Technique

Germany: University of Giessen uses LED toplighting in research project

The University of Giessen, department of plant breeding, has brought BLV on board to equip its research greenhouse with an LED system. BLV supplies its new LED toplighting luminaires with specific spectra, matching the requirements of the research project. “At the University of Giessen, we are…

LRC to develop new plant lighting education program

Research from the Illumination for Plant Health (IPH) Alliance at the Lighting Research Center (LRC) at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute has shown that “Precision Light Dosing” can be used to combat the many pests and pathogens that reduce crop yields, and to increase plant health. At the same time, due…

Luna system surpasses one billion square feet of greenhouse imaging and analysis

iUNU, a computer vision SaaS-based company that launched Luna, the artificial intelligence platform for the greenhouse industry, announces the milestone of the Luna knowledge base surpassing one billion square feet of imaging. iUNU predicts that as it continues to cover more greenhouse square footage,…

NatureFresh & Dell EMC

"It’s all about collecting data and using it properly"

In modern greenhouses automation is increasing. Growing and harvesting is largely registered via all sorts of systems or apps, which means that a lot of data is collected. As a grower or manager you have to think about the way how to store all this data. Dell EMC recently published a video in which they…

Belgium: Full LED lighting in new 10 hectare tomato greenhouse

Signify announced its second horticulture project with tomato grower Luc Coghe to install full LED lighting in a newly built 10 hectare greenhouse in Roeselare, Belgium. Since 2014, Luc Coghe, owner of Tomco and his wife, Greet Biesbrouck, have increased yields and improved the quality and taste of high…

Horticulture lighting metrics: Understand grow lights

Choosing the best grow light for your facility is essential to growing healthy plants and getting a maximum return from your investment. One of the most challenging issues that growers interested in purchasing horticultural lights face when researching horticultural lighting is interpreting and…

"We can sleep easy knowing the system is working well and alerting us if there is any issue"

Andrew Krol and Paul Dydula started Paradise Fruits 20 years ago, with the aim of producing high quality specialty fruit products, mostly focusing on crops suited to a fertigated substrate growing method. Over the years, they have grown strawberries, figs, mini capsicums and now focus on raspberries and…

International effort launched to determine best CO2 capture & utilisation technologies

€1.3 million has been secured to develop a tool for identifying the most promising carbon dioxide capture and utilisation technologies. The significant financial support, announced at a launch event on 11 April, comes from the Global CO2 Initiative at the University of Michigan and EIT Climate-KIC,…

Royal Brinkman and Moleaer join forces

Nanobubble technology to 'significantly improve water quality'

Royal Brinkman and Moleaer join forces to significantly improve the water quality for the horticultural sector with a new 'Nanobubble' technology. Nanobubbles increase the oxygen content in irrigation water. Oxygen enrichment of the irrigation water significantly improves the quality and production of…

Clēan Works announces new way to clean food products without using water

Clēan Works is a company in the Niagara Region of Southern Ontario that has developed a new innovative technology that cleans food without using water. The revolutionary…

Research on efficient irrigation systems for cherry tomatoes

An operative group devoted to innovation, which is researching new efficient irrigation systems for greenhouse cherry tomato cultivation, has shared the results of its…

NUS Department of Chemistry

Singapore: Detecting the fruit ripening hormone ethylene

Ethylene, a gaseous plant hormone which regulates a wide range of biological processes, is associated with the ripening processes in a number of fruits such as apples and pears. Better understanding of the effects of ethylene concentration on the ripening process can lead to improved management of fruit…

Vietnam: Da Lat’s farms turn modern in Industry 4.0

Da Lat city in Lam Dong province has become well-known for its modern agricultural techniques. Many of Vietnam’s wealthy farmers are situated in the Central Highlands city, thanks to their investment and application of scientific and technological advances in production. According to Dr. Pham S, Vice…

Is there really that much difference between LED lamps?

Many LED light manufacturers claim their lamps can be used for horticultural production. But do they provide the right wavelengths of light to meet plants’ needs? Growers often ask Michigan State University horticulture professor Roberto Lopez if they can use the LED lamps available from their local home…

SenBox, Sendot

"Monitor sensor data anywhere in the world"

Monitoring sensor data anywhere in the world, that is possible with the SenBox that Sendot is introducing. SenBox is the sensor data platform with which important cultivation measurements can be followed in real time anywhere in the world. "This gives you the opportunity to gain insight faster with the…

rectangular water silo under cultivation tables

Water storage that does not take up any space

A familiar problem: more water storage is needed, but there is no room for a silo.To solve this problem, Bucon Industries realized a solution by placing a rectangular water silo under cultivation tables. Through installer Stolze from Maasdijk, a rectangular corrugated water storage silo was delivered to…

Knowing how cells grow and divide can lead to more robust and productive plants

A large portion of a plant is hidden below the ground. This buried root system is essential for the plant: it provides stability, water, and food. In contrast to mammals, where the body plan is final at birth, the formation of new root branches ensures that the root system keeps growing throughout a…

webinar, May 24

Transitioning to white LED light in crop science

Fluorescent, metal halide and other traditional lighting sources have been used in crop science applications for decades. Researchers, whether from the corporate or university and research institute side need high quality light capable of taking their plants from seed to the generative stage in a way…

How can controlled-environment growers improve energy efficiency and grow light optimization?

Are you using or thinking about using grow lights to produce your controlled environment crops? If so, would you be interested in how to reduce the amount of electricity needed to operate those lights? Researchers with the Greenhouse Lighting and Systems Engineering (GLASE) consortium at Cornell…

Researchers use machine learning to improve the flavor of basil

What makes basil so good? In some cases, it’s AI. Researchers behind AI-optimized basil used machine learning to determine the growing conditions that would maximize the concentration of the volatile compounds responsible for basil’s flavor. The basil was grown in hydroponic units within modified…

Chinese vegetable consumers hungry for apps

Amid the rise of food delivery services in China, popular mobile phone apps are quickly reshaping the vegetable market in Beijing. A Beijing woman said she is too exhausted to go to the market after work and the vegetables by then are usually leftovers anyway. So, she now relies heavily on an app to…

CAN (AB): Lettuce Lads aim to transform hydroponic farming

For the past year, the Lettuce Lads have been developing patented technology that promises growth rates in excess of 200 per cent of traditional hydroponics and greenhouse techniques, while requiring significantly less electricity, water and labour. “What we’re trying to prove here is that we can grow…

Sounding board meeting aquaculture, Aquavlan2

"Major challenge is impact of sodium fish water on fruit vegetables"

The Aquavlan2 project partners support the development of the Flemish and Dutch aquaculture sector through research and individual supervision. In a sounding board group, entrepreneurs and researchers from the aquaculture sector discuss the recent developments in the project. They met again on Friday,…

Capsicum grower Rea Zer about using PickApp:

Israel: "Making changes to schedules in real time without setting foot on the farm"

In the vast field of Agricultural IOT there are solutions for just about everything. However, the one thing that ensures a successful project is the hands on deck. It is for this reason that PickApp was created. Being a holistic farm management application PickApp controls three of the most crucial…

App enables smallholders to be influencers and citizen scientists

When the weather does not want to cooperate, a nation’s farmers are always the first to take the brunt. Quickly obtaining information on the fallout is essential for development agencies, government and farmers organizations to respond efficiently. But poor connectivity and slow flows of information are…

Research with 'plethora of gauges' sheds light on draining rainwater from greenhouses

For the Water Board of Delfland in the Netherlands, a student researched how the drainage of rainwater occurs in a horticultural company at different quantities of water. Holstein Flowers from De Lier cooperated in the project. Mathieu van Holstein: "Water which cannot be collected because of bottlenecks…

SlSWEET1a is involved in glucose import to young leaves in tomato plants

Sugar allocation from source to sink (young) leaves, critical for plant development, relies on activities of plasma-membrane sugar transporters. However, the key sugar unloading mechanism to sink leaves remains elusive. SWEET transporters mediate sugar efflux into reproductive sinks; therefore, they are…

"Not all LEDs are equal"

From a small window sill to an empty storage closet, to a rooftop utility room and, finally, to a spacious warehouse and greenhouse, Founder and President Jeffrey Orkin has been growing Greener Roots Farm one harvest at a time since 2012. As the first commercial-scale hydroponic vertical farm in Nashville, Tennessee, Greener…

"Switching to hydroponics also possible when land doesn't have the proper slope"

The benefits of growing hydroponically are well-known, but it still might be a step. Reinforcing the structure and levelling the terrain for starters. The team with Hydroponic Systems created the Elevated System to offer a solution "Our Elevated System was born to improve the collection of the drains in…

Prevent emissions when cleaning the cultivation gutter

When cleaning the cultivation gutter during the crop change, fertilizers and crop protection agents are set free again and are removed via the cleaning water. Cleaning…

Australia: QUT to focus on future food systems

QUT researchers will play a key part in developing smart logistics to link growers with their markets and high-tech methods of growing customised food, with the announcement of the Future Food Systems Cooperative Research Centre. QUT's robotic harvester Harvey is a model of the future of automated…

FruitFirm - the new device to test the firmness of cherries and blueberries

The cherry and blueberry season has almost started in the northern hemisphere and with it comes the need for non-invasive quality checks. TR Turoni, which specializes in devices at the service of fresh produce, will present FruitFirm at the next Macfrut fair in Rimini (8th-10th May 2019): a new…

"Forget smart cities (for a minute), we need to talk about smart farms"

There’s a lot of talk about digital technology and smart cities, but what about smart farms? Many of us still have a romantic view of farmers surveying rolling hills and farm kids cuddling calves, but our food in Canada increasingly comes from industrial-scale factory farms and vast glass and steel…

unrolling reel anchored via hooks

"Replacing manual tying of the plants with new system"

"We produce and distribute solutions for greenhouse horticulture, including an innovative system called IDEAL TUTOR for the improvement of working conditions. More specifically, we aim at reducing the time and cost of greenhouse crop tutoring," explains Alessandro Avarino, administrator for SIA Srl in…

US: Strawberry experts share latest advances at Cal Poly summit

Wednesday, as part of the Second Automation Summit at the university, the California Strawberry Commission teamed up with the Cal Poly Strawberry Center to talk about the future of strawberry production. The all-day conference focused on the latest advances in production automation. Experts discussed…

A study with the model plant Lactuca sativa ˈDiablotinˈ

How to customize your plants with growth recipes

Production of leafy greens in a controlled environment has many advantages in comparison to greenhouses and open-field production. Along with being independent of weather, controlled environments allow for easier pest prevention and crop customization. The use of plant factories has increased in the last…

"Zero emissions and direct liquid fertilizer dosing"

About ten years ago, the idea arose at BASF Vegetable Seeds in Nunhem to have a high tech development facility under its own management in the long term. The plan was christened Greenex, which stands for Greenhouse Expansion. The first phase involved the construction of 2.5 ha greenhouses and 1.7 ha…

no gas connection for Van Vugt Kruiden

"Our new greenhouse will be an all-electric one"

Piet van Vugt, owner of Van Vugt Kruiden, has been working in his father’s greenhouse from an early age. Since 1995 more types of herbs were planted and Van Vugt Kruiden started to focus solely on the cultivation of herbs. Nowadays 24 types of herbs are grown year round and in addition the product range…

Art van Rijn, Artechno:

“Growers must choose us because they believe in our system"

Nowadays everyone is talking about lettuce growing on water and vertical farming, but ten years ago that was quite different. Both cultivation systems were considerably less known at the time, but that did not prevent Art van Rijn with engineering firm Artechno from focusing on these new ways of…

US (CO): Water accounting system and production forecasting win Tech Pitch

SWIIM, a water accounting system with its on-farm grower dashboard, was the judge’s top pick at the Second Annual Colorado Fruit & Vegetable Growers Association’s Tech…

UK: Salad grower looks into vertical farming

G’s Fresh, based at Barway, near Ely in Cambridgeshire, produces lettuce and other salad crops, and has a large standard greenhouse which is used to propagate seedlings for planting out into the field. Ben Barnes from the firm is exploring two key questions: Can the efficiency of the propagation facility…

US: CO2 monitor and grow controller upgraded for current industry standards

For years, the CO2Meter engineering team has created customized monitors and controllers for growers and gardeners, staying on top of the latest trends and technologies in the…

Ratios in the light spectrum: A brief overview

One of the main benefits of LEDs when compared to other light sources is the possibility to create a customized spectrum. With a spectrum customized to a specific application, plant morphology, uniformity, quality of yield, time of flowering and other parameters can be better controlled. This benefit of…

Vietnam: Hi-tech and garden fresh

City dwellers are increasingly looking to purchase “clean” vegetables as food safety has become something of an obsession lately, but the area available in urban areas for growing such vegetables is limited. The Hachi hi-tech agricultural startup got underway in 2016 as an attempt to resolve this…

New growth chamber offers cost-saving, user-friendly features

Conviron announced the launch of the new GEN1000 chamber. The new 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 GEN1000 offers an economical…

Horticultural youth taught about lighting:

Testing as many light recipes as possible at the same time

Over sixty horticultural youth where taught about lighting in the World Horti Center in the Netherlands recently. Kurt Zwemstra of Hortilux and Wessel van Paassen of Green Simplicity dropped by to talk about some of the innovations in the field of lighting in greenhouse horticulture. Although it is a…

Swedish vegetable grower expands indoor facility

Heliospectra announced a second order from Ljusgårda. The company is expanding its business in Tibro, Sweden, with additional orders of Heliospectra’s fully adjustable Elixia LED lighting solutions. The company is currently using the Elixia solution in combination with Heliospectra’s light control system…

Light diffusion, dual temperature regulation, and pest exclusion

Dave Wilson Nursery is a fruiting tree stock grower for commercial orchards and retail nurseries located in California’s Central Valley, east of Modesto in the Sierra Nevada foothills, near the town of Hickman. The nursery production includes greenhouses that utilize Svensson Harmony 4647 FR and Econet…

Glastuinbouw Waterproof

Netherlands: Five new water studies started

In the first quarter of 2019, five new water-related investigations were started within the Greenhouse Horticulture Waterproof umbrella of the sector Horticulture &…

Growers discover difference when adding dissolved oxygen with nanobubble technology

Growing a healthy crop in a greenhouse is all about monitoring variables. This usually brings to mind temperature, humidity, pH, nutrients and light. One variable that gets overlooked is dissolved oxygen (DO). In three separate case studies an ardent strawberry grower, a hydroponic produce grower and an…

Technology to predict shelf-life of fresh produce

HDG are constantly exploring new possibilities to make the world more sustainable. In the food industry, the amount of food that is wasted on a worldwide scale reaches to…

Pakistan: Cold storage facility for vegetable exporters

On Friday, a state-of-the-art cold storage facility for vegetable exporters was inaugurated to help increase shelf life, reduce losses from spoilage and improve overall quality of the relevant products. The facility was established by US-Pakistan Partnerships for Agricultural Market Development (AMD) and…

Project 'The Greenest Cucumber'

Searching for the cause behind swelling fruits

To adjust the plant load to the light supply, we need to empty more nodes, wrote Tristan Marcel Balk in his previous update about the 'De Groenste Komkommer' (The Greenest Cucumber) project in December . After this, the follow-up and swelling of the fruits has not improved. The fruits at the top of the…

Heliospectra opens location in Canada

Heliospectra announced the formation of Heliospectra Canada, Inc. The business entity will open doors with a physical corporate location in Toronto, Ontario, Canada on 15 April 2019. The company also continues to scale Heliospectra’s teams with business units dedicated to commercial food producers and…

April 18, 2019

Webinar: Data-driven growing in practice

On April 18 Hoogendoorn and LetsGrow.com jointly organize a webinar on data-driven growing in practice. When: Thursday April 18, 2019 Where: Online Duration: 60 minutes…

Chinese vegetables greenhouse to use root zone temperature optimisation

Roots Sustainable Agricultural Technologies has executed a third sale and installation agreement with Dagan Agricultural Automation, its exclusive distribution partner in China, for a state-of-the-art greenhouse project. The A$64,400 sale involves the installation of Roots’ proprietary Root Zone…

Growth of ‘Mini Chal’ tomato plug seedlings under various wavelengths using LEDs

A new study aimed to determine the effects of various light qualities (green (G), ultraviolet-A (UV-A), and far-red (Fr)) on the growth and development of tomato plug seedlings. The ‘Mini Chal’ tomato ( Solanum lycopersicum L.) seedlings were used as the plant material to which various light qualities…

Data-driven green thumbs

During HortiContact in February this year, Grodan launched e-Gro . E-Gro is the brand new software platform from Grodan to better support customers. The result: a detailed overview of the situation in the greenhouse 24/7. There is more monitoring, so that well-founded decisions can be made. A software platform from a stone-wool…

"Pure chlorine for disinfected water and a clean pipe system"

Ditches around horticultural companies filling up with residual water is a thing of the past. New regulations in the Netherlands require growers to remove 95% of crop protection products before discharging. But the Dutch grower would not be the Dutch grower if he was not a bit more ambitious. With zero…

Video: 7,000 sq.m. of hydroponic lettuce

Lettuce is a short growing season plant, that is why it is more and more popular as a spring vegetable cultivated under the cover. It is mainly grown on substrates such as mineral wool and hydroponic systems. In heated greenhouses, lettuce can be produced all year round. Seedling production lasts from 3…

KWIN

"The best book about Dutch greenhouse horticulture"

The KWIN (Quantitative Information) is famous. Already in 1983 the first edition of this bulky book about the greenhouse horticulture was published. The KWIN contains quantities and prices of, among other things, sustainable means of production, labor, energy, production and sales of Dutch horticulture,…

A Growers Climate: about diffuse light

Diffuse light is priority number one simply because there’s money to be earned with it. Growth improves under diffuse light while both greenhouse and plant temperature is lowered. According to Hugo Plaisier from Svensson, diffuse climate screens offer further advantages too. Cultivation can be lighter,…

Technological revolution at Polymer Logistics

The new corporate image of Polymer Logistics aims to reflect its technological nature. The firm, in fact, is investing in the development of new applications for the market. According to Beatriz Cosín, Business Development Manager of the company, "we have made an important commitment to functionality and…

Automation technology company introduces new software for digital sorter

Key Technology, a member of the Duravant family of operating companies, has introduced its new Sort-to-Grade® (STG) software for VERYX ® digital sorters. The patented STG software, which the company says has been field proven for potato strips, is now available for more food sorting applications…

South Korean ‘Smart Farm Packages’ exported to Central Asia

The Foundation of Agricultural Technology Commercialization and Transfer announced on Tuesday it is now exporting ‘smart farm packages’ comprised of the equipment, materials, and plants needed for starting a smart farm, to Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, and other Central Asian countries. The foundation signed a…

Researchers unravel the biofilm

"If you have not cleaned properly, disinfection is useless"

An assassin, that is how the biofilm is rightly called. These bacterial packages attach themselves to surfaces in the production line, are difficult to detect and can…

South Korea: First crops harvested in hydroponic units

In South Korea the first lettuce and herbs have been harvested in the TAPKIT units that EZfarm purchased. Harvesting under these cold conditions is the first for the relatively new greenhouse kit. Teshuva Agricultural Projects (T.A.P.) supplies the TAPKIT - a 500 m2 hydroponic unit, in three different…

Grafting tomatoes protects plants, increases yields

Grafting vegetables is a time-tested way for growers to protect plants from soil-borne diseases as well as potentially improve yields, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service expert. Grafting is the process of joining two plant varieties – the top portion, or scion, with a bottom portion,…

Geerten van der Lugt

Controlling oxygen use uncommon in greenhouse horticulture

The Netherlands is generally blessed with a lot of good quality water, although it was a bit different during last summer's drought. With rivers and rainfall, the Netherlands…

How pepper seedlings react to supplementary red/blue light

Red and blue light have great effects on physiological processes and growth of plants. A new experiment investigated the physiological and growth response of pepper ( Capsicum annuum L.) to supplementary red:blue (4:1) light for 1 h (T1), 3 h (T2), and 5 h (T3), and the full-spectrum light-emitting…

Russia: Vertical farm upgrades LEDs to save on energy

In greenhouses, supplemental lighting is often used, enhancing the sunlight and boosting the natural mechanism of photosynthesis in plants. In iFarm's vertical farms that are assembled in closed units with no access of light or air from the outside, LED lamps are used. They provide the plants with the…

fighting Pythium and biofilm in your irrigation system

UK: "More sustainable operation by increasing the water usage"

The fact that good quality of water is important for the quality of the plants and the yield is worldwide known. The irrigation system can easily be called the vessels of hydroponic growing - providing the plants with everything they need to grow and produce the best fruits or flowers. Yet all smart…

Supervisor Haaglanden:

"Time is of the essence for initiatives surrounding collective purification"

Doubtful, this is how supervisor Leo Buijing of the Environment Service Haaglanden in the Netherlands describes the silence surrounding the initiatives for collective water purification. In the near future, he hopes to engage in conversation with industry association Glastuinbouw Nederland, regional…

China: "Self-service retail from AI refrigerators makes shopping more convenient"

Convenience when shopping has become more and more important to consumers recently. China is one of the leading countries to open up and innovate this field of shopping convenience. With the use of advanced technology consumers can order food products at any time of the day and have them in their hands…

The effect of far-red enriched spectra on lettuce

One of the exciting features of LED grow lights is the ability to customize spectrums of light to fit various plant growth applications. Therefore understanding the relationship between light and plant growth is key for healthy, high-quality crop production. Plants do not only utilize light for…

Slovak invention to turn LEDs into 'Combined Light and Power' devices

"As the population is growing, demand for energy and food is growing too. It’s time to use natural synergies between agriculture and energy and create greater interoperability between both production sectors. It’s time to use greenhouses to effectively consume excess electricity caused by the…

UK: Scientists work on tech to 'smell' when produce goes off

Scientists in the UK are working to develop new technology which will be able to ‘smell’ when fruit or vegetables are going off. Their aim is to potentially save tonnes of waste; waste advisory body WRAP claims 1,200,000 tonnes of fresh fruit and vegetables are needlessly wasted each year. Now, a…

UK: "Horticulture on cusp of technological revolution"

Over 230 growers at AHDB’s SmartHort 2019 conference, which took place on 6 and 7 March, heard the sector needs a clear vision to drive investment in large-scale projects to accelerate innovation. Delegates at the two-day event in Stratford-upon-Avon heard updates from experts around the world on a range…

The research by Aldo Moro University in Bari, Italy

Kidney-friendly vegetables in hydroponics

For most of us, potassium is an important mineral nutrient that we need for health and is found in many foods, including fruits and vegetables. However, for people who have kidney disease, doctors recommend a low potassium diet. The recommended amount of potassium for an adult is around 4.7 grams/day,…

Automated irrigation scheduling for substrate grown soft fruit

In 2017, the Water Efficient Technologies (WET) Centre, developed at NIAB EMR, opened in East Malling. Its mission: to optimize the yield of high quality full flavored strawberries while at the same time reduce the amount of water needed. One of the commercial partners involved with the development of…

Boyce Thompson Institute

New York state: New plant genome editing database launched

By using recently developed gene editing tools like CRISPR/Cas, plant scientists have been enabled to figure out the functions of so many plant genes. While these studies could eventually lead to the creation of crops with improved traits, researchers first need a good way to keep track of the…

Edible coatings as an economical and natural alternative to synthetic waxes

Edible coatings are formulated biopolymers that use combinations of different food materials in order to offer economic alternatives that are more natural than the usual…

Handheld, backpack and air-assisted sprayers

Spring is in the air, which means it's spray season at CropKing. In order to combat pests, disease causing microbes and other "invaders", we use a sprayer to apply chemicals and protect the plants we are caring for. From handheld, to air-assisted sprayers or foggers, there are many options and lots of…

What does light do to your crop?

All radiation from the sun, whether it is PAR light, UV or infrared, has an effect on the growth and production of crops. You can selectively manage it with coatings that increase the positive effects and inhibit the negative ones. Less than 15% of the sun’s radiation is visible to us. Coincidentally, this largely corresponds…

Monosporic inoculation of crops under greenhouse conditions

Research into the symbiotic relationship between plants and arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi (AMF) is key for sustainable agricultural intensification. The objective of a new study is to evaluate native AMF at the monosporic level in greenhouse-grown, economically important crops. Agricultural soil samples…

or how a bubble bath benefits your crop

Improving the plants root system with extra oxygen

If the water weren't so cold, the silo at Dutch Berries would look pretty tempting for a dip. When you look at it at the right time, you see a real bubble bath. With millions of miniscule bubbles in the silo, the strawberry grower improves the root system of the strawberry plants. Frans van Hulten,…

Slyce debuts visual search solutions for Grocery retailers

Over the last few years, visual search has become known as a tool to find celebrity fashion and hard-to-describe decor. Now the camera technology is ready for its next retail sector: Grocery. At the 2019 Shoptalk retail conference in Las Vegas, Slyce is debuting how visual search is capable of solving a…

App enables users to control greenhouse controllers from their phones

Bartlett Instrument Company has introduced their latest mobile application, Headgrower. Headgrower is a mobile application for greenhouse customers and builds on the features and reliability of Bartlett controllers. This application makes it easy for users to control their greenhouse controllers from…

Scientists thread a nano-needle to modify the genes of plants

Is there an efficient way to tinker with the genes of plants? Being able to do that would make breeding new varieties of crop plants faster and easier, but figuring out exactly how to do it has stumped plant scientists for decades. Now researchers may have cracked it. Modifying the genetics of a plant…

Controlling electrical conductivity in fertigation

Measuring conductivity is a great way to check your nutrient levels. Spot checking is great, but why not monitor and adjust automatically? In this way you can monitor multiple points in your growing operation all at once. Read on to learn more about electrical conductivity and fertigation systems.

Northern Ireland: Growers to explore single layer production technology

The Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA) of Northern Ireland is offering mushroom growers an opportunity to travel to the Netherlands and Belgium to learn about innovative management practices in mushroom production. Mushroom production on Dutch shelving A particular focus of…

South Korea: Novel technology to cultivate special crops with selenium

HanaroFarm, a member company of Born2Global Centre, recently succeeded in developing a new special crop cultivation technology. HanaroFarm's new special crop cultivation technology involves ionizing selenium to remove harmful components and supplying the selenium to plants to enable it to be absorbed at…

Lumileds boosts efficiency and cost effectiveness of Luxeon 2835E

Lumileds introduced a new version of the Luxeon 2835E 9V LED specifically optimized for the typical drive current of retrofit lamps and downlights, 100 mA. Lamp designers will…

Optimal microclimate on crop level

Due to several technical improvements in modern greenhouses and more intensive cultivation methods, the necessity of controlling humidity levels on crop level increases. Meaning ventilation plays a vital role as this results in a better and more uniform climate. With the V-FloFan, Multifan offers the…

Bas Vollebregt, Alderman for Economics in Delft:

"Further technological development needed in horticulture"

"Horticulture is already a sector with a high degree of technology. But there are certainly further steps to be taken in this area, including drones and robotics," says Bas Vollebregt, Alderman for Economics in Delft. Bas Vollebregt has been Alderman for Economy, Culture, Land Development and Real Estate…

Agrozone looks back on HortiContact 2019

"Without good decontamination you will be pumping around diseases at 100% water reuse"

Water is hot, and Roy Imming and Rinze Noordam from Agrozone have noticed this at their stand at the recent HortiContact. "Many growers informed us that with the current decontamination they do not get good bacterial counts", says Rinze Noordam, contact person for Agrozone in the Westland and living in…

US (NC): WaterHub to save university greenhouse 120 million gallons of water annually

On an intellectual level, Ryan Lavinder knew when he entered the greenhouse of Emory University’s WaterHub last summer he wouldn’t smell anything. But with as much as 400 thousand gallons of sewage coursing through the facility each day, he still caught himself inhaling deep, searching for an odor. “When…

American LED supplier to enter European market

They’re well-known in the US, being one of the key players in horticultural lighting there – but in the Netherlands and Europe they are relatively unknown. Timo Bongartz is looking to change that. The new EMEA manager for Fluence by Osram explains to us how the company will expand in these new markets.…

From sweet pepper cultivation to seed production at Mr Seeds

10 crops controlled from 1 water technology room

It's quite a daring feet: to increase the height of a 3.7 ha pepper greenhouse and then use it to produce pepper, tomato and cucumber seeds. The company taken over from his father was doing fine, but Maikel van den Berg was looking for a challenge. Together with his current partner Roy Persoon, the idea…

South Africa’s first floating solar PV installation unveiled in the Western Cape

Marlenique, a fruit farm and wedding venue just outside of Franschhoek has unveiled a state of the art, floating solar PV system. The system has been installed by New South Energy on the farm’s dam, helping to generate clean energy, while also minimising evaporation from the farm’s dam and saving…

Light Engine:

"Vertical fixture to make hop cultivation more sustainable"

You probably won't notice it during Friday drinks, but there has been a shortage in hop for the production of beer. The hop that is normally grown in the open field has faced failed harvests. It is the reason hop growers are slowly switching to conditioned growth. Climbing plant Compared to the…

Seminar video: The Greenhouse Lighting and Systems Engineering (GLASE) consortium

If you missed Cornell University's recent Horticulture Section seminar, The Greenhouse Lighting and Systems Engineering (GLASE) consortium with Neil Mattson , Associate Professor, Horticulture Section, it is available online . Source: Cornell University

DBU donates around 320,000 euros

Managing vegetables with your smartphone

Smartphones are increasingly being used as a management aid in agriculture. This also goes for the plant fertilization process. The Institute of Horticulture at the University of Applied Sciences Weihenstephan-Triesdorf (Freising, Bavaria) now wants to develop a smartphone App for field vegetable…

New AgroCares portal

Managing nutrient data 24/7

Managing nutrient data 24/7, to follow trends and to gather more insight into nutrient data: a new AgroCares portal makes it possible. The AgroCares Web Portal gives customers 24/7 access to their data collected with the AgroCares Scanner or the AgroCares Lab-in-a-Box for animal feed and soil analysis. The portal has a number…

Tomato cluster kinking, snapping, or ripping

Tomato are the most widely-grown fruiting greenhouse crop. The types of tomatoes produced vary widely, from the beefsteak or slicer types to the smaller-fruited grape and cherry types. Regardless of which type you are growing, they all can suffer from cluster kinking (Fig. 1), snapping, or in extreme…

New video demonstrates how Blockchain works in practice

Naturipe Farms, along with SAP, has shared a new video which demonstrates how the company's use of blockchain technology is being put into practice. The video begins right in the middle of a blueberry field in Chile. A worker places the generated QR code sticker on to a rack of fruit they have just…

Rianne de Baar, Aqua D&S:

"By adding a vibrating screen, the cloth filter lasts longer"

From 1 January 2018, growers in the Netherlands are no longer permitted to discharge water from the greenhouse to surface water; they have to come up with solutions to reuse the water. Aqua D & S developed one of these solutions with the filtration tower. By combining a vibrating screen and a cloth…

Nienke Koeman of KWR Water about new purification technology:

"Unlike reverse osmosis, forward osmosis hardly requires energy"

Everything starts with good starting water. Forward osmosis is a new technique for achieving clean irrigation water. If you separate two liquids through a membrane, water passes through the membrane if the concentrations of dissolved substances (salts) are different. That's because the dissolved…

Research toolbox expanded thanks to light with diffused glass

When the lights are out, it looks like a regular grow-rack. However, inside is a specially developed type of diffuse glass, containing both LED lights and a reflecting mirror. This new equipment, the CoolGrow VF developed by MechaTronix, makes it possible to do dynamic LED research in an affordable way.…

Robert Rosa, Antecy:

"CO2 extraction from outside air already technically possible"

"The extraction of CO2 from outside air for dosing in greenhouses is already technically possible. But further development and research is needed to make it also economically feasible." This was stated by Robert Rosa from Antecy during a pitch at the Fossil Free Plaza of Kas als Energiebron (Greenhouse…

A better greenhouse climate thanks to wireless sensors

Climate equality is important for growers in greenhouses: temperature and humidity differences can lead to production and quality losses in cultivations of vegetables or flowers. To monitor the climate it is therefore important to have sufficient measuring points. The Business Unit Greenhouse…

Produce traceability on patented labeling system

Food recalls have been an issue over the past few years, affecting a number of different produce items. Media coverage on contaminated foods causing illness has diminished consumer confidence in food and the retailers where they purchased the recalled products. To increase consumer confidence and public…

Comparing antioxidant levels in tomatoes of different color

Naturally occurring antioxidants have been of great interest in recent years due to their recognizable health benefits. A study out of Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana in Mexico has clarified differing antioxidant levels by focusing on eight tomato genotypes with different-color fruit. Laura…

Enforcer Piet Lugtigheid:

"Growers have pushed boundaries in water management"

He’s the enforcer at the Hollandse Delta water board, but also uses his knowledge and experience for another Dutch water board: Rivierenland. This means that Piet Lugtigheid…

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Osram unveils grow light system for horticulture research

Osram has developed a research luminaire to meet the growing demands of researchers at universities, private institutes and plant production in greenhouses and vertical farms. Researchers and modern agriculturists can use the LED-based plant luminaire system Phytofy RL in the lab or in climatic chambers…

Effects of temperature and grafting on hydroponic sweet pepper

In areas characterized by mild winter climate, pepper is frequently cultivated in unheated greenhouses in which the temperature during the winter may drop to suboptimal…

US: Midwest Vegetable Production Guide updated for 2019

The 2019 edition of the Midwest Vegetable Production Guide for Commercial Growers is available for download in PDF. The guide is produced through a collaboration of land-grant universities from eight states. It provides growers with vegetable production information including fertility, variety, cultural,…

Project Hybrid Lighting Tomato

"The bar is high, but we are on the right track"

In mid-September last year, new tomatoes were planted for the Hybrid Lighting Tomato project at Delphy Improvement Center. In this project, the vine tomato Merlice is grown under a combination of LED and Son-T lighting. The goal is to harvest more than 55 kg / m² by the end of week 18. They have now been…

"Inspect and document seed coating quality"

Digital microscopes are excellent tools for evaluating the seed coating application process. When zooming in on the coated seeds, it is easy to determine whether the film coating is evenly distributed and to create photo documentation that can be shared with customers and coworkers. The seed coating used…

How to coordinate screens and coatings in a greenhouse?

When there is a coating, there is less of a need to close the moveable screen beneath it. The best results are achieved when the coating, screen, and shading strategy are properly aligned. Growers that are using a coating for the first time consistently report that there is a significant reduction in the…

Continuously growing microgreens at home

The perfect present for a food-loving tech nerd should be an innovation that can be labeled as smart, urban and sustainable. Well, the Mizzle microgreen cultivator ticks all the boxes. The concept, which is not for sale yet, is a product of designers Gökhan Cetinkaya & Deniz Ibanoğlu and a winner of…

The benefits of growing maize under film

Growing maize under film could provide producers with benefits worth more than £200 per hectare (ha) compared to conventional methods. According to Wynnstay dairy specialist Mark Price, the improved nutritional value of maize silage grown under film, outweighs the increased growing costs. “The total…

2Grow partners with 30MHz, bringing new sensors onto the Zensie platform

Growers monitoring their crops with 30MHz technology can add two new metrics to their overview: sap flow and stem diameter. 30MHz has partnered with Dutch agtech company 2Grow, bringing agribusinesses yet another source of data to guide grow strategy and decision-making. 30MHz customers can view their…

UK: Next Generation Growing – Lessons Learned

Following a successful pilot study group project focused on Next Generation Growing (NGG), GrowSave led a workshop on 14 February 2019, hosted by Mill Nurseries, to share some of the lessons learned. The 25-strong audience comprised growers, crop consultants and industry representatives, all keen to hear…

What are DLC listed LED Grow Lights? And why does it matter?

Design Lights Consortium to include horticultural lights

The Design Lights Consortium (DLC) has started a horticultural lighting program and the first LED lights for indoor growing have been approved. Thrive Agritech, supplier of LED lighting for greenhouses and indoor farms, encourages this. "Buying DLC listed products provides peace-of-mind that the lights…

Ruud den Engelsman, Luiten Greenhouses:

"Increasingly more diffuse cloths, also in soft fruit cultivation"

"Some soft fruit growers are leading the way and closely follow developments in the area of screening. Others are more wait-and-see," says Ruud den Engelsman of Luiten Greenhouses, who sees growers increasingly opting for diffuse cloths in addition to energy cloths. "But if eventually one grower has…

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US: Integrating crop diversity into high tunnel production systems

High tunnel production has continued to grow in the midwest providing an engine for local food production. However, many growers choose to utilize these structures primarily (or even exclusively) for tomato production leading to very little room for crop rotation. At K-State, they have been working on…

Decreasing greenhouse water consumption

Iof2020 conducted a research on water consumption in greenhouses and how this can be reduced through the use of IoT technology. The company explains, "Our use case Chain-Integrated Greenhouse Production relies on IoT technology to ensure quality and transparency in the entire tomato supply chain. The…


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