Fast & efficient crop rotation by means of a scrap trolley

The pepper harvest season is in full swing. After the last harvest round at the end of October, the crop rotation follows. The meters high pepper plants are cut down and cleared to make way for new cultivation. It may seem far away now. But the crop rotation is usually a busy, hectic period and takes a…

Indoor vegetable planting machine: a square inch space to create a happy farm

The green cabbage, spinach, and coriander look fresh and lovely under the light; the layers of vegetables, when viewed from afar, form a large scale of greenery. In a shopping mall in Urumqi City, the people surrounding were attracted by indoor vegetable planting machines. "At home, you can not only eat…

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XAG R150 ground robot debuts to help Japanese farmers overcome aging

Seeing the potential of drones in reshaping agriculture, Japanese farmers now expect the first mass-produced, lightweight farm robot XAG R150 to reap a higher yield with quality fruits. As Japan's population is aging fast, XAG has introduced its R150 unmanned ground vehicle, open for sale in June, to…

Hearing of the European Parliament on artificial intelligence in agriculture

Monday 14 June two committees of the European Parliament organized an online hearing about the future of agriculture and food security in the digital age. The hearing was organized by the committee Artificial Intelligence in a Digital Age (AIDA) and the committee Agriculture and Rural Development (AGRI).…

Inser Robotica will present its novelties from June 15 to 17 at Food 4 Future

Collaborative robotics to promote 4.0 technologies in the food industry

The food industry demands solutions and automation systems that are capable of transforming the sector and aligning it with its main challenges: 4.0 technologies, concern for healthy eating, sustainable and efficient food production, and the fight against climate change. According to estimates, the…

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Korea: Robot makes commercial debut to reduce farmers workload

A homemade smart farm robot capable of moving through a connected farm for pest control, carry crops, and lift heavy objects made its commercial debut in South Korea. The autonomous robot can be guided by magnetic wires laid about 20 centimeters (7.8 inches) below the ground. It is more manageable than…

20 teams participated in the competition

Winners of the first "China Agricultural Robot Innovation Competition" announced

The final winners of the "First China Agricultural Robot Innovation Competition" were officially announced. In the preliminary stage of this competition, 195 projects including domestic universities, scientific research institutes, and technology companies participated in the registration. In the end, 20…

Ripe Robotics

Fruit picking robot Eve trialed

Ripe Robotics, an Australian company, has recently started commercial trials with the third generation of its automated fruit harvester. The company was founded two years ago. “We were looking for problems that could be solved with new technology, but hadn’t been solved yet”, co-founder Hunter Jay says. “Fruit picking was among…

Study on domain adaptation method for filling the species gap in deep learning-based fruit detection

Fruit detection and counting are essential tasks for horticulture research. With computer vision technology development, fruit detection techniques based on deep learning have been widely used in modern orchards. However, most deep learning-based fruit detection models are generated based on fully…

Larger injection carts with agitation for dosatron injectors

Dramm now offers 50 and 100-gallon FertiCarts with agitation for larger fertigation needs. For years, Dramm has offered smaller FertiCart Injector Carts in 20 gallon and multi-tank versions. Great for outdoor fields or areas where a separate injection is required. The new FertiCarts are available with…

Marco Snikkers, OneThird, the Netherlands:

"Infrared scanner analyzes fresh produce's internal quality, predicts shelf life”

It sounds almost like science fiction. But it'll be on the market this year. A scanner that not only analyzes fruit and vegetables' internal quality. It also predicts how long they'll keep. "We're a spin-off from a larger company. It's been developing these kinds of sensors for decades," begins Marco…

Berry crop protection in berry greenhouse cultivation by Micothon

“This system helps you to spray less and better”

Since many growers are starting berry cultivation in tunnels and greenhouses, they are also looking for air-assisted greenhouse crop protection. Micothon is a manufacturer of air-assisted greenhouse sprayers and therefore was asked to develop one, especially for berry cultivation. "We started with a…

Royal Brinkman introduces new model DryGair DGX dehumidifier

Small indoor dehumidifyer to improve greenhouse climate

Royal Brinkman introduces the DryGair DGX, the newest model in the DryGair range of dehumidifiers. This smaller model is especially designed for indoor crops, small greenhouse areas like seed companies, vertical farming and drying cells. With the introduction of the DGX, DryGair provides a controllable…

New intelligent automated filter to counter degrading water quality

Today the new AlphaDisc filter is launched by Netafim. "The filter will protect irrigation systems against clogging caused by organic contaminants and enable growers to more uniformly irrigate crops, leading to better productivity, cost savings and peace of mind," the Netafim team shares. "Researched and…

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Multivac

Packaging and labelling fresh fruit and vegetables sustainably

There is a new trend in the packaging of fruit and vegetables: Single-origin recyclable packs made of paperboard or cardboard are gradually replacing the typical plastic trays, which usually have an additional pillow pack, or are wrapped in stretch film or netting. Multivac's full wrap labelling offers a…

Central Queensland grower pilots new camera system for snack tomatoes

In March 2021, the GP Graders team travelled to Bundaberg in Central Queensland to pilot its first MultiView™ camera system for cherry and mini Roma tomatoes, collectively nicknamed, 'snack' tomatoes. "Sunripe are one of the largest producers of field grown snacking tomatoes in Australia and GP Graders…

Killer robots: Czechs working on AI prototype to wipe out pests with less insecticide

Scientists at Mendel University in Brno have developed a prototype robot that identifies insects harmful to agricultural crops and spays just enough of the right chemical to kill them. Already a “greener” solution than the blanket spraying of insecticides, it is learning to identify infestations before…

Robot helps growers think from a customer's point of view

A tour of the crop to see how things are going. It is part of the deal for tomato growers, but if Andreas Hofland has anything to do with it, a tour like this will be a relaxing walk from now on. With HortiKey he has developed the Plantalyzer, a robot that 'sees' how the tomatoes in the greenhouse are…

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Northwest Nazarene University researches fruit harvesting robot

OrBot could help orchardists harvest their fruit

A university professor in Nampa is currently developing a fruit harvesting robot prototype for Idaho orchardists. Duke Bulanon is an engineering professor at Northwest Nazarene University, and to this goal he received a $132,000 specialty crop grant from the Idaho State Department of Agriculture. The…

Slides through Dutch greenhouses

90% success for robotic tomato harvester

Remember the Greenhouse Robotic Worker developed by MetoMotion? Over the last couple of years we followed the development of the robot intensively and now there's new news to share. Last year MetoMotion partnered with De Ruiter to trial the GRoW system at the De Ruiter Experience Center. In October, an…

Bulltec

A line suitable for delicate produce

Efficiency, swiftness, versatility, easy maintenance and gentleness: this is what is requested of vegetable graders, especially when it comes to zucchini. Giovanni Milana's Biorto Ibleo, located in Ispica (Ragusa), has chosen Calibra V by Bulltec, a water-fed zucchini line with a 2-channel electronic…

Wireless radio systems to remotely monitor greenhouses

With a technology that does not need to be connected to the electrical grid, greenhouse activities can be managed, monitored and programmed. This is possible thanks to LoRaWAN, a wireless radio system that communicates data over long distances without the need for an Internet connection. Luca Occhipinti showing…

Bringing light automation to the Japanese market

Heliospectra AB announced a new reseller partnership with Harahara Inc., a long-term supplier of cultivation solutions. Harahara will represent Heliospectra's LED lighting and…

"Applying coatings yourself produces maximum results"

Increasingly more companies are cleaning the greenhouse cover using a roof-washer. This machine is easy to expand with a spray boom so you can use it to meticulously and uniformly apply a coating yourself whenever necessary. Clean first, then apply the coatingIncreasingly more growers throughout the…

UV trap prevents pest insects from eating crops

Anyone who does a search on Google on the topic of catching insects with UV light will quickly find the well-known blue insect killers as found in snack bars or butchers. This is also the case with Dutch Ardisia grower Dick van den Bos. About four years ago he suddenly suffered the presence of the…

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New strawberry plant cutting machine cuts 19,500 plants per hour

Cutting young strawberry plants, easily, fast, clean, uniform, and without noise. With these requirements, Mecaflor, a French manufacturer of machines and accessories for the horticulture and cut flowers industries, started designing their first "strawberry plant cutting machine", after receiving a…

NextLight

New generation LED grow light designed to outperform traditional 1000W HPS

NextLight unveils their next generation of LED Grow Light Technology with the NextLight Mega Pro.  "The Original 1000W DE HPS Replacement is more efficient and enhanced with DLC Hort Listing, IP65 Wet Rating and industry-leading, “Down to the Diode” Warranty," NextLight team explains. "The NextLight Mega Pro…

Moroccan tomato exports to France, the United Kingdom, Spain, and the Netherlands increase, while exports to Russia fall

Morocco exported a total of 596.72 million kilos of tomatoes in 2020, i.e. 13.68% more than five years earlier, according to data prepared by Hortoinfo. In this period, the…

$650,000 investment to breed green chile peppers for mechanical harvesting

Allen Van Deynze, professor in the Department of Plant Sciences at the University of California, Davis, has received an investment of $650,000 from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture, or NIFA, for a project that will develop commercially competitive green…

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"Simplify heavy internal transport with Bull tow tractors"

Want to easily transport trolleys with large quantities of bell peppers or other vegetables? Or move plants in the greenhouse quickly and easily? Then, a Bull electric tow tractor is guaranteed to be an asset to your company! Thanks to their pulling power, these tow tractors are extremely suitable for…

De-coring and cutting bell peppers with the PDS4L system

Together with its partner HiTec Food Systems from the Netherlands Kronen offers a new version of bell pepper processing systems to  the market. PDS4L is optimized for de-coring and segmenting up to 3600 bell peppers per hour and can be operated by one person. Besides the machines and lines, which Kronen develops and…

Russian company develops MiniMax irrigation unit

"A versatile irrigation unit that works for all fruit growers"

In the past years, the vegetable growing industry in Russia has grown strongly. There is also an increase in berry production, thanks to favorable climatic and soil conditions. According to experts, the industry can be brought to an even higher level by intensifying horticulture based on the accelerated…

New radish bunching machine for Grimmway Farms in California

"Automation a hot item in North American cultivation"

Last week, Koppert Machines supplied a new radish bunching machine to Grimmway Farms in California. The Central Valley company is best known for its carrots, but also grows 65 other products, including radishes, all year round. This is sold under the label Cal-Organic. "It is fantastic to see those endless…

Packing urban cultivated leafy greens

Vertical farming is based on the idea of growing more food in less space, regardless of weather, wind, and changing seasons. It is also the idea behind Urban Oasis – a young and forward-thinking company based in Stockholm. The vision is to deliver healthy and sustainable food to people, right where they…

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Are you a grower or a drycleaner?

The employees at Prominent Innovation Center Groeneweg had been wearing company clothing for some time. "A professional in-house laundrette was even set up at a number of locations," says Cornelis de Rijke, General Manager. "At first it seemed a complex project to me, but when I realised that this way we…

Cucumber Man increases planth growth with CO2 delivery solution

Toronto based CO2 GRO announces a commercial feasibility of a CO2 Delivery Solutions system at Alberta based greenhouse grower,The Cucumber Man.  The Cucumber Man’s president, Wayne…

Japanese agritech startup unveils tomato harvesting robot

"Now is the time to introduce automation technologies to tomato harvesting"

Japanese agritech startup inaho began the development of their tomato harvesting robot in 2020. Four robots have already been manufactured and released; they are currently under operation, collecting feedback from several growers in Japan for further improvements. “Farms and producers across various countries…

Washing more for less for cultivation on water

For years, growers have used washing machines to "simply" rinse floats and get rid of dirt. However, this requires a lot of water. And it is precisely this water consumption that is emphasised by growers who cultivate on water. After all, it is a unique selling point when selling their product, with…

Crop protection with a vacuum cleaner?

People need clean and healthy food and greenhouse-grown vegetables are a very good way of supplying them. This food then has to be protected against a variety of insects that damage either the fruits or the whole plants. Modern growers avoid the use of chemicals and rely on beneficial insects. Micothon…


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