Looking Back at a Successful Eighth Edition of Seed Meets Technology

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To quote one of the visitors of Seed meets Technology, this is “a trade fair that seamlessly ties in with the needs and wishes of everyone somehow involved in the seed industry.”

The eighth edition of this successful event, which once again drew huge visitor numbers, has just come to a close. This year saw attendance from interested organisations and individuals from beyond European borders, just as they had before COVID-19. The presentation of new technology and varieties alongside a programme of lectures and symposiums proved to be a unique formula that is very attractive to business enterprises in the seed industry.

Long-established companies, as well as starting companies from both the Netherlands and abroad, were represented at the trade fair with a stand or trading table. One of the remarkable things about this year’s edition was the percentage of international companies present at the fair, which clearly demonstrated an upward trend.

This year’s programme of lectures and symposiums was more extensive than ever. Various companies gave lectures in which their products and services were presented in great detail. Visitors were also treated to a demonstration by Corvus Drones, in which a drone flew through a greenhouse while collecting crop data.

Three symposiums were also scheduled during Seeds meet Technology. Each of these was presented by three companies that were complementary in regard to the current and objective topic being addressed.

On Tuesday, the symposium ‘Seeds go digital’ featured speakers from Wageningen University, SeQso (a manufacturer of grading and analysis machines) and Videometer (a supplier of visual analysis machines), who gave presentations on how seeds are examined using various Artificial Intelligence (AI) techniques.

The symposium ‘Drones; the new human eyes in horticulture,’ held on Wednesday, was presented by research organisation Vito Belgium, drone supplier Corvus Drones and plant nursery Gitzels. They discussed the role drones play in the agricultural sector. The third and final symposium shone a spotlight on the theme ‘Seed treatments and treated seeds: future-proof.’ During this symposium, Euroseeds, Plantum and Artemis provided an explanation and updates on the new laws and regulations currently facing the seed industry. 

Seed Companies

Takii Europe’s demonstration field was located adjacent the restaurant. Visitors could enjoy a beautiful view of the fields, on which dozens of crops were grown, along with their meals. The fields could also be visited under supervision.

Sakata’s trial field was located on the other side of the site. Here, a wide range of pumpkins and squashes – from spaghetti and kabocha squashes to Hokkaido and Halloween pumpkins – were on display. There was also a new microwave pumpkin on exhibit, which proved to be a genuine delicacy. The various pumpkins could be tasted in a number of dishes.

2023 Edition

The next edition of this event will take place from 26 to 28 September 2023. To register for a stand, trading table or demo field, please send an email to info@seedmeetstechnology.com.

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