Technique

Freshman students research light recipes for kale

Kale. Is there a more Dutch product than that in the vegetable aisle? Maybe it is due to the ever-changing seasons us Dutch people love so much. Because kale is a typical winter vegetable, nice on a cold winter's night. Growers are also happy with kale, because it is a crop that grows wonderfully in our…

Using machine learning to make cultivation recommendations

Sam Sarjant works as an ICT Software Developer at AgroCares. In his job as a developer he works with cutting edge technologies involving machine learning on a daily basis. In…

Remote detection of growth dynamics in red lettuce

The production of food crops in controlled environment agriculture (CEA) can help mitigate food insecurity that may result from increasingly frequent and severe weather events in agricultural areas. Lighting is an absolute requirement for crop growth in CEA, and is undergoing rapid advances with the advent of tunable,…

Israeli farmers’ plan to feed billions

Agriculture: Drones in the air - sensors in the ground

The number of people in the world is growing rapidly, and agriculture is trying to improve to feed all those mouths. In the 20th and early 21st centuries the attempts have been successful, if barely. Thanks to sophisticated fertilization, advanced irrigation and pest control, humankind has managed to…

Sander Hogewoning (Plant Lighting) about lighting test

Bell pepper year round with LED or Hybrid Lighting

In week 38 bell pepper plants from the variety Mavera have been planted in two test greenhouses of the Improvement Centre in Bleiswijk. One greenhouse with hybrid lighting (SON-T + LED) and one greenhouse with 100% LED. The research is being conducted by Delphy Improvement Centre and Plant Lighting and…

Iron Ox start-up

Will America's future farmers be robots?

Angus possibly will be America’s farmer of the future. He's heavyset, weighing in at nearly 1,000 pounds, and he is a bit slow. But he's strong enough to hoist 800-pound pallets of maturing vegetables and can move them from place to place on his own. Angus is a robot. To Brandon Alexander, Angus and other robots are key to…

Valoya Canna+

"Ultra-wide LED spectrum benefits chemical expression in cannabis"

The research into the interaction of the cannabis plant and light is growing but is yet not abundant due to bans which still exist in most places around the world. One thing we do know for sure is that high quality light will result in a high quality plant, one with a good chemical expression. Valoya, the manufacturer of LED grow…

Akumbha van Kooten, Yield by Nature

"Stronger crop and cleaner cultivation with oxyhydrogen"

It seems a somewhat explosive affair, starting a business in 'Knallgas' (as oxyhydrogen is also referred to). And that's what it is, in the sense that it can, for example, increase the germination vigor of the bulbs and other cultivation products explosively. Because irrigation water 'loaded' with the…

European seed industry, unanimously in favor of CRISPR

The ESA (European Seed Association) held its Annual Conference in Madrid this week. It was attended by more than 1,000 participants from 47 countries, representing nearly 500…

Antwerp Province, Limburg Province and greenhouse horticulture sector work together on innovations

"We believe in a co-creative approach within the greenhouse horticulture sector"

New technologies are coming to the market. Often these are not ready-for-use. To prevent this, the Antwerp Province (Flanders), the Limburg Province (the Netherlands) and stakeholders from the greenhouse horticulture sector are joining forces. Together they will build new technologies that are more…

Does it make economic sense for you to install grow lights?

As light emitting diodes (LEDs) become more efficient and more affordable, an increasing number of greenhouse and plant factory growers will consider installing LED luminaires to light their crops. In the case of greenhouse growers, these luminaires would provide light to supplement natural sunlight. For…

with precise, automated harvest forecasts

"AI enables cutting costs and streamlining operations"

New results demonstrate greenhouses can automate important tasks using artificial intelligence (AI). The agriculture technology company, Motorleaf, has new findings and a testimonial demonstrating the industry-changing performance of their greenhouse automation services. "Of particular significance are…

USDA awards funding for light and plant health research

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has awarded funding to the Lighting Research Center (LRC) at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute to support new research that has the potential to address one of the grand challenges of this century—food security and the ability to sustainably feed a rapidly…

Climate cell on wheels helps Dutch growers with LED dilemma

"Everybody wants to do 'something' with LED and has the feeling something has to be done with it, but what? There's so much going on and being offered - how to get started and what to do?" That's why the Hortilux & Green Simplicity teams created a research solution for the industry. Currently they're…

App prevents heat illness for farm workers

On Sunday, October 7, Apple demonstrated its Apple Watch heat based capabilities by featuring "Calor", a new app aimed at protecting rural farm workers toiling in summer fields picking the nation's fruits and vegetables. Calor, conceptualized and created by 18-year-old Faith Florez, alerts farm workers about their…

Parametrization of aerodynamic and canopy resistances for modeling evapotranspiration of greenhouse cucumber

Estimating the latent heat flux accurately is important to improve greenhouse crops irrigation schedules. Aerodynamic and canopy resistances, as two key parameters in the Bulk transfer equations, are already difficult to measure in the open field and even more in greenhouses. In a new study, an experiment was conducted…

Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew study:

Plastic-eating mushrooms aid in combating growing waste crisis

A new study from the Royal Botanic Gardens in Kew, London, claims that fungi are capable of expediting the breakdown of plastics. The aspergillus tubingensis fungus was featured in the State of the World’s Fungi 2018 report, which also documented that fungi are optimal in producing sustainable building…

Harm Vogels, Intracare:

"It is not necessary to clean the irrigation system during crop rotation"

"Completely clean drip lines, hoses and drippers. That is the conclusion after extensive inspection of drip irrigation systems that have been treated with Hydrocare during cultivation," explains Harm Vogels, Market Developer Horticulture at Intracare. He sees that even up to the last dripper no bio film…

Research into various light spectra

In the last twenty years the area and intensity of lighting in the greenhouse horticulture has increased considerably, with a resulting increase in the electricity usage. An advantage of LED lighting when compared to the regular SON-T lighting is the much higher conversion rate of electricity to light. Furthermore, LED…

Havecon opens North America office

Blue, yellow and white balloons, more people than they expected and a very good vibe. Yesterday the Havecon team officially opened their North American office. From the premises in Niagara on the Lake, the turnkey supplier will reach out to growers in the US and Canada and help them continue to grow…

ERP software gives growers full view of operations

ET Grow is a simple, yet sophisticated ERP software solution designed for the Agri-Tech industry, supporting all parts of the business, not just one. Allowing users to access, view and update their daily operations on the go, ET Grow works with businesses from seed to sale.  The company's development team are constantly working to improve…

"Cooling tech increases lettuce growth 132%"

Roots Sustainable Agricultural Technologies has just released results from a successful pilot on Romaine lettuce — these show a 132% increase in lettuce leaf fresh weight using the company’s proprietary Root Zone Temperature Optimisation (RZTO) cooling technology. The lettuce growing cycle was reduced by almost half,…

India: Agri & Food innovation platform launched

ThinkAg, a platform for Agri and Food innovation co-founded by Ankur Capital, with Mr. Ram Kaundinya, Mr. Raman Ahuja and Mr. Hemendra Mathur, brings together corporates and stakeholders in the industry to build India's largest network for innovation and entrepreneurship in the sector. The platform aims…

Scootering through the greenhouse

Greenhouses are getting bigger and bigger and that is why growers are increasingly aware that their employees are spending a lot of time walking through the greenhouse. It just can happen that one or more employees have to walk for minutes from the canteen or from the entrance to the path where they have…

UK: Start-up secures funding to launch commercial scale trials for hydroponic growing system

Phytoponics, a multi-award winning start-up specialising in the development of hydroponic deep-water culture technology for sustainable agriculture has secured £300,000 in new funding following on from the £200,000 it raised earlier this year. The funding comes from existing investors and a number of new…

Grower replaces T5s fluorescents with GroBar luminaires, gains savings

"If you have not seen a GroBar yet, you have not seen one of the best lights to hit the growing industry," says John Minor, owner and operator of Turbo Pots . The first…

"An innovative leaching solution to the worldwide salinity crisis"

The issue of salt accumulating in soil is as old as agriculture itself. ‘Salinity crises’ resulted in the collapse of ancient civilizations in Mesopotamia, and salinization was one of the catalysts for the invention of the world’s first irrigation systems [1] [2] . These were huge problems on a modest…

Dutch mentality, but with a North American truck

It’s been almost a decade since George de Groot left the Netherlands for Canada, to start his own business in the grading and excavating works. After a difficult start, he’s got no reason to complain about work now. Both in Canada and the United States, things are looking up in horticulture. And although…

Now available in Poland: soil analysis in a box

AgroCares (formerly known as SoilCares) introduces together with local partner Blue Fifty a complete nutrient analysis of soils with the Lab-in-a-Box. The University of Krakow obtained the first Lab-in-a-Box in Poland, which is operational and ready for demonstration from September 17, 2018. The…

Capturing the spectral composition of light sources

Light management is a critical factor in commercial greenhouse and growth chamber efficiency. "Growers can gain enhanced control of desired plant characteristics by accurately measuring and optimizing the composition of your supplemental light", Abby Brooke with LI-COR Biosciences explains. That's why…

"Digitalization crucial for improving sustainability of global agriculture and horticulture"

In order to maintain its leading position as a global agrofood innovator, the Dutch horticulture sector must continue to be proactive in adapting to global trends and developments. Whereas the focus was previously on mechanization and automation, it will mainly be digitalization that plays an important…

The quest for greenhouse climate control

Climate control in a greenhouse can be very challenging. It is certainly a step up from traditional outdoor farming but the moment the decision is made to grow in a greenhouse, we are accepting the lack of true environmental control like we can have in indoor gardens. We accept that we will tolerate a…

New tray field for strawberry plant propagation

Cutting two hectares of strawberry plants in one day

At Genson in Sint-Oedenrode the strawberry plants have been propagated since July in a renewed tray field. By propagating above the soil, the company that is involved in the propagation of plants wants to reduce the disease pressure. In addition, with the new tray field it takes the first step towards…

Bulgarian scientists develop installation for fish and vegetables

Scientists from the Agrarian Faculty at the Thracian University in Stara Zagora registered a model of an installation that can raise fish and vegetables in a closed cycle. The patent holders are Prof. Yordan Staykov and associate Professor Ivailo Sirakov. The installation is designed for the selection of fish, crustaceans,…

China: Growing 'electric' veggies

Chinese growers have the answer to a question that has been baffling scientists for three centuries: Can electricity boost plant growth? To find out, China has been conducting the world’s largest experiment and the results are transforming agricultural production in the world’s most populous nation with a jolt.…

Czech scientists make progress in microscopic examination of plants

Researchers from the Centre of the Region Hana for Biotechnological and Agricultural Research (CRH) in Olomouc, together with colleagues from the University of Nottingham, and…

Citrus Under Protective Screening

Screening protects citrus from greening and storms

A system designed to protect citrus trees from the deadly greening disease withstood the ravaging winds of Hurricane Irma last year, University of Florida scientists say. With reinforcements installed after the storm, they’ll likely withstand even more dangerous storms. Using Citrus Under Protective Screening, or “CUPS,”…

facility offers 7,000 lettuce heads and 300 trouts per week

“We take the guessing out of commercial aquaponics"

Harnois Greenhouses Inc. and ML Aquaponics Inc., two Canadian pioneering companies, have combined their expertise to offer commercial turnkey aquaponic facilities.   The “Model 7C” is a fine-tuned version of a facility operated for over 12 years in Quebec by Marc Laberge, president of ML Aquaponics, in a greenhouse built by Harnois Greenhouses.…

Divisional patent for Irrigation by Condensation (IBC) technology in India

Roots has been granted a divisional patent for its Irrigation by Condensation (IBC) technology in India. India presents a large market opportunity for Roots’ IBC technology with the country currently suffering from the worst water crisis in its history. Roots’ IBC system was specifically designed to…

Ion exchange in the treatment of irrigation water

On 10 July 2018 Optima Agrik showcased the use of ion exchange in the treatment of irrigation water at Proefstation voor de Groenteteelt. The showcase was attended by 19…

NL: Sugar factory supplies water to growers

Growers in the Netherlands had to contend with a dry period in recent weeks. Because of these extreme weather conditions, growers have to take various measures when looking at resources, usage, energy and water. For example, current water storage is often not sufficient for this long period of drought.…

Checking food with a smartphone thanks to a broadband infrared LED

Consumers will soon be able to use their smartphones to check how fresh supermarket food is, measure the calories in canteen meals and verify whether the tablet in their hand really is a painkiller. All thanks to the development of broadband infrared LEDs (IREDs) that emit in a wide wavelength range.…

Australian company launches Priva accreditation scheme

In addition to their existing Priva training courses, Genesis Horticultural Solutions announced that their Priva approved End User Accreditation program is now operational. Priva End Users now have the opportunity to have their individual skills formally assessed and accredited against a set of Priva NL…

HortTechnology announces open access of applied horticultural research

HortTechnology will become an open access journal on January 1, 2019. This enhancement will provide immediate exposure and access to the most up-to-date research, benefitting…

Ron van Dooren, Beltech:

Smart cameras predict future development of cuttings

Smart cameras see things people don't see, or miss. If this concerns any specific wavelengths of the electromagnetic spectrum not visible to the human eye, we speak of multi-spectral technique. And we looked for a guy to tell you all about it, meet Ron van Dooren from Beltech, a Dutch company specialized…

Indoor precision agriculture platform enables connected indoor farm

VividGro announced the release of its intelligent farm platform, GroNet, which enables growers to optimize crop yields and profitability. GroNet leverages diagnostic and monitoring technology in a user-friendly format to reduce overhead and maximize crop health. "The keys to profitably operating a modern…

Water cooling and water tightness in LED fixtures

Water-cooled LED fixtures offer many advantages. Water cooling allows for a large amount of LEDs to be placed in a small area, whereas this would cause fixtures to overheat with other cooling methods. The water-cooled LED fixtures are up to 3 times smaller in order to facilitate this process. This offers…

Danes research greenhouse grow lamps

A year ago, Dansk Gartneri made industry-wide agreements with Energistyrelsen (the Danish Energy Council). These agreements were with regard to a number of select…

US: Electrolyzed water system to treat and prevent plant diseases

Ushio America has announced the release of the NaOClean Electrolyzed Water (E-Water) System for commercial, on-site and indoor use to enhance plant growth and potentially suppress certain diseases and plant microbes including powdery mold and mildew. "E-Water technology has been widely used in Japan for…

collaboration between sensors and lights specialists

"No duplicate sensors, lower costs and uniform data"

Fewer sensors in the greenhouse, lower costs and greater consistency between data. Those are the most important advantages of the collaboration between LetsGrow and HortiSense. Through a link, data from the climate computer is now also available in HortiSense, the digital platform of Hortilux.…

UK: Using maths and engineering to solve problems in food production

Could your industry challenge be solved with help from researchers in mathematics, statistics, engineering, computer science? Data science, artificial intelligence, mathematical and statistical modelling at multi scale are key strengths of the UK research base, and can be transformational when applied to…

US (AR): Oxygen's role in plant self-defense

Research into how plants combat aphid attack using a reactive form of oxygen has earned Hillary Fischer, an Arkansas entomology doctoral student, honors from the Entomological…

Nutrient removal from drainwater: the e-Phos showcased

The e-Phos is designed by Fraunhofer institute (DE) and was adapted to remove the nitrate and phosphorous from the drainwater and recover that phosphorous as fertilizer. A combination of ion exchange and the electrochemical phosphorus recovery technology ePhos has been showcased at PCS on the 12th of…

"Vertical farm products: easy to construct and transport"

In a Thorilex pilot glasshouse currently as much measuring material is installed to generate and collect data of the growing process in the greenhouse. Goal is to get even more data on the function and the behaviour of their products for vertical farming - even more than the company already gained from…

"Even a crop hook can contribute to sustainably feeding world population"

A crop hook with two stainless steel clamps, provided with a foam insert piece, has been nominated for the AIA18. AIA18 stands for the Accelerating Innovation Awards. The mentioned crop hook is an idea from Cor Pellikaan. It is marketed under the name Qlipr. Qlipr fits in the cultivation of tomatoes,…

The rise of blockchain technology in agriculture

Blockchain appeared in our lives as a modern technology that promises ubiquitous financial transactions among distributed untrusted parties, without the need of intermediaries…

Wim van Vliet, Klaver4ICT:

"Digital green thumbs are the future of greenhouse horticulture"

It once started for Wim van Vliet with the replacement of a continuously paper-spitting printer from a climate computer through a connection to a personal computer. This was 21 years ago and the pioneer in the field of data in greenhouse horticulture is looking ahead. "Growers with green thumbs will be…

Sweet pepper harvesting robot close to the finish line

After the first live demonstration of the developed Sweeper pepper harvesting robot in the greenhouse of "De Tuindershoek" in IJsselmuiden (Netherlands) on 4th of July 2018 and a demonstration to the visitors of the Agricultural Engineering Conference EurAgEng2018 in Wageningen on 9th and 10th of July,…

Mexican algorithm to control greenhouses wins competition in the Netherlands

A group of Mexican students and teachers won a 24-hour competition in the Netherlands. In it, the participants had to create an algorithm or set of operations and artificial…

2.3 µmol/J

New high intensity top-light launched

The team of lighting experts at TotalGrow have launched the new TotalGrow High Intensity Top-Light. The features and benefits of this new light form include: Efficiencies for full spectrum grow lighting at 2.3 µmol/J Cost effectiveness IP65 waterproofing Simple and unobtrusive installation with built-in…

European project to support plant health

Fera, as part of a multi-disciplinary consortium of 16 European organisations partnering on the Valitest project, provides scientific expertise for the validation of diagnostic tests to support plant health. Global food security is one of the most important and complex challenges our world is facing in…

Climeworks raises USD 30.8 million to commercialize CO2 removal tech

Climeworks has raised CHF 30.5 million in equity funding, from a group of existing and new private investors as well as Zurich Cantonal Bank. The successful financing round brings the Swiss company another step closer to achieving its vision of capturing one percent of global CO2 emissions by 2025. Funds…

Russian ‘robo-bees’ to help grow more strawberries

As bees in the wild are struggling with a steep decline in numbers, Russian scientists offer robotic pollinators as a viable substitute. American beekeepers have lost an…

Top Cleaner contributes to high quality seed at Rijk Zwaan ProMex

In 2010, vegetable breeding company Rijk Zwaan opened a new seed cultivation site in San Jose Iturbide, Mexico. In a modern glass greenhouse of 3.5 hectares, Rijk Zwaan ProMex produces tomato, pepper and cucumber seeds. Optimal use of the available light is key here. That's why Stephan de Bock, Managing…

What you should know about LED grow lights

How do LED grow lights work?

Energy-efficient LED grow lights are the lighting of the future of agriculture. They are not only economic in their use but they produce better plants as well, in comparison to all traditional lighting options. In the texts below you can read how the LED grow lights work, how they affect plant growth and what advantages the LED…

US: Purdue-affiliated company develops way to predict chemical processes

A Purdue University-affiliated company is developing a method to accurately and efficiently predict chemical reactions in liquid solutions, which would help agribusinesses, fuel companies, food makers, cosmetic industry and many other businesses. QUAIL Modeling LLC, an acronym for Quantum Applications In…

"Massive increase in agricultural research funding required"

The United States’ total federal investment in agricultural research has been flat for a long time, a fact that does not bode well for the future of our farm and food system, according to the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition. "Not only does the research undertaken today have a profound impact…

Smart Farm Innovation Valley designated in South Korea

The South Korean government selected two cities - Sangju in North Gyeongsang Province and Gimje in North Jeolla Province - as places to establish Smart Farm Innovation Valley, an agricultural complex based on information and communication technology (ICT), the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural…

Saudi Arabia: University places LED order for speed breeding program

Heliospectra announces a new order from King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST), a private international graduate-level institution located on the Red Sea. The university is starting a new speed breeding research program and has chosen Heliospectra's fully adjustable Elixia LED…

Passively cooled LED offers bright, uniform light for all crops

FlowerMax offers an innovative, intelligent lighting and control system for the flowering stage for all crops. With the needs of indoor farmers in mind, VividGro has developed a lighting solution for the flowering stage of plants that combines ease of use, energy efficiency and stability. The FlowerMax…

Australian cannabis researcher and producer invests in LED

Heliospectra announces a new order from an Australian manufacturer and researcher of controlled substances, providing products and services to the international pharmaceutical industry. The order is for Heliospectra's fully adjustable Elixia LED lighting solution and the order is valued at around SEK…

Listen to your roots

Roots can be “listened to” while growing – and worms when burrowing. Researchers from ETH Zurich and the French National Institute for Agricultural Research present a new method for soil analysis. The new Method opens a window for science, says Or: “We can learn when roots grow, for example." (Photo: Colourbox) Healthy soil is…

"The future of food production is just around the corner"

During the AFTP conference in July 2018, the organization took the opportunity to chat with members of the AFTP community and gain their opinion on what lies ahead for food…

Where is Vietnam’s hi-tech agriculture?

IoT and blockchain application in agricultural production in Vietnam remains modest, while other high technologies are used by only 10 percent of Vietnam’s agricultural production workforce. According to Phan Thai Trung from the Digital Agriculture Cooperative, high technologies applied in agricultural…

How England got its curvy cucumbers straightened out

In the mid-19th century, England was no country for crooked cucumbers. A curly, misshapen, or discolored specimen might be tossed to the pigs, who certainly wouldn’t mind. But by 1845, more perfect cucurbits were within reach. To straighten out a wayward cucumber, a 19th-century British gardener might…

Horticultural consultant Chris Need:

"We’re capturing data we previously couldn’t"

Besides helping growers directly, the 30MHz platform helps growers and consultants communicate and collaborate about crop needs. Chris Need, a UK-based horticultural consultant, talks about his work with 30MHz. What’s your history in horticulture? I’m a horticulturalist by training, and have been a…

Customised light spectrum for tulips developed

Together with one of the largest Dutch tulip growers, BLV has developed a tailor-made lighting solution to increase the quality of sprouted tulips. Tulips are still one of the most popular cut flowers in Europe: In 2018, the tulip production in the Netherlands exceeded the two billion mark for the first…

Plants control photosynthesis similarly, regardless of origin

Plants carry out photosynthesis and thus form the basis for most life on earth. Researchers from Kaiserslautern and Potsdam have now investigated whether the production of photosynthesis proteins in land plants and algae differs. To do so, they examined translation; this is the process by which the…

"Gijs-Jan van het Kaar: "Easier to manage"

Shifter: full-time, flex and agency employees in the same planning system

Seasonal peaks, buyers who want more flexibility and agencies that have run out of staff: it's all in the day to day work for planners of fruit and vegetable production and trade companies. The new staff planning automation system by Shifter is specially developed to better anticipate swings in the…

"Are we working too precisely in the cucumber tests?"

Till this day the production of high wired cucumbers in the WUR’s winter light greenhouse, that has 10% more light than a regular greenhouse, is doing fine. On the 28th of June, a total of 148 fruits and 65 kg/m2 with a fruit weight of 440 grams has been harvested. Once again this is higher than some of…

GROW!-project is all about the cross-over between greenhouse horticulture and high-tech

Exploiting opportunities with sensors in greenhouses

The greenhouse horticultural sector in the border area of Flanders- Netherlands has a high productivity ratio, is innovative and the second best exporting region in the world. According to the researchers of project GROW!, smart crossovers between greenhouse horticulture and high-tech systems and…

Cloud-based Soil Moisture Monitor launched

Paskal is a manufacturer of innovative monitoring solutions for the horticultural sector. Following research and development by top scientists and technologists, Paskal has already introduced the PhytoVision plants' growth analysis and the DrainVision for drainage monitoring in soil-less culture. Now the…


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