Friday, February 26, 2021

Patrick Ménard, Sollum Technologies, on SUN as a Service™:

"We see a light recipe as a movie"

As horticultural lighting becomes more precise and efficient, so too are the control systems that manage it. A prime example is Sollum’s SUN as a Service™ application, which allows growers to modulate light recipes in real time by analysing ambient light and adjusting the fixtures’ output to meet…

extended oil service intervals by an average 80%

New lubricant for engines on non-natural gas

Q8Oils and INNIO Jenbacher have today launched Jenbacher S Oil 40 gas engine oil, a new lubricant for engines that operate on non-natural gas (including, but not limited to biogas, sewage gas and landfill gas). This is one of the first products developed by the long-term global partnership established by…

Four companies enter into joint venture Hortilogics

"The market needs logistics specialists that offer integrated solutions on a turnkey basis"

Four companies have set up a joint venture for the data-driven automation of internal logistics for greenhouses and packing centers within the international greenhouse horticulture sector. Hortilogics aims to unburden growers, producers, packers, investors and greenhouse builders completely in this area.…

"We offer the agriculture industry an alternative to Microsoft"

Tech innovator WayBeyond is taking on Microsoft’s Power BI and Excel products to give growers an alternative solution for integrating all their business data into one digital platform.   “Historically, the technology to manage your data was limited. Growers have gotten used to spreadsheets and other historical tools,…

"it took a dog bite for the customer to accept the offer"

Bram's adventures at home and abroad

"There's no course for it. It's quite difficult." That's what Bram van den Ende says when you ask him if he finds it difficult to retire. After half a century at Stolze group, where he started at 16 as the first employee and he was able to work himself up to CEO, it is time to step down. "When you've…

Dolcinetto® Gourmet - Fatti col cuore™

Increased consumption of colored tomatoes

The positive trend for colored table tomatoes continues - while they used to be available only in northern European markets, they are now consumed all over the continent. One of the more interesting seasonal products of the past few years is Dolcinetto® Gourmet. We have talked about it with the sales…

Underground water systems; there's a lot we know (and a lot we don't)

Exceptional questions from growers, that is what Ines van Marrewijk of Groen Agro Control likes to focus on. If there is a solution to an issue that concerns a grower, Ines knows how to find it.At this moment, water quality is one of the major themes, she notes. The underground water system is a world on…

AppHarvest

AppHarvest announces 2020 financial results

AppHarvest, an AgTech company announced today its financial results for the full year ended December 31, 2020. Fiscal year 2020 highlightsNet loss of $17.4 million, compared to $2.7 million in the prior year period in 2019 and an adjusted EBITDA loss of $15.7 million, compared to $2.6 million in the…

Aggressive Canadian expansion announced

McCain Foods invests millions in vertical farming operation GoodLeaf

McCain Foods Limited has made a substantial investment in TruLeaf Sustainable Agriculture and its wholly owned subsidiary GoodLeaf Farms, Canada's largest commercial vertical farming operation, to help drive the company's growth and expansion plans. "With this investment, GoodLeaf Farms is embarking on…

North American electricity case study for a ten acre lit greenhouse

The greenhouse industry is prevalent in many areas in North America. In Canada, greenhouses account for approximately 404 acres in Alberta and 3720 acres in Ontario. In the…

Fruit growers concerned at impact of new minimum wage on labour-intensive industry

Yesterday evening the South African Minister for Labour published the new minimum wage in the government gazette, a 4.5% increase effective from 1 March 2021 for workers in other sectors of the economy but for farm workers it represents a 16% jump from their previous minimum wage of R18.68 an hour. Farm…

Turning crop waste into high-value fashion products

Researchers at Cranfield University are working with partners at the University of York to develop a greener way to manufacture textiles for clothing using biomass derived from crop waste. The new process uses low environmental impact solvents to dissolve cellulose produced by bacteria from crop and…

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Indian greenhouse growers launches Clover brand for fruits and veggies

Greenhouse agri-tech start-up Clover Ventures has launched its direct-to-consumer fruit and vegetable brand ‘Deep Rooted.Co’ in Bengaluru and Hyderabad. Clover will invest over $2 million in creating farmer-facing input-output technology, augmenting supply chain and cold storage capacities and…

February 24

The Union of Free Associations calls on Spanish self-employed, transporters, and farmers to a strike

The Union of Free Associations has called self-employed parties, transporters, and workers of the primary sector to a national strike scheduled for Wednesday, February 24.…

Qatar: Sales of local vegetables up 60% in three years

There has been a significant increase in the volume of sales of local produce through ‘Qatar Farms’ and ‘Premium Qatari Vegetables’ marketing programmes; sales soared by more…

Food and Agriculture Climate Alliance

PMA joins FACA steering committee

Produce Marketing Association (PMA) has joined the steering committee for the Food and Agriculture Climate Alliance (FACA), a coalition focused on defining and promoting…

Sales increased by 0.6% compared to 2019 and represent 21.3% of the total in Spain

Andalusia broke agri-food exports record in 2020

Andalusia's agro-food exports closed the year 2020 with a total value of 11,255 million Euro, which is the highest on record. These exports also generated a record trade surplus of 7,040 million for the regional economy. According to Extenda data, this new record entails a 0.6% increase in sales compared…

Evokeag

Bigger is better: opportunities for agritech in the US market

Salad crops are big business in America, particularly California where more than a third of the country’s fresh vegetables and two thirds of its fruit and nuts are grown. “One of the things that makes Californian agriculture unique is the size and scale of our operation. It’s the fresh nerve centre of…

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