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Arie Jan Broere, Broere Beregening:

NL: "Irrigating more simply, quickly, and accurately while using less technology"

HortiGreen has a new set of drip irrigation manifold hoses, which can be used to irrigate larger plots more effectively and save on costs. The new hoses are 6 and 8 inch strokes, whereas previously only 3 and 4 inch hoses were available. This is particularly interesting for larger plots, as it is now…

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ETH Zurich working with robots to evoke Hanging Gardens of Babylon

Researchers from ETH Zurich are building a tall architectural structure that will evoke the Hanging Gardens of Babylon in a project that involves working collaboratively with robots. Called Semiramis after the Assyrian queen who is sometimes associated with the ancient garden, the project has been…

New sensor to monitor development of algae

"Our new sensor provides insight into the number of algae in water streams and sources," the Sendot team shares. Algae are a source of organic matter and the cause of bacterial growth and the development of unfavorable oxygen situations and pollution in pipes.  The algae sensor works on the basis of light…

UV trap helps growers keep Opogona under control

The arrival of two Dutchmen with two suitcases each weighing around a hundred kilos made Moroccan customs officers frown in 2015. Yet they entered the country. Peter Kerkhof of LedsProtect explains below why that turned out to be of great importance to both growers there and in other countries, like the…

Frigoblock FK2

New all-electric transport refrigeration unit for urban distribution

Frigoblock recently introduced the FK2, its new all-electric refrigeration unit. "The design of the Frigoblock FK2 unit combines sustainability, reliability, and intelligent operation to empower the next generation of urban cold chains," the company states.“With the new FK2 unit, we are not just…

Dehumidified air as an answer to high energy costs

In recent weeks, one major worry has been overtaking horticultural growers around the world: gas shortages are leading to steep energy prices, which in turn lead to decreases in production and increasing losses. The Covid-19 pandemic has already put many growers and people in a precarious position, and…

"Machines simplify and speed up the work of a grower"

Horticulture is a dynamic and expanding sector with a wide variety of activities. This expansion and amount of work require qualitative and reliable tools, which simplify and speed up the work of the grower. Steenks Service offers various solutions for specific situations. Their machines aim to relieve…

Nanofoil converts sunlight into optimum light for horticulture

"Plants need light to grow, and a world that requires more food needs light optimized towards agriculture. We are developing a transparent layer that can manipulate sunlight into light optimized for agriculture," says Arnon Lesage, researcher at the University of Amsterdam. He's talking about the…

from AutoCad 2D to REVIT 3D installation drawings

"Drawings have always played an important role in the horticulture sector"

At the end of the 1980s, the AutoCad drawing program was introduced in horticulture for making installation drawings. This was a big step forward in the quality and detailing of the drawings, says John Vollebregt, COO of Tebarex. In 2021, a new step was taken, and Tebarex switched to REVIT 3D…

Measuring fast, saving big: photosynthesis sensor indispensable in energy crisis?

The question of what the crop does when there is a change in lighting cannot be answered precisely by growers without sensors. The photosynthesis sensor is an important sensor for visualizing this. It measures the photosynthesis efficiency of a crop, in real time. With the shift from HPS to LED or hybrid…

Jordi started at Bever Innovations

"We have a fantastic product on our hands"

Jordi Mol started work last month as Business Development Manager Horticulture at Bever Innovations. His job is to continuously increase the brand awareness and market share of the Leaf Carriers. "A fun challenge, because we have a fantastic product on our hands," he says. "What I like about Bever…

Improve greenhouse efficiency with adaptive lighting controller technology

Located approximately 10 miles north of Buffalo in North Tonawanda, Wheatfield Gardens is a 550,000 square feet hydroponic indoor agricultural facility producing high-value crops with energy-efficient technology. Since 2015, Paal Elfstrum, the CEO and founder of Wheatfield Gardens, has worked to…

Automated color detection in orchids using color labels and deep learning

The color of particular parts of a flower is often employed as one of the features to differentiate between flower types. Thus, color is also used in flower-image classification. Color labels, such as ‘green’, ‘red’, and ‘yellow’, are used by taxonomists and lay people alike to describe the color of…

"Significant energy savings by investing in electronic climate system"

”Our business exists today because of our investments in energy savings,” answers grower and owner of Gartneriet Skovbrynet, Jeppe Aavang, when asked about the outcome of his investments in controller technology from DGT by Senmatic. These energy savings are significant: from 150,000 m3 of district…

Machines, packaging, storage, transportation:

Special Post-Harvest this month

This month, we will pay more attention to post-harvest techniques, processes and products. Also on HortiDaily, and our Dutch newsletters, Groentennieuws and bloemenplantennieuws, this subject will be highlighted. The articles related to post-harvest are published in a Special box, named Special Post-harvest. Quality and shelf…

3-5 november

"To create the ideal climate in the greenhouse, all installations must perform optimally"

During the International Floriculture Trade Fair in Vijfhuizen from 3 - 5 November, Lock Drives will be presenting three new products: the electric drive unit EWA50 PowerDrive, the control unit LSC40, and the frequency inverter SPL60 will be shown in stand B4.18. To create the optimal climate in the…

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Lumileds LUXEON HL2X

"Our new lights have a higher light output and better color stability"

Lumileds upgraded its LUXEON HL2X portfolio with higher light output and a better lifetime and color stability. The LUXEON HL2X now has 330 or more lumens at 700mA and 85°C, and, with over 12,000 hours of test data, lays claim to stability with color shift smaller than 2pts.  The 3.5 x.3.5mm domed emitter…

GrowFlux

University grads building 'plug and play horticulture' lighting system

GrowFlux offers “plug and play horticulture” using cloud-connected controls for grow lights which are designed to replicate natural lights. The device is engineered to work with grow lights manufactured by all major lighting companies. It is a waterproof switch with connectors to lights and circuitry to…

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How can you make LED grow lights more affordable?

The benefits of using LED grow lights with controlled environment crops are well documented. One of the reasons some growers are reluctant to make the investment in these grow lights is affordability. Horticultural distributor Hort Americas is working with LED grow light manufacturer GE Current, a…

Olivier Begerem, 2Grow:

"Everything that affects a plant, we can make clear with our sensors"

With the rise of new technology in cultivation, growers are being offered all kinds of new control options, for example, new, innovative fittings for lighting. It helps growers to see, preferably in real-time, what all these new techniques are doing to their crops and particularly how the crop responds…

TerraBloom:

"Controllers bring intellect to fans"

"The scale of indoor farm facilities is rapidly increasing. Until the last couple of years, the average number of fans required for grow facilities we supplied was around 50 units, but now it is more common to see indoor farms requiring 300-400 large-size fans. Operating equipment efficiently at such…

P.L. Light Systems

How the right connector can save you time and money

There is more to lighting than just lighting. Using the right connector for your luminaire makes all the difference when it comes to ease of installation, maintenance, and future retrofit projects, the team with P.L. Light Systems says. "We've always used connectors specifically designed to meet…

Renko Schuil, Phormium:

"It is possible that focus in screen cloths will shift from light to energy"

More and more customers want to see changing conditions translated into available screen cloths, the people at Phormium notice. That is why the company has been investing heavily in data collection and R&D for years, says Renko Schuil. "At the same time, we can always fall back on the reliable and…

You can treat all kinds of water with this one system

Seven years ago, the Dutch company Mienis Water began developing its Ultrafiltration system, which involved the necessary challenges, explains technical director Jochum Genuit. However, they now have a firm handle on the technology. "We can now treat all types of water streams with the same system. We…

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Why do we need a written vision for digitalization in horticulture?

The impact of digitalization on the sector is bound to be historic. Consequently, the horticultural sector must develop a vision for this, to avoid being ‘caught off guard' by any developments. A proactive attitude is needed more than ever, Colinda de Beer says. As it happens, such a vision has been…

Grodan

Updates for e-Gro system for artificial light growing

As the days get shorter and darker, the growing season is coming to a close, or growers will soon switch to growing with artificial light. As a result of interviews with growers worldwide and continuous testing, Grodan has enhanced three features of its e-Gro in order to help optimize growing, plan…

New features for lighting platform

This month, Sollum Technologies unveiled new and upgraded features for SUN as a Service® (“SUNaaS”) cloud platform. The nerve center of the 100% programmable Sollum™ LED lighting solution, SUNaaS gives greenhouse growers remote control of their lighting and opens production opportunities for the…

A soil monitoring and recommendation system for consumers' ornamental plants

Taking care of ornamental plants includes paying attention to soil moisture in pots, making sure the plants are exposed to sufficient sunlight, and applying fertilizer when needed. However, people nowadays do not have enough time to monitor the conditions of their plants. In this paper, the research team…

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Models become increasingly vital for growers

​Horticulture is becoming increasingly data-driven, and thus computer systems models have to be reliable. The Business Unit Greenhouse Horticulture and Flower Bulbs of Wageningen University & Research is therefore constantly reviewing their models, especially their behavior in the more extreme…

Ultrasonic battle against algae and micro-organisms into focus

As every grower knows, algae, bacteria, and fungi thrive in silos and basins, where algae and biofilm like to attach themselves to the basin and silo lining. Algae are responsible for the often green color of the water, and this algae deposit has a negative impact on water quality and leads to additional…

Bart Kouwenberg, Harster Greenhouses:

CAN: “Nanobubble technology reduces violet crop growth cycle by a week”

“The technology has stimulated growth, improved the quality of our flowers, and has led to using fewer fertilizers and chemicals,” says Bart Kouwenberg, Head Grower at Harster Greenhouses, a 15-acre greenhouse in Canada. In this article, Kouwenberg shares why they decided to start using this technology,…

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TSRgrow expands GROWHub monitoring platfrom

"Real time and historical data will keep you in peak performance"

TSRgrow has expanded its lighting, power, and environmental control and monitoring platform, GROWHub™. "GROWHub is a cultivator's autopilot solution that allows you to manage, track, and control your cultivation environment," the TSRgrow team explains. "GROWHub provides real-time and historical data to…

“Energy costs make control measures all the more important”

In the Netherlands, the lit cultivation season is around the corner. The current electricity prices mean optimal lighting is vital, which, according to Paul Blom of Multi-meet, you can achieve by measuring the light in the greenhouse, or by having emissions from several lamps and reflectors measured.  Emissions…

Seed meets Technology looks back at a successful edition

Participants, many of whom had not physically attended a trade fair since the COVID breakout in March 2020, were delighted to hear that the event would not be canceled this year. The municipality saw ample possibilities for the safe organization of the event and actively contributed its ideas to this.…

New dual function light increases crop yield and prevents mold and pests

Boulderlamp, Inc. (BLI) is introducing a new unique horticultural and antimicrobial LED combo light for indoor and greenhouse cultivations. PerfectPar™ DuoLight 4000 is a patent-pending dual-function light designed to increase crop production with less energy and to provide preventative control of mold…

Len Logsdon, Control Dekk:

US (MI): “One grower can now take care of over 100 basket lines by himself”

“We thought growers would be mainly interested in the environmental aspect of our irrigation system, but we have noticed that labor has been the most interesting aspect for growers,” says Len Logsdon, Greenhouse Automation Engineer at Control Dekk. “Our Oasis system is a hanging basket irrigation…

Research update: on the technical performance characteristics of horticultural lamps

GLASE has published a review of horticulture lighting system performance, including recommendations for both the lighting standards community and growers for navigating the…

FedEx to deploy trucks on public highway between Houston and Dallas

PACCAR begins extensive field test with self driving trucks

DAF’s parent company PACCAR and FedEx have begun an extensive field test in the US with self-driving trucks. The vehicles will be driven on the route between Dallas and Houston – a journey of around 400 kilometers. The self-driving technology has been jointly developed by PACCAR and Aurora with the aim…

Source: Value Maritime

Ship will collect CO2 for greenhouses

Value Maritime has developed an onboard CO₂ Capture and Storage solution for the Maritime Industry. A Capture Module captures CO₂ from the vessel's exhaust and uses the CO₂ to charge a CO₂ Battery; a CO₂ storage facility on which CO₂ can be charged and discharged. The Capture module will be integrated…

October: Special Lighting and Technique

October is lighting and greenhouse technique month on our horticultural sites this month. More and more growers are installing lamps, and new techniques are also being developed to make the inside of greenhouses even better.This special is the opportunity to share novelties, news, and new developments…


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