Technique

Control Dekk celebrates 7 years of innovation

The story that started with: “There’s got to be a better way to water hanging baskets”

Control Dekk, a greenhouse automation company based in western Michigan, celebrates seven years of their OASIS system, which is their innovative hanging basket irrigation technology. What started in 2013 with the simple statement – “There’s got to be a better way to water hanging baskets” – has since…

Operating greenhouse equipment up to 500 meter range without problems

With the increasing size of greenhouses, the importance of a well-functioning industrial remote control increases. The framework of the greenhouse must not be a hindrance and it must be safe to operate the most extensive machines. The new, modular Tele Radio Panther R23 receiver with PLd safety meets…

Aqua4D test at Together2Grow

"More vigorous colours in Alstroemeria with improved water quality"

Dutch grower Together2Grow specialized in year-round cultivation of alstroemeria and florinca (spray alstroemeria). In order to further optimize the cultivation process, the grower is especially investigating ways to improve water quality. In addition to an aeration system for more oxygen, as well as a…

e-book for ornamental horticulture in relation to the light environment

P.L. Light Systems releases Ornamental Crop Guide

For Canadian Flowers Week, P.L. Light Systems has released a new e-book for ornamental horticulture in relation to the light environment.  The ornamental horticultural industry is diverse and made up of flowering potted plants, cut flowers and bedding plants. Ornamentals have specific lighting requirements needed…

Marco Brok, Golden Scorpion Nederland:

"CSA testing in-house makes us less dependent and the quality higher"

Sometimes a catalyst is needed to have a critical look at the day-to-day business operations. What can be done better, faster and more efficiently? Corona was the catalyst that prompted the Golden Scorpion Nederland (GS NL) team to speed up limiting their dependence on external factors. CSA testing in-houseAnd with success, because all the paperwork has already been rece…

Plant responses to UV blocking greenhouse covers

Pure polyethylene (PE) is enriched with several additives to make it a smart application material in protected cultivation, as a cover material for either greenhouses or…

GE Current extends range with new generation Lucalox HPS

GE Current, a Daintree company, today announced that the company is extending its portfolio of horticulture lighting with the introduction of a new generation of Lucalox High Pressure Sodium (HPS) lamps. Building on the existing strengths of the original GE Lucalox, the new range from Current will offer…

25,000 euro research budget available for unmanned growing concepts

The Dutch Horticulture and Propagation Materials Top Sector (Topsector Tuinbouw & Uitgangsmaterialen, T&U) invites entrepreneurs who want to develop an innovative idea,…

"Great potential for burner installations in Chinese market"

Due to the corona crisis, projects were postponed and little was happening in greenhouse construction. In the meantime, the market is recovering worldwide. Vitotherm, a company for burner installations, is also seeing this activity in the Chinese market. The company sees a lot of potential in the Chinese…

Wageningen University & Research

Breakthrough in research into mechanical forces in plant cells

Researchers have long been searching for ways to observe and measure the mechanical forces that act on plant cells. Professor of Physical Chemistry and Soft Matter Joris Sprakel and Professor of Biochemistry Dolf Weijers at Wageningen University & Research in the Netherlands, recently made a breakthrough…

Slow growth the key to long term cold sensing

Plants have to interpret temperature fluctuations over timescales ranging from hours to months to align their growth and development with the seasons. Much is known about how plants respond to temperature but the mechanisms that allow them to measure the temperature signal are less well understood. In…

Covid-19 sparks discussions in local produce supply

Hi-tech greenhouses to play bigger role in produce supply in China

During the Covid-19 pandemic that has been ongoing for months, various issues in the produce supply chain have been brought under the spotlight. How to ensure production and supply capacity and provide consumers with sufficient agricultural products against inconvenient logistics and shortage of workers…

Gert Jan Valstar, Stars Plant

"With a new cultivation floor and seed line, we can really get going"

Since the beginning of this year, Stars Plant has fully focused on the propagation of cut flowers. However, in order to make that possible, a number of things had to be done, both in management and staffing. The new seed line from Flier Systems With the recruitment of Mr. Nic Straathof and Mr. Henk Leenheer,…

Heliospectra

Understanding growth light terms

Choosing the best grow light for your facility is essential to growing healthy plants and getting a maximum return from your investment. One of the most challenging issues that growers interested in purchasing horticultural lights face when researching horticultural lighting is interpreting and understanding the many terms and…

Widely used in industries of fresh produce, cold chain, and medicine

Increasing attention paid to temperature and humidity recorders

Over recent years, consumer requirements for product quality have been increasing. Consequently, the requirements for temperature and humidity in various industries have become increasingly strict. Against this backdrop, temperature and humidity recorders able to conduct real-time monitoring of various…

the story behind Arvesta joining Van der Hoeven:

"Van der Hoeven being Dutch opens doors for us"

On June 15, it was announced that Arvesta, the Belgian group of companies, had acquired a minority interest (of 35 percent) in the greenhouse builder, Van der Hoeven. How this came about is explained by Peter Spaans and Niek Depoorter. "Martin Steentjes and I are both well over 50, so time to think about…

Valoya

LED growth light company Valoya:

Built on the curiosity to explore the possibilities of light

“We were founded back in 2009, when there was only a handful of LED companies on the market, and the technology itself was still raising eyebrows,” says Nemanja Rodic, Marketing Director of Valoya. “In those days, LED meant only piercing, purple light. We changed that by introducing the first white light…

TotalGrow launches Horticultural Lighting Guide

What is a mole of light? How much light will meet my goals? How can I discern if a light plan is going to provide these needed light levels and actually work? How does…

Recovering up to 95% of water with HPRO

Water scarcity, the sustainability debate and legislation relating to ground water use: these are all topics of great current interest that helped inspire Moor Filtertechniek (part of Van der Ende Groep) to develop the High Performance Reverse Osmosis (HPRO) system. The HPRO has an innovative hydraulic…

Hort Americas

Purchasing horticultural light; what you need to know

Lamp selection when speaking about plant production in the horticulture or floriculture field is a very important decision. Lamps can be a good investment when we ask ourselves the correct questions. When working with artificial lighting we first need to analyze the requirements of our growing system and…

Product database eases UV LED product selection process

Kopp Glass announces a new release of its UV LED Product Database. With hundreds of new UV LEDs available each year, researching and comparing the various options for a…

University of East Anglia

Controlling plants with the power of light

University of East Anglia scientists have helped find a way to control different plant processes – such as when they grow – using nothing but coloured light. The development reveals how coloured light can be used to control biological processes in plants by switching different genes on and off. The…

at Cultivate’20 Virtual

Metazet FormFlex unveils new controls for Hanging Basket System

Many improvements have taken place over the last 15 years where the in-floor chain track system formed the basis of the original hanging basket approach. Now Metazet FormFlex has transformed it into a multi-deployable transport system that growers can customize and install themselves. “Our systems are…

Otflow® keeps fruit at optimal quality during shipments

Container cooling solution expands presence in Latin America

Cooling systems inside shipping containers are vital for keeping produce fresh during their journey across the world but often the cold air isn’t distributed evenly, which can lead to the creation of hot spots inside the containers. Ronald Hagenstein, Otflow® CEO, explains: “These hot spots increase the…

AR glasses tell if gerbera can be harvested

Walk into a greenhouse and let your glasses tell all about the plant you are currently looking at. It is possible with the correct application of augmented reality (AR). The Greenhouse Horticulture Business Unit of Wageningen University & Research and a number of entrepreneurs are investigating which…

Royal FloraHolland

Royal FloraHolland starts research into feasibility of new logistics centres

In line with its strategy, Royal FloraHolland is also working on its own real estate strategy. The introduction and roll-out of Floriday, One Clock and new logistics concepts not only result in a different use of space, but also in a substantial reduction in the amount of space required. Free space is…

Scientists begin developing math and plant biology video game

Plant science meets gaming

Renee Dale, PhD, postdoctoral associate in Ivan Baxter and Christopher Topp’s lab, used to experience math anxiety. She questioned her ability to do complicated mathematics, even though she was interested in the subject matter. “Math anxiety is a perception that can definitely impact how you perform. It can also prevent…

"By placing the critical components of the electronic ballast at the top of the housing, the cooling is significantly improved”

Improved HPS-fixture introduced by DLI

Following the introduction of the LED TopLight fixture, now Dutch Lighting Innovations introduces the improved DLI HORTI fixture. A major focal point was the cooling of the critical components on the electronic ballast. With the in-house development of this fixture, DLI says it sets 'a new standard' in…

Zoef Yilmaz, Yilmaz Radijs:

"Unique geothermal heat pump installation for sale"

With the acquisition of leafy greens nursery BiJo from 's-Gravenzande in 2015, Yilmaz Radijs also acquired what they call the best radish soil of the Netherlands. In addition to the land, the closed greenhouse concept of the nursery was also unique. During a festive reception, former Economic Affairs minister…

Control Dekk to feature OASIS irrigation system at Cultivate'20 Virtual

Automated system changes the game of hanging basket irrigation

Where growers once watered by hand and then transitioned to automated watering by time, this innovative system takes it one step further by watering hanging baskets by weight. The product, in this case, is the OASIS hanging basket irrigation system designed by Control Dekk, a greenhouse automation…

Hortinergy

Calculating optimal equipment and settings, before the greenhouse is built

“Our software calculates the best configuration of a closed greenhouse for any crop all over the world,” says Vincent Stauffer, director of Hortinergy, a French technology company. It’s mostly used before the construction of a closed greenhouse to select and size the equipment. It helps to make sure that…

Cost-effective embedded platform for greenhouse environment control

A new paper presents the development of a cost-effective automatic system for greenhouse environment control. The architectural and functional features were analyzed in the context of the realization of a controlled-environment agricultural system through all its stages: installation, deployment of the…

New fire resistant cloth for Dutch nursery

A first for Kwekerij Zijdezicht, a plant nursery in De Lier, the Netherlands. The one and a half hectare extension of the chrysanthemum and aster nursery is fully equipped with a fire-resistant cloth. A cloth fabric that has only just been released on the market. Brand new facade clothNicolon vertical screen…

New AutoStix developments in North America with the AutoStix Media Strip

Visser Horti Systems through joint development with Ball Horticultural Company, introduce the latest innovation within the AutoStix program: the new AutoStix Media Strip for the North American market. After promising test results in North America and Europe this new concept enables growers to import…

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Barendsen Aalsmeer

Trendy Dianthus!Visiting growers 💪😍 #trendy #dianthus #flowers #work #passion pic.twitter.com/HPz5KR7Mjt — Barendsen Aalsmeer (@barendsenexport) June 30, 2020

Defining photosynthetic photon efficacy

There has been some discussion online and in presentations recently about the issue of photosynthetic photon flux. The argument goes as follows: Photosynthetically Active Radiation (PAR) is somewhat arbitrarily defined as optical radiation within the spectral range of 400 nm to 700 nm. Exposing plants to…

"Innovative combinations increase effectiveness"

Sustainable technologies against salinisation, algae growth and water scarcity

Water scarcity and soil salinisation are major problems in many parts of the world. In many countries, people lack the resources to access new water sources or to effectively treat and reuse it. Today we know working with chemicals is far from future proof. In contrast, the application of sustainable…

Conviron Genesis:

New line of plant growth chambers

Conviron announced the launch of its new line of plant growth chambers – Conviron Genesis. Consisting of three models, the GEN1000, GEN2000 and the GEN1000-GE, this new line of plant growth chambers enables users to grow a wide variety of plants in an economical and space efficient platform. By opting for…

Havatec improves, automates, and accelerates production with HP 3D Printing

HP Multi Jet Fusion technology has allowed Havatec to design and produce stronger, more durable parts for its flower-bunching machine. Havatec began to test 3D printing technologies (e.g., FDM and SLS) to prototype select parts for their new “Wave” machine, a machine that mechanically bunches flowers…

Florensis Kenya

'Production should be fully in harmony with people and nature'

Twenty years ago, Florensis decided to start a production location in Naivasha, Kenya. With social and environmental responsibility in their DNA, Florensis Kenya can be defined as a real change maker. The organization cultivates propagation materials of young plants in order to add happiness to anyone’s…

In collaboration with a leading global industrial gas supplier

CO2 GRO announces commercial feasibility project at Colombian rose greenhouse

Toronto based CO2 GRO (GROW) will be installing a CO2 Delivery Solutions VCO2 system at a Colombian rose greenhouse in collaboration with a leading global industrial CO2 gas supplier. The VCO2 system will be evaluated for its effects on faster time to flowering, greater flower bud production and…

Increasing water quality and efficiency

Tackling agricultural water scarcity

Rainwater storage basins are a critical source of irrigation water for greenhouses and open field cultivation. In recent years, the European spring and summer seasons have been warmer and drier, decreasing water availability and increasing dependency on storage basins for open-field agriculture. To…

UTP University of Science and Technology in Bydgoszcz

Preliminary study looks into cryopreservation of Bleeding Heart ‘Valentine’

Bleeding heart (Lamprocapnos spectabilis (L.) Fukuhara) is a valuable ornamental and medicinal perennial. To date, there are few studies focused on cryopreservation of this species, although it could be useful in storage and breeding. New research is aimed at analyzing the effect of bead composition,…

"Grow light cultivation is top-level sport!"

The maintenance of your grow light installation

Grow light is one of the most crucial production resources for a greenhouse horticulture business, so it's only logical that, as a grower, you will want to get the maximum return from your grow light installation. Good and regular maintenance is therefore a must. It means that you are assured of the…

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A.M.A. Horticulture Inc.

49th Parallel Rose looking very nice this morning at the 42nd parallel. @vinelandrsrch @OnThe42 @KingsvilleOnt #roses #gardening pic.twitter.com/8EvobnhCvE — A.M.A. Horticulture Inc. (@amahort) June 23, 2020

Intensity update on Overhead lights

Netled introduces intensity updates for two models of the Overhead series: a completely new model Overhead 550W and an updated version of the Overhead 240W. The new model Overhead…

Florensis fully up and running in multifunctional greenhouse

“What would be necessary in order to optimize the cultivation process?” That question formed the starting point for the discussions about the new-build project for Florensis in Dinteloord (Netherlands). Now, just 18 months later, the first part of the high-tech greenhouse complex in the Nieuw-Prinsenland…

Power Plant conducts interview with the nursery's Manager:

AU: Greenstock Nursery on their new climate control system and potting machine

Several months ago, Mark, the Manager at Greenstock Nursery, installed a Priva Compass Climate control system for 2 propagation houses at the nursery and a Javo Plus Potting Machine. Mark was kind enough to take some time to answer some questions and give some feedback. Power Plant's Queensland Account…

Osterkamp

"Location codes and printing of distribution labels help deliver time savings"

Floral wholesaler Osterkamp, based in Kalkar-Wissel, Germany, has been working with AlfaPro for many years. By optimising use of the location code functionality, in combination with distribution labels, the company has been able to bring about significant time savings. Stock items are now assigned a…

Aqualux UV disinfection series expanded

Artechno now with four UV disinfection devices on the market

In order to be able to disinfect drain and outlet water from 1 to more than 100 cubic meters, the UV disinfection device Aqualux has been expanded with different variations. There is no longer one, but four types of systems with different capacities, which are now available from the engineering company…

Pentalayer films for greenhouses

TEHMCO S.A. is a 40-year-old Chilean company specialized in the manufacture of plastic solutions, through its wide range of products, for the mining, health, agricultural and construction industries, among others. Having established a well-earned reputation of world-class service and developing state of the art products, Tehmco…

Christian Nansen

Robotics, machine vision, and automation

The future reality of flower production

It would be very hard to argue against the notion, that a wide range of technologies will lead to marked changes to horticultural production systems in the coming decades. by Christian Nansen, Associate Professor at University of California Davis Many (possibly all!) other industry sectors are facing the…

Smart sensor for measuring plant nitrogen status of floriculture crops

Plant nitrogen (N) content affects the growth and quality of floriculture crops. The deficiency of N causes leaf yellowing and stunted growth. In many floriculture crop species, leaf yellowing is usually seen in the older leaves. However, this may not be the case in all species (see Fig. 1). Excess N…

Growers positive about grow light system payback period

Grow light systems deliver so much added value that two-thirds of growers expect to be able to recoup their investment within the desired time. That was the result of a Hortilux survey of 130 growers, the main conclusions of which have been compiled in a knowledge document. The Hortilux survey of 130…

"It is essential that water is managed effectively, but how?"

The climate is changing; the very dry weather that we are experiencing now can be suddenly followed by heavy rainfall. The dry ground resists the rainfall resulting in large scale runoff, erosion and the loss of a much needed resource. As a grower it is essential that the key resource of water is managed…

Valoya licenses patented LED grow light spectra to other manufacturers

Valoya has announced a spectrum technology licensing program making their patents available to LED manufacturers and horticultural LED fixture providers. Valoya’s extensive patent portfolio in the field of horticultural LED lighting is a result of significant innovation and investments into R&D over the…

"Keep better track of humidity and energy balance with Connected Screening 2.0"

Controlling your climate by connecting knowledge

Connected Screening connects the advanced Hoogdendoorn iSii software with a wide range of Svensson screens to allow full control of humidity transfer, light transmission and energy savings in your greenhouse. It shows how much humidity can be transferred through the screen, and how you can increase plant…

Costa Color on how AutoStix improved sticking of cuttings during peak season

In this video, Costa Color from Miami, Florida explains how AutoStix improved the sticking of cuttings during peak season; “AutoStix gives us the reliable input every time, the quality is there and the shrink is down. Watch this 2-minute video below to learn more about how the AutoStix concept helps…

Wouter Voortman, Boeters Ketel Constructie:

"Gas or hydrogen: boilers are necessary everywhere"

We won't see any spectacular technical developments in boilers in the coming years, since the boiler is a product that's advanced in its lifecycle, but the demand for boilers won't decrease in the future. "For large-scale heat demand, we will, for now, need boilers with burners. In the long term, I…

Joachim Keus, Ridder:

"The time of postponing has past"

What would the Corona crisis mean for the international oriented horticulture sector? Closed borders? Cancelling of products? The industry was worried when the virus broke out. Now, a few weeks later, Joachim Keus, responsible for the Benelux sales of drive systems and screens by Ridder, is of the…

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Elgon Collection

Preparing some of our exquisite farm-made bouquets 💐#mountelgonorchards #elgoncollection #roseswithaheartofgold pic.twitter.com/2pO8z4fgb2 — Elgon Collection (@elgoncollection) June 5, 2020

Climate computers: flexibility and optical fibre

The choice for a climate computer is a complex one. There are many factors involved in this decision. These are mainly about the design. What do you want to control? How many outputs do you need? And above all: how flexible should the system be? Greenspec responded to this last question with their…

Purfresh

"Ozone as an alternative for CIPC in transport"

The ban on the sprout inhibitor CIPC is getting closer. For those in Belgium it will be a reality on June 30 this year and in the Netherlands, the substance can still be used until October 8. Many industry associations warn that the ban will have a major impact on potatoes and onions. There are…

Hort Americas

Mastering ornamentals in a controlled environment

A new Hort Americas video takes a look at growing ornamentals in a controlled environment such as a greenhouse. Orchids and other ornamentals can all be grown in greenhouses with LED grow lights for great results. Technical expert M. S. Karla Garcia discusses the details. For more information:Hort Americashortamericas.com

Smart LED lighting supplier secures CDN $3.9M of funding

Sollum Technologies, a company inspired by nature to offer greenhouse producers smart LED lighting solution that dynamically recreates the full spectrum of the sun’s light, closed a second round of funding of 2.7 million Canadian dollars from Investissement Québec and its initial investors. The first…

Fluence expands top light series

"There’s no such thing as one perfect spectrum for a crop”

“There's no such thing as one perfect spectrum for a crop. It’s just too complicated: the ideal spectrum is a combination of different factors and is also cultivar dependent, but much more comes into play: the natural light at the cultivation site, the target light level, electricity costs and the…


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