Technique

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Predicting quality of tomato seedlings

Wageningen University Research (WUR) has developed a machine for rapid plant phenotyping that is capturing the plants’ observable characteristics. This machine (called the MARVIN3D) uses multiple cameras to capture each plant from multiple angles and additionally creates an 3D-model of the plant. It is used…

Priva launches Plantonomy: an online application that changes the way greenhouses are controlled.

From over 10,000 to a maximum of 6 settings: making growing easier

“I was a grower myself. All day long I was reading the crop, adjusting all the settings to get the job done. That’s more than 10,000 settings, 7 days per week, 365 days per year. That’s not working if you want to expand the greenhouse industry. And it’s not just these growers – it's also the next…

New "Tomato Monitor" website launched to help enforce Tomato Suspension Agreement

The Florida Tomato Exchange recently launched TomatoMonitor.com, which allows individuals and companies in the tomato trade to report suspected violations of the Tomato…

SwarmFarm

Australia's SwarmFarm Robotics

SwarmFarm raises $3.2 million to develop open platform for ag robotics

Australian company SwarmFarm Robotics has raised A$4.5 million (US$3.22 million) in a funding round led by local VCs Tenacious Ventures and Artesian. The Queensland Business Development Fund also supported the round. The start-up was founded in 2012 by farmer couple Andrew and Jocie Bate. SwarmFarm is…

Canadian company launches new labelling technology line

If the pandemic has highlighted one thing for growers across North America, it is their relationship with labor. Given the challenges growers have seen this year in accessing labor for field/grove/orchard work or in packing houses, maintaining the health of workers and much more, it’s no surprise that…

Canadian smart LED lighting producer raises $3.15M

Sollum Technologies received $3.15 million Canadian dollars of funding through the Technoclimat program. This major investment in Sollum’s growth was preceded by $5 million Canadian dollars in funding from Sustainable Development Technology Canada (STDC) and $3.9 million Canadian dollars from…

DENSO

webinar, November 12

Smart Horticulture in Japan

On 12 November, the Netherlands Embassy will organise a Netherlands-Japan horticulture webinar. With professional growers and industry-government-academia partners, the online webinar will discuss the development of technologically-advanced horticulture in Japan, including perspectives from the Netherlands. Experts are invited…

less energy consumption with new heating system

"Revolutionary infrared root zone heating system"

The increasing pressure to reduce gas consumption, the urge for circular energy efficient solutions and the improving/accelerating production processes in our sector are a few contributing factors to the introduction of a new and revolutionary heating system in horticulture. Luiten Greenhouse is the…

"The Smart Farming Solution for farmers"

Have you been wondering on when to irrigate, evacuate humidity and ventilate your greenhouse for that successful harvest? Worry no more, with Farmshield-A.I powered sensors installed at your greenhouse, you will receive an alert on your mobile phone on the next steps to take to ensure your crops thrive…

Cool Logistics Conference

Remote monitoring and control for the data driven cold container chain

Data is becoming increasingly important in our industry and no more so than now, but how can we collect that data and what do we do with it when we have it? Hanane Becha, Project Lead IoT Program, DCSA Digital Container Shipping Association, said that standards for containers and reefers are no longer…

SunTracker Technologies

Improved Daily Light Integrals with satellite data

From its introduction forty years ago, the Daily Light Integral (DLI) metric has become an important tool for determining monthly daylight availability for crops and estimating supplemental electric lighting requirements for greenhouses. DLI charts for the continental United States have been available…

New solution for weighing and packaging TOVs

Packaging tomatoes on the vine has always been an expensive and slow process in fact, in most cases, operators work in front of scales and weigh each punnet singularly until the exact weight is reached. As a consequence, the weight of packets can be uneven and there can be a high level of giveaway. Watch…

New OEM-agreement for shelf-and-lighting panels for vertical farming

Senmatic and LED iBond International have entered a strategic partnership for OEM delivery of shelves with built-in grow light to be included in Senmatic’s offering of industrial vertical farming solutions. The new vertical farming shelves are based on LED iBond’s patented lighting fixture, which…

Five tips on monitoring hydroponic systems

Dr. Paul Fisher from the University of Florida IFAS Extension hosts Jon Greene of Bluelab Corporation in a new YouTube video. They discuss technical tips for pH and electrical conductivity (EC) monitoring in hydroponic plant production, as well as water management and the importance of maintaining…

Plant Empowerment at BASF Vegetable Seeds

A sustainable data-driven strategy for maximizing yields

Last year, a tomato trial at a BASF Vegetable Seeds facility in the Netherlands showed that the Growing by Plant Empowerment (GPE) principles have the potential to increase yields by as much as 25% in the winter period. With the support of the GPE implementation partners, the crop production strategy has…

System designed for post-Brexit period

New Smart Freight system only ready to be rolled out from mid-December

According to a statement from the UK Department for Transport, the new Smart Freight system, designed for the post- Brexit period, will only be ready to be rolled out from the…

Grodan

Five tips to success when using greenhouse data

Data science and AI technologies present us with so many opportunities to collect and mine data in the greenhouse to increase efficiency, quality and yield.   by Gursel Karacor I discussed all the ways to collect data (sensors, imaging technology, climate computer) in my blogs 5 Reasons Why AI Will Transform the Greenhouse Industry and Where the Magic Happens: Combining Data and Plant…

variety of technical novelties in new Duijvestijn Tomatoes greenhouse

"Our goal is to make all our processes circular"

The history of Duijvestijn Tomatoes counts more than fifty years of growing so it's not a surprise that Mr and Mrs Duijvestijn Sr. were given the honour of planting the first plants in the brand new greenhouse complex. The first half of the greenhouse is ready to be used. The second half will be ready…

Airofresh Intl says Gas Phase Feeding is the way of the future

"The fruit doesn't necessarily get much bigger but there is more fruit"

Australian atmosphere management technology company, Airofresh Intl has launched a new and unique system that includes a commercial scale Gas Phase Feeding (GPF) capacity, so growers can capitalise on the benefits of atmosphere-feeding of critical nutrients to greenhouse fruit and vegetables. AiroFresh…

Anna Nguyen

Tupperware helps astronauts grow food in space

Tupperware Brands announces the issuance of a U.S. patent for PONDS (Passive Orbital Nutrient Delivery System), a device designed to grow vegetables in low earth orbit with minimal maintenance."We are proud to have received a patent for the unique and novel design of PONDS," said Miguel Fernandez, Chief…

Pylot is further expanding its software platform and introduces benchmarking

Pylot continues to expand the functionalities of its platform at a rapid pace. Users of the program are now able to benchmark performance and climate data. This allows growers – as well as horticultural collectives or their consultants – to easily compare the performance of crops in different…

Havecon, VB and PB Tec

VEK Adviesgroep joins investment group Atrium Agri: adapting to changing horticultural industry

VEK Adviesgroep joins Atrium Agri, a partnership in greenhouse horticulture sector that was erected last year. VEK and Atrium will collaborate on horticultural projects both nationally and internationally. Managing Director Willem Nat is proud: "Our entire team stands behind this decision, were excited…

Interpretation and evaluation of electrical lighting in plant factories

In plant factories, light is fully controllable for crop production but involves a cost. For efficient lighting, light use efficiency (LUE) should be considered as part of…

KTN

UK: Innovative AgriFood Tech companies looking for investors

Nine companies working on groundbreaking tech ideas will pitch for investment during KTN’s AgriFood Tech Investment Showcase. Investors could find their next investment at KTN’s AgriFood Tech Investment Showcase 2020, on Monday 19 October. Nine of the most innovative AgriFood Tech companies in the UK…

Mykhailo Sapryhin | Dreamstime.com

Indicator species analysis: A useful tool for plant disease studies

Indicator species analysis (ISA) uses indices of an organism’s relative abundance and occurrence to estimate the strength of its associations with a priori groups of interest and a simple randomization test to evaluate the probability of association. Because ISA values tend to be greatest when a species…

University of Pennsylvania

Dueling proteins give shape to plants

In an elegant choreography, plants take cues from their environment and channel them into form: flowers, roots, or branches. In a new paper in Nature Communications, biologist Doris Wagner of the School of Arts & Sciences and colleagues identified some of the behind-the-scenes machinations that go into…

Proposal would add three new product categories to the DLC Horticultural Lighting Program effective July 1, 2021

DesignLights Consortium seeks comments on draft updates to horticultural lighting technical requirements

In response to member and stakeholder input, the DesignLights Consortium (DLC) released draft Technical Requirements for LED-based Horticultural Lighting: Version 2.1,…

Juan González Pita of Salix Fruits:

“Connecting digitally with our colleagues is our bread and butter”

For Atlanta-based Salix Fruits, PMA Fresh Summit will be the first virtual trade show they participate in. Despite this, the company feels confident that their participation will be a success, especially since they have already invested a lot in their virtual footprint. “Salix is very technology driven,”…

Roelands Plant Farms at the Grodan Seminar

Concrete floors versus tables

At the recent Grodan seminar, the second speaker was Roelands Plant from Ontario, a large propagator. The first speaker was Marta Streminski, and the third and last one was Thomas Douma. Read more about them in this previous article. Roelands Plant is a large propagator in Ontario, Canada. Edward Thoren, head grower with the company,…

Reversed osmosis in combination with Artificial Intelligence

Partially because of the current issue of water scarcity, the sustainability discussion, and the legislation in the field of groundwater, the Van der Ende Groep has developed the Nexus High Performance Reverse Osmosis (HPRO). The Nexus HPRO is equipped with a hydraulic design in combination with…

Alphabet

‘Mineral’ project addresses sustainable food production

Alphabet’s latest X project: A crop-sniffing plant buggy

Former Google division Alphabet X lab has presented a computational agriculture project called ‘Mineral’. This project focuses on sustainable food production and farming at large scales, with a focus on ‘developing and testing a range of software and hardware prototypes based on breakthroughs in…

The lights are on in Switzerland

Light4Food's international activities continue, this time in Switzerland. They exchanged the existing son-t lighting installation with the Philips LED toplighting Compact. This LED fixture can easily replace the existing son-t installation and has a light intensity of 1.800 µmol/s. In addition, LEDs contribute to a uniform…

Apple net that avoids weather influences and stimulates colouring

The Santa Giustina lake, and the lush Val di Non are the scenografic setting for Osvaldo Seppi’s netting installation in Sanzeno, Trento, Northern Italy. which you can see in the video below. Here, about one hectare of Tessa apples are being grown, a brand created by Melinda and La Trentina from the…

Greenhouse climate control through fogging and misting systems

Water droplets smaller than a human hair

Humidity control is a crucial element of protected agriculture, and one around which the discussion is consistently developing. Whereas relative humidity was previously the main parameter considered by growers, vapor pressure deficit is becoming an industry standard when discussing humidity in…

Ecoation announces KENNIS Grower Assistant, a newly patented human+machine AI / IA platform

With an official launch date of November 15, 2020, Ecoation introduces the newly patented KENNIS Grower Assistant. KENNIS combines the vast amount of data collected by OKO products and utilizes machine learning and AI / IA technology to provide an accurate stereo spatio temporal understanding of not only…

Can also be applied in fruit growing and horticulture

Prevent diseases with UV-C rays

The latest, if not definitive, solution to combat fungal diseases such as mildew and botrytis that unfortunately still affect a lot of crops is called Icaro X4. Experiments are currently underway in viticulture (against downy mildew), but patents (both in Italy and abroad) have been extended to fruit growing and horticulture,…

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New technology extracting clean carbon dioxide a win-win for greenhouse growers and the environment

Promising new technology using leftover forestry wood to extract clean carbon dioxide is expected to benefit commercial greenhouses growers and the environment. The Kiwi invention would help increase crop yield and reduce emissions at the same time. New Zealand Gourmet's Roelf Schreuder said the produce…

"The global population is growing faster than our food supply; innovation in lighting is part of the solution"

At Signify, sustainability is core to everything we do. Our business and customers expect to work with companies that make a positive contribution. Operating sustainably is not at odds with our growth, but is our guiding direction and competitive advantage. by Bill Bien, CEO, Agricultural Lighting, Signify With this in mind,…

WUR

Sensors and image analysis check the freshness of vine tomato

Consumers expect that the vine tomatoes they buy in the store are fresh. But how do you see or feel whether a tomato is fresh? And can that freshness be measured quickly and reliably? The Greenhouse Horticulture and Flower Bulbs Business Unit of Wageningen University & Research wants to develop a method…

IIVO, 'next level climate computer'

Hoogendoorn Growth Management introduces 'biggest innovation yet'

On October 8, 2020, Hoogendoorn Growth Management organized an exclusive launch event to launch what they call their biggest innovation yet: IIVO. "It's not just a new all-in-one process computer, but so much more than that", says Martin Helmich, CCO Hoogendoorn. "IIVO is a next level climate computer." 'Complexity…

Lightweight silo cover offers quick and easy installation

In the past months, Albers Alligator developed and brought to market the Alligator SiloDome together with Buwatec and BUWADome. The SiloDome is a water silo cover with a maximum capacity of Ø 15.00 meters which completely seals off the silo. When the water surface doesn’t get completely sealed, algae can…

LemnaTec

Plant phenotyping systems portfolio gets a boost

LemnaTec is specialized in equipment for plant phenotyping, assessing plants quantitatively. They sell systems to breeders, research facilities, commercial players in seed and agriculture business, but also universities. The company has lately added new systems to their portfolio. Large samplesA larger…

“We are pleased to see the Finnish Lettuce Model be applied more and more around the world”

About one year ago, we wrote an article with the title; Growing Lettuce Locally: how close can you get? The article focused on how Finnish greenhouse growers have achieved price and cost parity with field grown produce. The climate in Finland makes it challenging to grow in the fields due to a very short…

Kroptek LED Solution, Surrey

Energy efficient transition allowing over 50% savings in annual lighting costs

In September 2019, the National Plant Phenomics Centre initiated a tender process to replace the horticultural light equipment in one of their main grow rooms. This internationally renowned center works both with academic and industrial partners in the UK and globally, namely by providing access to…

Dry-misting in vegetable aisle

A North American fruit and vegetable trader uses dry-misting. Nate Montgomery shared a clip on social media recently. It shows an assortment of fruit and vegetables where this technique is employed. Nate says he was in an 'amusement park'. "It was raining but still beautiful. I sell large quantities of fruit and vegetables. But…

Edible Garden advances sustainable produce category with patented greenhouse technology

"We control the entire growing process from 'seed to store'"

Edible Garden, an agriculture-technology company that operates advanced environmentally controlled greenhouses and indoor hydroponic farms under stringent food safety protocols, announces its commitment to a sustainable future of next generation farming with Zero-Waste Inspired innovation. The company's…

Automation of irrigation with LetsGrow.com

About 3 years ago, a collaboration was established between Vineland Research & Innovation Center and LetsGrow.com. The reason for this collaboration is the growing demand for…

Aussie frozen berry producer Stuart McGruddy awarded Hort Innovation Churchill Fellowship

Aussie frozen berry producer Stuart McGruddy has been awarded a Hort Innovation Churchill Fellowship. These fellowships drive innovation and transformation in Australia’s horticulture industry.For his Fellowship Stuart will investigate how to build on the knowledge, experience and technology used in the…

Pixabay

UK: Futureproofing crops receives £4.5M research funding

Professor Kathryn Lilley, from the Department of Biochemistry at the University of Cambridge, is part of a national consortium that has been awarded a £4.5M grant to research the futureproofing of crops against climate change to protect crop productivity. Durham University will lead research into how…

RII

webinar, October 29

Liquid-cooled LED lighting workshop

RII partners with LDL, DLC, ASABE & three manufacturer members to host a liquid-cooled LED lighting workshop. Register now for the upcoming workshop on 10/29 at 1pm ET on liquid-cooled LED lighting technology to learn how utilities and the controlled environment agriculture (CEA) industry are evolving…

Agragene

CubicFarms expands market for fresh produce system into insect farming

CubicFarms announced the sale of its automated, controlled-environment system to Agragene, a San Diego, US-based ag-tech company developing novel biological pest protection for crops, utilizing live sterile male insects as a form of insect pest control. This sale marks a new vertical for CubicFarms'…

Nutrient deficiencies, water stress, and more

New leaf measurement helps predict commodity shelf-life

This month, a new tool from CID Bio-Science is hitting the market. The device, called SPECTRAVUE, gives deep insights into plant and crop health with a simple leaf measurement. As many commercial growers and packers know, a leaf’s appearance can be a powerful indicator of whether a plant is healthy or…

Hortilux

In high-wire cultivation, it's important that the light penetrates deep into the crop

Many growers who invest in LED lighting opt for wide-beam LED fixtures with a high light output. In this way, they aim to achieve optimal light distribution at the top of the crop and to limit investment costs. In high-wire crops, however, it is particularly important that the light penetrates deep into…

"Deep Water Culture continues to give encouraging results"

Phytoponics deep water culture trials are continuing to provide exciting and encouraging results from the extended trial programmes for standard round and cherry tomatoes, snack peppers and strawberries. The founders Adam Dixon and Luke Parkin are pleased with the ongoing development of the Phytoponics…

Hydroponics Systems:

"The relationship with this grower helped us strengthen our product line"

“One of the first clients to trust in our solutions was a tomato grower in Mexico,” says Fued Alle with Hydroponic Systems. “His production is headed to the US and Canada, and he has managed to consolidate and grow his project.” This company currently grows on 10 hectares. Because this grower trusted in…

Farming robot research supports community café initiatives

People in Lincoln are enjoying the fruits of key agricultural and robotic research projects at the University of Lincoln's Riseholme campus thanks to a new partnership which is supporting some of the most vulnerable in society. Thanks to a number of farming projects taking place at Riseholme, the…

CAN (ON): Pepper grower to implement smart LED lighting

Starting in November, Sollum Technologies’ smart LED lighting solution will be implemented at Allegro Acres, a family-owned greenhouse pepper farm operating in Southwestern Ontario for over 20 years. Their 30-acre production capacity makes them one of the major greenhouse producers in the province.…

"Water cooling improves the lifespan of the entire LED fixture"

Since the introduction of LED fixture 'Monarch' earlier this year, Oreon has been able to illuminate many projects with this high power 1000W LED grow light. This LED fixture has been specially designed to replace a 1000W HPS fixture in the greenhouse 1 on 1 (using the same cabling).  More than six months later,…

Rite Hite GmbH offers advanced solutions for cooling and freezing halls

"Optimal sealing during the distribution process saves a lot of energy"

Energy losses and, therefore, high costs are an all-too-common occurrence in the refrigeration and frozen goods sector. Thousands of euros' worth of energy are lost every day. That's during loading and unloading, as well as the opening and closing of indoor cold stores. That's shameful and entirely…

"AI strawberries are just the beginning for remaking agriculture"

Agriculture could benefit disproportionately from artificial intelligence to replace low-value manual labor, especially in countries where the farming workforce is dwindling and aging. At the inaugural Smart Agriculture Competition organized by Pinduoduo, China’s largest agricultural e-commerce platform,…

October 15

Online event on Digital Twins in horticulture

Perhaps you have already heard about the use of ‘Digital Twins’ in horticulture. Experts say it is the next step in data-driven breeding and a promising technology that can improve…

Video: automatic pallet removing machine

Check out this video about a fully automatic unpackaging machine. The robot arm grabs 6 boxes at once, turns them upside down and places them on a conveyor belt. Could people move this fast?

Texas A&M AgriLife scientist uses high-tech tools to collect ‘big data’ on farms and water bodies

Saurav Kumar, Ph.D., always knew he would go into science, engineering and computing. There was no question. “My dad was an electronic engineer/scientist,” he said. “Seeing…

Koppert

Natutec Drive

New addition to Natutec technology series

The latest in the series of Natutec associated technologies for agriculture and horticulture – Natutec Drive – now offers growers a dispersal system that makes the release of beneficial insects even more accurate, evenly spread and labour-saving. While Koppert’s Natutec Scout and the airborne biocontrol…

Peter van Ninhuys; Van Lipzig Tuinderijen:

"This makes the field of cultivation super interesting"

Thanks to endless journeys of discovery, Van Lipzig Tuinderijen always strives to improve their cultivation process. The company is a family business specialized in growing high-quality cucumbers for three generations. Moreover, the company provides customization in their products, packaging and…

Enrique de los Ríos (Unica) on digitization and agricultural profitability

"Thanks to the data management system we were able to increase production by at least 10%"

The Missing Link in AgricultureUnica Group is the largest independent fruit and vegetable exporter in Spain, generating around 500 million kilograms of fresh produce every year. As the organization announces its aim to reach 1,000 million kilos in the next three years, Enrique de los Ríos, Agro-Food…

4G-cat1 IOT technology improves the cold supply chain of fresh produce industry

Fresh-key Technology collaborates with DiMuto to test the 4G-Cat1 real-time data logger in Singapore

The fresh produce market has rapidly developed in the last few years, but fresh produce suppliers face significant risks related to cold supply chains and storage management. One of the most important elements of cold supply chain management is the ability to accurately monitor temperature and location.…

New irrigation controller series

Dramm is upgrading its irrigation control line with the introduction of the ProLine Irrigation Controller Series. Building on the capabilities of the RainPro Controllers, the ProLine increases the…

Basil production in horizontal or vertical aquaponic systems

Aquaponic facilities allow the joint production of fish and plants in a reduced space. This hydroponic technique, combined with vertical farming, is not well studied. The main objective of a recent work was to compare basil production between horizontal and vertical decoupled aquaponic systems and assess…

How to design a sustainable greenhouse in Middle Eastern and North African climate

Food security is currently one of the main goals in the Middle East and North Africa. They strive to become self-sufficient. These countries often face harsh conditions, with hot and dry or hot and wet climates. The main issue there isn't how to heat the greenhouse, but how to cool and dehumidify it.  With…

at the NPEC greenhouse:

3D imaging – the Maxi-MARVIN

The Maxi-Marvin is a high throughput plant phenotyping device which has been developed in-house by Wageningen University & Research. The MARVIN technology generates 3D models of plants and accurately determines the size and shape of leaves and stems plus the overall architecture in milliseconds. SMO will integrate the Maxi-MARVIN…

Digital transformation in Spanish cooperatives

The role played by cooperatives as drivers of the digital transformation was the topic of the second DATAGRI 2020 webinar organized on July 9th by Agri-food Cooperatives of…

Cleaner basin water and filters with nanobubbles

A Moleaer Clear nanobubble generator was installed at Prominent Grevelingen in the Netherlands in spring 2020 with the aim of investigating whether this technology is able to reduce harmful algae in the basin water during the summer, and improve the overall water quality. Several interesting improvements…

Real-time tracking of import movements with Cargo Tracker

Combining data from various sources allows shippers who import goods through the port of Rotterdam to visualise the supply chain more clearly. A pilot project of the Port of Rotterdam Authority is now a fully-fledged application called Cargo Tracker. Portbase will be developing the application in the…

GreenTech

Nominees for GreenTech Innovation Awards 2020 announced

The exhibitors of GreenTech Live & Online submitted 26 innovations for the GreenTech Innovation Awards 2020. An expert jury selected 12 nominees from all entries in 3 categories namely ‘Innovation’, ‘Sustainability’ and ‘Concept’. The winners will be announced during the virtual opening of GreenTech Live…

Making the light what you need it to be

“We want to integrate our system with equipment that growers already have. There are many people working for horticulture, so a grower needs to work with lighting companies, research universities. They give recipes and recommendations, and the technology comes together with us. We want to make sure that…

The future of deliveries?

Drones - you see them flying around more and more often. In the US, Amazon has received permission to test making deliveries with these flying machines. So, in a few years, we might never have to leave our houses. Our deliveries will simply be left on the porch or posted through a window.

SIA Sicilia Group

A good greenhouse tutor system helps save on resources

Operators know how expensive it can be to install a suitable tutor system in greenhouses: there are strings and ties everywhere and it takes a long time. Alessandro Avarino, administrator of SIA Sia Sicilia Group Srl, the company that patented the effective greenhouse tutor system  And what about the time…

Artificial intelligence in agriculture

What’s the first step to establishing a network of 'artificial intelligence research institutes' across America? How about sponsoring a new grant opportunity for researchers? The USDA-NIFA, NSF, and other federal entities have joined forces on a new Limited Submission Opportunity (LSO). The UHM Office of…

Ridder launches HortOS

Keep control over large-scale horticulture businesses

Ridder’s new ecosystem, HortOS, will help horticulture businesses scale up, harness data to generate knowledge and be part of the digital transformation. "We want to give businesses even more control by enabling partnerships, unlocking data and sharing relevant, accurate information. The aim is to…

Nature meets technology

They control planting robots via apps, have huge areas under cultivation monitored by drones from the air, and use highly complex sensor technology to record the climate conditions in the greenhouse:…

Island AgTech

Boosting Caribbean food security through climate-resilient greenhouse systems

Caribbean islands import plenty of fresh produce, some even up to 100% with no local farming at all. Islands are obliged to import nearly everything in terms of food and fresh produce. “The import dependency has become acute because of COVID-19. It’s a complex economy here, as it’s normally based on…

Dreamstime: stnazkul

Preventing diseases coming into your fresh produce

Sankaran: “The first thing is to understand the controlling factors. How do you make sure of the soil and the water quality health. Our job is the water quality.” Outside of heavy metals, some micro-nutrients are toxic to plants in moderate concentrations or specific conditions.  KETOS looks at water quality…

IrriFarm smart irrigation system

IrriFarm is the new innovative system to manage and monitor irrigation remotely. "It is a complete set that enables you to remotely dose fertilizers, plan watering times and volumes and monitor the information transmitted by the sensors," explains Bernardo Grieco, owner of Pan Agri in Scanzano Jonico (Matera), a company…

Doctor Greenhouse

Vapor pressure deficit affecting water utilization rates

Vapor pressure deficit (VPD) represents the 'pressure' that air puts on the plant to transpire and move air from the roots through the plant and out the stomata in their leaves. When the air is dry (low humidity) and the VPD is high, there will be more pressure on the plant to transpire and keep up with…

Mprise organises webinars about ERP & Apps for seed companies

Also in September, Mprise Agriware will host two webinars. The first session is about crop management and seed production management. We will focus on the management of production contracts with ERP software. The second webinar is about working from one digital source, without Excel files or paper. This…

Stephan Schneider: "This initiative can make a big impact in a surprisingly affordable way".

CO₂ Correct wants to give fruit and vegetable sector access to CO₂ compensation

Stephan Schneider has worked as a marketer in the Dutch fruit and vegetable sector for a few years. This year, he started a company called CO₂ Correct. He intends to make CO₂ compensation accessible to the fruit and vegetable sector. "I'm intentionally not referring to CO₂ neutral. Every trade stream…

Imaging with CropReporter

PhenoVation, the camera system manufacturer, will provide the CropReporter in the NPEC Greenhouse. This cabinet with a monochrome camera and a filter wheel will provide whole plant imaging on a pixel scale of chlorophyll fluorescence, multi spectral measurements, colour and green/red fluorescence protein. The CropReporter will use…

Stuart Oda

Agricultural technology booms amid COVID-19 outbreak

This year, the bushfires in Australia, the volcanic eruption in the Philippines, the locust plagues in Africa, the global coronavirus pandemic, the floods that swallowed many…

Data recording devices guarantee high product quality of Panama papaya

Papayas from Panama are well known. Their export volume is growing every year. However, this fruit easily spoils during transportation and storage. One of the main questions in this industry is how the papaya can best be kept fresh during distribution. The Panama papaya exporter Panafruit S.A. recently…

New pot and tray solution helps reduce soil-borne disease transmission

A new pot and tray combination that helps reduce the risk of disease transmission in propagated raspberry plants is now available in the UK. Until recently, commercial raspberries were often propagated in pots and placed on the ground, allowing plant roots to grow into the soil beneath, or be affected by…

Itility

Autonomous germination rate and vitality measurements

Germination rate and vitality are important factors for determining the quality of seed batches. To this day, the measurement process is hardly automated, and therefore labor intense, expensive, and prone to errors. These errors can lead to costly claims for seed breeders or young plant growers when…

Autonomous peroxide generation system promises crop boost

A new irrigation water treatment solution provides autonomous peroxide generation for improved crop protection, increased yields, and reduced irrigation system maintenance. "HPNow’s HPGen A-Series product line is specifically designed for the needs of horticulture growers. This autonomous system…

Besseling Techniek introduces #roofwashertuesday

With the peak of summer behind us, the days are getting shorter and growers in the Northern Hemisphere are preparing for fall. Screen products (chalk) and coatings are removed from the glass and the desire for a clean greenhouse roof is once again topical. The amount of requests for a roof washing…

Stefan Vogrincic

Berry setups in high and low tech greenhouses

As the berry season rolls around many traditional outdoor berry growers have ventured into protected cropping. Investment growing berries using high-tech facilities is not currently an option for New Zealand growers.  The production and efficiency benefits, between low and high-tech growing, must be negligible for…

Comparison of costs in greenhouse cucumber with LED or HPS

The amount of energy used in agricultural production, processing and distribution is constantly increasing. During the winter months in the greenhouse production industry, the supplemental lighting required to keep up production levels results in high expenditure. Current technology uses broadband…

agROBOfood

29 September, 14:30 - 16:15 CEST

Webinar on Dutch soft robotics, gripping on natural objects

In the agri-food domain, fast and effective manipulation of very delicate products is a key issue that has not received much attention yet. In an upcoming webinar you will be informed about the design of flexible gripping of bio inspired soft materials. In the design it is necessary to consider natural…

First controllable and transportable irrigation water treatment system installed

Duncan Family Farms, a family-owned, multi-regional grower of over 7,000 acres of certified organic produce, announced the installation of a highly effective, controllable and transportable treatment system for irrigation water. The installation, including 5 systems on organic baby tender leaf crops in…

Autogrow

Preventing crop loss through climate and humidity control

Autogrow recently launched a webinar entitled: ‘Uncovering warning signs of fungal disease in your growing environment’. The webinar was hosted by Kayla Waldorff, Autogrow’s Business Development Manager and Daniel Than, a Field Trial Specialist at Autogrow. Kayla and Daniel discussed three topics: Common…

Automated irrigation techniques

Jeff Neff, Senior Applications Technician at Argus Controls, discusses  irrigation techniques and automation, including considerations that can be important when deciding which system to choose advantages of automating this process, as well as key considerations for implementing automated irrigation by using irrigation solutions…

The development of an online indicator related to plant nutritional aspects

Electrical conductivity of the growing media or drainage indicates the nutritional conditions in the cultivation system. However, the nutrient uptake phenomenon has not been related well to the soilless culture system. In a recent study, there is reported on the design, theoretical analyses, and…

Valoya and Citizen Electronics enter a licensing agreement

Citizen Electronics Co. Ltd., developer of electronic devices and applied products and Valoya, the research driven LED grow light manufacturer, have entered a licensing agreement whereby Citizen Electronics will take Valoya’s LED spectrum portfolio into use. Citizen Electronics will apply Valoya's…

Autogrow

New techniques using AI for crop yield prediction models prove successful

After only four months Autogrow’s FarmRoad platform has developed several new techniques resulting in an additional five percent improvement, with some growers hitting 95% yield accuracy. “A five percent improvement may not sound big however when you are talking about scale that equals hundreds of…

Colruyt Group makes fruit and vegetable deliveries greener

Since mid-August, green folding crates have replaced the blue crates in the freshmarts of Colruyt Group's food stores (Colruyt Lowest Prices, OKay, Bio-Planet and Spar Colruyt Group). Four folding crates take up as much room as one old crate saving the group transport and space. The transition from blue…

Monitor temperature and humidity for perishables with LogTag data recorders

QA Supplies recommends the UHADO-16 and HASO- 8 humidity and temperature loggers for monitoring current humidity and temperature readings simultaneously. These unique products are ideal for recording and monitoring the environment within a barn, warehouse, cooler, refrigerated transportation, and more. LogTag’s…

New Zealand company launches a new, cheaper method of removing ethylene from cold stores

New Zealand company Ethylene Free launched a new method of removing ethylene from cold stores this week. According to Roger Cherry who owns the company, this method removes 99% in a single pass and costs less than 50% of existing methods while only needing a standard single phase power point. “Existing…

Hydroponic system promises cost savings for low to mid-tech vegetable growers

Plantlogic is focused on designing solutions for substrate production that will increase the health of plants and enable growers to adequately fertigate their crops. With these goals in mind, Plantlogic presents its newest, innovative product for hydroponic production of vegetables. The "Kratos" is aimed…

Considerations when automating your horticultural facility

In a constant search for achieving more efficient processes, automated environmental controls have proven to be key for horticultural facilities as they help deliver a more…

Lufa Farms on Facebook

Pakistani farmers advised to adopt tunnel technology

Farmers in Pakistan have been advised to adopt tunnel technology for growing off-season vegetables. A spokesman for the Agricultural Department said on Sunday that tunnel…

Berry Gardens research partner in UK robotic fruit farm

CHAP member Berry Gardens is part of a research project to develop the country’s first robotic fruit farm. Thanks to £2.5m funding from Innovate UK, the ‘Robot Highways’…

Autogrow releases public API to empower growers

Autogrow has released a public API (Application Programming Interface) allowing connectivity between their Folium sensor network and other farm sensor data. “Growers currently feel frustrated by not having systems that speak to each other. And the truth is that, until other large industry players also…

Plant nanobiohybrids as living sensors for on-site environmental pollutants detection

Photoluminescent metal organic frameworks (MOFs) were grown into a living plant (Syngonium podophyllum) via immersing their roots in aqueous solution of disodium terephthalate…

Pieter van Dijk (Ontario Plants Propagation) shops in the Netherlands:

“I'm really proud that we get such large, intensive trolley and tray washers”

Pieter van Dijk, born in Poeldijk (the Netherlands) is the Chief Operating Officer at Ontario Plants Propagation. He spent a lot of time in the Netherlands this spring, due to the coronavirus. Right away it was a great opportunity to shop around for new installations for the expansion of the Canadian…

KTN

AgriFood innovation helping to mitigate the impact of climate change

The vulnerability of agriculture to climate change together with a key position to mitigate its effects creates a challenging but exciting scenario for innovation in the AgriFood sector. KTN, as a network working to drive innovation, supports companies and researchers working to develop more resilient…

Mobile nanobubble service for seasonal and on-demand water treatment in North America

Moleaer has launched a new mobile nanobubble generator service to treat, preserve and improve water quality, irrigation water storage ponds, produced water and wastewater with…

'Maintaining the fresh qualities of cut strawberries'

While the vast array of shelf life extension technology for fresh cut produce has grown exponentially over the last decade, strawberries had been absent from the list until…

Sierra Nevada Corporation

Ozmens’ SNC successfully grows tomatoes in Astro Garden System

Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC), the global aerospace and national security leader owned by Eren and Fatih Ozmen, successfully grew juicy red tomatoes for the first time in its Astro Garden system. NASA intends to test aeroponics technology on the International Space Station next year. “Our goal is to…

RF Agriculture

Best types of grow lights for flower and bloom grow cycle

When growing in a commercial greenhouse, all aspects need to be controlled and kept at the optimum levels for plants to grow and thrive. Anything less than optimal will lead to undue stress and will affect the overall quality and yields of crops. Proper lighting is one of the essential elements in a…

Software proves responsive to Covid-19 challenges

Advanced and flexible software from Nulogy, a provider of supply chain solutions, has enabled Marsden Packaging to remain responsive to the changing needs of brand owners throughout the volatility of the COVID-19 pandemic. Marsden Packaging, based in Blackburn, specialises in primary and secondary…

US (NY): “Growers adjust and keep moving forward”

“We've been growing at 40% quarterly since COVID-19, a number of our customers have expanded locations, and we've increased usage in the platform tremendously. Artemis is critical infrastructure, especially in times of crisis or uncertainty,” Allison Kopf, Founder & CEO of Artemis says. Knowledge…

Dutch Berries tests misting installation in newest section of huge strawberry greenhouse

The largest strawberry greenhouse in the Netherlands was officially opened on 21 September 2018. At the time, the Dutch Berries greenhouse was 20 hectares in size and had space for two million plants. Less than two years later, the company has added 4.5 hectares of greenhouse on an adjacent plot of land,…

Tungsram solutions facilitating research for sustainable farming and food security

"Welcome to the Green Evolution"

As humanity seeks to tackle the double challenge of rising global famine and extreme climate conditions, food security as well as sustainable and weather-independent farming are becoming vital issues for policy-makers, researchers and ordinary citizens all around the world. Solutions developed by corporations like Hungary’s…

GLASE

How can crop production data advance the controlled environment agriculture industry?

The Controlled Environment Agriculture Open Data project aims to advance controlled environment research, machine learning and artificial intelligence through the collection and dissemination of crop production data. by David Kuack There is a considerable amount of data being generated by both private…

Special Energy

This month, we will pay more attention to Energy. This subject will also be highlighted in FloralDaily and our Dutch newsletters, Groentennieuws and Bloemen- en plantennieuws. Articles related to the use of energy in the greenhouse industry will be published in a Special box, named Special Energy. Energy Energy is one of the most…


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