Business review

Telecommunication company steps in data-collection for growers

Vodafone Romania expands its portfolio of digital solutions for business with a suite of solutions dedicated to farmers. They integrate innovative sensor-based IoT technologies that ensure the collection and management of essential data for crops, automation of operations, monitoring of various…

New next-gen automated light control system showcased

Heliospectra has announced the launch of helioCORE 2.0. The newly upgraded state-of-the-art plant science software is being released to leading commercial growers and research institutions around the globe. It is expected to have a full launch by Q3 of 2021. In 2018, Heliospectra launched its helioCORE…

NextLight

New full-spectrum LED backed by "Down to the Diode" warranty

NextLight has just released the NextLight Plus Pro. This high efficiency - supplemental greenhouse fixture is DLC Hort Listed, qualifying for energy rebates and backed by NextLight’s 5 Year Full Manufacturer's Warranty. "The thin profile design minimizes shadows in the greenhouse and ensures vigorous production…

Fully coated water tank in disguise

We're not calling anybody ugly yet water tanks might not be the most beautiful devices ever installed in horticulture. Well, think again. A grower in Portugal ordered a water tank in pinewood green. "The green colour of the metal panels is caused by a powder coating, preventing against corrosion in…

Crowd investment campaign for hydroponic greenhouse kits

There's a new opportunity for investors with interest in the agricultural industry. The Israeli company TAPKIT hydroponic systems has launched a crowd investment campaign. With over 30 successful installations word-wide, the company wants to upscale their business. "We are already selling on a consistent…

US: Western Growers launches global harvest automation initiative

Western Growers (WG) is spearheading a Global Harvest Automation Initiative (GHAI) to accelerate harvest automation across the fresh produce industry, with a goal of…

“Washing is not enough to mitigate E.coli when processing leafy greens”

Recently, the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) and CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) in the United States disclosed the founding of a multistate outbreak of E. coli 0151:H7 investigation: the outbreak was linked to leafy greens. However, this is not the first time an outbreak involving…

University of Florida research

Creating better strawberries using Artificial Intelligence

For decades, taste groups and breeding for better taste have existed, being relied upon to guide decisions on which strawberries taste and smell best. This would help steer…

Large ozone disinfectant protects Dutch propagator

Gipmans Planten in Venlo, founded in 1971, is a family business that is involved in the cultivation of vegetable plants and herbs. In order to shield the young plant material from viruses, bacteria, and fungi to the maximum, one consciously chooses to disinfect the water in the last stage before it…

automatic unloading and loading station

New internal greenhouse logistic tool

The newest internal greenhouse logistic tool developed by FPHU Maryniaczyk is the Hortitruck, a user-friendly towing tractor with an option to pull up to 3 tons.  The body of the HortiTruck tractor is made of steel protected against corrosion and elements made of ABS plastic. The product has an electric drive and…

Red Horticulture: a revolution for the crops

Red Horticulture specializes in intelligent LED lighting systems to optimize plant growth. The French start-up based in Lyon has just raised 2.5 million euros [2.97 million…

New Container Fresh & Frozen (CFF) refrigeration units launched

Thermo King®, providing transport temperature control solutions and a brand of Trane Technologies, has introduced new Container Fresh & Frozen (CFF) refrigeration solutions for containers. The new Thermo King CFF reefers feature improved temperature and humidity control, lower total cost of ownership and…

PMA virtual town hall

Overview of technologies that help fighting food waste

This week’s PMA virtual town hall focused on technologies that work to reduce food waste. Ed Tracy, PMA’s Vice President of Supply Chain and Sustainability, explains: “More and more consumers are looking to support brands and organizations whose goals align with theirs. Among the values they look for is…

Looije Agro Technics about lighting choice

"Do not rely solely in the blue LEDs from suppliers"

There is a lot of movement in the greenhouse light market at the moment. Over the coming two months, greenhouse vegetable growers in Northwest Europe will certainly have to make decisions. And also in floriculture growers are faced with choices. Do they want to use (more) artificial light? And if so,…

Cor van Staalduinen on Plantonomy trial

"I found it hard to believe that a program could do it better than me"

Dutch Agricultural research center Vertify was one of the first to work with Plantonomy, Priva's technology for autonomous growing, as part of a pilot. Cor van Staalduinen, Vertify's operations manager, has been involved in the use of Plantonomy in tomato cultivation from the beginning. Where he was…

Rigid crate or folding crate?

We are increasingly seeing rigid crates being exchanged for folding crates in the fruit and vegetable sector. Schiphorst Transport and Storage Technology, a producer of plastic crates, also signals a significant increase in the sale of folding crates. Will the rigid crate disappear completely from view? Folding crate versus rigid…

The ABC of PAR, PPF and PPFD

There is a myriad of factors for growers to take onboard when building a greenhouse or grow area. Firstly, there’s plant lifecycles and grow light positioning. Then, there’s heat and light spectrum, not to mention space and market. Little wonder taking on such a challenge can feel rather overwhelming, to start off with at…

Organic grower Michael Görnitz on robotization in the fruit industry

"We need robots to harvest the apples and the strawberries".

As societies flourish and grow, so do the distances. Today, growers can hardly hardly get any seasonal workers from Poland or the Czech Republic, as their demands and their income have grown. Now, the harvest helpers at the Görnitz organic farm in Sörnewitz have come from Ukraine, and even from faraway…

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Study on the effect of different drying methods on Korean mint flower

Edible flowers have been used in the food and beverage industries because of their high nutritional value, flavor, and scent. For the storage of edible flowers used in these industries, drying is a necessity to store the materials more easily and prevent the damage of metabolites in the flowers. However,…

Agros and Aweta: a 19-year partnership to add value for consumers

"High technology is very important to Agros´s processes to deliver high quality produce to our customers. From our greenhouses to the packing process, we have strict food…

Shading effect of photovoltaic panels on horticulture crops production: a mini review

Agrivoltaics (APV) combine crops with solar photovoltaics (PV) on the same land area to provide sustainability benefits across land, energy and water systems (Parkinson and…

Phys.org

Rise of the 'robo-plants': scientists fuse nature with technology

Remote-controlled Venus flytrap "robo-plants" and crops that tell farmers when they are hit by disease could become reality after scientists developed a high-tech system for communicating with vegetation. Researchers in Singapore linked up plants to electrodes capable of monitoring the weak electrical…

Embedded multi-sensor & imaging horticulture lighting system launched

Agnetix has launched Zenith, a new grow lighting series with built-in sensor & imaging technologies. Building on Agnetix A3, Zenith directly integrates plant health sensors and canopy imaging cameras with the Agnetix water-cooled system. With several standard and optional configurations, Zenith provides…

and NZ suppliers are ready to help them

A number of pain points drive Middle East (growth) intensification

An international consulting company says New Zealand has a real opportunity to be a partner of choice with the Middle East in providing  agritech solutions to a growing agriculture sector. Alpha Kennedy, from Prime Consulting International, told delegates at the MobileTECH Ag event in Rotorua that the United…

Study on detecting diseased leaves using deep learning

Plants are an integral part of our ecosystem, and automation in detecting their diseases has intrigued researchers all around the world. In the proposed context, the research…

"The number of micro-growers/home growers is exploding"

While the rest of the world seemed to stand still in 2020, newly established Houweling-Dutch Plantin Ltd. did anything but that. Formed as a joint venture between two Dutch companies (Houweling Group and Dutch Plantin) in 2019, Houweling Dutch Plantin Ltd. (H-DP) is an Ontario-based company currently…

US (NY): Thrive Agritech releases new 600W Pinnacle LED grow light

Thrive Agritech has released the new Pinnacle LED grow light. "Energy-efficient LED technology allows the 600W Pinnacle light to effectively replace the best 1,000W double-ended high-pressure sodium lights commonly found in greenhouses and high-intensity indoor cannabis operations," Thrive Agritech team…

Windcloud combines wind power and algae farming

Algae greenhouse neutralizes carbon footprint data centre

Data centres require a lot of energy and have a correspondingly large carbon footprint. This can change in the future. The data centre operator Windcloud, in cooperation with the company Eschenburg EKK and the Dierck Group, has developed a revolutionary data centre that works with electricity from wind…

inotec LLC focuses on innovative labeling technology for the food industry

"RFID labeling is rapidly gaining traction in the food industry"

Strict specifications and legal guidelines; total precision and exacty hygiene are important in the food industry. Inotec LLC, headquartered in Neumünster, Germany, can look back on more than 40 years of expertise on this. Label materials and adhesives from their own production are ISEGA-certified,…

BelOrta invests in vacuum cooling for lettuce

"Vacuum cooling significantly extends the shelf life of leafy vegetables"

Lettuce and lettuce varieties occupy an important place within the BelOrta range. BelOrta also strives to bring them from the field to the plate as fresh and high-quality as possible. Last year, BelOrta sold more than 56,000,000 lettuce and lettuce varieties, worth half of the Belgian supply. "Although…

growing hydroponically not organic according to new EU plans

"There are wonderful sustainable initiatives, they are just not organic"

Like in the US, the debate on whether hydroponic grown vegetables can be classified as organic is ongoing in Europe. That's partly because of the surcharges organically certified produce yields, but there's more. Growing hydroponically is truly sustainable, industry suppliers and growers say. "There are…

Biobest & ecoation join forces

AI-Optimized IPM offered to the European market

Biobest Group NV (Biobest), a worldwide supplier of solutions for biological control of pests and disease, and Ecoation Innovative Solutions Inc. (ecoation), a Canadian developer of automated greenhouse management and crop health monitoring technologies, have signed a partnership agreement effective…

Is the Netherlands still the global frontrunner in biotechnology?

"The Netherlands could become a frontrunner in biotechnology". This was the VNO-NCW headline that recently appeared above the announcement of a report on the future of biotechnology in the Netherlands, which also includes breeding. In any case, programme manager Rutger Lommerse of Greenports Netherlands…

University of California, Berkeley research

Ice-fighting bacteria could aid crops against frost damage

Every spring, California farmers have to be on the lookout for signs of frost. Faced with the prospect of losing an entire season’s harvest, growers spend millions of dollars…

Promising results: disinfection using UV-C

Consumers who buy a bag of lettuce expect to ­find a clean product with a reasonable shelf life and no health risks. Processers need to meet this need without using excessive amounts of water and, in many countries, without using resources such as chlorine. Sormac investigated to what extent UV-C can…

Robot Sprayer with adjustable sprayer boom launched

Based on the experience of plant protection in protected soil, as well because of close cooperation with agronomists of greenhouse complexes, the team with Walzmatic has created robot sprayer Agro Jet 300R. "This is the first sprayer in the world with automatically adjustable sprayer boom, so you do not…

Canadian Valley Growers brings improved production year-round with switch to LED lights

"Crop time has been knocked down by 30%"

Canadian Valley Growers partnered with Signify to install more than 1,500 Philips brand LED toplighting grow lights over their leafy green propagation and finished production areas. “With Philips LEDs we’ve experienced quicker crop times, heavier root mass heavier leaf mass, better color,” says Bill…

Fieldwork Robotics raises £675,000 to accelerate development of harvesting robots

Portfolio company Fieldwork Robotics has raised £675,000 through an equity fundraising from existing and new investors.The proceeds will be used to support development of the…

urban-gro signed agreements

"Continued expansion into European market"

urban-gro, Inc. has signed agreements with two European companies, one in France and one in the Netherlands, experiencing quick inertia with opportunities throughout the European market. These representation agreements are the Company’s first outside of the US. Additionally, the Company is readying final…

UV-C robot ready for daily use at three pilot companies

Mildew, also known as  white blight, has been a problem for strawberry growers for years. Reason for Coöperatie Hoogstraten and Proefcentrum Hoogstraten to look for a solution for the growers. This was found in the application of UV-C. Once that proved effective, the next step was automation. That step has…

The concept of lighting from an untainted view

There is a lot of movement in the greenhouse light market at the moment. Over the coming two months, greenhouse vegetable growers in Northwest Europe will certainly have to make decisions. And also in floriculture growers are faced with choices. Do they want to use (more) artificial light? And if so,…

In memoriam Eric Laget, commercial director CMF Group

It is with deep sadness that Renaud Josse, president of the French CMF Group, announces the sudden and tragic passing of Eric Laget, commercial director of the company. Eric passed away March 16 2021, at the age of 55. Eric joined the company in September 1999 as head of sales. He became CMF’s sales manager…

Clearing a $5-million fund

Nova Scotia works towards cleaner, efficient farm technologies

Over the next two years, Nova Scotia farmers and food processors will have access to a new $5-million program that is aimed at helping food production and making environmental…

New soil moisture sensor for smart agriculture

It’s easy to know your soil’s water and temperature condition with the Alta by Monnit Soil Moisture Sensor. It provides a way to improve irrigation scheduling and efficiency.…

Award for biodegradable paper technology

At the 2021 Green Expo held in Queensland, Australia, Ellepot’s newest development in paper technology, the Ellepot Organic 2.0, won the award for best new product in the Allied Trade category. The paper material in Ellepot Organic 2.0 is certified by the Soil Association, FSC, Rainforest Alliance and…

playing with far-red light improves yield

"Eventually all lighting will be dynamic"

"How much far-red light plants need, changes during the season and even during the day," says Koen of MechaTronix. Lighting with an adjustable partial spectrum allows for this kind of control: the standard spectrum remains the same and the intensity of red and far-red light can be adjusted. "You only…

Pieter van Berchum, Gakon Horticultural Projects:

"Acquisition prepares us for the next seventy years"

“Netafim has the network, the strength, and the financial capabilities to put Gakon on the map worldwide,” says Pieter van Berchum, Managing Director of Gakon Horticultural Projects. From April 1, the company will officially be part of Netafim. 70 years of historyGakon Horticultural Projects was founded in…

Carbon-neutral climate control utility launched

"By reclaiming precious water from the air and continually air-processing greenhouse environments, agribusinesses can now reduce utility expenses and realize more value in healthy crops," the team with Selu says. The company created patent-pending technologies to reclaim atmospheric humidity, produce…

PMA town hall

The potential of AI technology in solving problems in agriculture

This week’s PMA town hall looked at the developments in AI and how the technology can be applied to solve problems in agriculture. Vonnie Estes, PMA’s Vice-President of Technology, talked with Dr. Elliott Grant, who is the general manager of Project Mineral at X, Alphabet’s “Moonshot Factory.” Grant and…

Victory for hydroponic growers

Judge rules: This lettuce can be organic

Good news for the organic growers of the US. Or at least, for the organic hydroponic growers of the US. The U.S. District Court in San Francisco has affirmed the legality of U.S. Department of Agriculture certification of organic hydroponic operations. This means that the organic label can be used for…

"Innovative Bluetooth sensor network delivers improved crop status visibility to growers"

For Agritech company WayBeyond, the solution was simple. Yet they had to question why no other companies had approached the problem in this way before. Their target market: commercial growers, require frequent, and detailed climate data to get the best from their crops. In a greenhouse environment, keeping…

Schneider Electric shares tips

"You can be both sustainable and profitable"

"Sustainability is a choice. A strategic, smart choice. And, contrary to what some believe, you do not have to sacrifice business performance to make a direct impact on the world." That's what the team of Schneider Electric is convinced of - and they know what they're talking about The $25B global…

Pluggable solutions remove installation hurdles for horticultural lighting

The greenhouse horticulture industry is undeniably a development in which growers are switching from HPS lighting to hybrid or full-LED lighting systems. This means that fixtures have to be replaced. And the installation of new fixtures also involves adjustment of the electrical installation. However,…

New technology to help vegetable growers estimate right amount of fertilizer

Most South Carolina vegetable growers agree that proper fertilization and irrigation are important for their crops. But just how much fertilizer is enough? Clemson University Cooperative Extension Service researchers have taken the guesswork out of this equation by creating a calculator that determines…

New water-powered chemical injector introduced

Dosatron International, LLC, with corporate offices in Clearwater, Florida, is excited to officially launch the New 40 GPM series of water-powered chemical injectors. The Dosatron D40MZ series is water-powered, so no electricity is needed, and includes three models to choose from. The D40MZ2 with a dilution…

Historische Druivenkwekerij Sonnehoeck

Historical wing pump becomes the new showpiece in the grape garden Sonnehoeck

At the Historical Grapes Nursery Sonnehoeck, a piece of horticultural history is being kept alive with the help of a historic pump, namely a wing pump. Volunteers received this showpiece, dating back to the early 19th century, in October. At the time, the pump was being used to water the crops, mainly in…

Helping growers create the most optimal plant recipe

UK based Light Science Technologies (LST), has opened its new, state-of-the-art in-house laboratory as it aims to help growers create the most optimal plant recipe. The purpose-built testing facility at LST’s Derby site will mimic, via a test and replicate process, a grower’s closed indoor environment…

Washing dirty crates in a looping

In Maasdijk, Growers United has finally taken up residence in their new location at Honderdland. This means a lot of product is going in and out at the big player in cultivating and packaging greenhouse vegetables. To keep all the crates used for this clean, Unifortes recently supplied  two washing installations.…

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Autonomous horticulture with the help of AI, will people soon be redundant?

This year will see the start of the 3rd edition of the ‘Autonomous Greenhouse Challenge’. The challenge is to grow lettuce in a greenhouse ‘completely autonomously and without human intervention’ through the use of AI. The lettuce also needs to meet a high standard of quality and yield. It also has use…

resistant to harmful biotic and abiotic environmental conditions!

Obtaining cuttings with new techniques brings opportunities for ash trees

The common ash (Fraxinus excelsior L.) is a temperate tree species with a wide distribution across Europe. It is also found in Asia Minor and Africa and from the Arctic Circle to Turkey. Of the four different ash species growing naturally, common ash is the most important commercially. The properties of…

Survey to research level of automation uptake in UK horticulture

A new survey by AHDB Horticulture is underway, looking to measure the level of uptake of automation and robotics within UK horticultural businesses over the last four years.…

UK: Drones will be mainstream delivery option by 2040

As unmanned technology and network scale dramatically bring down costs, drones could account for one-third of same-day package deliveries by 2040. While security and privacy…

Robs4Crops is helping farmers cope with shortage of labor and revolutionizes the agricultural landscape

Faster transition to robotics with the European Robs4Crops project

With a budget of 7.9 million euros [9.4 million USD] funded by the European Union, the Robs4Crops project aims to accelerate the transition to robotics and automation in European agriculture. Led by the University and Research of Wageningen (WUR), the mission of Robs4Crops is to show that robotics brings…

"It’s about shrinking time and space and stretching brains not bodies"

Ecoation Innovative Solutions, a provider of data-driven grower assist technology, and AGvisorPRO, a platform that connects growers with experts remotely in real-time, have signed an agreement to collaborate through integration. Ecoation and AGvisorPRO aim to integrate their platforms to facilitate a…

"Crops grow more naturally under new Sunlight LED top light"

Climalux recently introduced its new LED top light CLX V1000. On 18 February, the advantages of the new fixtures, results from practical research and application in Next Generation Growing were discussed, among others, during an online knowledge event. Besides the people from Climalux, Ary De Jong of…

New online tool for quantity calculation of hygiene management

Production and marketing safety in horticulture require a functioning hygiene management. For an effective hygiene concept, a targeted and precise application of detergents and disinfectants is necessary. The required quantities of detergents and disinfectants can be reduced to a minimum by competent…

"Predicting the future without guesswork"

What if you could predict the future of your harvest based on data? What if you could plan ahead and make more data-driven decisions that saves time and takes away the guesswork? Due to a high demand for this type of technology, Grodan recently improved the Yield Forecaster in the e-Gro Essential Package…

Florida-grown coffee? How Florida scientists are using AI to serve up the possibilities

Most of the world’s coffee is grown in tropical regions. However, a changing climate could allow coffee to grow farther north — for example, in Florida. To understand how that might work, scientists with the University of Florida are already growing coffee plants at the UF/IFAS Plant Science Research and…

Lasko

New, fruit-shaped device to keep our fridges fresh

The new Fresh Slice Fridge Ionizer from Lasko is a battery-operated, watermelon-shaped device that functions as an air purifier, just for our fridges. It uses the brand’s patented technology to release “odor eating particles” helping to break down ethylene gas, while also keeping any smells at bay.…

New EU project Robs4Crops accelerates shift towards robotics

From farming controllers and smart implements to fully autonomous farming systems, Robs4Crops (a new project) is helping farmers fill labour shortages — shaking up the farming landscape. The Robs4Crops project will accelerate the shift towards the large-scale implementation of robotics and automation in…

More than meets the eyes: discovering the underlying secrets of plants performance

In order to achieve a high level of confidence in new agriculture products, researchers and developers need to examine new plants, or new materials' effect on the plant, and so they have to perform repeated field trials, where it is hard to control external influences such as soil conditions, climate or…

Data analysis made easier and less time-consuming by integrated wireless technology

Last year, Priva and Aranet signed an exclusive partnership to enable integrated wireless technology in greenhouses. With the integrated solution from Priva and Aranet, it is now possible to connect wireless sensors to Priva's Open Platform which allows the grower to view and analyze all data from…

Robot hand with a 'human touch'

A human hand can grasp anything. From a whole pineapple to a bag of tangerines. We also instinctively know how to adjust our grip on products. The company Soft Robotics applies this technique to their robots, making it very suitable for delicate products such as fruits and vegetables.

International autonomous greenhouse challenge, 3rd edition, announced

Wageningen University & Research and Tencent are proud to announce the 3rd edition of the International Autonomous Greenhouse Challenge. Multidisciplinary teams from around the world will use artificial intelligence to remotely produce lettuce. The goal of the third challenge – to be held between June…

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IMPROVATE Israel-UAE agriculture and water conference:

"Desert agriculture can be the answer to food security"

As climate change continues to impact agriculture worldwide, a conference aimed at advancing technological cooperation in agriculture and water was held in Tel Aviv this week with senior government representatives from Israel and Africa along with investors from the United Arab Emirates and Israeli…

France: Containers to grow fruit and vegetables in La Courneuve

In the French department of Seine-Saint-Denis, an urban production of fruit and vegetables is being grown in 12-meter long containers. The products grow inside, under a pink…

Nitrogen fertility management in organic tobacco greenhouse production

Nitrogen (N) is the most important nutrient for ensuring a healthy tobacco crop that produces high quality leaf. Accordingly, the majority of this research focuses on organic…

Ag Pro Robotics

Ag Pro Robotics, California

StrawBot follows harvesters during strawberry picking

Ag Pro Robotics from Watsonville, California, has presented a semi-autonomous strawberry harvesting robot called StrawBot. The machine is designed to support human strawberry pickers, as it can autonomously follow them through the field during harvesting. Although there have been many attempts to develop…

Valleyfield, Quebec greenhouse opportunity

A newly constructed state-of-the-art greenhouse facility, ancillary warehouse and processing facility and rooftop greenhouse is available in Valleyfield, Quebec (the “Property” or the “Offering”). The Property is comprised of a +/-72.5 acre site currently improved with over 1,033,506 square feet of…

First joint project of the high-bay warehouse producer "KOAT" and "activeIT".

Automated buffer system at Gemüsebau Steiner

At the end of last year, the next step towards production automation began at "Gemüsebau Steiner" in Bavaria. A fully automated high-bay warehouse for six-figure kilogram storage quantities from the Dutch company "KOAT" will optimise the vegetable producer's processes in the future. Within three months,…

"Now that we have the data we can really start"

The sensors that currently provide growers with a lot of data will be for sale 'on every street corner' in five years, expects John van Helden from Yookr. That is why he is happy that he has a smart open-source software platform on the market right now. "This way, we can constantly link data from any…

New development on haze control

There are not many developments in the glass business in the horticultural industry. However, Planti is one of the companies who keeps investing in the innovation. Their newest novelty includes the use of a new type of roller to print haze on glass, which makes the surface of the glass smoother, resulting in fewer droplets and…

Researchers develop an AI system that allows greenhouses to operate without human intervention

This technology is a step forward for future space missionsOne of the challenges to colonize other planets and establish human settlements, starting with the planets closest…

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Drones vs hungry moths: Dutch use hi-tech to protect crops

Dutch cress grower Rob Baan has enlisted high-tech helpers to tackle a pest in his greenhouses: palm-sized drones seek and destroy moths that produce caterpillars that can chew up his crops. “I have unique products where you don’t get certification to spray chemicals and I don’t want it,” Baan said in an…

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Why crop registration is a vital part of your crop management

Crop registration is an essential task to maintain optimal conditions for your plants. Even in a controlled growing environment, conditions vary over time. Changing weather/climate conditions, management practices, biologicals, and interactions of crop cultivars/varieties with their environment are all…

New climate control algorithm improves greenhouse climate control

Tomatoes, bell peppers, onions. The Netherlands is one of the biggest exporters of vegetables worldwide, and export is still growing. However, cultivation of these vegetables consumes energy. In order to sustain not only an increasing population but also the planet, we have to produce more food while…

Foodbank teams with Australian grocery retailers to speed food relief using quality control technology

A global food supply chain quality solutions company has helped Australian supermarkets streamline fresh produce donations to a major charity during the COVID-19 pandemic, while concurrently reducing the amount of food waste. iFoodDS and Woolworths were recognized as a Tech Innovation Award finalist for…

The warehouse of the future

The future of warehouse logistics. These are the STO Express logistics robots in the sorting centre of Xuzhou, China.    

Coöperatie Hoogstraten connects grower and consumer thanks to vision and RFID technology

Coöperatie Hoogstraten was looking for a tracking system linking the cardboard punnets and trays for its strawberries to the pallet carrying them. The company opted for a solution which identifies the trays by means of vision technology. The further follow-up and identification of the trays takes place…

Flying fruit picking robot uses AI to distinguish between varieties

It's becoming increasingly difficult to find good workers. Fruit and vegetable growers, too, are facing these problems. This has been exacerbated by the global pandemic. But their tomatoes, apples, or pears must be harvested in time. So some growers turn to drones to pick their crops, as this video…

Equilibrium Modified Atmosphere Packaging

‘Keeping leafy greens fresh is an exact science’

California and Arizona are producing more than 90% of US lettuce. If you live anywhere east of these two states, your leafy greens have traveled a long way to get there. How…

University of Georgia

UGA researchers investigate blue light to increase blueberry quality and fight disease

The COVID-19 crisis has put supply chain issues at the forefront of food production and packaging concerns. Researchers at the University of Georgia investigated a potential solution for extending the shelf life of blueberries by exposing blueberries to blue light during storage. Led by horticulture…

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"Horticulture is an interesting sector for hackers"

Suddenly it does get very hot in the greenhouse. The grow pipe appears to be heating up at maximum and the windows are closed. The screen system does not seem to respond to the sun and the irrigation is set to zero. The climate computer no longer responds to adjustments, instead giving an unknown…

Digitalization takes flight

Increased interest in quality inspection software

Digitalization of processes continues to gain popularity as it increases efficiencies and saves time as well as money. Anton Alibekov, owner of Zofto Solutions explains how he got into the digitalization business and what software solutions his company offers. “I’ve always had a love for computers,” he…

how to improve labour efficiency and free up time

Managing staff during the labour shortage period

The lack of backpackers and seasonal workers has made competition for staff intense in many parts of the world. As a result, growers have less time to focus on critical planning activities. Labour management systems are providing growers an immediate solution that improves their existing workforce…

Plant health measurements device

Remarkable new employee for Mucci Farms

In addition to the launch of a new OKO Immersive solution at Mucci Farms, the companies have signed an agreement to pursue 2021/2022 product development research in Mucci Farms’ Ontario greenhouse facilities. "Mucci Farms’ expansive facilities and diverse crop selection provides the ideal environment for…

Céline Montauriol, Azura Group:

"Our biggest advantage is that we don't heat or use lights in our greenhouses"

For people buying tomatoes, numbers like 986 hectares of tomato cultivation mean very little. Yes, it's many football fields, but what else? Nothing. Percentages are also tricky. Twenty percent lower CO2 emissions. Fine, but what does that mean? Quite a lot, according to the folks at the Azura Group. The…

Clover

Starting with Bengaluru and Hyderabad

Agritech start-up Clover launches D2C app

Agritech start-up  Clover has launched its direct-to-consumer app Deep Rooted, moving away from its business-to-business (B2B) model to focus on a D2C business strategy. The company sells fresh fruits and vegetables. The new consumer brand Deep Rooted. Co is a demand-backed cultivation and supply chain solution for fruits…

Next generation of loT supply chain monitoring devices released

Supply chain visibility provider Sensitech has expanded its suite of IoT devices to include air-carrier approved and non-lithium battery models for real-time tracking of shipments when cargo is traveling by plane. The enhanced family of TempTale® GEO and VizCommTM View products support shipments…

Gemeente Hollands-Kroon

Dutch farmers, horticulturalists oppose Agriport Microsoft data centre permit

LTO Noord is a Dutch company that representative agricultural interests is, among other places, Hollands Kroon. It's appealing against the permit for a Microsoft data center. The Hollands Kroon town council granted this in early January. It's supposed to be Microsoft's second data center at Agriport.…

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"The tool that revolutionized plant breeding and brought GMOs into agriculture"

A plywood-mounted transformer, a voltmeter-equipped wand and a pair of bulbous vacuum tubes might appear to be just a random collection of components. But Brian Martinell and Dennis McCabe turned them into a tool that would revolutionize plant breeding and help usher in genetic engineering in…

About PAR, PPF, and PPFD

If you have been researching LED horticulture lighting systems for your plant growth facility, you have likely been bombarded with a variety of metrics that lighting manufacturers use to market their products. Some terms and acronyms you are likely to see include: watts, lumens, LUX, foot candles, PAR, PPF, PPFD, and photon…

"Blockchain is catalyst for digital transformation of agrifood"

Why is blockchain relevant for agrifood and how can it contribute to sustainable agrifood in the data economy? Blockchain has the potential to offer many opportunities for increasing transparency, traceability, efficiency, and the position of farmers and horticulturists in the agrifood chains, aspects…

Virtual reality aims to transform agricultural education

Today’s farmers, from family farms to large-scale agricultural concerns, are integrating state-of-the art technologies into their operations to increase crop yields and efficiently use water, fertilizer, and pesticides, decreasing negative environmental impacts and increasing worker safety. One aspect of…

UK: APS tests stem sensors to monitor tomato crops

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

Turning crop waste into high-value fashion products

Researchers at Cranfield University are working with partners at the University of York to develop a greener way to manufacture textiles for clothing using biomass derived from crop waste. The new process uses low environmental impact solvents to dissolve cellulose produced by bacteria from crop and…

"it took a dog bite for the customer to accept the offer"

Bram's adventures at home and abroad

"There's no course for it. It's quite difficult." That's what Bram van den Ende says when you ask him if he finds it difficult to retire. After half a century at Stolze group, where he started at 16 as the first employee and he was able to work himself up to CEO, it is time to step down. "When you've…

"We offer the agriculture industry an alternative to Microsoft"

Tech innovator WayBeyond is taking on Microsoft’s Power BI and Excel products to give growers an alternative solution for integrating all their business data into one digital platform.   “Historically, the technology to manage your data was limited. Growers have gotten used to spreadsheets and other historical tools,…

extended oil service intervals by an average 80%

New lubricant for engines on non-natural gas

Q8Oils and INNIO Jenbacher have today launched Jenbacher S Oil 40 gas engine oil, a new lubricant for engines that operate on non-natural gas (including, but not limited to biogas, sewage gas and landfill gas). This is one of the first products developed by the long-term global partnership established by…

Patrick Ménard, Sollum Technologies, on SUN as a Service™:

"We see a light recipe as a movie"

As horticultural lighting becomes more precise and efficient, so too are the control systems that manage it. A prime example is Sollum’s SUN as a Service™ application, which allows growers to modulate light recipes in real time by analysing ambient light and adjusting the fixtures’ output to meet…

Hotter, drier, CRISPR: editing plants for climate change

Gene editing technology will play a vital role in climate-proofing future crops to protect global food supplies, according to scientists at The University of Queensland. Biotechnologist Dr Karen Massel from UQ’s Centre for Crop Science has published a review of gene editing technologies such as…

New lightweight portable deck showcased

Pipp Horticulture, a provider of space‐saving, multi‐level mobile cultivation systems, announces the new Elevate Platform System. The Elevate Platform System is a robust yet lightweight and portable deck that allows cultivators to access PIPP’s Multi-Tier Mobile Grow Racks quickly, and most importantly,…

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What is DLI and why is it essential?

Growers need to balance multiple factors to ensure that their plants receive optimum lighting to achieve optimum growth and quality. One of these factors is the Daily Light Integral (DLI), a concept that has been used for several years now, but is becoming increasingly relevant in helping growers to…

Dutch companies building high-tech greenhouses in South China and Hong Kong

"Self sufficiency is at the top of the Chinese agenda"

Self sufficiency is at the top of the Chinese agenda. Not only on a national level but also on a provincial level, China strives for greater efficiency in production in order to meet the local demand for fresh produce. For that reason, high-tech greenhouse horticulture is developing rapidly. Horticulture is…

Maersk

Seven years ahead of schedule

A.P. Moller - Maersk will operate the world’s first carbon neutral liner vessel by 2023

Fast-tracked by advances in technology and increasing customer demand for sustainable supply chains, A.P. Moller - Maersk accelerates the efforts to decarbonise marine operations with the launch of the world’s first carbon neutral liner vessel in 2023 - seven years ahead of the initial 2030-ambition. All…

Malaysian Agricultural Research and Development Institute

Mardi presents new technologies for improved banana & chilli production

The Malaysian Agricultural Research and Development Institute (Mardi) has developed the Induced Systemic Resistance (ISR) and TrichoSHIELD technologies. These should improve…

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Malaysian agritech: Precision farming with AI, IoT and 5G

For a company that grows and delivers vegetables, Boomgrow Productions Sdn Bhd’s office is nothing like a farm, or even a vertical farm. Where farms are bedecked with wheelbarrows, spades and hoes, Boomgrow’s floor plan is akin to a co-working space with a communal island table, several cubicles,…

Success and sustainability when oxidizing algae

Because water runs through every avenue of business it is important to treat water seriously from the get-go. Water management can promote or derail a successful operation, growers depend on it for hydration, nutrient circulation, pest control applications, and sanitization inside, and out. Yet in doing…

Plug-and-play lighting system allows growers to identify targeted light conditions

Horticultural lighting is no longer simply a matter of lights being on or off, but about everything in between as growers seek to maximize yield and product quality through improved lighting conditions. According to Ryan Hunt, cofounder of Grow Ray and technical advisor at Candidus, the horticultural…

Ton van Kessel, Horti-Consult International:

“Everybody gained some experience with a closed greenhouse”

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

New LED solution launched

Hydrofarm Holdings Group, an independent wholesaler and manufacturer of hydroponics equipment and commercial horticultural products, unveiled Photobio TX and Photobio T linear top lights— the newest additions to the Phantom Photobio series of next generation LED tech solutions. The high-performance products, optimized for…

Gonzalo Guerra of BlueDrop México

"Precision agriculture lets us have a better control of our crops"

The harvest season of berries in Jalisco begins in January, and runs through June. Gonzalo Guerra of BlueDrop shares: “We have just started the harvest but so far we have been seeing better prices this season than we saw last year. Demand-wise everything is normal, I’d say – there is always good demand…

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Study on the effect of red & blue rich LEDs vs fluorescent light on Lollo Rosso Lettuce

The challenges of feeding an increasing population, an increasingly urban population and within an increasingly challenging global environment have focused ideas on new ways to grow food. Growing food in a controlled environment (CE) is not new but new technologies such as broad-spectrum LEDs and…

New generation of optical sensors ready for introduction

Optical sensor manufacturer Sendot started in 2015. Not long after, the first sensors that were developed in-house were introduced to growers. The time has now come for a new generation of optical sensors which have developed into a complete package to help growers measure and control better. Bert van Tol…

Australian growers

"Minisprayers save hours of work"

"I should have got one years ago. What was previously done with a tank, pump, and retracting hose real can now be done in at least half the time with better coverage of the crop using the organic foliar fertilisers." That is said by Quentin of the Queensland (Australia) greenhouse Sun Up Farm. He talks…

"We can produce nineteen different varieties under the same roof"

Hydroponic crop production is coming to South Bend, Indiana, as Pure Green Farms nears the completion of its year-long construction. Spanning four acres and using a fully automated system from Green Automation, Pure Green Farms will have nineteen “growing lines”. As Johnathan McCullar, head grower at…

Big Marble Farms expands again

“Always growing” motto reality thanks to grow lights

“Always growing” is the motto behind Alberta’s largest greenhouse - Big Marble Farms, referring to their commitment to growing local produce 365 days a year.  Located in Medicine Hat, Alberta, Big Marble has been growing cucumbers and tomatoes for Western Canadian consumers for 12 years. With a goal to grow…

"Robot pickers could also work during night time"

Attention to ‘discerning robotic vision’ is key when designing a picking or harvesting robot. Improvements in machine-vision algorithms and the use of multi-spectral cameras…


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