Horticulture News

  • NDVI and Your Farm: Understanding NDVI for Plant Health Insights

    NDVI and Your Farm: Understanding NDVI for Plant Health Understanding your crops’ health status isn’t the easiest thing to do. Sure, you can use the “eye test”, and a number of foliar contact and direct measurement techniques. But, what if there was an easy, fast and efficient way to see the health of plants and their status and progress over time? That’s ...


    By Sentera, LLC

  • Agribotix delivers critical corn count information using artificial intelligence

    Today, Agribotix announced the wider beta availability of its first plant count product.  Designed for corn growers, the product uses artificial intelligence (AI) to identify and count corn plants in drone-collected imagery while ignoring other items in the images.  By rapidly identifying areas where emergence is below expectations, growers can use the results to take actions which will ...


    By Agribotix LLC

  • Endress+Hauser holds its own

    Compared to the industry, the Endress+Hauser Group performed well in 2016. While sales grew based on local currencies, the Group experienced a slight decline when consolidated in euros. The earnings situation is solid and the workforce increased slightly from the prior year. The Swiss specialist for measurement and automation engineering continues to invest heavily in its future. Net sales fell ...


    By Endress Hauser

  • Protect your field, yield and profits from day one

    Following their recent aquisition of the seed treatment Latitude, Certis are looking forward to Cereals and the opportunity to discuss with visitors the issue of take-all and how to protect crops from this devastating disease from day one. “Take-all is an extremely significant and widespread fungal disease that occurs in wheat and barley, with half the UK wheat crops estimated to be ...


    By Certis UK

  • Delta-T Devices teams with Netafim UK to provide innovative precision irrigation package for UK soft fruit growers

    Delta-T Devices Ltd (Delta-T) has partnered with Netafim UK Ltd – to provide a complete precision irrigation package (with cloud data management) for commercial growers in the UK. The package will be supplied by Netafim UK, the market leading provider of irrigation solutions in the country, through its main dealer network. It can automatically control irrigation and monitor growing ...


    By Delta-T Devices Ltd.

  • Healthy soil is essential for a biobased & circular economy

    The soil is the ground beneath our feet and the growth place for biomass. For a biobased & circular economy it is crucial to preserve this ‘pantry’ storage function of the soil. This is why Wageningen University & Research is performing dedicated research into various aspects of the soil, such as nutrients and organic material, smarter cultivation systems of a larger diversity ...

  • Coral calcium & worm castings, reduce blossom end rot disease

    A destructive disease affecting many gardens and farms this year is blossom end rot. Causing great concern for vegetables such as squash, watermelon, eggplant, peppers, and tomato. This disease affects gardens year after year. By the time gardeners notice black spots on their fruit or vegetables the situation is severe. To prevent further damage, immediate action is required. What is Blossom End ...


    By Vermitechnology Unlimited

  • Administration proposes comprehensive tax reform plan, includes repeal of Death Tax

    This afternoon, top officials in the Trump Administration released their proposal for comprehensive tax reform, calling it the “biggest tax cut in U.S. history.” The plan is designed to serve as the starting point as Congress and the Administration work to pass a comprehensive tax reform package this year.   Danielle Beck, National Cattlemen's Beef Association director of ...

  • Sclerotinia alert in oilseed rape

    Varied establishment of oilseed rape (OSR) crops last Autumn, is likely to have resulted in a protracted flowering period in areas across the UK, leaving crops susceptible to Sclerotinia infection over the coming weeks. With AHDB Cereals and Oilseeds reporting that levels of Sclerotinia are medium to high in some locations, Chris Charnock, Certis’ arable product manager, warns of the risks ...


    By Certis UK

  • CropLife Asia & Regional Plant Science Industry Celebrate Earth Day

    Nearly 400,000 plant species provide our planet with the nutritious food, fiber, fresh air, and medicine we need to survive, but it is estimated that roughly one-fifth of those are at risk of extinction due to environmental threats. On this 47th anniversary of Earth Day, CropLife Asia and the region's plant science industry have joined together to celebrate the agricultural innovations that have ...


    By CropLife Asia

  • Global Harmonization of Plant Protection

    For several decades, growers and processors demand a level playing field in plant protection so that their produce finds open markets. Their expenses for crop protection need to be recuperated after harvest.   Register today to attend  ...


    By Informa

  • Pests, Weeds and Crop Diseases Arriving Early You are here

    A warmer than usual winter and wet spring are ushering in some crop diseases and weeds early in the season and could trigger a pestier summer. Ohio State University entomologists are keeping a close eye on insect species that survived the winter and may appear earlier and more abundantly. Particularly concerning are the pests that preyed on last year’s crops, including slugs, stink bugs and ...


    By Ohio State University

  • The problem expands for avocado growers: 9 beetle species carry deadly fungus

    Many people love their avocados – not to mention guacamole dip. So it was bad enough when scientists said a beetle was ravaging avocado trees in South Florida. Then scientists found out that the redbay ambrosia beetle — originally determined to transmit laurel wilt — is rare in avocado groves but that six other beetle species could carry the laurel wilt pathogen. That’s ...

  • Bioconservación at the 1st all Africa Postharvest Congress

    Bioconservación participated from 28th to 31st March, 2017 in the “1st All Africa Post Harvest Congress & Exhibition” which took place in Nairobi (Kenya) and was the first congress on this discipline held on the whole of the continent of Africa. Under the slogan ‘Reducing Food Losses and Waste: Sustainable Solutions for ...


    By Bioconservacion SA

  • California Farmer Focuses on the Future of Drone Technology

    Family-owned and operated, Bowles Farming in the Central Valley in California is taking a close look at the best ways to measure almost every aspect of how they operate—from labor use, to soil variability to environmental impact and profitability. According to Danny Royer, Bowles Farming’s vice president of technology, drones will no doubt be a key measurement and analysis ...

  • Sweeper (Sweet pepper harvesting robot) tested in greenhouse Belgium

    In the past week the Sweeper team has performed tests with their harvest robot in the greenhouse of partner Research Station for Vegetable Production at Sint Katelijne-Waver in Belgium. The data of the tests will be used for improving the vision algorithms for detecting ripe fruits and approach path of the robot. The goal of the Sweeper project is to develop a robotic harvesting system for sweet ...

  • Cotton and Peanut Plantings Jump Above Expectations

    Implications While growers intend to substantially increase acreage of cotton and peanuts this year uncertainty remains. For cotton, the pace of plantings, crop conditions, the pace of exports, and global (i.e. China) inventory levels are key fundamentals to monitor. For peanuts, higher acreage does not mean substantially higher production as crop yields and acreage abandonment may reduce ...

  • Heat pump in 2SaveEnergy greenhouse runs smoothly

    Double aluminium screen plus a transparent screen A second screen installation to further reduce heat loss is installed. After extensive consultations and calculations we concluded that the optimal combination of screens would be a double aluminium screen on the existing system and a transparent screen on the new system will result in the lowest energy consumption. On a cold day during ...

  • New rice strain could help farmers predetermine harvest time

    A new strain of rice that flowers within a certain period of time after being sprayed with commercial chemicals commonly used to protect rice from fungal diseases is now available, say Japanese scientists. This new strain could one day allow rice farmers to dictate the timing of their harvest regardless of weather, temperature and other conditions that currently affect cultivation. Temperature, ...


    By ScienceDaily

  • A step forward to making crops tolerant to severe drought

    An international consortium of researchers led by Wageningen University & Research in the Netherlands, has sequenced the genome of the ‘resurrection plant’ Xerophyta viscosa. Today the team publishes the DNA sequence in Nature Plants. In their paper, the team reveals a genetic ‘footprint’ of the amazing ability of this plant to tolerate severe drought for long periods ...

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