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New weight scale lets you know if plants need water

For some plants measuring the root zone moisture via weight is more effective than with moisture sensors. 30MHz has a new wireless weight scale with which you see at a glance if your plants are in need of watering. This helps you gain insights about topics like water management, vaporization, and…

"New sensor could truly automate irrigation"

These days, using cameras and sensors, you can measure all sorts of things in a greenhouse, but growers often cannot see what is going on with plants' roots. SenseNL is changing that. Their technology will enable farmers to record exactly what is happening in soil or substrate. Winelis Kavelaars and…

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Smaller California farms hamstrung by drought and water shortages

As the drought continues to worsen, many water-use limitations and regulations will be enforced upon all California residents and businesses. Several restrictions have already…

Collaboration a key step towards autonomous irrigation

Piet Wijnen is the cultivation manager of various strawberry greenhouse sites of Dutch nursery Thwan of Gennip BV. At two sites, he uses a Ridder (formerly HortiMaX) climate computer and Growficient substrate sensors to monitor and optimize irrigation. Close collaboration between these two technology…

What the police could be doing in your irrigation system

Traditionally, when Dutch soccer clubs Ajax and Feyenoord play, police units are present. "As a rule, they don't do anything. They are passively present, sometimes out of sight. If it goes wrong, they intervene. This is just how 'police filters' work in irrigation systems," says Stefan Bakker of Netafim…

UK fertilizer plant halted due to high gas price

CF Industries Holdings, a manufacturer of hydrogen and nitrogen products, today announced that it is halting operations at both its Billingham and Ince, UK, manufacturing…

Spanish growers leave their tomato plants because of water scarcity

Coag Almería has issued a statement demanding that the Junta de Andalucía ensures compliance with the water concession in El Bobar so that the farmers of Bajo Andarax can…

Ingenious farmers will show new level of creativity

What’s ahead for California and water?

With severe to exceptional drought affecting approximately 95 percent of California, questions are emerging about what lies ahead for this state’s agricultural near future. Matt Dusi of San Francisco, CA-based Wells Fargo’s food & agribusiness industry advisors team notes that as growers moved into 2021,…


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