Job offersmore »

Tweeting Growers

Top 5 - yesterday

Top 5 - last week

Top 5 - last month

Exchange ratesmore »

Ed Hardy:

"Learning how to empower plants"

"UK growers may have heard of Next Generation Growing (NGG), but could be forgiven for not really knowing what it is. In essence, it refers to a set of growing techniques, developed in the Netherlands over the last decade or so, with the aim of empowering the plant – i.e. giving it what it needs (e.g. water, CO2, light), when it needs it. The principles are heavily based on the laws of physics and a good grasp of these is vital to get the most out of the crop."

Ed Hardy, Energy Projects Engineer at FEC Energy, recently spent a few days at the Hoogendoorn / headquarters in the Netherlands, learning about the principles of plant empowerment from Jan Voogt, one of the authors of the original Dutch handbook on the subject ‘Het Nieuwe Telen’. "Over the years, Jan has been heavily involved with growers pioneering this new way of growing, which goes against conventional methods somewhat. The plant empowerment concept often takes growers outside of their comfort zone, asking them to accept higher temperatures and humidity levels than they are used to. Once the reasons are understood, however, adopting this approach makes sense. Rather than controlling on set-points alone, careful monitoring of the crop, the growing environment and even external conditions, can lead to reduced disease risk, improved crop quality and better energy efficiency."

"The basic idea is to keep the plant in ‘balance’ in terms of energy, water and assimilates, allowing it to take up the nutrients it needs. It is very much a data-driven method of cultivation, but doesn’t necessarily require expensive technologies or equipment. Most modern climate control computers can already record the necessary parameters, but few growers can probably say they make full use of the data available to them. By understanding what the data means and applying the principles of NGG, thus empowering the plant, results from Dutch growers suggest there are many benefits to be realised."

Source: FEC Energy

Publication date: 5/2/2018



Other news in this sector:

7/19/2018 How to achieve better hydroponic germination rates
7/19/2018 Corn salad: a small, niche market
7/19/2018 Protection of resources and environment in spinach production
7/19/2018 "Even if robots are replacing human hands, they can't take over everything"
7/19/2018 UAE: Sweet tomatoes grown with no soil and less water
7/13/2018 Algeria: Growing barley in the desert
7/12/2018 The future of farming in Africa
7/10/2018 India: Centre of Excellence for Vegetables grows without soil
7/9/2018 UK: Making use of brine wash for algae
7/6/2018 UK: Manipulating growth rates at the plant scale
7/6/2018 Systemic cultivation can boost results in Chinese wall greenhouses
7/3/2018 UK: "Long-term water plans needed as temperatures soar"
7/2/2018 "Partnerships of paramount importance for Chinese horticulture"
6/26/2018 "Automatic gutter system ready for world wide distribution"
6/26/2018 Scientific proof of dissolved CO2 foliar spray plant benefits on lettuce
6/26/2018 How a cultivation test works
6/25/2018 New climate control techniques for modern agriculture
6/25/2018 "Filling the gap between large TOV and medium TOV"
6/22/2018 US (CA): Creating online training for organic specialty crop production
6/21/2018 US (MI): "Low tunnels do not have the desired effect this year"