Special Climate

UK: APS tests stem sensors to monitor tomato crops

Tomato growers in the Isle of Wight and Yorkshire are set to collaborate with researchers to understand better how new sensor technology could help improve yields and reduce crop losses. In a first for the use of sap-flow and stem diameter sensors in UK tomato production, the research aims to achieve a…

UK: 100% Renewable utility contracts

NFU Energy are committed to providing resources and expert guidance on renewable energy for NFU members and businesses alike and are helping to reach the NFU’s target of…

Ton van Kessel, Horti-Consult International:

“Everybody gained some experience with a closed greenhouse”

Lasst weekend the temperature in Netherlands rose to +15 degrees Celsius. A week before, it was -15 degrees Celsius. They went from winter to (almost) spring in just a couple of days. This means that growers were busy keeping their greenhouse climate at the right level and had to stay alert for the week…

UK Clean Heat Grant: Now is the time to have your say

As part of ‘The future support for low carbon heat’ consultation, in April 2020, the UK government set out proposals for the Clean Heat Grant. This scheme will provide support…

Photos courtesy of BrightFarms

Is controlled environment agriculture addressing the issues facing the industry?

When Paul Lightfoot founded BrightFarms in January 2011 he had no experience in commercial food production. Ten years later, he is president of one of the fastest growing controlled environment agriculture companies in the United States. Starting with one 54,000-square-foot greenhouse facility in…

Credit: Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology

Training artificial intelligence to track greenhouses in Antarctica and Mars

Scientists from the Skoltech Center for Computational and Data-Intensive Science and Engineering (CDISE) and the Skoltech Digital Agriculture Laboratory and their collaborators from the German Aerospace Center (DLR) have developed an artificial intelligence (AI) system that enables processing images from…

Lighting as a platform - "new approach to horticulture"

TSRgrow, a horticulture solutions provider, is proud to announce Lighting as a Platform™ (LaaP), a new technology for indoor growers. Lighting as a Platform (LaaP) brings…

Myths surrounding ‘white light’ – Does green light penetrate deeper into the canopy?

An interview with Signify's plant specialist, Esther de Beer, Manager of the plant specialist team at Philips Horticulture LED solutions.  Light is perhaps the most important consideration for optimizing plant growth in a greenhouse or vertical farm. In these horticulture environments, artificial lighting is…

Greenhouse Lighting: HPS versus LED

The greenhouse industry is no stranger to evaluating new technology. Lighting advancements are no exception. Without the proper lighting for your plant, the product's quality can decline and leave a greenhouse with less net produce than the years prior. No matter the greenhouse location, it is essential…

UK: Environmental compliance for small combined heat and power

NFU Energy has a range of services to assist you and your projects' environmental compliance needs; from permitting to dispersion modelling, they can help your project go from paper to reality. The application and compliance service is designed to ensure high quality and reliable support for your project…

Finding best targets to improve crop yield by following CO2 journey inside leaf

A team of scientists have measured the relative importance of the different obstacles that carbon dioxide (CO2) encounters in its voyage from the atmosphere to the interior of plant cells, where it is converted into sugars. This research leading method provides much needed information that will help to…

Two new climate-proof cultivars of strawberries

Red, ripe strawberries are the hallmark of spring in California. Two new varieties from the Public Strawberry Breeding Program at the University of California, Davis, will provide consumers with big, flavorful strawberries throughout fall and winter, too. “These cultivars were developed to provide…

University of Almería puts a decade of theory into practice

Spain: Study on climate control in greenhouses

After 10 years of work in the development of easy-to-implement strategies, it publishes a study of air conditioning in cultivation under plastic that experimentally demonstrates the correct operation of the tuning rules that it created and disseminated in 2011.This last work has been developed within the…

Climate control apps for efficient crop control

Vapor pressure deficit (VPD) is the primary driver of evapotranspiration inside the indoor plant environment. VPD is a measure of the amount of water in the air versus the maximum about of water the air can hold at a given temperature (the saturated condition). VPD is measured in units of pressure,…

New heat-diffusing mesh with aluminum microparticles blocks 66% of infrared radiation

Agralia is a Spanish agro-textile company that has been dedicated to crop protection for more than 40 years. The constant search for solutions to the farmers' needs has led to the development of new cutting-edge products such as Agrifresh, Agralia's patented aluminum shading net. Agralia's technology has…

Heat sharing installation brings award to Dutch grower

Dutch Handelskwekerij Ammerlaan The Green Innovator is the winner of the EZK Energy Award 2020. By using geothermal energy as a sustainable energy generation technique, Ammerlaan saves over 25,000 tons of CO2 per year. The tropical plant grower stood out for its unique integration of geothermal energy,…

Tip: Melt the snow immediately

Dutch, German and Belgian greenhouse growers preparing for snowfall

This weekend, snowfall is expected in the Netherlands, Belgium and Germany. This, in combination with permafrost temperatures, could easily result in massive snow pressure damage in greenhouses. The horticultural insurance companies in the different countries therefore urgently advise their members to…

"We are receiving many orders from different areas of Italy after the first successful results"

New net cover for the vegetables grown in the summer season

The production of fresh-cut vegetables in greenhouses in summer usually encounters many difficulties during the sprouting phase, due to excessive light and high temperatures. In order to face this problem, the company Retilplast has launched a new product, the white net cover Refresh with a cooling…

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How does it work?

Calculate the light a crop is receiving in the greenhouse

When working inside a growing system such as a greenhouse or a plant factory system growers must have enough knowledge about light management. When you understand light you can make smart decisions to promote the best environmental conditions to promote growth, development and yield in your crops. What…

Transferring excess heat and humidity without gapping

The recently enacted Greenhouse Light Abatement Bylaw in Ontario, but also other light pollution concerns across North America have created issues for growers to choose between light pollution vs excess heat inside their greenhouse. Closing traditional light abatement screens during the night means…

Special Climate this month

This month, we will pay more attention to the climate in greenhouses. Also in FloralDaily.com and in our Dutch newsletters, Groentennieuws.nl and BPnieuws.nl this subject will be highlighted.  ClimateThe subject climate is broad. Climate control is an essential part in a greenhouse. Small changes in the climate will have large influences…


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