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Tomato sorting line gets second life in Australia

VIDEO During the past months, Steenks Service has realized a complete used tomato sorting line for a client in Australia. The project was managed entirely by Steenks Service, in collaboration with their Dutch partner Hortimat. At the moment the sorting line is being assembled on Australian territory by three.....

US (PA): LED improves production and plant quality in organic greenhouse

Peace Tree Farm has improved crop production and energy efficiency since deploying Fluence horticulture lighting solutions. Peace Tree Farm installed Fluence VYPRx Plus LED lighting solutions to improve production of its USDA certified organic and sustainably grown herbs, vegetables and ornamental plants in.....

Italy: Tomato grower plans to light 6 hectares with LED

Prominent Italian tomato grower Gandini Antonio officially selected igrox srl as technological partner in LED supplemental lighting. Gandini is going to increase the LED lighted surface in their greenhouses with the Quantum system, in order to improve yield and quality of crop. The first delivery of the LED.....

Prototype ion-selective sensors ready for testing this year

The European AGRINUPES project develops innovative ion-selective sensors for the monitoring of nutrients (NPK) and biochemical sensors for the monitoring of crop protection agents. The international research team meanwhile has reported its first interim results.During the past year, the various application.....

New type of photosynthesis discovered

The discovery of a new type of photosynthesis changes our understanding of the basic mechanism of photosynthesis and should rewrite the textbooks. It will also tailor the way we hunt for alien life and provide insights into how we could engineer more efficient crops that take advantage of longer wavelengths.....

US (CA): Growers in berry country get innovative to save water

Red and purple berries ripening in vast fields. The sun shining in a blue sky as workers in broad-brimmed hats pluck the best berries from the strawberry tufts and blackberry vines.The bucolic scene in Ventura County along the Southern California coast belies the exacting science and sharp business decisions.....

Creating intelligent plants with botanical sensors

Dutch technical university TU Delft is conducting research on creating an Internet of Plants with botanical sensors. The project called Plantenna is being funded by 4TU.Federation, which awarded a total of 22 million euros to five research programs within the theme 'High Tech for a Sustainable Future'. The.....

"A single solution for all of your processes"

Horticultural software does not end with raising and shipping orders. Excel does not need to be the magic wand to resort to when planning your critical processes. Mprise Agriware invites you to come and have a peek at the future of IT solution surrounding horticulture at the upcoming GreenTech fair. Agriware.....

"Add durability to your favorite watering tool"

Based on customer feedback, The Dramm Corporation is now offering their 400PL Waterbreaker with a Protective Ring.The protective ring has been developed over a number of years for use on the 1000PL Series to protect the stainless steel disk. The final iteration of this ring combines a TPR rubber bumper with.....

David Farquhar, CEO of Intelligent Growth Solutions:

"The need to optimise growing conditions goes beyond just light"

The world of indoor farming is rapidly evolving, we all know that. There are the innovators, the visionaries and even the opportunists (yes, there always will be). These groups contrast with the more traditionalist approach, the naysayers who are less than convinced about the positive future of indoor.....

India: Assam to make vegetables and flowers centre commercially viable

Looking for steps to make the ‘Centre of Excellence for Vegetables and Flowers’ located in Khetri, near Guwahati (India), self-sustainable, the Assam Government in association with Department of Horticulture and Food Processing, Assam is also planning to make the Centre commercially viable.This was stated in.....

US: Low Tunnel Strawberry Production Guide released

A new how-to manual covers what growers need to know to be successful growing strawberries under low tunnels in the Northeast U.S. Types of low tunnel structures and plastic covers are detailed as well recommendations for managing the tunnel microclimate, using day neutral strawberry varieties and strategies.....

Crop estimate with the new iPhone X from HortiKey

Wim Roest, branch manager at RedStar, received his ticket to the future from Andreas Hofland, General Manager at HortiKey. With the trade fair promotion during the Fruit Logistica in Berlin earlier this year, the Berg Hortimotive subsidiary has actively engaged in making known the great advantage of the.....

How to impact a crop's vertical temperature profile

As part of the monitoring project of Kas als Energiebron (Greenhouse as energy source), the vertical temperature profile in the tomato greenhouse of Gardener's Pride was analyzed at the beginning of 2018. The greenhouse is equipped with 200 μmol/m2/s SON-T lighting, a 14 m3/m2/hour Ventilation Jet.....

The benefits of wireless technology in hydroponics

Hydroponic growing has certain inherent advantages. Plants grown in a nutrient solution will mature up to 25 percent faster and deliver up to 30 percent more yield than plants grown in soil. Wireless IoT systems are a key element of achieving these kinds of results.Hydroponic growing depends on control. As.....

"Vietnam lags behind Thailand in use of blockchain in agriculture"

Agriculture is the livelihood of 70 percent of Vietnamese. However, high prices, unequal quality, and the lack of information about products have all made it difficult to compete with Thai products of the same kind in international and domestic markets.Thai pepper is sold at VND150,000 per kilogram in the.....

Crop protection giants eye robotics

Investors say a new breed of AI weeders could disrupt the $100 billion pesticides and seeds industry by reducing the need for universal herbicides and the genetically modified (GM) crops that tolerate them.Dominated by companies such as Bayer, DowDuPont, BASF and Syngenta, the industry is bracing for the.....

LED interlighting cucumber:

Cucumber crop size of great importance for light interception

The amount of crop appears to have a major influence on the loss of light upwards and downwards. This is shown by measurements of light interception from WUR Greenhouse Horticulture. The measurements were done in the autumn of 2017 on two farms with high-wire cucumber cultivation and a different orientation.....

US (FL): High school students build robot that farms vegetables

Students at Estero High School just finished a two-year project building two farm robots that will be able to grow vegetables from seeds. But students say this is more than just a cool science experiment.“Unlike humans where humans get tired and sweat out, Farmbot runs 24 hours a day,” said Tom Malestein, a.....

Tips for thriving in hydroponics

Growing hydroponically carries several noteworthy benefits. Perhaps the most significant advantage is that hydroponic systems are energy-efficient, since they require less water, pesticides and soil. Growers who wish to produce crops year-round in an environmentally-conscious way would do well to consider a.....

Simple ways to master lighting in your greenhouse

Who says growers can only rely on the sun for light?It may seem obvious, but light is hugely important to bringing up crops. Depending on where you live, dealing with light levels can be a serious challenge, whether it’s making sure your plants have enough of it during the long, dark winter, or making sure.....

New commercial aeroponic systems

Pure Grows Aeroponics are launching three new product choices, Commercial Aeroponic System, Intelli Tissue Culture Clone Nursery and a 40 Foot Smart Grow Aeroponic Container.“We keep a close eye to what our clients require for their cultivation needs and aim to meet these requirements with the latest, proven.....

Joel Bartlett on open source aquaponics

From tarantulas to turtles

Joel Bartlett isn't your run-of-the-mill aquaponics grower. An engineer by education, it was a tarantula he inherited from his aunt that set him off on a path towards developing aquaponics systems. Not only with fish, but with turtles. And he makes it a point to share all the knowledge he gathers in the.....

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.....

Why do some fruits and vegetables conduct electricity?

Many of us know the science experiment involving the ever-popular pickle or potato battery. Now of course there are many types of electrical conductors. These include traditional electrical conductors, such as the copper and silver wires that are used to run electrical currents in homes and buildings, and.....

Kenya: Mobile platform receives $100,000 grant to grow farmers’ reach

Selina Wamucii, a mobile platform that shortens the agricultural supply chain in Kenya, reducing food wastage and boosting farmers’ incomes, is set to receive a $100,000 grant from global social impact programme Expo Live, run by organizers of the next World Expo, Expo 2020 Dubai.Some 60 per cent of food.....

Idai Nature committed to promoting a circular economy

Spain: Project to find uses for plant sub-waste

Idai Nature plans to carry out research for the development of new extracts derived from plant sub-waste; a valuable resource that is currently unused and is also a source of pollution.This research will be developed over the next two years through a project that the CDTI has awarded to Idai Nature, and the.....

China: South Holland province officials visit vegetable project CAU Futong

On Tuesday May 15, 2018, South Holland province and Hebei province officials visited the vegetable greenhouse complex CAU Futong Nanhe Industrial Cluster. The greenhouse complex is located in Xingtai city, in the northern China Hebei province.A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for future close collaboration.....

Horticultural Lighting Conference:

"LED in greenhouse horticulture not yet fully developed"

PHOTO REPORT LED lighting in the greenhouse horticulture has been in full development in recent years. Nowadays hardly a day passes without new insights, discoveries, and developments in lighting. After the first European edition of the Horticultural Lighting Conference in Eindhoven in 2017, it was high time to meet up.....

Monitoring growth, pests and diseases

The greenhouse nowadays is a specialized high tech production system for a wide variety of crops. Due to its large scale, it is impossible for a grower to monitor and control all plants individually. This, combined with other factors like an inhomogeneous climate, complex IPM in which the biological balance.....

Wireless system for precision irrigation in soil-less greenhouse basil cultivation

Dielectric moisture sensors are particularly suitable to manage irrigation in soil-less greenhouse production. Identifying the practical effects of substrate water content on crop performance is crucial for sensor-based irrigation.A) Main network control unit (MNCU); B) wireless SDI-12 Host Node (WSHN)."We.....

"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.....

Lessons from the Other Side:

Caribbean growers tour Japan in search of new technologies

More than twenty agricultural practitioners across eleven Caribbean countries have concluded a two-week study tour to Japan. The study tour, supported by the United Nations Development Programme’s Japan-Caribbean Climate Change Partnership (UNDP J-CCCP), held a primary focus of transferring knowledge and.....

LRC releases new report

US (NY): Comparing LED, HPS and MH luminaires

The Lighting Research Center (LRC) at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute has published a new report on the energy and economic performance of LED horticultural luminaires. The LRC evaluated key factors such as power demand, life-cycle cost, luminaire intensity distribution, and luminaire shading. Of particular.....

Canadian, Israeli companies work together on MJ LED lighting

The Canada-Israel Industrial Research and Development Foundation (CIIRDF) announced eight new bilateral R&D projects valued at almost $12 million. MedReleaf and Israel’s FloraFotonica project to create new LED lighting systems with a special focus on cannabis growing facilities, was among those.....

C-LED and Biolchim partner to increase output capacity

LED technology is gaining more and more ground inside greenhouses. This is because it allows customisation of light spectra according to crop type and, at the same time, improves energy efficiency compared to traditional lighting systems.Latest-generation greenhouses are designed to aid natural growth 365.....

Spanish scientists find genes to adapt crops to climate change

In the framework of the Brussels-funded project PGR Secure, Spanish researchers have identified which crop wild relatives (CWR) could be used as a gene source for obtaining new varieties adapted to climate change.The study, published in the journal Genetic Resources and Crop Evolution, has generated a list.....

Approaches for the analysis of 3D CT images of plant roots

Scanning technologies based on X-ray Computed Tomography (CT) have been widely used in many scientific fields including medicine, nanosciences and materials research. Considerable progress in recent years has been made in agronomic and plant science research thanks to X-ray CT technology. X-ray CT.....

Australia: Using condensation and renewable energy to irrigate crops

A Perth-based company has developed an irrigation system to grow crops using just renewable energy and humidity from the air.The system is called Irrigation By Condensation (IBC), and is the invention of Roots Sustainable Agricultural Technologies co-founder Boaz Wachtel.Having lived in the Middle East, Mr.....

US: Horticultural Research Institute calls for research proposals

The Horticultural Research Institute is now accepting research project proposals designed to improve green industry efficiencies and profitability. Proposals for the 2019 grant cycle are due no later than May 31, 2018. Researchers are encouraged to submit proposals for research in the areas of horticultural.....

US: A vegetable greenhouse scaled to city dwellers

Vegetables are part of a healthy diet, but urban apartment dwellers in some places around the world don’t have regular access to them. A group of Rice University senior engineering students set out to remedy that for their capstone design project.Team Växthus — mechanical engineering students Mary Bao, Mike.....

Is growing fruit and veg with LEDs truly sustainable?

The use of artificial lighting in greenhouses is nothing new, but compared to the fluorescent sources and the high-pressure sodium lamps used in the past, LEDs are a true revolution for its improved efficiency, specific spectrum systems and lower heat generation. In new LED greenhouses energy consumptions.....

Why Cisco selected aeroponics for its smart city in China

Cisco is active in the global “smart city” movement, deploying the latest technologies to benefit communities. The Silicon Valley tech giant turned to an AEssenseGrows aeroponics system to provide fresh produce for its smart city in Guangzhou, China.At an April 24 event in Guangzhou, Cisco signed a.....

company enters LED component market

From phones to farms with Samsung

There's a new kid on the block! Samsung Electronics, active globally with digital component solutions, announced that it is now offering LED component solutions that have been optimized for horticulture lighting. The company’s new horticulture LED lineup features a newly developed “red LED” package, as well.....

Planting automation system wins science & technology award

Tanimura & Antle’s PlantTape automated transplanting system has been awarded the second annual Science & Technology Circle of Excellence Award, Produce Marketing Association (PMA) announced May 3. The award was presented at PMA’s Tech Knowledge symposium, held May 2-3 in Monterey, Calif.,.....

Low Temperature Geothermal Heat opportunity for horticulture

Geothermal heat is now widely known in the horticultural sector, but according to Dutch company Visser & Smit Hanab (VSH) there is still a third, almost inexhaustible source of sustainable energy: sustainable heat. According to VSH, this form of energy still receives far too little attention. The earth.....

Light utilization and energy balance in strawberry cultivation:

NL: "Optimal climate control appears to be quite puzzling"

The spring trial of strawberry cultivation is on its way. The first strawberries have been harvested. Now that the sun is going to shine more strongly, the optimal climate setting appears to be quite a puzzle. Peter Geelen, involved in the project: "Early in the morning, the leaf temperature already rose.....

How to develop the ideal spray boom?

To develop a functioning spray boom, cooperation between producer and supplier is important. Horticultural supplier Mertens has been an official Empas dealer for years, who sells, among other things, motorized spray carts and spray booms of the brand.Hans BeerkensAbout nine years ago Hans Beerkens (Mertens).....

UK: Blockchain and global food production

Blockchains are being heralded as ‘the next big thing’ in emerging technology, but what are they, and why do we need to know? What is a blockchain?Blockchains are effectively ledgers, recording multiple transactions across an industry in a way that can’t be changed. “A blockchain is a continuously growing.....

China: Oboya signs broad cooperation agreement

Oboya Horticulture Industries AB (publ) has signed a broad strategic cooperation agreement with HCH Ventures, RRS and Sino-Italy Investments Co Ltd in Qingdao, China.The cooperation agreement covers distribution of Oboya's agriculture products to an estimated 100,000 different locations in China via Haier.....

Bell pepper grower Geert Colbers:

"Greatest gains expected after summer solstice"

At Gubbels Nursery, 25 hectares of bell peppers are being cultivated on Grodan Supreme rockwool slabs. The substrate was developed specifically for this crop and has definitely proven itself, according to cultivation manager Geert Colbers. "Because of the 10 cm elevation, the crop is easier to steer,.....

7 tips for successfully designing a propagation greenhouse

As with any business decision, planning is essential. Measure twice, cut once. During my three decades in the greenhouse industry I have helped countless growers design and build greenhouses for efficient and profitable growing. One thing you learn very early in the greenhouse business is that no two.....

The role of LEDs in speed breeding

Some of the most important crops for feeding the ever-increasing global population include wheat and barley. In order to meet the future demand, scientists have a task of finding ways to improve efficiencies in breeding these and other, similar plant species. Typically, more than 10 years are needed to.....

Times Group takes over Penta Robotics

The Times Group has taken over all of the Dutch robot manufacturer, Penta Robotics' shares. This acquisition ensures the Times Group will quickly realise robotic solutions for their important processes and markets. With this, they expect to be better able to meet their clients' needs.Penta Robotics has, with.....

$2 million capital injection for Thrive Agritech

Thrive Agritech, Inc. announced that it has received an additional $2 million in equity capital to accelerate the development and deployment of its LED technology in controlled environment agriculture. The investment round was led by Rose Capital, a New York-based institutional investor. In conjunction with.....

Andy Roe, FlavourFresh:

UK: "LED is ‘astonishing’ for winter tomatoes"

Flavourfresh, which produces nearly three million kilograms of tomatoes a year for the likes of Asda and Marks & Spencer, introduced LED lights two years ago at its greenhouses in Southport, to keep production going during the winter months. Production manager Andy Roe says the results have been.....

BIGH “Ferme Abattoir” in Anderlecht

Europe’s largest city farm built on rooftop in Brussels

The "Ferme Abattoir", the first city farm built by Building Integrated GreenHouses (BIGH), has opened on the roof of Foodmet, the new food hall of the Abattoir site in Anderlecht, Brussels. With around 2000 m2 of greenhouses for horticulture and aquaponics, and 2000 m2 open-field vegetable cultivation, they.....

What’s the best way to compare lighting efficiency?

When choosing horticultural lighting, growers need to consider lighting efficiency and how the lighting will be used. There is a big difference between lighting efficiency for horticulture and lighting efficiency for consumer use. The difference is in who is receiving the light.“From a human perspective.....

‘Greenhouse of the Future’ with special solar glass coming to Netherlands

A ‘Greenhouse of the Future’ will soon be built on the Floriade site in Venlo. The greenhouse, made possible with various subsidies, will be energy and CO2 neutral and can even generate energy. To achieve this, the latest technological innovations in the field of Het Nieuwe Telen (Next Generation Cultivation).....

Bell pepper farm Fa. Duijnisveld:

“The price/quality ratio was the deciding factor”

VIDEO One of the latest construction projects in which Royal Brinkman was involved is the new 9.2 hectare greenhouse for pepper grower Fa. Duijnisveld in De Kwakel, The Netherlands. This company was founded in 2006. In 2016, Fa. Duijnisveld was asked if they could supply more Sapporo peppers because of the.....

Illumitex reports record breaking quarter

"LED Lighting for horticulture enters mainstream"

“We are seeing general acknowledgment that LEDs are a superior light source in many ways for horticulture applications,” said John Spencer SVP of Sales and Marketing at Illumitex. “Our ramping sales are a great indicator LED will soon be the defacto-standard.” LED Lights provide consistent yields, reliable.....

Sensing technologies for precision phenotyping in vegetable crops

Increasing the ability to investigate plant functions and structure through non-invasive methods with high accuracy has become a major target in plant breeding and precision agriculture. Emerging approaches in plant phenotyping play a key role in unraveling quantitative traits responsible for growth,.....

Video: How to calibrate a pH and EC meter

The pH and electrical conductivity (EC) of irrigation water, fertilizer solutions, and growing substrate can have profound effects on crop growth and development. A hand-held pH and EC meter is a convenient way to monitor your irrigation solution and rootzone. However, a measurement is only as good as the.....

Canada (AB): More light and production boasts Alberta grower's competitive advantage

Big Marble Farms is not only one of Alberta’s largest greenhouses, but they're one of first operations in Alberta with the ability to grow fresh produce on a year-round basis. As the first grower in North America to install Svensson’s new Luxous 1147 FR, Big Marble looks towards the latest cultivation.....

Heliospectra Launches HelioCORE™

"Data-driven insights to automate every single parameter of lighting"

Historical lighting strategies and instance isolations equip growers to make data-driven decisions for predictable, reliable, and repeatable business forecasting and harvest results. The new HelioCORE light control software which was first introduced in July 2017, gives growers control of their growing.....

Effects of temperature on basil growth: some like it hot!

Philips researches all aspects that make up the ideal light recipe for a particular crop. But, did you know that we also study a much broader range of factors to come up with the ideal growth recipe? This means that besides LED growing lights, we look at climate, CO₂, nutrients and substrates to see.....

Northwest Europe discovers the benefits of coating

Light is the limiting factor for a large part of the year in North-West Europe. This means that any improvement in the amount of light that reaches the crop immediately results in improved yield and quality. The general rule of thumb is: 1% more light = 1% higher production. This applies both to fruiting.....

"Active control of homogeneous climate means optimal crop production"

Developments in the field of greenhouse construction are ongoing. This also applies to the climate within the greenhouse. KE GrowAir and Orange Climate Agri are seeing an increasing interest in the creation of optimal cultivation conditions and, specifically, the homogeneous air distribution needed to.....

US (FL): Strawberry growers hopeful about bee vectoring

Five notable Florida-based strawberry growers used BVT’s proprietary crop production system starting in late December 2017 through March 2018 across 13 fields and covering a total of over 170 acres. The objectives of the company’s work during this season were three-fold; to further validate the value.....

Australian winter plantings influenced by propagation

In the coming months the crop change will take place again. Reaching your goal with the next crop starts with a well prepared young plant that meets your specific wishes and demands. To prepare for a new season a technical discussion with your propagator about plant quality, specifications and logistics is.....

Tomatoes: Troubleshooting guide to nutritional disorders

Brian Whipker of North Carolina State University has published a photographic guide as an aid to commercial greenhouse growers, consultants, technicians, and students in identifying nutritional disorders of tomatoes. Additional disease and physiological photographs are provided for disorders which mimic.....

creating opportunities for young adults with autism to thrive

Lettuce Work Foundation increases winter yields

Lettuce Work is a non-profit baby greens grower based in New Albany, Ohio whose mission is to help young adults with autism cultivate the skills needed to successfully transition from high school into the workplace. Owners Doug and Julie Sharp, and Greenhouse Manager Brent Langenkamp built their commercial.....

New tool Hortinergy

Simulating energy consumption of existing and planned greenhouses

After 5 years of Research & Development, Agrithermic a French engineering office is marketing the first online software to facilitate the construction of energy efficient greenhouses. Called Hortinergy, this decision-making tool enables producers and agricultural consultants to compare and size different.....

Substrate supplier focuses on the rapid rise of city farming

Development of substrates for multilayer cultivation in high-tech phytotrons

Nijssen recently provided BVB Substrates with two phytotrons and a semi-closed greenhouse in the newly constructed research facility in De Lier. The substrate supplier is reacting to the rapid rise of city farming.In the high-tech phytotrons, substrates for multilayer cultivation are being developed......

water from sugar beet processing

Underground water storage makes reuse residual water possible

On Thursday, April 19, 2018, Erik van Merrienboer, deputy Public Space and Finance of the Provincial Executive of North Brabant (Netherlands), opened the high-quality, sustainable freshwater supply storage that was realized for the greenhouse horticulture area Nieuw Prinsenland. Purified residual water from.....

Wageningen University publishes booklet on plant breeding techniques

Scientists of Wageningen University & Research have published a concise booklet that gives some new insights into several aspects of plant breeding techniques such as genome editing: 'Plant breeding techniques in a new era'.In recent years a range of New Plant Breeding Techniques (NPBTs) have been.....

Australia and the US unite to meet global horticulture challenges

The grower-owned Research and Development Corporation, Hort Innovation, has signed a historic co-operative research deal with a leading US research university, ranked among the top in the world for agricultural science programs, to support Australia’s $9.3 billion horticulture industry.The agreement was.....

US (NC): $160 million Plant Sciences Research Complex comes to Durham

When North Carolina State University leaders asked, “What can we be best at,” agriculture research and innovation was a compelling answer.And it will start taking physical form later this year as the Plant Sciences Research Complex. NC State will break ground on its stunning $160 million building on the.....