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Norwegian researchers develop new cultivation method, inspired by NASA's Mars colonies

Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Sep-25 Fri 10:11

Norwegian researchers are testing a new greenhouse cultivation method which emits very little gas. Norwegian, and global food production, is, after all, a major source of emissions. That's mainly because growers use artificial fertilizers and non-recyclable raw materials. Ketil Stoknes very recently…

Growing a sufficient supply of local food is one of the biggest and most important discussions in the ag space today

Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Sep-23 Wed 13:21

Growing a sufficient supply of local food is one of the biggest and most important discussions in the ag space today. But getting fresher, better tasting food on the tables of families from coast to coast, in every country, requires a #FarmTech revolution.

Posted by AgriFORCE Growing Systems Ltd. (agriforcegs) on Wednesday, September 23rd, 2020 4:51pm

A new control platform for large-scale horticultural companies is born

Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Sep-22 Tue 11:19

The world is changing and so is horticulture. Ridder has presented HortOS, a new ecosystem to help horticultural entrepreneurs follow important trends and developments in the areas of scaling up, knowledge gaps, and digitization. Collaboration plays an important role in this; in the organization itself,…

Meet the urban greenhouse developers of the future

Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Sep-22 Tue 10:04

Create a liveable and healthy environment for urban dwellers, ensuring that a city can feed itself sustainably. That's the premise of the Urban Greenhouse Challenge, the second edition of which ended in August with the announcement of the winners. We spoke with the three winners, Team Bagua, Team KAS and…

Basil production in horizontal or vertical aquaponic systems

Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Sep-21 Mon 09:58

Aquaponic facilities allow the joint production of fish and plants in a reduced space. This hydroponic technique, combined with vertical farming, is not well studied. The main objective of a recent work was to compare basil production between horizontal and vertical decoupled aquaponic systems and assess…

In a World This Hungry, Agriculture Needs to Catch Up

Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Sep-21 Mon 09:39

If you’re reading this with a full stomach and well-stocked pantry, consider yourself fortunate. Nearly 800 million of our fellow human beings go to bed hungry every night, and the global Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic has put another 130 million at risk for food insecurity. Hunger is becoming even more serious as the planet warms, arable land is degraded and the population grows.

To meet this existential challenge, intensified by pandemic-related supply chain interruptions, the world desperately needs new, better ways of growing fruit and vegetables closer to where they’ll be consumed. And, these methods need to be put into practice now.

How the US can curb climate change and grow more food

Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Sep-16 Wed 12:19

American agriculture is among the most productive in the world. It employs 2.6 million people in growing food and other products worth nearly $400 billion annually. Over 20 percent of that output is shipped abroad, making the United States the largest exporter of agricultural products globally. U.S. agriculture also has grown more efficient in recent years, increasing crop and livestock production by about 30 percent from 1997 to 2017 while increasing its greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by only 7 percent.

Key differences of growing vegetables vs. cannabis indoors

Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Sep-16 Wed 08:59

With legal cannabis becoming a growing part of the agriculture industry worldwide, it is not only sentiments toward cannabis that are changing. content by Agritecture Cannabis has a particular way of growing, so the industry and those looking to break in can’t treat it like they would a head of lettuce or a…

With the right tools, it is possible to grow produce all over the world

Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Sep-16 Wed 08:55

'Our company was established in Vittoria (RG), Sicily, in 1975. This is where intensive greenhouse cultivation was born and where new agricultural needs and solutions have been developed, which our company managed to interpret supplying state-of-the-art technologies,' explains Emanuele Garrasi, CEO…

Precision ag pays off with bumper celery crop

Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Sep-16 Wed 08:54

A Victorian vegetable farm is reaping the benefits from a trial of precision agriculture technologies to improve soil and crop health. In this edition, the Soil Wealth ICP team delve into some of the key findings from the project’s demonstration site at Koo Wee Rup. Soil Wealth ICP Phase 2 (VG16078) is a…

Here's How You Must Take Care of Your Nursery

Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Sep-16 Wed 08:25

Fertilizer forms a basic step to farming. Most of the people do home farming without proper knowledge of pesticides. Major nutrients include Carbon, Hydrogen, Oxygen, Nitrogen, Phosphorus and Potassium. There are 2 types of fertilizers namely organic and synthetic. One can always go for the 5-5-5 fertilizer, that will give the necessary supplements to all the plants for sound development.

'Reduce labour, costs and waste, while improving yield

Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Sep-15 Tue 08:17

Blackmore introduces the worldwide patented AIRtray technology system, in co-operation with Proptek from England and Ellepot A/S from Denmark. The system was developed to reduce labour and waste, while growing a better crop with higher yield.  Blackmore was going to exhibit at Cultivate this year, but since…

Mastronardi Produce certifies fifth operation through Equitable Food Initiative

Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Sep-15 Tue 08:10

Mastronardi Produce (sold under the Sunset brand) has certified its fifth operation through the Equitable Food Initiative. This certification marks a worthy milestone for Mastronardi, making it one of just a handful of companies to have certified five or more operations. Consumers can find a variety of…

Simplified soilless cultivation in lettuce

Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Sep-14 Mon 10:36

500Foods shared this story from Simplified soilless cultivation (SSC) systems have globally spread as growing solutions for low fertility soil regions, low availability of water irrigation, small areas and polluted environments. In a recent study, four independent experiments were conducted for assessing the applicability of SSC in the…

The importance of a regenerative food system for sustainable agriculture - Red, Green, and Blue

Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Sep-12 Sat 09:41

To grow food, we need soil. Even with modern technology enabling systems like hydroponics to grow crops, humanity needs soil to produce enough food for the global population. Unfortunately, many modern farming techniques have destroyed soil or depleted it. One sobering report warns that all topsoil could be gone in the next 60 years if agriculture continues as normal.

Turn-key business models of feeding & greening megacities

Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Sep-11 Fri 09:49

According to FAO (2016), the production of fruit and vegetables in the world would have to triple to provide a healthy diet for everyone. The combination of continued rapid urbanisation of China, growing urban middle class, and COVID-19 means that the demand for nutritious, trustworthy, safe, and premium…

'You cannot survive without data anymore'

Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Sep-10 Thu 10:25

The DKG Group started in the early ’90s. DKG’s main sectors are intelligent supplies trade, consulting & branding services, research & training and veggies hydroponic production. The Group has expanded itself in the Balkans and the Southeast Mediterranean countries. “People are enthusiastic about health…

What is aeroponics, and how could it make agriculture more sustainable?

Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Sep-10 Thu 10:23

A crop that uses an aeroponic method relies on mist and air to grow rather than soil. It’s an inventive way to avoid aggregates that traditional agriculture methods require. Each plant receives nutrient-rich moisture through a spritz to its roots. This practice allows growers to create a flexible, mobile garden wherever they please.

Growing partner & marketing partner required for a truly unique growing system

Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Sep-08 Tue 10:12

Redfox Executive Selection and Beanstalk Global have been exclusively commissioned by a client that develops businesses which have a positive impact on the world to source them two new commercial partners. 'Our client’s team is passionate about starting and growing businesses and continues to work with…

New US study says it may be time to re-think where crops are grown by 2045

Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Sep-08 Tue 10:08

Record drought and frequent heatwaves could change where farmers grow their crops in the future, according to a new paper. Approximately one-third of the vegetables and two-thirds of the fruit and nuts consumed in America are grown in California, which is home to 76,000 farms. Some of these products make…

Growing partner & marketing partner required for a truly unique growing system

Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Sep-04 Fri 08:11

Redfox Executive Selection and Beanstalk Global have been exclusively commissioned by a client that develops businesses which have a positive impact on the world to source them two new commercial partners. 'Our client’s team is passionate about starting and growing businesses and continues to work with…

New techniques using AI for crop yield prediction models prove successful

Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Sep-02 Wed 11:11

After only four months Autogrow’s FarmRoad platform has developed several new techniques resulting in an additional five percent improvement, with some growers hitting 95% yield accuracy. “A five percent improvement may not sound big however when you are talking about scale that equals hundreds of…

Hydroponic system promises cost savings for low to mid-tech vegetable growers

Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Aug-28 Fri 09:28

500Foods shared this story from Plantlogic is focused on designing solutions for substrate production that will increase the health of plants and enable growers to adequately fertigate their crops. With these goals in mind, Plantlogic presents its newest, innovative product for hydroponic production of vegetables. The "Kratos" is aimed…

TH: 'We are lacking research here to back up the benefits of indoor growing'

Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Aug-24 Mon 09:40

Thai startup Wangree Fresh has been in the market for over two years now. Krisana Tamvimol, Founder and CEO has done research on more than 200 local vegetables. Eventually, he decided to grow four different vegetables in his Wangree Fresh farm: kale, spinach, rockets and swiss chard. Wangree Fresh has…

Indoor growing vs. traditional greenhouse growing

Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Aug-18 Tue 10:02

Today, in theory, there is enough food on the planet to feed approximately 12 billion people, but the way it is distributed around the world is inefficient and unsustainable. As food is transported across the entire globe, its shelf life or freshness tends to deteriorate considerably and a lot of food…

The online farm management system reducing the manual paperwork system

Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Aug-12 Wed 09:36

The mentality of working smarter - not harder - in the fresh produce industry, is growing, according to a major New Zealand technology solutions company. ABC Software has two primary solutions; ABCgrower and ABCpacker. Co-owner Sharon Chapman says business decision-makers are looking to invest into smart…

Adding tech hardware and software to your greenhouse

Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Jul-21 Tue 09:17

Greenhouse computers and equipment have transformed the way we grow. The IoT is pushing the future of farming to the next level, and smart agriculture is becoming more commonplace among growers. High tech cultivation is quickly becoming the standard thanks to agricultural automation, all operating on…

Why greenhouse equipment needs to be simple

Submitted by Andrew Simard on 2020-Jul-20 Mon 09:28

What is the number one thing to look for in commercial horticulture and agriculture equipment? Simplicity. Simple well engineered commercial horticulture equipment performs best. Regardless of the product or the product category the best selling and most successfully used products are easy to learn, easy…

Optimize lettuce growth with the right environment

Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Jul-13 Mon 09:21

In Part One of the Lettuce Blog Series GGS discussed the Greenhouse Structures to provide the best possible space for growing, now they consider setting up the inputs to create the best possible growing environment in that greenhouse. The first consideration is water.For hydroponic growing it is the…

A hi-tech vegetable garden that can grow on the moon and at the poles

Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Jul-13 Mon 09:18

The future is already here! Enea is working on a hi-tech garden to grow micro-vegetables on the moon and in extreme terrestrial environments, such as the polar regions. The cultivation is set up inside a special igloo greenhouse designed to withstand very low temperatures. Luca Nardi. Simulated space missions…