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HydraFiber celebrates 100th machine installation

HydraFiber, in partnership with AgriNomix, a supplier of greenhouse automation solutions, is celebrating the 100th installation of HydraFiber processing equipment, just a few years after a successful market launch. The installations span across North America and abroad, serving growers of all sizes with a readily available raw material option.

The 100th machine is located at N.G. Heimos Greenhouses in Millstadt, Illinois, a Top 100-ranked operation with more than 2 million square feet of greenhouse production.

“We are excited to get the talented team at N.G. Heimos up and running with HydraFiber,” said Jennifer Neujahr, director of business development. “But this milestone is also a celebration of every operation that has made the transition to HydraFiber and showed others that they can grow better plants and better margins, too. HydraFiber is no longer ‘new.’ It is a proven technology used day in and day out by growers looking to improve their soil and media program.”

Scarcity of raw materials
“After trialing, we saw firsthand that HydraFiber is an effective product that not only reduces risk because it’s made in the US, but it also improves operational efficiencies and lowers production costs,” said Amy Morris at N.G. Heimos. “It has been a lifesaver for us this year because of the scarcity of raw materials. We’ve been able to dial up our rate of HydraFiber to replace other materials that were unavailable, allowing us to keep our production running when we otherwise wouldn’t have been able to due to lack of other raw materials used in our soil blends.”

HydraFiber’s machinery, developed in partnership with AgriNomix, comes in several configurations:

HydraFiber Expander Unit for growers with one to two planting lines
HydraFiber Processing Unit for regional blenders and growers
Extra Wide HydraFiber Processing Unit for high-capacity blenders and growers
“Working through these 100 installations has been great,” said Robert Lando, CEO of AgriNomix. “While every installation was different, we simply took stock of each grower’s existing machinery, then our 3D design team worked up an implementation plan that incorporated the HydraFiber Processing Unit within the available footprint. Our field service technicians were key to incorporating both new and old machinery into fully integrated systems. We are very grateful to everyone involved in the first 100 installations, and we look forward to the next 100.”

In addition to these 100 machines, growers are also finding success with HydraFiber’s tower and EZ Blend formulations, which require no specialized equipment. Leading blenders are incorporating HydraFiber into a growing number of pre-mixes as well.

HydraFiber products are developed and marketed by the horticultural business of Profile Products, the world’s leading global provider of soil and water management solutions.

For more information:
(800) 496-0955

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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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