This digital cultivation logbook does not forget or lose anything

Walking around the greenhouse and inspecting the plants is a routine job for growers. Equipped with a notepad and an EC meter, growers are doing their job. Feeling, smelling, seeing: "Hey, seems like a pest" and "oh, those plants look kind of dry". Let's write that down. But then... a quick phone call in…

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Neil Alcock

Physocarpus Magic Ball! #newplants pic.twitter.com/nMLm9rUg99 — Neil Alcock (@NeilAlcock) April 12, 2021

Looije Agro Technics about lighting choice

"Do not rely solely in the blue LEDs from suppliers"

There is a lot of movement in the greenhouse light market at the moment. Over the coming two months, greenhouse vegetable growers in Northwest Europe will certainly have to make decisions. And also in floriculture growers are faced with choices. Do they want to use (more) artificial light? And if so,…

CIS with Stefano: "Some patience needed, but everything will be okay"

Quiz question: what are the CIS countries? Perhaps not too difficult a question for those familiar with recent world history. After the collapse of the Soviet Union, a number of former USSR republics united in the CIS. So we are talking about Russia and a number of surrounding countries, and that is…

The ABC of PAR, PPF and PPFD

There is a myriad of factors for growers to take onboard when building a greenhouse or grow area. Firstly, there’s plant lifecycles and grow light positioning. Then, there’s heat and light spectrum, not to mention space and market. Little wonder taking on such a challenge can feel rather overwhelming, to start off with at…

US (NY): Thrive Agritech releases new 600W Pinnacle LED grow light

Thrive Agritech has released the new Pinnacle LED grow light. "Energy-efficient LED technology allows the 600W Pinnacle light to effectively replace the best 1,000W double-ended high-pressure sodium lights commonly found in greenhouses and high-intensity indoor cannabis operations," Thrive Agritech team…

Phys.org

Rise of the 'robo-plants': scientists fuse nature with technology

Remote-controlled Venus flytrap "robo-plants" and crops that tell farmers when they are hit by disease could become reality after scientists developed a high-tech system for communicating with vegetation. Researchers in Singapore linked up plants to electrodes capable of monitoring the weak electrical…

Embedded multi-sensor & imaging horticulture lighting system launched

Agnetix has launched Zenith, a new grow lighting series with built-in sensor & imaging technologies. Building on Agnetix A3, Zenith directly integrates plant health sensors and canopy imaging cameras with the Agnetix water-cooled system. With several standard and optional configurations, Zenith provides…

@SyngentaFlowers

Syngenta Flowers

The Rio Dipladenias are ready for the sales season since beginning of March. And they look better and better! Already in garden centers close to you.Images directly from a grower in South of Spain. pic.twitter.com/9agEXjBFC0 — Syngenta Flowers (@SyngentaFlowers) April 6, 2021

"Remote advice is direct and future proof"

The single greatest benefit from crop consultancy at a distance? Leo van Uffelen has no doubt: It’s the speed. The crop consultant believes that remote advice is the future in horticulture. Convincing the sector can be tough. But Leo has a weapon: data. Leo works as an independent crop consultant who’s…

Climate cell offers solution to catch peak period in fern plant cultivation

VitroPlus has invested in two additional climate cells from Dawson Group. With this move, the company from Burgh-Haamstede has increased their cultivation capacity in order to meet the ever-increasing demand for ferns. "The conditions are extremely important in our cultivation and in the Dawson cell we…

Robot Sprayer with adjustable sprayer boom launched

Based on the experience of plant protection in protected soil, as well because of close cooperation with agronomists of greenhouse complexes, the team with Walzmatic has created robot sprayer Agro Jet 300R. "This is the first sprayer in the world with automatically adjustable sprayer boom, so you do not…

The concept of lighting from an untainted view

There is a lot of movement in the greenhouse light market at the moment. Over the coming two months, greenhouse vegetable growers will certainly have to make decisions. And entrepreneurs are also faced with choices in floriculture. Do they want to illuminate (more)? And if so, with which luminaires above…

In memoriam Eric Laget, commercial director CMF Group

It is with deep sadness that Renaud Josse, president of the French CMF Group, announces the sudden and tragic passing of Eric Laget, commercial director of the company. Eric passed away March 16 2021, at the age of 55. Eric joined the company in September 1999 as head of sales. He became CMF’s sales manager…

Award for biodegradable paper technology

At the 2021 Green Expo held in Queensland, Australia, Ellepot’s newest development in paper technology, the Ellepot Organic 2.0, won the award for best new product in the Allied Trade category. The paper material in Ellepot Organic 2.0 is certified by the Soil Association, FSC, Rainforest Alliance and…

Pieter van Berchum, Gakon Horticultural Projects:

"Acquisition prepares us for the next seventy years"

“Netafim has the network, the strength, and the financial capabilities to put Gakon on the map worldwide,” says Pieter van Berchum, Managing Director of Gakon Horticultural Projects. From April 1, the company will officially be part of Netafim. 70 years of historyGakon Horticultural Projects was founded in…

WPS:

US (CO): First potted plants transported with SmartFlo at Altman Plants

At Altman Plants, a WPS SmartFlo conveyor belt system has been installed. The SmartFlo system is installed in the main aisle in their greenhouse in Peyton CO. Richard Dekker, maintenance manager at Altman Plants, scanned the market and ended up at WPS SmartFlo. Altman awarded the system to WPS, because…

ecoligo:

"Kenya's first floating solar project installed at Rift Valley Roses"

Take a look at Kenya's first floating solar project that is based at the Water reservoir of rose grower Rift Valley Roses. The project has been made possible by 125 German crowd investors, via ecoligo.investments. In this video below, the project is shown and the benefits are presented. Besides generating…

Drying of flowers: a money-spinning aspect of floriculture industry

'Drying of flowers: a money-spinning aspect of floriculture industry' is an article of Kumar, S., A. Malik and V. Hooda, published in the Journal of Pharmacognosy and…

playing with far-red light improves yield

"Eventually all lighting will be dynamic"

"How much far-red light plants need, changes during the season and even during the day," says Koen of MechaTronix. Lighting with an adjustable partial spectrum allows for this kind of control: the standard spectrum remains the same and the intensity of red and far-red light can be adjusted. "You only…

Pluggable solutions remove installation hurdles for horticultural lighting

The greenhouse horticulture industry is undeniably a development in which growers are switching from HPS lighting to hybrid or full-LED lighting systems. This means that fixtures have to be replaced. And the installation of new fixtures also involves adjustment of the electrical installation. However,…

High tech tissue culture lab housed in 40’ shipping container

Rootstock supplier Fairplant and tissue culture specialist ViVi, part of Visser Horti Systems, work together as strategic partners to implement a new innovation for the blueberry tissue culture market. Three 40ft containers with a fully functioning micropropagation laboratory inside will be the…

@NufarmUSGHN

Nufarm US GHN

Your NEW must-have, introducing Engulf GHN. Protect ornamentals 🌼, tomatoes 🍅 & Christmas trees 🌲. Plus, WIN our $50 Amazon Gift Card Giveaway! https://t.co/RNMWKNSeDZ#GrowingYourWay #MIGHTvsMITE #EngulfGHN #ghn #grower #greenhouse #mites pic.twitter.com/s1Fk0FKXhW — Nufarm US GHN (@NufarmUSGHN) March 17, 2021

New water-powered chemical injector introduced

Dosatron International, LLC, with corporate offices in Clearwater, Florida, is excited to officially launch the New 40 GPM series of water-powered chemical injectors. The Dosatron D40MZ series is water-powered, so no electricity is needed, and includes three models to choose from. The D40MZ2 with a dilution…

Photo by Colinda de Beer

Autonomous horticulture with the help of AI, will people soon be redundant?

This year will see the start of the 3rd edition of the ‘Autonomous Greenhouse Challenge’. The challenge is to grow lettuce in a greenhouse ‘completely autonomously and without…

UK: Drones will be mainstream delivery option by 2040

As unmanned technology and network scale dramatically bring down costs, drones could account for one-third of same-day package deliveries by 2040. While security and privacy…

Photo by Seon-Yeong Kwak

"Light-up plants and email from spinach", lab turns over a new leaf on flora

Glowing trees that can replace street lights and spinach that can send out emails to warn of approaching danger sounds like the stuff of fantasy. But a laboratory at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, which is pioneering what its lead scientist Prof. Michael Strano has named plant nanobionics, is…

New online tool for quantity calculation of hygiene management

Production and marketing safety in horticulture require a functioning hygiene management. For an effective hygiene concept, a targeted and precise application of detergents and disinfectants is necessary. The required quantities of detergents and disinfectants can be reduced to a minimum by competent…

Fewer mixers, better results at the nursery DanRoses

When DanRoses took ownership of an older nursery on the Danish island Funen four years ago, seven fertilizer mixers from the 1980’s controlled all watering in the production, but the process was always monitored by the grower due to instability and errors. Now, fewer new mixers give better results – and…

@Mullerseeds

Mullerseeds

A gift from a colleague. In advance for the new building. Thank you Katinka. pic.twitter.com/3fv8iVivIJ — Mullerseeds (@Mullerseeds) March 10, 2021

Signify launches new LED toplights

"We mean to serve growers optimizing for yield and those optimizing for energy reduction"

Signify announces an expansion to its range of Philips GreenPower LED toplighting products, providing growers a new range for light-loving crops with the Philips GreenPower LED toplighting force. The company also updates its proven toplighting compact and toplighting linear product ranges with new…

"Now that we have the data we can utilize our strength"

The sensors that currently provide growers with a lot of data will be for sale 'on every street corner' in five years, according to John van Helden from Yookr. That is why he is happy that he has a smart open-source software platform on the market right now. "This way, we can constantly link data from…

Organizzazione Orlandelli s.r.l

Introducing trolleys with C-LED lighting kit

Nowadays, nursery techniques of producing small and young plants in an indoor environment provide for different protocols depending on the type of starting material. In vitro micropropagation, the production of cuttings, the grafting of young horticultural plants, etc., are generally conducted in…

TSRgrow introduces Lighting as a Platform

TSRgrow has announced Lighting as a Platform (LaaP), a technology that delivers results to indoor growers, while reducing up-front and long-term operating costs. "Lighting as…

DesignLights Consortium releases second draft of update to technical requirements for horticultural lighting

The DesignLights Consortium (DLC) today released the second draft of updated Technical Requirements for Horticultural Lighting (Version 2.1). Scheduled to take effect on July…

special "covid-offer" for growers struggling due to pandemic

Track & trace flowerbulbs to next level with software Beam

Tracking and tracing your flowers and flowerbulbs has become increasingly important over the last few years. Certification standards like Global GAP specifically demand traceability and a good administration of the quality of the products. Still, at a lot of growers, a lot of the registration happens on…

Anton Alibekov with Zofto Solutions

“We are able to digitalize any process that currently requires paper”

Although digitalization made great strides in the past year, there are still many benefits to be gained. For the fresh produce sector specifically, Zofto Solutions has been established. “With our software tools, we can digitalize any ‘paper’ procedure in a very uncomplicated way,” says Anton Alibekov…

Next generation of loT supply chain monitoring devices released

Supply chain visibility provider Sensitech has expanded its suite of IoT devices to include air-carrier approved and non-lithium battery models for real-time tracking of shipments when cargo is traveling by plane. The enhanced family of TempTale® GEO and VizCommTM View products support shipments…

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"Horticulture is an interesting sector for hackers"

Suddenly it does get very hot in the greenhouse. The grow pipe appears to be heating up at maximum and the windows are closed. The screen system does not seem to respond to the sun and the irrigation is set to zero. The climate computer no longer responds to adjustments, instead giving an unknown…

Patrick Ménard, Sollum Technologies, on SUN as a Service™:

"We see a light recipe as a movie"

As horticultural lighting becomes more precise and efficient, so too are the control systems that manage it. A prime example is Sollum’s SUN as a Service™ application, which…

"it took a dog bite for the customer to accept the offer"

Bram's adventures at home and abroad

"There's no course for it. It's quite difficult." That's what Bram van den Ende says when you ask him if he finds it difficult to retire. After half a century at Stolze group, where he started at 16 as the first employee and he was able to work himself up to CEO, it is time to step down. "When you've…

extended oil service intervals by an average 80%

New lubricant for engines on non-natural gas

Q8Oils and INNIO Jenbacher have today launched Jenbacher S Oil 40 gas engine oil, a new lubricant for engines that operate on non-natural gas (including, but not limited to biogas, sewage gas and landfill gas). This is one of the first products developed by the long-term global partnership established by…

Hans Boer, J. F. Boer Aanhangwagens en Stroomaggregaten

"We sell generators from Aalsmeer to Africa"

When it snows like last week, Hans Boer of J.F. Boer from Berkel en Rodenrijs, also known as Boer Berkel, knows what is going to happen. Growers get nervous and call him. "It has always been this way. But things are usually not that bad and we can provide a timely solution. Hans should know, the 'Boers'…

Plug-and-play lighting system allows growers to identify targeted light conditions

Horticultural lighting is no longer simply a matter of lights being on or off, but about everything in between as growers seek to maximize yield and product quality through improved lighting conditions. According to Ryan Hunt, cofounder of Grow Ray and technical advisor at Candidus, the horticultural…

Martin Stolze streamlines order processing for Richplant

Previously, only trolleys with a single product were required, now it's trolleys with multiple products. Bob Brakel is responsible for technology and energy at Richplant, and this development presented him with a challenge. How can you organize logistics and internal operations in the most flexible way?…

New generation of optical sensors ready for introduction

Optical sensor manufacturer Sendot started in 2015. Not long after, the first sensors that were developed in-house were introduced to growers. The time has now come for a new generation of optical sensors which have developed into a complete package to help growers measure and control better. Bert van Tol…

Seven years ahead of schedule Maersk

A.P. Moller - Maersk will operate the world’s first carbon neutral liner vessel by 2023

Fast-tracked by advances in technology and increasing customer demand for sustainable supply chains, A.P. Moller - Maersk accelerates the efforts to decarbonise marine…

NL: The all-in-one package from Alfapro next

Effective software allows information from all departments to be brought together. Cash & Carries who are switching to AlfaPro Next (in increasing numbers) are already discovering the benefits in terms of increased productivity and big cost savings. Orders are registered by means of a PDA with scanner,…

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Training artificial intelligence to track greenhouses in Antarctica and Mars

Scientists from the Skoltech Center for Computational and Data-Intensive Science and Engineering (CDISE) and the Skoltech Digital Agriculture Laboratory and their collaborators from the German Aerospace Center (DLR) have developed an artificial intelligence (AI) system that enables processing images from…

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Study on candidate reference genes for quantitative gene expression analysis in Lagerstroemia indica

Quantitative gene expression analysis by qPCR requires reference genes for normalization. Lagerstroemia indica (crape myrtle) is a popular ornamental plant in the world, but…

Gripper searches for the right place to harvest gerbera

A harvesting robot consists of many components, for example. Vision technology ensures that a product is recognized. But what happens next is just as important. The product must be grasped and harvested, without damaging the product or the crop. The Greenhouse Horticulture Business Unit of Wageningen…

KenGen clinches deal to drill geothermal wells in Djibouti

Kenya Electricity Generating Company (KenGen) PLC has won a international contract to drill three geothermal wells in Djibouti. The company today signed a Ksh 709,822, 630 (USD 6,452,933) contract with Office Djiboutien de Development de l'Energie Geothermique (Djiboutian Office of Geothermal Energy…

Dutch nursery Kregting installs 1200 solar panels in greenhouse roof

Kwekerij M. Kregting in Bemmel, the Netherlands, has installed 1200 solar panels on their greenhouse That's right, on their greenhouse. The panels are transparent and the solar cells are integrated into the glass. “It may catch some of the light, but we don't need to grow plants in that area. We are now…

UK: Environmental compliance for small combined heat and power

NFU Energy has a range of services to assist you and your projects' environmental compliance needs; from permitting to dispersion modelling, they can help your project go from paper to reality. The application and compliance service is designed to ensure high quality and reliable support for your project…

"First water cooled multi-layer LED fixture for stable indoor growth"

Oreon, a Dutch developer of LED grow lights for greenhouse horticulture, is introducing the first water cooled multi-layer LED fixture: Embrace. The Dutch Powerhouse Embrace is specially designed for vertical and indoor farming. In multilayer cultivation heat and humidity are very important and Oreon…

Greenspark to compare four methods of solar mounting

The best implementation of solar energy for rose growers in Kenya

What is the best implementation of solar energy for rose growers in Kenya? In July, Sam Hogervorst of Greenspark, will have the answer. At a Kenyan rose grower, he will compare four methods of solar mounting - on the ground, on the roof of the farm, on the greenhouse structure, on water - and make a…

Greenhouse Lighting: HPS versus LED

The greenhouse industry is no stranger to evaluating new technology. Lighting advancements are no exception. Without the proper lighting for your plant, the product's quality can decline and leave a greenhouse with less net produce than the years prior. No matter the greenhouse location, it is essential…

Automation compatible containers critical for operational success

Automation equipment is becoming a popular choice for growers struggling with labor shortages. But it’s important to remember that not all growing containers are created equal. If you’re not using automation compatible containers with your new state-of-the-art equipment, you run the risk of internal…

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Jet Fresh Flower Growers

Thank you @TODAYshow for featuring our farm in Ecuador! We're so proud to see how much the floral industry is blooming for Valentine's Day and happy to contribute to the roses being shared this holiday. 🌹 https://t.co/N2z7SHg9cS — Jet Fresh Flower Growers (@JetFreshGrowers) February 11, 2021

Video shows the exact purpose of a greenhouse

It's too cold or too hot outside;  two reasons to build a greenhouse. Below a video shared by Canadian grower Cristobal Alvarado on LinkedIn. This video, exactly shows the purpose of a greenhouse.

CAN: How to off-set higher labour operating costs

Let’s start with the good news first: total sales from Canada’s greenhouse fruit and vegetable sector increased by 5.0% to $1.6 billion in 2019, continuing a trend of increases that began in 2013. The leading provinces were Ontario at (65.0%), followed by British Columbia (19.2%), Quebec (9.3%) and…

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Neil Alcock

First of this years #peatfree Dryopteris Jurassic Gold our for delivery ! Next plug availability late May! @GenesisPMLtd pic.twitter.com/Uq98SEGRNf — Neil Alcock (@NeilAlcock) February 10, 2021

Study on brainwaves for lay activities with real and artificial ornamental plants

Ornamental plants have a major impact on general well-being. However, few scientific evidence-based studies are currently available regarding the benefits of plants to humans. Our primary goal was to determine whether exposure to real ornamental plants during lay activities has psy-chophysiological…

Climate control apps for efficient crop control

Vapor pressure deficit (VPD) is the primary driver of evapotranspiration inside the indoor plant environment. VPD is a measure of the amount of water in the air versus the maximum about of water the air can hold at a given temperature (the saturated condition). VPD is measured in units of pressure,…

Water alkalinity vs pH - what's the difference?

Water alkalinity and pH are not the same. Water pH measures the amount of hydrogen (acid ions) in the water, whereas water alkalinity is a measure of the carbonate and bicarbonate levels in water. Think of carbonates and bicarbonates as dissolved limestone. The higher the alkalinity of the water, the…

Heat sharing installation brings award to Dutch grower

Dutch Handelskwekerij Ammerlaan The Green Innovator is the winner of the EZK Energy Award 2020. By using geothermal energy as a sustainable energy generation technique, Ammerlaan saves over 25,000 tons of CO2 per year. The tropical plant grower stood out for its unique integration of geothermal energy,…

Study on floral induction in chrysanthemum

Shorter photoperiod and lower daily light integral (DLI) limit the winter greenhouse production. Extending the photoperiod by supplemental light increases biomass production but inhibits flowering in short-day plants such as Chrysanthemum morifolium. Previously, Wageningen University reported that…

Sorting flower bulbs using deep learning and vision technology

After flower bulbs are harvested they are peeled, sorted and checked on defects. Peeling and sorting the bulbs can cause damage to the bulb, affecting the quality of the product. In addition, some bulbs are missed during the manual quality control and end up in the wrong class. The Business Unit…

"More light with a smaller fixture"

The development of LED lighting for greenhouse horticulture is constantly developing. The Dutch Powerhouse Monarch from Oreon was introduced exactly one year ago at Fruit Logistica in Berlin with a light output of 3100 µmol/s. Sales Director Jan Mol: “More than 12 years ago we were the first to provide a…

Geotext Pro of TerrazzaMC

Cost and time reduction for nursery management

Ever heard about Geotext Pro? It is a cleaning kit solution for nursery management and with the new AXI-brush option, maintenance of anti-root fabrics and outside pavements is made simple.  Uses only waterBoth the machine and brush were developed with the TerrazzaMC patented technology. The Geotech brush is…

Transferring excess heat and humidity without gapping

The recently enacted Greenhouse Light Abatement Bylaw in Ontario, but also other light pollution concerns across North America have created issues for growers to choose between light pollution vs excess heat inside their greenhouse. Closing traditional light abatement screens during the night means…

from P.L. Light Systems

New guide compares ROI between LED vs. HPS

How do you assess the best return on your investment when purchasing a lighting system for your business? When it comes to building an ROI, comparing LED versus HPS luminaires, be careful with results that are supplied by manufacturers of only one type of light source. You would be well advised to do…

Coloration of flowers and consequences of pH dependent absorption

Flavonoid pigments are key determinants of flower colors. As absorption spectra of flavonoids are known to be severely pH-dependent, cellular pH will play a crucial role in flower coloration. The flavonoids are concentrated in the vacuoles of the flowers’ epidermal cells, and thus the pigments’…

Study on how plants and trees stabilize their water pipes to grow taller

Plants, especially trees, are by far the tallest organisms on Earth. Height growth is made possible by a specialized vascular system. This system conducts water from the roots to the leaves with high efficiency, while simultaneously - thanks to extremely strong cell walls -providing stability. Through a…

Special Climate in FloralDaily this month

This month, we will pay more attention to the climate in greenhouses. Also in HortiDaily and in our Dutch newsletters, Groentennieuws and BPnieuws this subject will be highlighted. The articles related to climate are published in a Special box, named Special Climate. ClimateThe subject climate is broad. Climate…

"we want to accelerate access"

New financing options launched to accelerate access to cultivation platform

Greenhouse growers in Canada and the United States are now able to access ecoation’s OKO platform and service solutions on financing terms that fit the operational and financial needs of their business. "New, flexible financing options enable the grower to build their own tailored solution with…

Beyond Chrysant on Philips GreenPower LED toplighting

"Same quality chrysanthemums year-round"

For Beyond it is important to make the same quality year round. “We have to compensate for what nature is lacking, and in winter, that's light. What I like about lighting is that your company becomes very stable; from a seasonal product, we went to a year round product. And that year round product is now…


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