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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…@deschplantpak
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
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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
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…Innovation presented at Novel Farm
Above-ground: complete management with maximum simplicity
For the management of small and medium above-ground systems, "Nido" is able to give answers with maximum simplicity. Among the novelties presented at Novel Farm (19-20 February 2020) there is also this system dedicated to small and medium above-ground surfaces. "Our automated management system - explains…
Interpreting water quality tests
Testing the quality of irrigation water is an important step to develop nutrient programs and to manage other water-related issues like clogging. by Rosa Raudales We developed WaterQual - a free online tool that interprets the quality of a water source for use in irrigation of plants in greenhouses and nurseries. It is simple to use, just…Helps enable uninterrupted access to cold chain data
Emerson incorporates 4G/Cat-M Technology into next generation GO Real-Time Tracker
Emerson (NYSE: EMR) announced at the Fruit Logistica convention the release of its next-generation GO Real-Time Tracker based on 4G/Cat-M technology.This latest innovation…@paul_atk79
Not sure I can take anymore pot washing 🥺 pic.twitter.com/0UIE4Wq8Ff — Paul🏳️🌈🇪🇺 (@paul_atk79) February 23, 2020
Illumitex terminates LED lighting operations, shifts focus to AI
Illumitex terminates its LED lighting operations, aiming to become a pure AgTech computer-vision AI company that deploys edge vision systems, edge AI, and cloud services to provide visualization and augmented intelligence for controlled environment agriculture. “With installations ramping, we are seeing…
Responses of ornamental plants to complementation with monochromic or mixed red-blue LEDs
In a new study, inch (Tradescantia zebrina) and spider (Chlorophytum comosum) plants were grown in a growth chamber for two months in plastic containers to evaluate the effects of different light treatments (TO Tube luminescent Dunn (TLD) lamps or control), TB (TLD lamps + blue light emitting diodes…Jan Hoogewoning:
"Many opportunities in Vietnam if you can offer feasible technologies to the growers"
When he was fourteen he started weaning violets in the greenhouse and when he was nineteen he was done with it. In the meantime he has been fused with horticulture for many years, from his home in Thailand. After all, there are plenty of opportunities in Southeast Asia. Especially Vietnam has his…
NL: Vreugdenhil Bulbs & Plants invests in expansion of internal logistics
Vreugdenhil Bulbs & Plants from 's-Gravenzande, Holland is a grower of a wide range of bulbs and pot plants. They are to invest this year in expanding its internal transport system SmartFlo. From one central pointJochem Vreugdenhil, Managing Director: "The cultivation will be much more central in the new…
More light ensures higher production of Alstroemeria
A higher light intensity ensures a higher production of Alstroemeria. Moreover, the lamps ensure that less fossil fuels are needed. This is the conclusion of research by the Business Unit Greenhouse Horticulture of Wageningen University & Research into climate-neutral cultivation at Alstroemeria. In the…
"We adjust our plans based on comparisons between data from last year and now"
30MHz visited the Rheinberg (Germany) location, where they were given a tour through the brand new Elite greenhouse from Christiaan Rinkel and Liza Lievens. Elite is the quarantine phase (the plants that are not yet declared negative for disease), and the library phase (the plants that are clean and…BLV launches Horturion intense HPS 1150 W lamp at HortiContact
"We want to maximize the benefits of traditional HPS lamps"
The Dutch HortiContact show will be bright! BLV is presenting their latest HPS lamp during the three-day event. According to the company, the new Horturion HPS intense 1,150 W offers 12 percent more light, which should give growers substantially higher yields. With the new lamp, BLV wants to show that…
"Fire up the injector - It's calibration time"
As we get closer to the beginning of bedding plant season, growers all over are dusting off their sprayers, checking heaters, and performing early-season maintenance on different systems and pieces of equipment in their greenhouse operations. The question for this week is: have you checked on your…
Time to create clarity about the shading percentage of coatings
Various ways of indicating the shading provided by coatings have evolved in actual practice. This can lead to confusion. From now on Mardenkro will create clarity about this.…
Guidelines for choosing the most efficient lamp for your production
Nowadays with continuously increasing energy prices, an efficient way of energy utilization is becoming a major issue in order to run a profitable business and tackle climate changes. Approximately 60-80% of the total electricity cost and 30-40% of the total cost can depend on lighting sources in modern…
Target leaf tissue sampling for precise nutrient diagnosis
Substrate pH influences nutrient availability. When substrate pH rises or falls below the optimal species-specific range, nutrient deficiency or toxicity symptoms can develop. Sampling plant leaf tissue for nutrient analysis will aid in identifying nutritional symptomology and determining the appropriate…
Valentine’s gift that grows under the Spanish sun thanks to Dutch technology
With Valentine’s Day approaching, the Aleia Roses company at Avenida de las Rosa 1 near the town of Garray in Spain has in recent weeks been working overtime again. Because doesn’t a loved one long to give the most beautiful gift of its kind – The Red Naomi – on the 14th of February? The finest red roses…Philips GreenPower Xtra 1150W system
"12% more light output and therefore more yield"
Signify will introduce the Philips GreenPower Xtra 1150W system with 12% more growth light and therefore more fruit yield and more yield per m². The product, combined with the Philips Green Vision 1150W electronics, meets market demand for hybrid solutions, combining LED with traditional HPS exposure…
How utilising the latest fogging technology will keep your crops happy and healthy
With growers looking to optimise their crop growth and the consistent control of their environment, the options and different formulas to success are vast. The importance of a synergistic relationship between heat and humidity is an important challenge to overcome. To ensure you’re growing a happy and…Oreon launches new 1000W water-cooled fixture
"Size matters in the horticultural industry"
Size matters. That’s what they are assured of at Oreon and something they’ve taken to heart in their history of developing water-cooled LED fixtures. Yesterday they showed again the importance of size - and power and efficiency - by presenting their new fixture Monarch. It was launched by a 3 meter tall…
NL: New faces, new product, new office for Dutch Lighting Innovations
Dutch Lighting Innovations is an innovative company that develops and produces HPS and LED lighting systems for horticulture worldwide. Due to the large international growth in recent years, expansion of the salesforce, logistics and development team is necessary for further growth. The team of DLI, left…
Plant and animal cells have the same sense of direction
An ancient protein that is involved in cell division and is crucial to growth, development, and even the prevention of cancer turns out to be almost identical in plants and animals. This has been discovered by WUR biochemists together with colleagues in Cambridge. Their findings will be published in the…
Horticultural Research Institute announces 2020 grant awards
The Horticultural Research Institute (HRI), the foundation of AmericanHort, announces the portfolio of research projects to be funded in 2020. Projects fit into the cadre of research priorities established in support of the new strategic vision. Research priority areas include quantifying plant benefits,…
Autogrow launches wireless smart sensor network
Autogrow has released a wireless smart sensor giving greenhouse operators high density microclimate data to improve yield, quality and decision making. Each Folium sensor gathers environmental data including temperature, humidity, CO2, PAR, RAD and barometric pressure, which growers can view on a heatmap - immediately seeing differences across their grow areas. F…
Oreon launches 1000W LED fixture for greenhouse horticulture
Oreon presents its new fixture at Fruit Logistica in Berlin, Germany. Oreon’s Dutch Powerhouse, called Monarch, produces a light output of up to 3100 μMol/s, with an efficiency of 3.1 μMol/J. 'Efficient in many ways'All Oreon’s Dutch Powerhouses operate with a water-cooling technique. This enables the…Erik Jansen, Signify, about new version of the Greenpower LED toplighting linear
"The most uniform light distribution in your greenhouse"
The Signify product range for greenhouse horticulture lighting has been expanded. The new version of the Greenpower LED toplighting linear was launched by Signify during IPM in Essen, Germany. Erik Jansen, floriculture LED business development manager at Signify, explains that this is already generation…Royal FloraHolland
Developments to help with 100% Digital
Royal FloraHolland are taking the next step in the digital transformation of the floriculture industry; all transactions at the Royal FloraHolland marketplace will only be concluded digitally by the end of 2020. Digitisation increases the efficiency and speed of both supply and demand. Furthermore, it…Hortispares is live
"Easily find the right parts for your horticultural equipment"
Royal Brinkman announced earlier that it would launch a new tool to easily find spare parts for horticulture. The online spare parts store hortispares.com is live and ready for use today. Hortispares is the online spare parts store for horticulture. Growers, dealers, and installers can visit…@LockSucculents
#flowers of #kalanchoe fedtschenkoi pic.twitter.com/104ExXRSRM — Lock Succulents (@LockSucculents) January 30, 2020
Lighting considerations when building your greenhouse
Wouldn’t it be great to use as much free sunlight as possible? In this recent post from LumiGrow, the smart horticultural lighting company, we’ll look at the top 4 lighting considerations that can have a huge effect when building or retrofitting your greenhouse: Site Selection Glazing Form Function Supplemental Lighting…
"Enrich your data-set, realize yield prediction"
Since the start of Data Driven Growing, it has been made easier for growers by enriching their data to realize a yield prediction. Hoogendoorn Growth Management trains growers internationally on how to use their data based on the principles of Growing by Plant Empowerment. The yield prediction provides a…presented by Visser
Up to 15% cultivation speed increase with 'Grown with WaterWick' concept
Using the Waterwickpot by Visser, its first user, grower Karma Plants from the Netherlands increased its cultivation speed up to 15%. Glenn Langelaan, operations manager with Karma Plants: “Grown with WaterWick has proven three important improvements: uniformity of the plants, sustainability of the…Hyperion announces new 1000W LED
"Over 50% more light, using the same cables and the same power"
Hyperion Grow Lights is introducing the latest high power top light in the Hyperion LED range at Fruit Logistica in Berlin. The new 1000W LED top light means that growers can now easily replace their 1000W SONT lamps and get over 50% more light, using the same cables and the same power. Hyperion 3k LED…
"Air pruning containers offer labor and health benefits as well"
Airtray Technology by Blackmore Co is showcasing this unique yet simple labor reducing system at IPM 2020 in Essen with European partners Floor van Schaik and Ellepot out of Denmark. The Airtray technology will be shown at booth Hall 6, Stand 6C36 with the company Floor van Schaik. Airtray is the patented…
Limex foam disinfection module developed further for use with plant trolleys
Plant trolleys such as CC-containers, Danish trolleys and Flora trolleys are used in the logistics chain by multiple and often unknown users. The trolleys are regularly soiled with plant, sand and substrate residues which can harbour mould, bacteria and viruses such as Fusarium, Xylella and ToBRFV. Upscaling,…@NeilAlcock
#peatfree 9cm Phormium Blondie looking great now! #newplants pic.twitter.com/DHqAR3Xcft — Neil Alcock (@NeilAlcock) January 24, 2020
Dutch companies build app to share ornamental horticulture knowledge
Dümmen Orange and application developer Synobsys have joined forces to build an app for growers in the ornamental horticulture sector. This app can be used to share important knowledge about varieties, cultivation strategies and, for example, pests and diseases. Dümmen Orange's customers can start…
“High-pressure fogging will become a standard in the market”
When Meteor Systems joined the North American market, growing on gutters wasn’t the standard there, but nowadays it is. Since optimizing production efficiency is a key point, more and more techniques are becoming common practice for growers,. To further help growers, Meteor Systems have teamed up with MJ-Tech…
"He who sows AI shall reap accurate predictions"
Good harvest forecasts are key for an optimal pricing strategy and labor planning. Under and over production, for example, can have major consequences for pricing. In addition, you can only deploy your manpower properly if you know how much and when they should harvest. Making accurate predictions about…
Why mosquitoes are drawn to flowers as much as people
Without their keen sense of smell, mosquitoes wouldn’t get very far. They rely on this sense to find a host to bite and spots to lay eggs. And without that sense of smell, mosquitoes could not locate their dominant source of food: nectar from flowers. An Aedes mosquito with pollen sacs on its eyes…to calculate optimum production
French start-up launches lighting management platform
"Produce more, but better!" That is the slogan of the Provence start-up Vegetal Grow Development (VGD). The young company, created in 2018 after three years of research and development, has launched the first lighting management platform that analyzes sun exposure and conditions to optimize the…
Chinese engineer reveals how he grew the first ever plant on the moon
At London’s Design Museum, one of the engineers behind the historic Chang’e-4 mission to the moon gave a demonstration of the spacecraft’s ‘mini-biosphere' where he and his team helped germinate the first seed ever on the moon. The presentation, delivered by Xie Gengxin of Chongqing University, was part…
Innovative tech insights for produce and floral from CES
The Produce Marketing Association, along with five innovative industry members, attended the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) to learn about the technologies that will advance the global fresh floral and produce industries.Through the taste and feel of fresh produce and floral at our farmer’s market on…2Grow launches PhytoClip-sensors
"Virtually any crop with leaves becomes measurable"
Regardless of the ambient temperature, taking a qualitative measurement of the stem diameter and leaf thickness of even the smallest stems and thinnest leaves can be done with the new PhytoClip sensors recently launched by 2Grow. "These sensors allow us to see crops such as strawberries, lettuce, herbs…
Software tool promotes efficiency and collaboration for growers
Calculate the value of your own products and make decisions about future production based on your own data. GreenPlan is a tool in production planning and the production budget and can be used to provide an overview of production, costs and earnings. GreenPlan is a multi-user program that reduces personal…Jack Payne, University of Florida:
"Ideas don’t have to expire when money does"
Dr. Michael Dukes and I have revamped our approach to water use. We’re expanding what we mean by landscapes to include production agriculture. by Jack Payne, University of…
5 digital horticulture practices to bring into 2020
In the past decade we’ve seen the world go through a major digital transformation. And it’s still going strong, with innovations piling up in all industries including the horticulture sector. At 30MHz, they believe there’s still a lot of untapped potential when it comes to digital horticulture. What…@taylorsbulbs
Have you ever wondered how cut daffodils make it into Garden Centres at this time of year? From cold storage at 8 degrees, into the glass houses at 15 degrees, where they spring into action, right through to when they are carefully cropped by hand. 🌼 #daffodils #britishgrown pic.twitter.com/VVELVUKH7I — Taylors Bulbs (@taylorsbulbs) January…Bohdan Tustanivskyi, ProfiFlora:
"We don't manage. We teach people and give them our knowledge"
“Sometimes the longtime growers that are developed inside their company for years, need someone professional from outside who will come and say: ‘ok, we see that you lose a lot of money, because you do not correctly use top heating pipes”, says Bohdan Tustanivskyi of ProfiFlora, referring to a recent…
Expanding leaf tissue nutrient survey standards for 74 floriculture species
Over the past 20 years, the number of species grown in commercial floriculture greenhouses has greatly expanded. Data of sufficiency ranges for plant nutrients have not been investigated and this void makes diagnosing nutritional disorders difficult. The objective of a new research project was to develop…
How to properly store your greenhouse portable modular conveyor
When the production season starts to slow down, you might be wondering what you need to do to properly store your greenhouse’s portable modular conveyor over the coming months. Though portable modular conveyors are easy to maintain, there are a few steps you’ll want to take before you pack them away for…Priva launches Phil: growing services
“The program is doing something that a person cannot"
Using data in the greenhouse is an important topic these days. As Meiny Prins, CEO with Priva, shared today, the company has decided to expand their hardware business and help growers use this data in their greenhouse. “The program is doing something that a person cannot,” says Mike Flux with APS Group,…
"LED lighting in greenhouses helps but standards are needed"
While LED lighting can enhance plant growth in greenhouses, standards are needed to determine the optimal intensity and colors of light, according to Rutgers research that could help improve the energy efficiency of horticultural lighting products. Many lighting companies market their LED (light-emitting…Meiny Prins, Priva, ready for new future:
"With our new direction we want to answer grower's questions more clearly"
After 60 years of active service in the horticultural industry as a producer, Priva is ready to pivot into a new direction. Since 2015 the company has been slowly preparing for a future that they are now ready to commit to; providing services in addition to their hardware solutions. Meiny Prins, CEO of…Memoires of Willem van Dorssen (Van Dorssen & Frensch)
"Willem, watch out for your shiny shoes!"
He was stuck during an entire Ramadan month in a Saudi hotel room, accidentally walked through newly poured concrete and became devoted to greenhouse construction. "Quite a story, isn’t it?" Willem van Dorssen sighs. The 'first half' of Dutch greenhouse building company Van Dorssen & Frensch has been…
"Prepare for the future with Harvest Forecast"
There are two questions growers and merchants worldwide have been struggling with for years: “What will the production be for the following weeks?” and “What does my labor scheme need to look like?” So far, manual predictions have been used to answer these questions, but the results of these often…Walter van Vliet on next level sequencing with NimaGen
"At the forefront of what is possible"
NimaGen has put a new technique on the market, named Reverse Complement PCR. It is a new & novel Amplicon based targeted enrichment method for Next Generation Sequencing. With this technique, a broad spectrum of nucleotides can be analyzed accurately and the risk of cross contamination or carryover as…
How much light does my crop need?
There is an optimal amount of light for every crop. Too little means that production will be low. But too much will put pressure on the yield and quality. So custom work is always key. Tomatoes and cucumbers (max. 30 mol per m2) These crops love light. They can convert 30 mol light per m2 per day* into production.…