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UAE: Sweet tomatoes grown with no soil and less water

The Japanese have a phrase that, when roughly translated, states that a calamity or disaster can sometimes have a fortuitous outcome, depending on how you look at things.The pioneering research work of professor Yuchi Mori, as it relates to farming, neatly illustrates this point. Following the 2011.....

UK: Industry visit to inspire new robotics & boost crop quality

Thirty students from AHDB’s £1.4 million PhD programme visited food and agricultural businesses to help boost collaboration and drive innovation from the lab to the industry.The group are all undertaking doctorates in areas of research, which are relevant to agricultural and horticultural industry.....

Chamber of Agriculture North Rhine-Westphalia launches European LEADER project

Protection of resources and environment in spinach production

Sustainably oriented agriculture and groundwater protection go hand in hand in North Rhine-Westphalia. Under the auspices of the NRW Chamber of Agriculture, farmers from the Münsterland region, the food-processing company Iglo, the Rheinisch-Westfälische Wasserwerksgesellschaft mbH, the fertilizer-producing.....

International group learns about phenotyping at Wageningen

The Summer School on image analysis for plant phenotyping was recently held at the Wageningen University & Research Campus.This year’s edition, just like last year's, was fully booked. Participants from all over the world travelled to Wageningen to learn more about phenotyping: thirty-eight participants.....

How MOT-proof is your grow lighting installation?

End of grow lighting season, the perfect time to do maintenance. With grow lighting season coming to an end; it’s time to take a close look at your installation and execute the necessary maintenance work. Measuring the light sources and reflectors, will provide you with insight into the performance of your.....

September 5, West Lafayette

US (IN): Greenhouse workshop to promote sustainable growing practices

Purdue University’s Department of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture is offering a Greenhouse and Indoor Hydroponics Workshop on Sept. 5, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., in Room 1159 of Pfendler Hall, 715 W. State St. Participants will learn about optimal conditions for growing hydroponic lettuce, including nutrient.....

UAE minister visits Certhon Innovation Centre

Last Monday, the Minister of State of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) for Food Security, Her Excellency Mariam Bint Mohammed Almheiri, paid a visit to Certhon and the Certhon Innovation Centre. The Minister and her delegation discussed the sustainable techniques that Dutch horticulture can offer as a.....

Russian LED maker prescribes light recipes

Faros has been supplying horticultural LED solutions to Russia and the CIS countries for more than two years now. Part of the Technika company in Ulyanovsk, Faros employs 260 people and produces 70,000-100,000 items a month, with a focus on LED light fixtures. Igor Malygin, 'Agrophotonika' department.....

Spain: Sensor technology optimises expensive and scarce water

Sensors and irrigation control systems are a growing solution to manage water use in horticulture. These are proving to be particularly effective in Almería, Spain where you can find one of the largest concentrations of greenhouses in the world. In this arid area on the south coast, water is a very scarce.....

“Carefree planning with 20 years of valuable crop data”

With a laugh, Jack Janssen tells the story of his first job in horticulture at a strawberry grower where, as a 13-year-old boy, he managed to unintentionally make ‘jam’ of his first box of picked strawberries. That job was short-lived, but Jack has since spent his entire career in greenhouse horticulture......

France: Semi-closed greenhouse with LED toplighting for tasty tomatoes

VIDEO French tomato grower Pascal Delahaye took major innovative steps in the international greenhouse horticulture sector. The second SuprimAir greenhouse of Le Jardin de Rabelais is fully equipped with LED toplighting. Pascal Delahaye explains in this video how the combination of a semi-closed greenhouse with.....

Agribusiness turns to industrial IoT to boost crop yields

To boost crop yields, agribusiness is putting the internet of things to work to enable precision agricultural techniques. For instance, Sakata Seed America has worked with Infosys and the Industrial Internet Consortium to complete one phase of a precision crop management test bed. For its test project,.....

Learning to grow remotely

Controlling growth while not being present at the growing location. It is possible, and it comes in handy in projects abroad, for example, or in large companies with multiple locations. In these types of situations, it is important that the growth manager has the knowledge of the measure and control.....

UK: Physical sciences for sustainable agriculture

The University of Oxford is proposing to establish an EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training at the physical and plant science interface.The Departments of Plant Science and Chemistry at the University of Oxford are proposing to establish an EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) in Physical Sciences for.....

US (TX): Helping tomato producers make better connections through grafting

A team of Texas A&M AgriLife researchers and horticulturists are investigating how successful integration of vegetable grafting into current tomato production practices could present new opportunities for the Texas tomato industry.The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistical.....

"LED horticulture lighting revolutionizes grow economics"

LED grow lighting company, Illumitex, moves into a new era of fixture innovation. Over the past year, each of the company’s marquee lighting series have been engineered to maximize on efficiency, output, and quality.“We have upgraded everything and introduced market-changing fixtures that will deliver the.....

Piet Veenstra and Marco Evers of EVE Techniek:

"Automation is great, but only if it works"

More and more of the processes in greenhouse horticulture are being automated. Sometimes the entire harvest even appears to be done automatically. At EVE Techniek they know that this is of course not the case. Since august 2015 this engineering company, located in Klazienaveen in the Netherlands, has.....

Italy: Greenhouse nets support pollinators and increase production

Arrigoni, which manufactures crop defence nets, recently introduced new products. Two business owners talk about the new Prisma range by Arrigoni.Click here for the video interviews.How to combine the needs of a greenhouse production with the health of operators? How to favour the work of pollinator insects.....

UK: Students' veggies lit up by gear confiscated from cannabis gangs

Hydroponic equipment confiscated from criminal drugs operations is to be used for organic food growing projects in schools thanks to a partnership between police and a social enterprise.Educational social enterprise, Bespoke Engaging Education Services (BEES UK) is partnering with Devon and Cornwall Police.....

New toplight for controlled environment agriculture

Illumitex, the Digital Horticulture company, announces the HarvestEdge horticulture LED grow lighting modular system. The HarvestEdge is designed for greenhouse supplemental and indoor primary grow lighting applications. When configured for supplemental greenhouse lighting with the high performance F3.....

Latvia: Grower boosts yields with LEDs

Signify's new partnership with Hortilife has boosted the yields at Getlini EKO, a Latvian grower of tomatoes, cucumbers and hanging plants. Results of the first commercial full-LED horticultural lighting project for IMEA cucumbers at Getlini EKO mirror those achieved in an earlier trial. From September 2017.....

US (CA): Dutch technology powers 3 ha MMJ greenhouse

In Cathedral City, a neighborhood located next to Palm Springs in the Palm Desert, a 3 hectare project is being built for medicinal cultivation. Unique to this project is the use of the JSK cooling system, an in-house designed innovation by Certhon. In addition to the design and installation of the JSK.....

Autogrow uses Alexa to create talking AgTech system

Global AgTech company Autogrow has utilized Amazon’s virtual assistant ‘Alexa’, and their IntelliGrow API (Application Programming Interface) to create the first ever talking automated growing system.“We think this is the best use-case of AI (Artificial Intelligence) today. We’ve basically turned a vocal.....

Carbon LED

Tomato growers see increased yields with light recipes

During the Greentech in Amsterdam, the results of the Carbon LED research programme will be presented in the Climate, water & energy theatre on Wednesday 13 June 2018.The Carbon LED research has produced impressive results. When tomato growers would use the possibilities to make optimal ‘light recipes’.....

New securing system for screen fabrics

Installing screen fabrics in greenhouses without hands. That is possible for Bom Group & Snelder now as well, with the launch of their Zip Inn Screen system.This is a new method for installing screen fabrics in greenhouses.The use of a zip system on a reinforced fabric edge, in combination with specially.....

"Less shadow and optimum insulation"

With a double screen fitted at the top beam of the truss the new ISO++ screen installation from Bom Group is extremely compact. This way it leaves the bottom beam of the truss free for a third screen or another installation. The two layers of fabric are fitted just 6 cm apart and can be adjusted.....

BASF invests in autonomous weeding robot

Founded in 2011, ecoRobotix develops autonomous weeding robots, which help farmers to produce healthier food with a more efficient and sustainable use of herbicides. After having successfully carried out pilot projects in Switzerland and Europe, and achieved key R&D milestones, the company closed a CHF.....

Plant Empowerment: where Physiology meets Physics

What is the most sustainable way of growing in my greenhouse, where I convert the available resources to maximum production and quality? During the Greentech a new book will be presented, called Plant Empowerment; the basic principles. In this book extensive methods are explained to give your plants the.....

New ‘superpowers’ in greenhouse automation

On June 12, Hoogendoorn will introduce its new online data-analysis platform Hoogendoorn Analytics at the GreenTech in the RAI Amsterdam. With the exponential growth of sensor generated data, intelligent data-analysis is indispensable to enable efficiencies in greenhouse automation and more cost efficient.....

US (OH): Integrating LED to address impending MMJ demand

Fluence Bioengineering announced the deployment of Fluence horticulture lighting solutions in the Buckeye Relief indoor cannabis farm. The Ohio based cultivator is one of twelve provisional Level I state-licensed facilities preparing to rapidly address the need for medical-grade cannabis with an innovative.....

NL: Teams for Autonomous Greenhouses Challenge chosen after Hackathon

A 24-hour hackathon on Friday 1 June at research location Bleiswijk of Wageningen University & Research, featuring 14 international teams has determined which five teams will continue in this year’s Autonomous Greenhouses Challenge, organised by Wageningen University & Research. The five winning.....

Promoting the Netherlands and its agricultural sector in Kazakhstan

40% of the participants in the 10th international specialized exhibition of greenhouse technologies in Almaty in 2018 were Dutch companies. Dutch technology is trusted by Kazakhstan farmers and businessmen.A group of Dutch students were hosted by the Kazakh National Agrarian University. Young Kazakh.....

Russia: LED horticultural lighting project expands to 68.5 hectares

Agro-Inwest, one of Russia’s most modern and rapidly growing companies cultivating fresh vegetables will expand its use of Philips LED lighting for growing tomatoes from its current 25 hectares to 68.5 hectares – an area of greenhouses equivalent to 100 soccer pitches. In 2017, Signify and Agro-Inwest.....

US: Startups compete for $250,000 in ag automation competition

Western Growers and Radicle Growth have selected the four finalists who will be competing in the inaugural Radicle Automation Challenge for a minimum of $250,000 in investment capital and exclusive access to farm acreage to pilot their technologies. On June 26, 2018, these four agtech start-up companies will.....

Macedonia: MMJ grower expands cultivation under LED

Heliospectra has received a second order from 5 Leters DOO for additional E60 series LED grow lights as the company scales medicinal cannabis cultivation in Resen, Macedonia. The order value is SEK 1.5 million (USD $184,560).The Heliospectra E60 series with C-plate features a far-red wavelength and optimized.....

Adjusting lighting conditions to grow NASA salads

Osram is providing the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) with a customized version of its proprietary connected horticulture research lighting system, Phytofy RL. The smart lighting software, coupled with a unique setup of connected grow light fixtures, will supplement the lighting.....

6.1 ha

Transforming a pepper to hydrangea nursery

With a festive day, the new Pico Bello Hortensia location in Bleiswijk was opened on May 3rd. The nursery of 6.1 hectares has been converted from a pepper nursery to a hydrangea nursery over the past few months. Entrepreneur Paul Kouwenhoven manages the company together with his sons Richard and Bob.From.....

Vertical farming possibilities in the Netherlands

Rabobank recently published its annual 'horticultural update' which tracks market developments and makes predictions. This time vertical farming in the Netherlands was one of the main focal points.2018 has started well for horticulture and most sectors carried over the positive sentiment from 2017......

Improved utilization of light fluctuations

Photosynthesis is the engine for the plant's growth, and is highly dependent on light. The intensity of sunlight on a leaf can be very different from minute to minute. Earlierresearch (WUR) in tomato shows that with a rapid transition from little to a lot of light, it takes more than 10 minutes before the.....

CAN (AB): Grower decreases harvest time for tomatoes by 15 days

Mans Organics is a certified organic family owned and operated farm in South Alberta, Canada. The farm was founded in 1994 by Henk and Rita Mans, who ran it using conventional farming practices. As they learned more about the impact that conventional farming has on soil health and the health of end.....

France: Signify signs partnership agreement with Eiffage Energie Systèmes

Signify has signed an official Philips Horti LED partnership agreement with Eiffage Energie Systèmes. As of May 28, Eiffage Energie Systèmes will be a certified supplier of Philips GreenPower LED lighting for all horticulture applications, such as greenhouses as well as innovative vertical farming.....

June 21, Utrecht

LED or HPS, make the right decision

Aruna Lighting from Breda (Netherlands) hosts Mrs. Leora Radetsky on Thursday June 21st. Leora Radetsky is an independent research scientist at the Lighting Research Center at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in New York. The research compares a dozen LED fixtures with HPS fixtures. The research focusses on.....

Two truths about legal large-scale cannabis cultivation

There is a lot of discussion going on about cannabis cultivation and many different opinions exist on the topic. Two facts stand out: (1) The cultivation is booming in Canada and in some American states, and (2) the ideal cultivation systems have not been established yet.Maarten de Jager and Lars Meijer.....

DrainVision now solar-powered

Drain Vision, Paskal’s irrigation monitor system, was released in 2017. Many growers have already experienced the advantages of online wireless monitoring of substrate water content, as well as the amount of water given to the plants and the volume of drain water and EC level.Each monitor transfers the.....

Will robots save us from strawberry shortages?

Strawberries are a delicate fruit. They need people who pick the small, bright red fruits out in the fields. But distributors are having a hard time finding people to do the job. Today, that’s where technology steps in. Two companies, Octinion and Dogtooth, are developing robots that can gather strawberries.....

Ultrafine bubbles and the effect on seed germination

Seed germination is the process from seed to a sprout in which the metabolic machinery of a plant gets activated after a period of dormancy. A high seed germination percentage is important for vegetable production. Temperature, seed age, water and oxygen all have to be correct, to get high rates of seed.....

Autonomous Greenhouses Challenge livestreams 24-hour hackathon

The pre-challenge of the international Autonomous Greenhouses Challenge, a 24-hour hackathon, will be livestreamed on 31 May and 1 June. Fifteen international teams have signed up for the challenge, and five will be shortlisted based on the results of the pre-challenge. The Autonomous Greenhouses Challenge.....

Partnership brings wireless sensing tech to Southeast Asian agriculture

Asian Perlite Industries, provider of greenhouse solutions in the Asia Pacific region, has partnered with agricultural technology provider 30MHz to become the first distributor of the company’s wireless smart sensing technology in Asia. With 30MHz wireless sensors and its intuitive analytics platform, the.....

June 28, Benton Harbor

US (MI): Tabletop strawberry production at MSU innovations day

In Michigan, TunnelBerries personnel have set up a trial with a table-top strawberry system supplied by Haygrove Tunnels. They are planting day neutral varieties Albion and two MSU types (Redstart, Wasach) in coconut coir media.The trial is in a high tunnel in Benton Harbor, Michigan and will be on display.....

Berg Hortimotive introduces intelligent harvest vehicle

Autonomous transport technology speeds up harvesting

'We firmly believe that in the coming decades, covered horticulture will make a significant contribution to the global food problem. The Dutch horticultural sector has a leading role in this effort. Berg Hortimotive (BHM) forms a part of this cluster, participating directly and actively in it with its smart.....

US (WA): LED lighting increases quality at pesticide-free cultivation facility

Contender Gardens, a regulated I-502 producer/processor company in Washington state, has been using the Illumitex PowerHarvest since 2015 across their facility. The facility was able to implement the technology with little upfront capital by utilizing local rebates with the assistance of rebate consultants,.....

“Valagro for Future Farming” project launched in India

Valagro addressed the needs of the Indian market during the "Steering Indian Agriculture Through Valagro's Sustainable Solutions" event at the Park Hyatt Hotel in Hyderabad, India.The event is part of the global Valagro for Future Farming project, under which the company intends to promote and strengthen its.....

Understanding greenhouse lighting

There’s a lot more to greenhouse lighting than meets the eye. Growers in search of the appropriate lighting for their greenhouse should consider the following three factors: the type of crop being grown, what time of year it is and how much sunlight is available.Greenhouses generally require six hours of.....

Elevated leaf picking cart to reach increasingly high tomato leaves

It happens quite often that the tomato crop is just too high to be able to cut or pick the leaves. This is why Steenks Services and Berg Hortimotive have joined forces again. A cart has since been designed to easily pick and cut the leaves. Wouter Steenks: "From an ergonomic point of view, this is more.....

US (FL): New app converts between dates and production week number

In horticulture we are often converting back and forth from production week number to calendar date when scheduling crop management and sales events.The production week number we use in horticulture is based on International Organization for Standardization (ISO) rules. Week 1 is the first calendar week of.....

Nove assembly of lettuce genome

At the yearly London Calling conference, Oxford Nanopore Technologies announced KeyGene as the first certified PromethION service provider.Dr. Gordon Sanghera, CEO of Oxford Nanopore Technologies, presented KeyGene with their certificate and stated: “We are delighted to see the first PromethION service.....

US (CO): Cannabis grower replaces HPS with LED

Thrive Agritech has received a substantial order for its LED grow lights from Strawberry Fields, a medical and recreational cannabis producer headquartered in Colorado Springs, CO.Thrive Agritech’s Boost LED light will be installed in all two acres of Strawberry Fields’ greenhouses over its vegetative and.....

US (NM): Researcher receives fellowship to research pepper progenitor

A researcher from Mexico has been selected for a prestigious fellowship that will allow her to explore pepper research at New Mexico State University.NMSU will host Angela Corina Hayano Kanashiro from the University of Sonora in Mexico as a Borlaug Fellow. She will conduct research with Paul Bosland, Regents.....

China: FilSon starts manufacturing basket filter element in own factory

FilSon Filters has begun manufacturing basket filter element, also called basket filter cartridge. It is a coarse filtration accessory, designed for a range of flow rates (up to 3600m3/hr.), and a filtration rating of 5µm to 2000µm.FilSon basket filter element is specifically designed to capture large solids.....

New Zealand: Agri-tech research centre opens in Palmerston North

Palmerston North agritech company Biolumic marked a new phase in its progress with the opening of a world-first ultraviolet photobiology research and development centre at Massey University on Friday.Biolumic founder and chief scientist Jason Wargent​ said it was exciting, and mind-blowing, how fast.....

US (NY): Thesis prize for research on lighting technology

Rensselaer’s Lighting Research Center graduate student Olivia Privitera was recently awarded the prestigious 2018 Thesis Prize from the New York City chapter of the Illuminating Engineering Society (IESNYC). Ms. Privitera’s master’s project explored the use of additive manufacturing, also known as 3-D.....

June 20-21, New York

US (NY): Startups look to redefine indoor agriculture

Six international agtech start-ups have been selected to pitch their technologies to a panel of ‘Sharks’ and an audience of 200 leading international indoor and vertical farming operators, agri-food businesses and VC investors at the upcoming Indoor AgTech Innovation Summit on June 20-21 in Brooklyn, New.....

The benefits of wireless technology in hydroponics

Hydroponic growing has certain inherent advantages. Plants grown in a nutrient solution will mature up to 25 percent faster and deliver up to 30 percent more yield than plants grown in soil. Wireless IoT systems are a key element of achieving these kinds of results.Hydroponic growing depends on control. As.....

"Vietnam lags behind Thailand in use of blockchain in agriculture"

Agriculture is the livelihood of 70 percent of Vietnamese. However, high prices, unequal quality, and the lack of information about products have all made it difficult to compete with Thai products of the same kind in international and domestic markets.Thai pepper is sold at VND150,000 per kilogram in the.....

Crop protection giants eye robotics

Investors say a new breed of AI weeders could disrupt the $100 billion pesticides and seeds industry by reducing the need for universal herbicides and the genetically modified (GM) crops that tolerate them.Dominated by companies such as Bayer, DowDuPont, BASF and Syngenta, the industry is bracing for the.....

LED interlighting cucumber:

Cucumber crop size of great importance for light interception

The amount of crop appears to have a major influence on the loss of light upwards and downwards. This is shown by measurements of light interception from WUR Greenhouse Horticulture. The measurements were done in the autumn of 2017 on two farms with high-wire cucumber cultivation and a different orientation.....

US (FL): High school students build robot that farms vegetables

Students at Estero High School just finished a two-year project building two farm robots that will be able to grow vegetables from seeds. But students say this is more than just a cool science experiment.“Unlike humans where humans get tired and sweat out, Farmbot runs 24 hours a day,” said Tom Malestein, a.....

Tips for thriving in hydroponics

Growing hydroponically carries several noteworthy benefits. Perhaps the most significant advantage is that hydroponic systems are energy-efficient, since they require less water, pesticides and soil. Growers who wish to produce crops year-round in an environmentally-conscious way would do well to consider a.....

Simple ways to master lighting in your greenhouse

Who says growers can only rely on the sun for light?It may seem obvious, but light is hugely important to bringing up crops. Depending on where you live, dealing with light levels can be a serious challenge, whether it’s making sure your plants have enough of it during the long, dark winter, or making sure.....

New commercial aeroponic systems

Pure Grows Aeroponics are launching three new product choices, Commercial Aeroponic System, Intelli Tissue Culture Clone Nursery and a 40 Foot Smart Grow Aeroponic Container.“We keep a close eye to what our clients require for their cultivation needs and aim to meet these requirements with the latest, proven.....

Joel Bartlett on open source aquaponics

From tarantulas to turtles

Joel Bartlett isn't your run-of-the-mill aquaponics grower. An engineer by education, it was a tarantula he inherited from his aunt that set him off on a path towards developing aquaponics systems. Not only with fish, but with turtles. And he makes it a point to share all the knowledge he gathers in the.....

Russia: Robot grows cucumber and rocket

Local Novosibirsk enthusiasts have designed a robot for crossing rocket and cucumbers. The design was carried out by the Robot League company. The specialists from Novosibirsk have constructed a robotic greenhouse, named FarmDroid, which takes care of seedlings. The robot is capable of providing growing.....

Why do some fruits and vegetables conduct electricity?

Many of us know the science experiment involving the ever-popular pickle or potato battery. Now of course there are many types of electrical conductors. These include traditional electrical conductors, such as the copper and silver wires that are used to run electrical currents in homes and buildings, and.....