Technique

Managing the greenhouse from the cloud: opportunities with SaaS

Many new AI technology, software, and hardware solutions are providing a breakthrough in many aspects of the greenhouse sector. But how do you make a wise choice as a greenhouse horticulture entrepreneur, and what options do you have? What do you still want to manage in ownership yourself, and what does…

bankruptcy came as a surprise

Restart for bankrupt 30MHZ within Sobolt group

30MHz is making a relaunch within the Sobolt Group. An agreement to this effect was reached on February 1. A month ago, the Amsterdam-based sensor and data company went…

Heleen Lugt, LetsGrow.com:

“Everbearers profit from data-driven approach”

Understanding to what extent flushes and production waves in strawberry production can be smoothed out with a climate strategy will make crop planning a lot easier, says Heleen Lugt with LetsGrow.com. The company does extensive research to make this possible with crop data. She sees opportunities to use…

Dutch bell pepper grower installs 20MW electrode boiler

Rainbow Growers, a Dutch greenhouse company, has ordered a PARAT Power to Heat system to reduce emissions and bring flexibility to their boiler house. The IEH High Voltage Electrode Boiler for hot water will be used for heating their greenhouses and reducing emissions. The 20MW Electrode Boiler with a 20kV…

Baby vs. teen leaf : what’s the best approach for loose leaf lettuce?

There's a growing interest worldwide to move the production of loose leaf lettuce and other greens (spinach, arugula, kale, etc.) from open fields into greenhouses. There is a wide range of vocabulary in use to describe the produce and the way it is grown: baby leaf, teen leaf, toddler leaf… "With the…

Spacers, uniformity, and surface area:

Why irrigation and nutrients should be well distributed in substrate bags

"The use of Spacers in protected cultivation has become popular in recent years due to the multiple benefits it brings to the development of plants", says Hydroponic Systems team. Among these advantages is the equal distribution of water and nutrients throughout the bag, thus ensuring that the roots can…

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Measuring flesh firmness has never been easier for cherries and blueberries

Cherries and blueberries have become more and more popular over the years, so much so that they have become important for international trade. As they are sold at a significant price/kg for the chain, they need to reach the final market at the right ripeness level to please consumers. For both fruits, the…

"Ultrapure peroxide leads to lower plant mortality and increased disease control"

Hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) is a highly versatile and sustainable molecule. It is widely used in agriculture to treat irrigation water and protect crops. As the H2O2 molecule is essentially water with an extra oxygen atom, there are no dangerous byproducts following use, making it particularly suitable for…

Agripolyane's PolyRepair will be on display at Fruit Logistica:

"Adhesive tape offers a solution to a common problem in the industry"

"The old problems growers used to face with repair tapes simply do not exist anymore with PolyRepair®, "says Thomas Thizy with Agripolyane. The company launched their PolyRepair tape three years ago and helped companies all over the world extend the life of their greenhouses.  In 70 years of being in business,…

turnkey aquaponic greenhouse model launched

"Affordable organic foods can be produced from commercial aquaponic greenhouse farms"

Marc Laberge, who is considered a commercial pioneer of trout aquaponics, strongly believes that affordable organic foods can be produced from commercial aquaponic greenhouse farms built on small to mid-sized land lots. With a newly developed turnkey greenhouse model, he's helping other growers to…

launch at IPM Essen

Energy saving potential with new farm management system SBE

Lock Antriebstechnik will present their SBE Farm Management System at IPM Essen. The SBE system is a digital solution for horticulture that can be used to achieve an optimal greenhouse climate and improve greenhouse processes. According to the team with Lock, digitalization does not stop at the…

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New solar panels show growers the light

Arable land is at an all-time premium. Since the last ice age, humans have cleared one-third of the earth’s forests and two-thirds of its wild grasslands, much of it for…

Get in shape: Wittenberg Gemüse organizes greenhouse run

Greenhouse strawberries aren't just tasty. They're also healthy. And what is even more healthy than just eating them is running through the greenhouse they're grown in. The…

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The influence of wind load on greenhouses and prevention points

With the rise and development of greenhouses, the demand for large-span, large-size, high-efficiency, and standard types of greenhouse structures increases, and a stronger anti-disaster ability of facility greenhouse becomes a key factor. As a common form of greenhouse, plastic greenhouses are affected…

"Energy will be top of mind at IPM Essen"

"Energy is arguably the biggest challenge for greenhouse growers in these times. Rising prices and supply uncertainty have hit many growers and have even led some to skip the winter grow cycle altogether. So naturally, energy is on everyone's mind at the upcoming IPM exhibition in Essen", says Ziv Shaked…

“20 percent more fruit with our 2LEVEL cultivation system”

"You want to use the available space in the greenhouse in the most efficient way. For that purpose, growing gutters at multiple heights offer good opportunities for strawberries. Special constructions made these quite pricey, and especially the hoisting system is intrinsically vulnerable to challenges…

CAN (ON): Researcher using technology to improve sustainability of indoor farming

Pump technology developed by a University of Guelph researcher may help save almost half of the energy used for irrigation by Canada’s growing number of indoor farms, including greenhouses, vertical farms, and hydroponics facilities. Dr. Wael Ahmed, a professor in the School of Engineering within the…

Sweet pepper grower Ron van der Knaap says SOREM sodium removal unit is working well

“No worries about accumulating sodium concentrations”

The Van Dijk heating SOREM sodium removal unit is ready for practical use. That is the conclusion after an eight-month trial at the 12-hectare sweet pepper nursery Midberg in Harmelen, the Netherlands. For his water supply, grower Ron van der Knaap is completely dependent on spring water, which contains…

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Tech solutions bring agriculture alive near hyper-saline Dead Sea

Driving through the Negev Desert in southern Israel is a more enjoyable experience than you might imagine because the sand-dominated uphills and downhills lack no colorful surprise: camel grass, trees of lush palm dates and apricots, and cactus with vibrant fruit dotting the dry lands and showing unique…

Japanese pepper harvest robot launched

Japanese agritech startup AGRIST has released their intelligence-powered harvesting robot at the 2023 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas. The new robot "L" picks harvest-ready peppers with millimeter precision through layered leaves, the team says.  "We want to solve issues of agricultural labor shortages…

Shade cloth aids in high tunnel pest control

Southern SARE reported on a High Tunnel Pest Exclusion research project in Alabama. As part of the project, on-farm participatory research and demonstrations conducted at 22 farms across Alabama from 2017-2021 found that 50% shade cloth was effective at keeping 72% to 100% of macro-insect pests out of…

Meet Skout, Mythronics’ latest scouting robot

Mythronics has already been active for a while in the field of AI-driven robotics and has made yet another step in the right direction with the introduction of their latest scouting robot, Skout. Much like its predecessor, Skout is equipped with multiple sensors in order to scan for disease and ripeness…

Agritecture launches farm planning platform

Agritecture is announcing the upcoming launch of Agritecture Designer, an online platform focused on CEA. Agritecture Designer is a data-driven solution to the economic…

Sarco Packaging about the Actitec Lidding Machine:

We're not kidding, it's time for improved lidding

The market wanted a machine that could take over the time-consuming task of manually placing preformed lids on boxes. Besides it taking people a lot of time to do, producers have recently had to deal with those people simply not being available. Staff shortages are commonplace. That is why, in Europe,…

Towards smarter sustainable plant health choices in resources and technology

With the number of challenges increasing, growers are constantly looking for new strategies, resources, and technology to protect their crops sustainably and effectively. Manufacturers and suppliers are working to support them in their quest, using new products, technologies, and decision support tools…

Goh Ah Huat, - Daikin Refrigeration

"This technology works well for all perishables but particularly on commodities such as lettuce, cut flowers"

Daikin Active CA was launched into the market in 2017. The Daikin CA unit works within a shipping container with a self-contained nitrogen generator that produces its own atmosphere using patented VPSA (Vacuum pressure swing adsorption) technology. The nitrogen purge system blankets the cargo with rich…

"Even during the pandemic, the market demand for dataloggers has not declined"

With the relaxation of domestic pandemic prevention policies in China, the market is gradually recovering. Frigga is a professional real-time Datalogger solution provider. At present, the company's real-time dataloggers serve customers on five continents around the world, covering various industries such…

SIA Group, Italy's patented tutoring system

How to speed up greenhouse plant tutoring operations, saving time and money

Energy crisis, rising production material prices, chronic labor shortages-these are the increasingly heavy burdens weighing on the shoulders of fruit and vegetable companies. Hence, the need to rationalize costs, streamline procedures and rationalize the workforce is becoming increasingly stringent, if…

Photovoltaic energy screen converts sunlight into electricity

It's the never-ending balance act: when can you use the sun's energy, and when do you protect your crops from excess sunlight? Growers in Saudi Arabia are currently doing both. In their retractable shade screen, foldable solar panels are installed. Thanks to the newly launched flexible photovoltaic technology,…

Arjen van Dijk of NPI on their participation at HortEx Vietnam

“Rainwater harvesting is gaining popularity worldwide, also in Vietnam”

Over the years, the Vietnamese horticultural industry has been developing and growing, creating an interesting market for many suppliers. One of the suppliers who has been active in this market for over a decade now is NPI. They supply steel basins via their dealers, and they see the demand growing.…

"I've always said: 'The sales are out there, you just have to reach out to them'"

Still wearing his military uniform from military service, Hans Harting applied to Piet van Dijk in August 1978, and the rest is history. Hans never left and eventually became a director. Now that Van Dijk heating has a new owner as well as a new managing director as of this year, it is time for Hans to…

10 robot stories from 2022

With all the news reaching us about labor shortages, interest in horticultural robots has been bigger than ever. Harvest robots, spray robots, cleaning robots: in 2022, Hortidaily published a lot on this topic. Let's have a look at 10 robot articles from 2022.  "New robot to lower a plant every 10 to 20 seconds"It is hot in the greenhouse…

Agri robots will force rural communities to adapt

Agricultural robots are also known as ‘digital farmhands.’ These machines that can quickly pick fruits and vegetables; they are one of the few ways to exploit increasingly…

Using UV-C light as an alternative to pesticides

TRIC Robotics hopes to impact strawberry cultivation in California and Delaware

At the University of Delaware, TRIC Robotics has developed robots that will bathe strawberry crops in UV-C light. This is an alternative to the use of pesticides. The company…

"Of course you don't grow tomatoes vertically." So what does?

It is possible to achieve a very high production per square meter in greenhouses. After all, in a controlled environment, climatic conditions are easily adjusted. You could even say the better you can control those conditions, the better the cultivation and production. This explains the success of…

"Finnish acreage looks even worse than expected"

This week, the winter has really come in Finland, with Finnish winter temperatures. The market price of electricity, which has already been high, is now getting even higher.   Nuclear power plants and windmills generate most of Finland's power. It was expected that a new nuclear power plant would start producing at…

Harm van Adrichem, Gearbox:

How developed is automation in greenhouse horticulture?

Drones fly through greenhouses to collect data. The first sorting and packaging robots are introduced. So we are well on our way to fully automating greenhouse horticulture. But how far are we, exactly? Harm van Adrichem of Gearbox discusses his vision for the future. Digitization, step by stepGearbox in…

Is a fan without a wire guard more energy efficient?

Since energy costs have increased, we increasingly get asked whether a wire guard on a fan is necessary. The reasoning that a fan without a wire guard experiences less resistance and thus becomes more energy efficient is true. Yet it is not always allowed or advisable to remove a wire guard. Vostermans…

"5 benefits of data-driven growing for high-tech greenhouse"

The world moves more and more to online practices, and so does the agriculture industry. Ever more agricultural businesses turn to data-driven practices. Data-driven agriculture means analyzing data and using data to grow more and better. Data are not collected in your greenhouse only. Data from around…

V-shape steering shows positive results even when there's an unwanted branching

An Italian grower out of Sicily released a video on a V-shape steering technique he adopted, which was already showing very positive results. Now, some time has passed, and the cycle is getting near the end. “Plants are placed 30-45 cm far away from each other, on average,” he says. “We put two plants,…

Source: IDTechEx

"Autonomous farm is just over the horizon"

Imagine a farm in which each plant receives personalized attention from autonomous robots that deliver the exact balance of nutrients at the critical stage of growth and apply the exact amount of herbicide or pesticide to the weed or insect causing a problem. This is precision agriculture, and it is…

Photonics can help horticulture to measure faster and more reliably

Greenhouse horticulture already uses many sensors. But vertical farming, autonomous cultivation, and data-driven cultivation require equipment that is even more sensitive and accurate. Using photonics or optical technology makes it possible, for example, to detect diseases in crops more quickly and more…

Dutch software company ALFA PRO joins Total Specific Solutions

ALFA PRO, a supplier of software solutions and services for operators in the fresh produce market, primarily in the flower, plants, and fruit & vegetable sector, joins Total Specific Solutions. TSS is expanding its portfolio of software in the agricultural sector. Operators in the ornamental flower and…


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