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Hans Vereijken, Vereijken Kwekerijen:
"With data analysis we can make the next step"The production has been good for years, both in quality and in quantity. Nonetheless, you want to keep improving your company and yourself as a grower. What can help you to make the next step? By means of a very extensive data analysis, actions and achievements over the past years are analyzed in order to come to useful insights that will help you as a grower to improve both your production as well as the product quality. Letsgrow.com makes data analysis over several years now available for all growers.
In the past period, there has been a rapid development of data analyses in the greenhouse sector. With the help of smart and advanced Big Data and Artificial Intelligence techniques, it is now possible to make analysis that simply cannot be made by human brains. With these techniques, the greenhouse sector will experience a further development by which the production shall improve both qualitative and quantitative.
When these modern techniques are combined with plant physiology knowledge and models, it gives great possibilities to optimize the growth even further. LetsGrow has both competences and has carried out a data analysis for Vereijken Kwekerijen.
Director Hans Vereijken: "We believe in growing with the help of data. For years, we use LetsGrow to visualize and analyze the data of our locations at a central place. We want to have a discussion about what we want to achieve and how to realize our goals, instead of discussing afterwards our results. Recently, LetsGrow.com has completed a new functionality, with which we can even better apply our Plan-Do-Check-Act methodology. We are now implementing this new functionality. However, we actually wanted more. How do we grow exactly? What does science say about it? And what can we do to have even better results?”
Therefore, LetsGrow.com has carried out a Light Use Efficiency (LUE) data analysis over the past four years for five locations. The LUE shows the efficiency of the conversion of radiation to production. The analysis showed that these LUE fluctuates too much during a year. This data analysis gives enough input to pay more attention to these fluctuations.
Peter Hendriks, Business Unit Manager LetsGrow.com: "For years, Vereijken is a customer of us. We stored all their data over the past years, just as we do for all our customers. Now we offer our customers the possibility to make money out of their data. With the LBE analysis we can point directly to moments when they do it well and when they can improve, but also how they can improve. Then it is up to the advisor and grower to implement these new insights. We also offer the possibility to keep doing the analysis periodically, to analyze whether the improvements are carried out and what the results of these improvements are. With the Climate Monitor, we have already a tool whereby you can see on a daily basis (even on a 5-minute basis) if your climate is in control. With this Climate Monitor you can achieve large improvements!”
Hans Vereijken: “With all our growers we follow a course Data Driving Growing. With this course we aim to understand the results of the data analysis better, to connect the theory and research to practice so we can apply it better. With an increasing number of measuring equipment, it becomes more complicated to combine all the data to useful information. Therefore, extra tools are needed, but we still need to know how to handle these data. In the end, with this we optimize our way of growing. With the data analysis we can make the next step.”
For more information:
Ton van Dijk
+31 (0)6 53735670
Publication date: 2/14/2018
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