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February 6, 2018
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Plucking cucumbers by robot hand

Researchers in Germany and Spain are working on a robotic arm that can distinguish ripe cucumbers from the surrounding greenery, then use two gripper arms to gently pick and store them without pulling the crop from the soil.


Converting sunlight into a more useable form

Under normal conditions, plants only use around 50 percent of incoming sunlight for photosynthesis while the remaining half goes unused. This semi-translucent film will convert rays into more desirable wavelengths with no added electricity needed.


Cannabis competes for talent and financing

Growers are facing added pressure from cannabis as it creates more competition for talent and financing. But picking off growers with higher pay will lead to a "scenario of disaster" in the future when cannabis profits may not be so lush.
 
 
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The five advantages of energy curtains

When it comes to adding energy curtains (also known as thermal blankets) to a greenhouse, everyone focuses on energy savings. Energy savings should certainly be a major factor in any greenhouse grower’s decision to purchase energy curtains, but there are five other considerations worth adding to your analysis when considering the value of an energy curtain in your greenhouse. » Learn more
 
 
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Scheduling matters when growing cannabis

Health Canada recently announced two changes to the physical security requirements under the Access to Cannabis for Medical Purposes Regulations (ACMPR). Licensed producers will only be required to store cannabis within a secure area of their facility, and LPs will no longer be required to maintain 24/7 video surveillance inside the rooms where cannabis is being cultivated, propagated or harvested. » Read more...
 
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Bedding Plants Workshop

February 7
Location: Sturgeon County, Alberta
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