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Growing seeds with Solar Innovations

On March 15, 2021, members of the Solar Innovations team planted 12 varieties of seeds from Fruition Seeds and Sustainable Seed Company in preparation for Pennsylvania’s three to five month growing season.

“Since planting, the growth of these plants has been good. As of March 29, at least one cell in every variety has germinated, with some varieties showing full germination of each seedling. Both brands of seeds are performing as expected, with actual germination times comparing very close to the expectations on the packaging,” Solar Innovations announces.

The key to this success has been consistent watering and temperature regulation. Using our Dramm misting system, our team was able to provide a consistent level of moisture to all of the cells in our seed starter trays. Every day, the trays are watered evenly for four minutes. Positioning these trays on our greenhouse benches allows for proper drainage and adequate daylight on the south-facing wall of the structure.

“Recent pleasant weather in Pennsylvania has allowed us to open our operable ridge and eave vents for greater fresh air exchange. This ideal growing environment has made a massive difference in the initial growth of these plants”, they say.

Within the next three to four weeks, the established seedlings will be transplanted into larger vessels. This will allow them to build a wider root system and to be spaced out properly for uninhibited growth.

The weather outlook for our area appears to be on track for late April to early May outdoor planting. This will provide enough time to properly cultivate these seedlings to be hardy in an outdoor environment.

For more information:
Solar Innovations
31 Roberts Road
Pine Grove, Pennsylvania 17963

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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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