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Smart Farm Innovation Valley designated in South Korea

The South Korean government selected two cities - Sangju in North Gyeongsang Province and Gimje in North Jeolla Province - as places to establish Smart Farm Innovation Valley, an agricultural complex based on information and communication technology (ICT), the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs.....

Saudi Arabia: University places LED order for speed breeding program

Heliospectra announces a new order from King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST), a private international graduate-level institution located on the Red Sea. The university is starting a new speed breeding research program and has chosen Heliospectra's fully adjustable Elixia LED lighting.....

New Zealand: Tomato grower increases winter production with LED

Mid last year Gourmet Mokai decided to install LEDs on a large trial basis to increase their winter production of Campari. Gourmet Mokai is the first company in NZ, to install LED supplementary lighting for a commercially grown crop of tomatoes. The selected site was a 4000m2 glasshouse situated at Mokai,.....

Fritz Meier, Gebrüder Meier:

"Returns of mobile gutter system exceeds our expectations"

Fritz Meier from Gebrüder Meier Gemüsekulturen AG in Dällikon, Switzerland, runs a horticultural company together with his brother and sister. It’s about 100 hectares of open fields and 10 hectares of greenhouses. They grow cucumber, tomato and eggplant in the warm greenhouse, and in the cold greenhouse.....

Passively cooled LED offers bright, uniform light for all crops

FlowerMax offers an innovative, intelligent lighting and control system for the flowering stage for all crops. With the needs of indoor farmers in mind, VividGro has developed a lighting solution for the flowering stage of plants that combines ease of use, energy efficiency and stability. The FlowerMax can.....

Cucumber plants to enter autonomous greenhouse of Wageningen University & Research

Can artificial intelligence do as well as farmers in the future?

Tuesday 14 August marked the start of the Autonomous Greenhouses Challenge as five international teams try to grow cucumbers at a distance with the use of artificial intelligence at the facilities of Wageningen University & Research (WUR). “The goal is to convert knowledge about cultivation into.....

Australian cannabis researcher and producer invests in LED

Heliospectra announces a new order from an Australian manufacturer and researcher of controlled substances, providing products and services to the international pharmaceutical industry. The order is for Heliospectra's fully adjustable Elixia LED lighting solution and the order is valued at around SEK 660,000.....

Vegetable seed germination without gravity

"It did. It really did," said Alice Drive Middle School student Alana Garrick."Yay," said fellow rising seventh-grader Mary Brooke Mooneyham.That's after the two learned on Friday in a special ceremony at the school that sodium polyacrylate can be used in space for seed germination and plant growth. ........

Listen to your roots

Roots can be “listened to” while growing – and worms when burrowing. Researchers from ETH Zurich and the French National Institute for Agricultural Research present a new method for soil analysis.The new Method opens a window for science, says Or: “We can learn when roots grow, for example." (Photo:.....

Arctic agriculture: Smart greenhouses and light on demand

Scientists of the Tomsk Polytechnic University designed "smart" greenhouses for the Arctic regions, where growing vegetables does not depend on climate conditions or sunlight. The scientists told TASS about how the Arctic regions may grow vegetables for their own needs and what other technologies may be used.....

Nanotech company to develop greenhouse film for space missions

UbiQD, a New Mexico-based nanotechnology development company, has been awarded a Small Business Technology Transfer Program (STTR) Phase I contract by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). The contract will provide funding for UbiQD's collaborative research and development with the.....

Cost benefits of greenhouse controllers

By 2020, the United States greenhouse industry is expected to grow to $4 billion thanks to the demand for more indoor production. The demand is driven by limited labor, land, and water, as well as the need to produce more for less, which means operating costs are on the top of growers’ minds.Running a.....

Reading your rates: Electrical conductivity & fertilizer concentration

Regular monitoring of the electrical conductivity (EC) of your nutrient solution is a vital part of any fertigation program. Electrical conductivity is the ability of a solution to conduct an electrical current. Most elements (plant essential or other) that are soluble in water will contribute to the.....

"The future of food production is just around the corner"

During the AFTP conference in July 2018, the organization took the opportunity to chat with members of the AFTP community and gain their opinion on what lies ahead for food and agriculture businesses in the near future. In a first piece, Chris Wells Managing Director of AFTP affiliate partner Leatherhead.....

Cloning tips for vertical sea of green cultivation

You get one chance to select your clones, so make it count. Sea Of Green (SOG) cultivation thrives in a vertical farming system, however, it requires a shift in propagation thinking to make it a success. Shifting from cherry picking 30 clones to develop into large plants to selecting 3000 clones starts with.....

NASA launches Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden plants into space

June 29 was an historic day for Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden as two of the four new varieties of plants headed to the International Space Station on SpaceX CRS-15 for testing in NASA's Veggie growth chamber were grown by Fairchild. NASA researchers had help on this mission from middle and high school.....

"Partnerships of paramount importance for Chinese horticulture"

Population growth is a global challenge, especially in countries where densely populated megacities are on the rise. Take China for example; a country where topics like food security and the availability of fossil fuels are high on the agenda. Will building Dutch greenhouses simply solve these issues, or is.....

Combined solar and power (CHP) in horticulture reservoirs

After CHP, now it’s time for CSP

After the rise of CHP, it is now time for CSP, according to Vincent van Daalen, an entrepreneur from Westland. His start-up from the town of Maasdijk will soon introduce the FLOTAR. “Our innovation will turn a reservoir into a renewable energy source and will most of all reduce algae pressure and water.....

New QAV shut-off valve

Dramm offers a variety of shut-off valves for hand watering, ranging from lower-cost to extremely-durable. Dramm is replacing the lower-cost 35 Shut-Off with their new QAV Valve.The new QAV Valve improves durability and longevity while keeping the same price-point as the older valve. Using a patent-pending.....

Jan Engelen, Marketing Manager of Coöperatie Hoogstraten:

"Joint innovation in the tomato sector"

"We have so much to gain if we - the whole tomato sector - would focus jointly on innovation and targeted product marketing," said Jan Engelen, Product Marketer of Coöperatie Hoogstraten during his presentation at the recent European Tomato Forum in Düsseldorf. The well-known Belgian production and trading.....

Hishtil introduces "RootOStix"

No more liner production thanks to rooted strip

The "RootOStix" stands for a rooted strip. It is based on Vissers' existing AutoStix system which has been launched recently, except for the fact that the cuttings have already been rooted. During Cultivate'18, that will be held from July 14-17 in Columbus (OH), USA, this product will be on display at.....

CAN (ON): Biodegradable clips curb greenhouse plastic use

Ontario’s greenhouse sector has made significant advances in water, nutrient and energy technology to manage the year-round, high-efficiency production of crops like tomatoes, peppers, herbs, berries and a wide variety of green vegetables.by Lisa McLeanYet, despite its positive environmental track record,.....

Mobile application allows growers to run operations from a phone

Agrilyst launched a new mobile app to aid growers with workflow management. Growers can now simply assign tasks to workers who can then complete them at any work station or in the field using any device. This gives management teams insight into how productive their teams are. Mobile apps are changing the way.....

Pink LED lights should increase yield by 25 percent

Norwegians testing LED lighting in greenhouses

The greenhouse at Mære agricultural school in Norway is different than other greenhouses. Recently, an LED lighting installation was added for tomato cultivation, and the expectation is that the new lighting will increase the yield by 25 percent. The lamps are placed between the tomato plants and the.....

For independent watermelon harvesting

Virginia Tech team creates new farming technology

A group of Virginia Tech students are taking home $30,000 and first prize in the Ag-Bot Challenge for a competition on high-tech watermelon harvesting. The Virginia Tech team has found a way to make sure that watermelons will reach consumers in their optimal condition by taking traditional farming equipment.....

Emission-free cultivation on a floating system

Floating cultivation (DFT = Deep Flow Technique) is a serious option for emission-free cultivation. In this cultivation technique the plants hang in floating panels, that are floating on a few decimeters deep nutrient solution. Almost the entire root development takes place in the nutrient solution.More.....

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.....