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Special  –  Crop Rotation


Cleaning the interior of a greenhouse

A clean start is the best start, right? That's why the AquaJet has been especially developed to start a new cultivation in a clean greenhouse. Van der Waay designed the robust AquaJet tube rail cart after they noticed many growers were struggling to find a good machine to get the inside of their greenhouses.....

US (AL): Hard freeze has ended growing season for warm-weather crops

The first hard freeze, or killing frost, of the fall has ended the growing season for warm-weather crops across Huntsville, Alabama.The National Weather Service in Huntsville, Alabama classified the cold weather Sunday night and Monday morning as a hard freeze.ďIf thereís anybody that had any tomatoes to.....

UK: Industry guide to good hygiene practice for watercress launched

The first ever fresh produce good hygiene practice guide has been launched to support producers of watercress grown in flowing water, with practical advice on how to comply with food hygiene legislation and related requirements.UK Watercress growers have collaborated with the Food Standards Agency (FSA),.....

"Giving your plants an unparalleled start is fundamental for their growing success"

Sunlight Supply was created in 1995 when founder Craig Hargreaves took on a side job with sales of horticultural lighting to indoor grow hydro stores. Apparently he was very good at it, because before Hargreaves knew, one thing led to another and he became the president of an indoor gardening.....

Rockwool and green waste after the crop rotation

VIDEO Ever wondered what happens with all the used rockwool Dutch companies grow their crops on? It's actually being processed into... rocks!A tremendous amount of rockwool slabs is currently brought in by Dutch growers who are in the middle of their crop rotation. Renewi (formerly Van Vliet Contrans) collects the.....

NL: Herbie new agent against fusarium?

Dutch lettuce growers still experience major problems with fusarium. Henk Meints from Thatchtec hopes to be able to offer them good news soon. Italian research shows that the biological agent Herbie can kill spores of fusarium in the ground.It is all about bacteria in the Soil Resetting process. The soil is.....

Organic disinfection of trays with UV light

Dirty, used propagation trays are places where bacteria, viruses and harmful germs can thrive. In order to clean and disinfect them properly growers are advised to wash them directly after use before they go back in to the greenhouse filled with new starting material. An automated tray washer can help to.....

"Turbo fogging saves time and creates the cleanest result"

A successful crop rotation starts with a good planning, according to Wim Vreugdenhil, manager at Dutch contractor Marel Loonwerk. This year the company from De Lier invested in several new Turbo fog machines. According to Vreugdenhil, more growers prefer a sanitizing treatment with turbo fogging. "It saves.....

Weterings Mechanisatie speeds up greenhouse crop change

Weterings Mechanisatie has over 20 years of experience in development and production of crop shredding machines.These "Bio Choppers" were mainly built for (Dutch) contractors. Efficiency, speed and reliability are keywords for these machines.Weterings used this experience for the development of compact Bio.....

"Responsibly clean glass with HGC+"

HGC+ is a new cleaning agent for horticulture glass. "It's a high-grade disinfectant cleaning agent that deals with bacteria, fungi and viruses. It is suitable for various types of glass, including glass with AR coating. It's a newly developed formula, especially for the horticulture industry, which doesn't.....

Crop rotation: chance to reduce emissions further

For Dutch greenhouse horticulture, a mandatory purification of residual water-flows will apply from 1 January 2018. "That's a big step, but not all of the emissions to surface water have been addressed," according to Margreet Schoenmakers of LTO Glaskracht Nederland. "We can make further gains during the.....

Netherlands: Wet stone wool brings extra work

"The days are shortening, but with us they just get longer. Fortunately, we are well on schedule." That says Peter Houtepen of contracting firm De Baronie B.V. The company helps Dutch growers throughout the country with the crop rotation. At this moment they are working in Etten-Leur and in Brielle. Peter:.....

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Be prepared to clean the inner glass by the end of the season

While the end of the season may still seem a bit far away, you'd better be well prepared for it and have a look at your disinfection strategies. Are you going to clean the inside of your greenhouse while empty? And if yes, are you going to do it by hand, hire a contractor or do a bit of DIY and build your.....

Wim Vreugdenhil:

"Make substrate slabs as dry as possible"

Marel Loonwerk in De Lier has many years of experience with the work activities during the crop rotation. "With a full schedule, we start each year with the crop rotation of tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers and eggplants," says manager Wim Vreugdenhil. This includes doing the mechanical work. This begins with.....