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Mike Chapman, Horticulture NZ:

"Technology will enable horticulture growth"

"Horticulture is growing economically, and doing so sustainably. One feature of growth is that it means there is money available to invest in improved production. Horticulture grows through exports; this is proven by the fact that over the two years from June 2014, exports grew an incredible 40%. So the.....

This sensor lets the sun manage your lights

LumiGrow have begun a pilot program for the industry’s first dynamic horticultural grow light sensor. The grow light sensor works in tandem with LumiGrow LEDs to target the precise amount of light that a plant receives. By specifying precise light levels, greenhouse crops can experience perfect lighting.....

Kulmalan puutarha:

Hybrid lighting helps Finnish basil grower to grow year round

Finnish commercial greenhouse grower Kulmalan puutarha has extensive experience in producing organic salads, herbs, tomatoes and cucumbers. Their products are marketed throughout the whole country under the brand Lassen Luomu as well as under private labels of Finnish supermarket chains. At the end of last.....

New Dutch project launched to tackle leaching of nutrients and pesticides

On Friday March 17th a kick-off meeting took place of a new Public-Private Cooperation to tackle leaching problems in the greenhouse industry. In this project, solutions will be developed for the horticultural sector to minimise runoff of nutrients and pesticides to the environment (esp. surface water), in.....

Nature Fresh nominated for Digital Transformation Award

One doesn’t often associate farming with digital transformation, but that isn’t the case with Nature Fresh Farms.Nature Fresh isn’t new to using smart technology to manage its greenhouses, but it’s taking another step forward by bringing mobility to its employees and customers. The firm is nominated for.....

CAN (BC): Ag ministry rewards innovations

Four B.C. companies have each won $20,000 for developing B.C. technology to help solve a problem identified as part of the BC Ministry of Agriculture and the BC Innovation Council’s Innovation Challenge.The winning companies are using local technology to deter birds from B.C. berry farms, provide.....

EU facilitates Dutch-Serbian knowledge transfer

Wageningen University & Research (WUR) is participating in ANTARES: a new EU project that aims to evolve the Serbian BioSense Centre into a European Centre of Excellence for advanced technologies in sustainable agriculture and food security. The participation of WUR will secure the transfer of.....

Technolution presents Sense2Grow

"Sensors will change the job of the grower"

Greenhouse sensors have been experimented with for some time, but until now both high costs and technical problems prevented a wide implementation. Now it really seems possible. Technolution has developed sensors that in terms of accuracy and cost are interesting, while the biggest problem, the collection of.....

US: Transplant starts under broad grow spectrum LEDs

As northern growers prepare for warmer weather in the coming months, an increasing number are creating germination and seedling growth systems utilizing LED grow lights to get head starts on transplants. As with any sole source growing environment lacking sunlight, the spectrum of artificial light can have.....

Start-up introduces scalable hydroponic growing system

Phytoponics recently had the opportunity to present their start-up at the Startupbootcamp Foodtech Demo day in Rome, sponsored by Cisco.They celebrated the end of the accelerator program with a successful pitch from CEO Adam Dixon, in front of more than 500 investors, corporates, guests and press attendees.....

Protecting early fruits with tunnels

Thanks to the open market and different climatic conditions and seasons around the world, todaywe can enjoy 365 days of fresh fruits and vegetables. At this moment, the first strawberries and raspberries from warm areas of Spain, Morocco and Italy are already on the market and soon we expect nectarines,.....

US: Public and private sectors specialize in different ag research areas

Both the public and private sectors fund agricultural research and development (R&D), but focus on different areas. The private sector specializes in areas where R&D results in improved commercial products and services, particularly food and feed manufacturing as well as farm machinery and.....

Would you let your plants control your light?

Given increasing consumer demand for fresh produce year-round, a grower’s initial investment in supplemental LED lighting is quickly offset by accelerated harvests, smarter energy consumption and a uniform, quality yield day in and day out.On the heels of their webinar on dynamic greenhouse lighting,.....

June 14-15, Lincolnshire

UK: Drone technology flying high at Cereals

Drone technology is becoming increasingly widespread in the farming sector, but it can be hard to keep up with new developments – or even get started in the first place. Whether you’re new to drones or looking to upgrade to the latest equipment, a day at the Cereals Event will provide everything you need to.....