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Create the perfect water balance with automated controls

Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Sep-21 Mon 09:57

During Wageningen University’s Autonomous Greenhouse Challenge team AuTomatoes applied the principles of Plant Empowerment in their winning AI strategy. Thus, the team’s strategy was focused on the plant and its balances, in order to create a balanced and empowered crop. So how did they do this?…

Autonomous peroxide generation system promises crop boost

Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Sep-09 Wed 08:12

A new irrigation water treatment solution provides autonomous peroxide generation for improved crop protection, increased yields, and reduced irrigation system maintenance. 'HPNow’s HPGen A-Series product line is specifically designed for the needs of horticulture growers. This autonomous system…

Partial root-zone drying and deficit irrigation effect on greenhouse grown grafted tomato

Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Sep-04 Fri 08:22

The tomato is an important horticultural crop, the cultivation of which is often under influence of abiotic and biotic stressors. Grafting is a technique used to alleviate these problems. Shortage of water has stimulated the introduction of new irrigation methods: deficit irrigation (DI) and partial…

Automated irrigation techniques

Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Sep-03 Thu 09:28

Jeff Neff, Senior Applications Technician at Argus Controls, discusses  irrigation techniques and automation, including considerations that can be important when deciding which system to choose advantages of automating this process, as well as key considerations for implementing automated irrigation by using irrigation solutions…

First controllable and transportable irrigation water treatment system installed

Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Sep-01 Tue 09:10

Duncan Family Farms, a family-owned, multi-regional grower of over 7,000 acres of certified organic produce, announced the installation of a highly effective, controllable and transportable treatment system for irrigation water. The installation, including 5 systems on organic baby tender leaf crops in…

Irrigation de-mystified: 'Follow the rules of thumb and the plant performs as required'

Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Aug-17 Mon 07:53

In the first article in a mini-series on irrigation in semi-closed glasshouses Godfrey Dol discussed the right tools required to measure irrigation. In this second part he takes a look at the most important rules in irrigation. 1) A healthy, mature tomato plant uses approximately 1.7 ml/Joule/M2. Light…

Irrigation de-mystified: 'growers like to be on the safe side, risking overwatering their crops'

Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Aug-13 Thu 10:07

Plants need water and fertilizer to grow. In the hi-tech glasshouse industry, growers apply both at the same time. A fertilizer injection system provides the fertilizer, and the drip irrigation system distributes the water evenly to the plants. How hard can it be? When Godfrey Dol, he is writing the…

'Everything that can be automated in water, is automated'

Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Jul-07 Tue 13:32

Ball valves for irrigation used to be manually operated, but nowadays this is increasingly more automated. Someone who knows all about water technology in the greenhouse, is Hein Braaksma. "Everything which can be automated, is more and more often automated. The water-technical installation in a…

New videos on 1 to 5 moisture scale for container substrates

Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Jul-03 Fri 12:04

Communication on when and how much to irrigate is critical in the production of high quality, uniform plants. The University of Florida IFAS Extension has developed short and simple videos in English and Spanish (“The 1 to 5 Moisture Scale for Container Substrates” / “La Escala de Humedad de 1 a 5 para…