Autogrow advocates open source climate controls
Machine vision and robotic controls might sound like faraway and expensive innovations to many growers. If it was up to Darryn Keiller of Autogrow, every grower, both large and small, has the opportunity to integrate these and other new technological developments into his grow operation.
"Cucumber picker available within two years"
Do you know the fairy tale of the cucumber harvest robot? A long, long time ago, the project was started. Anf finally, ten years later, an Eindhoven start-up has developed a model that visualized, recognizes, qualifies, harvests, transports, selects and packs ready to ship cucumbers.
EU industry welcomes end of patents on natural plant properties
Dutch and European industry bodies like Plantum, Bionext, LTO, VBN and GroentenFruit Huis welcome the decision of the European Patent Office (EOB) not to grant patents any more on natural plant properties. Good for breeding, for biodiversity, for food safety, for free market forces and innovation.
Canadian startup provides alternative for growing niche market:
"Motorleaf automates your farm in a swipe and a click"
Controlling your indoor grow while drinking a frappuccino on the Red Square or while crashing a wedding in Las Vegas. Thanks to the monitoring and control systems of Motorleaf, wireless growing is now at everyone's green fingertips.
HAS intern Ewout Booij at Imereti Greenery in Georgia:
Soaring global demand for horticultural graduates
There are many opportunities for youngsters who are passionate about a career in horticulture. With greenhouse companies popping up all over the world, investors, recruiters, suppliers and consultants are eager to hire young graduates as soon as they finish their education.
make your slabs biologically active with enriched biochar:
Resilient over-winter growing in one simple step
As we head towards week 34, over-winter growers are gearing up for planting week. Faced with increasing yield threats, such as Pythium and radiobacter, many are looking to a simple input to cultivate more resilient, higher cropping plants.
Promising results with new AntiCondens coating for glasshouses
Tomato grower Paul van Paassen is the first grower in the Netherlands to experience the benefits of a new AntiCondens coating for glass. "There is clearly more light coming in," he observes. Throughout the year, half of the time the windows are wet as a result of condensation.
Throwback Thursday: Greenhouse growing in the 1930s
Throwback Thursday to the days we had to do it without cogeneration, diffuse glass, beneficial insects, leaf cutting robots, iPhones and rockwool. Horticulture in the 1930's was a different cup of thee. At that time much of the Dutch greenhouses were still heated with coal.
Photo recap APEX-Brinkman PCA Conference:
Australian industry provides room for growth and discussion
This week the Australian protected cropping industry gathered in Adelaide for the biannual Apex-Brinkman PCA Conference. The event kicked off last Sunday with the opening of the trade show, followed by an extensive speaker program on Monday and Tuesday.
Industry friends once again united in Columbus
The North American greenhouse, nursery and landscaping industry once again gathers in Columbus, Ohio this week for the annual Cultivate conference. After the traditional start with the Short Courses and Speaker Program on Saturday, the renewed trade show exhibition area opened its doors on Sunday morning.