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Oranmore, Ireland, where coffee and broccoli are coming in by drone

Ever since the small Irish town of Oranmore became a test bed for its drone delivery service, there’s been plenty of surprises for Manna Aero. Last October Manna Aero began an extensive trial in the small town, located on the outskirts of Galway on the west coast of Ireland. All of the shops in town were…

"We offer the agriculture industry an alternative to Microsoft"

Tech innovator WayBeyond is taking on Microsoft’s Power BI and Excel products to give growers an alternative solution for integrating all their business data into one digital platform.   “Historically, the technology to manage your data was limited. Growers have gotten used to spreadsheets and other historical tools,…

extended oil service intervals by an average 80%

New lubricant for engines on non-natural gas

Q8Oils and INNIO Jenbacher have today launched Jenbacher S Oil 40 gas engine oil, a new lubricant for engines that operate on non-natural gas (including, but not limited to biogas, sewage gas and landfill gas). This is one of the first products developed by the long-term global partnership established by…

How are plastic items made?

Plastic. We want to get rid of it, but it's not that easy yet. Everyone uses plastic items at home or in the office. But how are these made? Like this.

Plug-and-play lighting system allows growers to identify targeted light conditions

Horticultural lighting is no longer simply a matter of lights being on or off, but about everything in between as growers seek to maximize yield and product quality through improved lighting conditions. According to Ryan Hunt, cofounder of Grow Ray and technical advisor at Candidus, the horticultural…

New generation of optical sensors ready for introduction

Optical sensor manufacturer Sendot started in 2015. Not long after, the first sensors that were developed in-house were introduced to growers. The time has now come for a new generation of optical sensors which have developed into a complete package to help growers measure and control better. Bert van Tol…

"First water cooled multi-layer LED fixture for stable indoor growth"

Oreon, a Dutch developer of LED grow lights for greenhouse horticulture, is introducing the first water cooled multi-layer LED fixture: Embrace. The Dutch Powerhouse Embrace is specially designed for vertical and indoor farming. In multilayer cultivation heat and humidity are very important and Oreon…

CAN: How to off-set higher labour operating costs

Let’s start with the good news first: total sales from Canada’s greenhouse fruit and vegetable sector increased by 5.0% to $1.6 billion in 2019, continuing a trend of increases that began in 2013. The leading provinces were Ontario at (65.0%), followed by British Columbia (19.2%), Quebec (9.3%) and…

Two new LED-guides for USA and Canada

Heliospectra AB, a supplier of lighting technology for greenhouse and controlled plant growth environments, announces the release of two new guides with focus on…

New paint makes drives prettier and safer

Starting from the 1st of February, the painting process of the motor gearboxes of De Gier Systems has been adjusted. Ever since, motor gearboxes out of the GW range will be spray-painted with a water based environmental friendly paint. "This will bring us a lot of advantages besides the environmental…

Greenhouse Lighting: HPS versus LED

The greenhouse industry is no stranger to evaluating new technology. Lighting advancements are no exception. Without the proper lighting for your plant, the product's quality can decline and leave a greenhouse with less net produce than the years prior. No matter the greenhouse location, it is essential…

Current launches Arize Lynk²

"More light, spectra, and flexibility with new vertical farming fixture"

In a normal year the team with Current, a Daintree company, would have shined at the tradeshows these months. And not just the team - also their new fixture would have. Now we're happy to show it via our screens: here's the Arize Lynk². "Our next generation indoor vertical farming fixture," Colin…

from P.L. Light Systems

New guide compares ROI between LED vs. HPS

How do you assess the best return on your investment when purchasing a lighting system for your business? When it comes to building an ROI, comparing LED versus HPS luminaires, be careful with results that are supplied by manufacturers of only one type of light source. You would be well advised to do…

"we want to accelerate access"

New financing options launched to accelerate access to cultivation platform

Greenhouse growers in Canada and the United States are now able to access ecoation’s OKO platform and service solutions on financing terms that fit the operational and financial needs of their business. "New, flexible financing options enable the grower to build their own tailored solution with…

after-market installations of screens in Canadian greenhouses:

"Installing light abatement wall systems can be especially challenging in poly greenhouses"

January 2021 has brought change to the municipality of Leamington, Ontario as the Greenhouse Light Abatement Bylaw comes into effect. The bylaw comes shortly after Kingsville enacted its own light abatement regulation, and in response to concerns over light pollution. Under the new bylaw, greenhouse…

The making of Monarch

All those lights in greenhouses are beautiful, but how are they made? This beautiful process has been visualized by Oreon, who present their powerhouse Monarch in this video.

trapped under energy screens designed to limit light emission

Water cooled LED to cope with heat and humidity

Leamington follows the footsteps of Kingsville (Ontario, Canada) council for a bylaw on light pollution, ordering that light cannot cause a nuisance by shining on neighbouring properties or into the night sky. Because of this new Greenhouse Light Abatement Bylaw, growers must keep ceilings, sidewalls and…

Key patent protection for on-site peroxide generation technology

HPNow announced that the European Patent Office has issued European Patent No. 3430182 granting it protection for key technology breakthroughs in direct electrochemical peroxide generation. HPNow’s core technology is direct electrochemical synthesis of hydrogen peroxide from electricity, water and air.…


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