Hortus partners with Simonetti for

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

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

California tree nursery sees surging demand for trees after wildfires

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

Searching for resilient root zones that can take a hit

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

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

South Essex Fabricating partners with Robovision

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

Scaling in horticulture enables custom products increasingly often

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

Jon Adams, Havecon North America:

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

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

ImmunoStrip for detection of Xanthomonas Genus

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

Itamar Zisling, MetoMotion:

"Autonomous greenhouse equipment not unlike robotic milkers"

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

"the grower is never left in the dark not knowing if their order has even shipped or not"

International supply issues continue to plague horticultural industry

Many hydroponics greenhouses, and growers of all kinds, are being faced with serious delays in many key products. Nutrients, clips, wires, hooks, and growing mediums are just a few of the products that have slowed down or delayed unpredicted time frames, which makes growers frustrated. Most delays are…

"There's more growers using our slabs than we hoped for"

2020 was a year of major investments for perlite producer Willems Perlite in Ghent. A new furnace and mat line were installed in the factory. As a result, in addition to the well-known perlite blocks, Perlite mats can now also be produced to size and on a large scale. "The investments are paying off…

Serroplast

Solutions to protect crops and improve yields

When talking about anti-frost, anti-hail, anti-rain structures, and similar, the purchasing phase tends to be separate from the installation phase. Giuseppe Borracci, new market developer at Gruppo Serroplast, explains that both should be taken into account. Especially now the investment costs are…

Powerplants and Holland Heater

Australian dealer for Dutch supplier of heating and ventilation solutions

Powerplants and Holland Heater have signed a dealer agreement for the Australian horticultural market. The collaboration brings the supply of air heaters and ventilation systems to the Australian market.  "With more than 25 years of experience in the Australian horticultural sector, Powerplants has proven…

Greenhouse building of the future on Discovery Channel’s "How Do They Do It"

The greenhouses building of the future is within range and has actually already started. In this season of ‘’How Do They Do It’’ on Discovery Channel, host Tim Senders visited innovative companies that all operate sustainably in their own way. In the fourth episode of the season, greenhouse horticulture…


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