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Grafted plants the new standard for Chinese solar greenhouses

China is home to a big growth market for Spanish horticultural machinery developer Conic System. In order to supply the Chinese market as optimally as possible, the company has teamed up with Liaoning Yinong Agri-Tech Co., for the sales, distribution and services of the Conic Systems line-up of.....

Indian company is the 'Uber for farm machinery'

Uber has inspired countless businesses to adopt its asset-light and on-demand approach to their industries. The examples are countless. Food delivery, dry cleaning, jet planes, home services, rental bikes, or even phone chargers to name but a few — but how about farming equipment?That’s the case in India,.....

Small electric tractor packs a punch

The new dual electric or solar powered Tow Tractor is built to be used in greenhouses and nurseries. The affordable 4-tire Multiple Use Tow Tractor for greenhouses and nurseries is only 38 inches / 96.62 cm wide with front and/or rear hitches and can have a set of optional pusher bars.This new Tow Tractor has.....

Mini Sprayer updated for smaller sized greenhouses

IDM Agrometal has updated its offerings of spraying equipment with a new mini sprayer. The sprayer is very suitable for smaller farms or greenhouse operations with narrow plant rows.The sprayer comes available in the 200 version with a width of 55 cm and a 300 version in a width of 65 cm.The Mini Sprayer.....
by Jaime Vos, AEM Safety Materials Manager

"Operator awareness is the best means of accident prevention"

I’ve spent a significant portion of the days and weeks since I participated in AEM’s Product Safety and Compliance Seminar trying to wrap my mind around its many topics: building a product safety program, risk assessment, safety symbol comprehension and the psychology of safety, among others.by Jaime Vos,.....

US (CA): Labor shortage in ag fueling technology

A severe labor shortage in the agriculture industry is driving much of the discussion at the 2017 Forbes AgTech Summit that was held in downtown Salinas this past week. The Summit, now in its third year, is an annual event that brings together business leaders and entrepreneurs in agriculture and.....

Robots on the farm – and they’re environment friendly

The countryside will host robotic labourers toiling away on farms, from dusk to dawn. Robots will watch over and tend to crops, while others ag-bots hoe weeds or spray pests. These are predictions from experts who say that self-guiding machines will soon revolutionise farming and perhaps redraw some of our.....

Compac to improve the quality of customer information and installed-base knowledge

Post-harvest solutions provider invests in cloud-based platform

ServiceMax announced it has been selected by Compac, provider of integrated post-harvest solutions and services to the global fresh produce industry, to improve customer experience and increase technician operational efficiency.“Our customers face increased competition with greater supply chain demands. They.....

"Cucumber picker available within two years"

Do you know the fairy tale of the cucumber harvest robot? A long, long time ago, the project was started. Anf finally, ten years later, an Eindhoven start-up has developed a model that visiualized, recognizes, qualifies, harvests, transports, selects and packs ready to ship cucumbers.AutomatedThe robot is.....

UK: Growing for the future with the newest equipment at Fruit Focus

Delivering optimum productivity and efficiency in fruit production is as reliant on having the right equipment as it is on adopting the best husbandry practices. With farming becoming increasingly mechanised, the future of growing fruit lies in the latest technology and machinery.Keeping on top of the latest.....

Mike Chapman, Horticulture New Zealand:

"Robots are horticulture's future"

"Robots are making a difference in fruit and vegetable pack houses already," says Mike Chapman, CEO of Horticulture New Zealand, and he believes this trend will continue."But the real step change will come from robotics out in the commercial vegetable gardens and orchards. For a number of years, there have.....

Automatic lettuce thinners reduce labour costs

Over the past few years, Californian agriculture has been affected by the lack of labour, so much so that finding new solutions for thinning, weeding, irrigation and harvesting operations became imperative for lettuce producers in the Salinas Valley. Thinning is an especially demanding operation, as it is.....