Special Crop Rotation 2018

"Crop rotation good opportunity to research residues"

At pepper nursery Kwekerij Van der Burg in Elst (Netherlands), the time has come to remove the pepper crops to make way for new plants. For Dewi Hartkamp, program manager at Stichting Innovatie Glastuinbouw Nederland (SIGN), this is a perfect opportunity to take a closer look at the juices and fibers of…

Cloth suppliers ready for upcoming crop rotation

For many growers crop rotation is soon upon us and it's the perfect opportunity to change the screen cloths now that the greenhouses are empty for a bit. It means a busy time for the cloth suppliers. Vegetable growers tend to rotate their crops around the same time, and growers of flowers and potted…

Robot lends Dutch grower a hand

Leo Steenpoorte from Oosterland (Netherlands) cultivates a variety of horticultural crops in both greenhouses and the open field. Because the available human workforce is shrinking and because he believes that this is the future, he hired 'Oz the weeding robot'. This robot with green thumbs, developed by French Naïo…

CAN (ON): Developing recommendations for more targeted greenhouse retention pond management

Retention ponds play an important role in helping Ontario greenhouse growers manage storm water. It’s not clear, however, how they influence water quality as the water flows from roof to pond and ultimately to surrounding watersheds and Lake Erie. Ontario Greenhouse Vegetable Growers (OGVG) have launched a project,…

What time should you start and stop irrigation?

“What time should I start and stop my irrigation?” This is the question I am asked more than any other, especially as we approach summer. Leading into late spring water usage, by the plant, is increasing so irrigation needs to follow suit. For each individual crop, determined by crop age/fruit load and…

By using digital agriculture

Turkey: Greenhouse tomato grower moves harvest time to an earlier date

Ersin Durak, a grower in Carsamba, Samsun, a city located in northeastern Turkey, has built a 3,000 square meter fully automated greenhouse and has managed not only to lower production costs but also managed to move the harvest time to an earlier date. This digital greenhouse is equipped with automated fertilization, ventilation…

planting of summer crops

"Australian growers worried about extended periods of high temperatures"

In 2018, Australian cucumber growers faced a challenging winter, dealing with extended cold periods, often with ice coating their greenhouses and losses of up to 40% of their crops due to cold strike (fruit scurfing). "Now they are planting summer crops and, with the Australian Bureau of Meteorology…

Kurt Lauwers, Hollandplant:

"Plant selection always depends on new factors"

The sales people at Dutch nurseries companies are seeing a lot of business at the moment. We spoke to Kurt Lauwers from Hollandplant who is doing great, with sales to both Flemish and Dutch growers right on schedule. With UK customers he still has to be patient. "The British plant later. And they are…

clean greenhouses offer chance for clean start

Turkey: Growers in Antalya hopeful about crop without tuta absoluta

As the production season is slowly moving from open fields to greenhouses, growers in Antalya are making preparations in order to battle tuta absoluta disease and Mediterranean fruit fly which caused a lot of problems for them last year. Training courses were given to growers where they were given detailed information about…

Grafting: A way to boost tomato harvests from low-quality trees

The grafting technology is largely being promoted under the Applied Research Fund project “Improved Resilience through Sustainable Production of Grafted Tomatoes in Uganda (IRESO)”. Grafting transforms low quality fruit trees into the high yielding commercial varieties. Many tropical fruit trees, including tomatoes, mango,…

Marcel van der Knaap, Rimato, shares tricks for Sustainability Day

"Smart growers don't waste water"

Because of all the sunshine, Dutch greenhouse vegetables have grown superbly this year. But the summery weather causes the cucumbers, tomatoes, and bell peppers to consume enormous amounts of water. Luckily, the Dutch growers are using water more and more sparsely. Did you know that to produce one kilo…

Special: Crop Rotation

A clean slate is a perfect start for a new crop. But how do you realize the cleanest greenhouse? What kind of schemes will you apply? And what kind of things should you bear in mind when taking the crop out and preparing for a new crop? Reasons enough to take a closer look at crop rotations. Contractors, suppliers and other…


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