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Humphris Nursery’s new conveyer belt system

AU: “Large walkways don’t generate an income”

"Our mindset is focused on space utilization and efficiency," says Andrew White, General Manager at Humphris Nursery, one of the largest wholesale plant production enterprises in Australia. At their Mooroolbark site, Powerplants has installed the WPS SmartFlo system and side shift benches. The system has…

15 calculators to help you grow

The Greenhouse Growers Toolbox App, developed by Graeme Smith Consulting, is a suite of 15 calculators. The company is pleased to advise of an update to their Greenhouse Growers Toolbox App that is now available in both IOS and Android versions. "This updated app is intended to be an industry resource to meet the needs of…

The usefulness of police filters, also in horticulture

Traditionally, when the Dutch soccer teams Ajax and Feyenoord play, police units are present. "As a rule they don't do anything, they are passively present, sometimes out of sight. If it goes wrong, they intervene. This is just how 'police filters' work in water," says Stefan Bakker of Netafim…

Jim Rearden, BioTherm Solutions:

“For some crops our cooling systems have become a must, rather than an option”

“There is now a new demand for using mechanical systems to cool and dehumidify,” says Jim Rearden, CEO of BioTherm. BioTherm offers air conditioning systems that safely cool and dehumidify the greenhouse, to reduce any disease or mold spores. Rearden explains the advantage of mechanical cooling systems,…

Bever Innovation introduces an improved 7-layer leaf carrier

"Technical optimizations offer even wider deployment and greater usability"

Bever Innovations introduces its updated 7-layer Leaf Carrier. "This grow cart incorporates a number of new and very interesting technical features, which make the cart even more user-friendly and more widely applicable," the team says. The water-resistance of the bottom side has been increased to IP65,…

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Can "cobots" transform the agriculture industry?

Today, living in the era of robotic technologies and automation fosters a heightening interest in agri-tech. Cobots remain the fastest-growing segment of industrial automation, projected to grow at a CAGR of 43.4% from 2021 to 2027. However, with the constant rise of cobot usage, existing government…

Ridder introduces CoRanger

Indoor positioning system pinpoints positions of plants, people and objects in the greenhouse

A newly introduced indoor positioning solution makes processes in the greenhouse transparent and allows them to take place more efficiently and accurately. CoRanger, introduced by Ridder, is a patented system that can pinpoint the positions of plants, people, and objects in the greenhouse to within 10cm.…

Recovering nitrate from the effluent stream

Van der Ende Groep has been nominated for the GreenTech Concept Award 2021 with the new Nitrate Recovery system. The products that are eligible for this Award are seen as products with progressive technology, in line with the trends in the market, and with the most potential to have a successful market…

A grower's experience with Floriday

Digitization in the floriculture sector

Esperit Plants is a one-stop-shop cultivation partner for young plants, mature plants and plants in arrangements. Esperit grows many exclusive plants. After their start, the young plants grow quickly and make a career at Esperit Plants, the specialist in green and flowering plants. Esperit Plants sets…

Hortivation Hub

Greenhouse constructors will soon be sharing project information in one language

How high is the greenhouse? How many gutters will it have? And how many paths does the greenhouse have? The greenhouse builder already has an answer to all those kinds of questions, because that's usually where the design of a project begins. They record the entire process, from the rough outlines to the…

Servitization of installations: Operational reliability of equipment in the greenhouse

The starting point of servitization is that service and maintenance are no longer seen as a cost item. It is an additional revenue model for the grower. It's all about operational reliability. Installers no longer just supply their equipment, they also provide operational reliability. And that benefits…

Tony Mastronardi updates 15 year old equipment

“At a certain point, we could not find spare parts locally anymore"

Second generation farmers Don and Tony Mastronardi operate DT Enterprise Farms Limited in Ruthven, Canada, ON. They grow a variety of crops on their 22 acre operation, mainly tomatoes but also organic cucumbers and tomatoes. Their latest addition of 6 acres was two years ago with grow lights. Don is…

Growing semi-closed without a hose under your crop

With the recently presented Atrium Climatune climate system, semi-closed greenhouses no longer need the well-known hose under the crop. The system, using pulsating atmospheric pressure to achieve a diffuse distribution of the air, can also be used in traditional greenhouses to achieve more control over…

Vincent Jalink, UPRTek:

“We are helping the increasing demand from growers to do their own LED research”

“Spectrometers used to be about five times as expensive, so it is exciting that growers can now have an affordable, handheld sensor,” says Vincent Jalink, Technical Sales Manager of PhenoVation. Jalink explains that there is an increasing demand from growers to do their own research, but that many are…

for homogenous climate

Ventilation unit in each greenhouse column

The greenhouse climate is controlled via the climate computer by means of a limited number of measuring boxes. Dutch company Caeli is therefore now launching a new greenhouse…

Grower rid of Pythium in no time

Controlling algae, bacteria and fungi with ultrasonic transmitters

USAF ultrasonic transmitters are excellent at combating algae, something that can actually be seen with the human eye. However, this does not apply to fungi, and even PCR tests of water samples only show whether the DNA of a fungus is present, and not whether the fungus is functional or not. To know for…

How do cybersecurity gaps threaten our electric infrastructure?

Cybersecurity threats to electric infrastructure continue to be a top-of-mind topic for many business executives. From healthcare and data center facilities to commercial and industrial buildings, businesses depend on electric power to continue their operations. Moreover, this dependence has been further…

The Visser Multi Planter

"The versatile solution for growers with multi-color pots"

What do you get when you want to grow a Begonia, Petunia and Calibrachoa in a single pot? That’s right, the petunia will grow so fast that it takes over the entire pot. Visser has come up with the solution for growers to meet the request of retailers for multi-color pots; The Visser Multi Planter. In…

Frigga

"These disposable, real-time sensors offer solutions for the cold supply chain"

Frigga supplies real-time temperature recording solutions. Frigga real-time temperature recorders currently service clients on five continents. These clients are active in a wide range of industries including medicine, food, distribution, and supermarket retail. The motto of Frigga has long been to…

Which type of greenhouse is most sustainable? Smart software can answer that

Anyone investing in a new greenhouse's first question is always, 'what will it cost'? However, investors are increasingly also asking greenhouse builders about the most sustainable choice. Is it a glass or plastic tunnel greenhouse, or perhaps a vertical farm? There are many speculations and advocates of…

Large investment for automatic soil moisture sensor system developers SoilSense

"Every grower in the world should have access to insights about their irrigation"

SoilSense, a Scandinavian startup helping farmers with sensor-based precision insights, has just raised $230k in a seed round from leading Danish investors. SoilSense provides…

Collect sensor data from multiple sources and read them at one central point

With the advance of sensors in cultivation, growers are using them more and more. Pedak Meettechniek helps them with this. Not by making sensors themselves, but by ensuring that a complete package of sensors ultimately provides data that is received at one central point. "And comes in in the right way,…

iUNU acquires CropWalk and CropTalk Media

“The future is more biologicals, not less.”

“Our industry is getting ready for another wave of growth. In order to do that, you have to put together great minds, made up of different skillsets.” Speaking is Adam Greenberg, CEO with iUNU. The company created the LUNA platform to help growers improve their cultivation and enlarge the acreage they’re…

Codema's scanners used at Wooning Orchids

NL: "Android scanners take our order processing to a higher level"

Processing orders is a party at Wooning Orchids. Codema's Android scanners make the packing process faster and clearer than ever. The Phalaenopsis nursery of 9 hectares located in Bleiswijk, The Netherlands, cannot do without a perfectly working order system. Clarity and speed are key conditions in a…

New LED serves indoor lighting applications that prioritize lumens per dollar

Lumileds introduced its new Luxeon 2835 commercial LEDs engineered and designed to support the growing demand for a high volume, high-efficacy mid-power LED to serve…

Ultrasonic transmitters secure clean water for growers

For four months now the Dutch tomato grower Frank Dekker from Dekker Glascultures has used ultrasonic transmitters in his basin and silos to improve the quality of his irrigation- and drain water. And to great satisfaction. The USAF ultrasonic transmitters are supplied by Ultramins. "It’s been somewhat…

Stoller

An organic solution to combat and minimize stress in plants

Currently, stress caused by climatic factors is estimated to cause up to 50% of the annual global production losses. In a world with ever-present climatic fluctuations, with hotter summers and warmer winters, questions regarding food security arise. Plants are subjected to diverse types of stress…

Svensson introduces ClimaFlow

"Accelerate the growing climate while complying with light abatement legislations"

Growers face significant challenges while trying to create the perfect climate throughout their greenhouse. Reaching an even temperature and the ideal humidity levels without gapping is a complex task. Despite the difficulties, it is a mandated task that more and more growers must comply with in…

Gary Neels, Qualitree:

“Without having this fog unit, temperatures would have soared to crop damaging amounts”

“As it appears that nobody in Canada has ever experienced these temperatures before, there was a lot to observe and learn,” says Gary Neels, Director of Growing and Research at Canadian perennial propagator Qualitree. The company has been using a microfog installation  and according to Gary, the use of fog…

'Despite our absence at Cultivate’21, we maintain the Cultivate spirit'

Metazet FormFlex North America, continuing to help growers with internal logistics

Although eager to meet with industry members and demonstrate its hanging basket system, Metazet FormFlex will be unable to attend Cultivate’21 due to travel restrictions between Canada and the United States. Metazet FormFlex offers a range of greenhouse equipment including gutter systems, tube rail system,…

Signify supplies lisianthus grower with Philips GreenPower LED toplighting for the 2nd time this year

"The branches have more buds and are really a lot heavier"

Signify will provide grower SenZaro with a higher light level by means of a hybrid installation with the recently introduced Philips GreenPower LED toplighting Force in October. During the previous winter, a 3.36 ha greenhouse was already adapted for the growth of lisianthus, in which the Dutch company…

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…

Partnership to boost development:

"Increasing demand for natural solutions in seed disinfection"

PETKUS-Selecta, the company for total solutions in fine seeds and VitalFluid, active in plasma applications have joint forces with signing a key-partner agreement. This cooperation will boost the development of biological disinfection solutions for flower and vegetable seeds. VitalFluid has developed…

at P.H. Kuivenhoven Greenhouses in Canada (ON):

Growing gerberas with full control of the climate by using dehumidification

The family owned business P.H. Kuivenhoven Greenhouses inc. strives to maintain their position as the leading Gerbera grower in the business. Recently the change of ownership to Gilbert and Wilma Kuivenhoven was completed and they now run all of the 230,000 square feet of the facility in Oxford County,…


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