Technique

French tomato grower trials full LED growing

There are variable reasons for growing under a hybrid (LED and HPS) or full LED grow light system. One is temperature: the radiation heat from HPS is necessary at certain times of the year. When the temperature outside is rising do you still need to use grow lights? Or is it warm enough, so you only need…

'Dream Team' helps Thiel's move into hydroponic lettuce

CAN (AB): Ornamental plant grower opens hydroponic lettuce greenhouse

Thiel's Greenhouses is a household name in the horticulture industry. Serving the Lamont, Fort Saskatchewan, Bruderheim and Vegreville areas in Alberta with ornamental plants since 1958, current owner Nadine Stielow has taken the business to new levels. The next phase in the grower's career is the…

Wim van Wingerden, Cropex

"Autonomous cultivation is going to be the basis of climate control"

As cultivation companies get bigger, and investors enter the world of cultivation, people with green thumbs travel the world to share their experiences. Wim van Wingerden: "I think that autonomous cultivation is going to be the basis for climate control in greenhouses." Wim joined Cropex, a group of…

"Green light deserves more attention"

All the sunlight's colours have an effect on a crop. The role of the light's green colour has long been underestimated; however, in recent years, the important effect of the colour green has become increasingly clear. Leaves absorb the light and use it for photosynthesis, but they also partly reflect it. This reflection is highest…

Italy: University of Bari studies effect of inter-light lamps on greenhouse tomatoes

The technology of artificial LED lighting (Light Emitting Diode) is gaining more and more ground inside greenhouses (especially in those with cultivation off the ground, because they are capable of a “return” faster than the relative investment). To experimentally evaluate the goodness of LED lights in environmental conditions in Puglia,…

Robert Jan de Goey, Megaphoton

"Built-in reflector in grow light provides up to 15% more light"

Reflectors are used to direct the grow light into the crop. Each type of reflector has the right hardness (which benefits the lifespan) and reflects at the maximum (which benefits the production). The material of all reflectors is high quality, but nevertheless there is always loss of efficiency. Megaphoton presents a…

Vegetal-derived biostimulant enhances adventitious rooting in cuttings

Plant-derived protein biostimulants exhibit hormone-like activities promoting plant growth and yield, yet detailed investigations on hormonal function have remained limited. A…

Charlotte Holde, HortiAdvice on GreenPlan:

"Earn more money with better planning"

Having the right mix of varieties and colors available in due time is a challenge for many pot plant growers. For this reason Horti Advice decided to design a planning program particularly for this group. After several years of developing, using the best knowledge and experience from pot plant growers,…

Facility at Stellenbosch University aims to solve industry problems

Answering questions never answered before

Hortgro Pome recently invested R2.5 million in a pristine world-class controlled atmosphere (CA) research facility at Stellenbosch University (SU). Those involved, are very excited, as the facility will help solve post-harvest problems within the industry, such as the very pestering superficial scald.…

Opportunities for DryGair with rise of lighting in year-round greenhouse vegetable cultivation

Dehumidification units now available on frames above the crop

Moisture problems in the greenhouse have always existed, but certainly in winter it is a challenge for many growers to dehumidify their greenhouse air. Previously the motto was: the heating high, the screen ajar and the air windows open. But that is not very energy efficient, and a lot of valuable CO2 is…

Urban farming will lead food revolution

Only the Northern line tube trains rumbling through tunnels overhead provide any clue that Growing Underground is not a standard farm. The rows of fennel, purple radish and wasabi shoots could be in almost any polytunnel, but these plants are 100 feet below Clapham High Street and show that urban agriculture is, in…

For the lazy cook

Humidity in cannabis cultivation

Cannabis in the modern era is grown in completely controlled spaces, constantly monitored and adjusted, in order to maintain a consistent quality of product, while attempting to maximize yields. by Rom Meir This highly technologized world of cannabis cultivation emerged from the underground indoor growing operations of the pre-legal world, converging with the…

Plant Elevation System

Will increasingly expensive labor automatically give the plant lowering system the last push?

It is an inventive solution to an ever-growing problem: the availability and cost of labor. Not surprisingly, therefore, the Plant Elevation System, an automatic system for lowering the crop, once again drew a lot of attention this year at the IPM. Nevertheless, growers hesitate to hang the system in…

Vietnam: Agriculture in Industry 4.0 era

Traditionally, farmers in all regions of Vietnam depend on experience and lessons handed down by their parents to do their job. However, in the era of Industry 4.0, when produce must meet strict demands from the market, being clean, of high quality, and reasonably price, there should be a revolution as well. Realizing…

What is the impact of LED grow lights on indoor horticulture crops?

Michigan State University opened its Controlled-Environment Lighting Laboratory (CELL) in 2017. The 400-square-foot vertical farm research facility is being used to study the indoor production of high-value specialty crops, including edibles and ornamentals with LED grow lights. “The two major crops that we are…

Saduk Usluer, ProCC:

"Work and crop registration system almost plug-and-play"

A labor and crop registration system that works not only for large companies, but also for small-scale growers of 1 hectare or less. With this product ProCC started out last year and now the company has dozens of customers at home and abroad. Sadik Usluer: "Every grower wants to see what's going on, and…

Peter Korsten, Botany, on combining product development and business

"We have made research affordable"

Peter Korsten, Botany, graduated from the HAS Hogeschool, Horticulture and Agriculture in 1993, and founded Botany 15 years ago, a company that develops products for the horticulture sector. Botany is a company focused on cultivation and research. Botany is located in Meterik, and it is a partner company of the…

Ceres Greenhouse Solutions

"ETFE film new glazing option for greenhouses"

Ceres Greenhouse Solutions is now offering a new option for our greenhouses in the form of ETFE film. "Widely used in Japan for decades but with little use in the United States, Ethelyne Tetrafluoroethelyne (ETFE) is a translucent polymer sheeting with great benefits for greenhouse production", they…

Control system makes it easier for growers to create customized light recipes

Signify expanded its GrowWise Control System to fit seamlessly with conventional climate control and greenhouse management systems and make it even easier to operate. The system, which was introduced last year, allows growers and researchers to easily create and run custom LED light recipes to meet the…

Ozone technology for greenhouse water treatment

"Proper greenhouse water recycling is the key to increasing your profitability"

“Proper greenhouse water recycling is the key to increasing your profitability, year after year. Without adequate control of your nutrient feed solution, the entire process of fertigation can prove harmful for your crop’s steady growth.” Speaking is Christopher Labbate with Climate Control. The company…

Reducing give-away with smart software

In recent years there has been a development in the weighing of product. Growers are weighing less and less themselves, and the quantity of temporary labor is increasing by the year. Practice shows that control on labor and product is of paramount importance for many companies. However, LRE Weegtechniek…

Innovation in new 4.7 liter soft fruit pot

For the attentive reader it was already on display at the Strawberry Day , but among the various ornamental pots that Van Krimpen took along to the IPM Essen, it showed up again: the new 4.7 liter pot for soft fruit. Joost Thijssen of the producer of plastic products: "The first production will start at…

Showing off knife skills cutting fruit

"Making plastic from sewerage sludge"

In 2016, Joan Hanegraaf explained how Oerlemans Plastics produces plastic from sewerage sludge. This was during a TED talk. Since then, the topic has certainly not become any less current. This TED talk has, therefore, now been made available internationally.

US: Horticultural Research Institute announces 2019 funded research projects

The Horticultural Research Institute (HRI), the foundation of AmericanHort, announced the portfolio of research projects to be funded in 2019. Projects range from innovations…

Online service for growers and agronomy experts aims to optimize fertilization programs

Haifa launches NutriNet, an online expert system which aims to support and optimize the process of creating customized fertilization programs. The service is free of charge for users. The new NutriNet platform was developed at the Haifa Group Innovation Center. It incorporates plant nutrition related knowledge that was…

Jeroen Smit, Hortiplan

"In most places single layer cultivation is the most viable solution"

"Whilst the multi-layer indoor farming systems are very neat, we believe the biggest turnover can be created from conventional, single layer cultivation - simply because that's the most viable solution economically in most places", according to Jeroen Smit. Last year he became the new CEO of Hortiplan.…

water-cooled Oreon Grow Light 3.0

New LED-fixture: 15% more light output and a 15% efficiency improvement

Oreon, Dutch-based innovative developer of LED grow lights, presents its new fixture at the Fruit Logistica exhibition in Berlin, Germany. This latest model produces a light output up to 2080 μMol/s with an efficiency of 3.1 μMol/J. "The Oreon Grow Light 3.0 is therefore one of the most efficient high…

Making injection of nutrients simpler

How to inject nutrients and water treatment additives into systems controlled by sophisticated irrigation controllers? That was something Jeff Smith with Dema wondered a couple of years ago. "The goals; easy to install on any existing system, easy to maintain, surviving not just fertilizers but also a…

Veggie slicer

US (MO): The latest in greenhouse and hydroponics

On a cold and snowy Saturday, producers, experts, and extension educators gathered at the Great Plains Growers Conference, held at Missouri Western State University in St. Joseph, MO to hear the latest and greatest in a variety of fruit and vegetable production systems. From vegetable IPM and new farming…

US (HI): UHMC offers courses in greenhouse tech, food innovation

The University of Hawaii Maui College is offering a new training program for Native Hawaiian participants ages 18 and older who are interested in learning applied skills in both controlled environment agriculture and food innovation entrepreneurship. Students will meet on-campus during evening hours to receive hands-on…

Dramm partners with Vifra to offer humidity management to North American market

Dramm partners with Vifra, specialists in humidity management, to offer their solutions to North American customers. Vifra focuses on helping growers optimize their greenhouse humidity. Founded in 1994 by Vincenzo Russo in Rome, Italy, Vifra produces high quality systems designed for easy maintenance and long life.…

Strong tomato vines require more light

January started out with poor light conditions for tomato growers in the Netherlands. Ron Kleijn of Van Iperen witnessed this with his own eyes during a recent visit to tomato growers. Under a photograph of a tomato crop on Twitter he wrote that there should be quite a bit more light. "At the moment 100…

Reduce food waste and improve food production in India

On January 18, the opening of the demonstration polyhouse in Tumkur, Karnataka, India, took place. During the inauguration ceremony, the project initiators and the Consul General of the Netherlands in Bangalore, Mr. Gert Heijkoop, participated in a small ceremony. Lots of farmers from the Karnataka…

'The only way is up'

Expansion of artificial lighting in cucumber high-wire cultivation

The use of artificial lighting in horticulture has grown extensively in recent years and is expanding in nearly all greenhouse crops, most notably for tomatoes, cucumbers, and…

by Mathias Breuhahn

"Macro-lenses, a useful addition for the modern grower and consultants"

Since the introduction of Smartphones in 2007, they have become a stable part of our lives. The Smartphone is also a stable part in professional horticulture. Some examples are the use of apps for crop protection or the supervision and control of the greenhouse climate data. In addition, smartphones are…

US (GA): Interdisciplinary Seed Grants bring researchers together

It might not seem like engineering and horticulture have much in common. But WenZhan Song and Marc van Iersel are finding new ways to intertwine their respective fields thanks to UGA’s Presidential Interdisciplinary Seed Grant Program. Song and van Iersel’s project, “Smart cyber-physical systems for controlled-environment agriculture,” lies…

The importance of light planning

Successful grow lighting begins with a carefully considered light plan. A light plan calculates the best possible coordination of luminaires in terms of their distance and orientation from one another, as well as the crop. The trick lies in determining the ideal combination of these factors to ensure that you will achieve…

The effect of phosphorus and root zone temperature on anthocyanin of red romaine lettuce

In a Korean study, phosphorus (P) strength [(full strength: 1×-P, half strength: 0.5×-P and zero strength: 0×-P)] and root zone temperature (10 and 15 °C RZT) were…

Purdue scientists nail down important plant compound pathway

Purdue University plant molecular biochemist Natalia Dudareva and colleagues have described a complete second pathway used by plants to produce phenylalanine, a compound important for all living organisms. Phenylalanine is a building block of proteins and the precursor to thousands of compounds. Plants use these…

A technology solution for product recalls

Growers are increasingly seeking integrated solutions to handle all of their operational management. Agrilyst is a software platform in the greenhouse and indoor growing industry for cannabis, floriculture, and vegetable growers. Their software tracks crops from seed to harvest, manages crop inventory…

The amount of light plants can cope with

Is it possible for a plant to be exposed to too much light? Caution is the operative word for potted plants. However, various cut flowers and vegetable crops are able to cope with much more light than currently thought. Provided that the light is properly distributed. Horticultural consultants are regularly asked how much light a…

New lighting for Finnish cucumbers

In about three weeks his whole company will be provided with new lighting. Finnish grower Jan Lindberg of Malax Trädgård is happy now that his old lighting, that has been there for ten years, is replaced with the hybrid grow light installation of Hortilux. Top and interlighting In December the top lighting was installed at the full…

How agritech could transform farming in Singapore

Which countries come to mind when you hear "agriculture"? China? Yes. Japan? Probably. Singapore? Not so much. The country has never had a large role to play in agriculture. Yet in the past two years, the authorities cannot seem to stop waxing lyrical about the potential of Singapore as an agrifood tech…

"Choose what best fits your needs"

Thanks to adding new products to their range, BLV now offers a complete range of assimilation lighting: From lamps and power supplies to complete luminaires and from HPS or MH to LED. "All from one source and perfectly synchronised with each other", they explain.  At IPM BLV displayed their new hybrid solution: the well established HPS lights…

Russia: Innovative lettuce system at Sun Valley

In Kislovodsk, province of Kraj Stavropol, a 7 hectare greenhouse has been realized for the cultivation of lettuce and tomatoes. Director of Sun Valley, Mr. Semenov, explains why the project is of strategic importance for the company and the role Certhon has played in the initiation of the project. For more information: Certhon www.certhon.com

Social media networks fill agro-extension gaps for Kenyan farmers

When Kenyan farmers seek each other’s advice, a simple WhatsApp conversation might be enough to exchange all the information needed. Through apps like these and social media networking sites, Kenyan farmers and agriculture experts interact and solve problems as they seek to boost food production in the…

Will drones be cleaning your greenhouse?

Drones are used more and more in the agricultural industry, but the right application for horticulture hasn’t been found yet. A recent novelty might change this. Aerones have…

Different kinds of white LED light induce different plant responses

The market is saturated with LED companies offering “white light” LED products. Many growers associate white LED light with a sunlight or daylight spectrum i.e. a replica of the light provided by the Sun. While it can be so, spectra appearing white to human eyes can differ greatly and thus induce…

Roots secures US$200,000 sale from Dagan for second China project

Roots has received a second sale and installation agreement from Dagan Agricultural Automation, its exclusive distribution partner in China. The A$278,000/US$200,000 purchase order from the sale is payable to Roots in instalments during 2019, with the first instalment to be paid immediately. Installation will be…

Blue Book Services launches Know Your Commodity app

Blue Book Services’ free Know Your Commodity app is now available. The app provides information for sourcing and shipping produce including good arrival guidelines, product…

Increasing taste and appearance of microgreens with light spectrum

Microgreens are gaining popularity and have created a steady demand from end-consumers. Its fast turnaround times for harvest has made it an ideal crop for all types of controlled environments in agriculture including indoor growing, greenhouses, hydroponics and vertical farming. Microgreens in highest demand are…

DJI and Microsoft - working on AI drones that can recognize objects

Recognizing an apple is a simple thing for even young toddlers.  It’s not for a drone, which needs to train its AI models on many, many pictures of apples: An apple in the shade, an apple in the sun, an apple from the front, from the back, from a frog’s perspective… It takes time, but machine learning effectively learns the same…

New concept enables easier switching from HPS to LED toplighting

Signify unveiled its new concept for the Philips GreenPower LED toplighting compact. This compact, passively cooled LED toplighting provides a 1-to-1 replacement for HPS lighting that fits seamlessly in existing HPS connections and trellis constructions. The goal is to make it easier for growers to make…

US (IN): Microsoft helps students learn about precision ag and IoT

The National FFA Organization offers an opportunity to win two Microsoft FarmBeats Student Kits for your local FFA chapter. The kit is an easy-to-use solution that includes…

Plant peptide helps roots to branch out in the right places

How do plants space out their roots? A Japanese research team has identified a peptide and its receptor that help lateral roots to grow with the right spacing. The findings were published on December 20, 2018 in the online edition of Developmental Cell. The team was led by Professor Hidehiro Fukaki (Graduate School of…

Hortinergy wins Sival d'Or

"Calculating how various decisions will influence the climate in the greenhouse"

Energy is one of the largest expenses in greenhouse growing. Today, there are many technical solutions to help drastically cut the power bill. And yet, identifying the best possible setup among the many technical and climate solutions available, is still a huge challenge that needs to accommodate…

University of Florida researchers to explore the impact of blue light on water-use efficiency

The water-use blues: Using light to enhance crop production

Fluence’s LED lighting technology has helped open a groundswell of research into the effects of the photosynthetic spectrum and how it can affect production for controlled environment agriculture. Now, with precise control over the lighting spectrum, scientists can go beyond the fundamentals of…

"Smart glass can reduce the energy costs in the glasshouse"

Smart glass is a new type of glass with a low thermal emissivity (low-e) coating, which is a layer of thin film deposited onto normal glass at a high temperature. The low-e coating can block the heat that would otherwise be transferred through the glass, thus providing improved temperature regulation when compared to…

"Drainage one of the most important factors in choosing the right pots"

"Planting in containers allows the grower complete control over the growing conditions of the plant. They can control the nutrient supply to the plant by choosing the right soil. Likewise, they can regulate the amount of sun the plant receives, its water supply, and so on." Speaking is Ana Cristina…

China: Inventor carves instruments out of vegetables

A Chinese inventor has trumpeted his ability to carve musical instruments from potatoes, cucumbers and carrots. The unusual musician has also turned furniture, lights and bike parts into instruments. The creator boasted his musical prowess by playing a carrot as a flute, and a potato as a recorder. Click here for a short clip.

NEW DrainVision Floor-Scale

"Optimize your water content in berries, cannabis, leafy vegetables and nurseries"

The DrainVision floor-scale weighting system was recently developed by Paskal Monitoring Solutions. The system enables the grower the ability to control water content in the root-zone, improve growth process and reduce fertigation costs, whether your crop is soft fruits, cannabis, or flowers. The new system is available…

UK: Bench flood tops open door to new experiments

Ebtech Glasshouse Systems have recently been working very closely with the John Innes Centre in Norfolk (UK), to supply and install their last three requirements for ebb & flood benching in the recently revamped glasshouses, where crops are grown for experimental purposes. Tony Walker, Managing Director of Ebtech Glasshouse Systems, tells…

French cucumber grower goes year-round with LED

Jardins Réunis and Cheminant have both installed Philips GreenPower LED toplighting and Philips GreenPower LED interlighting in their new cucumber greenhouses in the Nantes region of France. The members of the Océane grower cooperative are the first to grow high-wire cucumbers with LED lighting in the…

German AgTech startup to support growers remotely

German AgTech startup Farmee and Dutch crop consulting company Delphy just launched the online platform Farmee Experts ( https://experts.farmee.io ). With their service, both partners provide affordable crop consulting services online. Any farmer in the world having an issue with their plants can post a question on the Farmee…

Jeroen Sanders shares cultivation knowledge in Colombia

Greenhouse researcher Jeroen Sanders was in Colombia recently on behalf of Demokwekerij Westland. Under the 'Centro de Capacitación y Conocimiento Colombia' (CeCaCoCo) project, a foil greenhouse was set up at the Colombian university Utadeo in cooperation with VDH, Royal Brinkman, Verkade Klimaat and…

Australia: Trial for year-round growing in north Queensland

The work of three young farming brothers could be the catalyst for creating a year-round season for horticulture in north Queensland. The eldest Pirrone brother, 28-year-old Ross, is fresh back from writing his Nuffield Scholarship report on international protected growing systems, however, alongside…

Plant empowerment and data driven growing enjoys worldwide following

From October 2018, LetsGrow.com is in the process of introducing the Growing by Plant Empowerment (GPE) book worldwide. Meanwhile, already about 1000 copies of the book have been sold and distributed. The authors and publisher (LetsGrow.com) celebrated this success just before the Christmas holidays. The…

Hydrofarm and Argus Controls announce strategic partnership

Hydrofarm, an independent wholesaler and manufacturer of hydroponics equipment and commercial horticultural products, announced a strategic partnership with Argus Control Systems to provide advanced environmental systems and services for horticultural production in the United States and Canada.   “Argus and Hydrofarm are aligned in our deep…

New app connects beekeepers and growers

Pollination Network, a mobile app that helps local farmers and growers find bees and beekeepers, launched this week in the Apple App Store and Google Play Store. The app helps…

Dennis Tuk, ViVi:

"We can advise in any crop to be micropropagated in a safe way"

Taking cultivation to the next level - whether it's for a tissue culture laboratory or a multi layer grower system. That's what can be done with ViVi, the growing method developed to grow products in the final packing. Recently turn-key projects at Shandong D&F Agriculture and AgriGarden have been…

New book highlights benefits of technology in the greenhouse

Recently the book ‘Greenhouse horticulture – Technology for optimal crop production’ was presented in Wageningen. The authors Cecilia Stanghellini, Bert Van ‘t Ooster and Ep…

Peeling a mango in seconds

Toto - Africa played on a squash and two sweet potatoes

Chances are you’ve heard at least a couple of cover versions of Africa by Toto – but probably not one like this. Toni Patanen, an ocarina maker from Finland, crafted instruments out of a butternut squash and two sweet potatoes to create his highly unusual cover. Source: breakingnews.ie

Can Ozone be used to treat pathogens in fresh produce?

Helmut Leili, a veteran agronomist and CEO of Cardinal Fresh, has proposed using Ozone treatments to kill pathogens and bacteria in fresh produce. According to Leili, the same principal that is applied as an antibacterial treatment in other capacities can be safely used for fresh produce. "Ozone (O3) is a very…

Pocket-size food scanner to battle food waste

According to a study by the environmental organization WWF Germany, ten million metric tons of food are thrown in the garbage every year in Germany despite still being edible. A mobile food scanner will allow consumers and supermarket operators in the future to test whether food items have gone bad. The…

Norwegian University of Science and Technology

Growing vegetables for the International Space Station

The Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) is conducting tests for growing vegetables as astronaut food on the International Space Station. It researchers have…

"Maximizing heating efficiency and plant production with Hydronic Bench Heat"

Stuppy Greenhouse has expanded its product line to include pre-engineered, custom Hydronic Bench Heat for growers looking to maximize heating efficiency and plant production. "Bench heating warms the soil with direct contact from rubber tubing radiant heat to the root zone for even control of soil…

Moleaer welcomes new director of business development Michiel de Jong

"Like lighting, oxygen is a crucial element to every grower’s success”

Moleaer Inc., manufacturer of industrial scale nanobubble generators, announces the addition of Michiel de Jong as Director of Business Development of Europe & Horticulture effective January 1, 2019. Michiel de Jong has worked the past years as Sales Manager for Oreon, a leading horticulture LED…

Is LED light 'cold' light?

It is often heard in the market that LED lights produce no heat radiation. This is often stated to differentiate between LED and High Pressure Sodium lights. An HPS light will convert around 80-90% of the electrical energy into radiation. Of this radiation, roughly 50% will be PAR light and the other 50% will be in the infrared…

"Cheap lighting can become really expensive"

Indoor growing has seen tremendous growth in the past few years, including the addition of new players, particularly in the vertical growing space. However, according to Agrilyst, glass or poly greenhouses still account for 47% of indoor growing facilities. "Regardless of whether a greenhouse or an…

Japanese chef carves intricate patterns into fruit and vegetables

Japan has many ancient traditions and mukimono , the art of carving fruit and vegetables is just one of them. Chef Takehiro Kishimoto has perfected a special art: using only a knife and his imagination he carves the most beautiful, intricate patterns into fruit and veg. Many of his designs allow for the fruit or veg to move, making the…

Miami University uses LED to support Brassica rapa developmental genetics research

Short days during fall and winter are not providing enough light for seed production for brassicas. Therefore Miami University asked LumiGrow to implement their smartPARTM Wireless Control System. The result is that the Brassica plants flowering earlier and successfully producing seeds. A Year’s Worth of Work Lost  Since Rob…

Jan Varekamp, ​​Vers Van Voorne:

"Sustainability is easier with electricity than with gas"

Grower Jan Varekamp from Vers Van Voorne in Tinte decided all heating for his vegetables should be electrical instead of gas-driven. For example, an electric boiler has been installed, in addition to a geothermal network he's part of with fellow growers. In addition, thousands of solar panels are being…

Flier Systems

"Technology undeniably makes the difference for young plant growers"

The technology in the production hall of the professional young plant grower is undeniably making the difference to produce the right young plant. More and more, young plant breeders recognize that everything depends on a uniform product according to the specifications requested by their customers. Also,…

Chinese woman uses fruit as a crash helmet

On December 8, a woman in the Chinese city of Sanya was filmed wearing a fruit shell as a helmet in an attempt to get around the city's new law introduced this month, that…

Power Plastics and Rutec Engineering under one roof

"Nowadays it's not enough just to be a wholesaler"

Rutec Engineering, producer of horticultural technology, and Power Plastics, wholesaler in horticultural technology, will serve their customers from a single location in early 2019. Mutual benefits is what motivates the two companies to operate from under one roof. Operational director Maurice di…

Research focused on plant health, lighted cultivation, flavor and content substances

Dutch growers unite in Strawberry Innovation Cluster

Four leading strawberry growers in the southeast of the Netherlands have joined forces. Under the banner of Innoveins, an ecosystem where innovations at the intersection of plant and technology are realized, they are going to work together with other interested parties in the coming months to establish…

Four new partners Dutch Greenhouse Delta

The Dutch Greenhouse Delta foundation will start the new year with four new partners. The companies Allport Horti Logistics, Codema, Gakon and Van der Ende Group signed the agreement on December 19. The foundation focuses on knowledge sharing and cooperation within the greenhouse horticulture sector to…

Berjelle van Namen, son of mushroom grower, fascinated by vertical farming

"Mushroom growth as an early precursor of what is now vertical farming"

Those who drive onto the property of Johan van Namen in Hoenzadriel, a small village in Gelderland, Netherlands, do not expect to find a vertical farm. Yet in one of the cells no longer are mushrooms being grown, but herbs and micro vegetables. Berjelle van Namen, son of Johan, has started vertical…

Opportunities to measure content substances in plants wirelessly

One of the principles of energy friendly greenhouse cultivation, is the (scarce) light being optimally converted into assimilates, preferentially in the product to be harvested. The only way available now to determine whether nutrients and assimilates are in the 'right place', is by taking leaf samples…

New Zealand: Wellington supermarket trials GPS trolley tracking

If you happen to be shopping at New World’s supermarket in Wellington, you might notice ten trolleys with a bit of GPS kit attached to the front. This is because New World wants to know how you shop, where you stop, and for how long. Those ten trolleys have been fitted with a device about twice the size of a…

Samara Polytech scientists develop disposable edible dishware

The first step of the new project at the department "Technology and organization of public catering" was to make edible food films. The unique technology (which received three patents) formed the basis of another ambitious project which is creating edible dishware. The idea to create food films from…

US Research - Acosta

'Shelf management can really boost retail sales'

Retailers and their suppliers should make sure they pay more attention to what’s going on at shelf level, according to a new report from sales and marketing agency Acosta, called Shelf Management: The Value of Space Done Right . “Shoppers report that more than half of their grocery buying decisions are made at…

by Nir Esquira, Drygair

Greenhouse Heating, Coal & Dehumidification – A Breakdown

Heating a greenhouse is one of the most basic aspects of modern agriculture, yet the methods in which this heat is produced may seem a bit antiquated, even in countries considered to be at the forefront of both technology and environmental awareness. There are endless ways to improve the environmental…

For when you need a quick gift idea

Make your own Christmas ‘pineapple’

What could be better than a Christmas pineapple gift that comprises both chocolate and alcohol? A decorative pineapple that reveals delicious treats and bubbles will help you steal the show. Step 1 – Cover bottle base in tape Take a bottle of bubbles, or wine – it’s entirely up to you, as the finished shape will still be the…

This is how your greenhouse glass is being produced

There is quite a lot of glass in all those greenhouses! This of course is obvious, but how is it made and where does it come from? In the case of Van Looveren, it is from Ukraine. To give us a glimpse into the production process, the company uploaded a nice short video impression online: For more information: Van Looveren Ter Stratenweg 9…

A review of 2018: the year of water scarcity

"Demand for sodium removal systems has soared this year"

The past growing season has once again shown the importance for the reuse of water. This summer was the hottest summer in at least three centuries. Besides the high temperatures, on average 105 mm of rain fell in the months June, July, and August, while 220 mm rain is normal in this period. This summer…

PB Techniek announces expansion plans

Another private equity invests in a horticultural supplier

Once again, private equity funds have been invested in a Dutch horticulture supplier. Investment company Victus acquired a majority interest in PB Techniek from owners Koen, Paul and Mark Brabander. This step is to enable further growth, according to Koen Brabander. "We've got pretty big plans - and now…

Slipping into the new year

Old becomes new. That saying currently has two meanings for PDI. The first meaning is of course that the current year will soon be the old year and that the coming year will soon be the new one. "2018 was a busy year for us. I think that I speak on behalf of all greenhouse builders and installers when I say that nobody had to…

"Efficiency is key in medicinal cannabis cultivation"

The worldwide demand for medicinal cannabis increases and production facilities become larger and more automated. Efficiency in the cultivation of medicinal cannabis is key and this starts with automation and process planning. Codema has been providing automation to a few of the top 10 cannabis growers…

Play 'Super Smash Bros. Ultimate' with banana controllers

A Twitch streamer going by the handle ATwerkinYoshi did a little modding after a grocery trip and managed to turn seven bananas into makeshift buttons, enabling anyone to play the latest installment of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate . ATwerkinYoshi's set up hinged primarily on a Human Interface Device (HID) called Makey…

Study identifies mechanism that allows plants to tolerate salt

Purdue University scientists have discovered a signaling pathway necessary for plant salt tolerance. The findings are important for understanding how plants overcome some environmental stresses. High salt already affects about 20 percent of the world’s arable land, reducing crop yields. By 2050, it’s thought that around…

Netherlands: Additional research facilities at Delphy

For years, Delphy Improvement Centre in Bleijswijk and Certhon have shared the same ambition: to contribute to global solutions in the field of health, food safety and sustainability, through knowledge sharing and knowledge development. This is reflected in the Improvement Centre, which was opened a few…

US (MA): Lettuce grower reduces winter crop cycle by over 25% using LEDs

Atlas Farm is a certified organic farm in South Deerfield, MA. Gideon Porth founded Atlas Farm in 2003 to help connect people to their food and be a model for sustainable agricultural practices. The 95-acre farm uses its acre of greenhouse space to propagate lettuce, tomatoes, bok choy, herbs, and…

Netled continues developing grow recipes

Finland: Fully automatic vertical farm demo facility opened

“Growing in vertical farms differs from greenhouse growing a lot. This is why new growing recipes and guidance needs to be offered together with the equipment." Speaking is Niko Kivioja, CEO with Netled Oy. The company develops and sells turn-key fully automatic vertical farms and has just opened a new…

European MP examines possibilities for wastewater reuse

"Application of reused (waste) water may in no circumstance become an obligation"

The European Commission wants to have minimum requirements for treated (waste) water. MEP Jan Huitema (VVD) therefore visited the waste water treatment plant (AWZI) Harnaschpolder and pepper grower Van der Lelij on 4 December at the invitation of GroentenFruit Huis, the Dutch Water Authorities and LTO…

Dennis Grootscholte, 4Evergreen, about the completion of phase 3:

"Better to have a larger pipe with a small pump than vice versa"

The most recent expansion of 4Evergreen Terneuzen in Westdorpe, Netherlands, was finished at the end of November. The completion of phase 3 brings the total acreage on this location to 54 hectare. The expansion project is doubling the size of the company. In 2012 the Grootscholte brothers went looking for a good…

Georgia: Cucumber grower installs new grow lights for high quality winter crop

The need for year-round cultivation of tomatoes and cucumbers is growing rapidly in Georgia. Grow light is an essential factor for optimal crop growth in the dark period of the year. In order to realize the most optimal light-emission, JSC Georgian Greenhouse Corporation chose to go with a Hortilux grow…

US (FL): Two UF/IFAS researchers inducted into AAAS

Among their many accomplishments, one may be best known for trying to grow plants in space; the other, for helping growers battle bacterial spot disease of tomato. The two University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences professors have been named fellows of the American Association for…

Digestate as alternative substrate for soil-less lettuce farming

The consumption of ready-to-eat salad has been growing over the last 20 years in the European market. The annual growth rate is at 4%. That's why this food category is renowned as one of the most profitable horticultural segments. As a result of a growing trend, the lettuce and chicory are farmed over a 1.2 million…

New solutions to transform waste into useful products

PROLIFIC project promises new uses for legume, mushroom and coffee waste

PROLIFIC is a new European research project with the partnership of 17 partners from 8 European countries. It’s ambitious goal is to transform waste from legumes, mushrooms…

Avner Shohet, TAPkit:

"Every time we are surprised by the ideas of our clients"

“Why would you build a greenhouse on a roof in the middle of the city, with all the compromises and investments you have to make? Why not get out of the city, only 10 or 20 kilometers, to have a simple greenhouse with a smaller investment, and it gives the same solution.” Indoor farming With the TAP kit, Israeli company Teshuva Agricultural…

New technology at NatureFresh

With 175 acres of greenhouses to manage, NatureFresh is always staying ahead of the game by adopting new technologies, software programs, and machinery. They incorporate new innovations at every level of their operations – from making packing lines more effective with greater automation, to ensuring office staff can connect to one another…

Food & Energy training in South Africa

14 participants from a Correctional Services department in South Africa successfully participated in the Food & Energy training in November. They received their certificate after a 4-day training course with theoretical and practical part in the areas of agro-solar food production and technical…

Cruisin' through the greenhouse

Now you can inspect and manage elevated products and growing plants up to 12 feet high using the Cruiser Traveling Ladder.  As the unit is only 20 inches wide it gives complete accessibility through narrow aisles. It has a battery running charge that runs 9 to 15 miles up to 5 miles per hour on a single charge and is OSHA compliant. Weight capacity is…

Jan Reijm, positive about test results Winterlight Greenhouse

"Think about how test results can be used to your advantage

Jan Reijm, of Komkommerkwekerij Reijm & Zn. grows cucumbers on the high wire in Berkel en Rodenrijs, together with his father. The company is about 4.5 ha in size, and…

Tomato grower Schenkeveld:

"Water is the basis of your cultivation"

In April 2017, Schenkeveld started the construction of a new location; Schenkeveld Schiphol. Codema is responsible for all water installations at this project. Schenkeveld and Codema have a close relationship that goes back for decades. Codema has realized the water technology for Schenkeveld new…

Mixing by hand is a thing of the past

What do washing machines in hospitals have in common with agriculture? At first glance, not much. But for DEMA, one thing led to another. Jeff Smith, VP of Sales for Strategic Markets at DEMA, explains that in wash systems for hospitals, a system is needed to precisely measure and track the amounts of detergent. Having developed…

New plug and play devices deliver dissolved oxygen to plant roots

Dissolved oxygen (DO) does many things for your plant. It is a critical but often overlooked piece that helps plants uptake nutrients through the roots. Dissolved oxygen is the mechanism that allows the nutrients to be absorbed through the root membrane. "Without sufficient levels of DO, there will be no…

Penn State University research

USDA allows new strain of gene-edited mushroom

A Penn State University researcher has created a genetically modified mushroom that is now at the center of controversy over GMO regulations of genetically modified creations. Researcher Yinong Yang developed a type of white button mushroom that looks identical to the type you’d buy in the produce section of a…

University of Nottingham research:

Green and edible cling film

In an attempt to replace polluting plastic materials and improve storage, safety and shelf life, University of Nottingham researchers have developed 100 percent biodegradable and edible food…

NASA technology to grow crops faster

NASA has created a new technology to grow crops on other planets with the prospect of establishing colonies on Mars or another planet in the future. A group of scientists from the John Innes Center, the Earlham Institute, the Quadram Institute in the United Kingdom, and the University of Queensland have…

NNO Coatings, European agent for nanotechnological glass reinforcement:

"Nano liquid penetrates glass and repairs imperfections"

The best of both worlds, is how Toon Sanders of NNO Coatings describes a new development in glass. As a European agent of patented nanotechnology from the American company C-Bond Systems, Toon has been swamped for weeks. There is plenty of interest in the innovative nanotechnology that's already being…

US research: Robotic hands, sensitive enough to pick soft fruit

A new breed of robots with humanoid hands capable of performing delicate tasks such as picking soft fruit has been made possible by a technological breakthrough from Stanford University scientists. Researchers in the US have developed electronic gloves designed to give robots an improved ability to touch and grasp…

Rofianda launches luminaire in co-operation with Seoul Semiconductors

“Years of research and practical tests have led to a luminaire that meets all the lighting requirements set by greenhouse horticulture," says Ronald Gronsveld. "The luminaire…


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