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"He who sows AI shall reap accurate predictions"
Good harvest forecasts are key for an optimal pricing strategy and labor planning. Under and over production, for example, can have major consequences for pricing. In addition, you can only deploy your manpower properly if you know how much and when they should harvest. Making accurate predictions about…
Why mosquitoes are drawn to flowers as much as people
Without their keen sense of smell, mosquitoes wouldn’t get very far. They rely on this sense to find a host to bite and spots to lay eggs. And without that sense of smell, mosquitoes could not locate their dominant source of food: nectar from flowers. An Aedes mosquito with pollen sacs on its eyes…to calculate optimum production
French start-up launches lighting management platform
"Produce more, but better!" That is the slogan of the Provence start-up Vegetal Grow Development (VGD). The young company, created in 2018 after three years of research and development, has launched the first lighting management platform that analyzes sun exposure and conditions to optimize the…
Chinese engineer reveals how he grew the first ever plant on the moon
At London’s Design Museum, one of the engineers behind the historic Chang’e-4 mission to the moon gave a demonstration of the spacecraft’s ‘mini-biosphere' where he and his team helped germinate the first seed ever on the moon. The presentation, delivered by Xie Gengxin of Chongqing University, was part…
Innovative tech insights for produce and floral from CES
The Produce Marketing Association, along with five innovative industry members, attended the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) to learn about the technologies that will advance the global fresh floral and produce industries.Through the taste and feel of fresh produce and floral at our farmer’s market on…2Grow launches PhytoClip-sensors
"Virtually any crop with leaves becomes measurable"
Regardless of the ambient temperature, taking a qualitative measurement of the stem diameter and leaf thickness of even the smallest stems and thinnest leaves can be done with the new PhytoClip sensors recently launched by 2Grow. "These sensors allow us to see crops such as strawberries, lettuce, herbs…
Software tool promotes efficiency and collaboration for growers
Calculate the value of your own products and make decisions about future production based on your own data. GreenPlan is a tool in production planning and the production budget and can be used to provide an overview of production, costs and earnings. GreenPlan is a multi-user program that reduces personal…Jack Payne, University of Florida:
"Ideas don’t have to expire when money does"
Dr. Michael Dukes and I have revamped our approach to water use. We’re expanding what we mean by landscapes to include production agriculture. by Jack Payne, University of…
5 digital horticulture practices to bring into 2020
In the past decade we’ve seen the world go through a major digital transformation. And it’s still going strong, with innovations piling up in all industries including the horticulture sector. At 30MHz, they believe there’s still a lot of untapped potential when it comes to digital horticulture. What…@taylorsbulbs
Have you ever wondered how cut daffodils make it into Garden Centres at this time of year? From cold storage at 8 degrees, into the glass houses at 15 degrees, where they spring into action, right through to when they are carefully cropped by hand. 🌼 #daffodils #britishgrown pic.twitter.com/VVELVUKH7I — Taylors Bulbs (@taylorsbulbs) January…Bohdan Tustanivskyi, ProfiFlora:
"We don't manage. We teach people and give them our knowledge"
“Sometimes the longtime growers that are developed inside their company for years, need someone professional from outside who will come and say: ‘ok, we see that you lose a lot of money, because you do not correctly use top heating pipes”, says Bohdan Tustanivskyi of ProfiFlora, referring to a recent…
Expanding leaf tissue nutrient survey standards for 74 floriculture species
Over the past 20 years, the number of species grown in commercial floriculture greenhouses has greatly expanded. Data of sufficiency ranges for plant nutrients have not been investigated and this void makes diagnosing nutritional disorders difficult. The objective of a new research project was to develop…
How to properly store your greenhouse portable modular conveyor
When the production season starts to slow down, you might be wondering what you need to do to properly store your greenhouse’s portable modular conveyor over the coming months. Though portable modular conveyors are easy to maintain, there are a few steps you’ll want to take before you pack them away for…Priva launches Phil: growing services
“The program is doing something that a person cannot"
Using data in the greenhouse is an important topic these days. As Meiny Prins, CEO with Priva, shared today, the company has decided to expand their hardware business and help growers use this data in their greenhouse. “The program is doing something that a person cannot,” says Mike Flux with APS Group,…
"LED lighting in greenhouses helps but standards are needed"
While LED lighting can enhance plant growth in greenhouses, standards are needed to determine the optimal intensity and colors of light, according to Rutgers research that could help improve the energy efficiency of horticultural lighting products. Many lighting companies market their LED (light-emitting…Meiny Prins, Priva, ready for new future:
"With our new direction we want to answer grower's questions more clearly"
After 60 years of active service in the horticultural industry as a producer, Priva is ready to pivot into a new direction. Since 2015 the company has been slowly preparing for a future that they are now ready to commit to; providing services in addition to their hardware solutions. Meiny Prins, CEO of…Memoires of Willem van Dorssen (Van Dorssen & Frensch)
"Willem, watch out for your shiny shoes!"
He was stuck during an entire Ramadan month in a Saudi hotel room, accidentally walked through newly poured concrete and became devoted to greenhouse construction. "Quite a story, isn’t it?" Willem van Dorssen sighs. The 'first half' of Dutch greenhouse building company Van Dorssen & Frensch has been…
"Prepare for the future with Harvest Forecast"
There are two questions growers and merchants worldwide have been struggling with for years: “What will the production be for the following weeks?” and “What does my labor scheme need to look like?” So far, manual predictions have been used to answer these questions, but the results of these often…Walter van Vliet on next level sequencing with NimaGen
"At the forefront of what is possible"
NimaGen has put a new technique on the market, named Reverse Complement PCR. It is a new & novel Amplicon based targeted enrichment method for Next Generation Sequencing. With this technique, a broad spectrum of nucleotides can be analyzed accurately and the risk of cross contamination or carryover as…
How much light does my crop need?
There is an optimal amount of light for every crop. Too little means that production will be low. But too much will put pressure on the yield and quality. So custom work is always key. Tomatoes and cucumbers (max. 30 mol per m2) These crops love light. They can convert 30 mol light per m2 per day* into production.…control your drain with Paskal Drainvision
Increase growers income by reducing the daily drain
The ongoing trend of growing in substrates increases the necessity of efficient water and nutrient management for greenhouse production. An optimal irrigation strategy is essential to maximize the growth and the crop quality and it also significantly contributes to cost savings. DrainVision was developed…Paskal DrainVision Floor-Scale
"Following the online water content in the substrate will improve irrigation efficiency significantly"
Optimal irrigation strategy throughout the day and along the growing period requires a deep understanding of the growing substrate, plant physiology and the water uptake by the plant. In some cases, improper irrigation practice is implemented, accompanied with excess or shortage of water. "Early…April 23-24, Westland and Delft
Robots in the greenhouse
RoboCrops is a key event that seeks to accelerate the development of robotics in greenhouse horticulture with hackathons, presentations and matchmaking. The global leaders in the field of robotics in this sector will be gathering in the Netherlands on 23 and 24 April for the first edition. The annual event brings high-tech…
"Ultimately, the whole industry will switch to water-cooled LED lighting"
He's convinced that ultimately, the whole horticulture industry will switch to water-cooled LED lights. Being a producer of the product that doesn't come as a surprise, but Jan Mol of Oreon has a story behind the products. "It originated in the search for a more sustainable alternative. We succeeded in…
The effects of LED light on Petunia hybrid Dark Red
Research was conducted by DSc (habilitation) Agata Jędrzejuk from the Department of Ornamental Plants of the Warsaw University of Life Science in Warsaw, Poland, to study the effects of LED light on Petunia hybrid Dark Red. The test material were rooted cuttings of petunia (Petunia x atkinsiana) “Dark Red”,…Micha van NIeuwkerk (Van der Ende Groep):
"Sodium removal and less drainage go hand in hand"
It is (or actually ‘was’) a challenge to remove sodium from water and, at the same time, to retain as many nutrients as possible. Van der Ende Groep developed the Poseidon to meet the above task, and it was achieved - the first 20 installations have now been put into operation. Growers mainly focus on…
Recordings reveal that plants make ultrasonic squeals when stressed
Although it has been revealed in recent years that plants are capable of seeing, hearing and smelling, they are still usually thought of as silent. But now, for the first…
Boosting agricultural insurance based on earth observation data
The BEACON project aspires to deliver a blockchain-fueled toolbox that couples cutting edge Earth Observation (EO) technology with weather intelligence to deliver cost-efficient and actionable insights for the agri-insurance industry. The BEACON solution will enable insurance companies to exploit the…
Skillshare: A certified pro gives back to the industry
The quest to make his own Irrigation contracting business more water-efficient led Stephen Blackburn to FNGLA certification. The Brevard County resident and owner of Lush N’ Green Irrigation Services earned an FNGLA Certified Landscape Contractor designation to further his own skills. But Stephen didn’t…During IPM 2020, Pöppelmann TEKU® focuses on more transparency regarding the recyclability of its plant pots
4-step model provides information on origin and proportions of material used
At the IPM 2020 in Essen, Pöppelmann TEKU® aims for even higher transparency about the recyclability of its plant pots: The 4-level classification provides information on the exact origin and proportion of the material used and gives an overview of the recyclability of the items. 4-level classification makes…
Artificial light modifies plant growth and defence response
Scientists at Plant & Food Research recently compared the growth and defence responses of radiata pine (Pinus radiata) grown under artificial lights (in a controlled…A research towards efficient lighting strategies for perennials
"Helping growers produce high-quality crops, while assuring lighting costs aren't excessive"
Perennials are often grown in winter to get them ready for Spring sales. And that means that supplemental lighting is often required to produce high-quality plants in a timely…Using pathogen-specific viruses to control pathogen outbreaks
Precision medicine for plants
Researchers from the Utrecht University, in collaboration with colleagues at the University of York (UK) and the Nanjing Agricultural University (China) have developed a new technology to selectively destroy the pathogen that causes the devastating wilt disease without side effects on other beneficial microorganisms. Bacterial…AmericanHort introduces Plant Sentry as newest Affinity Program Partner
Providing wholesale, retail and on-line plant sellers with a compliance tool for interstate shipping
AmericanHort announced the newest addition to its lineup of affinity business program partners, Plant Sentry. Plant Sentry is a software program pioneered by Nature Hills Nursery that provides a comprehensive plant compliance tool designed to ensure that wholesale, retail and e-commerce vendors grow and…
Russian growers seek ways to improve rose cultivation
On November 28, a seminar was held for specialists of agronomic services of floriculture enterprises on the topic: “Issues of improving the technology of growing roses for cutting in horticulture”. The Invisible Friends company gave much assistance to the Association Greenhouses of Russia in organizing and…
Improved irrigation practices can help nursery growers reduce water with minimal effect on plant growth
Damon Abdi's interest in plants began during high school while working on landscaping projects for neighbors and friends. With a desire to learn more about plants and also with the thought of forming his own landscaping company, Damon decided to pursue an undergraduate degree in landscape contracting at…EBF Cargo now offers vacuum cooling service
“No more quality claims thanks to vacuum cooling”
The Ecuadorian freight forwarder EBF Cargo has just acquired a new vacuum cooling machine which is fully operating now. “The process is ultra-fast, in only 20 minutes the process is completed and the flowers ready to go”, says Commercial Manager Patricio Brito. Father (middle) and brothers Brito at…
Biomass and phosphorus accumulation and partitioning of geranium and coleus
A study was conducted to examine plant biomass and phosphorus (P) accumulation and partitioning in response P availability and to determine the optimal P concentration during growth phases of two plant species with contrasting growth characteristics: geranium (Pelargonium hortorum Bailey) ”Bullseye…
"Nursery growers can reduce water with minimal effect on plant growth"
Damon Abdi's interest in plants began during high school while working on landscaping projects for neighbors and friends. With a desire to learn more about plants and also with the thought of forming his own landscaping company, Damon decided to pursue an undergraduate degree in landscape contracting at…
Smart water monitoring technology ensures water and food safety
Water intelligence innovator Ketos and Dramm Corporation announced a strategic partnership to empower growers across the United States and Canada. Understanding the correlation between water quality and food safety, Dramm will use Ketos water monitoring solutions to provide growers with mission-critical…
Israeli post-harvest innovation wins award in Ghana
The winner of the maiden edition of the Israeli Green Innovation Competition, an initiative by the Israeli Embassy in partnership with the Stratcomm Africa innovative Ghana Garden and Flower Show, Mr. Prince Pius Nutsugah, has lauded the example of Israel in solving the challenges of post-harvest losses.…
How to set up a horticultural lighting trial
Ever had a question about your crop that no one seemed to have the answer to? Sometimes the most efficient way to answer the question is to run an in-house horticultural lighting trial. Why run a horticultural lighting trial?In-house grow light trials allow you to get results that reflect your…Cairo & Doutcher installed RZTO system
"Stable root zone temperature accelerates plant growth"
To increase yield and shorten the growing cycle of their flowers, Cairo & Doutcher recently invested in Roots’ RZTO system for their farm in Italy. “As a proof of concept, the system has been installed at 0.1 hectare for now”, says Noam Dinar, sales manager and agronomist with Roots Sustainable Agricultural…
Aluminium black-out cloth returns after long absence
After years of absence, the black-out cloth with aluminum top layer is back on the market. The new improved fire-resistant version of the black-out cloth will be available in the Ridder assortment at the beginning of 2020. Fire retardant aluminiumThe aluminium black-out cloth is back with the re-introduction…How Plant Raisers Ltd are taking propagation ‘Off Grid’
Producing seedlings in an off-grid LED lit vertical farming facility
Plant Raisers Ltd, the largest propagator of glasshouse salad crops in the UK, has in addition to a recent expansion of its conventional glasshouse facility, partnered with sister company IGrowing Ltd to develop a system to produce seedlings using an off-grid LED lit vertical farming facility. Eliminating…National Agricultural Statistics Service - Disaster Analysis
USDA can monitor agricultural disasters in near real-time
The US National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) can now monitor agricultural disasters in near real-time and provide quantitative assessments using remotely sensed data and geospatial techniques. This page nass.usda.gov provides disaster assessments in geospatial data format, reports, and metadata…
A guide to grow light spectrum
Choosing the right grow light spectrum for your commercial operation can be a challenge. Many LED grow light suppliers have conflicting information on the topic due to bad marketing or simply a lack of knowledge in plant and light research. In this article, the light spectrum experts of Lumigrow break down what light spectrum…
China: Flower center decreases water footprint with precision
Within the cold autumn weather, while many other flowers decompose, Chrysanthemums still flourish. This autumn flower has become the basis of Chinese art, representing one of the four seasons. On top of that, the broad variety of coloured chrysanthemums forms a picturesque scene within the Beiliangzhong…Arjan Pauw, Gavita International:
"3000 luminaires per day with up to 100 people on the floor"
Gavita International completely outgrew its location due to the growing demand for HPS lamps. At the end of 2018, the old production location was replaced by a new, state-of-the-art production facility on the industrial site in Aalsmeer, the Netherlands. A beautiful and large new location where it is…
Phormium develops 'coolest' ground cover
Growers understand that at high solar radiation, traditional black ground covers tend to become overheated. This has a negative influence on plant development. That’s why Phormium, Belgian producer of professional ground-and screen covers, developed PhormiCool 200 GK. This is a grey ground cover enriched…Kendal Floral uses air cleaning technology Bio Turbo
US flower distributor reports waste reduced by more than 50% in certain flowers
In order to prevent quick withering of flowers, Kendal Floral LLC, a US flower importer and distributor, installed the air cleaning technology 'Bio Turbo' in 2018 and since then, they have seen waste reduced by more than 50 percent in certain flowers. For this reason, they decided to equip more of their…
Korean government develops smart greenhouse technology
A new vinyl greenhouse has been developed that maintains an indoor temperature 2 to 3 degrees Celsius cooler than the outdoor temperature during summer. The Rural Development Administration (RDA) on Thursday unveiled a new greenhouse model, “High Temperature Enduring Innovative Smart Cooling House,”…Van der Waay introduces AquaJet
"A ladder alone is no longer sufficient"
Marcel Koolmees and Joost van der Waay In a relatively short period of time, Van der Waay from Hazerswoude, the Netherlands, progressed from contractor to market leader in the building of greenhouse roof cleaners and chalk machines. In the last 10 years, attention for the greenhouse roof has increased. And there are many reasons for this. Because the greenhouses have be…
The Ukrainian heating pipe painting championship
Time is money, even in the case of creating greenhouse horticulture projects worldwide. So, if you are able to paint heating pipes even faster, then it's worth considering, right? Sebastiaan Hijstek of Horti XS filmed how they do things in a Ukrainian project, with both the purpose educate and entertain.Martin Stolze:
"There is no standard for internal transport systems"
As specialists in the automatization of internal transport systems, Martin Stolze sees a shift. Where 5 to 6 years ago, there was mainly a demand for standard products, it is now more about projects, and these projects require a tailor-made approach. And also … What is standard? It is quite a broad…
Exploring floral evolution in Pelargonium
For flowering plants, there are multiple drivers of shape change that effect the process of speciation. In the background, species are constrained by their phylogenetic history, i.e. evolutionary changes that were advantageous to their ancestors, might turn out to no longer be beneficial. At the same…
Komet Sales and Bloomy BV announce marketing agreement
Komet Sales and Bloomy BV of Aalsmeer, Holland today announced a joint marketing agreement to give Komet Sales users access to BloomyPro software. BloomyPro is a 3D design and modeling software designed specifically for floral products. Subscribers to this service are able to create and edit flower…
"Achieve the best results by understanding grow light technology"
Hortilux recently participated in the Pro Manager Mastercourse Floriculture, a program that welcomes 15 horticultural managers from all over the world to visit horticultural key players in the Netherlands. Hortilux gladly shared its knowledge and insights on grow light with the group. The Pro Manager Mastercourse…
The Lowpad enters the greenhouse
Juggling many types of plants and many different customers can be quite a challenge, but no longer, now that the Lowpad comes into play. That at least is the potential of this smart Automatic Guided Vehicle. “If you consider that with young plant growers each tray is now picked up twice and that this represents more than half…Harry Dullemans keeps developing fixtures
“You should never say you’re not there because then they will pass you by”
He doesn’t speak Chinees and his English is shaky at best, but Harry Dullemans, the founder of Agrolux, is still a successful fixture developer. The fact that he is 77 years old doesn’t keep him from his work. In his workshop, he tinkers on new fixtures and the requests for his work keep coming in. “You…
Creating dawn and dusk conditions with LED
Various lighting technologies such as HPS, LED and fluorescent illuminate the greenhouses and chambers of plant biology research facilities. Researchers are sometimes in need of a spectrum that’s a close match to sunlight in order to generate an outdoor phenotype in their trials, which subsequently…
Genetic patterns associated with plant immunity
Genomic information from plants can be used to enhance agricultural production and improve food security in a sustainable manner. Through better understanding of the relationship between a plant's genetic information and the resulting behaviour, improved crops with better traits (resistance to diseases,…
Water silos are getting stronger...and higher
The larger the diameter of the tank, the lower the tank will be. This was the principle in the world of water silos. It had everything to do with the water pressure becoming too high. However, with current technology, the improved quality of steel, and improved technical calculations, it is possible to…Aad van Ruijven from Hortipar and recently also Dutch Growing Solutions:
"American greenhouse horticulture is way ahead when it concerns lighting"
"If I were a Dutch grower, I would rather emigrate sooner than later," says Aad van Ruijven of Hortipar. The reason? “The prices that American growers receive for their product are much higher than in the Netherlands, which makes it much easier over there to invest in lighting. The payback period (3-4…
Houweling's keeps UltraClima Semi-Closed Greenhouse patent
On October 11th 2019, the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit affirmed the validity of the U.S. patent directed to the UltraClima Semi-Closed Greenhouse. The Ultra-Clima Patent was opposed by eleven greenhouse manufacturers, who combined efforts to challenge the patent. However, the U.S.…Global virtual marketplace connects growers directly with retailers and wholesalers
New virtual marketplace for growers and buyers launches in two weeks
During the week of Fruit Attraction, a new virtual market place has opened its registration. MarketBuy wants to offer a solution to both small and large farms that do not have the resources and connections to deal with retailers, wholesalers or even just importers directly. It intends to empower the…