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The Brassica season has started

Brassica young plant delivery season has started in week 7 and continue until week 32. For the coming season, more than 200 million brassica plants are scheduled to be produced. The Beekenkamp Plants team is ready and energetic. Marc Balemans, Cultivation Coordinator of Brassica Crops, tells: “After a quieter period, the numbers are starting to increase and we ensure that customers receive the best quality brassica plants, as they are used to from us.”

First press pots, then trays
The first brassica plants of the season are made in press pots because the weather conditions on the land require the growers to do so. A brassica plant in a pressed pot has a large root ball from which a large plant grows. These plants are sturdy, more developed and on land more resistant to winter conditions such as wind and cold. From week 8, the first tray plants are delivered from the production locations in Maasdijk and Lutjebroek. These are brassica plants in Tray 96. The plants in Tray 96 have a larger root ball and are located between the pressed pots and Tray 315 and Tray 280.

How does Beekenkamp ensure that they make the perfect brassica plant? Marc explains: “A good brassica plant should not be too lush and should have good roots. The plants must be super hard. The plant must be developed in such way that it immediately grows well in the field. It needs to withstand all weather conditions. We keep this constantly in mind and this is always the norm for us.”

Grow organic propagation
Beekenkamp Plants Vegetables produces brassica plants for all conceivable types of brassicas. These go to the Netherlands, Germany, Switzerland, France and Denmark. The largest products are cauliflower and broccoli. Beekenkamp is also growing considerably this year in the organic cultivation of brassica varieties. In weeks 13-23, a lot of Brussels sprouts and headed brassica such as white and red cabbage plants are produced and delivered.

The horticultural sector is becoming more innovative and more efficient work is being done. More and more brassica growers are working with fully automatic planting machines. This requires new requirements for the young brassica plants, such as, better retrieval by making a slightly shorter plant in a tray. Beekenkamp Plants thinks along with the growers and responds to this trend by growing increasingly customer-specific cultivation.

Beekenkamp continues to develop by following the principles of new cultivation. Our colleagues are increasingly implementing new cultivation in the cultivation of brassica crops. New cultivation includes data-controlled, energy-efficient and illuminated cultivation.

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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
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