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Russia: 10,000 fixtures, 0 failures for Tyumen Agro

Hortilux Schréder is expanding its market position on the Russian market. So far the company has sold 111ha of grow light installations in 2017. More and more greenhouses are opting for Hortilux products. Just like LLC “Tyumen Agro”, where Hortilux installed 10,000 fixtures in 2016. After a full year of.....

Australia: Dr Jo Luck appointed director of new plant biosecurity push

A renowned Australian scientist with more than 25 years’ experience in plant disease, biosecurity and microbiology has been appointed the director of the national Plant Biosecurity Research Initiative (PBRI).Dr Jo Luck will lead the development and delivery of plant biosecurity research for PBRI - a new.....

"High time for high-tech farming in Vietnam"

The Government will focus on technology-based agriculture to resolve problems like the lack of value-added products for export, the low competitiveness of Vietnamese farm produce in world markets and inconsistency in quality.Deputy Minister of Planning and Investment Dang Huy Dong speaks to Vietnam News.....

New methods for computer vision in horti- and agriculture

In the past few years Wageningen University & Research (WUR) have been devoted to create new methods for computer vision in horti- and agriculture. By using convolutional neural networks (Deep Learning), they can analyse the class and quality of plants, fruit and vegetables in the greenhouse or on the.....

More effective steaming via sandwich steaming with spiked steaming hoods

Sandwich steaming is the newest development in hood steaming technology, combining deep and surface steaming. The ground is exposed to steam simultaneously on the surface and through 17cm long spikes in the ground.The steaming depth is 25 cm, reached in a steaming time of just 7 min.The amount of steam can.....

AgriTech in India

How startups are changing the face of Indian agriculture

India holds the record for the second-largest agricultural land in the world, with around 60% of rural Indian households making their living from agriculture thus creating a huge scope for agritech startups in the country.The central and state governments are proactively pursuing policies to improve farmers’.....

African countries to combat food crisis with open data

The Global Open Data for Agriculture & Nutrition (GODAN) initiative togetherwiththeGovernment of Kenya and 15 African Ministers including fromSouth Africa, Congo, Sudan, Kenya, Uganda, Sierra Leone, Rwanda and Ghana, have agreed to a declarationfor comprehensive open datacollaboration in the nutrition.....

New state of the art research environment for University of Glasgow

The University of Glasgow, College of MVLS, Plant Science Group have partnered with Weiss Technik UK and Valoya, the Finnish LED grow lights manufacturer to create a state of the art research environment. Three Weiss Technik Fitotron SGR 213 environmentally controlled plant growth rooms with research grade.....

Spain: Brazilian delegation shows interest in aquaponics

This week, a delegation of researchers and companies from Brazil visited the facilities of the Murcian Institute for Agricultural and FoodResearch and Development (Imida), where they learned about the latest research into photoselective shading meshes for pepper cultivation and the improvements in production.....

China: Reverse Osmosis unit for 14 ha tomato greenhouse

A 14 ha tomato greenhouse in China has just been outfitted with a high-capacity RO unit from Dutch water treatment specialist Hatenboer-Water. The tomato plants will be irrigated with desalinated bore hole water, for which the RO system will produce 60 m3 clean water per hour. The desalination system is.....

"Variable-rate fertigation can be simple and improve sustainability"

With many different pivot systems in use throughout the world, it would be natural to assume that equipping a given machine to deliver variable rates of nitrogen would be extremely challenging. While this can be the case, some injection management systems offer universal variable-rate fertigation.....

Heliospectra announces CORTEX light control software

Heliospectra introduces CORTEX light control software. The new Heliospectra solution enables growers to significantly increase consistency and control of crop quality, harvest cycles and yields.Integrating with Heliospectra’s LED lights and an array of plant sensors, the new platform ensures that greenhouse.....

US (CA): Robots wielding water knives are the future of farming

Just after dawn in the Salinas Valley south of San Francisco, a raucous robot rolls through a field spitting clouds of vapor. It’s cutting lettuce heads with water knives—super-high-pressure beams—and gobbling up the produce. The heads roll up its mouth and onto a conveyor belt, where workers in hoodies and.....

Gert van Straalen, Thaneth Earth, explains why he prefers HPS over LED

Supply year round, maintain your relationship with the customer, make more intensive use of your greenhouse, be independent of others, make better use of your CHP's electricity and benefit from higher tomato prices in winter. There are many reasons why grower Gert van Stralen from Thaneth Earth likes to use.....