Technique

HPNow closes €14M round

HPNow has successfully closed a €14M round. The equity round is led by The Export and Investment Fund of Denmark (EIFO) together with Novo Holdings. Other investors in the round include MatiTech – a sustainable water treatment solution provider in Sub Sahara, and existing investors Evonik Venture Capital and AP Ventures.…

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US (CA): Mendocino’s cannabis growers are on a mission to save regenerative farms

Regenerative farming honors the natural cycle of weed. For growers situated in the lush landscape of Mendocino County, California, it’s a way of life. These farms utilize eco-conscious methods like living soil, sunlight, well water, and notably don’t rely on chemical interventions like pesticides. This…

HVACD systems in cannabis CEA: integrated vs. non-integrated

Controlled Environment Agriculture (CEA) is revolutionizing the way we grow crops, especially cannabis. Central to this innovation is the role of HVACD systems (Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning, and Dehumidification) in creating the ideal climate for cannabis cultivation. In this blog post, we’ll…

Tecogen chillers used at Ayr Wellness:

US (MA): "Powered by natural gas, cooling is now done at a significantly lower cost"

Ayr Wellness recently acquired Sira Naturals and its three cultivation facilities in Massachusetts, with a total of 100,000 square feet of cannabis canopy, the maximum allowed by Massachusetts state law for one company. In Sira Naturals' second facility (called "M2"), 25,000 square feet of the canopy is…

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Yield and quality of hemp seeds in the Republic of Bashkortostan

The article presents data on the results of studies of three hemp cultivars (Vera, Nadezhda, Omegadar-1) conducted in 2021-2022 in the environmental conditions of the southern forest-steppe zone of the Republic of Bashkortostan. Studies have shown the advantage of the Nadezhda cultivar in terms of…

How is Bedrocan’s cannabis irradiated?

All Bedrocan’s cannabis products manufactured in the Netherlands are gamma-irradiated by an external company. This has been contracted by the Dutch government. We have already written about how gamma radiation does not change the medicinal cannabis’ composition and how irradiation is necessary to ensure…

How to identify cannabis nutrient deficiencies at an early stage

Cannabis nutrient deficiencies are something that many growers encounter. The ability to identify nutrient deficiencies at an early stage is important to be able to take corrective measures quickly. Deficiencies present themselves in different ways depending on the nutrient that is deficient. It’s…

Matthias Sommer, Purpl Scientific:

“Phenohunting went from a month-long process to being done in 3 days”

"Overall, the current trends in the industry are consolidation and competition. It is necessary to not only differentiate yourself from the competition but also to save costs," says Matthias Sommer, Executive Director of Purpl Scientific. The company's portable Purpl Pro device measures THC and CBD…

India: "A horticultural sector in its infancy but with enormous potential"

Dutch Greenhouse Delta launches a whitepaper about how Dutch knowledge and technology are enabling fast development of production efficiency and food safety in India. In this whitepaper, the India experts of Dutch leading companies discuss India’s challenges, opportunities, and solutions in the field of…

Electric tractor easily does 47,500+ km

The Donkey electric tractors of Weterings are a household name in the market, and it turns out they can keep going, even with tens of thousands of kilometers on the counter. This Dutch company even presented a certificate to a local lily farm employee who drove many kilometers on his Donkey in recent…

New Zealand: Researchers tackling medicinal cannabis industry's waste problem

University of Auckland researchers have found a sustainable solution to help tackle the medicinal cannabis industry's waste problem. In collaboration with South Island-based producer Greenlab and support from Callaghan Innovation, the researchers are developing processes that will help protect the…

A big focus on data collection, yet it starts with knowing what to measure

UK: "As long as there’s a leaf on it, we can measure it"

“Everyone is measuring the soil, air, humidity, and temperature except for the product, i.e., the actual plant. Having worked in tech for a very long time, this made no sense to me at all, as decisions were made without having actual product-based metrics,” says Sumanta Talukdar, Founder and CEO of…

OR: make sure drippers don't get clogged up

"Don't mash the marble track"

A watering system is actually a chain with different parts: water pump, pipes, and so on. A crucial part in that chain is the filter. "This part should actually not break down, and if it does break down, you need to be able to repair it very quickly. The SAF filter is so robust that it can't actually break," says Stefan Bakker,…

Startup with CO2 capture from air looks at horticulture first

Dutch-based ReCarbn is developing a machine that can capture CO2 from the atmosphere and process it into raw material. It involves so-called Direct Air Capture (DAC) Technology. With funding from VFF Overijssel, the startup can further develop their product. The technology can capture CO2 from the…

Ruben Valenzuela, Valenveras:

Technology allows cannabis growers to test potency in-house, in less than a minute

"If growers can do their testing in-house, they can improve their production process and save money," says Ruben Valenzuela, Founder and Chief Technology Officer of Valenveras. That is why Valenveras, after years of research, has developed a 'portable lab' for cannabis analysis that uses NIR technology.…

500K grant for Albotherm

UK growers partner to scale smart shade coating for commercial greenhouses

A coating that is transparent in cold weather and automatically converts to opaque in hot weather to provide on-demand shade. With that idea, the university spin-off Albotherm was erected. Now the startup has been awarded a significant grant from Innovate UK to spearhead a groundbreaking project in…

Martin Stolze expands the product portfolio with robotics:

"Developing robotics applications to take over repetitive, labor-intensive tasks"

Martin Stolze announces to have added a new Robotics department. Menno van Dongen started as Product Owner Robotics on August 1. "We are happy that Menno van Dongen is back…

"Now also in tomato cultivation"

Insect mesh filter continues to amaze with new insights on climate making

It was Cock van der Voort, the father of Jack of SchermNed, who came up with an insect mesh filter he developed himself many years ago. It is an alternative to the harmonica netting, much better known in horticulture. "We have been working with it for years but have never really given it much publicity,"…

Dehumidification:

Cooling the greenhouse during summer

Greenhouses are great at retaining heat and raising temperatures to provide ideal crop-growing conditions when it's cold outside. However, during the summer months, many growers face the opposite issue. The temperatures outside rise higher than what is ideal for the plants, and heating and retaining heat…

Used horticultural machinery, why not?

In the current context, there is no doubt that reusing, recycling, and therefore buying second-hand are popular. "This also applies to specific tools dedicated to agriculture or horticulture, whether for market gardening or ornamental purposes. When banks are less willing to grant loans for expensive new…

"increasing efficiency to +80"

US: Hybrid chiller leverages multiple energy sources

"Growers are now able to use a chiller that's powered by a natural gas engine. When using natural gas during operation, the heat is captured off the engine, and indoor and greenhouse farms can utilize this byproduct for domestic hot water, dehumidification, space heating, and any other need in the…

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CO2 supplementation and cannabis growing

Ever wonder if there was a secret to boosting the success of your commercial grow operation? You may be overlooking a tiny molecule that holds immense potential: carbon dioxide (CO2). In the world of cannabis cultivation, understanding the importance of CO2 and how it interacts with your plants is like…

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Sun safety techniques to safeguard agricultural workers

As the nation experiences a summer of extreme heat, Equitable Food Initiative, the capacity-building and certification organization that partners with growers, farmworkers, retailers, and consumer groups, is raising awareness about the dangers and symptoms of heat and sun exposure and providing a…

Engineering a washing line for 1 m³ crates

Something special happens when two businesses come together, and each can contribute a missing puzzle piece. When both parties have an intuitive understanding and can solve the puzzle together, synergy is created, and the result is a whole that is greater than the sum of its parts. This is precisely what…

Retrofitting lights without compromising environmental control

Cannabis market price compression across the country has pushed cultivators to explore new strategies to increase output and reduce operational costs. Power consumption is one of the leading contributors to those operational costs and, therefore, a clear target for identifying savings. Although access to…

EU seeks to allow CRISPR-Cas in future

The European Commission's new draft law for GMO plants, made public on July 5, proposes to relax regulations, which will have a significant impact on Europe's seed companies,…


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