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“Always growing” motto reality thanks to grow lights

“Always growing” is the motto behind Alberta’s largest greenhouse – Big Marble Farms, referring to their commitment to growing local produce 365 days a year.  Located in Medicine Hat, Alberta, Big Marble has been growing cucumbers and tomatoes for Western Canadian consumers for 12 years. With a goal to grow premium, high quality produce year-round, they began operations in 2009 with 4 acres of production and have since grown to 45 acres in 2020, with another 10 acres to be completed in 2021.

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Tomatoes and cucumbers need lots of light, up to 25+ mol/day, to produce high quality, consistent yields, therefore supplemental lighting has been an important part of their operation to ensure a steady environment year-round. “Maintaining a constant climate ensures sure you get the same quality produce in the winter as you would in the summer,” they explain.

Since the beginning of their business, they have been using P.L Light Systems’ HPS luminaires for supplemental light because of their reliability, consistency and ability to evenly distribute light over the crop. “In fact, in their oldest greenhouses, they still use our legacy HSE luminaires,” the team with P.L. Light shares. “In their newest constructions, they have installed our high efficiency NXT2 1000W luminaires with Alpha and Asymmetric reflectors.”

Alpha reflectors are perfect for growing high wire crops like cucumbers and tomatoes because of their wide and uniform light distribution, while the asymmetric reflectors are ideal for reflecting light away from walkways and walls and onto the crop.

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Big Marble Farm’s new 10 acre expansion will also include the NXT2 luminaires. “In addition to the great results they get from the NXT2s, the growers have been impressed by the customer service support and relationships they have built with the P.L. team, and is a significant reason they continue to rely on P.L. for their horticultural lighting needs.”

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Israel announces creation of global seed company

Two Israeli seed producers, Nirit Seeds and TomaTech, have joined forces to create Israel’s largest vegetable seed company. This synergy will enable unique seed breeding research and development that will accelerate the company’s growth in the international seed markets.

Upon completion of the merger, the company will have more than 80 employees worldwide, including molecular biologists, breeders, agronomists, and others.
The company will improve its breeding activities in Israel, Spain, Mexico and Italy, as well as significantly expand its representation in the Netherlands and North America, with a particular focus on growing vegetables in high-tech greenhouses.

Nirit Seeds is one of the most successful internationally traded tomato and pepper seed producers, investing in the development of revolutionary genetic technologies. TomaTech is one of the leading tomato seed companies in Israel, developing premium varieties, including those resistant to the dangerous Tomato Brown Ruffle Virus (ToBRFV).

The production of crop seeds is one of the most advanced and high-tech sectors in Israel. According to the Seed Department of the Federation of Israel Chambers of Commerce, seed exports currently generate $200 million in annual revenue. There are about 25 large and medium-sized companies in the local industry.

For reference. According to market research, the global vegetable seed industry is valued at $8 billion a year and is growing at a CAGR of 8%.

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Karachay-Cherkessia became one of the leaders in the production of greenhouse vegetables at the end of 2021


Greenhouse vegetable production in 2021 reached a record 1.4 million tonnes. According to the Ministry of Agriculture of the Russian Federation, the leaders among the regions in this segment are the Karachay-Cherkess Republic, Lipetsk, Moscow, Kaluga, Volgograd, Novosibirsk, Saratov, Chelyabinsk regions, Krasnodar and Stavropol Territories, the Republics of Bashkortostan and Tatarstan. These regions account for more than 60% of the total production in the country. The intensive development of greenhouse projects in our country helps to provide Russians with fresh vegetables all year round. Last year, the harvest in winter greenhouses updated the 2020 record – more than 1.4 million tons of products were received. Including the production of cucumbers amounted to at least 830 thousand tons, and tomatoes – 590 thousand tons. It is expected that by 2025 the volume of vegetable production in year-round greenhouses will be at least 1.6 million tons of vegetables.


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December: Special Year Overview

In 2022, it will be 22 year since the new millennium started. Can’t believe it? Neither can we, but it is true. Before we go there, it is time to reflect on what has happened this year. Over the next couple of weeks, we will look back at 2021 and we will highlight the most important events that impacted the industry.

New greenhouses, events, even a few shows, technical novelties, and all other relevant news will pass by, offering you something other than Covid to talk about during Christmas and New Years’.


Wish your customers Happy Holidays
This special also offers an opportunity to put your company in the spotlight with a banner in this special box. This banner can be booked until December 24 on our newsletters. For more information, feel free to send an email to: 

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