Technique

Swiss technology works to increase growth, quality and health of melon crops

Many growers throughout the world have to use low-quality water for irrigating their crops. This might be because it is the only water available to them, or to save on costs. This low-quality water often has high levels of salt and this can be harmful to the crops as well as to the soil. Swiss company…

Buwatec helping clients digitally:

Downloading water tanks from across the world

“Several months ago we received an order from Qatar, for large water tanks,” tells Pieter Versluis with Buwatec. The Dutch water storage system manufacturer normally works with a worldwide dealer network, through which dealers help local customers with the installation of the tanks. “This could not be…

Basket washing machine to save labor cost

In the fresh-cut industry, hundreds of baskets are used to carry raw products or transfer semi-products. But the cleaning process of these baskets is a huge cost, which requires a lot of time and labor. As requested by customers, Lueon Technologies Co., Ltd. have designed an automatic basket washer,…

AgroPro by ICL

New crop nutrition advice community for farmers and agronomists

ICL is launching a new, international and interactive advisory crop nutrition forum, AgroPro.com, created in response to the agronomic communication challenges caused by the…

Warren Russell on Moleaer’s expansion into Chile and Peru:

“There is much potential for optimizing blueberry and grape crops with nanobubble technology”

Nanobubbles are very small vessels of gas that are created to remain stable in bulk solutions. When they are added to the irrigation water used in agriculture, they increase the oxygen levels in the water which helps promote the growth of crops. Moleaer is a nanobubble technology company that is now…

Optiberry project:

Non-premium berries for use in cosmetics?

FACCE-JPI funded international project OPTIBERRY is looking into high added value (non)-food applications to process or market the non-premium class fruit from raspberry, strawberry, and blackberry production. It targets innovative processing and biorefinery/extraction concepts to food prototypes and…

Serre Red: new quarantine greenhouse in the Netherlands

Fluence by OSRAM has been selected by Wageningen University & Research (WUR) as the lighting provider for Serre Red, the university’s new, high-tech quarantine greenhouse. Serre Red will be used for critical research on plant diseases—caused by viruses, bacteria, fungi and parasitic nematodes—including…

Biomass heating plant to use berry production waste

Construction of a biomass-powered heating plant, located in Western Serbia in Arilje, is going to start in June. Around 30% of the waste will come from strawberry and blackberry production, and the rest will come from forest materials from state-owned forest company “Srbijasume”. The savings will be…

Active IT: Reduce transfer risk using state-of-the-art production planning software

"Despite the new requirements of COVID-19 and fewer personnel, we will come out of this crisis quickly"

In times of COVID-19, more and more companies are looking for a solution to adjust and control their technical production facilities (e.g. production lines) with as few manual work processes as possible. This means that scales or price markers, for example, are being done partially or completely without…

Smart software reduces high-touch and low-value interactions

To some it makes perfect sense, to others maybe less. Dutch people, like Scandinavians, for example, would generally look for the webshop first. If they can't find what they were looking for, they might ask. But if you go a little further south, or for example to a country like Brazil, buyers often send…

converting under-utilized portions of sunlight to more photosynthetically efficient orange lightLuminescent

Layer of light helps plants get more from the sun

UbiQD and Nanosys have agreed to partner on the development and manufacturing of UbiGro luminescent greenhouse films. Installed above plants in a greenhouse, UbiGro is a layer of light that helps plants get more from the sun. UbiGro uses fluorescence to create a more optimal light spectrum for crops,…

Precision growing app helps growers cope with COVID-19

In late 2019, PickApp, a precision farming ERP system that operates on smartphones, began developing a basic version of the app as part of their remote installation initiative. The goal was to be able to implement the system from long distance giving farmers the independence to install, implement and…

Johnny Rasmussen, Senmatic about the introduction of the Bio Mixer

"Organic growers want to add microorganisms or bio-fertilizers without changing the EC"

Two growers have the same need for irrigation with a precise dosing of biomass - and it should be controlled automatically. As there was no fertilizer mixer on the market which was able to add microorganisms and bio-fertilizers to the irrigation water, they contacted Senmatic. The Danish manufacturer is,…

from open field to semi-hydroponic to standing or hanging systems

Strawberry growers take production up in the air to answer market demand

Due to growing demand and challenges in cultivation and labour, more and more former open field strawberry growers have shifted to hydroponic or semi-hydroponic cultivation over the last couple of years. Next step for these growers is to lift their growing system in order to improve the working…

New fresh produce packing robotics set to enter the trial phase

A Queensland-based start-up company is hoping to step up trials in the coming months on its intelligent robots, which are aimed at improving fresh produce packing operations. Co-Founder of LYRO Robotics says its machine intelligence tightly integrates 'the brain, the eyes, and the hands', enabling robots…

30MHz

Webinar: Growing degree hours & IPM applications with Fargro’s Ant Surrage

One of the calculations that they often encounter at 30MHz is the number of degree hours (days more often in arable environments) or cold hours. While examining this in more detail and gathering information about the different models and conventions, they realized how general and useful this calculation…

Autogrow cracks the code with FarmRoad

"90 percent accuracy for new tomato yield prediction code"

“Accurately predicting harvest time and yield is the holy grail of agriculture. It allows clarity of availability to the entire food chain from the grower to the marketer and on to the consumer. Getting 90 percent accuracy rate up to six weeks out in our first three farms has been exceptional,” says CEO…

iUNU

iUNU joins 5G Open Innovation Lab to help drive early adoption and innovation of 5G technology

iUNU has joined the 5G Open Innovation Lab, an ecosystem for developers, enterprises, carriers, and technology leaders, focused on helping start-ups utilize 5G to develop new capabilities, use cases, and market categories. iUNU will work closely with the Lab’s founding partners including Intel, T-Mobile,…

Intergrow Greenhouses partners with Natural Upcycling to reduce food waste

Consumers have high expectations when it comes to their food. Even in produce, they expect beautifully uniformed, well presenting fruit. But at the end of the day this is farming and it is not realistic that every piece of fruit produced meets those requirements. Even with the strictest growing and…

NPEC

Innovative technologies in the NPEC greenhouse

NPEC is a joint initiative of Wageningen University & Research and Utrecht University. This integrated, national research facility is housed by Wageningen University & Research and Utrecht University and is co-funded by The Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO).  The NPEC greenhouse will provide…

Two new thermo-reflective screen nets against extreme heat

In recent years, growers had to deal with extremely hot summers, resulting in high temperatures and sunburn in tunnel greenhouses and under screen halls. A solution for this heat problem are thermo-reflective screen nets, which reflect the sunlight through the white colour. Furthermore, the addition of a…

Data platform Pylot continues expansion to eight countries

Within a year of its introduction, the KUBO Pylot data platform has been embraced by growers in eight countries, taking the number of greenhouses using Pylot to 61. KUBO’s objective was to develop a user-friendly software platform to bundle growing greenhouse data streams, producing output that makes…

The Australian technology tracing fresh produce data from farm to retail shelf

Growing Australian supply chain tracking technology is constantly surprising fresh produce businesses with the level of transparency in the supply chain, according to its founding company Escavox. CEO Luke Wood says the innovative system gives food suppliers more information to better manage the food…

Priva computer system can now control Cravo retractable roof greenhouses and cooling houses

Cravo’s retractable roof technology allows fruit and vegetable growers in hot climates to produce high quality product, especially during times of the year when it is difficult to grow. The company has teamed up with Priva, a high-tech company that offers climate control, energy savings and optimal reuse…

WUR

Plant biologists discover simple principle of plant responses to hormone

In a new study researchers from Wageningen University & Research in the Netherlands and colleagues in Japan and Spain have found a simple mechanism for control of plant growth. Implementation of these findings can help growers to design new crops with for example resistance against disease, drought or…

Controlling light and temperature independently with new lightbar

The current epidemic engulfing most countries around the globe has underscored the fragility of our world and shed light on the most pressing issues facing humanity, with food security in the top echelon of priorities. Experts argue that vertical farms are the solution of tomorrow when it comes to…

Tomatoes and peppers to be grown by the end of this year

"Combination of scale and technique makes 29 ha UK project unique"

Even though BOM Group has quite a lot of experience in the UK market and is familiar with big greenhouses, the 29 hectare project that they are realizing currently in Norfolk - UK, is unique. Despite the Covid-19 crisis they are building (under the health regulations) full steam ahead to have the 29…

Coronavirus research in plants

When Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (CSHL) was asked to help produce critically needed reagents (coronavirus proteins) for COVID-19 research, the Lab’s plant biologists came up with a plan: Let’s produce the requested proteins cheaply, quickly, and in large quantities, in tobacco and duckweed. A tobacco leaf making coronavirus…

How to build an overhead conveyor system

A new video released by Ultimation Industries shows manufacturers, distributors and others how to build an overhead conveyor system that takes advantage of generally unused vertical space above the working area. Overhead conveyors can be used to move products, create buffers and deliver products in…

NASA

Challenges for a sustainable food production system on board of the International Space Station

The possibility of prolonging space missions—and consequently the permanence of humans in space—depends on the possibility of providing them with an adequate supply of fresh foods to meet their nutritional requirements. This would allow space travelers to mitigate health risks associated with exposure to…

Choosing the right pH and EC meter

Meters or sensors that measure pH and electrical conductivity (EC) are used to check the quality of irrigation water, calibrate fertilizer and acid injectors, and measure nutrient availability for plant uptake. Several different types of pH/EC meters are available, and they tend to vary in size, cost,…

Sendot applies photosynthesis sensors with Qlipr for reliable measurements

"Thickness of the leaf and air flow is a challenge for attaching sensors"

Clipping tomato or cucumber plants to the high wire, that's something growers are well accustomed to. Photosynthesis efficiency sensors are becoming more important in the greenhouse as well, and the Qlipr from PellikaanQ seems to come in handy there. "We actually use the Qlipr for the exact opposite of…

Frigga introduces a low-cost, single-use USB datalogger that lasts more than 90 days

Frigga announced their new 4G real-time dataloggers at Fruit Logistica 2020 in Berlin in February. They are now bringing another new product for real-time monitoring solutions…

Meet Robin, RoboRobin

Bosman Van Zaal’s new factory is filled with modern machines and is part of the implementation of Industry 4.0 at the company in the Dutch town of Aalsmeer. In the series #BVZIndustry40, the machines are introduced one by one, in which the RoboRobin is front and center. The RoboRobin is a bending cell with a press brake that…

The importance of investing in innovative technology to stay ahead of the game

A New Zealand AgTech company says the horticulture and fresh produce industry is heading for a major shift in coming years, in terms of take-up of new technology. Autogrow specialises in the research and development of digital growing solutions, and Chief Executive Officer Darryn Keiller says major…

Exclusive partnership between Priva and Aranet to intensify wireless technology in horticulture

Priva and Aranet have entered into an exclusive partnership to enable integrated wireless technology in greenhouses. The growing interest in data and with that, the growing demand for more and new sensors to generate data is the main driver of the collaboration between Aranet and Priva. This partnership…

How a small molecule influences sugar metabolism in plants

In a process known as photosynthesis, plants use the energy of sunlight to produce sugar out of water and carbon dioxide in their leaves. The sugar is transported from the leaves to the other parts of the plant to provide carbon and energy for growth and the synthesis of storage reserves. Franziska…

Nanobubble technology brought to Latin America

A new distribution partnership brings nanobubble technology to farms in Chile & Peru. Moleaer, a nanobubble technology company, is expanding into Latin America, having formed a new distribution partnership with Kapicua to bring its innovative, patented technology to the region’s agriculture industry.  The…

Less evaporation and algae growth in a closed basin

The pictures show a water basin that is completely sealed. Because the basin is closed, there is less evaporation. Moreover, the stored water heats up less thanks to the reflective layer, says Bas van der Elst of Hendic. And last but not least, there is no algae growth in the basin because the water is…

Strawberry cultivation at height: how to deal with climate and temperature distribution

The multi-tier cultivation of strawberries at Proefcentrum Hoogstraten is in full swing. At the end of January, the strawberries were planted and if all goes well, this fall another cultivation will be started so the growing can continue. Roel Vanderbruggen, manager at the Proefcentrum, talks about how…

Danny van den Bosch (Codema):

"Water and food scarcity require technical solutions"

Almost four decades, that's how long Danny van den Bosch has worked for Codema. He started as an installation technician just before the rise of substrate cultivation and witnessed the market develop. He has been working as an account manager for water and electrical engineering for years. Codema's Water…

With spray lance on wheels, you can also chalk or coat during strong winds

You could call it the red line in the innovations of Willem Poppe: the bicycle. He already developed the chalk bike to chalk the greenhouse while riding a bike, and has now developed a spray lance on wheels, the size of a children's bike, with which his company Helderglas wants to give growers the means…

Strawberry growers in tomato growers' footsteps with increased acreage LED lighting

It's time to put the spotlight on the strawberry - and not just the spotlight but also the HPS and the LED lights. Following tomato growers, more and more strawberry growers opt for year round production of the red fruits. According to Koen Vangorp with Mechatronix, it is both the favorable market…

Richard van de Waart, Luminaid:

"Extending the seasons is a tool in labor dispersion"

Every crisis is different and lessons can always be learned. During the economic crisis in 2009, Richard van de Waart, who was a strawberry grower in Romania at the time, conducted market research. According to him, the results of that research could also be significant now. “The current corona crisis is…

US (MA): Draft horticultural lighting requirements updated

The DesignLights Consortium (DLC) has released for comment draft Technical Requirements for LED-based Horticultural Lighting: Version 2.0, an update designed to increase the efficacy threshold for the DLC’s Horticultural Qualified Products List (QPL), while continuing the transition to specific data and…

Besseling Techniek completes new branding

Look up and you'll see it: Cleaning and chalking with one machine

With an expanded office, an updated company name and a re-branded logo and house style, the team with Besseling Techniek was ready to shine in 2020. And then Covid-19 happened - making it impossible to show off their new look at trade shows or during travelling. Fortunately their roof washers are still…

Remote imagery research into providing better fruit yield forecasts

A remote imagery research project on citrus orchards is set to be expanded, after promising results at a Western Australian farm. Professor Andrew Robson, from the University of New England, has been involved in a project with WA's Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (DPIRD) to…

Measuring body temperature with non-contact forehead thermometers

QA Supplies provides an infrared, non-contact thermometer for 2 in 1 measurement, body temperature and surface temperature. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that businesses screen employees’ temperatures daily using a non-contact thermometer. Quick checks for elevated skin temperature…

podcast CropTalk host Kyle Barnett:

"AgTech Industry leaders always hit on the same thing: get hands-on experience"

“When asking industry leaders for advice, people always hit on the same things: get hands-on experience, educate yourself and get a network in the field that you can talk to.…

strawberry growers Ludovic and Patricia Rat

Adapting the light spectrum throughout the season

On an acreage of 5 hectares, Ludovic and Patricia Rat grow strawberries. Experimenting and innovating are in their nature - if it is for the use of Integrated Pest Management that Patricia adopted, or the way Ludovic first learned himself to grow tomatoes before making the switch to strawberries, a…

Frigga launches ultra-low-cost disposable USB temperature recorder

Launched at Fruit logistics 2020 in Berlin, Germany, at the beginning of February, the 4G real-time temperature recorder brings a new addition to Frigga's cold chain real-time monitoring product line. Frigga, a company that offers real-time monitoring products and solutions, has launched dozens of cold…

New nanobubble generator Neo offers optimal oxygen monitoring and control

Moleaer is launching the Neo, its fifth nanobubble generator in its product portfolio designed to improve water quality and enhance food production in greenhouses and fish farms. The Neo offers real-time monitoring and control of dissolved oxygen in water via an optional integrated oxygen generator,…

thanks to fans in the greenhouse

“We experience fewer issues in cultivation and save energy”

The horticultural company Gebroeders Raijmakers in Heusden grows vine tomatoes on more than 46 acres of land. While the origin of the family business lies in the 1950s, the current company was founded by the two brothers and has grown significantly over the past years. In 2017, another expansion was…

full-spectrum sunlight installed at From Boer

"We want to grow every lettuce variety without having to think about the light recipe"

The construction of the greenhouse for lettuce growers From Boer in the Dutch town of Dinteloord is in full swing, while this is happening they are already thinking about equipping the greenhouse with the latest technology. For instance, regarding the perfect light needed during cultivation. To figure…

"a technology company that happens to grow produce"

Variety of healthy foods from vertical farming platform

When talking about technology, it's easy to focus on things like computers, smartphones, apps and the growing number of smart gadgets around the house. But technology is far-reaching and can influence and change traditional sectors quickly, one of them being the agricultural sector. One company that is…

through multi-state initiatives CDFA

California: $3.8 million for specialty crop industry

Four projects submitted by California were selected for funding for the 2019 Specialty Crop Multi-State Program (SCMP). The SCMP is a federal grant program offered by USDA’s…

Farmshelf unveils consumer-facing vertical farming unit

Farmshelf, a vertical farming company best known for outfitting restaurants with its high-tech indoor farms, unveiled its first-ever consumer-facing product, according to a company press release. Dubbed Farmshelf Home, the new product is similar to the company’s commercial model championed by…

Autonomous Greenhouse Challenge

The power of cooperation

Every grower’s ultimate goal is to maximize the yield and quality of their crop, while minimizing the use of resources, to save costs. Exactly this is the mission of the teams competing in Wageningen University’s Autonomous Greenhouse Challenge, only then without ever entering the greenhouse. So what is the best way to…

Avecon

Measuring the water silo level with the Tank Level Indicator

Sometimes the solution to a problem is cheaper and simpler than you think. Measuring the water level in a water silo seems simple, after all there are several solutions via electronic level measuring via cloud solutions or via the process computer.   However, if you want to see how far the silo is filled without high…

greenhouse & outdoor cultivation

New climate computer helps with most fundamental controls

Within horticulture, there is a growing demand for further automation of the cultivation process. Horticulturalists and growers are always looking for an affordable solution to be able to monitor their crops as precisely as possible in an intelligent and clear manner using automation, and to improve the…

Changing the definition of LED reliability in horticulture

With more and more players entering the horticultural lighting space, it is essential that you trust a major lighting company with this critical part of your farm. You’ll likely have plenty of companies—from new and unproven to trusted and acclaimed—vying for your attention, all promising the best and…

Jasper Veldt, WDD, the Netherlands: "Our prediction model is 90-95% reliable"

Predict fruit, vegetable, and flower demand based on data not gut feeling

Many traders still use their well-honed instincts to predict demand. These traders are in the fruit and vegetable and flower sectors. "I understand this approach," says Jasper Veldt of the Dutch data company, WDD. "The data, however, does not always correspond. You can see this when we load data into our…

tips & tricks on maintenance

Ensuring optimal performance of your lighting system

The commercial greenhouse industry has seen significant innovation over the past few years. The greenhouse of today looks remarkably different to those that were considered to be at the cutting edge of design just a decade ago. The most significant innovations have been in greenhouse technologies—driven…

Enea works on the future of vegetable production

A team of Italian scientists designed GREENCUBE, the first micro-plot to grow vegetables during future space missions. It will be launched into orbit 6,000 km from Earth during the maiden voyage of the VEGA-C rocket by the European Space Agency (ESA). ENEA, Università Federico II in Naples and Università…

Leonard Felix, owner of Felix Instruments

“Portable fruit meters enable social distance in the QA lab”

The impact of COVID-19 is being felt throughout the supply chain of fresh produce. Each link in the value chain is adjusting and preparing for a potentially ‘new normal’. At the grower-packer level, quality assurance labs are feeling the impact, too. Many fruit grower-shippers have on-site labs where the…

Water level measurement of silos and A and B containers

It's not a new system, at water authorities it's been tried and tested for years. "For the glass greenhouse horticulture it is new though. Growers can now use the same technique as water authorities for measuring the water level," tells Bas van der Elst with Hendic. That's practical, because the water is…

"The reality is that it is not free, and we need to start thinking about it differently"

The water management system providing real-time benefits and savings for farmers

An Australian startup company is helping farmers better manage their water usage through precision agriculture technology, to translate into better productivity and save costs. Farmbot is an agritech company that is focused around better water management for farmers and helping farmers better know their…

Courtesy of MIT

Massachusetts Institute of Technology breakthrough

New device could deliver crucial treatment to diseased fruit plants

Engineers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have developed a precision injection system for plants to potentially help orange, olive and banana crops threatened by diseases. The new system uses silk-based biomaterials to fabricate a microneedle-like device, which can inject nutrients,…

Webinar this Thursday, April 30th

How to profitably increase local fresh fruit and vegetable production in warm and hot climates?

Cravo’s retractable roof technology allows fruit and vegetable growers in warm and hot climates to produce high quality product, especially during times of the year when it is difficult to grow. This Thursday, the company will be holding a webinar that discusses cost effective solutions to the challenges…

"Horticulture without water pollution viable"

Few horticulturists thought it possible: cultivating cucumbers and bell peppers on Rockwool in a greenhouse for an entire year without discharging any wastewater. But, it has now been done, says Wageningen Plant Research researcher Erik van Os. SaltHorticulturists water their plants using a solution…

new and known

New player in LED fixture market

There's a lot of knowledge on LED fixtures and therefore a lot to be taken into account when developing a new one. At Gavita they took up the gauntlet and are now launching their Wega LED fixture. Mario Taal, sales manager Gavita: “With the knowledge from the sector and Gavita, we have designed a new fixture for LED light. We…

"Automating labour in the greenhouse is a priority now"

With labour being a big issue in the horticultural industry, growers are looking for ways to make savings and to optimize efficiency in their set-up. That means the phone is also ringing regulary at Hortiware, the company operated by Dirk-Jan Haas. He markets the Tomystem in the Benelux and Germany. The…

20 years of high wire cucumbers

Marcel Huibers, manager of Hortus in Futuro in Maasbree, experienced the introduction of high wire cucumber cultivation up close. At the start of this development, Huibers worked at Nunhems as sales specialist cucumbers and between 1999 and 2015 he specialized himself in high wire cultivation. Together with the growers, he…

The lifespan of AR glass with etching technology

As people in horticulture often put it, 1% more light, 1% more yield. "Growers always try different ways to achieve more light inside the greenhouse, which means they have to improve light transmittance of the cover materials", the team with Yuhua explains. "One of the most efficient ways to obtain more…

A decade of LED research: the power of the spectrum

Ten years ago, the world of horticultural lighting was a different place. LEDs were new, exotic and unproven but the potential was there. A handful of LED companies with burden of proof on their shoulders were trying to educate the market on the benefits of their large, slightly inefficient, pink lights…

Deep water culture hydroponics start-up secures £500,000 to scale commercial trials

The Phytoponics' Deep Water Culture solutions are configured around grow modules which enable fully controlled soilless growing conditions without the need for additional substrates such as rockwool or coconut coir, but with the additional ability to apply unique root zone management to the crop. "We…

Shade nets improve the antioxidant levels of organic tomatoes

Researchers from the University of Almería headed by Ignacio Fernández de las Nieves have studied the impact of shade nets on the nutritional value of organic tomatoes. They…

ec2ce offers integral solution

Artificial intelligence for predictive supply chain management

Supply chains have experienced enormous changes over the past decades, and integrating decisions have been made in different departments like production, packaging, logistics and distribution to customers. This enables more efficient chain management and decision making, with a better perspective of all…

"New GEN2000 growth chamber offers an economical and flexible equipment platform"

Conviron has launched the new GEN2000 chamber. The chamber comes equipped with new features such as cost saving LEDs, extended humidity range, advanced controller, and user-adaptable kits.   With its ability to adapt to four different research applications, the GEN2000 offers an economical and flexible equipment platform.…

Tom de Smedt, export manager RKW Hyplast:

"We would like to expand further in the Mexican market"

"Mexico is a very important market for our company," says Tom de Smedt from RKW Hyplast. The company produces and sells high-tech greenhouse foil, and almost 100 percent of the greenhouses in Mexico are foil greenhouses. The Mexican market has grown very fast and continues to do so. "This growth is…

Experimental validation of a low-energy-consumption heating model for recirculating aquaponic systems

Electrical energy is the highest energetic cost in recirculation aquaponic systems (RASs), especially for fish-tank water. Therefore, reducing energy consumption is one of the challenges in developing RAS models. In a Chinese study, eleven experimental setups, based on numerical models from an earlier…

Vertical evaporative system increases productivity in greenhouse crops

The project "Integration of sustainable technologies to reduce climate stress in greenhouse horticultural production in the Mediterranean area", carried out by the University of Almería, Ifapa, Imida and the Cajamar Foundation, has served to assess different growing conditions for bell peppers in…

Use of gibberellic acid to increase salt tolerance of leaf lettuce and rocket in a floating system

Hydroponics need water of good quality to prepare a balanced nutrient solution that could allow plants to reach their maximum yield potential. The rising difficulties in finding water with good quality have led to the compelling necessity of identifying sustainable ways to use saline water, limiting its…

Robots weeding organic farms and patrolling for greenhouse pests

Robots that use artificial intelligence to recognise the health of fruit and vegetable crops and when they’re ready to harvest are being trialed to help small, organic and greenhouse farmers with weeding and patrolling for pests. These robots can take on arduous tasks and help farmers save time. By…

Open access horticulture luminaire calculator

The Lighting Research Center (LRC) at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute has developed a free, easy-to-use online tool that will assist growers to evaluate the performance, efficiency, and economics of a wide variety of horticultural luminaires, typically used in greenhouses and other controlled…

ARaymond: commitment to sustainable development

"Biodegradable fastening solutions enable growers to streamline composting process"

Since their introduction in the 1950’s, the use of plastic products within the agricultural sector has become increasingly widespread. Used to improve efficiency and decrease labour time and costs, plastic products such as fasteners, clips and hooks play a vital role during all stages of crop production.…

Nanosensor can alert a smartphone when plants are stressed

MIT engineers have developed a way to closely track how plants respond to stresses such as injury, infection, and light damage, using sensors made of carbon nanotubes. These sensors can be embedded in plant leaves, where they report on hydrogen peroxide signaling waves. Plants use hydrogen peroxide to…

Dehumidification without screen adjustments

The importance of dehumidification in the greenhouse is clear to everyone. Growers want to keep diseases and pests out of the (greenhouse) door as much as possible. A low RH (Relative Humidity) makes an important preventive contribution to keep the crop healthy and strong. Prins Group introduces a new…

Importance of trying lighting alternatives

Confused by all the lighting options available for your research? Avoid investing in the wrong solution with this video featuring Reg Quiring as he shares his 30 years of experience in plant growth chambers design and development. ​​As growth chambers and rooms emerged in the 1960s and 70s the primary light…

update on AppHarvest project

"Official ribbon cutting scheduled for October"

An idea to transform greenhouse horticulture in the United States and specifically, the surrounding Appalachian communities near the northeastern Kentucky town of Morehead, is coming to life. AppHarvest, a two-year old start up, is building a 60-acre glass greenhouse to supply Kentucky-grown tomatoes and…

Tomatoes grown in the ‘shade’ have more antioxidants

American magazine ‘Journal of Agriculture and Food Chemistry’ has published a study by the research group FQM-376 Advanced NMR Methods and Metal-basedCatalysts, from the CIAIMBITAL research center of the University of Almería, about the impact of the shade mesh on the nutritional properties of organic…

Producers of diffused glass deal with delays due to COVID-19 outbreak

Due to the Corona outbreak also delays are expected in the production of diffused glass. "Until the middle of February, we tried to recover production", says Alice Yi, the exporting manager of Shandong Glass Tech.   Shandong Glass Tech is an internationally operating glass supplying company. They recently did…

"Robotics can limit the impact of future viruses and global threats"

"COVID-19 is affecting all of us. All over the world we are being challenged by this situation. It is our firm belief, that in these days, we need to collaborate to address urgent needs and at the same time to look forward, on how we can limit the impact of future threats like these." Speaking is the…

Codema partners with Chinese neighbours

10 ha hybrid project started during COVID crisis

Shortly after Codema opened its new office in Beijing last November 2019, the Coronavirus started to have a huge impact on daily life in China and on the life of our colleagues in China.  Supervise key projects in safe areas from a distanceJust before the Corona pandemic broke out, the Codema China team celebrated…

Autonomous Greenhouse Challenge nears conclusion

There's only two months left until the end of the second edition of the Autonomous Greenhouse Challenge. The video below offers a small tour to take a look at the autonomous greenhouses and hear the impressions of the reference Dutch growers, the organizers and the 5 AI teams. For more information:Autonomous…

"Save time and boost your greenhouse harvests with automated roll-up sides"

"As farmers and growers ourselves, we know that you do the best you can to provide the optimal growing environment for your plants", say the people with Rimol Greenhouses. But with so many factors to consider, simply keeping track of your greenhouse conditions—and making quick adjustments as needed—can…

"Promising results for application of Transpar ahead of strawberry season"

Sudlac’s initial experiments appear to demonstrate the benefits of applying Transpar ahead of the strawberry season in order to optimise PAR light while reducing infra-red. “Traditionally, strawberry growers use a regular white shading product to protect their crops from heat and excessive natural…

Diluting and applying disinfectants with the Low-Flow Fill Station

Dilution Solutions has designed a Low-Flow Fill Station to dilute and apply concentrated disinfectants. The Low-Flow Fill Station answers a need for organizations that have run out of the ready-to-use products, or have concentrated quaternary ammonium (quat), chlorine (bleach), or PAA and need to…

Ultrasonic disinfection tested with USAF unit

Practical test results in clean bins and clean rinsing water

In many floriculture and fresh produce cultivation companies, lots of bins are being used. For cleaning and keeping them all clean, regular washing is necessary, certainly…

Lighting up business prospects in indoor farming

Among the various business aspects indoor farmers need to consider, a proper artificial lighting is undoubtedly a key element. While a tailor-made lighting design can be costly, failing to ensure adequate lighting conditions could prove even more expensive. If plants do not receive the right kind and…

NEC and Kagome to provide AI-enabled services that improve tomato yields

NEC announced the conclusion of a strategic partnership agreement with Kagome to launch agricultural management support services utilizing artificial intelligence (AI) for leading tomato processing companies. The new service capitalizes on NEC’s AI-enabled agricultural ICT platform, CropScope, to…

Need to clean or prepare your plant growth chamber for inactivity?

Not using your plant growth chamber for a period of time and wondering how best to prepare it for shutdown? Transitioning from one research program to another and want to ensure your chamber is clean for the next user? Or are you simply looking to ensure that the chamber is cleaned ahead of beginning…

HoloLenses tested to help greenhouse suppliers working remote

Times of crisis demand creative solutions, of which digitalization seems to be the most prominent. However, digitalization was already part of recent developments in the…

Advancing robotics in the Australian vegetable industry

From 2016-2019, a team from the Australian Centre for Field Robotics at the University of Sydney undertook projects focusing on advancing the application of robotics, intelligent sensing systems, precision agriculture automation and more in Australia’s vegetable industry. In November 2019, Vegetables…

Evaluation of heat requirements under LED and HPS lamps

An open source model for greenhouses with supplemental lighting

Greenhouse models are important tools for the analysis and design of greenhouse systems and for offering decision support to growers. While many models are available, relatively few include the influence of supplementary lighting on the greenhouse climate and crop. A new study presents GreenLight, a…

Luitens renovation crew works with the rhythm of crop changing

New roll facade cloths and powerrollers spruce up Lans' greenhouses

It's the time of crop change in the lighted tomato cultivation, so it's the time for maintenance, too. Some chores can be done during cultivation season, but changing roll facade cloths with a greenhouse full of plants, is practically impossible.  At the different locations of Lans in Rilland the old crop…

The first vegetable seedling listed company realizes "5G planting"

At the moment, China is still at a critical point in epidemic prevention and control. Growers need to prevent the further spread of the epidemic, and at the mean time start spring planting. In Shandong Anxin Seedling Co., Ltd. in Jiyang District, workers are busy breeding seedlings. Ensuring sufficient…

WUR LightLab to be accredited for light measurements

The Wageningen University & Research LightLab has unique measuring equipment to measure characteristics such as translucency, diffusion and spectrum of greenhouse cover materials and screens. Now, WUR LightLab is the first ISO17025 accredited lab to be permitted to carry out measurements under the…

University conducts wheat research using multi-tier room

Choosing a plant growth chamber or room with the right set of specifications is critical to ensure that you have equipment that meets the requirements of your research. However, your facility may not currently have the physical space or the budget to source the ideal controlled environment to meet your…

Dutch horticulture: regaining market leadership by using data

The lead of Dutch horticulture has been declining worldwide due to the emergence of new horticultural countries that exploit data-driven solutions and applications. The (high-tech) knowledge about data, technology, and new innovations has been present in the Netherlands for years but is only now…

$100 million for UAE greenhouse company Pure Harvest Smart Farms

The team with greenhouse company Pure Harvest Smart Farms has secured a multi-stage investment commitment of over $100 million. Currently Pure Harvest operates a greenhouse in the UAE desert and grows tomatoes over there. With the investment, the company will expand with new greenhouses in the UAE, Saudi…

RoboCrops moved to October

The RoboCrops event, scheduled for April 23-24, has been postponed. However, various online workshops will take place on April 24 on the theme of 'Robotics in the agricultural sector'. Due to the…

Poland’s first full LED lighting in pink tomato greenhouse installed

Signify has installed LED lamps in a Tomimaru Muchoo pink tomato greenhouse for the first time in Poland. This innovative full LED solution was implemented on a 2 ha plantation belonging to Łukasz Budyta Greenhouse Complex, which was fitted with Philips GreenPower LED toplighting modules and Philips…

Better and faster steaming with gas-fired steam heater

Because nurseries with soil-bound crops like lettuce or cut flowers are getting bigger, a 'normal' steam boiler isn't enough anymore in a lot of cases. Steam of over a hundred degrees Celsius is necessary to decontaminate the soil.  When the distance from the steam boiler in the boiler room to the soil that…

How greenhouse automation can assist social distancing

Unless you've been living off the grid for the past month, you're probably aware that the effects of the Covid-19 virus have changed our world as we know it. More and more…

Travelling around the world to find the right growing strategy

Just outside of Lisbon, about 10 meters from the main door of a big supermarket a container is placed. When you look through the window in the container door you see racks filled with all kinds of aromatic herbs and microgreens. This container is the first Jungle Greens production unit where herbs and…

Why use a greenhouse humidifier

Smart Fog makes commercial humidifiers for the food industry. These humidifiers produce micron droplets that sanitize a space without leaving behind moisture on surfaces. From the greenhouse humidifier to the grocery store case humidifier, Smart Fog can keep produce clean and safe. Keeps produce clean and safeSmart Fog…

Stefano Hiwat, Gavita:

"For Russia, being self-sufficient is still on the agenda"

Starting a new job and finding yourself at home only three weeks later might normally mean you did not perform as planned – but that’s not what’s going on for Stefano Hiwat at Gavita. It’s the virus outbreak that limits him from visiting both the Gavita office as well as growers in Eastern Europe and…

The building of indoor farm Planet Farms is in progress:

"Indoor farming requires less cultivation expertise than greenhouse growing"

Along the road from Milan to Venice, a large building is being built. It's an indoor farm. According to Roel Janssen with Signify, this is going to be the most beautiful indoor farm in the world. Planet Farms is it's name. The building consists from concrete and wood, and 'hangs' from the construction. A…

Robotic farming paving the way?

Is fully automated farming the future? It is, in fact, part of the future says Mike Zelkind, chief executive officer of 80 Acres Farms, a vertical farming company based in Hamilton, Ohio. “I think indoor farming should play a role in a holistic solution to farming—so should greenhouses and other traditional farms,” says…

FruPro

New platform launched to fight UK food waste

In the UK, a new platform has been launched to fight food waste. The platform, called FruPro, provides users with a free, fast and easy way to buy or sell produce with its realtime ‘offer and search’ functionality. FruPro can connect potential buyers with sellers of fresh produce online and, being a…

Shading screens characterization by means of wind tunnel experiments and CFD modeling

The use of shading screens in the protected cultivation sector is widespread, due to the fact they allow both to reduce the heat load and thus to control temperature, and to have lower and uniform levels of light intensity inside greenhouses. An extended selection of shading screens is available on the…

shout out to the workers!

Greenhouse building & assembling continues all over the world

Many companies have already felt the effects of the spread, the coronavirus, on their business. The rapid spread of the coronavirus around the world has led to increased travel restrictions from authorities. So what to do when, by the nature of your company, your employees are spread all over the world?…

Digital security dangers in horticulture

Virtually everyone says "yes" when asked if digital security is important. When push comes to shove, though, labour or water gets more priority from the grower, and for suppliers, there's always a higher item on the to-do-list, too. Strange actually, because in all company processes digital security is…

4 benefits of an automated controller in a vented greenhouse

Ceres’ patented solar design and innovative climate control technologies enable them to build year round greenhouses in any climate. Depending on geographic location, crop application, and specific client needs their greenhouses might operate with different types of ventilation, HVAC and other greenhouse…

University of Illinois

US: New technology for screening crop traits

Like many industries, big data is driving innovations in agriculture. Scientists seek to analyse  thousands of plants to pinpoint genetic tweaks that can boost crop production—historically, a Herculean task. To drive progress toward higher-yielding crops, a team from the University of Illinois is revolutionizing…

Demonstration trial reduced CO2 dosing

CO2 supply in a greenhouse promotes crop growth. In the future the supply of CO2 has to be reduced considerably because the availability of CO2 from industry will be reduced due to CO2 emission goals, the use of natural gas for heating is reduced, and the greenhouse horticultural sector has the goal to…

Substrate unit controls the entire irrigation process

Hotraco Horti delivered the first Ceres-FC substrate unit to the United Kingdom. The unit is already working in a chili pepper greenhouse. Duke Electrical Services installed, which was easy because of the plug and play concept. This delivery made the market introduction of the fertigation system…


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