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.
Bresca Hortalizas is a tomato producing greenhouse company in Puebla, Mexico. The company that produces tomatoes for Mastronardi Sunset has been working with Crop Controller by Blue Radix since July 2021. With Autonomous Growing, they wanted to achieve better control over daily operations and improve predictability. In this interview, Head Grower Manuel Valdes Lara and Grower Karla Denisse Abundis talk more about the added value of Autonomous Growing that they experienced after completing several crop cycles.
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.
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.
Early March Greenhouse Canada published an article about autonomous growing in Ontario. Over the past two years, Ontario Greenhouse Vegetable Growers (OGVG) has been partnering with Blue Radix to test Crop Controller autonomous greenhouse management technology and the results are promising.
The project wrapped up in early 2023 and the growers are quite satisfied with the results. Niki Bennett, Innovation, Adaptation, and Plant Protection lead for the OGVG oversaw the project. She’s hopeful that more growers will adopt more autonomous technologies like Blue Radix’s Crop Controller. Read more in the interview with her and Ronald Hoek.
Autonomous growing is an important development for the greenhouse industry in Mexico. The continuous expansion of companies requires qualified personnel to manage the facilities. With autonomous growing, the management of bigger sites per grower is a reality and it facilitates the best use of resources. Four Mexican growers from Mesa Grande, Sevaga and Bresca/Hortalizas tell about their experiences with autonomous growing and how they optimize and realize their unique crop strategy with Crop Controller by Blue Radix.