Need for resilient crop stimulates interest in silicon

Need for resilient crop stimulates interest in silicon

The use of silicon fertilisers is clearly on the rise. Silicon can strengthen the resilience of the crop, and with an ever declining range
In the past the use of rootstocks represented an important step in the fight against soil-borne diseases. But rootstocks offer many more possibilities: Improved vigour, setting, flower and fruit quality.

Rootstocks: an extra instrument to achieve production goals

In the past the use of rootstocks represented an important step in the fight against soil-borne diseases. But rootstocks offer many more possibilities: Improved
Tomato grower Geert Koot from Dutch tomato nursery Gebroeders Koot

New LED lamp rates highly in hybrid lighting trial

A trial with hybrid lighting (SON-T + LED) at Dutch tomato nursery Gebroeders Koot has yielded good results. The LED lamp used in the
The ISO++ double screen system from Bom Group is unique in the horticultural industry. It is an innovative double screen system which lets more light through and saves more energy.

Innovative double screen system

The ISO++ double screen system from Bom Group is unique in the horticultural industry. It is an innovative double screen system which lets more
Gridmap is the new technology for moving your harvest trolley in the greenhouse without rails. Now, for the first time, a harvest trolley can move around a greenhouse entirely without rails in the concrete floor or processing area.

Move your harvest trolley with new technology

Gridmap is the new technology for moving your harvest trolley in the greenhouse without rails. Now, for the first time, a harvest trolley can
A consortium of three companies, Ecoation, Metazet FormFlex and Micothon, has launched a new robot for scouting plants in greenhouses.

Robot for scouting plants in greenhouses

A consortium of three companies, Ecoation, Metazet FormFlex and Micothon, has launched a new robot for scouting plants in greenhouses. Revolutionary patented sensors register
Joost van der Voort (left) and Nadir Laaguili measure the oxygen concentration at the dripper. The system guarantees a level of 10 mg per litre.

Water treatment system maintains optimum oxygen supply

Sufficient oxygen in the root environment is a must for a strong, healthy crop. More oxygen makes the crop stronger and boosts production. That’s
AutoStix

Automate the sticking of cuttings

AutoStix is a revolutionary system designed by Viscon to automate the sticking of cuttings using a patented transplanter and innovative biodegradable strips. AutoStix is
John Cappalonga: “We have invested heavily in producing high quality at low costs, including through a sizable expansion.”

“I have always been a fan of new ideas and new approaches”

Gee Vee Enterprises was founded in Harlow, UK, in 1997 by husband-and-wife team Gaetano and Vincenzina Cappalonga. The site is based in the UK’s
Measuring fruit temperature at the Moors sweet pepper nursery in Someren. A simple infrared sensor does the job.

Smart sensors and dashboards are the future

Sensors that map all the processes in the greenhouse. Drones that perform tasks in the right place in response to clear commands. New technologies
Thanks to the unique pull wire installation robot, working at great heights and installation faults are no longer an issue.

Unique pull wire installation robot

Thanks to the unique pull wire installation robot, working at great heights and installation faults are no longer an issue. Nowadays no greenhouse is
Lowpad

Smart automatic guided vehicle in ultra-low body

In the ornamental industry, mixing and shipping goods on CC trolleys is highly labour-intensive. Growers dislike these trolleys because of their inferior manoeuvrability and
The Plantalyzer

Tool for accurately estimating vine tomato crops

The Plantalyzer is a unique tool for accurately estimating vine tomato crops. It counts the number of vine tomatoes on the plant in the
Magnesium deficiency in gerbera appears as red discolouration.

Plants wouldn’t be green without magnesium

Magnesium fulfils many functions within the plant. The element is crucial for the activity of many enzymes. These play a role in photosynthesis, the
There are various horticultural paints available which protect against the wide range of influences in the greenhouse

Include painting pipes in a proper maintenance schedule

Every hectare of greenhouse contains an average of 10-15 kilometres of heating pipes. High relative humidity, temperature fluctuations and wear and tear from mechanical
Sugar transport through membrane

Ingenious transport system brings sugars from ‘source’ to ‘sin...

Photosynthesis takes place in the leaves but the products that are made – sugars – have to be transferred to other parts of the
Wim Voogt: “We haven’t seen any negative impacts of high sodium concentrations in sweet pepper.”

Split-root system harvests sodium and removes it via the crop

The shift towards closed growing systems is forcing growers to take a critical look at their sodium figures. Would higher sodium levels affect the
Medicines

Medicines

The importance of good health is something I experienced first-hand in January last year, when I slipped a disc. Just as you have to
ISO Robot Plug Planting Machine

Plant small plants with robot arms

The ISO Robot Plug Planting Machine is a machine with robot arms that can plant small plants in the ground from a plug tray.
Toine Overgaag: “Growing a new crop is a challenging opportunity. But we now produce some 2.8 million plants annually and rank among the top three growers in the western US.”

Westerlay Orchids evolves into major player in orchids in USA

At the end of the 1970s, the Overgaag family, with a background in vegetable growing, emigrated from the Netherlands to California to start a