Technique

AgroPro by ICL

New crop nutrition advice community for farmers and agronomists

ICL is launching a new, international and interactive advisory crop nutrition forum, AgroPro.com, created in response to the agronomic communication challenges caused by the…

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Anti-inflammatory and cytotoxic evaluation of extracts from the flowering stage of Celosia argentea

A new study was aimed at investigating the possible anti-inflammatory and cytotoxic effects of extracts from the flowering stage of C. argentea. This growth stage was chosen because of its high polyphenolic content and high antioxidant capacity. MethodsAnti-inflammatory potential of the aqueous, acetone…

Johnny Rasmussen, Senmatic about the introduction of the Bio Mixer

"Organic growers want to add microorganisms or bio-fertilizers without changing the EC"

Two growers with the same need of irrigation with a precise dosing of biomass - and it should be controlled automatically. As there was no fertilizer mixer on the market which was able to do add microorganisms and bio-fertilizers to the irrigation water, they contacted Senmatic. The Danish manufacturer…

Luminescent greenhouse film manufacturer partners with TV tech supplier

UbiQD and Nanosys have agreed to partner on the development and manufacturing of UbiGro luminescent greenhouse films. Installed above plants in a greenhouse, UbiGro is a layer of light that helps plants get more from the sun. UbiGro uses fluorescence to create a more optimal light spectrum for crops,…

Biobest to launch Crop-Scanner

New Crop-Scanner app for efficient biological crop protection

The new app Crop-Scanner from Biobest unlocks fast and accurate scouting for growers to deliver improvements in overall IPM performance. Enabling growers and their Biobest advisors to closely follow pest outbreaks in crops online, this innovative app is set to significantly improve the remote provision…

Smart software reduces high-touch and low-value interactions

To some it makes perfect sense, to others maybe less. Dutch people, like Scandinavians, for example, would generally look for the webshop first. If they can't find what they were looking for, they might ask. But if you go a little further south, or for example to a country like Brazil, buyers often send…

Controlling light and temperature independently with new lightbar

The current epidemic engulfing most countries around the globe has underscored the fragility of our world and shed light on the most pressing issues facing humanity, with food security in the top echelon of priorities. Experts argue that vertical farms are the solution of tomorrow when it comes to…

Stock plant management techniques affect post-harvest flower development of Impatiens ×hybrida

Mary Vargo is an M.S. Student at Clemson University and is currently evaluating stock plant management techniques on the effects of post-harvest flower development of…

HortScience

Treatment with calcium chloride enhances water deficit stress tolerance in viola

Water deficit stress can reduce the postproduction shelf life and marketability of floriculture crops. To alleviate the damage by water deficiency, plants need to limit transpirational water loss by inducing stomatal closure. Osmotic stress induces stomatal closure like the response to water deficit…

Frigga introduces a low-cost, single-use USB thermometer that lasts more than 90 days

Frigga announced their new 4G real-time thermometers at Fruit Logistica 2020 in Berlin in February. They are now bringing another new product for real-time monitoring…

Choosing the right pH and EC meter

Meters or sensors that measure pH and electrical conductivity (EC) are used to check the quality of irrigation water, calibrate fertilizer and acid injectors, and measure nutrient availability for plant uptake. Several different types of pH/EC meters are available, and they tend to vary in size, cost,…

Better and faster steaming with gas-fired steam heater

Because nurseries with soil-bound crops like lettuce or cut flowers are getting bigger, a 'normal' steam boiler isn't enough anymore in a lot of cases. Steam of over a hundred degrees Celsius is necessary to decontaminate the soil.  When the distance from the steam boiler in the boiler room to the soil that…

Water Education Alliance

Bilingual sap measurement video available now

The Greenhouse Training Online program, led by Dr. Paul Fisher, is expanding to launch a new YouTube channel.A new video in English and Spanish walk viewers through the process of petiole sap testing with the guidance of Tatiana Sanchez, University of Florida/Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences…

iUNU

iUNU joins 5G Open Innovation Lab to help drive early adoption and innovation of 5G technology

iUNU has joined the 5G Open Innovation Lab, an ecosystem for developers, enterprises, carriers, and technology leaders, focused on helping start-ups utilize 5G to develop new capabilities, use cases, and market categories. iUNU will work closely with the Lab’s founding partners including Intel, T-Mobile,…

KP Holland starts implementing Agriware

KP Holland, multidisciplinary grower from Naaldwijk (The Netherlands), started implementing Agriware’s ERP business software in May. The company was looking for horticulture-specific software with more functionality. With Agriware, KP Holland expects to make progress on space planning, registration at…

Floriday

Buyers place first digital orders using Floriday

The pilot ‘Purchasing Directly Using Floriday’ started in early May. In this pilot, 6 buyers digitally place orders from the supply that 8 growers have made available on Floriday. The first digital orders have since been placed and digital ordering looks very promising with regard to the future. What…

Peter Mouthaan, Dimo Systems

The modern mouse trap

In the Netherlands, rat poison has been banned for outdoor use as pest control since 2018. Soon, a European ban on the use of this poison will follow. The rat and mouse nuisance, however, threatens to only increase in the coming years. That is what the Dutch Animal Infestation Knowledge and Advice Centre reported in 2019. Time…

WUR

Plant biologists discover simple principle of plant responses to hormone

In a new study researchers from Wageningen University & Research in the Netherlands and colleagues in Japan and Spain have found a simple mechanism for control of plant growth. Implementation of these findings can help growers to design new crops with for example resistance against disease, drought or…

Hood’s Gardens:

“Every basket was identical”

“One of the first things that appealed to me was watering by weight,” Zach Smith says of OASIS. At Hood’s Gardens in Noblesville, Indiana, where Zach is operations manager, they grow a lot of different baskets, sometimes on the same line, and they have them double hung, with a different size on top and plants underneath too.…

Expansion conveyor system at Dutch grower Kap-Tiegelaar

Kwekerij Kap-Tiegelaar has opted for a conveyor belt system for their new location in Honselersdijk, the Netherlands. The new location is exactly behind their existing nursery,…

Meet Robin, RoboRobin

Bosman Van Zaal’s new factory is filled with modern machines and is part of the implementation of Industry 4.0 at the company in the Dutch town of Aalsmeer. In the series #BVZIndustry40, the machines are introduced one by one, in which the RoboRobin is front and center. The RoboRobin is a bending cell with a press brake that…

Dominik Neisser, Vivero Internacional, on the challenge of growing show plants

LED grow lights help bloom show-stopping plants

Dominik Neisser has horticulture in his blood. His parents had a greenhouse in Germany while he was growing up and maintain it to this day, laying the foundation for a life spent studying and growing plants across the world. “This is how I was born and raised,” Neisser said. “I was always with plants and…

How a small molecule influences sugar metabolism in plants

In a process known as photosynthesis, plants use the energy of sunlight to produce sugar out of water and carbon dioxide in their leaves. The sugar is transported from the leaves to the other parts of the plant to provide carbon and energy for growth and the synthesis of storage reserves. Franziska…

Saving energy with special light treatments

Marginpar is always looking for new ways to be even more sustainable. One of the latest achievements is an investment in new types of LED lights. These special light treatments at Marginpar farms save an enormous amount of energy. Old energy savers The new LED lights target the plants with only the light…

Exclusive partnership between Priva and Aranet to intensify wireless technology in horticulture

Priva and Aranet have entered into an exclusive partnership to enable integrated wireless technology in greenhouses. The growing interest in data and with that, the growing demand for more and new sensors to generate data is the main driver of the collaboration between Aranet and Priva. This partnership…

New nanobubble generator Neo offers optimal oxygen monitoring and control

Moleaer is launching the Neo, its fifth nanobubble generator in its product portfolio designed to improve water quality and enhance food production in greenhouses and fish farms. The Neo offers real-time monitoring and control of dissolved oxygen in water via an optional integrated oxygen generator,…

podcast CropTalk host Kyle Barnett:

"AgTech Industry leaders always hit on the same thing: get hands-on experience"

“When asking industry leaders for advice, people always hit on the same things: get hands-on experience, educate yourself and get a network in the field that you can talk to.…

Sendot applies photosynthesis sensors with Qlipr for reliable measurements

Photosynthesis sensor on an inventive clip

Clipping tomato or cucumber plants to the high wire, that's something growers are well accustomed to. Photosynthesis efficiency sensors are becoming more important in the greenhouse as well, and the Qlipr from PellikaanQ seems to come in handy there.  "We actually use the Qlipr for the exact opposite of what…

SGL

Rose grower helps football clubs get perfect pitch

Professional rose grower and football enthusiast, Nico van Vuuren was sick of watching top of the bill football games being played on not so top of the bill pitches. In winter, goalmouths didn't show even a leaf of grass anymore and world class players were slipping and sliding across the pitch. How…

greenhouse & outdoor cultivation

New climate computer helps with most fundamental controls

Within horticulture, there is a growing demand for further automation of the cultivation process. Horticulturalists and growers are always looking for an affordable solution to be able to monitor their crops as precisely as possible in an intelligent and clear manner using automation, and to improve the…

An Australian-based project to increase the use of precision agriculture on vegetable farms

A national project, involving some of Australia's leading farming stakeholders, is focused on improving the adoption of precision agriculture (PA) technologies in vegetable…

Jasper Veldt, WDD, the Netherlands: "Our prediction model is 90-95% reliable"

Predict fruit, vegetable, and flower demand based on data not gut feeling

Many traders still use their well-honed instincts to predict demand. These traders are in the fruit and vegetable and flower sectors. "I understand this approach," says Jasper Veldt of the Dutch data company, WDD. "The data, however, does not always correspond. You can see this when we load data into our…

tips & tricks on maintenance

Ensuring optimal performance of your lighting system

The commercial greenhouse industry has seen significant innovation over the past few years. The greenhouse of today looks remarkably different to those that were considered to be at the cutting edge of design just a decade ago. The most significant innovations have been in greenhouse technologies—driven…

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grown in wales

I can't tell you how good it feels to get the selling bed back into operation. Sharon is filling it up now and we can actually get an idea of what we have to sell pic.twitter.com/sHGr7qcRgb — grown in wales (@coileyparjley) April 28, 2020

Wageningen University & Research

Screen fans secures better climate and lower humidity

There are several methods to prevent high humidity in the greenhouse (which may cause diseases in the crop). More and more growers opt for a screen fan, which blows dry air into the greenhouse. This method is effective, according to research by Business Unit Greenhouse Horticulture and Flower Bulbs of…

Visser Horti Systems

Introducing Wick & Grow

"Now each plant takes up the water as they need it"

Growing healthy, strong and uniform plants is the ultimate goal and the biggest challenge at the same time. Wick & Grow, developed by Visser Horti Systems and Costa Farms, helps growers and retailers not to worry about watering their plants in the greenhouse, during transport or in stores. "Using Wick &…

Plant viruses may provide pipeline for increased vaccine production

Plant viruses can be just as devastating for agricultural crops and the security of food supply as some of the world's most notorious viruses, SARS-CoV-2 among them, have been for the human population. Plant viruses can be useful as well as harmful, however, and new biotechnology research at the James…

Christian Dieterich: "PerfectMoney payment solutions enable operation despite Corona crisis"

"Automated payment processes protect employees and customers from germs"

All over Germany, companies are currently looking for ways to optimise their everyday operations in response to the corona crisis. For many, especially smaller companies, one sticking point is to reduce the contact between customers and employees. PerfectMoney payment solutions (DCSI AG) were increasingly…

new and known

New player in LED fixture market

There's a lot of knowledge on LED fixtures and therefore a lot to be taken into account when developing a new one. At Gavita they took up the gauntlet and are now launching their Wega LED fixture. Mario Taal, sales manager Gavita: “With the knowledge from the sector and Gavita, we have designed a new fixture for LED light. We…

The lifespan of AR glass with etching technology

As people in horticulture often put it, 1% more light, 1% more yield. "Growers always try different ways to achieve more light inside the greenhouse, which means they have to improve light transmittance of the cover materials", the team with Yuhua explains. "One of the most efficient ways to obtain more…

In conversation about the link between the software packages of growers and Floriday

All direct transactions on the Royal FloraHolland marketplace will become entirely digital by the end of 2020. It will require growers and buyers on the Royal FloraHolland marketplace to do business in a different way. Things will also change for growers who use their own software package. In order to…

Peter Crook: Ceravision Limited

"UV-B provides huge benefits to crops, but is overlooked in greenhouse industry"

"Plants grown outdoors have evolved to utilise solar UV-B and UV-A to better achieve their genetic potential with strong flavours, colours and nutritional and medicinal values. But in greenhouses, none of the solar UV-B gets through the glass, which is why for example tomatoes grown indoors do not taste…

Water level measurement of silos and A and B containers

It's not a new system, at water authorities it's been tried and tested for years. "For the glass greenhouse horticulture it is new though. Growers can now use the same technique as water authorities for measuring the water level," tells Bas van der Elst with Hendic. That's practical, because the water is…

"Artificial intelligence optimizes the floriculture industry"

Digital applications and data exchange offer innumerable options for the floriculture industry. Royal FloraHolland wants to use data to optimize the logistical chain. They also would like to know more about how we can procure the best prices for our members. This is why they started the project iFlow…

Diluting and applying disinfectants with the Low-Flow Fill Station

Dilution Solutions has designed a Low-Flow Fill Station to dilute and apply concentrated disinfectants. The Low-Flow Fill Station answers a need for organizations that have run out of the ready-to-use products, or have concentrated quaternary ammonium (quat), chlorine (bleach), or PAA and need to…

Dehumidification without screen adjustments

The importance of dehumidification in the greenhouse is clear to everyone. Growers want to keep diseases and pests out of the (greenhouse) door as much as possible. A low RH (Relative Humidity) makes an important preventive contribution to keep the crop healthy and strong. Prins Group introduces a new…

Codema partners with Chinese neighbours

10 ha hybrid project started during COVID crisis

Shortly after Codema opened its new office in Beijing last November 2019, the Coronavirus started to have a huge impact on daily life in China and on the life of our colleagues in China.  Supervise key projects in safe areas from a distanceJust before the Corona pandemic broke out, the Codema China team celebrated…

How to build an overhead conveyor system

A new video released by Ultimation Industries shows manufacturers, distributors and others how to build an overhead conveyor system that takes advantage of generally unused vertical space above the working area. Overhead conveyors can be used to move products, create buffers and deliver products in…

Increasing energy efficiency by upgrading lighting system

Greenhouses are increasingly trying to become more energy efficient, with energy loads such as lighting, heating and cooling, and other environmental parameters becoming more expensive. One way to achieve greater energy efficiencies, is through upgrading your lighting system and designing a lighting plan…

Changing the definition of LED reliability in horticulture

With more and more players entering the horticultural lighting space, it is essential that you trust a major lighting company with this critical part of your farm. You’ll likely have plenty of companies—from new and unproven to trusted and acclaimed—vying for your attention, all promising the best and…

Evaluation of heat requirements under LED and HPS lamps

An open source model for greenhouses with supplemental lighting

Greenhouse models are important tools for the analysis and design of greenhouse systems and for offering decision support to growers. While many models are available,…

Digitalization in installation techniques

Times of crisis demand creative solutions, of which digitalization seems to be the most prominent. However, digitalization was already part of recent developments in the…

Full spectrum LED grow lights: The truth you need to know

Many LED lighting suppliers will say that full-spectrum LED grow lights are the best option for growing plants because they mimic the natural light from the sun. The argument goes: “Plants have grown under sunlight for millions of years. Why would we want to change what mother nature knows is best?”…

"The reality is that it is not free, and we need to start thinking about it differently"

The water management system providing real-time benefits and savings for farmers

An Australian startup company is helping farmers better manage their water usage through precision agriculture technology, to translate into better productivity and save costs. Farmbot is an agritech company that is focused around better water management for farmers and helping farmers better know their…

WUR LightLab to be accredited for light measurements

The Wageningen University & Research LightLab has unique measuring equipment to measure characteristics such as translucency, diffusion and spectrum of greenhouse cover materials and screens. Now, WUR LightLab is the first ISO17025 accredited lab to be permitted to carry out measurements under the…

"The moment growers understand inconsistencies in the environment, they can act on them"

Most ornamental flowers are grown as annuals. The whole crop is harvested at once – e.g. poinsettias and petunias. Some other flower crops such as roses or gerberas may be harvested multiple times during the crop cycle. Ornamental flowers is that they are typically grown as a single layer in greenhouses,…

European Foundation for Innovation and Application of Technology

Intec proposes the creation of an app to connect producers with the workforce

Lack of workers in the field is a common problem for all EU countries. According to calculations by the European Foundation for Innovation and Application of Technology (Intec), Spain lacks 160,000 short-term workers for agricultural campaigns, although the figure may multiply by at least two in May or…

Saving energy thanks to a more critical approach

Energy accounts for a significant portion of the costs in horticulture. Besides that, your choices about how to use the available energy sources also affect whether you can achieve the desired yields and crop quality. However, it can be difficult to fully optimize the use of all your systems and find the…

RoboCrops moved to October

The RoboCrops event, scheduled for April 23-24, has been postponed. However, various online workshops will take place on April 24 on the theme of 'Robotics in the agricultural sector'. Due to the…

How greenhouse automation can assist social distancing

Unless you've been living off the grid for the past month, you're probably aware that the effects of the Covid-19 virus have changed our world as we know it. More and more…

Shading screens characterization by means of wind tunnel experiments and CFD modeling

The use of shading screens in the protected cultivation sector is widespread, due to the fact they allow both to reduce the heat load and thus to control temperature, and to have lower and uniform levels of light intensity inside greenhouses. An extended selection of shading screens is available on the…

BumperCrop offers

Free Covid-19 staff checklist app for greenhouses

The team at BumperCrop have worked in conjunction with growers over the past two weeks on a new App to help address the New Zealand rules for operating during the COVID-19 lockdown period. Although not all rules are the same internationally, it could be very useful for growers in different countries as…

Watch out: a list of recognisable digital security dangers in horticulture

Virtually everyone says "yes" when asked if digital security is important. When push comes to shove, though, labour or water gets more priority from the grower, and for suppliers, there's always a higher item on the to-do-list, too. Strange actually, because in all company processes digital security is…

CAN (ON): Advancing agri-food research and innovation

The Ontario Agri-Food Innovation Alliance is committed to improving life by supporting the people, places and programs that generate solutions with global impact. Research…

Kenya approves roll out of Google Loon 4G to mitigate coronavirus work disruptions

President Uhuru Kenyatta announced the approval of Google Loon Services in Kenya to enable universal 4G data coverage in the country. He said the approval was in line with Government’s measures to respond to the disruptions caused by the global Coronavirus pandemic that has seen many people work from…

Raising the (LED) bar: 3,6µmol / J

Dutch Lighting Innovations introduces the Diode High Output Toplight as an extension to the already existing LED grow light series. "The new generation of high output LED Toplight Fixtures from DLI delivers performance with a low power consumption of 518W and a light output of 1850 µmol. This results in…

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Desch Plantpak

Today we gave all our employees who are still working on the NL sites beautiful pansies of course in an EPLA pot; a small thank you for their hard work in these challenging times. #covid19 en #flowerpower #greenpower #positivevibes pic.twitter.com/nqYRStJN5M — Desch Plantpak (@deschplantpak) March 19, 2020

Colder outside air ingeniously mixed with greenhouse air

"As you can see, it looks quite 'space age' and industrial and that has its reasons", says Hans Weisbeek of Hinova in a segment on Dutch regional television about the development of the Hinovator. The regional TV channel sees there are quite a few horticulture suppliers in the region, and that those…

Aad van den Berg, Delphy, on COVID-19 outbreak:

"Data-driven cultivation management was already high on the agenda"

As a crop advisor, in spite of Covid-19, you can be important these days. Aad van den Berg, Delphy: "Before our advisers make their visits, we first determine whether they really are welcome. Usually that is not a problem. The advice is given one-on-one, usually to only to 1 or 2 individuals. Most are…

@TheFlowerBin

The Flower Bin

Happy Saint Patrick’s Day! pic.twitter.com/BBs9hhFFWy — The Flower Bin (@TheFlowerBin) March 17, 2020

"Match the filter to the problem"

Filters are an essential component of irrigation systems. The main function of filters is to separate suspended or dissolved particles from the water. In irrigation, we aim to remove particles that affect plant health or the efficiency and uniformity of water distribution. Growers should select filters…

Sustainable cultivation in the greenhouse: higher production, lower footprint

It sounds too good to be true: a higher production, and at the same time a lower footprint. But it is possible, as shown during the 'Greenhouse2030: Sustainable cultivation with a future' project of the Greenhouse Horticulture Business Unit of Wageningen University & Research. The project investigates…

Climate change research with plant chambers

Scientists at the British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT) in Canada are leading the way when it comes to solving problems such as how to feed a growing population and alleviating the effects of climate change.   BCIT is focusing on experimentation with the C4 plant Setaria which tolerates hot and dry conditions…

Greenhouse irrigation and fertigation offer boosts to efficiency and profitability

For many growers, boosting efficiency in the greenhouse has become a critical focus. While improving the effectiveness of all greenhouse functions should be the end goal, a great place to start is with one of the most essential tasks for any grower. With the increasing danger of longer-lasting droughts,…

"Solar energy can do more than make plants grow"

One percent more light is one percent more production - it's a popular statement in horticulture. However, the sun has more value than that, that’s what they think at Arcon-Sunmark. At the HortiContact, they explained how solar thermal energy can be appealing to greenhouse horticulture. "Certainly thanks…

New findings unravel how plants control energy generation

Researchers at Western Sydney University and The Australian National University have discovered new chemical communication pathways that determine how a plant changes when it emerges from darkness in the soil to light. When plants are grown in the dark, they are white or pale-yellow because they lack the…

Purdue study finds signal cascade that keeps plant stem cells active

Pools of stem cells in the apical meristems of plants are key to continued growth and development. Understanding how these stem cells are maintained and balanced against differentiated cells could lead to methods for increasing crop yield and biomass. Purdue University scientists have uncovered a key…

A first for Honduras: wireless control irrigation unit

It is not the first country that comes to mind when people think about high-tech greenhouse horticulture innovations, but Honduras recently did have a scoop. At grower Exveco, Sercom installed the very first fully wireless irrigation system. “We have developed this product based on radio technology. That…

Calathea grower Teun Valstar implements new process computer

"Controls have become increasingly intelligent and they increasingly ensure optimal growing conditions"

In modern horticulture, everything is geared to finding a good balance between maximum return, maximum production and optimum crop quality. Nowadays, most people would agree that a process computer is an indispensable tool for finding and maintaining this delicate balance – and pot plant grower Teun…

@BobStewart723

Bob Stewart

In commercial horticulture you are not going to make much money per plant, so you better grow and sell a lot of plants. This greenhouse is betting on selling a lot of red top moon cactus. Of course we know its a chlorophyll-less mutated Gymnocalycium grafted on a Hylocereus. pic.twitter.com/kD3i3DSx5X — Bob Stewart (@BobStewart723) March…

Plant Empowerment: a stress-free future for all plants

Plant Empowerment is synonymous with Next Generation Growing, where stress is no longer a factor. The use of climate screens can prevent plant stress to a significant degree. This in turn results in greater efficiency. Reason enough for Svensson to support a book and platform on this topic. Plant Empowerment – also known as…

Gearbox Innovations delivers ‘Digital Quality Inspector’ to Looye Kwekers

"With vision & AI as a starting point, our product line is growing"

The term 'digital quality inspector' has become widely known in the fresh produce sector since its introduction. GearVision, as the machine developed by Gearbox Innovations is officially called, is finding a place in the inspection and processing area at an increasing number of growers, breeders and…

BUWADome on silo with 12.75 meter diameter

Industry follows horticulture with placement of the lightweight silo cover

What do you do if you want to cover a silo so that water won't get in? You arrange to have a ‘roof’ placed on it. The latter happened at a major industrial project in Amsterdam. There a BUWADome, the name for the lightweight silo cover with an aluminum frame and a customized PVC tarpaulin, was mounted on…


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