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Maximize cannabis production with the right environmental control system

Ensuring that the proper environmental control system is installed for indoor cannabis growing can minimize disease- and production-related issues and optimize growth.by David KuackThe DeltaCool Environmental System from Delta T Solutions provides indoor cannabis growers with a custom-designed package that.....

US (PA): Metropolis Farms unveils new indoor ag lighting technology

Jack Griffin, President of Metropolis Farms, unveiled a new breakthrough in lighting technology for the emerging indoor vertical agriculture industry at the Indoor Ag Con Philly conference in Philadelphia. The event was sponsored by NewBean Capital.Griffin presented during the conference’s concluding.....

The chemical that tells plants when it’s time to sleep

Each of us goes through a daily cycle. We wake up, spend the day eating, working and playing, and then we sleep. Messing with this cycle by not sleeping, doing shift work, travelling to a different time zone or living where there is 24 hours of light or dark can really interfere with our wellbeing and our.....

US: Cloudponics’ IoT-supported hydroponic Grobox now shipping

Cloudponics' second generation GroBox, is now available to consumers nationwide. The fully autonomous and self-sustaining hydroponics grow system for growing medicinal plants and vegetables indoors can be easily controlled from a smartphone.The GroBox intelligently monitors and manages multiple variables.....

November 6-10

UK: Agri-Tech Week 2017 focuses on a profitable and sustainable future

Farmers, technologists and researchers will converge for ‘Agri-Tech Week’ to hear the latest in practical and sustainable agri-tech. Held from 6-10 November, and including the flagship REAP conference, there will be a rich variety of events across eastern counties including Cambridgeshire, Essex,.....

Rubén Moreno, Agros:

“Without insect net, we don't make our production targets”

Agros Tomate is a pioneer in the production of high quality hydroponic tomatoes which are produced in a state of the art greenhouse in Querétaro, Mexico. The company is a leader in its sector and is recognized by the most demanding national and foreign clients for its quality and service. Agros prides.....

Vineland reflects on a decade of innovation

A decade ago, the CEO of Vineland Research and Innovation Centre (Vineland) was holding in his hands a proposal for renewal and reinvention mapping out an exciting future for the former Vineland Research Station.Today, he can take stock of remarkable accomplishments by a team of scientists, along with valued.....

Plants and psychological well-being in space

Space greens beat the blues

Where people will go in the cosmos, plants will go. That’s the message of a paper entitled “Gardening for Therapeutic People-Plant Interactions during Long-Duration Space Missions” written by Raymond Odeh, and Charles L. Guy of the University of Florida (Gainesville) and published in the De Gruyter journal,.....

UK: 2018 Nuffield Farming Scholars announced

The Nuffield Farming Scholarship Trust has announced the appointment of 19 new Scholars to commence their travels and research in 2018.The successful Scholars were carefully selected from a large group of strong applicants on the basis that they have the ability to lead positive change in farming, food,.....

USDA invests in research on next generation of agricultural technology

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) announced 17 grants for research on the next generation of agricultural technologies and systems to meet the growing demand for food, fuel, and fiber. The grants are funded through NIFA’s Agriculture and Food.....

Plant escape from waterlogging

Researchers are warning about more frequently occurring extreme weather events in the future as a result of climate change. Current environmental catastrophes such as the numerous and particularly severe tropical hurricanes this year tend to confirm this trend. These extreme weather events are often.....

Vietnam: New high-tech flower, vegetable project in Lam Dong

The People’s Committee of the Central Highland province of Lam Dong has approved a new high-tech flower and vegetable growing project. Da Lat City-based Dalat Hasfarm Company will invest VND337.5 billion (US$15 million) in the agricultural project spread over 29.4ha in Phuc Tho Commune, Lam Ha District.The.....

US (CA): Digital tool may help growers restore groundwater

The California Department of Water Resources (DWR) has announced the public release of its new data visualization tool, the California Land Use Viewer. The tool allows Groundwater Sustainability Agencies (GSAs), growers and the public to easily access both statewide and existing county land use data sets.....

What you missed at the LumiGrow Expert Panel

As a grower, you know how incredibly important it is to have proper lighting for healthy, strong plants. Recently, we hosted a live presentation and Q&A session with LumiGrow to address the specific lighting needs for different kinds of plants. This post provides a summary of what was covered during the.....

Planning for cannabis odor control in the design phase

In states where cannabis can be grown legally, there is an increasing concern about the odor that these greenhouses produce. This is not something that is unique to cannabis growth, but it is more distinct and more problematic than many other commercially grown crops. High pressure fogging systems are very.....

Plantalyzer:

This machine can index your tomato production

The Plantalyzer is a robot that automatically scouts the crop to give a grower objectively determined information about the quantity and ripeness of the fruit. HortiKey uses this data to expand the system to an accurate crop estimate.The company is contracting Wageningen University and Research Centre and Berg.....

JRC launches EU-wide crop and weather monitoring e-service

Web users worldwide can now view weather and crop conditions in near real-time across the whole of the EU, thanks to the JRC MARS Explorer, a pioneering new e-service from the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre.Thousands of individuals and organisations from various levels of government, industry,.....

Deere acquires Blue River Technology

Deere & Company has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Blue River Technology, which applies machine learning to agriculture."We welcome the opportunity to work with a Blue River Technology team that is highly skilled and intensely dedicated to rapidly advancing the implementation of machine.....

DrainVision:

Paskal launches cloud-based irrigation monitor solution

Following years of research and development by scientists and technologists, Paskal has launched DrainVision, a powerful, affordable irrigation monitor solution.DrainVision is a wireless standalone monitoring solution that provides you with accurate real-time information on water content of the substrate,.....

Vietnam: Hi-tech farms offer a vision of the future

Many hi-tech agricultural projects have been launched across Vietnam, most involving technology transfer from more advanced economies looking to tap demand generated by higher living standards.A notable one among these is implemented by VinEco Agricultural Investment, Development and Productions LLC......

"High levels of growth in all life science sectors in Taiwan"

In Taiwan, biotech is finally booming, and new companies, service providers and manufacturing facilities are emerging to fill rapidly growing industry needs. Taiwan Bio Industry Organization (TBIO), the largest and the most influential biotechnology organization in Taiwan.TBIO represents over 300 members.....

Autogrow announces hackathon to grow crops on Mars

Global solution company Autogrow is bringing the world of indoor agriculture together with space exploration and creating a 2-day indoor ag hackathon.Alongside event partner Silicon Valley Forum, the November hackathon will see teams create crop production solutions for the inhospitable Mars conditions.'We.....

China: Specialized farmers' cooperatives to promote modern agriculture

China has 1.93 million specialized farmers' cooperatives with over 100 million rural households participating, according to the State Administration for Industry and Commerce.The specialized cooperatives have gained popularity with participating farmers accounting for 46.8 percent of Chinese rural.....

US: Researchers recognized for water quality and conservation work

A USDA Multi-state Working Group with research focused on water conservation and improved water quality within the ornamental crops industry is the national recipient of the 2017 Experiment Station Section Award for Excellence in Multistate Research. The collaboration includes 31 researchers and 22.....

Vietnamese private labs coming into their own

Dr Nguyen Thi Chinh, a leading researcher in mushroom cultivation and fibrous tissue production, has a laboratory in her own house.Equipped with all kind of machines – grinder, blender, dryer, packaging machine, as well as fermenting pots and scaffolds, Chinh said the private laboratory helps facilitate her.....

Reusable catalyst could be a game-changer for the biomass industry

Known for their outstanding versatility, primary amines (derivatives of ammonia) are industrially important compounds used in the preparation of a wide range of dyes, detergents and medicines. Although many attempts have been made to improve their synthesis using catalysts containing nickel, palladium and.....

European project AGRISENSUS:

Integrated monitoring and control of water, nutrients and plant protection

AGRISENSUS will focus on the research and development of an effective integrated and sustainable monitoring and control system with innovative ion selective sensors for nutrients and bio-based sensing of PPP for optimal water and nutrient supply and reuse, minimizing the effects on the environment. In order.....

Martin Helmich, Hoogendoorn Growth Management

NL: "Growers get a complete overview on their company's performance"

Big data, Internet of Things. Expressions that are inextricably linked to futurologists of the 21st century. But what can the grower do with it now? IT professionals are very busy with it. At Hoogendoorn Growth Management, they are on the eve of major steps that will benefit the grower.Too much.....

Results of WUR trials at Prominent:

Extra far red light in tomato: more production, better taste

Last winter, Prominent's greenhouse participated in a trial with extra far red light. The installation of 30 μmol/m2/s of far red light as inter-lighting resulted in 11% more tomato production.In the lighting season 2015/2016, Wageningen University & Research Unit Greenhouse Horticulture has grown.....

Vietnam: Capital for high-tech agriculture

High-tech agriculture is a key direction for economic development. A credit package of US$4.4 million for high-tech and clean agriculture is considered a nudge for agricultural enterprises to expand production. But there remain obstacles to accessing the credit package.Vietnam has 3 high-tech agricultural.....
SDK opens door for 3rd parties:

Autogrow launches SDK for indoor-ag

Autogrow has launched a new indoor-agricultural SDK (Software Development Kit). Called Jelly the SDK will form part of a group of software Autogrow will provide publicly on the development platform Github.“Jelly is the first step in raising agtech to the next level. For us this is about building a community.....

Delphy brings Dutch knowledge to Japan

On Friday 25 August 2017, Delphy Japan and Seiwa organised a horticulture seminar in Tokyo for growers. The purpose of the seminar was to achieve high-yield cultivation of horticultural crops by learning from expertise in the Netherlands. More than 100 guests participated including Japanese horticultural.....

Mexico: Invermex surpasses 5k hectares

VIDEO We stumbled upon this fancy corporate video of Invermex, a Mexican turnkey greenhouse solutions provider. While we often report of growers who do business directlty with Dutch, French or Spanish greenhouse manufacturers, Invermex is a wholly Mexican owned operation. They are involved in realizing some of.....

Bayer donates proprietary data, enabling research into biodiversity

Bayer and Quantified Planet, a nonprofit organization located in Vaxholm, Sweden, have signed a licensing and cooperation agreement under which Bayer will donate proprietary, crowd-sourced plant data from more than 70 countries about specific plant types, locations, occurrence and distribution. Quantified.....

UK: Mid-air cultivation using NASA technology

A student is using NASA technology to grow vegetables without soil and using minimal water, in a bid to alleviate hunger and provide an alternative source of income for communities across developing nations.Nikian Aghababaie, a BSc Product Design student at Nottingham Trent University, has created a low cost.....

Turning commercial greenhouses into predictable, demand-based manufacturers"

US: Seattle-based iUNU raises $6 million to launch LUNA

iUNU (pronounced “you knew”) has raised $6 million to bring large scale, computer vision-based, industrial manufacturing process and inventory management to the commercial greenhouse market. "This solution turns greenhouses into data driven manufacturing plants. It is both a seriously practical and crucial.....

New project to integrate Dutch water technology in Mexican horticulture

Worldwide, one of the main challenges in the horticultural industry is water scarcity and low quality water. Although very successful in the Netherlands, the Dutch supply industry face problems to integrate these water technical solutions in the international setting where water problems are even much more.....

Vietnam: Bac Giang to pour $66 million in hi-tech agriculture

The northern province of Bac Giang plans to spend VND1.5 trillion (US$66 million) to develop high-tech agriculture areas growing or rearing the locality’s key products such as vegetables, flower, mushrooms, tea, lychees, citrus, chickens and pigs.Vegetables grown with hydroponic technology at the Bac Giang.....

Sunlight Supply's Par Pro introduces new 1100 watt Hyper Arc

"Underwriter’s Laboratories tested Par Pro’s new Hyper Arc lamp and said it was the most powerful 1100 watt single-ended HPS grow lamp they had tested", reports Sunlight Supply in a press release. Consistently testing at 2,380 μmol (micromole), the new Hyper Arc is an 1,100 watt grow lamp that features.....

Oman: Your plants could soon be sending you text messages

Your home-grown fruit and vegetables could soon be sending you text messages, thanks to a groundbreaking project by Omani students.The hydroponics system for growing fruits and vegetables is controlled by a system that is programmed to send the owner text messages regarding the status of the plants.Students.....