Technique

Higher quality long-day perennials with LED supplemental lighting

LumiGrow Research, the smart horticultural lighting research branch of LumiGrow, released their latest research report which compared plant quality of flowering perennials under LED fixtures, HPS fixtures, and traditional low-intensity flowering bulbs. The purpose of the study was to examine the effects…

Valentine's Day flowers in space

When you’re living and working aboard the International Space Station on Valentine's Day, flower delivery options are slim to none. An astronaut tackled this challenge in 2016 by growing zinnias to create the first-ever floral arrangement in space. Seeds from the flowers grown in the orbiting laboratory have germinated into…

Success in ultrafiltration pilot Arend Roses and WaterQ/Litree

“We now fully rely on the Goalkeeper”

Dutch rose nursery Arend Roses supplies 40 to 45 million roses per year in 8 different varieties. Besides the quality of the roses and the service for customers, Arend Roses also takes care of the environment. They therefore opt for green, innovative technology to make rose cultivation more sustainable.…

UK: How can Mathematical Sciences help the cut flower industry?

Driving translation of mathematical and statistical research advances into high value applications in industry is vital to unlocking key societal and economic challenges in…

SAP managed services weed out IT complexity at Ball Horticulture

Managing an SAP environment can be daunting, particularly for small and medium-sized companies. Now, as the SAP technology stack expands, the task is getting even harder. Ball Horticultural Co.…

Dehumidification units now available on frames above the crop

Moisture problems in the greenhouse have always existed, but certainly in winter it is a challenge for many growers to dehumidify their greenhouse air. Previously the motto was: the heating high, the screen ajar and the air windows open. But that is not very energy efficient, and a lot of valuable CO2 is…

GreenTech Summit, June 12, 2019

Focus on easier and more profitable cultivation with autonomous technology

This year, the GreenTech will again start with the GreenTech Summit. On June 12, 2019, this conference will be about easier and more profitable cultivation with autonomous…

New research characterizes evolution of genetic pathway for reproductive fitness in flowering plants

Small RNAs (sRNAs) are key regulators involved in plant growth and development. Two groups of sRNAs are abundant during development of pollen in the anthers – a critical process for reproductive success. One of these pathways for sRNA production, previously believed present in grasses and related…

Advancements in LED lighting increase photon output and efficiency for growers

Illumitex announced the new Illumitex HarvestEdge Extra Output (XO) LED Horticultural Fixture. This LED fixture streamlines the design of new construction and/or the retrofitting of new lighting projects in current structures. This one-to-one replacement for high-pressure sodium (HPS) lighting solutions…

"Green light deserves more attention"

All the sunlight's colours have an effect on a crop. The role of the light's green colour has long been underestimated; however, in recent years, the important effect of the colour green has become increasingly clear. Leaves absorb the light and use it for photosynthesis, but they also partly reflect it. This reflection is highest…

"Making plastic from sewerage sludge"

In 2016, Joan Hanegraaf explained how Oerlemans Plastics produces plastic from sewerage sludge. This was during a TED talk. Since then, the topic has certainly not become any less current. This TED talk has, therefore, now been made available internationally.

US: AFE introduces new research application process

AFE’s Research Committee announces a new research funding process and a revised application for 2019. The new application process allows for a single application form to be used. For many years, AFE’s process required researchers to submit a pre-proposal application. Then, if preliminarily selected by…

Increasing the efficiency of each foliar application

ICL Specialty Fertilizers introduces new portfolio of innovative liquid foliar fertilizers: Agroleaf Liquid. The new products provide the benefits of next generation liquid foliar fertilizers with F3 SurfActive Technology. The technology enables better spreading, better adhesiveness and better retention…

Italy: Study to improve plant quality in winter using LED

Nozza Luciano is a farm in the province of Bergamo that has been producing and marketing flowers since 1984. Thanks to the farm’s high-tech greenhouses, over 4,000,000 seedlings of different varieties are transplanted and marketed each year. The management of the plants is diversified according to their phenological stage,…

Australia: A free electronic pest identification tool

Quick identification of plant pests, diseases, disorders, weeds and beneficials is vital to maintaining a profitable production nursery operating under an effective crop protection program. Over the years several variations of reference books and field guides have been used to identify plant pests and…

Helping plants breathe in winter

Carbon dioxide, or CO2, is one of the main elements required by plants for photosynthesis. But plants in greenhouses can quickly run out of CO2 if outside air is not allowed in. So when the winter sun shines and plants become active, they may not grow at all. Ben Geijtenbeek, Senior Crop Technical Specialist at Syngenta Flowers, based at Enkhuizen in the…

Saduk Usluer, ProCC:

"Work and crop registration system almost plug-and-play"

A labor and crop registration system that works not only for large companies, but also for small-scale growers of 1 hectare or less. With this product ProCC started out last year and now the company has dozens of customers at home and abroad. Sadik Usluer: "Every grower wants to see what's going on, and…

Robert Jan de Goey, Megaphoton

"Built-in reflector in grow light provides up to 15% more light"

Reflectors are used to direct the grow light into the crop. Each type of reflector has the right hardness (which benefits the lifespan) and reflects at the maximum (which benefits the production). The material of all reflectors is high quality, but nevertheless there is always loss of efficiency. Megaphoton presents a…

Uneven seed germination in plug trays

With spring production underway, seedling plug production is in full swing. As with any greenhouse crop, uniformity is key to produce high-quality plants efficiently and economically. For seed-propagated crops, this starts in the plug tray. by Christopher J. Currey - ccurrey@iastate.edu The first step in producing seed-propagated annuals and…

"If you work in a targeted manner, you can already learn a lot with 10 to 20 sensors"

The project 'Monitoring and supervision of energy innovations' aims at analyzing the application of new techniques and cultivation methods in several companies, as part of the…

Control system makes it easier for growers to create customized light recipes

Signify expanded its GrowWise Control System to fit seamlessly with conventional climate control and greenhouse management systems and make it even easier to operate. The system, which was introduced last year, allows growers and researchers to easily create and run custom LED light recipes to meet the…

Nino Barile, Barile Flowers Service: "It is something completely new in the industry"

Innovative flower web shop forecasts price, quantity and availability

"A web shop that forecasts price is something completely new in the flower industry", says Nino Barile, CEO of Barile Flowers Service. At the IPM Essen, for the first time, they presented their new and innovative web shop, where the buyer can see the prices, quantity and availability up to 8 weeks ahead.…

Rianne de Baar, Aqua D&S:

"By adding a vibrating screen, the cloth filter lasts longer"

From 1 January 2018, growers in the Netherlands are no longer permitted to discharge water from the greenhouse to surface water; they have to come up with solutions to reuse the water. Aqua D & S developed one of these solutions with the filtration tower. By combining a vibrating screen and a cloth…

Maaike Hamer of Stelzner:

Europe: "Last year's heat resulted in great interest in EC measurement instruments"

Due to the long-lasting dryness and heat last year, it was often not possible for growers to water their plants as usual, some farms had to change their irrigation from rain to well or city water. Since the different water sources had different parameters, the fertilization had to be adjusted as well.…

Marco Stolze and Soerinder Somai

ClockOnline to ensure peace of mind in trade

With ClockOnline, Marco Stolze and Soerinder Somai hope to not only make things easier for the growers, but also to bring about a change in mentality within the floral trade industry. The online trading platform makes the auction process cheaper and the logistics more efficient, but is especially…

Lieven Develtere, ACD:

Hobby greenhouses: from growing to experiencing

The cultivation of vegetables, herbs or flowers is not only limited to the professional grower. The glass constructions also are very popular with hobbyists. They find more and more applications for it, from classical cultivation to comfortable garden house. ACD has been supplying greenhouses to…

For the lazy cook

What is the impact of LED grow lights on indoor horticulture crops?

Michigan State University opened its Controlled-Environment Lighting Laboratory (CELL) in 2017. The 400-square-foot vertical farm research facility is being used to study the indoor production of high-value specialty crops, including edibles and ornamentals with LED grow lights. “The two major crops that we are…

Could a plug replace the traditional soil block?

At Dekker Chrysanten, they are currently investigating the extent to which a plug could be used instead of the traditional soil block used in propagation. "As a company with a keen eye for innovation, we see the investment in a plug-making machine as a great opportunity to give the chrysanthemum sector…

SAIM-Weber attends Fruit Logistica with vacuum cooling

Vacuum cooling is based on the low-temperature evaporation of a small percentage of water in a product. "We thus obtain quick stress-free pre-cooling that guarantees reduced weigh and sales times. For example, leaf vegetables can be cooled in 20-30 minutes, taking them from 25 to 3-5°C. Products with a high surface/weight…

Mike Furlong, Ocean Breeze Farms, on inventory management software SMARTSystem

US (CA): “It is basically our interface to commerce”

Growing a good quality product requires a grower's full attention. However, what happens afterwards, like managing the inventory and customer base, shouldn't be forgotten either. "Not many growers give a lot of credit to what it does for their business", says Mike Furlong, Sales Manager at Ocean Breeze…

Evaluating the precision of a fertilizer injector by measuring electrical conductivity

Evaluating soluble salts or electrical conductivity (EC) is an important aspect of in-house nutritional monitoring as it provides a value related to the fertilizer salts provided and the status of the crop’s health. However, when EC is below species-specific recommended ranges, we often observed stunted…

Maurice Hartman, Technokas:

Growing demand for Next Generation Growing installations

With the increase in the number of projects and the hiring of several new employees, 2018 was a good year for Technokas. A highlight in 2018 was the completion of the Daylight Greenhouse at Ter Laak Orchids. In addition, more and more growers are using Next Generation Growing installations that were…

"A game-changer for water use efficiency in irrigation management"

With a changing climate and a growing population creating a ‘perfect storm’ for world food supplies, there is currently intense focus on how to feed more people with less resources. Water scarcity being one of the biggest concerns, and more efficient water use is at the forefront of one of the UN’s 17…

"Save labor with Supernova liners"

“Time is money,” says Brian Bourdon, Product Line Manager and Offsite Manager at Four Star.  “That’s why Supernova liners can benefit both large and small growers.” The Supernova liners were developed more than 20 years ago in cooperation with researchers at Michigan State University to ensure that small container crops have…

Purdue scientists nail down important plant compound pathway

Purdue University plant molecular biochemist Natalia Dudareva and colleagues have described a complete second pathway used by plants to produce phenylalanine, a compound important for all living organisms. Phenylalanine is a building block of proteins and the precursor to thousands of compounds. Plants use these…

The importance of light planning

Successful grow lighting begins with a carefully considered light plan. A light plan calculates the best possible coordination of luminaires in terms of their distance and orientation from one another, as well as the crop. The trick lies in determining the ideal combination of these factors to ensure that you will achieve…

"Dashboards help us to cooperate more closely with customers"

In horticulture in the Netherlands, there is ever-increasing attention to the digitalization of processes. With the data that is collected, businesses gain insight into production, stock, labor and planning. OK Plant uses Codema SDF software and analyzes the collected data to gain insight into their…

India: Foundation laid for floriculture research center

Rajahmundry MP M. Murali Mohan appealed to nursery farmers to make use of the outcome of research in floriculture which would help them reduce input costs and increase their profits. Addressing a meeting after laying the foundation stone for a regional research station of the Indian Council of Agriculture Research’s Directorate…

Using nuclear science in marker-assisted plant breeding

Imagine you must identify a glass of seawater among a hundred glasses of drinking water merely by looking at them. Almost impossible! But what if the glass with the seawater had a small red dot – a marker – on it? You would solve the riddle in no time. Finding this marker is exactly what new developments in science…

Repair tape for ETFE film greenhouses

The currently available films and structures, such as the Venlo wide span greenhouse, make high-performance, long-lasting film greenhouses a possibility. Covering a high-quality horticulture greenhouse with film can also bring benefits when it comes to energy. EFTE’s high levels of transparency across…

Novel technology with lenses makes greenhouses more efficient

Temperature and lighting conditions in greenhouses need to be as uniform as possible for crops to prosper. For this reason, commercial greenhouse operators generally have to spend a great deal of money on heating, climate control, and shadowing. The Dutch company Technokas has developed a solution: their Daylight Greenhouse…

A technology solution for product recalls

Growers are increasingly seeking integrated solutions to handle all of their operational management. Agrilyst is a software platform in the greenhouse and indoor growing industry for cannabis, floriculture, and vegetable growers. Their software tracks crops from seed to harvest, manages crop inventory…

Visser Horti Systems introduces a new AutoStix-strip

Visser Horti Systems introduces a new AutoStix-strip. This multimedia strip is designed so that its plugs can be filled with any type of media. The rooting process of cuttings can therefore take place inside the plug, which provides growers with a new solution in automatic transplanting. More flexibility in automatic transplanting Automatic transplanting…

UK: Fargro announces partnership with Hortec to provide automation solutions to growers

Fargro announced a partnership with Hortec that enables the provision of bespoke automation to UK growers. Fargro and Hortec will combine their expertise and in-depth knowledge of each…

ErfGoed develops fire-retardant ground cloth

Fire prevention is an increasingly important theme in horticulture. Particularly now there have been a number of major incidents. Which is why ErfGoed is launching a new cloth on the market with excellent fire-retardant properties. Director Hugo Paans of the company based in Moerkapelle in the Netherlands explains that several approaches have…

Plant peptide helps roots to branch out in the right places

How do plants space out their roots? A Japanese research team has identified a peptide and its receptor that help lateral roots to grow with the right spacing. The findings were published on December 20, 2018 in the online edition of Developmental Cell. The team was led by Professor Hidehiro Fukaki (Graduate School of…

Sally Wilkinson, Levity CropScience:

"Growers can use less fertiliser but achieve greater results"

Levity CropScience has published its latest research on how nitrogen affects the growth of plants. The research, published in the Journal of Horticulture and Post Harvest Research, utilised Levity’s ‘LimiN’ technology, present in its Lono product line. Carried out by Levity’s R&D team, the research illustrates how…

Different kinds of white LED light induce different plant responses

The market is saturated with LED companies offering “white light” LED products. Many growers associate white LED light with a sunlight or daylight spectrum i.e. a replica of the light provided by the Sun. While it can be so, spectra appearing white to human eyes can differ greatly and thus induce…

New concept enables easier switching from HPS to LED toplighting

Signify unveiled its new concept for the Philips GreenPower LED toplighting compact. This compact, passively cooled LED toplighting provides a 1-to-1 replacement for HPS lighting that fits seamlessly in existing HPS connections and trellis constructions. The goal is to make it easier for growers to make…

Plant empowerment and data driven growing enjoys worldwide following

From October 2018, LetsGrow.com is in the process of introducing the Growing by Plant Empowerment (GPE) book worldwide. Meanwhile, already about 1000 copies of the book have been sold and distributed. The authors and publisher (LetsGrow.com) celebrated this success just before the Christmas holidays. The…

Accelerating geothermal heat adoption in the agri-food sector

Predominantly known for power generation and district heating, geothermal energy can also be used in its primary form (i.e. heat) in the agri-food sector – for instance in greenhouses or for food drying and processing. Using it for such purposes can help increase food availability, reduce dependency on…

Innovative design for better pots - Choosing the right pots

Planting in containers allows the grower complete control over the growing conditions of the plant. They can control the nutrient supply to the plant by choosing the right soil. Likewise, they can regulate the amount of sun the plant receives, its water supply, and so on. The most crucial factor in…

Model greenhouse production system for annual plants

In a new study, life cycle assessment (LCA) was used to analyze production system components for a 11.4-cm container of wax begonia in a 12-plant shuttle tray modeled in a gutter-connected, Dutch-style greenhouse with natural ventilation in the northeastern U.S. The global warming potential (GWP) of input products, equipment…

"Optimize your water content in berries, cannabis, leafy vegetables and nurseries"

DrainVision floor-scale weighting system was recently developed by Paskal Monitoring Solutions. The system enables the grower the ability to control water content in the root-zone, improve growth process and reduce fertigation costs, whether your crop is soft fruits, cannabis, or flowers. The new system is available…

Black-out screen provides active humidity control

Since 1988, Phormium has produced one of the darkest black-out screens on the market: the double screen PH 98 +1. The screen is known by growers of short-day plants for its darkening capacity, energy saving and quality. In 2014 Phormium launched the award winning PhormiTex Eclipse 1+98. PhormiTex Eclipse combines the characteristics of the…

How to coordinate screens and coatings in a greenhouse?

When there is a coating, there is less of a need to close the moveable screen beneath it. The best results are achieved when the coating, screen, and shading strategy are properly aligned. Growers that are using a coating for the first time consistently report that there is a significant reduction in the number of hours they…

Testing pH and electrical conductivity (EC) of plugs using the press technique

In-house nutritional monitoring is often focused on conducting a PourThru, Saturated Media Extraction (SME), or 1:2 Dilution procedure for plants produced in their final containers such as cell packs, pots, and hanging baskets. Most times, we often overlook monitoring substrate pH and soluble salts,…

New app connects beekeepers and growers

Pollination Network, a mobile app that helps local farmers and growers find bees and beekeepers, launched this week in the Apple App Store and Google Play Store. The app helps…

"Hydronic Bench Heat maximizes heating efficiency and plant production"

Stuppy Greenhouse has expanded its product line to include pre-engineered, custom Hydronic Bench Heat for growers looking to maximize heating efficiency and plant production. Bench heating warms the soil with direct contact from rubber tubing radiant heat to the root zone for even control of soil…

Is LED light 'cold' light?

It is often heard in the market that LED lights produce no heat radiation. This is often stated to differentiate between LED and High Pressure Sodium lights. An HPS light will convert around 80-90% of the electrical energy into radiation. Of this radiation, roughly 50% will be PAR light and the other 50% will be in the infrared…

cooperation Vieverde & Aqua4D

'Mysterious' phenomena disappear thanks to proper earthing

Few things are as transparent, or rather invisible, as various forms of electromagnetic radiation. Still, broadcast towers are controversial, high-voltage cables are suspect, too much UV is harmful, and electro-hypersensitivity is more and more common. It exists, and for most people that is sufficient.…

Books about growing tulips and lilies now in English

The Bollenacademie Foundation has published English-language versions of two of its books about cultivating bulb flowers in the greenhouse: "Forcing Tulips" and "Forcing Lilies". These English versions will allow non-Dutch speakers in the Netherlands and abroad to also be up-to-date on the subject. The…

Solution to temperature claims in fruit transport

In the ornamental industry, is not an unknown problem either: keeping the temperature optimal during sea transport is a challenge. The fruit export industry is plagued by claims that fruit loses its quality along the way due to an incorrect temperature. A good solution to this problem has not yet been…

Budget-friendly for all businesses in fresh produce industry

More customized monitoring and SCM solutions from Cydiance

As a technology innovator, Cydiance has decided to provide more customized but affordable monitoring and SCM solutions for their clients, especially in the fresh produce industry. Cydiance has been supplying quality temperature, humidity and location monitoring device and software for this industry since…

Fleuroselect conference dives into technological breakthroughs and robotisation

Groundbreaking technology and robots for floricultural breeding, that was the essence of the recent Breeders & Young Plant Producers conference that took place on 4-5 December in Wageningen. About 80 breeders, young plant producers and traders participated in this fascinating two-day event, organized…

Successful RZTO cooling pilot conducted on Alstroemeria

Roots Sustainable Agricultural Technologies has presented the floriculture production sector with a successful Root Zone Temperature Optimisation (RZTO) cooling pilot on Alstroemeria (Peruvian Lily). The pilot results showed growth and cultivation of flowers with cooled roots started eight weeks earlier than control…

"Uniformity of irrigation leads to optimal growth"

"Uniformity of irrigation is an important, possibly the most important parameter of greenhouse horticulture", says Stefan Bakker, product manager at Revaho. With a parameter he means a variable, measurable property whose value is a factor of the properties of a system, such as water. Uniformity of…

Slipping into the new year

Old becomes new. That saying currently has two meanings for PDI. The first meaning is of course that the current year will soon be the old year and that the coming year will soon be the new one. "2018 was a busy year for us. I think that I speak on behalf of all greenhouse builders and installers when I say that nobody had to…

Nico Smit, PanAmerican Seed:

"The programmers understand our business"

"It has replaced a series of Excel sheets which were used until recently to monitor the tissue culture processes", says Nico Smit, IT manager of PanAmerican Seed, when talking about software provider ABS Seed.''The system is designed to do seed administration and you can see that the programmers…

Leveraging IoT, one rose at a time

IoT (Internet of Things) in several markets is still a promise, but for those innovative customers who are willing to invest and explore its potential the benefits are increasingly clear. For one of the biggest rose greenhouses in the Netherlands, Porta Nova, growers of the coveted Red Naomi rose, the…

Ben Geijtenbeek, Syngenta Flowers

"A little heat is good, but it should be controlled"

Winter crops like Primula, Viola, Pansy, Ranunculus and other Biennials and Perennials, face a number of risks this season. Low light levels, cold temperatures and high relative humidity, can lead to damaged leaves and flowers and even to root fungi development.   These risks, however, can be minimized with a few steps, says Ben Geijtenbeek,…

Ecuador: "Blocking UV leads to less blackening of rose petals"

The Cananvalle rose farm in Ecuador uses ReduFlex Blue against blackening of the petals. This saves a lot of labour. Furthermore, they harvest longer stems and the greenhouse climate is more pleasant to work in. In many countries, red roses have a deeply symbolic value. For this reason, perfect looks are more important for them…

A closer look at the updated PMPL seed format

Many of PanAmerican Seed's genetics are offered in the PMPL (Precision Multi-Pellet) seed format. The video below offers a brief overview of this new seed. From sowing to propagation, the video below shares best practices and recommendations for growers using the PMPL format. For more information PanAmerican Seed www.panamseed.com

Using light spectrum to control kalanchoe growth

Hendriks Greenhouses is a family-run ornamentals grower near Niagara Falls, Ontario. Helen and Andrew Sr. founded the farm and original greenhouse in 1953, where they grew tomatoes. In 1967, the farm began to shift its focus from vegetables towards flowers. Today Hendriks Greenhouses is known in the…

"Controlling soil moisture can remove the need for chemical growth retardants"

Poinsettias, the classic ruby red Christmas plant, are a species that often rely on the use of plant growth retardant (PRG) to ensure they achieve the optimum number and size of bracts at the height of their selling season. With protective environmental legislation threatening to reduce the use of such PGR chemical…

New plug and play devices deliver dissolved oxygen to plant roots

Dissolved oxygen (DO) does many things for your plant. It is a critical but often overlooked piece that helps plants uptake nutrients through the roots. Dissolved oxygen is the mechanism that allows the nutrients to be absorbed through the root membrane. "Without sufficient levels of DO, there will be no…

Neil Diboll, Prairie Nursery

"What started out as a backyard prairie garden has grown to become a national retailer"

Founded by J. Robert Smith, Prairie Nursery began as a small garden on a half-acre plot as one of the first nurseries in the US to grow and market native plants. Inspired by the wildflowers and grasses growing around his farm, Smith began experimenting with Lupine and Butterflyweed, teaching himself how…

The joy of having a pet...

US (NM): Nanotech company launches quantum dot greenhouse film

UbiQD, a New Mexico-based nanotechnology development company, has launched its first commercial quantum dot (QD)-containing product, the UbiGro greenhouse film. "We developed a safer, cheaper, more reliable quantum dot technology and are applying it in greenhouse films in order to red-shift the sun's spectrum year-round, regardless…

UK: Clay Lake Project update: cladding & irrigation

KG Greenhouses has posted another video of their 9 hectare turnkey project in England . Project manager Carel Pronk presents the progress of the project and has become a celebrity himself due to these videos. "It’s great to see all the different stages of such a project and to see the speed in which it is being realised." In the video you…


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