Machines

"More efficient trolley transport with Lowpad Small"

The latest move of Eurotec on the AGV market is the release of the Lowpad Small. After a period of engineering and assembling, the Lowpad Small is now ready for introduction on LogiMAT 2019. The Lowpad Small is highly suitable for small load carriers such as dollys, trolleys and roll cages. One of the unique features is…

"New potting machine is start of new generation of machines"

A new generation of machines. That’s how Alessandro Mazzacano proudly describes the new IA3500, that was launched by Urbinati recently. The Italian manufacturer of nursery equipment created a completely electromechanical potting machine. “The machine can be adjusted for local circumstances. This way the…

"Reduced turning radii with new greenhouse cart"

Carretillas Amate is introducing a new machine for greenhouse growers: an articulated traction group to which certain accessories can be attached, in order to carry out different tasks in cultivation fields along narrow corridors defined between rows of plantations. It is made up of a front structure for driving it, where the…

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…

US (OH): Automatic sticking machine in action at flower grower

There's no doubt that it's winter outside in central Ohio. But inside the greenhouses at Timbuk farms, they are already getting ready for spring. Timbuk Farms is known for Christmas trees, but it manages to stay busy year-round. Right now, they are one of only two places in Ohio that recruits the seasonal help of…

60 renewed rose harvest machines for Porta Nova

Recently they rolled into the rose nursery of Porta Nova: sixty new rose harvest machines. They came from Steenks Service, which developed, in cooperation with the rose grower and horticultural supplier Berg Hortimotive, an improved rose harvest machine. The conception of the new roses harvest trolleys The idea for the new…

"Apply the proper dose from any spray tank at a reasonable price"

Arborjet announces the launch of the new AccuFlo Flow Rate Meter, representing a shift in the way industry professionals apply liquid nutrients, pesticides, and fungicides. Made from 3D printed carbon fiber, the AccuFlo is durable, but extremely light. “At Arborjet, we don’t rush to modify a widget or blindly follow a…

Will drones be cleaning your greenhouse?

Drones are used more and more in the agricultural industry, but the right application for horticulture hasn’t been found yet. A recent novelty might change this. Aerones has…

Video: Behind the scenes at TTA

The TTA machines for handling and selection of young living plants are known by many nurseries. Less well-known is the production process behind those machines. High time to change that, the supplier must have thought. The machines are produced completely in-house, and the video below provides an overview of this process. Tuinbouw Technisch Atelier Van Beukelaarweg 45…

CAN (ON): Grower trades diesel tractor for electric

An Uxbridge, Ont. producer is pleased with his decision to purchase an electric tractor. Tony Neale, owner of Wheelbarrow Farm, a 10-acre fruit, vegetable and flower operation, has used one of Solectrac’s 10 eUtility tractor prototypes since August. Once commercially available, the electric tractors will retail for about C$54,000…

A review of 2018: the year of water scarcity

"Demand for sodium removal systems has soared this year"

The past growing season has once again shown the importance for the reuse of water. This summer was the hottest summer in at least three centuries. Besides the high temperatures, on average 105 mm of rain fell in the months June, July, and August, while 220 mm rain is normal in this period. This summer…

Darwin Perennials to ship AutoStix from Darwin Colombia

Darwin Perennials will ship AutoStix options for its vegetative perennial offerings through Darwin Colombia effective immediately. AutoStix is the transplant technology developed by Visser Horti Systems (The Netherlands) that automates the process of sticking cuttings. Recent trials performed by Darwin…

Pack TTI

Innovative solutions for harvesting of delicate plant material

HortiHands, part of Pack TTI, recently delivered a new Lanz Venti V004 pruning machine at Leo Ammerlaan's plant nursery (part of the Plantise group). With this machine, young plants in trays are pruned and the clippings are directly extracted and collected undamaged, so that possibly these can be used…

AutoStix with rooted cuttings worldwide

Visser Horti Systems announces another breakthrough in the automatic transplanting of cuttings. Dümmen Orange revolutionized the proven AutoStix concept by applying Basewell technology to the open source strip system. Due to a state-of-the-art rooting technology in the AutoStix strip it is now possible to ship rooted cuttings from…

Andrew Harris and Paul Harris of Stempro System

Cutter system makes it easier to go for dry pack

Flowers are either shipped wet pack or dry pack. Dry pack has several advantages over wet pack, but stores often do not choose this option, as it is traditionally more labor and budget intensive. In order to let stores benefit from the savings from receiving in dry pack, Paul Harris developed a cutter…

"Greater airflow means better cash flow"

Today’s competitive business environment means that, like a lot of other growers, you’re probably expected to do more with less. Produce young plants of the highest environmental standards with less manpower, reduced timescales and fewer resources. Looking at your existing set-up, it might be difficult to see…

Cruisin' through the greenhouse

Now you can inspect and manage elevated products and growing plants up to 12 feet high using the Cruiser Traveling Ladder.  As the unit is only 20 inches wide it gives complete accessibility through narrow aisles. It has a battery running charge that runs 9 to 15 miles up to 5 miles per hour on a single charge and is OSHA compliant. Weight capacity is…

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…

The rise of the cyborg plants

Elowan is a cybernetic lifeform, a plant in direct dialogue with a machine. The plant is interfaced through its own electrochemical signals with a robotic extension that drives it towards light. Plants have natural bioelectrochemical signals inside them. They get excited in response to environmental conditions and conduct these signals between…


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