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Kenya: Crowdfunded solar panels provide 50% of rose grower’s energy

Rift Valley Roses is about to meet 50 percent of their electricity demand with solar energy. The costs to realize this project at this 22ha farm is 94,000 Euro and will be financed through the crowdinvesting platform of ecoligo.investments. Berlin-based solar company ecoligo will manage the project, which is.....

Hort Americas first North American distributor for 30MHz

Commercial horticultural supplier Hort Americas, and smart sensing technology provider 30MHz have partnered to bring the power of real-time, crop-level monitoring to growers across Canada, the United States, the Caribbean and Mexico. Hort Americas is the first North American distributor of 30MHz technology......

The quest for knowledge in indoor farming and new crops

Soy, cotton, sugar beets, corn, hemp. They might not be the biggest greenhouse crops, but for horticultural supplier Valoya they have been important over the last couple of years. “Our customers are into breeding or seed production and all have very specific needs. We do our best to provide them with the.....

"Water by weight for superior hanging baskets"

Growers and retailers can now effectively control their hanging baskets’ weight to consistently manage soil moisture for higher quality plants and reduced input costs.“OASIS gives growers the confidence that the soil moisture is at the proper level, allowing them to focus on other plant needs and gain.....

Tom Markus, Stolze, explains

LED lighting: where are we now?

Approximately 10 years ago, before the crisis, LED was presented at trade fairs as the replacement for assimilation lighting (SON-T) and it was the intention that this would happen in the short term. In practice, however, this was different. LED was highly praised, but in practice the energy saving and.....

Peter Rosman, WDD

Bloemencorso using modern tech for safety and traffic management

Perhaps you did not notice it, but thanks to the smart use of big data and Internet of Things technology, the biggest promotion event in floriculture - the Bloemencorso in the Bollenstreek - was in many ways smoother and safer than in previous years.This according to Peter Rosman of WDD, a company that.....

Colson Europe establishes Castor Solutions EA Ltd

"Enormous growth potential for flower cart wheels"

Colson is the largest production company of wheels and castors in the world. This just seems another trivial fact, however thinking this through we are talking about a significant business built around products which are used in hundreds of applications in every country around the world. In our horticultural.....

"Add durability to your favorite watering tool"

Based on customer feedback, The Dramm Corporation is now offering their 400PL Waterbreaker with a Protective Ring.The protective ring has been developed over a number of years for use on the 1000PL Series to protect the stainless steel disk. The final iteration of this ring combines a TPR rubber bumper with.....

Australia: New heights for horticulturalists

Training to be a horticulturalist, you probably did not expect that one day you may consider gaining an “aviation” certification to care for plants. Some production nurseries are doing just that, using drone-mounted cameras to capture imagery to manage plant count and health.by Gabrielle StannusDrone-mounted.....

Cultivation floor and irrigation seamlessly integrated

ErfGoed has been specializing in the installation of cultivation floors for 60 years. Irrigation technology is a key part of the total growth system. The ErfGoedFloor features really come into their own in situations where the irrigation technology has been seamlessly integrated into the floor system."We see.....

Inviro Choice LTD introduces 100 percent off grid solar powered machines

"Vacuum cooling for every small hold farmer on the planet"

A 100 percent off grid solar powered vacuum cooler. It is the aim of British vacuum cooler manufacturer Inviro Choice LTD (ICL), who is determined to build a new range of these machines this year and send them to test pilot sites based around the world.Vacuum coolingVacuum cooling is a cooling method used by.....

Mobile application allows growers to run operations from a phone

Agrilyst launched a new mobile app to aid growers with workflow management. Growers can now simply assign tasks to workers who can then complete them at any work station or in the field using any device. This gives management teams insight into how productive their teams are. Mobile apps are changing the way.....

How to obtain uniform soil moisture in hanging baskets

After installing OASIS last week, Kurtz Farms filled the basket line with 968 calibrachoa hanging baskets that had been growing under a traveling water boom.With the basket line running, the first 360 baskets were automatically weighed by OASIS, and the weight of each basket was plotted as a point on the.....

New enzyme helps turn plant waste into sustainable products

A new family of enzymes has been discovered which paves the way to convert plant waste into sustainable and high-value products such as nylon, plastics, chemicals, and fuels.The discovery was led by members of the same UK-US enzyme engineering team which, in April, improved a plastic-digesting enzyme, a.....