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Farms without humans are coming

The Hands Free Hectare (HFH) project, run by Harper Adams University and Precision Decisions, has won the Future Food Award at the BBC’s Food and Farming Awards ceremony which was held in Bristol.Last year the world-first project drilled, tended and harvested a crop of spring barley without operators on the.....

New tomato harvest robot GRoW being tested in the greenhouse

VIDEO With the labor costs currently being 30% up to even 50% of the total greenhouse production costs, reducing the amount of it in a greenhouse company is an important topic at the moment – even more if you take the global labor shortage into account. Many companies are working on automotive solutions, having.....

"Robots will support, not replace, growers in the future"

Co-robots, robots that work with humans rather than replace them, is the future of high-tech horticultural production, according to experts at Wageningen University and Research in The Netherlands. Twenty British growers who attended a 3-day study tour in The Netherlands heard how a different generation of.....

Berkvens Greenhouse Mobility:

From pipe rail to concrete pathway without stepping off

After extensive testing, the first ten units of the Control Lift 3000 have been delivered. The Control Lift is able to drive over the concrete pathway and on the pipe rail in order to, among other things, easily check the crop. That is also the exceptional feature of this trolley. Without leaving 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.....

Rolls-Royce to deliver gas engines to five greenhouse projects

Rolls-Royce has signed contracts for five greenhouse projects in Belgium and the Netherlands to be powered by the new B36:45 L6 and L9 gas engines. These engines feature low fuel consumption and emissions of NOx, CO2, SOx and particulates. It offers a 20 per cent increase in power per cylinder compared to.....
And are fun to watch in the process

These machines peel fruit easily

Anyone who has ever made a fruit salad or has shelled beans for a crowd will know just how time-consuming all of the peeling, cutting and shelling can be. But now these cool Pelamatic peeling machines make it a breeze to peel fruit, crack nuts and more. Pelamatic sells industry-grade machines as well as.....

Steam solution for strawberry cultivation in raised rows

In strawberry cultivation, soil nematodes, soil-borne fungus, and weeds must be combated. This often presents a problem, not least of all because of a lack of — or a lack of approved — pesticides. Soil steaming offers an appropriate solution for this issue.The company MSD — Möschle, Seifert Dämpftechnik —.....

Stefix 135

Ground cover sweeper celebrates 2nd birthday

The Stefix 135 sweeping machine for ground covers was born two years ago. A lot has happened since then. In this article, Steenks Service discusses all the developments around this marvelous piece of cleaning equipment and how it is spreading around the world.Idea and developmentWhen we got the idea.....

July 4, IJsselmuiden

Sweeper demonstrates sweet pepper harvesting robot

On Wednesday, July 4th from 15:00 to 18:00, growers, suppliers and the press can see the first live demonstration of the SWEEPER pepper harvesting robot. This demonstration will be given at the commercial greenhouse "De Tuindershoek" in IJsselmuiden, one of the partners in this international research.....

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.....

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.....

Access to knowledge, whenever, wherever

The Priva Academy is a free online education service which offers the possibility to learn more about the different aspects of irrigation, climate, energy, labour and production processes in a horticultural, indoor and building environment. It is designed for all growers worldwide, the Priva partner.....

Visser updates on AutoStix:

"We're looking at 100 million cuttings through the system this season"

Cutting transplanting technolog system AutoStix is gaining more and more popularity worldwide. "After running a smooth and efficient season last year, many growers joined the program or expanded their AutoStix capacity this season", the Visser team tells us.Visser developed the AutoStix system to automate the.....