Autonomous growing has become increasingly indispensable for greenhouse horticulture. Algorithms and AI control the daily processes. But how do you learn to work with algorithms, and what’s your role as a grower? Laurens van der Spek, Chief Operations Officer, and Geert van der Wel, Autonomous Greenhouse Manager of Blue Radix, offer their answers. Here they discuss the changing role of the grower, and how artificial intelligence delivers the most value when combined smartly with personal support.
In the January edition of the Dutch Onder Glas magazine an article on the completion of the TKI project ‘the road to digital green fingers’. Two seasons of research took place with an illuminated tomato crop (large trusses) in which first a sensor network was developed and eventually the climate was controlled with smart algorithms. In this article, Jan Hanemaaijer, Crop Advisor at Blue Radix, among others, talks more about his involvement and findings. Read the entire article via the link to the pdf of the article.
In the newsletter and website of Dutch media ‘Onder Glas’, Crop Manager Jack ‘t Hoen of Bosch growers was interviewed about autonomous growing with Crop Controller. Since last summer, Bosch Growers in Bleiswijk, the Netherlands, are controlling their cultivation in one department by autonomous growing software during the day. Crop Manager Jack ‘t Hoen tells that the algorithms work so well that today the switch was made to fully autonomous control 24/7. He has every confidence in it. “The results are continuously on the line that was set out. I couldn’t have done better myself.”
Dutch Groenten & Fruit Magazine and GFactueel.nl published an interview with Ronald Hoek in mid-January about the entry of AI into greenhouse horticulture. What does the future look like? What is the role of the grower in autonomous growing and why do growers choose this? Read more in the summary of the interview.
In a special December edition of KAS Magazine with the theme working & learning, 42 employees from the Dutch horticulture sector talk about their work, ambitions and the importance of education. Tom and Danny of Blue Radix are also interviewed in the magazine as they started as trainees at Blue Radix and are now employees. They explain more about their internship, jobs, the great start of their careers at our company and also about the learning opportunities.
In the November issue of Dutch Onder Glas Magazine, Maikel van den Berg of MR Seeds wrote a column about autonomous growing with Crop Controller. He describes how the autonomous implementation of his crop strategy has given him a new smart virtual colleague in the greenhouse. Read more about his experiences in the summery.
Blue Radix was a project leader of the TKI project ‘The road to digital green fingers’ over the past two years. The project has developed an integrated measurement system for monitoring crop responses in real time, aiming to support growers’ green fingers with smart, digital crop measurements. Now the TKI project has been completed, producing a host of insights into which sensors add value to autonomous growing. In this interview an overview of the project, with recommendations and conclusions.
Do you want growers to be able to oversee and control more hectares? Do you want to expand and even gain more operational profit? Then sign up for one of our two online demos in January, where you will learn more about how our data models work, and how we can realize your unique crop strategy step by step with Crop Controller’s algorithms. You can read more about the program and sign up in this article.
An autonomous greenhouse consists of many components and domains, like robotics, sensors and data-driven installations, all of which must ultimately work together. Data is the connecting factor here, and is therefore very valuable. But who actually owns the data? And how do you reach agreements on this as a grower? Which agreements does Blue Radix have with growers about data ownership? You can read more about this in the Blog of Ronald Hoek.