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Russia: Robot grows cucumber and rocket

Local Novosibirsk enthusiasts have designed a robot for crossing rocket and cucumbers. The design was carried out by the Robot League company. The specialists from Novosibirsk have constructed a robotic greenhouse, named FarmDroid, which takes care of seedlings. The robot is capable of providing growing.....

"Do it yourself with the Spare parts finder"

The need for technical knowledge is increasing in the horticultural sector. A greenhouse contains more and more machines and installations, but the number of people with a technical background is steadily decreasing. It’s a difficult situation. Or maybe not? With Royal Brinkman’s Spare parts finder, you can.....

Scout robot detects plant abnormalities at an early stage

The IRIS! scout robot detects diseases, pests, deficiencies and other plant abnormalities at an early stage and also provides accurate fruit count and yield forecasting as well as detailed climate and environmental information.The presentation of the Greentech Concept Awards takes place during GreenTech.....

US: Horticulture container supplier upgrades manufacturing process

The HC Companies will invest in new manufacturing technologies aimed at improving product consistency and delivery times for the horticulture industry. This investment will replace almost half of The HC Companies’ equipment fleet while maintaining an uninterrupted production schedule.One of the main.....

Chinese washing machine cleans both clothes and vegetables

A Taiwanese TV show recently surprised the audience by telling them that in Mainland China, many rural Chinese washing machines are used to clean vegetables and gourds. Some might think this is ridiculous, but produce-washing machines are actually found in rural areas in China.A farmer in Sichuan lodged a.....

US robots trying to pick strawberries

Strawberries are easy to grow in Florida, but it's getting harder to pick them due to a diminishing migrant work force. At Wish Farms in Duette, they're working on robots to replace a job humans have been doing for the last century.Find out more here.

Italy: First methane tractor now being tested

New Holland's methane tractor will be tested during one month at the Agrosfera cooperative. It's a prototype that is constantly being monitored according to user suggestions. Mass production is expected for 2020.Sales director Andrea Leonardi delivered the tractor together with collaborator Francesco.....

Dutch government finances Netherlands Plant Eco-phenotyping Centre

On April 12, the Dutch minister of Education, Culture and Sciences announced the funding of Netherlands Plant Eco-phenotyping Centre (NPEC) as part of the National Roadmap for Large-scale Scientific Infrastructure of the Dutch government. The NPEC facility is an initiative of Wageningen University &.....

Brexit offers challenges for automation

The possible import duties that might apply as soon as Britain closes the door on Europe is not the biggest problem. This is according to Martin Meacock of the Descartes. His background at the automation company has highlighted the issues with customs formalities and digital processing, in particular. It is.....

Automated transplanting system to host open house

After a year of successful trials, automated transplanting system, PlantTape, is hosting an open house that the company says will highlight the system’s success in transplanting tomatoes. The event will be held in Five Points, CA, on April 10th from 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM. Experts from PlantTape are looking.....

Strawberry-picking robots not yet up to human standards, but getting there

Any 4-year old can pick a strawberry, but machines, for all their artificial intelligence, can't seem to figure it out. Bob Pitzer, an expert on robots and co-founder of Harvest CROO Robotics, says the hardest thing for them is just finding the fruit. The berries hide behind leaves in unpredictable.....

CAN (ON): Agricultural water pump rebate program launched

Hydro One and Niagara Peninsula Energy announced the AgriPump Rebate Program, the first program of its kind in Ontario to offer instant rebates to customers who purchase a high-efficiency pump kit. The program is ideal for all farming applications, including livestock, greenhouse and vineyards. Upgrading to.....

Eurobrain: joint venture to combine smart software and laboursaving hardware

Eurotec and IT Partner are offering a new, all-encompassing solution for the AGV (Automatically Guided Vehicle) market by founding joint venture Eurobrain. Thanks to their collaboration, the Lowpad – an ultra-low AGV introduced by Eurotec (subsidiary of Eurogroep) last November – is now even better equipped.....