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Afraid you'll be bored for the fortnight without HortiDaily? Please don't be. We've selected 10 top video's to watch over our summer break.

Greenhouse building of the future on Discovery Channel’s "How Do They Do It"
The greenhouses building of the future is within range and actually already started. In this season of ‘’How Do They Do It’’ on Discovery Channel, host Tim Senders visited innovative companies that all operate sustainably in their own way. In the fourth episode of the season, greenhouse horticulture is in the spotlight. The key question remains: ‘’How Do They Do It?’’ To find this out, Discovery Channel visited Bom Group. "In this episode, you will learn more about Bom Group, our projects, and our philosophy of providing the world with fresh, safe, and locally grown food," says John Meijer with Bom Group. "We are of course very proud to have been able to participate in this world-famous program and we are happy to show our innovations to the world."  

Jaquenoud adds strawberries to their assortment
Swiss retailer Migros invites their customers to have a peak in the Jaquenoud greenhouse, where among other tomatoes also the Tomberries are growing. “We grow the smallest variety of tomatoes in the world. In fact, this is the only tomato my children like to eat " says Alban Jaquenoud, grower in Bernex, nearby Geneva.

The Jaquenoud family has been growing food for 4 generations. Recently, strawberries were added to the assortment as well. Like their tomatoes, these are also seld as regional products in the nearby Migros stores.

Engineering the future of farming
 Jack Ng, founder of Sky Greens and an engineer by training, started experimenting with prototypes for a rotating vertical farm from the backyard of his aluminium factory in 2009. Fast forward to 2021, and his farm in Lim Chu Kang farm now produces one tonne of vegetables a day, supplying to leading supermarkets

 

Drone tour of Pinnacle Cucumber Greenhouse Interior/Exterior
Have an inside look of one of the many greenhouses that operate in and around Leamington Ontario Canada.
 

Video: UK's 29 hectare non-fossil greenhouse
ESB Energy partnered with Low Carbon Farming to design, build and manage a renewable heating solution for the UK’s largest greenhouse complex. "Located in East Anglia and covering two sites and 29 Hectares, the project now serves as a critical proof of concept in meeting the challenges of the UK’s post-Brexit food security needs, as well our 2030 carbon reduction targets," the team says, and show the facility, also realised by Bom Group, in a new video.

Wrapped in plastic
"Once the useful cycle of Almeria greenhouses has been completed, the plastic needed to operate the greenhouses has become a major problem. The lack of an effective inorganic waste management system has caused the countryside and wadis surrounding the greenhouses to become open-air dumps, where tons of plastics pile up uncontrollably," shares documentary maker Rocco Muraro. 

The documentary Rocco directed, #TierraSeca is a journalistic journey through the Iberian Peninsula. The episode "Wrapped in Plastic" (Envueltos en plástico), which exposes the issue of plastic waste generated by intensive agricultural practices in southern Spain, has been nominated for an IFAD COPEAM Film Award.

Drones monitoring greenhouse crops
TU Delft Agtech Institute researches how small drones can be used to monitor crops in a greenhouse... and fly autonomously!

When food becomes scarce
Agriculture will have to change drastically in the future if it is to meet global demand. Food production will become increasingly difficult in the face of growing challenges like rapid population growth, climate change and soil exhaustion. German public television organisation DW made the documentary When food becomes scarce – high-tech farms of the future.

Phenotyping with robots
Breeding company KWS is taking new innovative paths in phenotyping. Without a break, tirelessly, 365 days a year, the robots bring corn and beet plants into a kind of photo box, the PhenoFactory. There, special cameras record their optical characteristics: shape, size, weight. And when looking for drought-tolerant varieties, one feature is very important: the water content. The technology even makes this visible. The experts of KWS hope that this will lead to new and more insights in plant breeding.

Large crop production in greenhouse facilities in Iceland for the global market: a business case  
Iceland has unique conditions and natural resources that potentially allow a very sustainable production of food in greenhouses for export to the world. We analyzed the greenhouse technology required, the costs and resource use for the crop production and the potential markets that could benefit from this export. This study shows a methodology to analyse crop choice, technology selection and market assessment for protected cultivation at the example of Iceland. The methodology can be applied at any other region in the world.


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