Technique

CAN (ON): Grower updates irrigation system with nanobubble technology

Green Circle Farm operates a seven-acre glass greenhouse in Leamington, Canada, where they grow cucumbers and peppers. Owner Isaac Friesen, like many other growers in the area, relies on successful crop harvests each year for his livelihood. As most growers will attest to, it is a demanding job at the…

Recordings reveal that plants make ultrasonic squeals when stressed

Although it has been revealed in recent years that plants are capable of seeing, hearing and smelling, they are still usually thought of as silent. But now, for the first…

Boosting the value of processing tomatoes with by-products

Facing rising production costs and market challenges, the Australian processing tomato industry needs to identify new uses for waste streams to generate greater value and profitability from current production. That’s a key observation from 2018 Nuffield Scholar and Victorian processing tomato producer,…

Paskal DrainVision Floor-Scale

"Following the online water content in the substrate will improve irrigation efficiency significantly"

Optimal irrigation strategy throughout the day and along the growing period requires a deep understanding of the growing substrate, plant physiology and the water uptake by the plant. In some cases, improper irrigation practice is implemented, accompanied with excess or shortage of water. "Early…

Satellites tracking US food supply, aiding farmers

Farmers across America's Midwest are in a race to finish harvesting their corn, soybean, before the first freeze sets in. September rains made a late harvest even later. Heavy spring rains flooded millions of acres of cropland around the Mississippi, Wisconsin and Missouri rivers. Some farmers never…

Wiskerke Onions has been one of the key customers

New cargo visibility tool tracks temperature, humidity and CO2 levels

Maersk has released its revamped Remote Container Management (RCM) platform featuring the virtual assistant Captain Peter. Since its launch to customers in September 2017, over 3,600 companies have signed up for RCM and the transparency on information from the over 380,000 refrigerated containers of the…

Effects of brassinosteroids on pepper seedlings under chilling stress

To investigate the effects of brassinosteroids on plant growth and nitrogen metabolism in pepper seedlings under chilling stress, pepper seedlings with three true leaves were foliar pretreated with 0.1 μM exogenous 24-epibrassinolide (EBR) before carrying out chilling stress for 7 days. Results showed…

Australia's first fully robotic end-to-end vertical farm

After four years of research and development, the Stacked Farm's fully automated end-to-end vertical farm will soon be supplying leafy greens to national wholesalers including Sumo Salad, QSR, Dnata, Crown Resorts and Morco Fresh. This means Stacked Farm's urban-grown produce from Burleigh Heads will be…

NASA awards second contract to "tailor the solar spectrum for enhanced crop yield for space missions"

UbiQD, a New Mexico-based nanotechnology development company, announced today that it has been awarded a Phase II Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) contract by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). The 24-month contract provides $750,000 in funding for UbiQD's collaborative…

Smart water monitoring technology ensures water and food safety

Water intelligence innovator Ketos and Dramm Corporation announced a strategic partnership to empower growers across the United States and Canada. Understanding the correlation between water quality and food safety, Dramm will use Ketos water monitoring solutions to provide growers with mission-critical…

USDA announces fellowships to develop the next generation of agriculture

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Office of Partnerships and Public Engagement (OPPE) today announced fellowship opportunities to connect USDA resources with faculty…

KPN raises its profile at GreenTech

GreenTech is the most important platform for professionals in horticulture, with a strong focus on technical innovation. As an innovation partner in data and technology, KPN is keen to position itself in this sector and GreenTech offered an ideal opportunity to come into contact with an interested…

Using pathogen-specific viruses to control pathogen outbreaks

Precision medicine for plants

Researchers from the Utrecht University, in collaboration with colleagues at the University of York (UK) and the Nanjing Agricultural University (China) have developed a new technology to selectively destroy the pathogen that causes the devastating wilt disease without side effects on other beneficial microorganisms. Bacterial…

"Why CRISPR is so incredibly necessary"

Cultivated potato (Solanum tuberosum) is a tough nut to crack in terms of plant breeding. It is a tetraploid crop, which means it has four sets of chromosomes and it is largely a heterozygous crop, which makes potato research and breeding through traditional crossbreeding a huge challenge. But help is on…

Modular micro farms, a new approach to urban food production?

One key tenet of the “urban resilience” idea is local food production. If fruits, veggies and herbs are grown in cities, they’ll reduce the runoff, emissions, perishability and transport costs of produce. They’ll also make cities more self-sustaining, rather than having to fully rely on food grown…

CAN (ON): Kingsville looking to take action against light pollution

The Town of Kingsville is taking steps to dim the brightness in local skies caused by the area’s expanding greenhouse industry. The town recently sent bylaw officers out to inspect some greenhouses, checking whether they were in compliance with their site plans requiring blinds and side curtains. “It’s…

DNA markers may help hop breeders

The hop plant (Humulus lupulus) is dioecious, which means male and female sexes are on separate plants. Female hop plants are essential to the beer brewing industry, however, hop plants are wind-pollinated and the presence of a male hop plant near commercial hop fields can result in seed on the female…

Using an app to digitize scouting for potential issues

Nathalie Zwinkels has been working as a Crop Protection Specialist within Beekenkamp Plants for 3 years. “Crop protection is the best and most challenging job there is,” says Nathalie. “Digitization is becoming increasingly important in horticulture and I am proud that this also happened at Beekenkamp!…

CAN: Ontario investing up to $1.85M to boost innovation in agri-food research

The governments of Canada and Ontario are supporting agri-food innovation through an investment of up to $1.85 million in research to help Ontario develop new cutting edge…

Jun Aizaki's 'HyO-Cup'

Sustainable coffee cups grown from vegetables

When pondering the question whether the humble gourd could one day replace single-use coffee cups, Brooklyn-based architect and designer Jun Aizaki came up with his latest invention, the HyO-Cup. HyO-Cups are designed as an alternative to standard coffee cups, which are typically lined with…

Houweling’s European patent reinstated

On November 13, 2019, the Boards of Appeal for the European Patent Office (EPO) reinstated Houweling’s European patent directed to its Ultra-Clima Semi-Closed Greenhouse. The Ultra-Clima European Patent was opposed by eleven greenhouse manufacturers, who combined efforts to challenge the patent. The…

"The focus is now on the lowest possible light absorption in the PAR area and less reflection"

Coating makes higher insulating greenhouse roof possible without much loss of light

In common low-e coatings, applied in double-glazing for buildings, often an extremely thin layer of silver is used. This virtually completely eliminates the thermal infrared…

Data Protocol for sharing greenhouse production data

"Smart data use will strengthen our greenhouse production method"

The horticultural sector gathers vast amounts of (plant) data daily. FVO acknowledges the strategic value of this plant data. In consideration of its growers, FVO drew up a Data Protocol. This Data Protocol enables growers to control their own data. The protocol attempts to facilitate the data exchange…

Online course on drones for agriculture

Dr. João Valente and Dr. Lammert Kooistra of Wageningen University & Research, and their team of the Information Technology Group and the Laboratory of Geo-Information Science and Remote Sensing group, developed a new FREE open online course: Drones for Agriculture: Prepare and Design Your Drone (UAV)…

Steel rising in Morehead

AppHarvest entered a new phase of construction at their facility in Morehead, where steel is quickly rising. "More than 200 of our 600 containers of construction materials have arrived on site, where our construction teams are nearly complete with grading and levelling 624,000 cubic yards of land. Day and night, they're always…

How to best convert light into production

Systematic cultivation produces the best possible fruiting vegetable production and quality. Crop consultant Wim van Wingerden highlights how the use of a light plan can increase production.  The production of fruiting vegetables comes down to as effectively as possible converting available solar energy (Joules)…

‘Clean Tech’ firm building indoor farming lighting, plant monitoring, and data science platform

G2V Optics, an Edmonton-based firm developing smart lighting technology around the world, is embarking on several new commercial agricultural partnerships after closing a round of seed financing that raised CA$1.875 million (US$1.4 million). “Our technologies optimize the nutritional efficiency and…

Open source agriculture could redefine how plants are developed and produced

Open source means that the copyright holder allows users the rights to study, change, and distribute software to anyone and for any purpose. Open source for many IT companies is considered to be a somewhat important part of their strategy, since it allows for more flexible development and quicker…

Research update project Grow!

"Wireless sensor network deteriorates as plants grow"

A greenhouse has very complex and dynamic climate conditions. The climate in the greenhouse can vary per location and there are differences based on air level and distance to…

CAN (ON): Grant awarded for research into understanding gene silencing in plants

A research partnership involving PlantForm Corporation and a University of Guelph scientist has been awarded an Engage Grant from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC). The $25,000 Engage Grant will advance research by Dr. Joseph Colasanti on understanding gene silencing…

Lighting test shows that (for now) 20 hours of light is the max

“Lights on and let the testing begin, this time with larger tomato plants”

In order to not get chlorosis problems, the tomato plant needs at least six hours of light per day. This is a well-known fact for growers, but is there also a maximum of light…

Agriculture blooms from LED boom

LED lights are shining bright in the horticultural sector, where their low cost and high efficiency are making it possible to increase yields from indoor agriculture. As a result, farmers of tomatoes, leafy greens and a wide variety of other produce are relying on LEDs for their urban farms. An entire industry of indoor…

A guide to grow light spectrum

Choosing the right grow light spectrum for your commercial operation can be a challenge. Many LED grow light suppliers have conflicting information on the topic due to bad marketing or simply a lack of knowledge in plant and light research. In this article, the light spectrum experts of Lumigrow break down what light spectrum…

Arjan Pauw, Gavita International:

"3000 luminaires per day with up to 100 people on the floor"

Gavita International completely outgrew its location due to the growing demand for HPS lamps. At the end of 2018, the old production location was replaced by a new, state-of-the-art production facility on the industrial site in Aalsmeer, the Netherlands. A beautiful and large new location where it is…

Kees Luykx opts for more focus on irrigation water in ToBRFV control:

"Every grower knows that irrigation water is a very large source of contamination"

Based on all the measures that are taken to prevent the spread of the Tomato brown rugose fruit virus (ToBRFV), you would expect that the virus wouldn’t be able to spread any further. The opposite seems to be the case, now the virus has spread more in the Netherlands than expected and hoped. "Apparently,…

over 50,000 hectare protected cultivation

Mexico's growth discussed at ExpoAgroalimentaria

"Mexico should take advantage of its trade agreements and the potential of protected horticulture to seek new markets and not be vulnerable to threats like these from US President Donald Trump," said Alfredo Díaz, head of the Mexican Association of Protected Horticulture (AMHPAC) during his participation…

Signify and Fragaria Innova join forces

Innovative cultivation concept for lit strawberry cultivation

Signify Horticulture LED Solutions and Fragaria Innova are joining forces. In the coming years, both parties will be working on the creation of a new cultivation concept for the lit production of strawberries in which the latest technologies in the field of LED go hand in hand with production, taste,…

"Balancing irrigation and evaporation to create optimal conditions for the root zone

Water balanceWhen talking about Plant Empowerment, Hoogendoorn Growth Management means using the information the plant provides to guide your growing processes. An important part of Plant Empowerment is balancing various elements of the growing process. One such element that needs to be balanced is water…

Rino Kaljouw has a 'sniffing pole' in his greenhouse

Rino Kaljouw, cucumber grower from Sint-Annaland: "NOx and ethylene are like assassins which can do a lot of damage to my cucumber cultivation even at low concentrations". For this reason, he has installed a 'sniffing pole' between his crops, so he can monitor the greenhouse air 24/7 to be extra sure. The…

Korean government develops smart greenhouse technology

A new vinyl greenhouse has been developed that maintains an indoor temperature 2 to 3 degrees Celsius cooler than the outdoor temperature during summer. The Rural Development Administration (RDA) on Thursday unveiled a new greenhouse model, “High Temperature Enduring Innovative Smart Cooling House,”…

and receives CE marking

New business management to cruise control aeroponics

AEssenseGrows has introduced a new set of business management features that deliver greater insight to cultivators. "The Guardian Cloud Intelligence central management system brings cloud-based data analysis and visualization of complete grow operations to AEssenseGrows’ advanced software platform for…

How Plant Raisers Ltd are taking propagation ‘Off Grid’

Producing seedlings in an off-grid LED lit vertical farming facility

Plant Raisers Ltd, the largest propagator of glasshouse salad crops in the UK, has in addition to a recent expansion of its conventional glasshouse facility, partnered with sister company IGrowing Ltd to develop a system to produce seedlings using an off-grid LED lit vertical farming facility. Due to…

An automated workforce to harvest Canada’s greenhouse cucumbers

Canadian cucumbers are a hot commodity. Canada is the world’s fourth largest cucumber exporter with a farmgate value of cucumber production at roughly $326 million in 2014. Amidst this strong production outlook, human labour — both cost and availability — are holding the industry back. Human labour…

Aaron Bickell:

"I have a passion for newer life cycle companies"

After a long career in the Agri-banking industry, it was time for change. Aaron Bickell has been through some interesting and challenging years helping both Viscon Group North America, and Formflex/Metazaet Canada expand and prosper in the North American horticultural market. Now that the Leadership of…

The Ukrainian heating pipe painting championship

Time is money, even in the case of creating greenhouse horticulture projects worldwide. So, if you are able to paint heating pipes even faster, then it's worth considering, right? Sebastiaan Hijstek of Horti XS filmed how they do things in a Ukrainian project, with both the purpose educate and entertain.

US (NM): Successful commercial trials with luminescent greenhouse film

UbiQD has been awarded the Frost & Sullivan New Product Innovation Award 2019 for its UbiGro luminescent greenhouse film, cited by the market research firm as the first product of its kind. Additionally, UbiQD has now publicly released completed commercial plant trial data in a new white paper…

Christophe Rousse and Pascal Lorand:

"More light and higher production thanks to diffused glass"

A few years ago, French tomato growers Christophe Rousse and Pascal Lorand, members of the Solarenn growers’ cooperative, invested in Cultilene’s Albarino diffused glass. This glass achieves positive results and a clear added value in practice, as is evident after three growing seasons. Pascal Lorand and…

Maersk to pilot a battery system to improve power production

A containerized 600 kWh marine battery system will be installed in a trial on board the Maersk Cape Town in December 2019 to improve vessel performance and reliability while reducing CO2 emissions.“This trial will provide a greater understanding of energy storage that will support Maersk in moving…

Bluelab wins another Innovation Award

"Accessible solutions to help growers with better insight into substrate or water"

“Excellence in Innovation”. That’s what Bluelab was awarded last week at the New Zealand International Business Awards 2019. It’s the second innovation award the team won this year: earlier they won the Excellence in Innovation award at the Bay of Plenty Export New Zealand Awards. “A rapid, serial…

How Plant Raisers Ltd are taking propagation ‘Off Grid’

Producing seedlings in an off-grid LED lit vertical farming facility

Plant Raisers Ltd, the largest propagator of glasshouse salad crops in the UK, has in addition to a recent expansion of its conventional glasshouse facility, partnered with sister company IGrowing Ltd to develop a system to produce seedlings using an off-grid LED lit vertical farming facility. Eliminating…

Terrateck shows off different tools in new video

Cheddar Inc. shared a new video showing off Terrateck's tools that help simplify various different elements of growing. One of the tools can be used to cleanly burn holes into tarp to open it up for planting seedlings. Watch the video below to see what other useful tools they have available.

The Lowpad enters the greenhouse

Juggling many types of plants and many different customers can be quite a challenge, but no longer, now that the Lowpad comes into play. That at least is the potential of this smart Automatic Guided Vehicle. “If you consider that with young plant growers each tray is now picked up twice and that this represents more than half…

Edwin Huybers about Pylot:

"Already 51 greenhouses working with new data platform"

The Pylot data platform was launched at the Greentech. Already 51 greenhouses in 7 countries are working with the system, which was launched by Kubo at GreenTech. Thanks to the platform, growers can actually use the endless flow of information, that can be collected in the greenhouse, in their cultivation. "The information is clearly presented and is usable for the growe…

US (CA): CDFA and the Netherlands renew commitment to cooperate on climate smart agriculture

The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) and the Netherlands have reaffirmed their commitment to work together on climate smart agriculture in addition to water management, ag-tech, food waste, antimicrobial resistance, and dairy farming. CDFA secretary Karen Ross and the Netherlands…

Harry Dullemans, founder of Agrolux, keeps developing fixtures

“Never say you’re not there, then they will pass you by”

He doesn’t speak Chinees and his English is shaky at best, but Harry Dullemans, the founder of Agrolux, is still a successful fixture developer. The fact that he is 77 years old doesn’t keep him from his work. In his workshop, he tinkers on new fixtures and the requests for his work keep coming in. “You…

US (CA): Smart lighting network deployed in California greenhouse

MeshTek Labs, a Dallas-based IoT company, announced a partnership with California Lightworks, a Canoga Park, California-based company, on a smart lighting mesh network running more than 2,000 devices. The deployment sits inside a 52,000-square-foot greenhouse handling horticultural products. The network…

Netherlands: Self-sufficient hi-tech greenhouse wins design prize

Marjan van Aubel, a designer by profession, won a Dutch Design Award at the last Dutch Design Week with a self-sufficient hi-tech greenhouse, equipped with solar glass. The greenhouse, with the name Power Plant, was well appreciated by the more than 350,000 visitors who visited the event in Eindhoven.…

$2 Million investment completed for crop protection company

Violet Defense Group announced that it has raised an additional $2 million in funding for its germ-killing business, Violet Defense and its agricultural lighting business, Violet Gro. This round of capital was led by Kirenaga Partners, an early-stage venture capital firm with offices in New York and…

Genetic patterns associated with plant immunity

Genomic information from plants can be used to enhance agricultural production and improve food security in a sustainable manner. Through better understanding of the relationship between a plant's genetic information and the resulting behaviour, improved crops with better traits (resistance to diseases,…

Creating dawn and dusk conditions with LED

Various lighting technologies such as HPS, LED and fluorescent illuminate the greenhouses and chambers of plant biology research facilities. Researchers are sometimes in need of a spectrum that’s a close match to sunlight in order to generate an outdoor phenotype in their trials, which subsequently…

New tools to easily access and retrieve information from Argus system

Argus Controls has released three new subscription-based products available on Argus Hub. These three add-ons to the Argus software will provide growers with the right tools…

US (TX): Researchers can now quickly, accurately scan for nutrient content in the produce aisle

The first quick, accurate, nondestructive and portable way to scan produce for nutrients has been demonstrated by a team of Texas A&M AgriLife Research scientists. The same scan can also identify diseases in living plants before visible symptoms appear. The results were published in September in the…

Exploring the effects of pulsed lighting application in controlled environmental agriculture

It is well known that light is a crucial factor in the lifecycle of plants. The light quality and quantity, as well as the photoperiod, have significant effects on plant growth and development. Manipulation of light for plant cultivation is an important issue plant scientists study in controlled…

New injectors allow for easy programming of injection rate

The D132 Series is available now. The D132 is part of the Mega-Flo Series. It has the D14 Series familiarity with the high-performance piston, low number of internal parts, and there are no Venturi tips to clog. The D132’s low injection rates allow for direct injection of undiluted products, and…

LED Lighted greenhouses shown in new photography project

In a newly presented project, German aerial photographer Tom Hegen focuses on greenhouses in the Netherlands growing crops with LED lights. The project, called THE GREENHOUSE SERIES, shows the effect of illuminated greenhouses in the early morning. With his series, the photographer wants to show the…

ISS astronauts harvest food grown in space and boost hopes of space colonies

NASA astronauts on the International Space Station (ISS) have harvested a batch of space-grown crops, boosting hopes of humans one day colonising the solar system. NASA’s incredible research on the ISS could allow future astronauts to grow fresh food on long-haul trips into space. On Thursday, October…

Michael van den Bos, Looye Kwekers:

"Weighing technology helps us save on labour and give-away costs"

Looye Kwekers has started to weigh smarter, thus reducing the give-away percentage for their most important product group by 1.5 percent. The cooperation between LRE, developer of weighing technology, and Looye started at the beginning of 2018. The company was looking for a new partner to replace its…

US (MA): MIT halts work on controversial Open Agriculture Initiative food project

MIT has closed down much of its Open Agriculture Initiative following allegations of academic dishonesty and improper dumping of wastewater, according to an article published in the NY Times. Late last week, MIT’s vice president of research, Maria Zuber, closed down all offsite work on the project,…

Global virtual marketplace connects growers directly with retailers and wholesalers

New virtual marketplace for growers and buyers launches in two weeks

During the week of Fruit Attraction, a new virtual market place has opened its registration. MarketBuy wants to offer a solution to both small and large farms that do not have the resources and connections to deal with retailers, wholesalers or even just importers directly. It intends to empower the…

New material expands by a factor of 100 when electrocuted

Scientists have discovered a new material that dramatically expands or contracts when exposed to a weak electrical signal. Many materials expand and contract in response to changes in temperature and pH levels. Materials in greenhouse windows, for example, automatically open and close to help regulate…

Watch this tomato picking robot in action

Recently we published an article about Root AI's new tomato picking robot, but the article lacked one critical element: footage of the robot in action. The Virgo, as Root AI called the robot, is a robot that uses 3D cameras, artificial-intelligence, enabled reasoning and a dextrous gripper in combinatio…

Germany: Wastewater treatment plants provide a valuable resource for growing vegetables in greenhouses

Wastewater treatment plants have the job of purifying sewage. But science also sees these as a valuable resource. Wastewater – and what it is made up of  – is now being used in new agricultural solutions. As part of the SUSKULT Project, an urban greenhouse is to be set up which will utilize resources from…

Evaluation of organic substrates and microorganisms as bio-fertilisation tool in container crop production

Microorganisms are only effective when adequate conditions for their survival and development are provided. Among the factors that influence its effectiveness includes the type of soil or culture substrate, which works as an energy source reserve. Therefore, a tomato and a melon crop were established in…

Houweling's keeps UltraClima Semi-Closed Greenhouse patent

On October 11th 2019, the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit affirmed the validity of the U.S. patent directed to the UltraClima Semi-Closed Greenhouse. The Ultra-Clima Patent was opposed by eleven greenhouse manufacturers, who combined efforts to challenge the patent.  However, the U.S.…

"Plastic-free crop waste yields multiple benefits"

The crop rotation for many horticultural companies is right around the corner. This also means that the taken out crop is shredded and removed. These crop residues often contain plastic. This brings about extra disposal costs for the grower, is socially undesirable and prevents optimum use of residual…

Irrigating with a mouse-click

In the greenhouse, the seedlings are growing healthily. In addition to the sensors, there are staff members in the greenhouse. This is a modern agricultural cooperative located in Xujia Town, Dujiangyan City, Chengdu (China). The person in charge, Kuai Shijun, was sitting in the office and looked at the data leisurely. "This…

12-14 Feb 2020

Lighting in greenhouses and vertical farms course now open for registration

In 2020 the Horticulture & Product Physiology group, together with Wageningen Plant Research, again will organize a course on Lighting in greenhouses and vertical farms. In this course WageningenUR scientists share their unique knowledge with international students, researchers, and horticultural and…

Computer vision identifies ripe fruit

Mikko Toivonen and Chang Rajani, doctoral students in computer science, together with Assistant Professor Arto Klami, have designed computer vision algorithms that can convert photos taken with a phone into extremely accurate hyperspectral images. Hyperspectral images reveal moreHyperspectral images are…

Appropriate ammonium-nitrate ratio improves nutrient accumulation and fruit quality in pepper

Ammonium and nitrate are the two forms of inorganic nitrogen essential for physiological and biochemical processes in higher plants, but little is known about how the…

Zinc and iron agronomic biofortification of Brassicaceae microgreens

Insufficient or suboptimal dietary intake of iron and zinc represent a latent health issue affecting a large proportion of the global population, particularly among young children and women living in poor regions at high risk of malnutrition. Agronomic crop biofortification, which consists of increasing…

Heliospectra to partner with Nectar Farms

"High performance lights enable us to scale up quickly"

Heliospectra AB, a provider for greenhouse and controlled plant growth environments, announces a new order for MITRA LED lighting solutions from Nectar Farms in Victoria,…

Covering water buffers prevents evaporation and algae growth

“We get a lot of requests for covering water surfaces from all over the world”, says Bas van der Elst of Hendic. “A lot of valuable water is lost due to evaporation otherwise, and without adequate coverage, algae growth causes trouble in the filtration- and drip systems. Storing water in silos and…

How can you improve your controlled environment lighting efficiency?

GE Current LEDs offer controlled environment growers improved efficiency and flexibility over high pressure sodium lamps.As light recipes for controlled environment crops are identified and refined, LED lighting manufacturers are also making improvements to their fixtures. Technological advancements in…

New FLIR thermal imaging cameras launched

QA Supplies showcased a new line of thermal imaging cameras at the 2019 Fresh Summit Conference & Expo. The company says FLIR handheld thermal imaging cameras bridge the gap between single spot infrared thermometers and FLIR's thermal cameras with Lepton micro thermal sensors to detect heat or cold…

Israel: Blocking resistance could reduce insecticide use

Thousands of tons of insecticides are spewed on crops and farm animals worldwide, and these amounts are still growing because the insects are increasingly developing resistance to the chemicals. Researchers at the Weizmann Institute of Science, in collaboration with scientists in Australia, have found a…

Aad van Ruijven from Hortipar and recently also Dutch Growing Solutions:

"American greenhouse horticulture is way ahead when it concerns lighting"

"If I were a Dutch grower, I would rather emigrate sooner than later," says Aad van Ruijven of Hortipar. The reason? “The prices that American growers receive for their product are much higher than in the Netherlands, which makes it much easier over there to invest in lighting. The payback period (3-4…

"The ultimate goal is to close the water cycle"

Discharging crop water is actually a waste of both expensive water and expensive fertilizers and at Priva they don't like that at all. That's why Kees van der Kruk is happy to inform us on the developments concerning the closure of the water cycle. What do we know and what is still unknown? Vital…

Tiny spectroradiometer helps find spectral diet for plant and human

Spectral sensor company nanoLambda announced XL-500, a tiny BLE spectroradiometer with free Android and iOS apps, designed for lighting researches and industrial uses in plant, animal and human centric lighting fields. The XL-500 measures and records light spectrum with absolute power values, such as SPD…

VR glasses slowly becoming known in horticulture

Visiting the greenhouse without visiting the greenhouse

There is no doubt that they attract attention. But, in the long run, VR glasses must be more than just a nice gadget. "Promoting our growers is our main goal now," says Costin Beliciu of the Ontario Greenhouse Vegetable Growers (OGVG). This company was at the PMA in Anaheim, California. "However,…

Nondestructive and continuous fresh weight measurements of bell peppers grown in soilless culture systems

Fresh weight is a direct index of crop growth. It is difficult to continuously measure the fresh weight of bell peppers grown in soilless cultures, however, due to the difficulty in identifying the moisture condition of crops and growing media. The objective of this study was to develop a continuous and…

Madagascar: Laying of the foundation stone for SUNfarming Food & Energy Training Center

On 19 November, the president of Madagascar solemnly laid the foundation for the first Food and Energy Training Center in Madagascar. In Antsirabe and at three other locations, over a total area of 40 ha, 20 mwp Food & Energy Training Centers will supply the island with apprenticeship places and green…

Korean tomato grower invests in European HPS Toplighting System

SevenFarm, a privately owned Korean tomato grower, recently invested into expanding their business and built a new 1 hectare greenhouse. "I am regularly traveling to Europe, mainly to the Netherlands, to keep me up to date with the latest developments in horticulture", Lim Hyo-Muk CEO and owner of…

US (SD): Indoor farm project at Western Dakota Tech receives new grant

Western Dakota Tech is helping the agriculture industry with controlled environment agriculture indoors. The school receives thousands of dollars in grant money to expand their project. USDA grants $50,000 to Western Dakota Tech to expand their aquaponics project from a small closet to a bigger facility.…

First-ever fully phased red raspberry genome

KeyGene completed the mapping of the red raspberry genome this summer and delivered the final results to the BerryWorld Plus Ltd. berry breeding programme, offering its…

Innovate UK launched ISCF – Future Food Production Systems funding call

If you look through the KTN’s ‘Pre-competitive vision for the UK’s plant and crop sector’, the UK-RAS white paper on ‘The Future of Robotic Agriculture’, or the NFU’s ‘Future of Food 2040’, they are all ubiquitous in acknowledging the prominent threats to and from traditional land-based agriculture. It…

Dale Toten grows ginormous veggies

"The use of grow lights definitely had an impact on this year’s results"

He's not a regular grower, Dale Toten from Somerset, United Kingdom. He specializes in growing giant vegetables. At the annual Malvern Autumn Show, he presented a carrot, weighing 4 kilos, a bell pepper of 603 grams, and a cantaloupe of 13.05 kilos. The bell pepper was the world’s largest this year, and the…

Arno Eussen (ProfitableServices) invites entrepreneurs to create new business model:

'Sharing knowledge and service are a different ball game than just producing"

Arno Eussen, Freshprojects: "Knowledge is conjecture neutral." He recently launched the platform ProfitableServices, with which he wants to help entrepreneurs to look differently at knowledge sharing and service. How? Well, as a new business model. "In a recession, the orders for products are declining,…

Fluence LED grow lights now available at RF Agriculture

RF Agriculture has recently announced the addition of Fluence Bioengineering’s Spydr, SpydrX, SpydrX Plus, Vypr 2p, and Vypr2x commercial LED grow light systems. These commercial LED grow light systems are made with OSRAM’s LED chip sets. All Fluence Bioengineering commercial LED grow lights are also…

Extend your reach:

Dramm introduces new Telescoping Handi-Reach handles

The Handi-Reach Handle™ is a staple in most greenhouses, helping reach across a bench or up to a basket to water. Available in a variety of sizes, the Handi-Reach Handles allow for easy connection to Dramm hoses, valves and Water Breakers™. For years, Dramm has offered custom length Handles up to 12'…

Can Artificial Intelligence predict production?

Talking about Artificial Intelligence there is no better display of this technology than what smartphones, social media, self-driving cars or video games are doing with it. What about demonstrating the capabilities of AI in greenhouses? Is it possible to predict cucumber harvest for the coming weeks?…

Solution for biofilm buildup and water pathogen launched in the U.S.

Bio-Cide International have reached an agreement with Key Solutions and LLK Greenhouse Solutions, a national horticultural service provider offering design, supply/distribution and construction solutions, to bring their Oxine®WT solution to the American market. Oxine®WT can be used to disinfect media,…

Netherlands: Drying seeds will be a piece of cake with speed controlling ventilation

The drying cabinet of Van den Berg Climate Techniques can be found in the laboratories of the biggest vegetable- or flower seed producers, as well as at growers who dry their own seed for production or research. The design of the drying cabinets has remained the same for over 25 years. After all, why…

Not a startup anymore

Benson Hill fights to maintain the entrepreneurial spirit that helped make it successful

Agtech firm Benson Hill may be the darling of St. Louis startups, but it didn’t start out that way. “For the first three years, we were a fledgling little startup,” said CEO Matt Crisp. “I could never imagine we would be where we are.” In 2015, three years after it was founded, the St. Louis-based ag…

Gene editing research awarded MacArthur “Genius Grant”

Zachary Lippman – a professor at Cold Spring Harbor who researches ways to breed hardy, high-yield crops – is a 2019 MacArthur Fellow. The award is often referred to as a “Genius Grant.” Lippman became interested in plant genetics after growing giant pumpkins. Today, his research focuses on tomatoes and…

Kenyan farmers take pictures of their crops to improve insurance pay-outs

In Kenya, there is a new project, aimed at training farmers to use smartphones to chart the health of their crops, so that they are more likely to receive compensation when droughts or floods hit. The new way of tracking and verifying when harvests fail, using an app on a smartphone, is intended to…

US (CO): Growing microgreens in a solar powered greenhouse

Ceres paid a visit to their growers at Emerald Gardens Microgreens to see how their HighYield Commercial Greenhouse Kit was performing for them. Even though their Ceres greenhouse is not fully complete, Emerald Gardens is already seeing positive results from their sun-grown operation. They caught up with…

PaiGE Growth Technologies & CubicFarm partner up

Knowledge from algae industry to better vertical farming system

PaiGE Growth Technologies Inc. entered into MOU with CubicFarm Systems Corp. in Langley, BC to study the effectiveness of combining vertical farming systems with its technology. If successful, the partners will provide an efficient, modular and readily deployable system to grow vegetables or plants using…

China: Agricultural exhibition starts in newly developed demo centre

It was some serious work to do but the Yangling Agricultural Hi-tech Demonstration Zone is finished - just in time for the opening ceremony of the 26th CAF (China Yangling Agricultural Hi-Tech Fair), that took place here today. The show will last until October 24th. This year, the theme is "New…

Tomato Masters, Belgium:

"Fragmentation is never a good thing"

The tomatoes from the Tomato Masters greenhouse in Belgium go straight to the retail sector. This can be done thanks to the good partnership this grower has with Coöperatie Hoogstraten. Introducing a new variety, therefore, always happens in consultation and is only happening when the product's taste,…

What New Zealand and Australian growers think of the Tomsystem after one year of use

Lee Wang Hothouse Manager Edward Lee has had staff using the Tomsystem over the past year and the results have been impressive.  Cucumber plants are clipped at approximately 20 + plants per minute on average. The time to move the trolley between rows almost takes longer than the clipping of each row. Many…

Finland: Thirty percent more cucumbers, with the same energy consumption

The limited amount of light in winter means that growing cucumbers in Finland isn't a simple task. To be able to produce year-round, the use of grow light is a must. "And the light intensities installed in these regions are on average many times higher than most of the world's horticultural regions,"…

Ethylene solution to ripen tomatoes on the plant also permitted in Belgium and England

Harvest up to one and a half bunches extra or stop the cultivation early. It is possible thanks to dispensing ethylene gas in tomato cultivation. The British company Restrain developed the Restrain Generator for this purpose. A few years ago, the CTGB enabled this for the Dutch and French growers, since…

China: More than 20 mu of demonstration fields in Beijing promote the use of water and fertilizer integrated equipment

The Beijing Agriculture Technical Promotion Station says that in recent years, Beijing has successively promoted the use of water and fertilizer integrated intelligent control equipment in Changping, Shunyi and Fangshan districts. At present, more than 20 mu of demonstration fields have been built for…

£5 million funding available to develop precision agri-tech solutions with Chinese partners

The UK Government’s Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund, Transforming Food Production Challenge has up to £90 million to help businesses invest in data-driven precision agri-tech that could transform food production. Up to £5 million of this has been allocated to Innovate UK, as part of UK Research and…

US (TN): Special Growers receives large donation of LED lighting

Special Growers, a nonprofit organization in Blount County, hires people with a range of disabilities to grow, cut, package and deliver plants and herbs to local restaurants. Earlier this month, Horticulture Lighting Group donated $12,000 worth of LED lights to the organization. HLC, a company based in…

China: Developing intelligent agriculture and activating industrial spring water

Since intelligent agriculture has taken root in Gui’an, farmers have expressed their preference after tasting the benefits: with big data, it is clear at a glance where the soil is suitable for planting and how. There is a "Yunshang Agricultural School" in Doochang Village, Gaofeng Town, Gui'an New Area.…

Changes in the chemical composition of lettuce in response to biofortification

A two-year greenhouse study was conducted to assess the effects of the application of I (as KIO3), Se (as Na2SeO3), and salicylic acid (SA) in nutrient solutions on the chemical composition of six lettuce cultivars, i.e., two butterhead lettuces (BUTL), “Cud Voorburgu” and “Zimująca”; two iceberg…

Incotec presents Xray neXt for tomato

Germination potential of tomato seed even further boosted with X-ray technology

At the end of September seed enhancement company Incotec launched a new, innovative technology for the improvement of tomato seed: the X-ray neXt tomato. The introduction took place at the Seed meets Technology trade fair in Zwaagdijk. By applying deep learning, Incotec has succeeded in further improving…

Signify and Fundación Cajamar have signed a research collaboration agreement

The study will be carried out in the greenhouses located in the Cajamar Experimental Station “Las Palmerillas", in El Egido (Almería). It is a project of relevant interest for…

US (IN): Purdue scientist sending tomatoes into space to study plant defense

Any trip to Mars, likely to take a year or longer, will require astronauts to grow at least some of their own food along the way since it can cost $10,000 to send a pound of anything just as far as Earth’s orbit. Astronauts will need the nutrients provided by fruits, leafy greens and other vegetables…

Mark Stanley with MicroCool:

“No matter what fog system you use, a good controller is essential”

Fog systems can be used to humidify or cool growing environments depending on the way you use them, but the growing environment is delicate – especially in greenhouses, humidification and cooling can be quite the balancing act. This is why Mark Stanley with MicroCool emphasizes the need for a good…

US (IL): Greenhouse to help researchers with gene editing

Researchers hope to speed up gene editing in crops at a new greenhouse being built at the University of Illinois Research Park. They could eventually grow corn in the…

UK: Work with China to transform food production

Businesses can apply for a share of up to £5 million to work with Chinese partners on developing new smart farming technologies.KTN is hosting a briefing event for this competition on Tuesday, 5th November 2019 in London. World demand for food is expected to grow by 60% to feed a rising and more…

Controlling the roof cleaner remotely without damaging the foil

Keeping the roofs of greenhouses clean is important for multiple reasons, but not in the least to allow light to penetrate with ease and help the produce grow. Making the process of cleaning the roofs of greenhouses easier and more accessible is one of the goals of Van der Waay. Their Top Cleaners can…

CargoX and RoadLaunch merge the worlds of public and private blockchains

Recently, CargoX, a public blockchain logistics document transaction platform which was built on a public blockchain, was integrated into RoadLaunch, a private blockchain-based digital freight management platform. According to the companies, this is the first publicly available integrated product in…

Roots and ClearVue to collaborate on greenhouse opportunities

Roots Sustainable Agricultural Technologies Limited and ClearVue Technologies Ltd have signed a collaboration agreement to explore complementary sales opportunities within the growing greenhouse sector, including the construction of a world-first demonstration greenhouse in Israel. Under the agreement,…

CAN (ON): NatureFresh Farms puts sustainability in the spotlight with compostable tray

NatureFresh Farms is significantly reducing their plastic waste. They have teamed up with a local family-owned manufacturing operation to develop a fully compostable pulp molded tray. It has been just over a year since NatureFresh Farms introduced their new compostable Mini Cucumber tray to their…

Augmenta raises $2.5m seed round

Augmenta, the company behind an AI-driven autonomous variable rate application of farm inputs, announced the completion of a $2.5m Seed Financing round led by San Francisco based Hardware Club and Athens based Marathon Venture Capital. The investment will help the company expand its operations in North and South America and…


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