New greenhouse machine Zeus protects crops and operators

It rolls through the greenhouses, is equipped with airconditioning, an mp4 radio, and a novel articulation system enabling it to rotate in tight spaces. And more important: it helps growers protect their crops grown under plastic while protecting the operator of the machine. We're talking about the…

June 7

Wageningen agro food robotics parcours is back

On June 7, 2022, the facilities of WUR's Agro Food Robotics team will open its doors again. During the free event at Agro Food Robotics Parcours, visitors can participate in a campus tour with various labs, vision, and robotics setups. “The previous event dates back to 2019, so we are really looking forward…

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"We encase greenhouses in a layer of intelligence"

Earlier this year, Dutch tomato grower, Agro Care, expressed its desire to expand to a 1,000-hectare greenhouse by 2030. This Dutch company, which turns 25 this year, is distinct in this ambition. Just as is its 261-hectare acreage spread over four countries. Last month, Agro Care took another…

Aquaponic Farm Management Plan for leafy greens & herbs

From the aquaponic consulting and design company Regen Aquaculture comes the first edition of The Aquaponic Farm Management Plan: Leafy Greens & Herbs Module. Aquaponic consulting…

"Consider dehumidification in your initial greenhouse planning"

“Humidity is an important factor in any closed growing environment. However, many new greenhouse plans neglect dehumidification in the planning phase, leading to higher costs down the line when high humidity becomes an issue", says Dan Peltinov with DryGair, who sat down and explained how to best…

i-Plant Nutrition

Using an app to use resources more efficiently

“Since we’re introducing a new farming method to the Egyptian agricultural scene, a large part of our difficulties lie in finding the right expertise when it comes to hydroponics. Using the i-Plant software helps us save fertilizer costs and use our resources most efficiently,” says Seif Salama with…

Spray trolley delivered to Dutch strawberry grower

Crop protection and care are essential in strawberry farming. However, this process is very labor-intensive, which is why strawberry growers WestBerry De Lier and T’ Aardbeihofke in Ravels (the Netherlands) have chosen to automate their crop treatment using tailor-made solutions from Steenks Service.…

WUR works with digital cultivation logbook: "A flexible system like this is ideal for us"

Over a year ago, Kees Scheffers, team leader trial company/quality manager at Wageningen University & Research, BU Glasshouse horticulture & Flowerbulbs in Bleiswijk, took the initiative to start using the digital Log & Solve dashboard to optimize cultivation processes as an alternative to paper…

Ultrafiltration for closed cultivation, but what is ultrafiltration anyway?

Ultrafiltration is a membrane technique for removing organic pollution from water. For years, it has been a widely used technique worldwide for the production of drinking water and as a pre-purification for reverse osmosis. The technique filters out all particles larger than 0.02 microns and has been…

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Spring clean your commercial greenhouse with these 7 tips

During every busy shipping season, you invariably run into issues that would have been eliminated had a little spring cleaning taken place. The spring cleaning referred to here encompasses more than just the “cleaning” perspective. It also involves planning ahead and taking care of business concerns, so…

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Canada: Heating 40 acres of greenhouses with mixture of natural and biogas

Twin Creeks Greenhouse (Canada) has been producing bell peppers for the North American market since 2016. The 40 acres of greenhouses are heated with gas boilers that run on a mixture of 75% natural gas and 25% biogas from a nearby waste treatment site. This contains sulfur, which necessitated an adapted…

Paul Wilson - Scorpion Vision

“The system acts like the human eye, but is much faster and more accurate"

One of the major concerns for growers in the fresh produce sector over the last few years has been labor, and this is not likely to change anytime soon. It will probably get more expensive and more difficult to secure workers. It is not just the cost and availability of labor but also the quality of the…

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How to avoid calcium deficiency in controlled environment food crops

Tipburn and blossom end rot are symptoms of calcium (Ca) deficiency. Sometimes the first thought when a nutrient deficiency occurs is to add the nutrient that appears to be required to solve the issue. This isn’t always the best way to resolve the issue. Calcium has a very important role in the formation…

AgEye Tech:

Improving the efficiency of farming operations through smart data

“CEA growers have access to more information than ever. They can poll environmental data every minute, get notifications about the slightest drift in nutrient levels, and instantly adjust light, temperature, and CO2. But the only time the plant is measured - is when it’s harvested," says Nick Genty,…

András Szabo, Zeiler’s, receives alerts when plants are stressed

"Automated real-time stress alerts from your plants increase yields"

Vivent’s innovative biosensors detect stress signals in the plant’s internal network long before visible symptoms appear. Monitoring crop health in real-time shows when plants are growing productively or when they are stressed and underperforming, adapting to disease, pests, or other suboptimal…

Fulco Wijdooge, general manager Ridder China

"Invest time in training and chances of success increase exponentially.”

More and more Dutch companies are getting into the Chinese market. Ridder is definitely one of the pioneers, as the company has been active in Asia for years. Fulco Wijdooge, the company’s general manager in China, tells us more about the services they offer there and the opportunities and challenges…

A Longhorn farm aims to reinvent farming - with robots

Brandon Alexander had been trying to make burritos fly—and he was getting tired. The year was 2015, and the 30-year-old roboticist was embedded with a drone team at Google that was pioneering the future of autonomous flight.  “I started with the question of, where can I have the most positive impact? When…

Robot spins 16 arms to pick the ripest strawberries

Developed by Florida-based company Harvest CROO Robotics, this fully autonomous harvesting machine can pick an entire strawberry plant in just eight seconds. The harvester is made up of 16 independently working robots, all of which are equipped with machine learning vision systems that can determine when…

Gideon launches Trey, the autonomous forklift for trailer loading and unloading

Today, Gideon, the robotics and AI solutions company, announced a pioneering new solution – Trey, an autonomous forklift for truck trailer loading and unloading operations. Trey loads and unloads pallets entirely autonomously, saving more than 80% of a worker's time. It operates safely, consistently, and…

Digital pepper growing: "The innovation lies in the application of existing technology"

The Industry 4.0 revolution impacts all production processes, and digital twinning plays an important role in it. That is a virtual representation of reality directly linked to it. Can this technology also be applied in the agro-food sector? Marcel Roosen, manager of the Fontys GreenTechLab, investigates…

Saving on labor with strawberry spraying

Within strawberry cultivation, growers are looking for ways to save on labor, and automating crop treatment is one of them. For this purpose, two strawberry growers have chosen an automatic spraying robot that is able to spray several paths at the same time. The robots can be found at WestBerry De Lier…

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The problem with handheld moisture meters

While the popularity of handheld moisture meters for plants shows no signs of abating, there are some significant disadvantages for growers using this tool. Handheld soil moisture and substrate moisture meters are a staple of every greenhouse grower’s toolkit. Every grower I know owns one or has owned…

Pinduoduo’s annual greenhouse challenge nurtures promising agritech innovation

TomaGrow wins greenhouse competition: seeking to commercialize solutions found

Agronomists and data scientists taking part in Pinduoduo’s Smart Agriculture Competition developed easy-to-use precision greenhouse management technology that boosted productivity and yield without the need for special training on the part of growers. The tomato-growing greenhouse challenge was won by…

Fulco Wijdooge, general manager Ridder China

"Chinese horticulture much more than production only"

Horticulture in China is constantly evolving. Take the Pinduoduo competition for instance, which can be compared to the WUR’s Autonomous Greenhouse Challenge. Ridder is involved in that project as a technology partner. “They’re trying to create an autonomous greenhouse, which offers opportunities to…

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"Israeli agricultural innovations will keep the world fed'

Chemical engineer Dganit Vered discovered something that shifted her entire career focus when she led a multinational R&D team of 250 employees for Israeli seed breeder Hazera from 2015 to 2017. “When I traveled around the world and met my team members, I saw the problems were much bigger than could be…

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Brio hydroponics brings rain protection technology from Israel to Indian farmers

Agritech startup Brio Hydroponics introduces India's first 3-layer, retractable, patented Rain Protection Technology Nethouse in collaboration with PIC-Plast Limited, Israel, in an attempt to address the climatic challenge of the Indian farming sector. As the exclusive partner of PIC-Plast in India, Brio…

Christophe Janson , Picvert, about vacuum cooling:

“The temperature goes from 25 to 4°C in 20 minutes”

Producer of young salad shoots and baby vegetables, Picvert has recently acquired a vacuum cooling system. A fast, homogeneous, and uniform cooling solution that helps extend the product’s life span.  “The temperature of the product goes from 25 to 4°C in 20 minutes,” explains Christophe Janson, sales manager…

Crux Agribotics and KOAT are working together to develop harvesting robots

Kind Technologies’ daughter companies Crux Agribotics and KOAT will further join forces to develop high-end Robotics for end-to-end harvesting, sorting, and the packing of fruits and vegetables. Crux Agribotics was one of the first companies to demonstrate a fully autonomous harvesting robot identifying,…

Navus Ventures, ECG & Oost NL invest in Corvus

"Investment in autonomous drones contributes to the digitization of greenhouses"

Corvus Drones from Ede, the Netherlands, develops and produces drones that can fly fully autonomously in greenhouses. The drones collect valuable data for crop monitoring. With this information, growers can produce food more efficiently and sustainably. For the further development of the drone and…

Greenhouses provide potential risk of carbon leakage

In contrast to companies under the European Union (EU) Emissions Trading System (ETS), non-ETS companies do not face an explicit carbon price in the Netherlands. For these non-ETS companies, there is limited information available on what the potential consequences are if they were to face carbon pricing.…

"A gutter connected greenhouse is the best modular greenhouse for commercial growers"

Greenhouse growers in every industry need to gain any advantage they can over their competitors to sustain success. While trying to obtain this competitive edge, many growers focus solely on what equipment will improve their operation, and often overlook one of the most important factors: the structure…

US (CA): Combining modern robotics, hydroponics and traditional farming in new Lockhart greenhouse

On Thursday, a California-based farming operation announced the opening of its new greenhouse in Lockhart. Iron Ox aims to combine robotics, hydroponic and traditional farming techniques to grow produce through a more sustainable, eco-friendly method. "A key part of our design, our hydroponics, our…

NL: Upgraded aerial work platform can get to work again

An aerial work platform is an essential tool for installers and greenhouse builders, as it is important to be able to work safely and comfortably at a height. This type of platform is often hydraulically extendable at both ends and equipped with automatic leveling. It can be placed both lengthwise and…

Ventures Africa

Ghanese aquaculturist aims to help growers with aquaponics kit

In Ghana, Lawrencia Kwansah, an aquaculturist, recently nominated for the Royal Academy of Engineering Africa Prize is championing a new technique with her Aquaponics Hub. Kwansah established the hub to give families options for urban farming during the COVID-19 pandemic.  “With my knowledge and background…

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Simon Schumacher, VSSE, at the start of the strawberry harvest

"Frost protection measures have gone well due to the dedicated efforts of growers"

Throughout Germany, strawberry plants are doing well. After an average mild winter and storms, the crops have weathered the late frosts well so far thanks to foil tunnels, fleece covers and frost protection irrigation. While the harvest is gradually starting in the high tunnels in southern Germany, it is…

Eliminate sensor failures under extreme conditions using just your phone

The nSens RH/T sensors from Novasina are able to maintain +/-0.5% accuracy even when used at high humidity and in the presence of volatiles such as ammonia. What sets them apart from other Rh/T sensors is the electrolytic resistive technology they use, which does not exhibit any hysteresis. The…

Israel: “Woven crop protection covers ensure better weather resistance and light distribution”

“Because our covers are woven, they provide growers with additional benefits. From higher durability to better light diffusion, different growers are looking for different aspects. We listen to what the market needs and develop new solutions,” says Mr. Itzhak Shopen, GM of PIC Plast. The Israeli company…

How to reduce redness caused by stressful situations in black eggplant

The Ecoculture Biosciences company has managed to develop solutions to reduce redness in black eggplant derived from stressful situations. This is a problem that occurs when…

Three new halls for Van der Valk Systemen under construction

Since January, the groundworkers have been on the move at Van der Valk Systemen in Monster. And now, the next phase of construction has begun: the piles are being driven. Ton van Marrewijk, managing director: "And that will take some time. There are a lot of piles to be driven. The area to be built is…

Working in a data-driven way in the herb segment

Expanding and standing out with fresh herbs: That is what Vitalicious, Vitacress Real's herb brand, aimed at the foodservice sector, focuses on. They use market data to provide customers with targeted advice and inspiration. Which fresh herbs should chefs use, and how often should they use them? What do they…

CAN: Opportunity is in full bloom at Growtec

Born and raised in Leamington, Ontario, Brian Zimmermann has farming in his blood. “I grew up on a farm, working alongside my father and grandfather who were both successful mushroom growers.” From those deep roots, Brian has taken the lessons of hard work and resourcefulness to heart as one of the…

"Invest in air treatment, not only from an energy saving point of view"

With systems based on air treatment to make an optimal greenhouse climate, Van Dijk heating seemed to be ahead of the game for a long time. The gas price was low and so was the urgency to think about alternative systems for greenhouse heating. The energy crisis is changing all that. At their head office…

FUTURELED Ltd shines the right light on herbs

Assimilated lighting for herb production

Herbs continue to be in vogue. Whether as potted plants for the fresh kitchen, as part of an indoor herb garden or as a feature on people's balconies. Herbs are also used as flowering ornamental plants with the option of further use after flowering. Producing herbs in a way that differentiates them in…

Coordinating cultivation processes across multiple locations

To properly serve the horticultural industry, a data platform must make it easy to compare the situation at various locations – regardless of where these are situated: nearby, elsewhere in the same country or on the other side of the world. The 30MHz data platform is built with a view to facilitating…

Modular herb cultivation concept: local-for-local and super fresh

How do you sustainably increase fresh herb availability? That is the question Upfarm got to work answering and thus introduced a unique cultivation concept for in-store and restaurant cultivation. "We bring technology and the fresh, local, and experience trends together," says owner Lode Lauwers.   The greenhouses have their…

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University of Stirling

Robot bee project awarded £640,000 grant

A scientist from the University of Stirling and his US collaborator have been jointly awarded a £640,000 grant to create “robot bees”. In a project which aims to improve agriculture as well as help advance understanding of the evolution of species of bees and flowers, these microrobots are to be built to…

Model-based crop planning with the ProJoules platform:

"Optimizing light use with the best plant balance"

What do you do when you're a crop advisor unexpectedly stuck at home for a long period of time? You come up with a way of continuing to advise growers from a distance, of course. That is precisely what Wim van Wingerden did, over three years ago now. In the years that followed, other advisers also came…

traceNET and the automated high-bay warehouse at Gemüsebau Steiner

"On the one hand we have more storage space, on the other hand everything is automated now"

Since last year, a high-bay warehouse - integrated into the traceNET ERP system - optimizes the processes of the Upper Bavarian vegetable producer Steiner. The project was set up in 6 months, through an Austrian-German-Dutch cooperation. Sebastian Gruttauer, the Operations Manager for Packaging &…

A tool to characterize pollen of more than 250 species

The new Ampha Z40 Pollen Analyzer is the successor of the Ampha Z32. This new high-end laboratory instrument is a universal, efficient and flexible tool that enables the characterization of pollen of more than 250 plant species. The information provided by the Ampha Z40 can be used at all stages from early…

New tool helps plant breeders achieve more from their field trial analyses

Performing statistical analysis in plant breeding can be an overwhelming task. For analysis of field trials, there are many difficult questions to answer before we even start. ASRtriala (ASR trial analysis) helps plant breeders answer their questions by improving their experience, providing robust and…

Fulco Wijdooge, general manager Ridder China

“The people here are enthusiastic and motivated, that's a very inspiring mentality"

China is an interesting market for the greenhouse industry. Fulco Wijdooge, general manager at Ridder, has been living in the Asian country for 18 years now. During that time, he’s got acquainted with all the differences between the Chinese and Dutch markets and entrepreneurial mentalities.Vlnr.: Greg…

Rijk Zwaan autonomous growing trial delivers confidence

Rijk Zwaan and Blue Radix have undertaken a joint initiative for a unique production comparison with autonomous growing. Implementing artificial intelligence (AI) in Rijk…

Caeli fan unit: air movement and insight into greenhouse climate thanks to heat map

Could you do without large fans above the crop in the greenhouse? During a visit to a new-build project for a tomato grower, the men from Alcomij got the idea. What if you pull the air through the greenhouse column? A few years later, at the office in 's-Gravenzande, the editor of this article has a…

High-tech quality control with GearStation Inspector

Within a week, the newest version of the GearStation will be launched by Gearbox at the Fruit Logistica in Berlin. Gearbox develops, designs and builds advanced AI and data driven machinery & equipment to enable the food and agriculture to achieve the highest possible degree of control over their product…

Presentation of new TraySpacer during Fruit Logistica

Bosman Van Zaal's new TraySpacer is a patented reusable tray that can be extended in a checkerboard pattern, so that plant material can be spread out automatically and without damage. The system was first used on a large scale last year at Soli Organic, a company specializing in advanced herb cultivation…

New digital sorter for fresh hydroponic greens launched

Key Technology, a member of the Duravant family of operating companies, introduces its VERYX digital sorters for fresh cut, hydroponically-grown leafy greens. Combining Key’s expertise in sorting and conveying, VERYX sorters integrate with Iso-Flo vibratory conveyors to find and remove defective product,…

Renewed pepper corer is a breakthrough in pepper processing

Dutch machine manufacturer Sormac hasn’t been idle. At the Fruit Logistica (booth D07, hall 3.1) in Berlin, the company from Venlo will be presenting three entirely revamped machines. This will boost the potato, carrot and pepper markets. Pepper corer POThe renewed pepper decoring machine is a…

Koidra.ai

Koidra raises $4.5 million funding to bring automation to greenhouses

Koidra, an intelligent automation (IA) platform company based out of Seattle, has raised $4.5 million in its seed round. Ospraie Ag Science (OAS) led this round of funding, with participation from Amritam Holdings, Cavallo Ventures, and Foothill Ventures. Koidra was founded by the lead of Microsoft…

No doubts at Robur's 100th anniversary:

"Robots for crop care have just the right future"

On 7 January 2022 it was exactly 100 years ago that Robur was founded. The Westland company has been active in horticulture ever since, currently as a specialist in robots for crop care. To commemorate the anniversary, Robur would like to organise another event, but the Covid lockdown has so far…

Saga Robotics

Fruit picking robot developer uses Lincolnshire as R&D base

The company behind a fruit-picking robot is carrying out almost all its research and development in Lincolnshire. Norway-based Saga Robotics is creating autonomous machines which can harvest crops and treat fungi infections in partnership with the Lincoln Agri-Robotics Centre at the University of…

AI on the farm: A new path to food self-sufficiency

Winter Farm wants to change agricultural methods in order to grow the business and achieve its ambitious goals: produce more than 13 million kilograms of fruit and replace 10% of Canada’s strawberry imports by 2025. Enter IVADO and research teams from three Quebec universities: ETS, HEC Montréal and UdeM…

AgriPlace, ASF webinar about fruit and vegetable food safety, sustainability

AgriPlace Chain gives companies fully automated insight into food safety and sustainability

On Thursday, March 24, the Dutch company, AgriPlace, held a webinar about optimizing suppliers' and product food safety's social sustainability data collection. Their system, AgriPlace Chain, offers companies an easy, fully automated insight into food safety and sustainability across the chain. Many…

Vertically Urban:

"We constantly work to increase our yields while using less energy"

“Energy is a hot topic at the moment, not only in the UK but across the globe. Potential energy supply issues resulting from what’s happening in Ukraine and Russia, combined with several other factors, are driving the increase in energy prices,” says Andrew Littler, Founder and CEO of Vertically Urban.…

Akram Zamani

The versatility of fungi; yarn and handbags made from mushrooms

Researchers have harnessed the power of the humble mushroom to convert food waste into sustainable faux leather, paper and cotton substitutes. The researchers say that this fungal leather takes less time to produce than existing substitutes already on the market and, unlike some, is 100% bio-based. Lead…

'Climate house' helps growers to work on cultivation strategy

Svensson recently launched 'Climate House', a new service where Svensson's greenhouse climate experts bundle their knowledge of cultivation strategy, screening strategy, climate settings, and climate tools to help growers, business leaders, cultivation managers, and advisers worldwide. Growing is a top sport with narrow margins. An incorrect climate setting or incorrect…

WayBeyond launches FarmRoad Mobile

New mobile app targets pest, disease and on-farm data capture

With a further move towards supporting growers on their digital journey, WayBeyond has launched a mobile app which makes crop data capture faster and easier, particularly for onsite scouting of pests and pathogens. “There are currently relatively few digital products on the market which assist growers…

inaho robot connected to PEAK platform

Harvest robot connected to horticultural software

The first data connection between Japanese robot maker inaho and business intelligence developer GreenPEAK-IT, part of the Bosman Van Zaal group, has been made. The collaboration between inaho and GreenPEAK-IT started at the end of last year, a few months after the developer launched the CropTeq…

"We use cobots to make greenhouses more and more ‘hands-free’"

For many years, manufacturing processes that were ‘too expensive’ for the Netherlands were moved to low-wage countries. Two years of Covid and the recent political instability have led us to think differently about our dependence on products that are produced far away. It is no longer just about the…

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India: agtech company wins patent for solar-powered IoT precision farming device

Fasal, an Indian agtech solutions company, announced that it has won a patent for its innovative solar-powered IoT device for precision farming — Fasal Kranti. The patent, granted by the Indian Patent Office, recognizes Fasal Kranti for its innovation, novelty, and application. With this, Fasal becomes…

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South Korean farmers grow more perilla leaf with machine learning

Smart farm solution built on Amazon Web Services helps small-scale farmers increase production of one of the country's most popular cooking ingredients. Every day, for years, SangYoung Park, a farmer in Geumsan County, South Korea, spent a substantial part of his day going back and forth to his farm's…

New plastic ducts for hydroponic cultivation

In 2021, 4ESSE was patented and is now the exclusive holder of a new plastic duct for the soilless cultivation of strawberries, tomatoes and other crops. Duct for the cultivation of strawberries at FeVi Frutta in Policoro (Photo provided by 4ESSE) The company is located in Cirò Marina (Crotone) and was…

Ozone treatment a success for Italian nursery

"Plants are firmer, compact, with a livelier green color"

Massimo Marconi is an Italian propagator from Roverbella (Mantua, IT) with three hectares of high-tech glass greenhouses specialized in the production of lettuce, chicory, lamb's lettuce, brassicas, bell peppers, tomatoes, fruit plants, basil, arugula and other varieties.  Recently, Massimo installed a greenhouse…

Agbotic climate-smart farm project achieves planning approval in Ireland

Agbotic and its European subsidiary Agbotic Limited based in Dublin, Ireland, have completed the planning approval for their first European SmartFarm. Richard Kennedy, CEO of Belfast-based Devenish, Chair of InterTradeIreland, and Director of Agbotic Europe, said, "We are quite pleased by the approval of…

Gerald Friederici, CMC Klebetechnik:

"ETFE adhesive tape often saves costly repairs to greenhouse films"

Global greenhouse cultivation of vegetables is clearly on the rise. It is estimated that by 2030, around 50% of lettuces in the USA will come from greenhouses. Under the controlled environmental conditions of protected cultivation, many crops can be grown much more efficiently than in the time-honored…

A look behind the scenes at Bosman Van Zaal's production process

There is a lot of repetitive work in horticulture. Ideal for automating. Bosman Van Zaal produces this type of automated installations. The production takes place in the modern factory in Aalsmeer. Production Lead Wibo Elink Schuurman gives an insight into this process in a new video. The production…

"Many more growers opt for maximum flexibility in watering per tap section"

Next year, installation company Montera Techniek will celebrate its fiftieth anniversary. What began as 'a small team' has grown into a company that carries out national and international projects in water, electrical, and climate technology in the past ten years. Laurens van Es is project and business…

Pylot gives Finnish growers more insight into growing data

‘We now see things we didn't see before’

On the Finnish west coast, about 125 greenhouse horticulturists grow 70% of all tomatoes that are consumed in the country. But the long, low-light winters don't make the conditions very tomato-friendly. That is why the Ostrobothnian Union of agricultural and horticultural producers ÖSP started an…

Dutch growers invest in greenhouse heating systems

What do a Dutch vegetable breeder, a strawberry grower, a tomato grower, and a grower of specialty peppers have in common? Well, for one thing, they are building a new greenhouse, but they also 'share' the same greenhouse heating system, namely VB Climate. This year, the company is installing new…

Miguel Ángel Ruiz, of Agrointec:

"Our solution for vertical farming is sustainable, efficient and profitable"

Since its inception, vertical farming has pushed the limits of growth. The possibility of growing without soil or increasing the number of plants per unit area, and the ability to produce fresh and healthy food in any environment (urban, rural, indoor, outdoor and even in your own home) have made…

Australian strawberries grow and flourish with AI

Driving farming production and disease prevention through artificial intelligence technologies is the key aim of an Australian Research Council Research Hub. The hub received…

AGV can navigate without 'the wire in the ground'

Berg Hortimotive is known for its greenhouse trolleys. "But the company's most important mission," says sales manager Sjef Loomans, "is to unburden the grower by introducing simplicity and efficiency into the cultivation process of bringing the harvested products from the greenhouse to the packing hall."…

Technology makes a daily difference

For Freddy Sarkis, the future of the greenhouse industry revolves around technology. The Leamington native has seen firsthand how the industry has progressed thanks to innovation. Sarkis exclusively oversees distribution and support for MJ-Tech Fog Systems and Bogaerts Greenhouse Logistics (BGL), two…

Cliff Beumel, President at Agromillora Nursery:

“We know the time for this kind of automation is coming"

Finding skilled labor has always been a big challenge for the horticulture sector. This has become an even more pressing problem during these COVID times, with the ‘Great Resignation’, also known as the roughly 33 million people in North America only that quit their jobs. This has of course impacted…

Cleaning seed with plasma

Quiz question: what is the name of the fourth state of matter after solid, liquid, and gas? It’s plasma. And did you know that it makes up 99 percent of our universe? What if you were told that there is now a way to use plasma to treat and disinfect your seeds. But first, let’s get back to what plasma actually is. Basically, it…

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Chinese growers capitalize on greenhouse screens

Screens can effectively help reduce the intensity of sunlight in greenhouses. Weather screens also reduce the cost of raising/reducing temperatures or regulating humidity levels. They minimize the impact of a scorching sun, torrential rain, and high temperatures. Moreover, they raise the production…

Empowering growers with greenhouse information platform

"Employing the very latest digital technologies, OKO helps growers project and predict pest and disease outbreaks earlier, even forecast their distribution, helping deliver significant efficiency improvements, while adding value streamlining other crop management activities," says Sam Gui, Biobest’s…

Dr Anantha Peramuna: "Identifies hotspots for actionable data"

New App to trace, gauge climate impact and reduce waste of fresh produce

A new software solution based on blockchain technology to track fresh produce from farm to fork, as well as to measure the climate impact with the aim to reduce food waste, is nearly ready to be rolled out across Europe and further afield. This is according to the developer and CEO of Nature Preserve, Dr…

MiFood Robot supplies its customizable harvesting robots to farms around the world

“An average farm in Western Europe only needs 18 months to recover the investment in our robots”

Technology has always been present in agriculture, one of the sectors that is at the forefront of research and innovation. Its development to date has gone hand in hand with advances in fields as diverse as molecular genetics, biochemistry or materials engineering, and now automation, already integrated…

Good use of climate screens with Connected Screening

Why does the screen shake at night? Do I need to have gaps? These are just a few questions on optimal screen use. Connected Screening provides insight into this. Bart Bakker, climate consultant at Ludvig Svensson, explains how it works: "I actually build four graphs based on the parameters of the screen…

Hortispare: solving the problem of missing spare parts

Growers are regularly confronted with downtime because of breakdowns and malfunctions. This is unpleasant for a grower, because any downtime can cause part of the cultivation process to come to a standstill. So, it is very important to solve a breakdown as quickly as possible. In practice, this is easier…


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