Controlled Environment Technology Webinar Series – One to Watch!

The OMAFRA Greenhouse Vegetable Specialist is putting together an exciting webinar series on technology in controlled environments!

This series is relevant to anyone producing in controlled environments – from vegetables, to herbs, cannabis and flowers. The first webinar tackles Artificial Intelligence in these systems. Industry experts from Koidra and Blue Radix — two companies working with Ontario producers — cover integrating AI into production to improve automation, yield and reduce errors. This webinar covers each company’s approach to agricultural AI and provides answers to producer questions.

Details on the first installment of this webinar series can be found below.

Webinar Details:

WHAT: Using artificial intelligence (AI) in controlled environment agriculture

WHEN: Thursday Jan 28, 2021 Time: 12:00–1:00 P.M. (lunch and learn)

Where: Zoom


The Companies Involved

Want to know more about the companies involved and their vision before you commit? Here’s a summary of the presentations being given by both orgnanizations.

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Kenneth Tran, CEO and founder of Koidra Inc.

Koidra presentation summary — Combining AI and Internet of Things (IoT) technology to establish automated greenhouse management will be the future of agriculture due to its ability to optimize climatic conditions and resources for a higher yield. Despite its widespread use in many applications, there is a significant lack of application of AI in horticulture. In this presentation, I will discuss 1) AI and its application in controlled-environment agriculture (CEA); 2) Its proof of concept in 2018 autonomous greenhouse challenge; 3) Koidra autonomous greenhouse tech and the overview of our Greenhouse Competitiveness and Innovation Initiative (GCII Phase II) project in Ontario.

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Ronald Hoek, CEO of Blue Radix

Blue Radix presentation summary — Algorithms can feed the world! Growing with AI is becoming a reality for growers around the world. Smart algorithms optimize and steer climate, irrigation and energy in daily operations of greenhouses. Always working with the grower’s unique crop strategy as its fundament. During the presentation you’ll get insights in the way autonomous growing is put into practice at the production locations of prominent vegetable growers in The Netherlands. The companies vary in size from 9 acres to over 240 acres (3.7 up to 100 hectares). This technology is now also available for Ontario’s growers. Would you like to know what it can bring for company? How you can lower the dependency of human expertise? How you can lower the unnecessary mistakes in daily operations? Join the webinar!

More Information:

To learn more about this seminar series, contact: Dr. Fadi Al-Daoud, greenhouse vegetable specialist, Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA), e-mail:

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