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HoloLenses tested to help greenhouse suppliers working remote

Times of crisis demand creative solutions, of which digitalization seems to be the most prominent. However, digitalization was already part of recent developments in the…

Advancing robotics in the Australian vegetable industry

From 2016-2019, a team from the Australian Centre for Field Robotics at the University of Sydney undertook projects focusing on advancing the application of robotics, intelligent sensing systems, precision agriculture automation and more in Australia’s vegetable industry. In November 2019, Vegetables…

Evaluation of heat requirements under LED and HPS lamps

An open source model for greenhouses with supplemental lighting

Greenhouse models are important tools for the analysis and design of greenhouse systems and for offering decision support to growers. While many models are available, relatively few include the influence of supplementary lighting on the greenhouse climate and crop. A new study presents GreenLight, a…

Luitens renovation crew works with the rhythm of crop changing

New roll facade cloths and powerrollers spruce up Lans' greenhouses

It's the time of crop change in the lighted tomato cultivation, so it's the time for maintenance, too. Some chores can be done during cultivation season, but changing roll facade cloths with a greenhouse full of plants, is practically impossible.  At the different locations of Lans in Rilland the old crop…

The first vegetable seedling listed company realizes "5G planting"

At the moment, China is still at a critical point in epidemic prevention and control. Growers need to prevent the further spread of the epidemic, and at the mean time start spring planting. In Shandong Anxin Seedling Co., Ltd. in Jiyang District, workers are busy breeding seedlings. Ensuring sufficient…

WUR LightLab to be accredited for light measurements

The Wageningen University & Research LightLab has unique measuring equipment to measure characteristics such as translucency, diffusion and spectrum of greenhouse cover materials and screens. Now, WUR LightLab is the first ISO17025 accredited lab to be permitted to carry out measurements under the…

University conducts wheat research using multi-tier room

Choosing a plant growth chamber or room with the right set of specifications is critical to ensure that you have equipment that meets the requirements of your research. However, your facility may not currently have the physical space or the budget to source the ideal controlled environment to meet your…

Dutch horticulture: regaining market leadership by using data

The lead of Dutch horticulture has been declining worldwide due to the emergence of new horticultural countries that exploit data-driven solutions and applications. The (high-tech) knowledge about data, technology, and new innovations has been present in the Netherlands for years but is only now…

$100 million for UAE greenhouse company Pure Harvest Smart Farms

The team with greenhouse company Pure Harvest Smart Farms has secured a multi-stage investment commitment of over $100 million. Currently Pure Harvest operates a greenhouse in the UAE desert and grows tomatoes over there. With the investment, the company will expand with new greenhouses in the UAE, Saudi…

RoboCrops moved to October

The RoboCrops event, scheduled for April 23-24, has been postponed. However, various online workshops will take place on April 24 on the theme of 'Robotics in the agricultural sector'. Due to the…

Poland’s first full LED lighting in pink tomato greenhouse installed

Signify has installed LED lamps in a Tomimaru Muchoo pink tomato greenhouse for the first time in Poland. This innovative full LED solution was implemented on a 2 ha plantation belonging to Łukasz Budyta Greenhouse Complex, which was fitted with Philips GreenPower LED toplighting modules and Philips…

Better and faster steaming with gas-fired steam heater

Because nurseries with soil-bound crops like lettuce or cut flowers are getting bigger, a 'normal' steam boiler isn't enough anymore in a lot of cases. Steam of over a hundred degrees Celsius is necessary to decontaminate the soil.  When the distance from the steam boiler in the boiler room to the soil that…

How greenhouse automation can assist social distancing

Unless you've been living off the grid for the past month, you're probably aware that the effects of the Covid-19 virus have changed our world as we know it. More and more…

Travelling around the world to find the right growing strategy

Just outside of Lisbon, about 10 meters from the main door of a big supermarket a container is placed. When you look through the window in the container door you see racks filled with all kinds of aromatic herbs and microgreens. This container is the first Jungle Greens production unit where herbs and…

Why use a greenhouse humidifier

Smart Fog makes commercial humidifiers for the food industry. These humidifiers produce micron droplets that sanitize a space without leaving behind moisture on surfaces. From the greenhouse humidifier to the grocery store case humidifier, Smart Fog can keep produce clean and safe. Keeps produce clean and safeSmart Fog…

Stefano Hiwat, Gavita:

"For Russia, being self-sufficient is still on the agenda"

Starting a new job and finding yourself at home only three weeks later might normally mean you did not perform as planned – but that’s not what’s going on for Stefano Hiwat at Gavita. It’s the virus outbreak that limits him from visiting both the Gavita office as well as growers in Eastern Europe and…

The building of indoor farm Planet Farms is in progress:

"Indoor farming requires less cultivation expertise than greenhouse growing"

Along the road from Milan to Venice, a large building is being built. It's an indoor farm. According to Roel Janssen with Signify, this is going to be the most beautiful indoor farm in the world. Planet Farms is it's name. The building consists from concrete and wood, and 'hangs' from the construction. A…

Robotic farming paving the way?

Is fully automated farming the future? It is, in fact, part of the future says Mike Zelkind, chief executive officer of 80 Acres Farms, a vertical farming company based in Hamilton, Ohio. “I think indoor farming should play a role in a holistic solution to farming—so should greenhouses and other traditional farms,” says…

FruPro

New platform launched to fight UK food waste

In the UK, a new platform has been launched to fight food waste. The platform, called FruPro, provides users with a free, fast and easy way to buy or sell produce with its realtime ‘offer and search’ functionality. FruPro can connect potential buyers with sellers of fresh produce online and, being a…

Shading screens characterization by means of wind tunnel experiments and CFD modeling

The use of shading screens in the protected cultivation sector is widespread, due to the fact they allow both to reduce the heat load and thus to control temperature, and to have lower and uniform levels of light intensity inside greenhouses. An extended selection of shading screens is available on the…

shout out to the workers!

Greenhouse building & assembling continues all over the world

Many companies have already felt the effects of the spread, the coronavirus, on their business. The rapid spread of the coronavirus around the world has led to increased travel restrictions from authorities. So what to do when, by the nature of your company, your employees are spread all over the world?…

Digital security dangers in horticulture

Virtually everyone says "yes" when asked if digital security is important. When push comes to shove, though, labour or water gets more priority from the grower, and for suppliers, there's always a higher item on the to-do-list, too. Strange actually, because in all company processes digital security is…

4 benefits of an automated controller in a vented greenhouse

Ceres’ patented solar design and innovative climate control technologies enable them to build year round greenhouses in any climate. Depending on geographic location, crop application, and specific client needs their greenhouses might operate with different types of ventilation, HVAC and other greenhouse…

University of Illinois

US: New technology for screening crop traits

Like many industries, big data is driving innovations in agriculture. Scientists seek to analyse  thousands of plants to pinpoint genetic tweaks that can boost crop production—historically, a Herculean task. To drive progress toward higher-yielding crops, a team from the University of Illinois is revolutionizing…

Demonstration trial reduced CO2 dosing

CO2 supply in a greenhouse promotes crop growth. In the future the supply of CO2 has to be reduced considerably because the availability of CO2 from industry will be reduced due to CO2 emission goals, the use of natural gas for heating is reduced, and the greenhouse horticultural sector has the goal to…

Substrate unit controls the entire irrigation process

Hotraco Horti delivered the first Ceres-FC substrate unit to the United Kingdom. The unit is already working in a chili pepper greenhouse. Duke Electrical Services installed, which was easy because of the plug and play concept. This delivery made the market introduction of the fertigation system…

Colder outside air ingeniously mixed with greenhouse air

"As you can see, it looks quite 'space age' and industrial and that has its reasons", says Hans Weisbeek of Hinova in a segment on Dutch regional television about the development of the Hinovator. The regional TV channel sees there are quite a few horticulture suppliers in the region, and that those…

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

New ethylene sensor could help prevent food waste

It has been well-known for a long time that as flowers bloom and fruits ripen, they emit a colorless, sweet-smelling gas called ethylene. MIT chemists have now created a tiny…

Zhongnong Futong completes multi-span greenhouse

Recently a Beijing company, Zhongnong Futong, has completed a multi-span greenhouse in Suzhou district, Gansu province.  The greenhouse has a construction area of 21,360 m2, and in it there will be focus on efficient production of fruit and vegetables, such as tomatoes and peppers. There are a lot of Dutch…

Microgrow adds Daphne Brogdon for National Sales and Marketing

Microgrow Control Systems, an industry leader in environmental controls, announced that former TV host Daphne Brogdon has been elevated to National Sales and Marketing. “Daphne has years of experience marketing on different platforms and her years in broadcasting makes her a great communicator," said Tom…

a Wageningen UR update on the status of LED in horticulture

“A lot is possible, but there is a lot left to learn as well!”

The global acreage of illuminated greenhouses has increased over the last 20 years. Starting at 1,000 hectares at the time, now over 3,000 hectares of about 10,000 in the Netherlands in total is illuminated. Where the installed wattage used to be 15 W/m2, in 2016 that grew to be over 70 W/m2. These…

“Warm winter makes regular boiler maintenance possible”

Wintertime is usually a period of running around from one malfunction to another for boiler mechanics. This year is no exception, although the 'summer-like winter' does decrease the amount of malfunctions and makes more room for regular maintenance, says Erwin van der Mark of boiler maintenance firm Van…

Control of algal growth on greenhouse surfaces using commercial algaecides

Greenhouses and nurseries provide ideal environments for facilitating the formation of nuisance algal mats. Algal growth poses safety concerns to horticulturists and stimulates the propagation of unwanted plant pests and pathogens. To date, few strategies and data are available to effectively manage…

Advancing global food security through early disease detection

Indoor growing platform wins 250K prize

Radicle Growth has awarded Scanit Technologies $250,000 as the winner of the Radicle Challenge by Corteva. Radicle teamed up with Corteva on this Challenge to identify a…

"It's a bit like a radar used in identifying different aircraft...but it identifies where the bees are"

Radar-like technology used to improve pollination and increase yields in horticultural crops

With poor pollination costing growers millions of dollars each year globally, an Australian startup company has come up with a new innovation to help address the issue. Bee Innovative has developed a radar-like sensor called BeeDar, which is placed under a drone and is able to track bees in a crop of any…

Danish students develop drone that monitors crops in vertical farming

A new drone, developed in Denmark, with the help of two cameras and QR codes can monitor any individual plant’s condition in vertical cultivation. The drone was developed during a school project by a group of students at the Aarhus University School of Engineering. The presentation video for the project:…

Spanish scientists discover how the tomato was able to increase its size by 100 times

A study carried out by scientists from the University of Almeria, published in the PNAS magazine, has discovered the genetic keys that allowed tomato to grow to its current…

technical suppliers deal with new reality

"Remote access a necessity during travel restrictions"

Travel restrictions do not only affect the workers in the greenhouses, but also the suppliers. How to conduct service work when you can't enter a country? What are the effects on shipping costs? And how do you get your machine up and running when you're thousands of kilometers away?  The Canadian technicians…

The Taiwanese tech behind Dutch greenhouses

Taiwan-based company Hugreen has cooperated with Netherlands-based developers of greenhouses to make greenhouses smart through establishing sensing networks and monitoring systems, according to company founder and CEO Clement Lee. Netherlands-based greenhouse developers have advanced agricultural…

CAN (ON): Advancing agri-food research and innovation

The Ontario Agri-Food Innovation Alliance is committed to improving life by supporting the people, places and programs that generate solutions with global impact. Research…

Climate change research with plant chambers

Scientists at the British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT) in Canada are leading the way when it comes to solving problems such as how to feed a growing population and alleviating the effects of climate change.   BCIT is focusing on experimentation with the C4 plant Setaria which tolerates hot and dry conditions…

Belgian start-up launches plant disease detection app

Knowing what disease the crop has and how to combat it within a second and a half - that is possible according to Belgian start-up Ask Attis, with a special application that…

Sustainable cultivation in the greenhouse: higher production, lower footprint

It sounds too good to be true: a higher production, and at the same time a lower footprint. But it is possible, as shown during the 'Greenhouse2030: Sustainable cultivation with a future' project of the Greenhouse Horticulture Business Unit of Wageningen University & Research. The project investigates…

Japanese researchers working on improving greenhouse tomato cultivation

The National Agriculture and Food Research Organization or NARO is an institution in Japan for conducting research and development on agriculture and food. They have found that the crop yields in their greenhouses could be a lot higher and that about half of the greenhouse workers is 65 years old or…

Root Plus Green

Vellsam offers solution to improve the rooting and growth in strawberry cultivation

The Almeria-based company of agricultural biotechnological solutions Vellsam Materias Bioactivas has managed to improve the rooting and growth of strawberry plants with its Root Plus Green rooting solution, which enhances the root system and improves the plant's vegetative development. In tests carried…

Exploring ways to feed the future in the Autonomous Greenhouse Challenge

The 2nd Edition of the Autonomous Greenhouse Challenge is underway, drawing 21 teams and over 200 participants in its initial round. Run by Wageningen University & Research (WUR) and sponsored by Heliospectra and other industry leaders, the challenge includes multidisciplinary teams from around the…

Checking the water level in your tank at a glance

How full is the water tank? It's a question growers often find themselves asking whether the rain is pouring down, or it’s (too) dry outside. A new water level meter now makes…

Agrokultura Group

"Less disease and better quality under diffuse coating"

Agrokultura Group is finding it easier to find the balance between optimal use of sunlight and crop protection. In the video, Sergei Volkov explains how ReduSystems coatings play an important role in this. The company grows tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers, aubergines and strawberries on 58 hectares in Kashira,…

Polish LED lamps for Kazakh tomatoes

In January 2020 the first LED lamps in a tomato greenhouse in the south of Kazakhstan were switched on. It was just the start of a bigger investment, as these are just the lamps for the 5,000 square meter first phase of the greenhouse. The complete greenhouse complex is 110,000 square meters. The other…

GreenTech Americas:

3 Dutch start-ups win challenge Mexico

GreenTech Americas organized in cooperation with the Dutch Embassy, the Netherlands Business Support Office and KLM, a start-up challenge. Three winners, namely Gearbox Innovations, Nature Does (AND) Biopharma BV and Evja, were selected from a large group of entries. The goal of the challenge is to give…

UK: Applications open for KTN's Agri-Food Tech Investment Showcase

The KTN’s Agri-Food Tech Investment Showcase, supported by Farm491 and Rabobank, will take place on 19th October 2020 in London. KTN announces the call for companies to participate in its fourth year of Agri-Food Tech investment training and showcase event. Applications close on 6th May 2020. The ongoing…

Sequencing of celery genome

Celery (Apium graveolens) is a vegetable crop in the Apiaceae family that originated in the Mediterranean and the Middle East. It is a popular vegetable crop and is widely cultivated in Europe, East…

Purdue study finds signal cascade that keeps plant stem cells active

Pools of stem cells in the apical meristems of plants are key to continued growth and development. Understanding how these stem cells are maintained and balanced against differentiated cells could lead to methods for increasing crop yield and biomass. Purdue University scientists have uncovered a key…

This neural network knows all about plant development

iFarm, in cooperation with Poteha Labs and developers from Catalyst-Team, have started a Telegram bot for identifying deviations in crops growth in vertical farms: a neural network with the help of the latest discoveries in the sphere of computer vision analyses the state of plants and the bot will…

A first for Honduras: wireless control irrigation unit

It is not the first country that comes to mind when people think about high-tech greenhouse horticulture innovations, but Honduras recently did have a scoop. At grower Exveco, Sercom installed the very first fully wireless irrigation system. “We have developed this product based on radio technology. That…

UK: NIAB EMR ten-year vision for ag science

NIAB EMR’s Managing Director, Professor Mario Caccamo, presented his vision of data-driven science providing practical solutions to many of the complex and interwoven challenges facing agriculture as the UK looks to see a life beyond Brexit. Caccamo commented at the Farm Expo 2020 event, held at the Detling…

European Innovation Partnership project

Developing the sensor technology of the future

Heliospectra is leading an innovation project supported by EU funds; European Innovation Partnership (EIP). The overall purpose for the EIP-support is to create better connections through research, new techniques and practical work within agriculture, garden and reindeer husbandry. It should also lead up…

Plant responses to integrated light and CO2 control

Light is the driving force for photosynthesis in plants which is why managing daily light integral (DLI) is so important in Controlled Environment Agriculture (CEA). However, many factors beyond light influence photosynthesis and ultimately biomass accumulation including: temperature, carbon dioxide, and plant stress (drought, nutrient…

Red and blue nets impact on physiological and morphological traits of tomato

Plants can detect the quality, quantity and direction of light and use it as a signal to adapt their morphogenesis and growth. Thus according to their light transmission,…

Plant Empowerment: a stress-free future for all plants

Plant Empowerment is synonymous with Next Generation Growing, where stress is no longer a factor. The use of climate screens can prevent plant stress to a significant degree. This in turn results in greater efficiency. Reason enough for Svensson to support a book and platform on this topic. Plant Empowerment – also known as…

An Australian-based project to increase the use of precision agriculture on vegetable farms

A national project, involving some of Australia's leading farming stakeholders, is focused on improving the adoption of precision agriculture (PA) technologies in vegetable production systems. Queensland's Department for Agriculture and Fisheries (DAF) has been leading a Hort Innovation funded project…

Greenhouse irrigation and fertigation offer boosts to efficiency and profitability

For many growers, boosting efficiency in the greenhouse has become a critical focus. While improving the effectiveness of all greenhouse functions should be the end goal, a great place to start is with one of the most essential tasks for any grower. With the increasing danger of longer-lasting droughts,…

Time to create clarity about the shading percentage of coatings

Various ways of indicating the shading provided by coatings have evolved in actual practice. This can lead to confusion. From now on Mardenkro will create clarity about this.…

Growing tomatoes with Amazon Web Services

30MHz is participating in the autonomous greenhouse challenge: growing tomatoes without entering the greenhouse. They’re managing the greenhouse from behind their laptops, and have to guide their decisions based on the real-time data they receive from the indoor climate, outside conditions and weather…

Belgian strawberry grower goes for hybrid lighting in new greenhouse

Belgian strawberry grower Jacobs-Braspenning has been a household name for years when it comes to strawberry cultivation. For the new greenhouse that is currently being built in Meerle, Pieter Jacobs has chosen the new LED fixture ‘Monarch’ from Oreon. Jacobs was looking for a hybrid lighting solution:…

"The idea is for kids to be able to use it"

The new microscope device putting pest and disease detections back in the hands of farmers

Diagnosing pests and plant diseases leaves in horticultural production could soon be as easy as taking a picture with a mobile phone, following the release of a new AI Scope. An Adelaide-based startup company, officially launched the GoMicro mini microscopes at the evokeAG. 2020 conference in Melbourne.…

Alternate drip irrigation increases tomato yield, study shows

Alternate drip irrigation (ADI) is a useful irrigation method for water conservation and the regulation of soil quality; however, knowledge about the underlying mechanism of soil-root-bacterium interactions is limited. To determine the mechanism by which ADI transforms soil nutrients and thereby promotes…

Always know your water levels

Looking for an easy way to see how full your water storage system is? It's possible with a new tank level indicator, which operates using a plastic float ball/solid float which moves up and down, on top of the water inside the tank. The float ball is connected to a cord which runs through a simple pulley system to a…

Innovation presented at Novel Farm

Above-ground: complete management with maximum simplicity

For the management of small and medium above-ground systems, "Nido" is able to give answers with maximum simplicity. Among the novelties presented at Novel Farm (19-20 February 2020) there is also this system dedicated to small and medium above-ground surfaces. "Our automated management system - explains…

Helps enable uninterrupted access to cold chain data

Emerson incorporates 4G/Cat-M Technology into next generation GO Real-Time Tracker

Emerson (NYSE: EMR) announced at the Fruit Logistica convention the release of its next-generation GO Real-Time Tracker based on 4G/Cat-M technology.This latest innovation…

New low-temperature condensing boiler helps saving on energy costs

Kaleo is an Icelandic rock band and a small town in Ghana - both might not interest you too much. Yet Kaléo is also the name of the new condensing boiler launched by Richel. This highly efficient boiler makes it possible to save on energy costs. Condensing boilersCondensing boilers have gotten more and more…

Kyushu University - Japan

New study could lead to the development of healthier broccoli and cabbage

Scientists now have a better understanding of how chemicals thought to impart unique health benefits to plants in the cabbage family are broken down to promote growth in conditions lacking sufficient sulphur. This, they say, could aid in the future development of broccoli and cabbage that are even…

Automated drip irrigation scheduling for maximizing water use efficiency

Maximizing irrigation water use efficiency and utilization of solar energy with drip irrigation systems is essential to irrigate greenhouses for horticultural crops production. In a new study, a field experiment was carried out in the Horticultural Farm, Faculty of Agriculture, Kafrelsheikh University…

Gearbox Innovations delivers ‘Digital Quality Inspector’ to Looye Kwekers

"With vision & AI as a starting point, our product line is growing"

The term 'digital quality inspector' has become widely known in the fresh produce sector since its introduction. GearVision, as the machine developed by Gearbox Innovations is officially called, is finding a place in the inspection and processing area at an increasing number of growers, breeders and…

Dutch schools combine forces in the All Climate Greenhouse

Recently, the final presentation of the first education project in the All Climate Greenhouse took place. Graduating students from Horti Technics & Management of Lentiz, MBO Westland, together with students from HBO Inholland, presented their findings regarding the cultivation of vine cherry tomatoes of…

Young Ghanaians use tech for more efficient greenhouses

Four young Ghanaians armed with technological insight and passion, are making it their mission to revolutionise agriculture in their country. The group, that met in 2018 during an innovation challenge competition, pooled together to form one of Ghana’s youngest agritech companies focusing on maximising greenhouse…

Miele offers solution for domestic vertical agriculture

The German company Miele is offering vertical agriculture solutions for the home with the marketing of domestic greenhouses, which offer the perfect growing conditions with minimal care and can be placed both in the kitchen and in the lounge. Domestic greenhouses allow fresh, aromatic and nutrient-rich…

US (VA): Grower improves greenhouse operation with nanobubble solution

Schuyler Greens, located just outside of Charlottesville, Virginia, operates a greenhouse where they grow a variety of lettuces, salad greens, herbs, and microgreens such as arugula, kale, collards, and basil. As part of their local farm-to-table philosophy, farm manager John McMahon places a large…

Combine harvesting work with hygiene

In times of viruses on various crops, there are many growers who have taken strict measures to minimize the risk of infection. In order to be able to link hygiene with crop work, Steenks Service offers a decontamination container. "The grower has to attach this dip container to the pipe rail trolley", the…

Start-up introducing an automatic QC and data analytics platform

Imagine being able to do the countless quality checks needed within the fruit and vegetable supply chain automatically? This is precisely what an Israeli start-up has achieved. “Our platform is disrupting the $2 trillion Fresh Produce supply chain by creating the world’s first automatic QC and data…

Empowering growers with Digital Crop Management

Imagine: You record a high-resolution video in your greenhouse and upload the footage from an app on your phone to a platform shared with fellow growers of your choice. You rate your crop with similar ease and so do your colleagues from across the country or even the globe. You have access to the same…

Replacing Haze by Hortiscatter provides more information about light diffusion

The level of light diffusion caused by diffuse coatings and glass is commonly known as Haze in the market. However, the term Hortiscatter provides more information about how…

Jan Hoogewoning:

"Many opportunities in Vietnam if you can offer feasible technologies to the growers"

When he was fourteen he started weaning violets in the greenhouse and when he was nineteen he was done with it. In the meantime he has been fused with horticulture for many years, from his home in Thailand. After all, there are plenty of opportunities in Southeast Asia. Especially Vietnam has his…

How are you using greenhouse data?

Collecting and analyzing data are key factors in operating a modern greenhouse. More importantly is having experienced growers who can use this data to deliver maximum crop yields.As the cost of sensors for controlled environment agriculture become more sophisticated and more affordable, growers have an…

New farming method develops sustainable crop system suitable for Qatari climate

A detailed report on the results of cultivation of tomatoes and cucumbers is published after one year in operation of the Hydroponic Trial and Demonstration Center opened by Agrico, QAFCO and Yara International in February 2019. The Trial and Demonstration Center was established to test local greenhouse…

STEP Systems and JayVee Green Consult present digital innovation

Digitizing values within horticulture using App

Take a photo with your mobile phone, select culture and values, archive measured values as a .PDF file: This is how STEP Systems and JayVee Green Consult describe the process of digitizing the measured values of the Combi5000 from STEP Systems with the g-pda STEPreader app. The App interprets the…

New tool has the answer

What is the impact of shading paints on greenhouse climate?

Because it is not always easy for growers to choose their shade paints, application date and dilution, Sudlac has joined forces with Agrithermic to develop a Decision Support Tool which transforms shading data into impact on the climate and culture. “Until now, when choosing the shade paints to apply to…

BLV launches Horturion intense HPS 1150 W lamp at HortiContact

"We want to maximize the benefits of traditional HPS lamps"

The Dutch HortiContact show will be bright! BLV is presenting their latest HPS lamp during the three-day event. According to the company, the new Horturion HPS intense 1,150 W offers 12 percent more light, which should give growers substantially higher yields. With the new lamp, BLV wants to show that…

Californian growers use covers to protect their crops from harsh weather

Drought and freezing temperatures, in particular, are two of the challenges associated with climate change which have long been an everyday reality in California. While they may appear to be antithetical to each other at first sight, the experience of the State over the last ten years has demonstrated…

The importance of monitoring your indoor grow

Sustainability in farming is about more than saving precious resources like water; it's about creating a growing environment that takes the guesswork out of agriculture. And…

SolData Instruments selected as dealer for Apogee Instruments in Iceland

SolData Instruments, Silkeborg, Denmark, has supplied light measurement instruments to greenhouses, research institutes and solar energy producers since 1980. In addition to Denmark, Greenland and Finland the company is now the authorized dealer for Apogee Instruments in Iceland. Apogee Instruments can supply…

Australian produce supplier to use AI for predicting berry yield

Australian fruit and vegetable supplier Costa Group will use artificial intelligence (AI) and the Internet of Things (IoT) to optimise its berry farming operations in multiple states. Coast Group is deploying The Yield’s Sensing+ solution for eight of its berry farms in New South Wales, Queensland and…

US (NC): Greenhouse vegetable growers support plant sciences initiative

Did you know that in 2017 greenhouse-based growers in North Carolina produced almost $11,800,000 worth of vegetables? In fact, half of that was in fresh market tomatoes, a crop that NC State breeders have devoted decades to improving. In honor of NC State’s past support and continued partnership, the…

BUWADome on silo with 12.75 meter diameter

Industry follows horticulture with placement of the lightweight silo cover

What do you do if you want to cover a silo so that water won't get in? You arrange to have a ‘roof’ placed on it. The latter happened at a major industrial project in Amsterdam. There a BUWADome, the name for the lightweight silo cover with an aluminum frame and a customized PVC tarpaulin, was mounted on…

IUV's objective is to replace plastic packaging with coating to reduce food waste

IUV Srl is an innovative start-up that was set up in May 2019 focusing on the research, development, production and commercialization of modern, sustainable and natural packaging. The idea behind it, however, dates back to 2011. "I was in high school in 2011 and, during a Business English lesson, the teacher…

How utilising the latest fogging technology will keep your crops happy and healthy

With growers looking to optimise their crop growth and the consistent control of their environment, the options and different formulas to success are vast. The importance of a synergistic relationship between heat and humidity is an important challenge to overcome. To ensure you’re growing a happy and…

Oreon launches new 1000W water-cooled fixture

Size matters. That’s what they are assured of at Oreon and something they’ve taken to heart in their history of developing water-cooled LED fixtures. Yesterday they showed again the importance of size - and power and efficiency - by presenting their new fixture Monarch. It was launched by a 3 meter tall…

Purdue University

University creates portable device for on-site E. coli testing

Foodborne illness hits about one in six people in the United States every year. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that 48 million people in the US get sick due to one or more of 31 recognized pathogens, including E. coli O157:H7, a particularly harsh strain of E. coli. Researchers…

NL: New faces, new product, new office for Dutch Lighting Innovations

Dutch Lighting Innovations is an innovative company that develops and produces HPS and LED lighting systems for horticulture worldwide. Due to the large international growth in recent years, expansion of the salesforce, logistics and development team is necessary for further growth. The team of DLI, left…

UK: Rothamsted creates hub for new agri-tech businesses

CHAP partner Rothamsted Research is creating a hub for high-growth agri and food tech businesses and entrepreneurs by repurposing the Russell Building, which has been unused since 2014. The renowned agri-science research centre’s Russell Building building, which was the base for the scientists who…

Guidelines for choosing the most efficient lamp for your production

Nowadays with continuously increasing energy prices, an efficient way of energy utilization is becoming a major issue in order to run a profitable business and tackle climate changes. Approximately 60-80% of the total electricity cost and 30-40% of the total cost can depend on lighting sources in modern…

Autogrow launches wireless smart sensor network

Autogrow has released a wireless smart sensor giving greenhouse operators high density microclimate data to improve yield, quality and decision making. Each Folium sensor gathers environmental data including temperature, humidity, CO2, PAR, RAD and barometric pressure, which growers can view on a heatmap - immediately seeing differences across their grow areas. F…

Indian-German retractable roof greenhouse helps growers overcome heat problems

A customized structure and the HS2 system will help an Indian company deal with harsh weather, especially during the summer.   Peak temperatures in the summer are an issue that Indian growers have to deal with. In the very hot summer - which can last from April to August - the average temperature can vary from…

Plant and animal cells have the same sense of direction

An ancient protein that is involved in cell division and is crucial to growth, development, and even the prevention of cancer turns out to be almost identical in plants and animals. This has been discovered by WUR biochemists together with colleagues in Cambridge. Their findings will be published in the…

webinar, February 20

Horticultural lighting systems energy-savings calculations

In controlled environment agriculture supplemental lighting is required to support year-long crop production. In this presentation Dr. Neil Mattson from Cornell University and Dr. AJ Both from Rutgers University will talk about the yield and economic impacts of different supplemental lighting systems.…

Light4Food has everything in order with mechanized cultivation system

Every grower has their own wish list when it comes to techniques, but almost everyone is open for mechanization. Less work carried out by people is interesting from both a cost and hygiene perspective. Light4Food established their machine division in 2018 to realize complete machine lines for the…

Oreon launches 1000W LED fixture for greenhouse horticulture

Oreon presents its new fixture at Fruit Logistica in Berlin, Germany. Oreon’s Dutch Powerhouse, called Monarch, produces a light output of up to 3100 μMol/s, with an efficiency of 3.1 μMol/J. 'Efficient in many ways'All Oreon’s Dutch Powerhouses operate with a water-cooling technique. This enables the…

“Convenience for consumers and opportunities for growers with new lettuce varieties”

It’s not exactly babyleaf, but not a full head of lettuce either – it’s exactly in between: a lettuce variety that’s harvested between 80 and 120 grams. When the lettuce is cut just above the core, the heads immediately separate into a large amount of individual leaves and a minimum of waste is left.…

Philips GreenPower Xtra 1150W system

"12% more light output and therefore more yield"

Signify will introduce the Philips GreenPower Xtra 1150W system with, according to the company, 12% more growth light and therefore more fruit yield and more yield per m². "The product, combined with the Philips Green Vision 1150W electronics, meets market demand for hybrid solutions, combining LED with…


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