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What you missed at the LumiGrow Expert Panel

As a grower, you know how incredibly important it is to have proper lighting for healthy, strong plants. Recently, we hosted a live presentation and Q&A session with LumiGrow to address the specific lighting needs for different kinds of plants. This post provides a summary of what was covered during the.....

Copa and Cogeca underline importance of innovation and new technologies

Copa and Cogeca underlined the importance of innovation and new technologies to secure a viable agriculture sector and to meet growing demand at the EU Agri-Innovation Summit hosted by the EU Commission in Lisbon.The high-level event, attended by EU Farm Commissioner Phil Hogan and EU Commissioner for.....

South Africa: FERTINNOWA presented at Undercover farming conference

On the 11th of October, Ockie van Niekerk from Optima Agrik presented FERTINNOWA at the Undercover farming conference Western Cape 2017. The conference was held in the Western Cape in South Africa and attracted both national and international speakers. Ockie introduced FERTINNOWA to the audience, discussed.....

Japan: Smartphone camera used to estimate vegetable taste

Makuta Amenity Co developed a smartphone application that enables to estimate the taste and nutrients of vegetables and fruits just by taking their pictures with a smartphone camera. The application analyzes the images of the external appearances of agricultural products such as vegetables and fruits. It.....

Adam Greenberg, CEO of iUNU

"Empowering growers to see and control more"

Three years ago, iUNU (‘You Knew’) was started by an entrepreneur who aims to solve basic food and water problems in the world. iUNU specifically targets issues on the food side of the greenhouse industry. “As the son of a botanist, I’ve been around plants my entire life,” says Adam Greenberg, Founder and.....

Dell takes a fresh look at IoT with Aerofarms

At Dell’s IQT event in New York this week, Andy Rhodes, vice president of IoT edge computing at Dell, was joined on stage by David Rosenberg, CEO and founder of AeroFarms, to discuss how a smart warehouse full of plants exemplifies a forward-thinking IoT strategy.Instead of using soil, water and sunlight,.....

Illumitex launches new PowerHarvest series

Illumitex has announced the release of the PowerHarvest 14. This LED horticulture lighting solution, suitable for large‐scale greenhouse operations, will provide the controlled horticulture environment with 30% increased output, 30% increase efficiency and up to 2.2 μmol /J.The PowerHarvest 14.....

App lets users check taste and nutrients of produce before eating

Makuta Amenity Co has developed a smartphone application that enables one to estimate the taste and nutrients of vegetables and fruits just by taking their pictures with a smartphone camera.Makuta Amenity is a company that is based in Fukushima Prefecture, and deals with agricultural products. The company.....

Greenbalance: the first Dutch greenhouse with SmartGlass

The tomato plants are growing well in the new greenhouse of Dutch tomato grower Zwinkels at their Greenbalance location. "We planted in week 36 and the sixth truss is now blooming. One and a half truss a week," says Mark Zwinkels. The greenhouse is the first in the Netherlands that has SmartGlass installed.....

Webinar: How to grow vine crops with LEDs

LumiGrow would like to invite you to join their webinar to discover applications of their most recent LED Growers' Guide for Vine Crops. The guide is intended to instruct vine crop growers how to use LED lighting strategies to maximize profits, boost yields, increase crop quality, and elicit desired plant.....

Future of CAP: Robots in the field?

At first glance, farming might not seem the most technically advanced profession: the image of the farmer toiling on the land remains the most persistent, and for many people, farm technology begins and ends with a tractor. But the reality is far from this, and the agri-food sector is just like any other.....

New technologies at the service of the tomato industry

The Agro-food Technological Centre of Extremadura (Ctaex), together with entities of other Spanish regions, is participating in the project "Smartom", which aims to put new technologies at the service of the tomato industry; a key sector for Extremadura.As explained to Efe by Ctaex ​​project.....

Vietnamese farmers trial new Ilyra smartphone control system

Doctor Duong Trong Hai, Director of the Institute of Science and Technology has introduced the Ilyra agriculture ecosystem along with his associates which enables anyone to cultivate vegetables using the VietGap process.Using the automatic Ilyra system, farmers don’t have to go to the garden but can still.....

Light approaches to speed up the generation turnover

The development of new plant varieties with advanced performance or an improved environmental adaptation is important to secure our food. To obtain new genetic recombinants or to introduce one or multiple target genes, plants need to be pollinated in a controlled way and seeds must be collected – best as.....

Martin Helmich, Hoogendoorn Growth Management

NL: "Growers get a complete overview on their company's performance"

Big data, Internet of Things. Expressions that are inextricably linked to futurologists of the 21st century. But what can the grower do with it now? IT professionals are very busy with it. At Hoogendoorn Growth Management, they are on the eve of major steps that will benefit the grower.Too much.....

Results of WUR trials at Prominent:

Extra far red light in tomato: more production, better taste

Last winter, Prominent's greenhouse participated in a trial with extra far red light. The installation of 30 μmol/m2/s of far red light as inter-lighting resulted in 11% more tomato production.In the lighting season 2015/2016, Wageningen University & Research Unit Greenhouse Horticulture has grown.....

Vietnam: Capital for high-tech agriculture

High-tech agriculture is a key direction for economic development. A credit package of US$4.4 million for high-tech and clean agriculture is considered a nudge for agricultural enterprises to expand production. But there remain obstacles to accessing the credit package.Vietnam has 3 high-tech agricultural.....
SDK opens door for 3rd parties:

Autogrow launches SDK for indoor-ag

Autogrow has launched a new indoor-agricultural SDK (Software Development Kit). Called Jelly the SDK will form part of a group of software Autogrow will provide publicly on the development platform Github.“Jelly is the first step in raising agtech to the next level. For us this is about building a community.....

Delphy brings Dutch knowledge to Japan

On Friday 25 August 2017, Delphy Japan and Seiwa organised a horticulture seminar in Tokyo for growers. The purpose of the seminar was to achieve high-yield cultivation of horticultural crops by learning from expertise in the Netherlands. More than 100 guests participated including Japanese horticultural.....

Mexico: Invermex surpasses 5k hectares

VIDEO We stumbled upon this fancy corporate video of Invermex, a Mexican turnkey greenhouse solutions provider. While we often report of growers who do business directlty with Dutch, French or Spanish greenhouse manufacturers, Invermex is a wholly Mexican owned operation. They are involved in realizing some of.....

Bayer donates proprietary data, enabling research into biodiversity

Bayer and Quantified Planet, a nonprofit organization located in Vaxholm, Sweden, have signed a licensing and cooperation agreement under which Bayer will donate proprietary, crowd-sourced plant data from more than 70 countries about specific plant types, locations, occurrence and distribution. Quantified.....

UK: Mid-air cultivation using NASA technology

A student is using NASA technology to grow vegetables without soil and using minimal water, in a bid to alleviate hunger and provide an alternative source of income for communities across developing nations.Nikian Aghababaie, a BSc Product Design student at Nottingham Trent University, has created a low cost.....

Turning commercial greenhouses into predictable, demand-based manufacturers"

US: Seattle-based iUNU raises $6 million to launch LUNA

iUNU (pronounced “you knew”) has raised $6 million to bring large scale, computer vision-based, industrial manufacturing process and inventory management to the commercial greenhouse market. "This solution turns greenhouses into data driven manufacturing plants. It is both a seriously practical and crucial.....

New project to integrate Dutch water technology in Mexican horticulture

Worldwide, one of the main challenges in the horticultural industry is water scarcity and low quality water. Although very successful in the Netherlands, the Dutch supply industry face problems to integrate these water technical solutions in the international setting where water problems are even much more.....

Vietnam: Bac Giang to pour $66 million in hi-tech agriculture

The northern province of Bac Giang plans to spend VND1.5 trillion (US$66 million) to develop high-tech agriculture areas growing or rearing the locality’s key products such as vegetables, flower, mushrooms, tea, lychees, citrus, chickens and pigs.Vegetables grown with hydroponic technology at the Bac Giang.....

Sunlight Supply's Par Pro introduces new 1100 watt Hyper Arc

"Underwriter’s Laboratories tested Par Pro’s new Hyper Arc lamp and said it was the most powerful 1100 watt single-ended HPS grow lamp they had tested", reports Sunlight Supply in a press release. Consistently testing at 2,380 μmol (micromole), the new Hyper Arc is an 1,100 watt grow lamp that features.....

Oman: Your plants could soon be sending you text messages

Your home-grown fruit and vegetables could soon be sending you text messages, thanks to a groundbreaking project by Omani students.The hydroponics system for growing fruits and vegetables is controlled by a system that is programmed to send the owner text messages regarding the status of the plants.Students.....
September 11-12

Disruptors wanted for Dutch horticulture

Members of producer associations DOOR, Harvest House, Best of Four and Van Nature have joined forces for the GLAS4.0-program. This program focuses on how disruptive technologies can be made available for cucumber, eggplant, pepper and tomato crops. Based on the results of this program so far, it can be.....

With this app, excessive lighting is a thing of the past

The latest release of HortiSense shows the efficiency of the total amount of light (natural and artificial) delivered to the crop (in µmol/m²/s) on the net assimilates production. Too much light is not good for a plant, and too little, even less so. With this new tool in HortiSense, the grower can.....

UK: WET Centre helps strawberry growers reduce water use

Reducing the amount of water needed to grow high quality full flavoured strawberries while at the same time optimising the yield of the crop is now achievable thanks to the work of the new Water Efficient Technologies (WET) Centre, developed at NIAB EMR.The WET Centre, based at the centre for horticulture.....

Water purification using powdered activated carbon

Dutch growers quickly need to invest in technology for the removal of plant protection products from discharge water, to apply to new regulations from January 1st 2018 onwards.In a cross-over project between TKI Horticulture and TKI Water Technology KWR Water Cycle Institute and Wageningen University &.....

Freshdeal expands produce marketplace following merger

Freshdeal announced today its latest release of Freshdeal.com, "a faster, intuitive B2B e-commerce platform for buyers and sellers in the produce industry to discover new business opportunities, connect with verified partners, and grow," is how Freshdeal described it. The platform now incorporates talent.....

US (CO): Growlink announces strategic partnership with Modular Farms

Growlink, a Denver-based technology company, has formed a strategic partnership with Brampton, Ontario-based Modular Farms, to integrate its cloud-based grow controllers into their modular farm systems.“We’re excited for this partnership with Modular Farms,” said Ted Tanner, CEO of Growlink. “Modular Farms.....

Which wavelengths of light are the most effective in photosynthesis?

Light quality refers to the spectral distribution of light or the relative number of photons of blue, green, red and far red & other portions of the light spectrum emitted in a light source.Photosynthesis requires light between 400 and 700 NM.Spectroradiometer measures light quality.Blue light promotes.....