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Italian company produces self-propelled harvester for lettuce

    Fruits and vegetables    20 hours ago

ORTOMEC, a company located in the city of Venice in Italy, is present as a manufacturer and distributor around the world, able to adapt its machines to the diverse needs of its customers for completely different lands and countries. The company is backed by a technical department that develops and designs machines through advanced computer systems and is also equipped with a large machine shop that is divided into different departments for the construction and assembly of all types of machines.

One of the specialties of the company is the self-propelled blade harvester on wheels. This model is suitable for harvesting lettuce, such as Romana, Lollo, Salanova and the like.

Equipped with a powerful four-cylinder diesel engine, high-quality hydraulic system on all four-wheel drive, CAN bus electric system with self-diagnostics operation; this machine represents the top of the ORTOMEC range for self-propelled wheeled machines.

The machine is designed for many options and accessories, including the self-leveling system to facilitate entry into the greenhouse under difficult conditions, the pallet rear forklift, the Selecta agitator, the roof, etc.

The dimensions are suitable for collection in greenhouses, but are designed for large companies working in the open, requiring a very powerful and versatile machine.

Source: Ortomec

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Innovation allows restaurants and hotels to grow their vegetables

    Fruits and vegetables    19/03/2019

Today, most of the food you eat is grown many miles away. Farmshelf, located at Brooklin in New York, aims to reinvent vegetable production by developing beautiful automated systems that allow anyone to grow vegetables where they live, work and eat.

"After more than a year of field test prototypes and beta units, we developed Farmshelf. We make it easier for restaurants and hotels to grow their own green leaves and herbs in a compact and attractive facility on site. "

"Our intelligent and hydroponic growth systems are beautiful and functional. They evoke space commitment to design, innovation and sustainability, while delivering significant revenue on an automated device connected to the Internet. Farmshelf turns ordinary places into living and growing spaces. "

"At Farmshelf, we dream beyond the restaurant. Our vision of a more sustainable food system where people grow their own food anywhere, anytime, leading people around the world to grow their own food at home. "

Source: Farmshelf

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Dutch company will automate harvesting until packaging of cucumber

    Fruits and vegetables    15/03/2019

Years ago, the Dutch company Beltech and part of One of A Kind Technologies teamed up to develop a cucumber crop robot.

"We develop and deliver technology to ensure that our customers' products and data are secure, authentic, transparent and processed in a flexible and sustainable manner. Our systems integrate optical technology to automate quality inspection in real time and online. This requires skills like machine vision, machine learning, mechatronics and robotics, "said Beltech.

Harvest Robot

According to Richard Vialle, CCO and co-founder of One of A Kind Technologies: "Now, you need 120 workers during peak harvesting of 10 acres of cucumbers in greenhouses. With the crop robots, it takes 20 to 25 workers to harvest the same greenhouse. The robot is still in development, and we are still looking for parties to help us with funding. It will be two years at least before we can market this robot. "

Packaging Robot

About six months ago, a cucumber packaging robot was created in Canada, or rather six robotic arms that, combined, pack 20,000 cucumbers placed on trays per hour. "The robot sees the cucumbers placed on the belt, picks them up and puts them on the tray," explains Richard. For this project, the company worked with Christiaens Agro, specializing in the screening and sealing of cucumbers. The machine is operational every day since June 2018.

Source: Beltech

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Tool to identify microscopic pests and diseases by smartphone

    Fruits and vegetables    09/03/2019

GoMicro, a Adelaide-based company, has created a tool to help farmers and agronomists capture enhanced images of beneficial pests and invertebrates in the field. GoMicro Field Scope is a portable, easy-to-use field microscope designed to be installed on most smartphones or tablets. It allows users to produce macro images using the camera's built-in device and can also use camera flash to create fuzzy lighting.

"Farmers can easily capture high-quality images, approach insects using only the phone, and share them immediately with colleagues or experts to get near-real-time advice. The tool can be used to detect insects, plant diseases, worms, pollination and frost damage. "

Source: Gomicro

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Technology makes 7 day microclimatic forecasts for farms

    Fruits and vegetables    07/03/2019

The Yield is an Australian company that wants to transform the food and agriculture industries using technology. Today and 50 years from now. To do this they provide the latest digital technology to all producers to help them make faster, more informed decisions.

The Sensing + ™ , the name of the meteorological station that collects the data, is an ecosystem of sensors, analyzes and applications that supports the natural ecosystem in its environment. It measures rain, air temperature and pressure, leaf moisture, soil moisture and relative humidity, before converting information using analyzes and artificial intelligence.

The hardware Sensing + ™ is manufactured and assembled by leading Bosch engineers, and is proven to support a unique range of microclimates. Your data is stored securely in the cloud with Microsoft Azure, a world-class Internet Stuff (IoT) platform.

The processed data is delivered to your application Sensing + ™ as current, past and future predictions of the 7-day microclimate, which help you: 

  • Make faster and more accurate decisions about when to harvest, irrigate, plant, feed and protect your crops
  • Free up your time by reducing manual checks and balances or time spent in interpreting data from a weather station.
  • Set custom notifications and limits to get information to you
  • Mitigate the uncertainty of the climate, receiving in advance the conditions of the farm.

Source: theyield

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Natural product triples fruit and vegetable shelf life

    Fruits and vegetables    28/02/2019

Currently, about half of all farmed food ends up in a landfill. And we will soon come to a critical point in our ability to feed the world.

Apeel Sciences is a company that fights the global food waste crisis using the first approach to avoiding waste and a sustainable approach to the growing food demands of the world. 

The product is a family of plant-derived coatings that growers, suppliers and fresh food retailers use to keep produce fresh. Shelf life remains two to three times longer, which promotes more sustainable farming practices, better quality food and less waste of food for all.

Apeel is the only post-harvest solution that creates an ideal microclimate within each product, which leads to an extended shelf life. No refrigeration, controlled atmosphere or preservatives are required for transportation.

The product keeps moisture in and oxygen out, which drastically reduces the rate of degradation. By maintaining moisture and reducing oxidation, fruits retain the natural abilities to protect themselves against environmental stress.

Source: apeelsciences

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New infrared mapping technology with drones

    Fruits and vegetables    26/02/2019

A technology company based in Pittsburgh is using drones and infrared technology to help diagnose diseases and pests in their crops.

Skycision's goal is to help farmers improve their bottom line, according to CEO and co-founder Brendan Carroll. A drone pilot goes to the farm, captures hundreds or thousands of infrared images and creates a highly detailed map with the photos. Special infrared sensors can detect the amount of chlorophyll in plants.

"So if there is a plague or disease afflicting crops, we will see the drop in chlorophyll levels," Carroll said. "So in addition to the high resolution map, we give them a voltage map ... of points that are good, bad, and the rate of change since we last flew."

Carroll said Skycision's technology could hypothetically work for any crop but now they are focused on working with high-quality crops that generate higher financial returns per hectare such as wine grapes and strawberries.

"Because these specialized crops are much more susceptible to fluctuations and climate change, they have a greater need for our service at this time," he said.

Source: wesa.fm

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Robotic packer of bell peppers has 30% higher productivity

    Fruits and vegetables    23/02/2019

EasyPack Technologies is one of the most multifaceted providers of robotic packaging equipment in the world. The company manufactures machines for packing vegetables, fruits, baking, meats, poultry, fish, seafood, cheeses and other foods. The wide range of products range from individual stand-alone machines to complete packaging lines.

"Our primary goal is to improve our customers' operational and financial performance in terms of productivity, quality and cost-effectiveness. We do this by providing reliable and robust solutions that have a positive and measurable impact on our customers' businesses. Using the latest robot technology, EPT machines can operate almost completely autonomously. The machines can also be equipped with workstations designed for human quality control, an essential feature in many processes. "

Source: easypack-technologies

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Technology Provides Need for Irrigation and Disease Forecast for Farmers

    Fruits and vegetables    16/02/2019

A startup Agroop, a company located in Portugal, has created a technological solution to monitor the crops through a sensor called "stoock" that is installed in the field. This sensor collects information such as solar radiation, humidity and air temperature, humidity and soil temperature and sends them to an application.

This information is processed by the application and results such as irrigation need, prediction of pest and disease risk and even recommendation about treatment are reported to the user via the smartphone, tablet or computer.

According to the company, "the stoock sensor is a device that works 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Easy to install, energy-efficient, low maintenance. "

The company charges for the service about 200 € / year for the application (software) plus the price of the sensor (hardware) to be quoted directly.

By Breno Alves

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NASA technology allows faster harvests

    Fruits and vegetables    10/12/2018

The technology used by NASA to grow plants in space allows to accelerate, improve and prevent pests in plantations on land

THE NASA created a new technology to allow cultivation on other planets with a view to establishing colonies on Mars or another planet in the future. Now a group of scientists at the John Innes Center, the Earlham Institute, the Quadram Institute in the UK and the University of Queensland have tested the application of this technology in terrestrial cultures.

They applied the new technology in a greenhouse at the John Innes Center in Norwick (United Kingdom). Rapid genetic improvement was made using shorter growth and harvest cycles, best LED lighting . The search, published in the scientific journal Nature Protocols , shows that this cultivation method can produce disease-resistant, climate-resilient, and more nutritious crops to feed a growing world population.

This technique uses improved LED lighting and daily regimes of up to 22 hours to optimize photosynthesis and promote rapid crop growth . Accelerate the plant breeding cycle: for example, you can grow six wheat crops in a year, well above two harvests per year, obtained with improved traditional farming methods.

By shortening breeding cycles, the method allows scientists and plant breeders to make accelerated genetic improvements, such as increased yield, disease resistance and tolerance to climate change in a variety of crops, such as wheat, barley and peas.

Rapid breeding enables researchers to mobilize extreme genetic variations found in wild relatives of crops and introduce them to elite varieties that farmers can grow. The EU decision that largely regulates gene modification means that we rely more on rapid breeding to develop stronger and more vigorous crops.

Dr. Wulff's team at John Innes Center developed techniques such as rapid gene discovery and gene cloning that, along with rapid replication, would allow cultures to be improved through a non-transgenic route.

Source: lavanguardia.com

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