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Freshbot

App aims to provide industry with real time pricing

As they say, 'knowledge is power' and Maxim Kulik is busy developing a new service called Freshbot, to give extra 'power' to retailers, wholesalers and growers by providing them with real time information about pricing."The groundwork has been laid down and I have accumulated 1,000 sources to monitor the.....

Roll-in is an easy harvesting solution

Valier is a young company that combines different businesses: there are 30 years of experience in walnut cultivation, a long experience in the automotive sector and 35 years of experience in the distribution of gardening equipment.Roll-in was created in 2013: it's a rotating basket to pick up round objects.....

New tomato harvest robot GRoW being tested in the greenhouse

With labor costs currently being 30% up to even 50% of the total greenhouse production costs, reducing the amount of it in a greenhouse company is an important topic at the moment – even more if you take the global labor shortage into account. Many companies are working on automotive solutions, having robots.....

Apeel Avocados available at Costco and Harps Food Stores

Today, Apeel Sciences announced that Del Rey Avocado Company is supplying Apeel avocados to Costco Wholesale (COST) stores in the U.S Midwest. Additionally, Apeel avocados supplied by Eco Farms are now available at Harps Food Stores, an Associated Wholesale Grocers chain of supermarkets in the Midwest. Soon,.....

Flying greenhouse from Bremen goes into space

Soon, a flying greenhouse could revolve around the Earth. This summer, a research satellite from Bremen should be launched into space with tomato seeds on board. In it, the plants should grow under different gravitational conditions; for half a year gravity like on the moon, then for half a year with the.....

Techno Brain

African smallholder farmers embrace GPS-based digital solution

Smallholder farmers are the most vulnerable to impacts of climate change, with rain-fed agriculture accounting for more than 90% of farmed land in sub-Saharan Africa. These farmers face many risks, including drought, disease and pest epidemics. But a new GPS-based digital technology may help many African.....

Domex Superfresh Growers

Fujitsu Tech brings biometrics to fruit farming

Biometric technology from Fujitsu is now being used to support the operations of major fruit farming operation in Washington state. Philadelphia-based ePortID now has its PalmClock available for biometric time and attendance tracking by Domex Superfresh Growers. The solution uses Fujitsu’s F-Pro palm vein.....

Ethylene filters to slow ripening during transport

Loup Logistics: No bad apples

The saying goes: “One bad apple can spoil the whole bunch”. But Sarah Gross thinks she can prevent that from happening, with the right kind of filter. "I always wondered why we didn't handle more produce," said Gross, senior consultant at Loup Logistics, a Union Pacific subsidiary. "It's because people think.....

Kazakhstan: Drip irrigation indispensable in agriculture

Development in the agricultural sector is mainly driven by innovative technologies. There is the system of drip irrigation, helping to increase crop yields in Kazakhstan. The method is widely used in the regions, particularly Mangystau. There, 85% of agricultural farms that grow vegetables and melons on open.....

'Consumers have a right to know where their food comes from'

Marko Kozjak, Co-Founder of the food traceability platform VeeMee, based in Croatia, took a big leap recently, quitting his job as Director of Procurement and Sales at a FNV company, so he could focus his full attention on VeeMee."We started our company back in 2016 in Croatia and the whole idea was that we.....

Autogrow’s API and Amazon’s Alexa lead to world first talking AgTech system

Global AgTech company Autogrow has utilized Amazon’s virtual assistant ‘Alexa’, and their IntelliGrow API (Application Programming Interface) to create the first ever talking automated growing system.Their breakthrough technology demonstrates the versatility of their API and proves Autogrow’s commitment to.....

Over 150 attend 8th annual Postharvest Academy in Washington State

Pace International, an organization that focuses on sustainable postharvest solutions, recently hosted its half-day Postharvest Academy in Cle Elum, WA at the Suncadia Lodge. Every spring, Pace's Academy explores innovative ideas and presents some of the latest research being conducted in the postharvest.....

Picking strawberries using Norwegian robot

According to the official newsletter of the Buskerud province, the gripper of this robotic arm isn’t just quicker, it’s also more careful than other pickers. Thanks to an advanced 3D-camera, the gripper can easily locate each strawberry. Right now, the robot is capable of picking more than 90 per cent of all.....

Italy: Prisma (R) nets

Arrigoni, a leading company in the manufacturing of crop defence nets, recently introduced new products. Two business owners talk about the new Prisma® range by Arrigoni.Click here for the video-interviews.How to combine the needs of a greenhouse production with the health of operators? How to favour the work.....

Desktop Metal co-founder John Hart:

Your next potato chip could come from a 3-D printer

3D printing is no longer a curiosity. It has become a part of the entire product life cycle, according to a talk by Desktop Metal co-founder John Hart at MIT Technology Review’s EmTech Next conference. Hart, who is also an associate professor at MIT, says that 3-D printing can do everything from.....

Italy: Irrigation using satellite data

Giuseppe Minzoni irrigates its 120 hectares of vegetables which are entirely destined for Orogel Surgelati using satellite data processed through an algorithm that compares rainfall with the situation of the soil. The system is called Manna Irrigation and uses satellite Sentinel 2.Photo taken by da.....

US agriculture expert:

Qatar could export vegetables in future through ‘Growtainer’

Horticulture specialist Glenn Behrman, who is a proponent of a controlled-environment indoor farming concept called 'Growtainer', claims Qatar could become an exporter of several agricultural products at some point in the future.Growtainer features a container; a highly engineered modular and mobile vertical.....

A new generation of temperature monitors

Chinese technology innovation company fully enters overseas markets

A technology innovation company with 14 years of R&D experience in wireless communication, Frigga uses technological innovation to drive a new generation of temperature monitors. The company serves the fresh produce market and the pharmaceutical industry and operates traditional USB recorders. The.....

Jianglian Internet Technology Co

High-tech device can help Chinese grapes thrive

A new technology that physically examines grapes is helping this fruit to grow healthily and at the same time standardises the planting process for growers. Jianglian Internet Technology Co -based in Jiading- is applying spectroscopic techniques to planting. “Traditionally, agricultural workers make a judgment.....

And several companies are tackling it

US: Improving produce traceability could make food safer

After it was first reported in March, the E. coli outbreak now appears to be drawing to a close. But that’s only after it struck 172 people in 32 states and resulted in one death in California. One of the reasons it took so long to get it under control is that produce can be difficult to trace from farm to.....

Chilean farmers interact with their land through virtual assistant

A group of Chilean scientists are applying artificial intelligence to help a sector not usually associated with this kind of advanced technology: fruit farming. The team has designed special software called Agronomic Simulation and Agroclimatic Information, known by its Spanish acronym SAIA, which places.....

GreenTest nitrate detector in South Africa

Food safety company Alvarita has launched the world’s first portable nitrate detector in South Africa. Called GreenTest, it is a compact device that tests nitrate levels in fruit, vegetables, meat, and water, helping people to quantify their daily nitrate intake and make healthier choices. The food safe.....

Haygrove’s new domed structure gives 35% additional air volume above crop

Flexible, easily removable cover for tree orchards

Haygrove South Africa has introduced a domed structure to cover tree orchards, in response to a number of difficulties that have become apparent. Their structure offers growers the flexibility to easily add or remove the shade net at will.The massive increase in covered tree orchards in South Africa has.....

Eminent Seeds:

"We look for that stand-out product in every growing cycle"

It is almost the end of May. That means that, at Eminent Seeds in the Netherlands, the first crops are almost ready. At the beginning of June, all the experimental plants in the greenhouses will be cleared out. This is to make way for the cultivation of the next generation and crossbreeds. Of course, seeds.....

Jan Anco Wijk on the start with Potato Auction:

"The market is ripe for an online potato auction"

As a potato trader, Jan Anco Wijk is missing a digital platform in the potato trade. This led to Dutch Seed Potatoes 5 years ago, a platform for seed potatoes. He has now developed this concept further into the trade platformwww.potatoauction.com. "The auction has been a proven concept over the years, in which.....

Why CRISPR-modified crops do not count as GMOs

The world urgently needs to figure out ways to boost food production. Increasing crop yields through conventional plant breeding is inefficient – the outcomes are unpredictable and it can take years to decades to create a new strain. On the other hand, powerful genetically modified plant technologies can.....

New GMO foods made for you

Pink pineapples, non-browning apples and potatoes that don’t bruise

There is a new generation of GMO foods, designed with the consumer in mind. They can give health benefits, increased flavour or longer shelf-life. Let us list some of them:Non-browning apples - Some people dislike eating fruit with flesh that has become discoloured. This never happens to Arctic apples. They.....

Romagnoli presents a device to monitor potato crops

The future of the potato sector could include the classification of potato production with a smartphone, while receiving information on soil temperature, humidity and CO2 levels in real time thanks to an electronic potato to be planted among the tubers. These new solutions were presented at Macfrut byRomagnoli.....

Construction of one of Spain's largest solar pumping plants for irrigation

POWEN, a company specialised in energy self-consumption powered by photovoltaic installations has announced the completion of one of the largest solar pumping plants in Spain. With it, its developer, Casas de Hualdo, is highlighting its innovative spirit and commitment with the environment.The facility is.....

Start-up introduces sensors and forecasting algorithms for smart agriculture

Evja is a start-up working in the Smart Agriculture sector and is a partner of RWA and BayWa (among the leading companies in the Austrian and German markets). Its product, OPI, is a Decision-making support system that employs sensors and forecasting algorithms.OPI became available in September 2017 and was.....

AU: Remote insect technology a step closer for growers

A new technology-based insect detection company will begin national trials of its Generation 2 product and service this season, as part of the Smart Traps project."We are scaling up to commercial during and after this next trial, and the RapidAIM service offering will be available for subscription through our.....