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📺 Transition to a plastic free crop clip system: now or later?

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Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Dec-21 Mon 11:03
2020-Dec-21 Mon 11:03
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Many horticultural businesses are in the middle of the crop change or it has already been done. This also means that the used crop gets shredded and removed. These crop remainders often contain plastic. Dutch tomato growers have over two billion plastic clips and 864,000,000 meters of plastic rope per…

Miniature greenhouse dome helps harvest rainwater and foster sapling-growth

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Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Dec-15 Tue 12:16
2020-Dec-15 Tue 12:16
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A newly released miniature greenhouse can help you grow plants with creation of a modular micro environment. The Agrodome is created by Mexican company NOS and is a miniature greenhouse dome helps harvest rainwater and foster sapling-growth transparent, breathable, stackable and portable system for…

📄 Influence of Environmental Factors Light, CO2, Temperature, and Relative Humidity on Stomatal Opening and Development: A Review

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Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Dec-15 Tue 11:15
2020-Dec-15 Tue 11:15
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Stomata, the microscopic pores surrounded by a pair of guard cells on the surfaces of leaves and stems, play an essential role in regulating the gas exchange between a plant and the surrounding atmosphere. Stomatal development and opening are significantly influenced by environmental conditions, both in the short and long term. The rapid rate of current climate change has been affecting stomatal responses, as a new balance between photosynthesis and water-use efficiency has to be found. Understanding the mechanisms involved in stomatal regulation and adjustment provides us with new insights into the ability of stomata to process information and evolve over time. In this review, we summarize the recent advances in research on the underlying mechanisms of the interaction between environmental factors and stomatal development and opening. Specific emphasis is placed on the environmental factors including light, CO2 concentration, ambient temperature, and relative humidity, as these factors play a significant role in understanding the impact of global climate change on plant development.

📺 Bottom heat that rolls out like a carpet

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Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Dec-11 Fri 11:15
2020-Dec-11 Fri 11:15
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Growers now have a quick, easy way to provide the game-changing root zone heating that plants prefer. Roll’N Grow covers benches and floors with growth-enhancing heat in a fraction of the time it used to take. “The benefits of root zone heating are well documented – some growers say they won’t produce…

Brazil develops its first-ever organic mango farming system

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Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Dec-11 Fri 11:15
2020-Dec-11 Fri 11:15
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Brazil has its first-ever organic mango farming system. Research had been underway for over 10 years at the Mandioca e Fruticultura (Cassava and Fruit Culture) unit of the Brazilian Agricultural Research Corporation (Embrapa). Now, the results are available to growers online in a guide that covers…

Quickly detecting plant stress through portable device

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Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Dec-09 Wed 11:15
2020-Dec-09 Wed 11:15
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Raman leaf-clip sensor would allow rapid diagnosis of nutrition deficiency in plants, enabling farmers to maximize crop yield in a sustainable way.  The portable Raman system was designed in collaboration with local company Technospex Pte Ltd. The leaf-clip Raman sensor consists of a 3D printed clip that is…

Diversifying your Greenhouse Crops with Hothouse Strawberries

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Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Dec-04 Fri 13:54
2020-Dec-04 Fri 13:54
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Fresh, delicious, hothouse strawberries in the dead of winter…can’t you just taste them?  We would ALL love to see more local strawberries in our grocery stores, wouldn’t we?

Perhaps you’ve thought about growing strawberries in your greenhouse.  Or you’ve dabbled in production already.  Maybe you are a well-seasoned strawberry grower but eager to stay connected and continue learning.

If any of these sounds like you, you’ll want to check out an upcoming course on hydroponic strawberry production by Hort Americas.

 

 

Growing blackberries more energy-efficient with LED lighting

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Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Dec-04 Fri 13:33
2020-Dec-04 Fri 13:33
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Woody small fruit (such as blackberry and raspberry) is increasingly being grown in a tunnel or a greenhouse. This makes it easier to control the crop. Moreover, heavy rain showers, for example, cause much less damage. The Greenhouse Horticulture and Flower Bulbs Business Unit of Wageningen University &…

📺 "Double strawberry production without expanding the facilities"

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Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Dec-02 Wed 13:23
2020-Dec-02 Wed 13:23
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In just 6.5 meters wide, the typical width of an Huelva-type macro tunnel, ten cultivation gutters are installed. This is done thanks to the new cultivation system of NGS, the Rotational NGS System. "This translates into 15,300 linear meters of cultivation gutter per hectare."  "We've designed this new cultivation system,…

Growing tomato plants on a cultivation floor

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Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Dec-02 Wed 13:23
2020-Dec-02 Wed 13:23
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Arjan Kouwenhoven’s company Fonte Verde Agro is located in Adradas, not far from Sao Paulo in Brazil: more than 1.5 hectares of the growing facility of two hectares are used for growing tomatoes. This is a glass greenhouse and that is unique for the South American country - but there's more that is…

Turning the page to the next growing season - preparing growing area and facility

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Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Nov-30 Mon 11:19
2020-Nov-30 Mon 11:19
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Benjamin Franklin is quoted saying, “By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.” When considering this quote for the commercial greenhouse operation, it should come as no surprise that preparing for the next growing season is an important task as it sets the tone for the entire season. Starting…

How to grow healthy food vertically in a small space

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Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Nov-29 Sun 17:52
2020-Nov-29 Sun 17:52
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For years, James Dick, a horticulturalist from Vermont in the Western Cape, researched better ways of growing food on a micro scale.

“I came away from university with the idea, but it took a lot of brainstorming and prototypes before I got the concept,” he recalls.

In 2010, the idea of the HiGro Tower Garden System finally crystallised in his mind.

“It’s a system designed for high-density living environments in poorer communities, especially for the busy person with limited time for shopping. The idea is to have a full, healthy meal at your back door, free of high maintenance costs,” he explains.

How it works  The HiGro system is a vertically segmented column for growing flowers, leafy greens, peas, beans, herbs and strawberries, amongst other plants.

“Four to eight modules interlock to form the column. Each module is filled with 4,5ℓ of sphagnum peat moss and green fibre pre-enriched with a little fertiliser to get the plants started,” Dick explains. This growing medium has high water-retention and can last for as long as two years.

The system is designed to grow plenty of food with very little water and does not rely on electricity. Instead, it is irrigated by a hand-pumped 5ℓ compression sprayer that drives a water and fertiliser solution through the drippers and into the modules.

Heating systems for a temperate greenhouse

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Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Nov-25 Wed 11:19
2020-Nov-25 Wed 11:19
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Global warming is a growing concern. For growers, a reduction in the use of fossil fuels can be a way to minimize their impact on the environment. It can be very difficult in winter months to maintain the greenhouse at ideal temperatures for plants, even during the day. During winter months, the…

VeggiTech inspires people to grow crops sustainably

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Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Nov-20 Fri 08:32
2020-Nov-20 Fri 08:32
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VeggiTech is an agro-tech organization focused on changing the agriculture industry to create sustainable and eco-friendly farms. Its tech-enabled solutions are: VeggiTech digital operating system (V-DOS) This is a scalable, repeatable set of solutions that are focused on the controlled environment…

The benefits of lean techniques in horticulture

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Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Nov-20 Fri 08:32
2020-Nov-20 Fri 08:32
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For many horticultural businesses, the challenge of accessing reliable and affordable labour is one of their biggest concerns. In response, AHDB developed SmartHort, a programme to help growers make improvements to their labour efficiencies and to investigate new automation and technologies. As part of…

📺 Horizontal farming: "Way more competitive than many people think"

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Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Nov-09 Mon 13:28
2020-Nov-09 Mon 13:28
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Recently, a vase of crystal clear water was put on the table when Maren Schoormans and Simon Kleinjan told, on behalf of Viscon, about cultivation on water, or hydroponics. It is a cultivation method which is no longer new, although it receives extra attention now that investors also see opportunities in…

How to Grow Organic Mushrooms? Composting, Casing soil, Pin development, Harvesting and Much More

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Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Nov-07 Sat 21:49
2020-Nov-07 Sat 21:49
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Cultivation of mushrooms in our country is slowly gaining popularity and in current times is considered as one of the most profitable businesses to do with bare minimum expenses and cultivation space. Processes include Organic compost:, tray filling of compost, buying Organic Spawn, casing soil, pin development, pest and disease control and harvesting.

Modern Farming is Harming the Planet – But Tech-Driven Permaculture Is Here to Heal It

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Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Nov-07 Sat 21:39
2020-Nov-07 Sat 21:39
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Given the rising awareness of these problems, scientists are now exploring alternatives such as hydroponics, vertical indoor farms and cultured meat.

Developing and improving productivity in vertical farms

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Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Nov-06 Fri 10:57
2020-Nov-06 Fri 10:57
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Growing food in our increasingly variable climate is a challenge.

Growing crops in a controlled environment provides an alternative approach to conventional farming which is free from the pressures created by extremes and variations in our weather, isolated from pests, and allows crop growth at a wider range of latitudes.

Vertical farming is a relatively recent development with the first commercial vertical farm being reported as developed in 2012 in Singapore. Grand View Research estimated that the value of the vertical farming market would reach almost US$10 by 2025.

Developing indoor vertical farms requires a good understanding of all the requirements each crop plant will need for optimal growth and development. As a relatively new technology, research can have a big impact on how successful these enterprises will be in the longer term with expertise in plant physiology supporting improvements to these systems.

 

Three types of coverings for fruit and vegetables

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Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Nov-04 Wed 13:50
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The vast catalog of Retilplast, a company specialized in the production, transformation and marketing of nets, sheets and tarpaulins, includes fruit and vegetable covers that generate different types of light, such as diffused, jagged diffused and more diffuse diffused direct light. "The needs of the market…

"Our system can now track labour on the farm during key task events"

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Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Nov-02 Mon 13:23
2020-Nov-02 Mon 13:23
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These days, one of the biggest costs for growers is associated with labour. It can be extremely difficult to accurately monitor workers and capture critical information when they are out in the field. Tie Up Farming has developed a full labour management module into its end-to-end software solution for…

Nutrisense: A decision support system to calculate and readjust hydroponic nutrient solutions

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Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Nov-02 Mon 13:20
2020-Nov-02 Mon 13:20
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The management of nutrition in soilless cultivations poses serious difficulties to growers, because the calculation of the fertilizers needed to prepare a nutrient solution requires a good background in chemistry and is time consuming. Multiple factors affect the composition of a nutrient solution.…

Scientific method of Cultivation for Green Leafy Vegetables

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Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Oct-30 Fri 13:16
2020-Oct-30 Fri 13:16
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The main green leafy vegetables grown in our country are fenugreek, spinach and chaulai. These are better in terms of both taste and health. These are the sources of many mineral elements including protein, vitamins, iron, calcium, phosphorus and fiber.

Increasing growth of lettuce and mizuna under sole-source LED lighting

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Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Oct-30 Fri 13:13
2020-Oct-30 Fri 13:13
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Light recommendations for horticultural crops often focus on the optimal daily light integral (DLI) without regard to how that light is delivered throughout each day. Because photosynthesis is more efficient at lower photosynthetic photon flux density (PPFD), we hypothesized that longer photoperiods with…

Growing tomatoes for future techies

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Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Oct-29 Thu 13:05
2020-Oct-29 Thu 13:05
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Mention the name LEMA from Naaldwijk - part of Prominent - and most people immediately think of Rob van Marrewijk and Ruud Leerdam’s cocktail tomatoes (Brioso). Since the beginning of 2019, the experienced growers have been working with e-Gro, Grodan’s software platform for data-driven Precision Growing.…

Increasing lettuce leaves' fresh weight by light treatments

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Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Oct-27 Tue 08:55
2020-Oct-27 Tue 08:55
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Material and methods: Sampling Location, hydroponic system and plant material ... Figure: Experimental vertical farming system realized in C-LED ...

"Why you need to farm using a greenhouse"

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Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Oct-26 Mon 09:35
2020-Oct-26 Mon 09:35
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Farming has continuously evolved from the simple methods to modern day use of machinery and other technologies such as greenhouses. There are certain questions that pop up when considering a greenhouse: What are the benefits of having a greenhouse? Is it expensive? Could I make good use of it? Do I have…

Data Lifecycle Management in Precision Agriculture Supported by Information and Communication Technology

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Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Oct-26 Mon 09:31
2020-Oct-26 Mon 09:31
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The role of agriculture in environmental degradation and climate change has been at the center of a long-lasting and controversial debate. This situation combined with the expected growth in crop demand and the increasing prices of fertilizers and pesticides has made the need for a more resource-efficient and environmentally sustainable agriculture more evident than ever. Precision agriculture (PA), as a relatively new farming management concept, aims to improve crop performance as well as to reduce the environmental footprint by utilizing information about the temporal and the spatial variability of crops. Information and communication technology (ICT) systems have influenced and shaped every part of modern life, and PA is no exception. The current paper conducts a literature review of prominent ICT solutions, focusing on their role in supporting different phases of the lifecycle of PA-related data. In addition to this, a data lifecycle model was developed as part of a novel categorization approach for the analyzed solutions.

Effect of High Tunnel Coverings on Antioxidants of Breaker and Light Red Tomatoes at Harvest and during Ripening

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Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Oct-24 Sat 15:22
2020-Oct-24 Sat 15:22
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(1) Background: We assessed the impact of high tunnel coverings and harvest maturity (breaker and light red) on antioxidant capacity, ascorbic acid (AsA), lycopene, β–carotene, and phenolic compound (flavonoid and phenolic acid) accumulation in tomatoes (Solanum lycopersicum) at harvest and postharvest. (2) Methods: The two-year study in Olathe, KS, included six different coverings: a standard polyethylene (standard poly), diffuse poly (diffuse), clear poly (clear), UV-A/UV-B blocking poly (block), 55% shade cloth + standard poly (shade), and removal of standard poly two weeks prior to harvest (movable). (3) Results: Antioxidant capacity increased in fruit grown under the clear covering, compared to the shade covering (p < 0.05); similarly, AsA accumulation increased under the standard and clear coverings, relative to the movable and shade coverings (p < 0.001). Postharvest, at the point of consumption (POC), rutin increased in fruit harvested at light red stage versus breaker stage (p < 0.001), and chlorogenic acid increased in light red harvested fruit by 60% under movable, 55% under shade, and 43% under block covering than breaker harvested fruit (p < 0.01). (4) Conclusions: Based on these results, we conclude that both high tunnel covering and postharvest maturation alter antioxidant capacity, AsA, lycopene, and phenolic compound accumulation profiles by the POC.