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PlantPaper teams up with AgriNomix and Smithers Oasis

With the increased request for PlantPaper's products in the United States, the company decided to forge a North American partnership with AgriNomix and Smithers Oasis.AgriNomix will be handling sales of machine & service on the North American market, and Smithers Oasis will keep on expanding paper and.....

Paul Koppert, Koppert Machines:

"Complete packaging lines for the entire snack vegetable segment"

In 1983 Arie Koppert started manufacturing sowing machines for small seeds, such as radish, carrots and flowers. At that time mechanization in the greenhouse was scarcely available and he decided to mechanize the harvesting and processing of radish by means of a harvesting machine and a fully automatic.....

New technology makes paper pot sticking easier

Ellepot introduces a state-of-the-art technology helping growers to produce extra loose and soft pots with 10-20% higher air content. The result is faster and easier sticking of cuttings and an optimal precondition for great air and moisture balance, creating the perfect microclimate for more rapid and uniform.....

Next Sweeper demonstration in September in Belgium

On July 4th the Sweeper consortium gave the first live demonstration of its sweet pepper harvesting robot. This demonstration was held at the commercial greenhouse "De Tuindershoek" in IJsselmuiden, one of the partners in this international research project. Read our report of the demonstration here.The.....

Rolling out two monsters

Javo USA will roll out two new potting machines for the North American market at Cultivate ’18 in Columbus, Ohio.Designed specifically for the large pots used in the North American market, the Javo Ultra is a big potter, and by big, Javo means “huge”. The Ultra can fill pots up to 20 gallons (80 liters) and.....

"Remotely fixing burners"

Producing gas burners for horticulture is a great profession but not always a simple one. Burners need maintenance and growers often don’t really know how to do this. Fine tuning the energy values is important to the efficiency of the installation and the quality of the CO2 that is used for fertilizing.This.....

Light4Food inovates with smart indoor growing system

"A good growing recipe for every crop"

It all starts ten years ago with a shipping container in which LED lights were installed in layers. Leafy vegetables can be harvested year-round in these layers as is the idea. Led technology isn’t as efficient as we might want but entrepreneurs Peter Christiaens, René van Haeff and Michel la Crois see its.....

Klaas van Egmond, Delphy:

"Robot to tell growers when plants get sick"

Scout robot IRIS! won the Innovation Concept Award during the Greentech in Amsterdam! It is the result of cooperation between multiple horticulture companies. With its multiple sensors, the robot can gather information about the crops. Klaas van Egmond of Delphy explains; “The robot counts fruits,.....

Combined solar and power (CHP) in horticulture reservoirs

After CHP, now it’s time for CSP

After the rise of CHP, it is now time for CSP, according to Vincent van Daalen, an entrepreneur from Westland. His start-up from the town of Maasdijk will soon introduce the FLOTAR. “Our innovation will turn a reservoir into a renewable energy source and will most of all reduce algae pressure and water.....

Mark van der Zande, Logitec Plus:

"We manufacture make-to-stock dosage bunkers"

Barely a year ago, Logitec Plus moved from Hazerswoude to Alphen aan den Rijn. The building is three times as large as the previous location. That was not an unnecessary decision. The available space is already fully utilized. The entire building at the new location has already been adapted, so that the work.....

Australia: Robots boost organic tomato farming

The Andrews Labor Government is funding pioneering robotic weeding equipment for Kilter Pty Ltd in Lake Boga that could transform Victoria’s tomato growing industry, boosting exports and growing local jobs.The Labor Government will provide a grant of $250,000 through its Food Source Victoria program for the.....

For independent watermelon harvesting

Virginia Tech team creates new farming technology

A group of Virginia Tech students are taking home $30,000 and first prize in the Ag-Bot Challenge for a competition on high-tech watermelon harvesting. The Virginia Tech team has found a way to make sure that watermelons will reach consumers in their optimal condition by taking traditional farming equipment.....

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.....