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Paul Hofstede, CaTeC:

“Climate sensors offer solutions to many growers’ struggles”

“Our sensors are adapted to make things as efficient as possible for the grower. Our relative humidity and temperature sensors now have interchangeable calibrated sensors, which makes maintenance much easier and prevents the loss of data. In addition, we created heated humidity sensors as a solution to…

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The pros and cons of using pH testing strips for growing

For most growers, tending plants for pests and weeds is a common exercise that is usually done on a regular basis. But did you know that measuring the pH (potential Hydrogen) of your soil or hydroponic solution is just as important?  Measuring pH (potential Hydrogen) is important to help you maintain optimal…

"Absolute efficacy against the tomato pin worm in its first phase"

In its first marketing phase, Biocaptur S50 has demonstrated a remarkable capacity to control the tomato pinworm and effectiveness levels that significantly exceed the most commonly used methods, devices, and products. Biocaptur S50 at work at the beginning of the growing cycle, after it was installed before…

Miljøgartneriet AS:

“With reverse osmosis, we use hardly any tapwater”

"At Miljøgartneriet AS, we see our name as something we need to live up to,” says Simon Hansen, production manager at Norway’s largest high-tech greenhouse. The 77,000-square meter facility produces peppers, tomatoes, and chilis while also propagating plants for itself and other greenhouses. Directly…

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CAN: Government support of agricultural technology projects

The Canadian greenhouse sector is innovative and expanding, but labor issues and increasing regulations are significant pain points.   Greenhouse operators may find some benefit to new government incentives aimed at increasing automation and reducing carbon emissions.  However, deciding if the incentives are right for…

Is 5G the missing link to autonomous greenhouses?

The four speakers in a Tomatoworld webinar last week did not have an unequivocal answer to the question of whether 5G is the missing link on the road to autonomous greenhouses in horticulture. However, horticulture is keen to test what is possible with 5G. And not with what telecom providers are…

Ultrasonic transmitters secure clean water for tomato grower

For four months now the Dutch tomato grower Frank Dekker from Dekker Glascultures has used ultrasonic transmitters in his basin and silos to improve the quality of his irrigation- and drain water. And to great satisfaction. The USAF ultrasonic transmitters are supplied by Ultramins. "It’s been somewhat…

Study on development of three-device robotic system for greenhouse control

The control of large greenhouse installations, especially those with hydroponics crops, is based on the analysis and utilization of data recorded by many sensors. At the same time, the size of such installations does not allow for their effective terrestrial surveillance, to detect problems promptly. In…

Kind Technologies strengthens management team

To be able to continue its scale up track record and to facilitate future growth, Dutch high tech group Kind Technologies has been recruiting new directors to complement and strengthen its management across all its businesses. “It is a great pleasure that we have been able to secure such strong and…

Study on forecasting tomato yields using attention-based LSTM network and ARMA model

Nonlinear autoregressive exogenous (NARX), autoregressive integrated moving average (ARIMA) and multi-layer perceptron (MLP) networks have been widely used to predict the…

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Historical yield information most important for predicting future crop yields

Currently, greenhouses are widely used for plant growth, and environmental parameters can also be controlled in the modern greenhouse to guarantee the maximum crop yield. In order to optimally control greenhouses’ environmental parameters, one indispensable requirement is to accurately predict crop…

Costa Group to start deploying Arugga’s pollination robots on tomatoes

"Quality pollination is vital to our efficient growing of tomatoes"

Costa Group has signed an agreement with Israel-based Arugga which will deploy its pollination robots on 10 hectares of Costa’s glasshouse tomato crop. Costa’s tomatoes are grown in one of Australia’s largest and most advanced glasshouse facilities, located in the New South Wales town of Guyra.  Tal Kanety,…

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Synchronized control system for screen installations launched

Ridder introduces an innovative new synchronized control system for screen installations. Ridder’s intelligent SynCore system reduces the risk of screen installation malfunctions and provides precision control thanks to its integrated modern components and digital interface, which also simplifies the…

“Without the fog unit, temperatures would have soared to crop damaging amounts”

A temperature of 50 degrees might not come as a surprise for North American growers, but only when you're talking in Fahrenheit. These weeks the temperature in Lytton, Canada rose to an incredible 49.6 degrees Celsius. It’s a new record, but more importantly, it’s also a trend. “Whereas averages suggest…

Deep learning technique to monitor canopy surface inside a greenhouse

The real challenge when separating leaf pixels from background pixels in thermal images is associated with various factors such as the amount of emitted and reflected thermal radiation from the targeted plant, absorption of reflected radiation by the humidity of the greenhouse, and the outside…

Stoller

An organic solution to combat and minimize stress in plants

Currently, stress caused by climatic factors is estimated to cause up to 50% of the annual global production losses. In a world with ever-present climatic fluctuations, with hotter summers and warmer winters, questions regarding food security arise. Plants are subjected to diverse types of stress…

"Central and Eastern Europe can be the powerhouse of global food security"

"Closed-system farming helps tackle the biggest challenges in global food supply security", says Tungsram president & CEO Joerg Bauer.   Climate change causing extreme weather conditions in certain areas, overpopulation, soil contamination, the depletion of areas suitable for agricultural production, urbanization, and growing…

Tomatoes with high-tech doppelgängers

Will vegetable growers soon be able to create the perfect conditions for their crops using computer models? We plunge into the world of the digital twin, a promising new technique in which WUR researchers are doing cutting-edge work. What are digital twins, what can you do with them and what are the…

Powerplants and Holland Heater

Australian dealer for Dutch supplier of heating and ventilation solutions

Powerplants and Holland Heater have signed a dealer agreement for the Australian horticultural market. The collaboration brings the supply of air heaters and ventilation systems to the Australian market.  "With more than 25 years of experience in the Australian horticultural sector, Powerplants has proven…

UK: Minister launches robotics and automation pilot project

Robotics and automation in the agri-food industry could improve productivity, reduce waste, maximize safety and lower costs, Agriculture Minister Edwin Poots has said. He made the remarks as he launched a research and development project between CAFRE and the Northern Ireland Technology Centre at Queen’s…

Bas Duijvestijn, Van der Hoeven Horticultural Projects:

‘Technology can mean a lot for the Gulf region’

It will come as no surprise that growing vegetables in the Gulf region is no simple task and takes different demands from growing them in Northwestern Europe. A hot and sometimes humid climate along with severe water shortages make growing crops here a major challenge. In recent years, Van der Hoeven…

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Using optogenetics to control movement of a nematode

A team of researchers from the University of Toronto and Lunenfeld-Tanenbaum Research Institute, has developed a technique for controlling the movements of a live nematode using laser light. In their paper published in the journal Science Robotics, the group describes their technique. Adriana San-Miguel…

TSRgrow

Advanced LED lighting solutions with adaptive control and monitoring

Every grower knows the financial burden associated with large-scale cannabis cultivation. It’s not just the business plan that has to be accurately laid out, but also an operation plan that defines the total cost of operation to ensure success in a timely manner. “Cannabis cultivation facilities are very…

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urban-gro to acquire MJ12 Design Studio

urban-gro has agreed to acquire MJ12 Design Studio and parent company, 2WR+ Partners. urban-gro will fund the transaction of $9.1 million through a combination of cash and…

What opportunities do biodegradable sensors have?

The more data, the better growers can control their cultivation. Sensors play a crucial role in this: they can tell, for example, how moist the soil or air is or how high the CO2 content is. Sensors have to be removed after a crop rotation, and that is fairly labor-intensive. The Business Unit Greenhouse…

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Israeli companies demonstrate their greenhouse technologies

"Israel can teach the world how to grow in extreme climate"

“Growing food in high temperatures, with little water available, is no more than usual for Israeli growers. For that reason, growers from around the world can use Israeli solutions to adapt to warmer weather,” David Silverman, advisor at the Israeli ministry of agriculture states. “Despite its small…

Third edition of Autonomous Greenhouse Challenge aims for human-less lettuce greenhouse

"We want to tell the story behind automatization"

If there’s anything the pandemic has shown us, it is that more activities can be done from a distance than we’d previously thought. Meetings, family parties, shopping, and indeed, growing lettuce. Or at least, that’s what this year’s edition of the Autonomous Greenhouse Challenge is aiming to prove. The…

Effective project management and strategic partnerships lead to successful expansions Pure Flavor®

In mid-2020, Canadian-based greenhouse vegetable grower Pure Flavor® expanded their existing greenhouse operation in Leamington, ON with another 25 acres (Phase II). At the height of the global pandemic, COVID restrictions created a variety of challenges; however, due to timely project management,…

Karel Bolckmans, COO with Biobest:

"AI and robotics will bring us to the Olympic version of IPM"

“Data-driven growing is a big thing in horticulture in general. Many growers are into autonomous growing, data-driven greenhouse management, and advanced analytics. We’re convinced that this revolution will impact biological crop protection as well”, says Karel Bolckmans, COO with Biobest. “After all, if…

Six ways chatbots can streamline the food industry

As many brands are investing in improving their customer experience, industry experts estimate that the chatbot market will reach $1.25 billion by 2025. The benefits of…

Smart Sensors from Purdue University:

Affordable, image-based crop monitoring using smartphones and microcontrollers

With a mission to deliver easy-to-use, rapid, and affordable technologies to the controlled environment agriculture (CEA) industry, Dr. Krishna Nemali and his research group at Purdue University are tackling crop-monitoring challenges facing hydroponic and flower growers. Of the group’s many research…

Computer software helps solve what-if questions in agriculture

Anyone familiar with growing plants knows that a successful harvest largely relies on environmental factors. An especially hot summer with no rain in sight or poor soil quality can cause as many problems as a late cold snap right in the middle of planting season. Often farmers must rely on trial and…

France: New NeoFarm technological farm

For the National Agricultural Days in France on June 18, 19, and 20, 2021, the NeoFarm start-up inaugurated its technological farm of 10,000 m² in Saint-Nom-la-Bretèche (Yvelines). The goal of NeoFarm is to reduce the workload of producers by designing turnkey technological farms. This greenhouse in…

Geeky Gadgets

WaterMate: automated, solar-powered plant watering system

WaterMate is a new fully automated plant watering system that uses solar power and sensors to irrigate your greenhouse or indoor garden. The solar-powered watering plant kit has been designed by a team of engineers based in Cardigan within the United Kingdom and offers an application-controlled versatile…

PlantTape announces promotions

"With significant labor shortages on the farm, automation is taking over the agricultural industry"

PlantTape®, an automated transplanting system, announces the promotion of Lance Portman to president and Hunter Smith to vice president of agriculture and sales. The two promotions provide the company with ample support for continued growth within the United States and globally. “Both Lance and Hunter…

Upgrading fans in an existing greenhouse

Multifan Greenhouse Fans have a long service life. Nevertheless, it may be worthwhile to replace the fans with a new, more energy-efficient, and more quiet model. Replacing greenhouse fans is usually not a complicated process. There are, however, several points to consider before ordering a new series of…

"With 'hexagons', mounting can no longer go wrong"

“The JB Groep systems are used in many greenhouses at home and abroad. The company's high-pressure fog systems are very much in demand, but the on-site installation sometimes turned out to be a bit difficult for the customer. We have now come up with a solution for that,” says Jordy van den Berg, owner…

Fred Miller, UA System Division of Agriculture

Solving bottleneck in blackberry industry with soft-handed picking robots

Students from Arkansas have built a prototype robotic blackberry picker. It was displayed June 9 during the Summer Blackberry Tour at the Arkansas Agricultural Experiment Station's Fruit Research Station near Clarksville. The Agricultural Experiment Station is the research arm of the University of…

Hearing of the European Parliament on artificial intelligence in agriculture

Monday 14 June two committees of the European Parliament organized an online hearing about the future of agriculture and food security in the digital age. The hearing was organized by the committee Artificial Intelligence in a Digital Age (AIDA) and the committee Agriculture and Rural Development (AGRI).…

Study on hydroponic strawberry monitoring system based on nano AI-cloud and IoT-edge

The strawberry market in South Korea is actually the largest market among horticultural crops. Strawberry cultivation in South Korea changed from field cultivation to facility…

Candidus CEO Erico Mattos:

“Whether under HPS or LED, our goal is to provide energy savings”

“Candidus lighting controllers can be used to control HPS and LED systems alike, with an ROI of less than a year,” says Dr. Erico Mattos, co-founder and chief executive officer of lighting control company Candidus. Spending 2–3 years developing its dynamic controllers for horticultural lighting, Candidus…

US: Teenage siblings design robots to detect plant drought

Clovis North student John Benedict Estrada recently took home the $50,000 grand prize at the Regeneron International Science and Engineering Fair. “It was a big shock, and I honestly didn’t expect anything, so hearing my name being called was really surprising, really exciting. That whole weekend was…

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Korea: Robot makes commercial debut to reduce farmers workload

A homemade smart farm robot capable of moving through a connected farm for pest control, carry crops, and lift heavy objects made its commercial debut in South Korea. The autonomous robot can be guided by magnetic wires laid about 20 centimeters (7.8 inches) below the ground. It is more manageable than…

First bell pepper shuttle system in Australia

Katunga Fresh Produce, originally a tomato grower in southeastern Australia, is a close-knit family business where everyone does their bit. This ensures that the best quality vegetables are produced with the best taste and shelf life. In response to great demand from the Australian market, Katunga…

Study on domain adaptation method for filling the species gap in deep learning-based fruit detection

Fruit detection and counting are essential tasks for horticulture research. With computer vision technology development, fruit detection techniques based on deep learning have been widely used in modern orchards. However, most deep learning-based fruit detection models are generated based on fully…

Evolutionary approach to robot scheduling for uninterrupted and maximized working time

The protected cultivation system, an alternative to open field cultivation provides opportunities such as year-round crop production and improved food security especially during disasters as well as ease in automation. However, protected cultivation is limited by the hazardous work environments and…

Australia plans first completely hands-free robot farm

Australia's Charles Sturt University (CSU) has announced plans to create a "hands-free" smart farm where robots will do all the work – no human laborers required. The challenge: The majority of the food we eat comes from farms, and as the population grows, so does the amount of food needed to feed it.…

"New drive tool also fits perfectly into our hi-tech approach to cultivation"

Half a year ago, Dyson Farming in the UK took the decision to acquire the Natutec Drive tool to disperse its biological pest control products. ‘It was a brilliant move,’ says Glasshouse Manager Angel Angelov. ‘When it comes to the even distribution of Koppert’s predatory insects, it’s in a class of its…

Video: UK's 29 hectare non-fossil greenhouse

ESB Energy partnered with Low Carbon Farming to design, build and manage a renewable heating solution for the UK’s largest greenhouse complex. "Located in East Anglia and covering two sites and 29 Hectares, the project now serves as a critical proof of concept in meeting the challenges of the UK’s…

Biobest invests in Arugga and will distribute its pollination robots in the US and Canada

"Pollination robots address bottlenecks in tomato crop"

Biobest Group of Belgium and Arugga AI Farming of Israel today announced Biobest’s participation in Arugga’s latest financing round as well as the signature of an exclusive distribution agreement for the USA and Canada. Arugga AI Farming is an Israel-based start-up company, founded in 2017 and developing…

Tom Piini, Micro Grow:

“We design based on grower’s feedback”

Not everyone was making sourdough bread during the lockdown. For the horticulture and agricultural industry it was a time of growth, in general and for Micro Grow Control Systems, in specific. The California-based Micro Grow was able to expand its operations, ramp up their R&D and expand its custom…

Robotic device to pick and trim mushrooms to solve labor shortages

Researchers in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences have developed a robotic mechanism for mushroom picking and trimming and demonstrated its effectiveness for the automated harvesting of button mushrooms. In a new study, the prototype, which is designed to be integrated with a machine vision…

US: Data center project to test crop-picking robots

Purdue University Northwest will test out crop-picking robots at a new greenhouse at the Digital Crossroads Data Center in Hammond. A team of Purdue University Northwest College of Technology researchers have landed more than $1 million in federal and private funding to test the new agricultural…

Government of Canada invests $44.3M across 11 Canadian cleantech companies

The Government of Canadian announced strategic investments of $44.3 million in 11 Canadian cleantech companies, including North Vancouver’s Ecoation Innovative Solutions Inc.…

What horticulture can learn from electric cars

"I started driving electric pretty early. I certainly wasn’t the first, but I’ve chalked up quite a few electric miles. I had to get very used to the look of my i3s, but my first electric car drove wonderfully. And what turned out to be much more important: I could recharge it anywhere. That’s a major…

Connecting food production systems: greenhouses, aquaculture and algae cultivation

Fish farming and vegetable growing are quite suitable to be combined: together they can form an innovative agri-food chain. A Mexican greenhouse horticulture company wants to explore the options for such a circular system and preferably also integrate it with algae cultivation. The Greenhouse…

The sense and nonsense of Artificial Intelligence in the greenhouse

AI is a term that is used frequently in the horticultural industry. Because of this, one sometimes gets the impression that AI is going to solve all future problems in the industry. Think, for example, of the shortage of employees and specifically trained growers. Will AI then ensure that all work can be…

Milestones in technological development of strawberry ripeness detection software

Organifarms’ software development team has successfully integrated the ripeness estimation which now enables the detection of the exact degree of ripeness of the fruit. This not only helps in reaching better harvesting results but also in planning the next harvest. Another step that is completed, is the…

Chowbotics

The reimagining of the salad bar

Customers love the convenience of self-serve salad bars, creating combinations of fresh greens, vegetables, toppings and dressings, while retailers appreciate the pay-by-the-pound profits. While sales had been declining in the years before the pandemic—largely due to the rise of fast-casual salad chains such as…

New intelligent automated filter to counter degrading water quality

Today the new AlphaDisc filter is launched by Netafim. "The filter will protect irrigation systems against clogging caused by organic contaminants and enable growers to more uniformly irrigate crops, leading to better productivity, cost savings and peace of mind," the Netafim team shares. "Researched and…

Tomás Benavente, Pura Hoja:

"Cooling enables us to prolong the shelf life by 2-6 days"

“The moment of harvest has to be planned carefully, the product shouldn't be harvested too late. Also, temperature control is of vital importance for the shelf life. Depending on the crop, the complete cold chain ideally takes place in a room with a temperature between 2-5 °C.” This is according to Tomás…

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University professor turns smart phones into smart sensors

Dr. Krishna Nemali, Assistant Professor and Extension Specialist at Purdue University, has developed an easy-to-use, affordable smart sensor that’s proving valuable to indoor farmers for improving farm productivity and crop quality. Using only a smartphone and a connection to Dr. Nemali’s apps, users can…

Israeli startup developing robotic pollinator raises $4 million

Israeli startup Arugga, which is developing an autonomous robot for treating and monitoring individual plants in greenhouses, has completed a $4 million pre-A series funding round led by Cresson and with participation by Smart Agro, an agri-tech R&D partnership traded on the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange.  Arugga,…

Supplying Madrid with locally grown strawberries

The aim of the Spanish institute IMIDRA (Madrid Institute for Rural, Agrarian and Food Research and Development) is that hotels and restaurants in Madrid can supply itself for 100% with locally grown, quality strawberries. Strawberry grower Fernando Alcazar is one of the first that joins in this…

Flood and COVID postpone student greenhouse rebuilding

It’s been a long time coming, but the Copper Country Intermediate School District is ready to debut the new location of its commercial greenhouse. Coordinator Karyn Juntunen says the structure was originally located behind Copper Country Mental Health, but in 2017 plans were made to take down the…

Robot builders continue to take steps

The Network Smart Horticulture saw the light in 2018. Since then, the robot builders have been committed to accelerating innovation in horticulture. Almost thirty companies have already joined. Now they want to take the next steps. That is why on 11 May an online meeting was held under the leadership of…

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Different options for the cultivation of courgettes

The harvesting of courgettes can be easier made with the help of electric machines. The operator is essential, but with this equipment, fatigue is reduced and yields are increased. The video shows the proper functioning of a machine suitable for different types of courgettes usually cultivated in Italy, with…

"Increased oxygen improves strawberries' rooting"

Agrona's OxyBull aeration system ensures an optimum oxygen concentration in strawberries' water and root environment. In the Netherlands, greenhouse strawberry company Dutch Berries has now installed a third system. The aeration system now boasts an oxygen sensor. It continuously measures the basin or…

Van der Valk adds second machine for their ValkScreenVision system

"Rising demand for universal screen securing systems"

Van der Valk recently invested in a second tailoring machine for their ValkScreenVision system, which is a universal screen insertion system, to meet the increased demand. The machine attaches guide strips to the screen cloth, which ensures a rapid and easy installation. The new machine is an improved…

company to divide into two business units

DGT by Senmatic returns

This year, Senmatic A/S will separate its sensor business and its horticulture business to improve reactivity to new trends in the two very different markets, says CEO Mads Nychel. The horticulture…

Study on tomato detection model for robotic platform using deep learning

Fruit detection plays a vital role in robotic harvesting platforms. However, natural scene attributes such as illumination variation, branch and leaf occlusion, clusters of tomatoes, shading, etc. and double scene including image augmentation and natural scene have made fruit detection a difficult task.…

New patent pending method of CO₂ dosing

To create a highly efficient photosynthesis process of plants, Dalsem introduces a new method of distributing CO₂. The basis is their newly developed X-air greenhouse with the recently introduced X-Air Ventilation Systems. By dosing CO₂ directly into the moving airflow, the distribution will be uniform.…

China: Rural greenhouses turn high-tech as handsets become farm tools

Vegetable growers in Shouguang, on China's east coast, are now finding it easier to grow vegetables in greenhouses, thanks to the rapid development of technology and…

Study on modulating vapor pressure deficit in plant microenvironment to enhance bioactive value of lettuce

Growing demand for horticultural products of accentuated sensory, nutritional, and functional quality traits has been driven by the turn observed in affluent societies toward…

Bulltec

A line suitable for delicate produce

Efficiency, swiftness, versatility, easy maintenance and gentleness: this is what is requested of vegetable graders, especially when it comes to zucchini. Giovanni Milana's Biorto Ibleo, located in Ispica (Ragusa), has chosen Calibra V by Bulltec, a water-fed zucchini line with a 2-channel electronic…

The road to hands-free cultivation of greenhouse crops

Hands-free cultivation in horticulture, wouldn’t that be great?! You buy a tomato factory, stick in a bag of seeds at the front end, and eventually on the other side, out pops…

New strawberry rotational system for maximum growth

This NGS product line, currently used in the UK, Portugal, and Southern Spain, has met with enthusiasm from strawberry producers. This new rotational system for strawberries developed and patented by NGS aims to double production and automatically position crops in the most suitable location to optimize solar…

Green Digitalisation in tomato and cucumber production

“Over the last years, we developed several models and tools to support growers in optimizing their cultivation and to stimulate a digital transformation in greenhouse…

Study on work efficiency of strawberry-harvesting robot in automated greenhouse

Protected cultivation systems such as greenhouses are becoming increasingly popular globally and have been adopted because of unpredictable climatic conditions and their…

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Korea: New recycling technology developed for hydroponic culture fluids

A South Korean research team has succeeded in developing a circular-type hydroponic system that can be used for vertical and smart farms. The Korea Institute of Science and Technology announced that researchers had developed a new method of effectively managing the number of microbes in a circular-type…

Sussex tomatoes grow in harmony

As British tomato season gets underway, look out for produce grown in Sussex which has ripened on the vine while absorbing the work of Beethoven, Handel and Tchaikovsky. For the last few weeks, tomatoes and staff from The Green House Sussex have been enjoying weekly ‘proms for the toms’ with classical music played through…

"Small-scale Kentucky growers to also benefit from greenhouse technology"

“We are excited to support new horticultural enterprises in Kentucky which could be transformational in controlled environment production of food, feed and pharmaceuticals,” said Dean Nancy Cox of the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment. In keeping with its land-grant…

NASA spinoff BIOS launches next-generation grow lights

NASA spinoff BIOS announced its next generation of DLC-certified LED Grow Lights. Like any of the BIOS fixtures, Icarus is created with the grower in mind. "With higher efficacy, great uniformity and long-term performance, BIOS Icarus fixtures provide everything a grower needs to ensure successful…

Ghana agribusinesses organize conference on greenhouse production

"Greenhouse humidity and temperature a major concern in Ghana"

Private agribusinesses have organized the Fresh Green Ghana Project Knowledge Sharing Conference to deliberate on promoting safe greenhouse production in Ghana. CEO of Agri-Impact Consult, Dan Acquaye, shared the experience of his outfit in greenhouse production over the years. According to him, despite…

A plea for dynamic LED control

Is a plant able to make optimal use of all the light in the greenhouse? And what about lighting? Lighting specialists apply light utilisation efficiency for this. This is an important factor to…

Redesigned dashboard for data-driven crop steering

The e-Gro team recently launched a new product release with new features which will help growers providing more insights during the busy harvest season. Click on the link here for more insights on the latest e-Gro Release. For more information:Grodanwww.grodan.com       

Bas Lagerwerf advocates for an 'ASML with green fingers'

"Carts? There's Formula 1 technology in there"

When Bas Lagerwerf became director at Berg Hortimotive in 2007, he was surprised that it was often about the greenhouse, but much less often about the suppliers, who nevertheless play a vital role in the greenhouse. That had to be done differently - products and services had to be more prominent. An…

"Greater ventilation and safe production with insect screens"

Invasive biology of Thrips (Thripidae) has recently increased their importance as agricultural pests of ornamental plants, vegetables, and fruit crops globally. They successfully invaded many countries bringing damages on fields, plantations and greenhouse crops. Its invasiveness is mostly attributed to…

Kuwait and French growers opt for aeroponic growing system

The French foodprocessing company LSDH and the Kuwait company The Green Life Company have something in common. They both chose for an innovative aeroponic growth system, developed by the Swiss company CleanGreens, that enables plants to grow without soil. "Our system allows salads and aromatic herbs to…

Learning by doing: Chinese plant factory model for new industry standards

On 24 February, 2021, a series of new standards related to artificial light plant factories were made by the CPFA in China. The CPFA was established in March 2017 and is short for the China National Intelligent Plant Factory Innovation Alliance.  The new standards include specifications for the design of the…

"it is a madhouse"

As all components are more expensive, so is your greenhouse

As a result of global madness on the commodity market, the price of greenhouses and greenhouse utilities has increased strongly. "For anything but iron ore, the prices are sky-high," says Annie van der Riet with Dutch horticultural organization AVAG. Greenhouse builders and horticultural technology…

LED lighting through an energetic lens

Energy is one of the main pillars of a horticultural company. The purchase of gas and the purchase and sale of electricity largely determine the operating efficiency. Energy management is the continuous balancing between the right moment of purchase or sale and capacity versus rate, requirement and…

Dr. Lippert Digital: e-Campus as a digital training platform

"Flexible, modern tools for continuing education and quality control"

The daily handling of fruit and vegetables as well as the constantly growing demands on quality and preparation of the goods regularly present employees in all areas of the fruit trade with major challenges. How must a defect be assessed? What does the standard say and what does the customer say? How is…

Glasshouse facility supports technology solution testing

Glasshouse growers can be assured that the latest technology advancements are relevant to them, thanks to a commercially-representative testbed facility in Yorkshire. The Advanced Glasshouse Facility, located at Stockbridge Technology Centre (STC), can host testing for a range of products including small…

Greenhouse kit enables rapid switch to leafy greens in existing greenhouses

Feel like growing something different in your greenhouse? Well, a Swiss and a French grower did. They wanted to start growing leafy greens hydroponically. Looking for an easy way to convert their greenhouse, they came across the Tapkit, a system developed to start growing leafy greens anywhere in the…

"Promising numbers not always meet expectations on high performance growing systems"

For good reasons the greenhouse and vertical farm industry is booming. "Especially in ‘’newer’’ greenhouse crops like leafy greens and herbs the number of suppliers moving to this industry is high and still increasing. There is no lack of promises on high performance growing systems, vision on the best…

Moroccan tomato exports to France, the United Kingdom, Spain, and the Netherlands increase, while exports to Russia fall

Morocco exported a total of 596.72 million kilos of tomatoes in 2020, i.e. 13.68% more than five years earlier, according to data prepared by Hortoinfo. In this period, the…

"Horticultural projects in China: High-tech and scalable"

Overlooking the YouYou greenhouse project, a 20.6-hectare semi-closed facility growing tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, and lettuce, Alice Pan with SD Glass Tech explains how the facility is an example of the growing Chinese agricultural market. “High-tech and scalable,” she says. While exporting glass to…

Humidity adapted greenhouse project realised in Nigeria

"One of our latest projects consists of more than 200 greenhouses in Nigeria, specifically adapted to produce in hot climates. In tropical areas, where humidity is high, we design the greenhouse trying to maximise ventilation." Speaking is Iñaki Vaquero with the Spanish manufacturer of greenhouses MSC…

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Gibraltar growing and processing companies unify as Prospiant

With the acquisition of six brands in the horticultural and cannabis value chain, NASDAQ-listed Gibraltar Industries has gained a significant position in the Northern American Controlled environment growing and processing industry. Starting from today, they will operate in the market under one name:…

Vertical farming: the solution for local cultivation

A fast-growing population, increasingly crowded cities and peripheral towns, and growing demand for healthy and fresh food. In order to meet these developments, local production of crops, leaf crops, and herbs, for example, is highly desirable. Vertical farming fits in perfectly with this. With this…

CAN-Agri

“We believe that the time has come to harness innovative technologies”

"The extreme African weather conditions make this market a perfect candidate for controlled environmental growth," says Francois Duvenage, R&D researcher at CAN Agri. “From wet tropical to extreme desert conditions, it especially means we can enable African countries to successfully grow their produce…

Anomaly detection in the greenhouse industry

How to predict failures in the greenhouse

What is an Anomaly and how do we benefit from it? The principles of Anomaly Detection have already been adopted in many industries from Aviation and Manufacturing to the Oil and Gas industry and logistics. In this article, Jorben van der Lugt, sales manager with Pylot describes how anomalies can be…


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