Technique

@NeilAlcock

Neil Alcock ‏

Week 34 updates - Heuchera Plug and P9 Trolley deals https://t.co/NFLllyp7g2 pic.twitter.com/x5D2nTisXS — Neil Alcock (@NeilAlcock) August 23, 2019

"Being duped by fake CCT5 Containers is a thing of the past"

A solution to finding ‘fake slots’ of CCT5 Containers

The Dutch company, Van Vliet Containers, has introduced a functional, affordable solution for scanning and counting CCT5 containers. At the beginning of 2019, Container Centrals introduced a new CCT5 RFID label. This was done for more than 3 million containers, including CC Pool. Before the introduction…

combining LED and conventional lighting

25-hectare greenhouse to house largest US LED project

The 25-hectare greenhouse currently being built by AppHarvest in Morehead, Kentucky, will be equipped with a hybrid LED lighting system utilizing Signify’s Philips GreenPower LED toplighting compact and Agrolux high-pressure sodium lighting. The $15 million hybrid LED lighting system will be the largest…

UK: Reducing energy costs by maximizing revenue from CHP

A combined heat and power (CHP) plant could, thanks to a smart connection to the electricity grid become a lucrative investment. In this video, David Schellingerhout of Glen Avon Growers in Yorkshire explains how their CHP generated more than £ 300,000 in the past decade. Glen Avon Growers purchased the…

"Less guessing, more precision fertilization"

Measuring is knowing, but does the grower also know what happens in the water in between nutrient measurements, and so what happens indirectly with his cultivation? Actually no, but that is the direction to take when growers want to continue optimising. Measuring a lot more is therefore important and…

This way you reveal the effect of a fan in the greenhouse

Fans in the greenhouse are of course installed for a reason. But if you choose to install (an extra) one, you clearly want to know its effect. But how do you show that, except with rows of figures, in a simple manner? With a smoke test, as shown below by Hinova when using the Hinovator. For more…

Lowpads improve order picking at warehouses Montapacking

Looking for an innovative solution to improve logistic processes in their warehouses, Montapacking chose to implement Lowpad. Montapacking is one of the fastest-growing e-commerce companies in the Netherlands and provides logistics for more than 600 webshops. The company is highly technology-driven. The…

@PlantippPeter

Peter van Rijssen ‏

Vaccinium Flamingo production. This is the worlds first variegated blueberry! pic.twitter.com/gYIWl5SnQy — Peter van Rijssen (@PlantippPeter) August 13, 2019

"A controlled misting system increases the crop productivity"

“High pressure misting systems allow growers to humidify the greenhouses, but also to control the temperature better,” says Alexander Ievgeniuk with Lubing. “It’s a tool used in warmer climates, but also in cooler climates growers can benefit from the extra control they gain over their crop.” In order to…

'Security camera' helps grower take action before it's too late

Nowadays the grower has no shortage of extra 'eyes'. Cameras, for example, help growers to monitor the growth of their crops. Yet there are very few cameras that can help growers to detect problems in cultivation early on in the way GreenspectIR, a hyperspectral camera that looks over the grower's…

@MetrolinaGHS

MetrolinaGreenhouses ‏

Over the next four weeks we will be diving into the four main features that make Metrolina a sustainable greenhouse! Join us to learn more about our water source, biomass heating system, recycling of plastic trays and pots, and pest control! #sustainableoperation #growinggreen pic.twitter.com/SBwrBJIDXz — MetrolinaGreenhouses…

Raymond Lescrauwaet, Reflecoat

With this coating, SON-T light fixture gets a second life

What if you could provide reflectors from SON-T light fixtures with a new layer that better reflects the light and moreover creates a better spectrum? Then you hit two birds with one stone and also the reflectors, that have already been more or less written off, will get a second or even a third life.…

using LED as an additional tool

Early disease detection with SporeCam sensors

LumiGrow is launching a new product-line of early disease detection sensors and services. The LumiGrow SporeCam sensors (powered by Scanit Technologies) can capture, inspect, and classify harmful airborne spores for diseases such as Powdery Mildew and Botrytis. The result is growers can optimize pest…

Phosphate removal from nursery runoff using an iron-based remediation system

Phosphorous (P) losses from containerized plant production nurseries can be significant due to the low nutrient retention capacities of the soilless media components. Many states are developing or have developed more stringent rules for limiting nutrient discharges into public waterbodies to improve…

US: BloomyPro launches 3D virtual bouquet design platform at IFE in Miami

BloomyPro was invited by IFE (International flower Exhibition) to do a 3D virtual Bouquet session at their Education day. IFE 2019 was held in the always sunny, Miami City. Even though BloomyPro is being used in the Netherlands by Bouquet operations and customers with great success, it is something new…

@plantagogo

Vicky & Richard Fox

Pictures from #RHSTatton this morning ..hope you can make it? Find #plantagogo in Floral marquee FM27 @The_RHS #gardening #plants #heuchera #heucherella and #tiarella pic.twitter.com/mF7DwupUMa — Vicky & Richard Fox (@plantagogo) July 19, 2019

Robert Kraayvanger, Beacon Fields:

"I did not expect soil monitoring to provide so many new insights"

Opening and closing the window automatically: it has been done for years by growers who use sensors to monitor and control their greenhouse climate. It is part of the wish to be able to grow ever better and more efficiently. Remarkably enough, irrigation in the greenhouse is often still determined by…

“Even in the horticultural industry, the one-stop shop is a trend”

Luminaires manufacturer Industria Lighting is back

Richard Schmidt and Ferry Breeuwer started developing a new light fixture in May of 2018. Now, one year later, that fixture is already being installed in several Canadian, Australian and Dutch greenhouses. Notable about the new strategy used by Industria is the exclusive collaboration with the installers…

8th layer added to 7-layer greenhouse film

The development of 7-layer technology formed the basis for the production of more sophisticated greenhouse films. Now Plastika Kritis from Greece (www.plastikakritis.com) added layer an 8th layer on the surface of the film. "We're raising the standards of anti-dripping effectiveness." Anti-dripping…

Plants under drought stress change their microbes through their roots

Plants that are under stress from drought can change the behavior of nearby fungi and bacteria, according to a new study led by Franciska de Vries, professor of Earth Surface Science at the University of Amsterdam. By changing the cocktail of carbohydrates that leak from their roots, the plants promote…

Meto Spray Trolley conversion kit available

The PLC is a small but important part of the Meto Spray Trolley. Without a Programmable Logic Controller, as this part is called, the spray trolley will not work. Steenks is the supplier of these spray trolleys, and a year and a half ago they were informed by the manufacturer that the production of PLCs…

Dümmen Orange and Hishtil join forces for Basewell promotion

Dümmen Orange and Hishtil recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for joint collaboration on promoting bare-rooted cuttings under one single brand: Basewell. Left to right: Eyal Inbar, Export Sales Manager Hishtil and Arjan Kaaks, CFO Dümmen Orange Dümmen Orange made its Basewell annual and…

"Everything that makes the fan a fan is made here"

Arriving in Venlo, on an industrial estate, a large building is rising up. The company name 'Vostermans' is displayed on the front facade. Stepping inside, a world opens up where it's all about fans, rotor blades, casings and motors. Many hands and many robots are at work in the production halls.…

"Less growth regulation required with LEDs"

Lucas Greenhouses installed a small trial in 2016 of Philips GreenPower LED toplighting over an area used to propagate vegetative liners. As a result of the trial success, Lucas Greenhouses expanded the installation of Philips LED grow lights in 2018 for their 2018-19 growing season. Co-owner, George…

"Fast rooting and more compact plants with LEDs"

After researching and trialing various brands of horticulture LEDs for several years—Kalamazoo Specialty Plants (KSP) conducted a small trial in 2016 using Philips brand LED toplighting grow lights—owner, Rick Ouding, chose to expand his installation of the Philips LED grow lights in 2018. KSP does…

Contracts signed, delivery planned first quarter 2020

Wageningen University goes into vertical farming

This month, a consortium of Light4Food, Maurice Kassenbouw, Signify and Ridder signed the contract for the realization of a new research facility at the location of the Business Unit Greenhouse Horticulture & Bulbs of Wageningen University & Research in Bleiswijk (Netherlands). Vertical Farming…

Realizing the specific conditions for uncommon cactus varieties

Did you know there are many uncommon cactus varieties? Especially young people enjoy cactuses, due to the fact they require only little water, allowing them to travel the world. But how to realize the specific conditions for the uncommon cactus varieties? Deltacactus takes us on their journey. How to…

Sigrow at work at Anthurium grower Evanty

Sensor technology helped grower to decide on best growth medium

In growing anthurium, water management is of utmost importance. Especially water retention as well as drain capacity are vital. So what soil, what substrate is best? With the help of the Sigrow sensor technology Evanty , grower of anthurium in Moerkapelle, The Netherlands, weighed two different potential…

A global platform for buying and selling affordable agricultural machinery and vehicles

Investing in machinery and vehicles can mean large investments for companies in the fruit and vegetable sector. "The Tradus platform is an international marketplace for commercial vehicles and second-hand equipment from all over the world. We can help companies find what they are looking for at the right…

@American_Hort

AmericanHort ‏

The first load of plants has arrived! Set-up is about to get a lot more colorful at #Cultivate19 pic.twitter.com/MqBqBZc5mc — AmericanHort (@American_Hort) July 10, 2019

Completely automated potting system at Pligt Professionals

Greenhouse horticulture is becoming a fully-mature industry. High-quality machines, innovative partners and reliable suppliers are essential. Pligt Professionals, grower of potted plants, pot roses and Gentiana, has chosen to partner with Javo for automation of the new facility in ‘s-Gravenzande (NL).…

Class II TCP TFs integrate with FT–FD complex to control flowering in Arabidopsis

The TCP family is a group of phylogenetically related, plant-specific transcription factors (TFs). Many functional studies have been conducted on TCP TFs and progressed over the past years. However, little is known about their possible involvement in flowering time regulation. In a recent issue of…

US: New app lets growers do business on-the-go

Star Roses and Plants is making growers’ lives easier with the launch of Star Track Go, a mobile app with functionality that gives customers access to Star Track anywhere at any time. Star Track Go allows customers to place orders, check availability of thousands of items across Star Roses and Plants’…

@coileyparjley

grown in wales ‏

The summer nursery. These plants will supply the cuttings that will grow into the amazing #peatfree plants that will be found on #Welsh garden centres next spring pic.twitter.com/s9UuBVbcbm — grown in wales (@coileyparjley) July 8, 2019

@CarbonCharter

Carbon Charter ‏

Lowering their #CarbonFootprint with solar panels, this weeks #CharterTuesday #sustainability heroes @HowardNurseries lead the way - visit https://t.co/s1BZS0PfR3 #CarbonCharter #Norfolk & #Suffolk #SMEUK ’s can reduce #CarbonFootprint @BeeAnglia https://t.co/fchElTnZcG pic.twitter.com/oek6VRHhaz — Carbon Charter…

Poland: University researches influence of supplemental lighting on petunia

This year Plantalux have started cooperation with the Department of Ornamental Plants at the Warsaw University of Life Science. Various researches are conducted on bedding plants to assess the influence of supplemental lighting on plant blooming time, growth and habit. Researches are performed under the…

Choosing the right pH/EC meter

Measuring pH and electrical conductivity (EC) can be used to check the quality of irrigation water, calibrate fertilizer and acid injectors, and measure nutrients and availability for plant uptake in applied fertilizer solutions and the root zone. Several types of pH/EC meters are available, and vary in size, cost, and how they…

Different LED light intensities effects on gerbera

A mixture of red and blue light-emitting diodes (LEDs; at a ratio of 7:3, respectively) were used to analyze the effects of different photosynthetic photon flux densities (PPFDs) (40, 80, and 120 µmol m −2 s −1 hereafter known as LED 40, 80, and 120, respectively) on the micropropagation of Gerbera…

New participative app to follow insects

GeoInsecta is a community application that aims at following the presence of some targeted insects in the fields or in the gardens. It’s dedicated not only to professionals but also to hobby gardeners. It answers to a need that has been raised by many people who wanted to protect their crops efficiently:…

@SyngentaFlowers

Syngenta Flowers Europe ‏

World record for our Calliope Geraniums! Our colleague Neil went sky high and completed the world record attempt for the World's Highest Hanging Basket: 6065 feet/1854m above ground level! #CalliopeMyLife pic.twitter.com/kL7VNAXJ7U — Syngenta Flowers Europe (@SyngentaFlowers) July 5, 2019

Netherlands: Orchid grower takes delivery system into use

On June 7, Opti-flor opened its newest location: Opti-flor Design. For the cultivation of their Phalaenopsis, they have chosen WPS' automation solutions. The WPS system is equipped with a picking position, stick stacking stations, camera box, sorting buffer and tray buffer. Together, Opti-flor and WPS…

Testing different light recipes

LED lighting and the light recipes that go with it are developing rapidly. This, in turn, makes it easier for growers to adapt to crops' differing qualities and yields, while reducing energy costs.…

South Australian government shows interest in Israeli root zone temperature tech

Roots Sustainable Agricultural Technologies has hosted a government, departmental and business delegation headed by the South Australia Minister for Primary Industries and Regional Development, The Hon Tim Whetstone MP, at its research and development hub in Beit Halevy, Israel. The delegation also…

INDO Lighting:

"We replaced the traditional LED driver for a much longer lifetime"

If a grower decides to invest in LED lights, he’ll want to keep them working as long as possible. British company INDO Lighting recently introduced a new LED grow light to the horticulture industry, which operates reliably over long periods in high temperatures; offering growers a product lifetime of…

Albers Alligator and Buwatec:

"New affordable cover for water silos"

After 10 years of research, Martin Spekle from Albers Alligator and Kees Ooms from Buwatec have developed the perfect cover for water silos of up to ten meters. The solution is named Alligator SiloDome and at Buwatec the BuwaDome. "We have just placed the first cover at a grower in Belgium and I know…

Bell Nursery installs Big Ass Fans in distribution facility:

US (MD): "Up to 75% decrease in product loss with increased air circulation"

Bell Nursery grows more than 100 million plants each year, and its 62,000-sq-ft (5,760-sqm) distribution facility in Elkridge, Maryland, plays a vital role in getting those plants to customers. But storing plants is delicate business. Excessive moisture inside Bell’s warehouse too often caused diseases…

CO2 delivery falters

NL: "Growers will definitely feel CO2 shortage in production in the coming period"

A substantial number of growers has to deal with less or even no CO2 at all for a few days. The reason: disruptions at different sources, by mischange coinciding, leaving both…

NL: WPS installs new sorting and delivery buffer at OK Plant

OK Plant has chosen to renew their current sorting and delivery buffer. WPS is proud to carry out this assignment for OK Plant. The aim of the system is to further increase flexibility and to improve the quality of work for the employees of OK Plant, meeting the highest standard. On the left: Maarten van…

In rose, transcription factor PTM balances growth and drought survival via PIP2;1 aquaporin

Plants have evolved sophisticated systems in response to environmental changes, and growth arrest is a common strategy used to enhance stress tolerance. Despite the…

"Total water concept enables treatment up to zero discharge"

Mienis Water showed their Ultrafiltration unit at the Amsterdam GreenTech 2019. This system is part of their total water concept on water management within flower and vegetable farming. Technical director Jochum Genuït explains their technology. "Ultrafiltration is a membrane technology. This membrane…

Things growers should never do in a semi-closed glasshouse

One of the main attractions for retailers and consumers alike to choose glasshouse produce, is the reliability with which the glasshouse produces quality and quantity of produce in a safe way. The semi-closed glasshouse has extended that reliability in the way it manages summer heat, pest and disease and…

Hurricane resistant greenhouse system rated up to 175 MPH wind loads

Alquimi and its technology group Island AgTech, together with its strategic engineering partner Sprung Structures Ltd, based in Calgary, Alberta, have finalized development of the first fully certified hurricane resistant greenhouse system that can withstand wind loads up to 175 mph to meet IBC – 2015…

Frank Koenen, FleuraMetz:

“The joint venture is the basis for joint innovation”

The joint venture between Blueroots and Royal FloraHolland was set up in February 2019. What exactly does this collaboration entail and what does it offer the floriculture sector? Royal FloraHolland CCO, Gerhard van der Bijl: "With the collaboration between Blueroots and Royal FloraHolland we are solving…

Industry collaboration with Ridder Group and Native

Autogrow introduces farm management platform FarmRoad

Autogrow has announced a collaboration with competitor Ridder Group and New York agriculture software firm Native. The collaboration is made possible with the launch of Autogrow’s new farm management platform, FarmRoad, which was announced by CEO Darryn Keiller at the Indoor AgTech Summit in New York.…

Paul van Paassen:

"Light gain in greenhouse after applying AntiCondens leads to more production"

For crops that are switched in the summer, this is the ideal time to apply AntiCondens to the inside of the greenhouse cover. It is a good preparation for the coming humid season, when condensation droplets block valuable light. Tomato grower Paul van Paassen has been using AntiCondens for three years,…

Vietnam: 'Impressive progress' in hi-tech agriculture development

After two years of carrying out the hi-tech applied agriculture project, the agricultural sector of Kon Tum province has made impressive progress and achieved very encouraging results. Kon Tum province defines that hi-tech agriculture development is an important solution to promote agricultural growth…

"In the greenhouse? Put on your AR glasses"

Can Augmented Reality (AR) help with training harvesting staff in a greenhouse? Or can AR-glasses show whether the crop is healthy? Wageningen University & Research is researching this with a consortium of breeders and suppliers. That research focuses on the question: how can we use Augmented Reality…

The importance of a good dipcontainer

From now on, the new pipe rail dipcontainer / sanitizer from Berkvens is available at Steenks Service. Why you need a dipcontainer A dipcontainer is very important if you want to work as hygienic as possible in the horticulture industry. The dipcontainer is filled with a disinfectant so an employee can…

US (GA): 2019 SNA Research Conference proceedings available

The proceedings of the 63rd Annual SNA Research Conference Proceedings has been compiled and is now available online at www.sna.org . This 209-page proceedings, provided free…

LED solutions for horticulture

Vossloh-Schwabe launches the new LUGA COB LED Horticulture modules which provide a highly efficient COB technology with 2 different spectra optimized for vegetative and generative plant growth. Compared to other LED technologies LUGA COBs offer an extremely long service lifetime with chemical resistance, combined with a high…

"This tool helps growers and greenhouse builders to make the right choices"

Building a new greenhouse requires a lot of thinking and making the right choices. Which technology do you put in the greenhouse and which not? One or two screens, LED or not? Technology is expensive and it would be a shame if the technology you purchased has not the optimum return on investment you were…

@LeaValleyGrower

Lea Valley Growers ‏

Lea Valley Growers welcome the Flower-Loving Queen #BritishFlowersWeek 60 Years ago this month pic.twitter.com/bqOpxuOyuO — Lea Valley Growers (@LeaValleyGrower) June 13, 2019

Hoogendoorn Growth Management, Svensson, Hortilux, Saint-Gobain Cultilene, Koppert Biological Systems, LetsGrow.com

Plant Empowerment: Sustainable Growing Foundation spreads GPE knowledge

Growers who apply Growing by Plant Empowerment (GPE) in their cultivation strategy are getting great results, hence this sustainable concept deserves to be disseminated worldwide. Hoogendoorn Growth Management , Svensson , Hortilux , Saint-Gobain Cultilene , Koppert Biological Systems and initiator…

Netherlands: Unique technical feat ready for cultivation

The all-climate greenhouse in the research center of the World Horti Center is ready for use. This indoor greenhouse is built in an existing research department of the World Horti Center. With this unique technical feat, climate and cultivation related research projects can be set up and carried out.…

NL: New aluminium greenhouse roof system Optinova

Greenhouse horticulture partner Alcomij develops and manufactures smart greenhouse horticulture solutions. Alcomij’s latest innovation is the aluminium greenhouse roof system Optinova. "Thanks to high-quality materials, a smart design and the use of new technology, the Optinova forms the basis of a…

Russian tulip growers get acquainted with Dutch tech

On May 23 the Association “Greenhouses of Russia” held a seminar for agronomic services and flower-growing businesses on the topic “The technology of cultivation of tulips, the correct selection of varieties and planting material”. One of the leading Dutch companies in the production and supply of…

New Philips GreenPower LED toplighting compact

"Easily switch from HPS to LED toplighting"

Signify enables growers to switch more easily to LED lighting by introducing the Philips GreenPower LED toplighting compact to the European market. The compact, passively cooled LED toplighting provides a 1-to-1 replacement for HPS lighting that fits seamlessly in existing HPS set-ups and trellis…

LetsGrow.com and Gearbox Innovations

Combining image and data for data-driven growing

Data Driven Growing is a concept we hear a lot about. How can greenhouse horticulture growers make use of this? LetsGrow.com and Gearbox Innovations work together to support growers in this. LetsGrow.com combines plant physiology and Artificial Intelligence (AI) as a basis for smart solutions. When this…

WPS delivers new internal transport system at Dutch Spathiphyllum grower Bestplant

WPS recently delivered a new internal transport system to Bestplant in Poeldijk. Bestplant already had a WPS system in one of their greenhouses and the supplier chose once again for us. WPS designed the layout of the system and installed it together with Bestplant. Patrick Zuidgeest, director of…

Tiny bubbles help flower growers through hot summer

Since 2017 acniti is active in Japan with flower growers to increase flower production both in volume and quality. The first year they cooperated with the growers to setup trials and built up know-how for both parties. They quickly learned in the first season, that the technology worked well.…

Signify introduces Philips GreenPower 3.0

LED production module optimizes multilayer crop cultivation

Signify has introduced the new Philips GreenPower LED production module 3.0 to help growers optimize multilayer crop cultivation of lettuce and other leafy greens, herbs, soft fruits and young plants. The new module enables growers to easily adapt the color spectra and light levels of various dedicated…

A new lighting option for growers

Green Image announces the world wide introduction of their Horticultural Optimized LED Lighting Products. These LEDs and their optimized Spectra are designed for traditional…

Charging your electric car while driving

While the development and construction of electric cars with heavy duty batteries, a limited range and a fairly long charging time are being worked on globally, Israeli company ElectReon is developing a system with electromagnetic coils underneath roads, which charge the batteries while driving. So no…

Greenhouse lighting: Are LEDs right for you?

Have you been thinking about installing LED lights in your greenhouse or growing area, but are confused by all the lighting jargon and unsure where to begin? The Michigan…

Agriware Fieldbook App

"If only that plant could talk"

"If only that plant could talk..." How often do growers make this silent wish when something happened in their crop that they could not have foreseen? Growers follow their crop as thoroughly as possible in order to give plants everything they need. Mprise Agriware has an app for seed producers and growers, the Agriware…


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