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Why do we need a written vision for digitalization in horticulture?

The impact of digitalization on the sector is bound to be historic. Consequently, the horticultural sector must develop a vision for this, to avoid being ‘caught off guard' by any developments. A proactive attitude is needed more than ever, Colinda de Beer says. As it happens, such a vision has been…

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Dutch research results in special mixing systems for cultivation in space

It is literally a long way away, but growing crops in space is gradually getting closer, at least for Priva and EVE Techniek. Both Dutch companies had specialists working on the development of a special fertilizer and irrigation system. In a project of the Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfart (DLR),…

Nicky Mann, Family Fresh Farms, addresses challenges for Australian growers:

"Labor seems to be one of the most important challenges all growers face"

When thinking about Australia, most people will picture koalas, kangaroos, and dangerous spiders – or, after reading yesterday’s interview with Nicky Mann, chair of the board of Protected Cropping Australia, of the opportunities there are for the horticultural industry. Yet, despite the many…

Oasis-X:

"We offer a secure automation platform that puts growers in control"

“My educational background is in statistics and business management, but I have always been passionate about agriculture, ecosystems, and nature,” says Mike Lee, co-founder of Oasis-X. “My co-founder, Aviel Stein, who is completing his Ph.D. in computer science, is a long-time gardener like myself and…

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Japanese tomato harvest robot in action in Tomatoworld

A new tomato harvesting robot has recently been driving through the paths of Tomatoworld. It is the latest product of inaho Europe, a subsidiary of the Japanese company inaho.  "The purpose of launching the demonstration at Tomatoworld is to allow more interested people to see the robot in operation," says…

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Indonesian university develops IoT melon growing system

Brawijaya University has developed an Internet of Things-based farming system for melon cultivation named 'drip irrigation system' that is currently being implemented at the Agro Techno Park in Malang, East Java. A lecturer from the university's Faculty of Engineering, Eka Maulana, said the 'drip…

Christian Schouten and David van den Heuvel, start-up LogisticDocuments.com

"We need to do away with all the paper"

They call themselves fruit traders who have become process specialists. For two years, Christian Schouten and David van den Heuvel have been building a web platform on which live information about the status of shipments and the related ex- and import documentation is stored and shared. Since February…

Hackathon of the 3rd international Autonomous Greenhouses Challenge

Heineken joins Autonomous growing movement

In 2021/22 Wageningen University is organizing the 3rd International Challenge to sustainably grow vegetables in greenhouses via fully automated control with the use of AI by…

AppHarvest's harvest robot picks snack tomatoes in Dutch Greenco greenhouse

At the moment, energy costs could become number one, but normally labor is by far the biggest cost in the cultivation of snack tomatoes. "Out of the labor task, harvesting is the biggest part," says Ab van Marrewijk of Dutch snack tomato growing company Greenco. Since the end of August, a harvesting…

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Updates for e-Gro system for artificial light growing

As the days get shorter and darker, the growing season is coming to a close, or growers will soon switch to growing with artificial light. As a result of interviews with growers worldwide and continuous testing, Grodan has enhanced three features of its e-Gro in order to help optimize growing, plan…

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‘RoboCrop’ could take over repetitive tasks on small-scale farms

A pilot scheme using a robot to take the hard graft out of market gardening could be a solution to labor shortages in the sector. The machine in question, which runs on rails…

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New mobile procurement platform simplifies online ordering and inventory management

Institutional food operators often use traditional processes to procure products and take inventories; think pencils, paper, clipboards, and scurrying to a desktop computer to…

Ultrasonic battle against algae and micro-organisms into focus

As every grower knows, algae, bacteria, and fungi thrive in silos and basins, where algae and biofilm like to attach themselves to the basin and silo lining. Algae are responsible for the often green color of the water, and this algae deposit has a negative impact on water quality and leads to additional…

Robot influences the role of the farmer and horticulturist

Robots can help the agricultural sector in various ways. First of all, they are good at difficult, complex, heavy or monotonous work. In addition, they help to increase sustainability, for example by using the necessary tools and raw materials in a more precise and targeted manner. The role of the…

New line for mobile crop care trolleys

Precimet has produced mobile crop care trolleys since 1998. "Throughout the years we learned much about them," says Adam Nenczak, director at Precimet. All this knowledge has been used in the development of the Precilift, their new generation of greenhouse trolleys for crop care, maintenance, and…

Sollum Technologies unveils new features for its Sun as a service cloud platform

Today, Sollum Technologies unveiled new and upgraded features for its Sun as a Service® (“SUNaaS”) cloud platform. The nerve center of the 100% programmable Sollum™ LED lighting solution, SUNaaS gives greenhouse growers real-time and remote control of their lighting and opens production opportunities for…

Floating HDPE raft helps deep water culture growers

One of the most recent developments in Deep Water Culture cultivation is a new type of floating raft, made out of HDPE material, a certain type of plastic. During the recent Horti-China exhibition, Meteor Systems Chinese representative Junyi Xu explained how this helps growers in their cultivation.  Junyi explained…

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Turkish farmers faced with severe droughts

Thousands of farmers across Turkey have had their livelihoods ravaged as so little rain has fallen to nourish their crops for the past two years. Some experts accuse President…

AHDB and NFU respond to UK government future gene editing regulation

AHBD welcomes the government announcement on Gene Editing (GE). GE applications can mimic natural genetic variation, but with greater precision and speed; technologies like GE…

General Confederation of Moroccan Enterprises

CGEM makes statement on judgement by General Court of European Union

"We have taken note of the judgments handed down today by the General Court of the European Union concerning the decisions of the Council of the European Union on the…

"Capturing and repurposing transpiration is a key breaktrough in our CEA desgin"

For the first time, the federal government has declared a water shortage on the Colorado River that will severely curtail farmers’ ability to water their crops across the…

November 24 -27

"Agricultural industry keen to visit Growtech in Antalya"

The agricultural industry is looking forward to rejoining Growtech 20th International Greenhouse, Agricultural Technology, and Livestock Equipment Fair between November 24 and 27, 2021. Heralding that all necessary preparations have been completed to reunite the industry for the 20th time with…

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Photonics sensor able to spot bacteria on fruit and vegetables

A new detector is under development that will be able to spot minute traces of poisonous elements with photonics, giving a result in a matter of minutes. This is quite useful,…

October: Special Lighting and Technique

October is lighting and greenhouse technique month on our horticultural sites this month. More and more growers are installing lamps, and new techniques are also being developed to make the inside of greenhouses even better.This special is the opportunity to share novelties, news, and new developments…

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Ship will collect CO2 for greenhouses

Value Maritime has developed an onboard CO₂ Capture and Storage solution for the Maritime Industry. A Capture Module captures CO₂ from the vessel's exhaust and uses the CO₂ to charge a CO₂ Battery; a CO₂ storage facility on which CO₂ can be charged and discharged. The Capture module will be integrated…

FedEx to deploy trucks on public highway between Houston and Dallas

PACCAR begins extensive field test with self driving trucks

DAF’s parent company PACCAR and FedEx have begun an extensive field test in the US with self-driving trucks. The vehicles will be driven on the route between Dallas and Houston – a journey of around 400 kilometers. The self-driving technology has been jointly developed by PACCAR and Aurora with the aim…

FedEx to deploy trucks on public highway between Houston and Dallas

PACCAR begins extensive field test with self driving trucks

DAF’s parent company PACCAR and FedEx have begun an extensive field test in the US with self-driving trucks. The vehicles will be driven on the route between Dallas and Houston – a journey of around 400 kilometers. The self-driving technology has been jointly developed by PACCAR and Aurora with the aim…

The IoT and why it matters to the horticulture industry

When we talk about the Internet of Things (IoT) idea, many growers and garden centers might be wondering how this applies to wholesale growing containers and the horticulture industry. The Internet of Things (IoT) is a fancy way of saying that “things” are connected through Wi-Fi or the internet to…

Foodiverse recreating the production process from seed to table through virtual reality

Foodiverse, a multinational with expertise in producing fresh and healthy food, will offer visitors to Fruit Attraction the opportunity to become the protagonists of its healthy revolution. The company will bring a virtual reality experience to the fair that recreates the process by which a seed becomes…

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Canada announces details for fall 2020 import requirements for US romaine lettuce

On September 13, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) released details for the reimplementation of additional import requirements pertaining to romaine lettuce and…

Is the fourth screen coming up?

In a relatively short amount of time, the amount of screening cloths used in the greenhouses of cultivation companies has been scaled up. At one point, it might have been the norm to see one screen in a greenhouse. Now you might see three hanging over each other.   Johan van Erven, product specialist Screening at Ridder: "We especially see…

Adding a layer of light inside the greenhouse

While the greenhouse industry was once limited to natural sunlight and eventually HPS, continued technological developments are making it possible to fine-tune the lighting conditions inside greenhouses through LED technology, light-filtering films, and now, luminescent films. UbiQD is an advanced…

Company ‘retrofits’ existing infrastructure in farming operations

Blue White Robotics raises $37 million in Series B for autonomous farming

Blue White Robotics, a ‘robot-as-a-service’ (RaaS) platform for autonomous systems, has announced that it has raised $37 million in a Series B round led by Insight Partners.…

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Could these AI robots replace farmers?

Robots powered by artificial intelligence could farm more sustainably than traditional agriculture, claims one Silicon Valley company. Agricultural technology start-up Iron Ox says that its mission is to make the global agriculture sector carbon negative. And they have just secured €47 million ($53…

UK probes visa change to ease trucker shortages

The British government is expected to ease visa rules for truck drivers. It is an attempt to fix supply-chain problems that have triggered long lines at gas stations. Last…

US trucker shortage concerns industry experts

According to the American Transportation Associations, the US could be short 160,000 drivers by 2028. ATA said projections show the industry needs to hire a million new…

Crossing platform for roof washer: not a fairy tale, but reality from The Netherlands

Like a flying carpet from the fairy tale of 1000 and 1 nights, the Roofmaster roof washer 'flies' between the greenhouses. With this roof washer, or greenhouse deck cleaner from Heerhugowaard, growers have been cleaning their roofs and gutters since its introduction thirty years ago. The machine moves…

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AI technology gaining popularity in China

Intelligent agricultural machinery is now seen in farmlands across China. With the in-depth integration of AI into agriculture, farm work is becoming increasingly intelligent and more efficient, while agricultural production modes grow more effective. In Zhaoxian county, north China’s Hebei province, two…

Smart Technology will drive China’s $90 bln digital agricultural economy

Top agricultural expert Zhao Chunjiang from the Chinese Academy of Engineering stated at the opening of the Smart Agriculture Competition co-organized by Pinduoduo that…

Contractor hopes for rain for spray coatings to diminish

"Coffee?" Dennis van Veldhoven is calm. There is time for a Westland cup of coffee at the moment. But it is just the calm before the storm. Because 2021 presents us with a wonderful Indian summer; these temperatures are very pleasant. And yet ... this weather has advantages and disadvantages. Dennis van Veldhoven…

New player in seed technology develops technology for seed drying with less stress

Building on its experience in the seed breeding business, Croonwolter&dros decided three years ago to look into the development of seed technology. The large Dutch technical services provider established its own brand with Premium Seeds Machines. In their first year of existence they already built and…

Analyzing historical data to improve crop performance

During the growing process, growers analyze actual and historical data to determine the best plant strategy for their crop. But what would happen if you had a tool which analyses the historical data for you and advises settings to improve performance and achieve your maximum potential.          Pylot has created this tool and proudly shares that they have…

Pinduoduo Smart Agriculture Competition starts

Who grows better: farmers or algorithms?

The Netherlands is committed to sharing agricultural technology and supporting the development of sustainable horticulture in China. After all, the two countries have excellent ties and share similar ambitions and challenges, according to Wouter Verhey, agriculture counselor at the Dutch embassy in…

Crate loading robot for fresh produce wins robotic and Automation award

Brillopak’s UniPAKer crate loading robot for fresh produce, meat, fish, and ready meals factories has won the Food Processing Robotics and Automation Award at a prestigious live event hosted by comedian Patrick Monaghan at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel, Coventry, on 9th September. The judging panel…

New greenhouse drive system can be installed using a smartphone

With SmartDrive, Ridder is introducing a new generation of smart drive systems to provide greater ease of use and even more accurate control of the climate inside the greenhouse. ‘SmartDrive is revolutionary for greenhouse builders, installers, and growers alike.’  The process of installing ventilation and screen…

New producer of seeding and cuttings media presents 100% peat-free plug

Organic Shapes BV is a new producer of stabilized substrates for seed, cuttings, and tissue culture applications for professional horticulture. The company already has well over 25 years of experience in substrates and their stabilization, as well as the propagation of young plants. Organic Shapes was…

Large strawberry grower tests harvest forecasting technology

Soft fruit grower Genson Group and tech company OneThird are working together to reduce food waste by predicting when to harvest. In a video, the Brabant Development Corporation reported about the collaboration. Strawberry grower Mari van den Heuvel and Marco Snikkers from OneThird tell more about it.  The…

Mythronics

Start-up develops robot doctor and dreams of harvesting robot

"If a disease breaks out somewhere in a greenhouse and you react quickly, you can still save a large part of the harvest." Growers know this, but so do Soheil Jananshahi and Koel Bol of Mythtronics. They are developing a small modular robot that can perform various tasks for growers with different…

UTA to use tiny sensors to track bugs and combat infestations

The University of Texas at Arlington is helping develop tiny sensors that attach to insects, tracking their movements and life cycles in an effort to combat infestations and…

"Uncontrolled growth of apps causes issues in food sector"

Apps are often very useful, provided they are compatible with other apps and the underlying larger information systems used by businesses. If this is not the case, the convenience and advantages quickly give way to extra administrative burdens and, thus, disadvantages. This is an example of what…

Bever Innovation introduces an improved 7-layer leaf carrier

"Technical optimizations offer even wider deployment and greater usability"

Bever Innovations introduces its updated 7-layer Leaf Carrier. "This grow cart incorporates a number of new and very interesting technical features, which make the cart even more user-friendly and more widely applicable," the team says. The water-resistance of the bottom side has been increased to IP65,…

Game-based learning in horticulture and entrepreneurship in Nigeria

A group of 22 staff members and lecturers of a Nigeria University is participating in the project: Game-based learning in horticulture and entrepreneurship. The group from the Bayero University Kano-Centre for Dryland Agriculture (BUK-CDA) participates in the NUFFIC-supported TMT project, which applies a…

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Agri robots for the fastest vegetables and the most fragile fruits: almost here?

2021 is already over halfway and the conquering of the market with horticultural robots has yet to begin. But, the year is not over yet and the plan remains unchanged, says Harrie Schonewille, director of VDL ETG Projects. Robots in horticulture should replace the (now scarce) Eastern European contract…

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Can "cobots" transform the agriculture industry?

Today, living in the era of robotic technologies and automation fosters a heightening interest in agri-tech. Cobots remain the fastest-growing segment of industrial automation, projected to grow at a CAGR of 43.4% from 2021 to 2027. However, with the constant rise of cobot usage, existing government…

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Hudson business uses contactless approach to growing lettuce

For the folks who cultivate lettuce at Free Leafy Greens, one priority rises above all at the massive greenhouse: It’s pretty much a hands-off operation. The mission is to provide fresh lettuce that is cultivated in an almost entirely contactless way. It also drastically cuts down the growing time, by…

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Evaluating deep learning models for the detection of tomatoes in a greenhouse

The development of robotic solutions for agriculture requires advanced perception capabilities that can work reliably in any crop stage. For example, to automatize the tomato harvesting process in greenhouses, the visual perception system needs to detect the tomato in any life cycle stage (flower to the…

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CEA experts weigh in on what makes operations successful

"Know your crop data back to front"

Chris Higgins, GM of Hort Americas and founder of Urban Ag News, has been involved with the CEA and commercial horticulture industry for 25 years. Automation and CEA in the industry have historically always been around through the use of artificial lighting and glasshouses. However, recently the level of…

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How are robots doing in greenhouse horticulture?

There is also a lot going on around this subject where greenhouse horticulture is concerned. Robots are being developed for picking tomatoes, various crop operations such as leaf pruning and pollination. Work is also being done on systems that can predict tomato) harvests and that can take measurements…

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Conceptual Martian greenhouse presented at conference

In 2019, a team of eight UC Davis undergraduate students developed a concept for the Martian Agriculture and Plant Science (MAPS) Greenhouse that was selected as a Top 5 Finalist in the 2019 NASA BIG Idea Challenge. Two years later, their ideas continue to circulate as their paper was presented in April…

Servitization of installations: Operational reliability of equipment in the greenhouse

The starting point of servitization is that service and maintenance are no longer seen as a cost item. It is an additional revenue model for the grower. It's all about operational reliability. Installers no longer just supply their equipment, they also provide operational reliability. And that benefits…

Publication of a remote greenhouse monitoring system "Kayoinougyo" configuration manual

"Greenhouse information can be checked on smartphone inexpensively and easily"

In Fukushima's farming resumption area, after the accident at TEPCO's Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant, some of the farmers commute to the greenhouses far from their…

Hortus partners with Simonetti for

New supplier for tomato clips and truss supports for Netherlands, Canada, and Germany

Tomato clips and truss supports that are easy to work with, have a long lifespan and offer an amazing price-quality ratio. These Simonetti products are now available for customers in the Netherlands, Canada, and Germany. The Italian producer has signed an exclusive partnership with Hortus Supplies…

Certhon:

New harvest robot introduced

Since April, a multifunctional robot has been helping to harvest tomatoes in a Westland greenhouse. The robot is the result of the cooperation between greenhouse construction and greenhouse technology company Certhon and Denso, the Japanese automotive technology company that invested in the company last year. "The robot moves in…

California tree nursery sees surging demand for trees after wildfires

While so many teachers were excited to return to the classroom in person last month, Trevor Horn couldn't wait to get his students outside.  And the Reynoldsburg High School agriculture and food science teacher was doing just that recently, when his students braved 90-degree weather by picking handfuls of…

Recovering nitrate from the effluent stream

Van der Ende Groep has been nominated for the GreenTech Concept Award 2021 with the new Nitrate Recovery system. The products that are eligible for this Award are seen as products with progressive technology, in line with the trends in the market, and with the most potential to have a successful market…

Searching for resilient root zones that can take a hit

Organizations and academics in greenhouse horticulture are continuously looking for new and innovative ways to combat new and existing plant diseases in a natural way. Grodan, led by Peter Spoor, Director of Applications & Development, is currently involved in national and international research…

Tony Mastronardi updates 15 year old equipment

“At a certain point, we could not find spare parts locally anymore"

Second generation farmers Don and Tony Mastronardi operate DT Enterprise Farms Limited in Ruthven, Canada, ON. They grow a variety of crops on their 22 acre operation, mainly tomatoes but also organic cucumbers and tomatoes. Their latest addition of 6 acres was two years ago with grow lights. Don is…

"LEDs with nanoparticle coating beneficial for growth of tomato seedlings"

Light qualities are considered to affect many plant physiological processes during growth and development. To investigate how light qualities make an influence on tomato seedlings under greenhouse conditions, the growth and morphological parameters of tomato seedlings (Fortizia F1RC hybrid) were studied…

"Mexican horticultural industry gets better every year"

The high quality of the products and the lower production costs are mentioned as important boosters for the Mexican greenhouse industry. Following last weeks' exhibition, GreenTech Americas, we discuss the developments in the Mexican horticultural industry. Wil Lammers with Ridder, Francisco Alberico…

Soft robotics might increase use of robots on the farm

‘Soft’ robots are made of malleable materials such as silicone and other polymers instead metal. These materials give robots organic characteristics, replicating the way…

Combining much-needed high-tech machines backed with AI capabilities

South Essex Fabricating partners with Robovision

South Essex Fabricating (SEF) has signed a partnership agreement with Robovision to pave the way for the research and development of deep-learning software and enhanced AI robotics for the horticulture industry. On Sept 1, 2021 Peter Quiring, owner and CEO of South Essex Fabricating, sat down virtually…

NL: New pipe rail trolley for tomato nursery

Recently Steens Service delivered a GL3500-D pipe rail trolley to tomato nursery Prominent Grevelingen, The Netherlands. With this delivery, the tomato nursery from the Dutch…

Scaling in horticulture enables custom products increasingly often

Twenty years ago, growers asked Bato Plastics for custom requests for 20,000 pots, but nowadays we’re talking much larger numbers. An order for 200,000 pots, clips or other customer-custom requests doesn’t surprise sales manager Hans Luijkx and his teammates anymore. Hans Luijkx That’s why Bato is focussing…

Jon Adams, Havecon North America:

"Where there’s a will, there’s a build"

“Despite market uncertainties and pressure on pricing and deliveries, greenhouse operators are still moving forward because the cost not to grow seem to be higher than sitting on the sidelines,” says Jon Adams, vice president of Havecon North America. Havecon is currently busy finishing its 2020-2021…

Tzone introduces TempU08 Data Logger model

“We make complex fresh produce logistics easy”

The logistics of fresh produce are challenging and complex, especially when the distance that fresh produce travels to reach the consumer is growing longer. Different fruits and vegetables have different transportation requirements, especially when it comes to temperature. For example, fruits like…

Ventilation unit at plant height in each greenhouse column for more homogenous climate

The greenhouse climate is controlled via the climate computer by means of a limited number of measuring boxes. Dutch company Caeli is therefore now launching a new greenhouse climate solution on the market which, according to the developers, does have insight into much more climate differences in the…

Photo report: GreenTech Americas

If it's the tomato acreage, the cucumber acreage or the blueberry acreage, in Mexico they're all growing. The horticultural industry has been on the rise and since the availability of resources like water and labour is limited, there's a high demand for horticultural solutions. That's why the organizers of GreenTech decided to…

AI & computer vision company continues expansion in greenhouse market

iUNU hires Alex Tokman and Dennis Riling

iUNU, a Seattle based developer of the leading AI & computer vision greenhouse management system, announced a new company President and a new company VP of Sales & Marketing. As President, Alexander Tokman will be responsible for delivering on the company’s operating plan and leading day-to-day…

Russia supports greenhouse industry with leasing program

The Government of the Russian Federation has approved a new state support program for the agro–industrial complex. Agricultural producers will be able to purchase high-tech…

ImmunoStrip for detection of Xanthomonas Genus

Agdia announces the commercialisation of a rapid diagnostic test for detection of several phytopathogenic members of the Xanthomonas genus on their ImmunoStrip® platform. Xanthomonas is a large genus of gram-negative bacteria containing numerous phytopathogenic species and pathovars within species.  These…

How do cybersecurity gaps threaten our electric infrastructure?

Cybersecurity threats to electric infrastructure continue to be a top-of-mind topic for many business executives. From healthcare and data center facilities to commercial and industrial buildings, businesses depend on electric power to continue their operations. Moreover, this dependence has been further…

Itamar Zisling, MetoMotion:

"Autonomous greenhouse equipment not unlike robotic milkers"

“20 years ago the dairy industry started the robotic milking transformation, with the latest improvement in AI and robotics the greenhouse industry is now joining the revolution,” says Itamar Zisling, business development and pilots manager at MetoMotion.  Itamar works with MetoMotion, an agtech company developing…

Collect sensor data from multiple sources and read them at one central point

With the advance of sensors in cultivation, growers are using them more and more. Pedak Meettechniek helps them with this. Not by making sensors themselves, but by ensuring that a complete package of sensors ultimately provides data that is received at one central point. "And comes in in the right way,…

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New project imaging live plants for more nutrient-efficient crop breeding

The project, co-led by Dr. Brian Ham (Ph.D.) of GIFS and Dr. Jean Claude Kieffer (Ph.D.) at the Institut national de la recherche Scientifique (INRS) in Quebec, has been awarded $250,000 and lab time by the New Frontiers in Research Fund (NFRF) along with $20,000—the equivalent of two weeks of lab…

Study on phenotyping tmatoes in using robotics and computer vision

High-throughput phenotyping is playing an increasingly important role in many areas of agriculture. Breeders will use it to obtain values for the traits of interest so that they can estimate genetic value and select promising varieties; growers may be interested in having predictions of yield well in…

Three main components causing the digital agriculture revolution

“The farming industry is undergoing a digital revolution. Thanks to the large-scale availability of sensors, cameras and other mobile and computing technologies that we could only dream of in the past, growers have great amounts of data at their disposal,” says Dr. Gajendra Pratap Singh. Cause of the…

Team develops bioprocess for converting plant materials into valuable chemicals

A team of scientists at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign developed a bioprocess using engineered yeast that completely and efficiently converted plant matter consisting of acetate and xylose into high-value bioproducts. Lignocellulose, the woody material that gives plant cells their structure,…

Book with explanation in figures gives growers something solid to work with

Many growers can tell immediately whether a tomato crop has a good generative habits or not. Just look at the head and that's it. Simple, right? Not for all growers, as Godfrey Dol of Glasshouse Consultancy discovered during his visits to growers all over the world. They increasingly grow in modern…

Which type of greenhouse is most sustainable? Smart software can answer that

Anyone investing in a new greenhouse's first question is always, 'what will it cost'? However, investors are increasingly also asking greenhouse builders about the most sustainable choice. Is it a glass or plastic tunnel greenhouse, or perhaps a vertical farm? There are many speculations and advocates of…

Canadian Government Invests $10M in ecoation

"It’s more important than ever for our growers to have access to technology"

Through multiple programs, the Canadian Government invested more than $10M in Canadian company ecoation and their Human+Machine AI and Robotics Platform to help globally scale the companies' offerings and services. Built on more than a decade of R&D and field trials, ecoation has developed a remote crop…

Monitoring Vapor Pressure Deficit: use VPD sensor data for smarter growing

Measuring vapor pressure deficit has become increasingly important in horticulture. In this article, 30MHz talks about vapor pressure deficit, commonly referred to as VPD. Why is this metric relevant and what value provides a VPD sensor? Let’s dive in. What is VPD?The VPD essentially tells how much…

Polybee: There’s a new drone in greenhouses, and it isn’t a bumblebee

“Pollination can help you define your yield potential but whether or not you achieve this depends on how well the farm is being managed and if you can close the feedback loop on each plant,” says Siddharth Jadhav, founder, and CEO of Polybee. Polybee is a spin-off from the National University of…

Coming to the the catwalk: clothes made from agricultural waste

What agricultural waste can we use as fibres for the fashion industry? It turns out there are quite a few. For example, rice straw or banana stems will soon be found in clothing. By using these raw materials, the textile industry can become more sustainable. "The textile industry needs more sustainable…

Nanobubbles result in improved strawberry yields

Nanobubbles are tiny bubbles, invisible to the naked eye and remaining suspended in irrigation water for long periods. According to Moleaer, the benefit is a highly efficient oxygen transfer and supersaturation of dissolved oxygen in irrigation water. This results in more efficient water usage in plants,…

Korean AgTech Startup ioCrops Raises $1.6M

Can AI make decisions that rely heavily on human experience?

ioCrops, which develops IoT sensors and AI-powered data analytics tools for smart farming, has raised 1.6M in pre-Series A funding led by ISU Venture Capital Co., Ltd., Enlight Ventures, and Seoul Techno Holdings, putting the total to date at $1.9M. Smart farming is a concept in the agricultural industry…

A reinforcement learning approach for optimal placement of sensors in cultivation systems

Optimal placement of sensors in protected cultivation systems to maximize monitoring and control capabilities can guide effective decision-making toward achieving the highest levels of productivity and other desirable outcomes. Reinforcement learning, unlike conventional machine learning methods such as…

Janet Rippy, BioDART:

"We can make your data work for you"

Growers are always interested in trying to produce their crops better, more efficiently, or quicker to market. "But before trying something different (a new fertilizer, substrate or amendment, genetics or a process), they would probably want to see how it will work before using it for their entire…

“The art of growing is in the details - only algorithms can handle this”

Poul Erik Lund is an international Crop Advisor and co-owner of Grotek Consulting, a Danish crop consultancy company for greenhouse vegetable growers in the North of Europe. As an international Crop Advisor with 30 years of experience, he wants to stay up to date on the latest innovations and…

Virtual lysimeter advises grower about watering

​Some of the greenhouse horticultural entrepreneurs grow in the ground. When they irrigate their crops, the water excess is flushed out: either through the drain or partly into the subsoil. The Business Unit Greenhouse Horticulture of Wageningen University & Research developed an online tool that…

iUNU acquires CropWalk and CropTalk Media

“The future is more biologicals, not less”

“Our industry is getting ready for another wave of growth. In order to do that, you have to put together great minds, made up of different skillsets.” Speaking is Adam Greenberg, CEO with iUNU. The company created the LUNA platform to help growers improve their cultivation and enlarge the acreage they’re…

How IoT and machine learning are automating agriculture

A new generation of farmers is turning to technologies such as the internet of things (IoT) and machine learning to automate agricultural production, alleviating the need to…

“Unique digital feedback enhances screen system accuracy and reliability”

Last year was an important year for the family-owned greenhouse grower Kwekerij Overgaag, located in the Westland region of the Netherlands. This bell pepper grower expanded its operations by adding 4.4 hectares in new-build greenhouses, taking its total surface area to over 28 hectares. Martijn Keijzer…


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