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Drip irrigation transforms farming in Kenya's arid regions

A low cost technology that uses plastic linings to cover top soil has come to the rescue of farmers in Kenya's drought-prone arid and semi arid counties.The technology which has been piloted in dry parts of Taita Taveta County in the coast region will help farmers incur fewer expenses while irrigating.....

Germany: Innovative roof design for crystal clear ETFE installation

German companies Rabensteiner, Franz Schumann and Novavert have recently teamed up for the installation of a remarkable retractable greenhouse at a grower in the state of Baden-Württemberg. The greenhouse builder, screen installer and screen system manufacturer worked on a innovative design that makes use of.....

US: New app supports ag sales and marketing

Following Farm Market iD’s February 2017 introduction of FieldVision, its mobile data-delivery platform (www.farmmarketid.com/fieldvision), the company announced its newest online product release: FarmFocus with Grower Profile.Steve Rao, CEO, said, “We are very excited about the new FarmFocus with Grower.....

Can technology help feed 9 billion people?

Food is the ultimate technology.It might not have circuits, touchscreens, or an app store, but of all the tech we’ve ever developed as humans, nothing else has had such a direct and significant impact on our progress as a species.It was agriculture — the cultivation of edible things — that made it possible.....

US: Penn State and Lincoln University collaborate on mushroom research

Drs. Laura Ramos-Sepúlveda and Carolee Bull took their research to Lincoln University on Thursday, April 6, 2017, to complete the objectives of a Giorgio Fresh Co.-funded research project and introduce biology students to agricultural research and mushroom production.Laura Ramos-Sepúlveda (L) | Image:.....

Fluorescent vs. LED light for tree seedling cultivation

Professional cultivation of tree seedlings is typically done in controlled environments such as growth chambers and vertical farms. By growing the seedlings indoors, cultivators prevent animal predation, and are able to create ideal humidity and other conditions, fully control nutrition and thus run an.....

New blog from Surna:

A closer look at scaling climate control systems

As cultivators and owners know, building out a commercial sized facility takes a lot of time, patience and money but can be extremely lucrative in the long run. Large-scale commercial facilities that are up and running are generating huge profits, mostly in cash. But this type of revenue takes time. To get.....

"Illuminating tomato fruit enhances fruit vitamin C content"

Wageningen University and Philips Research collaboratively examined the effects of irradiance on AsA levels of tomato fruit when light is applied to the fruit.L-ascorbate (AsA; vitamin C) is an anti- and pro-oxidant phytochemical essential for the proper functioning of the human body. Field grown tomato.....

Kenyan growers go digital

Kenya's David Kioo almost gave up on horticulture farming last year despite the high octane optimism that informed his decision to embrace an otherwise lucrative venture.The middle-aged farmer was disappointed by a string of crop failure occasioned by climatic stresses, market volatility and high cost of.....

valoya launches Lighting as a Service concept:

Is it possible to go from HPS to LED for free?

When setting up a greenhouse, vertical farm or growth chamber, lighting turns out to be one of the greatest expenses. Traditionally, high pressure sodium (HPS), metal halide (MH) and fluorescent lamps have been the go-to choice until LED grow lights appeared on the market. LED brings significant energy.....

How AI helps grow 10% of U.S. lettuce

If your lettuce was produced in the U.S., there’s already a 10 percent chance AI helped grow it, thanks to a Silicon Valley startup founded by a pair of entrepreneurs with deep roots in the agriculture industry.The duo have harnessed AI to help farmers deal with one of their toughest problems. When it’s time.....

keyGene is breeding in virtual reality

As DNA sequences of crops are unraveled at high speed on a daily basis, genome information is no longer limited in crop improvement processes. Therefore KeyGene invests significantly in phenotyping, the current bottleneck in plant breeding. KeyGene will do major investments in (1) digital & robotized.....

Dutch tech helps South African seedling company grow

Many years ago a man made his own seedlings and sold them to people in the neighbourhood because he had too many. He found out that there was a high demand for seedlings and started his own firm. This was the beginning of Multiplant. The last couple of years Multiplant has been successfully working.....

WFO, Copa & Cogeca promote smart agriculture

Together with the World Farmers’ Organisation (WFO), the European Farmers and Agri-Cooperative Organisations (Copa and Cogeca) organised a workshop on “Connecting World Farmers to the Value Chain" in Brussels, to discuss policies that can help farmers to be part of the value chain and to develop new.....