Technique

CA (BC): Did the aliens arrive? No, but LED lights did

Here we go again. By investing in modern lights, lowering the energy needs of the horticultural industry, growers every now and then do not get applauded, but are being compared to E.T., Yoda, Groot, Avatar & Spock. Indeed: the aliens might have arrived again. Last night, the lights came from local…

"Being duped by fake CCT5 Containers is a thing of the past"

A solution to finding ‘fake slots’ of CCT5 Containers

The Dutch company, Van Vliet Containers, has introduced a functional, affordable solution for scanning and counting CCT5 containers. At the beginning of 2019, Container Centrals introduced a new CCT5 RFID label. This was done for more than 3 million containers, including CC Pool. Before the introduction…

Test Proefcentrum Hoogstraten will run until the beginning of October

Full-LED ahead of SON-T reference system in lighting test tomatoes

To be able to grow tomatoes year round in the Netherlands and Belgium, light is required. In winter, sunlight alone is not enough, so growers opt for lighting. But what is the best choice, LED or SON-T? Proefcentrum Hoogstraten is executing a test that will run until October. The lighting most opted for…

The summer sun is overheating your greenhouse, here's how to cool it down

As the world moves forward into the summer season, temperatures will continue rising. While the purpose of greenhouses is to keep plants warm, overheating can bring about an array of problems. Increased susceptibility to insects, higher risk of disease, reduced yields and lower crop quality are just a…

US (MI): Conveyor systems to improve vertical farming efficiency

As sustainable agricultural operations such as vertical and indoor farms become more prevalent, conveyor technology systems can be part of the solution, according to Ultimation Industries . Vertical farms can potentially achieve higher yields for the surface area dedicated to production by controlling…

IAEA launches Plant Mutation Breeding Network for Asia and the Pacific

With populations growing rapidly, particularly in Asia and the Pacific, farmers and scientists are all the more drawing on the benefits of using irradiation to develop new crop varieties and meet farmers’ needs: higher, stable yields and high-quality plants that can resist disease and climate change. An…

This is how you can show the effect of a fan in the greenhouse

Fans in the greenhouse are of course installed for a reason. But if you choose to install (an extra) one, you clearly want to know its effect. But how do you show that, without rows of figures, how do you show it in a simple manner? It is possible to visualize the air patterns of fans with a smoke test,…

US (NY): 2020 NNYADP grant application now available

The Northern New York Agricultural Development Program application for 2020 small grant funding is now available. The farmer-driven program funds research and technical…

Glazing machine almost completely broke before the first job

What was supposed to be a simple transportation job, nearly ended up being a disaster for the brand new 18 ton weighing glazing machine owned by Henry van der Lans. During transportation, the machine almost keeled over, which would have resulted in the complete breakdown of the new machine. In the end,…

UK: Reducing energy costs by maximizing revenue from CHP

A combined heat and power (CHP) plant could, thanks to a smart connection to the electricity grid become a lucrative investment. In this video, David Schellingerhout of Glen Avon Growers in Yorkshire explains how their CHP generated more than £ 300,000 in the past decade. Glen Avon Growers purchased the…

Japan: A bumper crop courtesy of AI

Tomatoes are more than just plants for Tadashi Fukuoka. “They’re like my children,” he says. Fukuoka, a second-generation grower, heads up the family operation. He owns four greenhouses, cultivating 8,200 square meters near the Japanese port city of Kinko-cho in the prefecture of Kagoshima. And like a…

combining LED and conventional lighting

25-hectare greenhouse to house largest US LED project

The 25-hectare greenhouse currently being built by AppHarvest in Morehead, Kentucky, will be equipped with a hybrid LED lighting system utilizing Signify’s Philips GreenPower LED toplighting compact and Agrolux high-pressure sodium lighting. The $15 million hybrid LED lighting system will be the largest…

CAN (ON): Investigating renewable energy technologies from greenhouse vegetable waste

The Ontario government is working to protect the environment by investing in agri-food research to develop eco-friendly innovations such as bioproducts and waste reduction and…

Horticultural lighting terms guide

It can be challenging to know which horticultural lighting terms and measurements to focus on when researching commercial grow light options. Continuing from our previous post on Lumens, Lux and PAR, let’s dive deeper into the light measurements important for plant growth so that you can make the best…

Optimizing sustainable cultivation with smart drones for crop protection

In early August, Koppert Cress and PATS Indoor Drone Solutions signed an agreement to automate part of the crop protection process with drones. Koppert Cress wants to ensure a future in which socially responsible cultivation continues to be of high importance. Mechanical control of pest insects…

Colruyt tests automatic recognition with AI

Automatic product recognition identifies 120 types of fruit and veg at the till

Colruyt is the first Belgian supermarket to test automatic product recognition. In a store in Kortrijk fruits and vegetables are automatically recognised at the till with the aid of artificial intelligence. In collaboration with the company Robovision a smart camera was developed and placed about a set…

The benefits of automated plant nutrient delivery systems

As the commercial greenhouse industry grows, the need for making things simpler and less intensive grows a bigger operation. Eventually overtime an operation may grow bigger than anticipated and it can become a struggle for maintaining the workforce employed. The secret to this expanding industry is the…

New Zealand: Pepper grower discusses how to solve humidity problems

This year, Frans de Jong of Southern Belle Orchards integrated DryGair dehumidifiers into his pepper greenhouses. Originally from the Netherlands, Frans and his family moved to New Zealand 16 years ago. Him and his wife Tinneke, son Talbert and daughter-in-law Emily work together growing greenhouse…

Grodan launches e-Gro software platform in North America

Grodan, part of the ROCKWOOL Group, has now launched e-Gro in the North American market. E-Gro is a software platform for data-driven Precision Growing, giving growers smarter insights into the greenhouse, allowing them to fully optimize cultivation. E-Gro was officially launched in the Netherlands…

10 plants per square meter thanks to Up- and down system

Earlier this year we've published about Italian grower Sofia Michielie started a new greenhouse in Rovigo (north of Italy) for the cultivation of strawberries. She chose to use the Up and Down system, mkaing it possible to grow with a higher density. This system, developed by Europrogress, Fiberlane…

Unlighted bell pepper cultivation reduces percentage

Greenhouse vegetable growers with grow lighting lag behind ornamental cultivation peers

A third of all Dutch greenhouse growers use grow lighting. In addition, growers are open to invest. This is evident from the results of the annual round of calls by AgriDirect…

"A controlled misting system increases the crop productivity"

“High pressure misting systems allow growers to humidify the greenhouses, but also to control the temperature better,” says Alexander Ievgeniuk with Lubing. “It’s a tool used in warmer climates, but also in cooler climates growers can benefit from the extra control they gain over their crop.” In order to…

Australia: Mechanisation of harvesting raspberries researched

Oliver Gales didn’t grow up with agriculture, but it didn’t stop him from being interested in agriculture, studying in agriculture and now making important research into Tasmanian horticulture earning him the Fruit Growers Tasmania Honours Scholarship. Through gaining summer employment at Westbury farms,…

'Security camera' helps grower take action before it's too late

Nowadays the grower has no shortage of extra 'eyes'. Cameras, for example, help growers to monitor the growth of their crops. Yet there are very few cameras that can help growers to detect problems in cultivation early on in the way GreenspectIR, a hyperspectral camera that looks over the grower's…

Dutch growers Bryte (8,3 ha) opt for hybrid LED lighting system

Signify announced on July 30th that it will start an extensive horti project in cooperation with Stolze at Bryte, one of the largest tomato growers in the Netherlands. For the location in 's-Gravenzande, an 8.3 hectare greenhouse will be equipped with a combination of Philips GreenPower LED top lighting…

Wanted: comments on updates to horticultural lighting technical requirements

The DesignLights Consortium (DLC) today released for comment several draft changes to its performance specification for horticultural lighting products, an industry benchmark designed to boost efficiency and reduce electricity consumption in the expanding and energy-intensive indoor/vertical horticulture…

Guntars Strauts, Getlini:

“We are fighting for every half of a degree”

You can use the gas from a waste landfill to produce electricity, then use the excess heat to warm greenhouses. This is the solution-based thinking that empowers SIA Getliņi Eko - one of the most advanced greenhouses in the Baltic region. On just over 1 hectare they grow tomatoes, cucumbers and potted…

Dr. Wagdy Sobeih:

"Plastic covers limit pesticide residues in fruits and vegetables"

The use of pesticides is commonplace in fresh produce production across Egypt. However, lack of adequate training often means that pesticide use is poorly understood and…

Dutch greenhouse company invests $1.5 Million in Israeli tomato robot

MetoMotion has completed an investment round of $1.5 million, which was led by a leading Netherlands-based company in the greenhouse industry. MetoMotion is an Israeli start-up, working on a multi-purpose robotic system to perform labor-intensive tasks in a greenhouse Not all details on the investment…

UK tomato growers

"Marketable yield increases by 25% thanks to hybrid lighting system"

Lighting producer Signify announced today that Evesham Vale Growers and R & L Holt, premium tomato growers in the UK, have once again chosen Philips LED and HPS lighting for a new greenhouse, based on the 25% increase in crop production that was achieved with its Philips hybrid lighting set-up which…

Saving big with renewable energy: solar powering your high tunnel

Implementing sustainable alternatives for daily practices has become a high priority for many farmers and growers. Luckily for those seeking to lessen their negative environmental impact, eco-friendly solutions are becoming more widely available across a variety of industries, including horticulture.…

New lighting technology delivers extra light to lower canopy of plants

UbiQD, a New Mexico-based nanotechnology development company, announced today an optical fiber-coupled luminescent concentrator technology that provides a new tool for optimizing light in controlled environments, enabling light-guiding to future UbiGro spectrum-control greenhouse products. “We continue…

How LED lights help grow the microgreens in Philadelphia

Adam Green was pursuing a career in filmmaking when he realized his real passion was raising the finest microgreens for the world’s top chefs. Now, the 25-year-old directs AGreen Farms, an indoor hydroponic farm in Philadelphia that specializes in selling garnishes to restaurants and hospitality…

Magí Pié, Cal Magí grows a wide variety of tomatoes and cucumbers for the high-end market

"My main concerns are optimum growing conditions"

Based in Bonastre in the Catalonia region of north-eastern Spain, Magí Pié the owner and director of Cal Magí has over 20 years’ experience in hydroponic greenhouse cultivation. Dedicated to the production of high-quality tomatoes and cucumbers for high-end restaurants and specialty shops throughout the…

Canada: Minister Sohi announces investment in the future of farming

The Government of Canada continues to invest in the agriculture and agri-food industry to create good middle-class jobs and ensure the sector punches above its weight in a competitive global market. Today Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Natural Resources, on behalf of Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation,…

Cucumber farm in Japan uses AI to manage crops

This decades-old greenhouse farm three hours from the Japanese capital of Tokyo is using artificial intelligence (AI) to transform the way it is operating. Normally it would take 2 to 3 hours to sort about 50kg of cucumbers into nine different grades. AI has drastically cut down this time, increasing the…

France: Greenhouses fitted with photovoltaic films

Using the sun to its foremost, that's what three French horticultural partners are trying to do. That's why they've installed ASCA photovoltaic films at a commercial greenhouse nearby France. Partners in the project are horticultural Eiffage Energie Systèmes, the French growers with Les Maraichers…

How light affects plant growth outside of 400-700 nanometers

Efforts are underway to establish minimum lighting requirements for indoor cultivation of plants. Lighting fixtures will have to produce a minimum PPF (Photosynthetic Photon Flux) of 1.6 μmol/Joule to meet this new standard. While this may sound like a step in a positive direction, this metric does not…

using LED as an additional tool

Early disease detection with SporeCam sensors

LumiGrow is launching a new product-line of early disease detection sensors and services. The LumiGrow SporeCam sensors (powered by Scanit Technologies) can capture, inspect, and classify harmful airborne spores for diseases such as Powdery Mildew and Botrytis. The result is growers can optimize pest…

Bell pepper crop specialist Roel Klapwijk, Personal Vision:

“A new step has been taken with an aeration system for better water quality”

A troublesome pepper gutter that makes it impossible to drain from the side, cannot be replaced just like that. In order to still take steps with the oxygen content in the slab and thus prevent root problems during the course of the cultivation, Personal Vision chose to work with an aeration system. "An…

Robert Kraayvanger, Beacon Fields:

"I did not expect soil monitoring to provide so many new insights"

Opening and closing the window automatically: it has been done for years by growers who use sensors to monitor and control their greenhouse climate. It is part of the wish to be able to grow ever better and more efficiently. Remarkably enough, irrigation in the greenhouse is often still determined by…

Investor summit supercharges Danish robotics innovation

Where in the world can you find the best robotics innovation and talent? You might say Japan, Germany, or on American soil at Carnegie Mellon, MIT or USC. But did you know Denmark has been called the ‘Silicon Valley’ of robotics? Bilge Jacob Christiansen, a former UR engineer, developed a collaborative…

5G technology and artificial intelligence at the service of agriculture

New agricultural robot developed in Fujian, China

The Fujian Academy of Agricultural Sciences and the Fujian Newland Era Hi-Tech Co Ltd have developed a new agricultural robot with 5G technology and sensors that can move between the rows of leafy vegetables in greenhouses, collect data on the plants and send them to the control room where they are…

Final report of Full LED test on tomatoes from Lans

"Reference cultivation under SON-T needed for conclusions about lower heat demand"

At Lans Zeeland, the first tomato cultivation in practice was monitored during a few winter months under ± 215 μmol / (m2.s) full-LED in terms of light distribution, greenhouse climate and heat demand. The LED lamps are supplied by Q-Westland. The lamps distinguish themselves from the most common LED…

“Even in the horticultural industry, the one-stop shop is a trend”

Luminaires manufacturer Industria Lighting is back

Richard Schmidt and Ferry Breeuwer started developing a new light fixture in May of 2018. Now, one year later, that fixture is already being installed in several Canadian, Australian and Dutch greenhouses. Notable about the new strategy used by Industria is the exclusive collaboration with the installers…

Controlling light extinction means controlling production

Everyone in horticulture knows the rule of thumb that 1% more light results in 1% more yield. That means that as a grower you naturally want your crop to receive as much light as possible, and for there to be gradual light extinction in the crop. "Light extinction is the reduction of the amount of light…

Expanding the term plant lighting efficacy: Putting the plant in focus

LED grow lights are gaining popularity and the technology behind them has improved over the years. The efficacy of a grow light is one of the factors you need to understand in order to make an informative purchase decision and reach a high-quality plant production. The efficacy number of a grow light…

Meto Spray Trolley conversion kit available

The PLC is a small but important part of the Meto Spray Trolley. Without a Programmable Logic Controller, as this part is called, the spray trolley will not work. Steenks is the supplier of these spray trolleys, and a year and a half ago they were informed by the manufacturer that the production of PLCs…

"Everything that makes the fan a fan is made here"

Arriving in Venlo, on an industrial estate, a large building is rising up. The company name 'Vostermans' is displayed on the front facade. Stepping inside, a world opens up where it's all about fans, rotor blades, casings and motors. Many hands and many robots are at work in the production halls.…

Its material makes it possible to adapt the wavelengths of light in order to improve the productivity

Presentation of new photoconverter plastics for greenhouses

The French company Agripolyane, devoted to the development of agricultural plastics, together with its supplier Casacade, specialized in the manufacture of additives for this type of plastic films, has presented its new product: a luminescent plastic for greenhouses that performs the photoconversion of…

Argus launches Argus Live

"View and manage your operation from anywhere"

Argus Control Systems announced the launch of Argus Live. Argus Live is a safe, secure and powerful enhancement to one of the most advanced environmental control systems on the market. With Argus Live, you can now view and manage your operation from anywhere. This convenient application provides you with…

Kenyan grower explains how Polythene Mulch technology helps increase crop production

Kinuthia Kiarie has been a strawberry farmer for the last six years. He has been using conventional methods of growing the fruits but he has revolutionized and adapted the use of technology to increase his yields and income. Kinuthia is now using Polythene Mulch, a technology that makes it favourable for…

Spain

Cherry tomato sorter developed by students in Granada

Three students of automation and robotics at the Ave María San Cristóbal school of Granada have designed, built and put into practice a complete process of ordering, selecting and distributing cherry tomatoes. This has led them to winning the second prize in the Siemens Prototype Competition. The tomato…

Netherlands: Basil producer experiences benefits of nanobubbles

De Kruidenaer, a commercial grower located in the Netherlands, operates over 20 hectares of land that includes greenhouses and open soil farming areas. The greenhouses are used to cultivate mint and basil (green, red, and Thai basil) with a deep-water culture hydroponic system, while the outdoor areas…

Robot provides tomato growers with extra pair of eyes

Tomato growers would prefer to see the tomatoes grow all day with their own eyes. However, that is quite time-consuming. The Plantalyzer - developed by the Greenhouse Horticulture Business Unit at Wageningen University & Research and HortiKey / Berg Hortimotive - drives fully automatically alongside…

Increasing efficiency for Australian tomato growers

The retractable roof tomato greenhouse of LaManna Premier Group, located in Victoria’s Goulbourn Valley becomes more and more efficient. Last year the crop rotation was completed in the blink of an eye with the use of the Bio Chopper , and now the greenhouse is also equipped with pipe and rail, crop…

Smartphone network helps uncover hundreds of anti-cancer molecules in our food

A crowdsourcing project which uses thousands of idling smartphones has helped to uncover the anti-cancer properties of everyday foods and medicines. The project, led by…

ImpacTrack monitoring and logging system

Innovative UK product to cut food waste

As supermarkets, food manufacturers and growers in the UK pledge to halve food waste by 2030, a British crop quality monitoring specialist has launched an innovative damage prevention device designed to help solve the problem worldwide. To combat the 10.2 million tons of food waste in the UK and the 1.3…

Egyptian film manufacturer Al Quds introduces 5 layers technology

New technology manipulates light naturally for different crops

A particular plastic for a particular crop. That's the idea behind the 5 layers technology of Egyptian film manufacturer Al Quds. For several years, they've been cooperating with the Lancaster University to manipulate the light naturally through the plastic for different crops. "Each and every crop is…

"Spain’s new time and attendance tracking law asks for automated reporting"

Since the BOE published their order implementing mandatory time and attendance tracking for companies in Spain there has been a surge in the need for efficient timeclock solutions. The measure officially came into effect on the 12th of May 2019 and is meant to avoid, among other things labor abuse and…

Walmart combines blockchain and QR codes for Chinese consumers

Walmart custo mers in China will soon be able to scan QR codes on stickers attached to fresh products to acquire detailed product information including “the source of the…

Frigga launches super-low-cost "temperature + light sensor" real-time monitor

The Frigga team released the Z9/Y9 real-time asset management monitoring solution last month, and now they are mounting a large-scale global promotion and marketing stage. The…

Ugandan vegetable growers look to hydroponics

Providing quality nutritive food to millions of people by 2025 will be a major challenge for Uganda. Increasing population, decreasing land, water holding and global warming are some of the major impediments for agriculture, the backbone of the country. Various biotic and abiotic stress factors are…

"IoT technology is becoming more important in the fruit and veg sector"

In the fruit and vegetable industry, control of temperature is an important factor. Elitech is an American company focused on the real-time temperature monitoring in the food, medicine and fresh products industry. They see that: "The Internet of Things" (IoT) technology has become a recognized future…

Using special roll-on-roll-off technology to increase turnover time

New Dutch terminal will take cucumbers from truck to train in 15 minutes

A new dedicated fresh produce line between the Netherlands and Germany is in the making. In three years it should be up and running between the Dutch city of Bleiswijk and Berlin. Rail transport will be key, as this service offers a terminal turnaround of an hour at most. Mark Remie, initiator of the…

AgroCares partners with DigiFarm in Kenya

AgroCares and DigiFarm have committed to work together to help smallholder farmers test their soils in Kenya. This year, a pilot project by DigiFarm brings AgroCares technology to selected pilot counties in Eastern, Rift and the greater western regions of Kenya. It will create awareness and demand for…

New participative app to follow insects

GeoInsecta is a community application that aims at following the presence of some targeted insects in the fields or in the gardens. It’s dedicated not only to professionals but also to hobby gardeners. It answers to a need that has been raised by many people who wanted to protect their crops efficiently:…

"Using LED for understanding microalgae”

By creating all possible spectra, LED lighting allows perfectly for growing living organisms – not only plants, vegetables or flowers. MEG Science applies LEDs to grow microalgae, for an upcoming, profitable market, according to CEO Piero Santoro. During Greentech they presented Phycotrone, a controlled…

New PerfoTec technology giving Integrated Packaging an edge

Integrated Packaging has partnered with PerfoTec to introduce a system aimed at achieving prolonged shelf life and quality of fresh produce. The company says the PerfoTec technology is at the leading edge in Modified Atmosphere Packaging (or MAP) for fresh produce, and it is proven and highly regarded in…

TracMap using GPS positioning to make farming practices more efficient

While there are a lot of systems out there for agronomic solutions, TracMap sets itself apart because of the versatility of its job management solution using maps to ensure precision in the task, according to the company's Territory Manager Don Thorp, who is showcasing the technology at Hort Connections.…

Natural Resources Institute Finland & Finnish Food Safety Authority

Finland: Foreign strawberries exposed by new procedure

Very often, Finnish consumers tend to be particular about buying domestically grown produce. This is especially the case when it comes to summer treats such as strawberries –…

How to test different light recipes?

LED lighting and the light recipes that go with it are developing rapidly. This, in turn, makes it easier for growers to adapt to crops' differing qualities and yields, while reducing energy costs. More and more crops are able to benefit from developments in the LED-lighting field, and more and more…

with an extra tool to control the temperature and humidity in the greenhouse

Growing specialties throughout summer

Eight Belgian companies combine their strengths in sales collective Tomeco. The affiliated growers have set the goal for themselves to grow customer oriented, which requires a consistent quality throughout the entire year. In the summer, for specialties like Coeur de Boeuf and San Marzano, this can be…

New raft for hydroponic crops such as basil

Rosa Plast has introduced a new raft to grow basil hydroponically. Developed in collaboration with Cammelli, the companies claim that the productivity increases by 25%. "They are designed to optimize processes, logistics, maintenance, cleaning operations and, most of all, to increase productivity per…

South Australian government shows interest in Israeli root zone temperature tech

Roots Sustainable Agricultural Technologies has hosted a government, departmental and business delegation headed by the South Australia Minister for Primary Industries and Regional Development, The Hon Tim Whetstone MP, at its research and development hub in Beit Halevy, Israel. The delegation also…

Patrick Van Dijck, Stixfresh/KU Leuven

"Sticker keeps fruit fresh for up to two weeks longer"

Together with the American startup Sttixfresh, the biotech team of KU Leuven has developed a sticker that can slow the rotting process of fruit by up to two weeks. "The idea was born in a garage box in Malaysia, where an inventor mixed all sorts of natural products based on healing and applied it to…

Bar code gets zebra for 45th birthday

This week, the bar code celebrated its 45th birthday. On 26 June 1974, the first product ever – a pack of Wrigley chewing gum – had its bar code scanned. Bar codes are a way of uniquely identifying products. GS1 Netherlands adopted a Grévy’s zebra in Artis Zoo in Amsterdam as a nod to the bar code,…

State-of-the-art technologies integrated into greenhouse in Turkmenistan

In a unique project, Netafim designed and integrated a complete set of greenhouse technology systems which are now being used to grow tomatoes in the cold desert climate of Turkmenistan. The gas-rich republic, bordering the Caspian Sea, is one of the most isolated countries in the world, and Netafim is…

Klaas Niewold, Flevoplant, counts on labor savings of up to 80 percent

Automatic crop trolleys help grower with growth of strawberry cuttings and trays production

Last year, Flevoplant decided during a strategic reorientation to increase production of cuttings and trays. That is why a new greenhouse of 2.8-hectares was built. But more production also requires more labor. To deal with this in a smart way, nineteen multifunctional crop trolleys are used. Klaas…

INDO Lighting:

"We replaced the traditional LED driver for a much longer lifetime"

If a grower decides to invest in LED lights, he’ll want to keep them working as long as possible. British company INDO Lighting recently introduced a new LED grow light to the horticulture industry, which operates reliably over long periods in high temperatures; offering growers a product lifetime of…

UK: Fresh Food Hub offers great fresh produce

Using the newly launched Fresh Food Hub, chefs and caterers can now order the very best fresh produce from specialist suppliers around the UK. Offering fresh produce, fish,…

Things growers should never do in a semi-closed glasshouse

One of the main attractions for retailers and consumers alike to choose glasshouse produce, is the reliability with which the glasshouse produces quality and quantity of produce in a safe way. The semi-closed glasshouse has extended that reliability in the way it manages summer heat, pest and disease and…

Hort Americas releases new CEA publication

“Roadmap to Growing Leafy Greens and Herbs”

What does it take to grow leafy greens and herbs in controlled environment structures? Commercial hydroponic grower and consultant Tyler Baras has written a “Roadmap to Growing Leafy Greens and Herbs” to help those interested in commercial hydroponic production. The book is based on Baras’ experience…

Trellis Growing Solutions

US (IN): Biodyne USA and Trellis Growing Systems announce joint venture

Biodyne USA and Trellis Growing Systems, two privately held ag-tech companies based in Fort Wayne, IN, have announced a new joint venture: Trellis Growing Solutions. “Trellis Growing Solutions will bring together the experience and expertise of our companies to offer our customers turnkey solutions for…

A relationship between tomato fruit softening, cuticle properties and water availability

While fleshy fruit softening has long been mechanistically linked to cell wall disassembly, the importance of the fruit cuticle in water relations and firmness has been suggested through studies of the long-shelf life delayed fruit deterioration (dfd) tomato genotype. Researchers tested the hypothesis…

Autogrow and Ridder

Competitors join forces to push the industry forward

In order for the industry to move forward, collaboration is necessary. That’s what Darryn Keiller, CEO with Autogrow, is convinced of. “Everybody is innovating, but innovating in silos. There’s no real sharing of advantages created for the broader industry - and that’s the only way of speeding up…

Soon to be found in 100 Japanese drug stores

Check your intake of greens with ‘Veggie meter’

For those who doubt they are getting enough vegetables in their diet, there is a drug store operator will introduce a fingertip-reading device that tells you. Kirindo Holdings Co.'s "Veggie meter," which was produced and developed by a US firm, is being sold in Japan by Tokyo-based trading company Altech…

Artificial Intelligence and machine learning help Indian vegetable farmers

Artificial Intelligence and machine learning are helping farmers grow better crops. The technology has now made an entry into agriculture and aquaculture farms to benefit the…

Using machine learning to predict metabolic pathways in tomatoes

Understanding the steps in metabolic pathways is important for understanding health and disease, whether in people or plants. But figuring out these biochemical pathways is difficult and time consuming. So why not have a machine do it? Scientists at UC Davis and Ben-Gurion University in Israel have…

US (TX): Researchers study super-repellent surfaces for safer fruits, vegetables

Texas A&M AgriLife Research and the Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station, TEES, were recently awarded a grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National…

Vietnam: 'Impressive progress' in hi-tech agriculture development

After two years of carrying out the hi-tech applied agriculture project, the agricultural sector of Kon Tum province has made impressive progress and achieved very encouraging results. Kon Tum province defines that hi-tech agriculture development is an important solution to promote agricultural growth…

Producing more with less water

Quality water for the agricultural and horticultural sectors is becoming a pressing problem throughout the world. At the same time, food production must go up. That calls on market gardeners to use the available water efficiently. Coatings can make a contribution here as well. In Northwest Europe, market gardeners are not yet…

TotalGrow launches new Mult-HI light fixtures

The team of lighting experts at TotalGrow has launched the new TotalGrow Mult-HI fixture line. "These high intensity, multi-bar light fixtures from 170-640W at up to 2.7 µmol/J provide exceptional growing power, quality and uniformity with excellent affordability and ease of implementation, all at only…

Paul van Paassen:

"Light gain in greenhouse after applying AntiCondens leads to more production"

For crops that are switched in the summer, this is the ideal time to apply AntiCondens to the inside of the greenhouse cover. It is a good preparation for the coming humid season, when condensation droplets block valuable light. Tomato grower Paul van Paassen has been using AntiCondens for three years,…

The effect of negative pressure irrigation on tomato production

Stable water and fertilizer supply by negative pressure irrigation improve tomato production and soil bacterial communities. That is the conclusion of a study, intended to…

Why decoupled aquaponics

Most aquaponic systems are single loop and fully recirculating. This means that the fish and plants exist in a single loop and share the same nutrient-rich water. The reason these are the most popular is because they are simple to build and operate. But single loop systems are also a compromise because the plants, fish and…

"In the greenhouse? Put on your AR glasses"

Can Augmented Reality (AR) help with training harvesting staff in a greenhouse? Or can AR-glasses show whether the crop is healthy? Wageningen University & Research is researching this with a consortium of breeders and suppliers. That research focuses on the question: how can we use Augmented Reality…

5G-enabled farming robot launched in east China

In a greenhouse, a white robot moves in between two rows of leafy greens while data about the plants are gathered and fed back to a control room. The robot was put to use in east China's Fujian Province, and unlike many other agricultural robots, this one is 5G-enabled. That means the real-time picture…

Modern growing: data driven, digital horticulture

As the global supplies are struggling to catch up with growing demand for food, conventional farming is expanding at an alarming pace deleterious for the environment. "Modern horticulture is the golden solution for this rising problem addressing a number of issues that are left unattended in other…

New germinator features advanced controller and cost saving LEDs

Conviron announced the launch of the new GEN1000-GE germinator chamber. The new chamber comes equipped with new features such as an advanced controller and cost-saving LEDs. The GEN1000-GE is specifically designed for gauging the health and performance of various seed lots under a wide range of…

Frigga is looking for retailers across the globe to work together for mutual benefit

China: Frigga announces assets management solution for real-time monitoring in a push for true AI

Frigga announced multi-lingual support for their real-time monitoring solutions last month, as well as the launch of their mobile app Frigga Track. These innovations were well-received in the Chinese market and overseas. Frigga came with another important announcement this month. The company announced…

The importance of a good dipcontainer

From now on, the new pipe rail dipcontainer / sanitizer from Berkvens is available at Steenks Service. Why you need a dipcontainer A dipcontainer is very important if you want to work as hygienic as possible in the horticulture industry. The dipcontainer is filled with a disinfectant so an employee can…

Hyperspectral imaging technique to detect Potato Virus Y

In temperate regions, the main diseases of the seed potato crop are caused by viruses and bacterial infections ( Dickeya and Pectobacterium ). In the Netherlands, the world’s major supplier of certified seed potatoes, these two diseases are responsible for an average 14.5% declassification of seed lots…

Speeding up the instalment of new screens

When you think of a Skytrain, you might think of public transport, or maybe a new upgrade to the Star Wars fleet. Think again. The vehicle is developed for the Novavert HS2 roof screen system, speeding up the installation process. Automation is key in the current horticultural world. With labour being an…

Turkey: Engineer grows greenhouse tomatoes in bags

An engineer, Ergin Inal, in Antalya has managed to successfully grow tomatoes in bags in his greenhouse. The grower had previously managed to grow green pepper in bags and now moved on to tomato production. The grower first filled the bags with perlite and then planted 16 tomato seedlings in each one.…

"This tool helps growers and greenhouse builders to make the right choices"

Building a new greenhouse requires a lot of thinking and making the right choices. Which technology do you put in the greenhouse and which not? One or two screens, LED or not? Technology is expensive and it would be a shame if the technology you purchased has not the optimum return on investment you were…

Koppert partners with Ecoation

"We want to create sensors together to better detect pests and diseases"

Koppert Biological Systems in the Netherlands and the Canadian based Ecoation have signed a cooperation agreement on June 13th 2019. The contract was signed at the GreenTech fair in Amsterdam. The objective is to use each other’s knowledge for better data collection in the monitoring process of crop…

Laser branding of sweet potatoes shown

Plastic free packaging is hot at the moment, but how do you communicate to the final customer without it? One of the options is lasering fruit and vegetables. José Antonio Maya of Cool Port Packing shows how this works with sweet potatoes in the video below.

"Using the measurements directly from the crop gives us a stronger indication of whether we’re doing something right"

Since it was founded by two husband and wife teams in 1982, Madestein UK has earned its reputation as a leading supplier of Leafy Salads and Herbs across the United Kingdom. The company currently focuses on growing whole head lettuce (round lettuce, curly leaf lettuce, red butterhead lettuce) and fresh…

New greenhouse light automatically dims or brightens to complement natural light

California Lightworks announces a new supplemental LED light for greenhouse grows: the GHPro 340. This high-efficiency, spectrum variable LED light gives greenhouse growers optimum control over their growth cycle and product. Equipped with photosensors to read the levels of natural light, the GHPro 340…

North Carolina State University

New microneedle technique speeds detection of plant diseases

Researchers have developed a new technique that uses microneedle patches to collect DNA from plant tissues in just one minute, rather than the hours needed for conventional…

Supporting OEMs to create ideal LED based horticulture lighting

A one size fits all approach is rarely the best solution, and when it comes to lighting for horticulture and agriculture that is definitely the case. Whilst LED grow lights have been available on the market for over 10 years there is still a great deal of research being undertaken on how to capitalise on…

Edypro and Tecnova anticipate the challenges of the future for agriculture

Study on new tomato production techniques to deal with climate change

Anticipating the challenges that the agricultural sector will have to face worldwide as a result of climate change, the Tecnova Foundation's Experimental Center, working in partnership with Edypro and Tecnova, has launched a project at European level for the development of new tomato production…

Earlham Institute’s AirSurf-Lettuce platform

Innovative lettuce imaging UK

Earlham Institute researchers have created a machine learning platform to categorise lettuce crops using computer vision and aerial images. The platform, called AirSurf-Lettuce, is capable of scoring iceberg lettuces with high accuracy of greater than 98 per cent, according to the study. The researchers conducted field trials…

"Stunning water savings in Spanish greenhouses"

Clisol is a huge greenhouse complex in Almería, Spain, which was featured in a BBC documentary about agricultural innovation . As part of a drive towards greater efficiency, they decided to install the Aqua-4D system. The early signs showed the system having a positive impact, and on an October 2018…

Hoogendoorn Growth Management, Svensson, Hortilux, Saint-Gobain Cultilene, Koppert Biological Systems, LetsGrow.com

Plant Empowerment: Sustainable Growing Foundation spreads GPE knowledge

Growers who apply Growing by Plant Empowerment (GPE) in their cultivation strategy are getting great results, hence this sustainable concept deserves to be disseminated worldwide. Hoogendoorn Growth Management , Svensson , Hortilux , Saint-Gobain Cultilene , Koppert Biological Systems and initiator…

Effects of cooling systems on greenhouse microclimate and cucumber growth under Mediterranean climatic conditions

Two experiments were conducted in different cropping seasons under Mediterranean climatic conditions to investigate the impact of two cooling systems (fan-pad evaporative as opposed to fan ventilation) on greenhouse microclimate and soilless cucumber growth. The second objective of the experiment was to…

Is adding fertigation to your growing mix right for you?

AgTech is revolutionizing the way crops are grown the world over, both in indoor and traditional environments. The ability to control environmental factors and agricultural processes with extreme precision leads to better crop yields, better resource management, lower costs, and improved environmental…

"Growers can cultivate tomatoes as effectively with PhysioSpec Greenhouse as they can under HPS"

Wageningen University and Research (WUR), in cooperation with Fluence by OSRAM and greenhouse consultancy Vortus, has released initial results of a tomato cultivation trial comparing the efficiency of full-spectrum LED supplementary lighting against a high-pressure sodium (HPS) installation. Preliminary…

KUBO launches data platform Pylot

KUBO is launching a striking innovation during GreenTech: Pylot. That is the name under which the greenhouse builder from Monster is launching its own horticulture data platform. Pylot combines, analyses and, most importantly, provides insight into the increasing flow of data in greenhouses. The software…

Machine learning platform helps categorise lettuce crops in fields

At Earlham Institute (EI), artificial intelligence based techniques such as machine learning are moving from being merely an exciting premise to having real-life applications, where it’s needed most: improving efficiency and precision on the farm. Transplanting lettuce at G’s Growers plantation field,…

Recirculation of the nutritive solution in hydroponic culture

One of the biggest problems of the 21st century is, perhaps, the need to provide water for the growing world population. The water supply must meet the demands for human, agricultural and industrial consumption. While the demand for water is increasing in relation to the available water resource, there…

Crux Agribotics launches ‘pay-as-you-use’ model

Crux Agribotics launches SPaaS, a ‘pay-as-you-use’ model “to enable any grower worldwide to implement and leverage the advantages of Robotics“. Crux Agribotics launches its SortiPack Robots for Automated Grading, Sorting & Packing of fruit and vegetables at Greentech 2019. With this innovation it…

Current introduces one-for-one LED replacement for 1000W HPS products

Today at GreenTech, Current, powered by GE announced the release of the Arize Element Top Light, a one-for-one LED replacement for 1000W High Pressure Sodium (HPS) products. “With Current’s lighting tech expertise combined with feedback from leading plant scientists, systems integrators and growers,…

Far-red radiation interacts with relative and absolute blue and red photon flux densities

There has been a rapidly growing interest in far-red radiation for indoor agriculture, but empirical or anecdotal evidence often draws inconsistent conclusions, according to…

Daily Light Integral: Are your plants receiving the right amount of light?

Light is one of the most important factors growing any crop. But, how can you be sure that your plants are receiving enough light? There is a way to measure the light intensity received by your plants. Light occupies a large portion of the electromagnetic spectrum. But just a fraction of the spectrum is…

and that's just Ridder!

Water, cloud services, CO2 and screening novelties presented at GreenTech

What topic is most important in current horticulture? Is it water, is it data management, is it CO2 or is it energy? Why not innovate on all of them is what the team with Ridder must have thought. During the GreenTech, they are launching mulitple innovations that will enable greenhouse growers produce…

New aluminium greenhouse roof system Optinova

Greenhouse horticulture partner Alcomij develops and manufactures smart greenhouse horticulture solutions. Alcomij’s latest innovation is the aluminium greenhouse roof system Optinova. "Thanks to high-quality materials, a smart design and the use of new technology, the Optinova forms the basis of a…


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