for photosynthesis. Those are the findings of a new modeling study conducted by engineering, plant biology and physics researchers at North Carolina State University.   “Plants only use some wavelengths…

Exploring Ways to Feed the Future in the Autonomous Greenhouse Challenge

THE CHALLENGE The challenge is to produce the ultimate crop of cherry tomatoes inside a greenhouse space within 6 months – and do so remotely. The goal is to explore how intelligent technology can produce greenhouse-grown vegetables more sustainably and efficiently, while maintaining high production and resource use standards. Teams are competing against each other…

Dominican Republic: tomato growers want protection against imports

On 12 February, Félix García, President of the Canned Agro Food Producers Association (Afconagro), called on agricultural authorities to protect processing tomato growers against an important increase in imports, fearing further drops in customs tariffs resulting from the RD-CAFTA free trade agreement between the Dominican Republic, Central America and the United States. Félix García, President…

Why humans, and Big Macs, depend on bees

In a move that has been anticipated for months, agribusiness corporation Monsanto has taken another step towards finalizing a $66 billion merger with Bayer AG, the Germany-based pharma and chemical firm. On Tuesday (December 13) Monsanto’s shareholders overwhelmingly approved the $128 per share price paid by Bayer for the acquisition. The new entity will represent the world’s…