They control planting robots via apps, have huge areas under cultivation monitored by drones from the air, and use highly complex sensor technology to record the climate conditions in the greenhouse: Many growers today work with state-of-the-art technology that saves them time, money and resources.
Innovations that inspire technology fans
High-tech industry horticulture? Well, you're wrong if you associate the profession of grower with straw hats and green aprons. Robots have long since taken over important tasks in horticulture and ornamental plant production and make work easier for their human colleagues. For example, by filling pots with soil, planting cuttings, fertilizing and watering, or pruning plants. Thanks to visual camera recognition, fully automatic planting systems can even independently recognize where shoots are forming and where they need to place the shears.
From climate computers and plant scanners
Technology makes optimal growth possible: Climate computers know how much light, water, fertilizer or protection against wind a plant needs. Sensors in the greenhouse measure the incidence of light, humidity and temperature and automatically adjust the climate conditions, thus conserving resources and making production more sustainable. And with the help of plant scanners, the condition of hundreds of thousands of plants can be recorded within a short time. For example, the scanners check size, shape and color or parameters such as water and nutrient content of the leaves. This enables the grower to intervene immediately if there are signs of diseases, pests or any other kind of loss of quality.
No go without expert knowledge
Even if they work with high precision and without a break, robots and computer systems cannot replace humans. Growers need specialist knowledge and experience in handling high-tech equipment. Controlling the automated systems, making the right settings - this can only be done by those who have the best knowledge of plants and their needs. How much technology is used varies from farm to farm.
Source: Grünes Medienhaus