The greenhouse industry in Mexico is growing fast. At the same time, daily greenhouse operations need continuous improvement as greenhouse owners struggle with a shortage of skilled growers and labor. To respond to this challenge, Ceickor, the greenhouse University of Mexico, and Blue Radix, specialist and market leader in Autonomous Growing, decided to join forces. The festive signing of the partnership agreement by Director of Ceickor Felix Tarrats and Ronald Hoek, CEO of Blue Radix, and the unveiling of the cooperation sign on 11 October was attended by many students.
Planning and monitoring the crop throughout the cultivation cycle is an important part of Autonomous Growing. Blue Radix is therefore introducing a new component in Crop Controller: Strategy Optimizer. The goal of integrating Strategy Optimizer in the Blue Radix portal is to help the grower focus on the crop cycle strategy and the cultivation process. Now, the day-to-day AI-driven, autonomous climate control will be even more aligned with the grower’s goals and targets. This article describes the features and the value it delivers to growers.
It is exactly five years ago that five international teams had the opportunity to deliver a unique achievement in Bleiswijk during the very first Autonomous Greenhouse Challenge: remotely controlling a greenhouse without entering the greenhouse. What everyone thought would take years suddenly turned out to be possible. Five successful crops were delivered, in some cases with a better cultivation result than achieved by the growers who implemented classic climate control. Fast forward to 2023. We are now five years further. Time moves fast. What happened during that time, and what did we learn about Autonomous Growing within Blue Radix? We would like to share these five lessons!
Vine Fresh Acres in Leamington, Ontario, grows high wire cucumbers and bell peppers. In 2021 the company took its first steps in the field of Autonomous Growing. Successfully, according to head grower Pete Neufeld and grower Jake Knelsen. They are enthusiastic about the use of Blue Radix’s Crop Controller. The service saves them a lot of time and provides valuable insights. Knelsen: “It makes my job so much easier and helps me oversee it all.” Read more in the full interview.
Horticoop actively invests in companies that make a positive contribution towards a sustainable future for greenhouse horticulture. The investment cooperative recently added a new company to its portfolio: Blue Radix. This market leader in autonomous cultivation works closely with growers, implementing AI-controlled growing in greenhouses. Steven van Nieuwenhuijzen, CEO at Horticoop, talks to Ronald Hoek, founder and CEO of Blue Radix, about what the two companies have to offer each other and the rest of the horticulture industry.
Earlier this month, Blue Radix became a member of AVAG, the industry association for the greenhouse technology sector in the Netherlands. Blue Radix is the 77th organization to join the association.
“We see in the market an increasing demand for digital services in the context of autonomous growing. Blue Radix has become a serious player in this field. This fits in well with the needs of our customers,” says Annie van de Riet, president of AVAG. Read more in the press release.
Hola! We are happy to announce that we’ve added Spanish as a third language to our website.
Spanish-speaking growers and greenhouse owners can now discover the world of autonomous growing in their own language via www.blue-radix.mx or www.blue-radix.es!
During GreenTech Amsterdam, Priva and Blue Radix have signed an agreement to strengthen and expand their partnership. Together they work towards accelerating autonomous greenhouses where hardware and software are smoothly combined to accommodate tomorrow’s changes. The companies already serve a fast growing group of joint customers with data & AI driven solutions. With this agreement as its fundament, even more greenhouse growers worldwide can be assured of robust data connections, reliable services and continuous improvement of functionalities. Growers can get the most out of their data. The potential for optimized operational efficiencies and more predictable and precise control are endless.
Blue Radix, the independent specialist and market leader in Autonomous Growing, is entering a new phase. Since its foundation in 2019, it has been working closely with growers to unlock the value of AI-driven technology for greenhouses on a global scale. Now is the moment for the next step: Navus Ventures and Investment Cooperative Horticoop are investing in Blue Radix to help the company further expand its product range and increase its worldwide impact to empower more growers. Together they will work towards sustainable food production and a healthy future for the global horticultural industry. Read more in the press release.
In Dutch KAS Magazine, COO Laurens van der Spek talks about the international growth, the latest developments and the opportunities for autonomous growing.