How to grow form a distance; IDC Online Crop Management gives answers

The IDC Online Crop Management has been running for several months now. Since the start there are more answers to questions like “How to interpret the available data”, “How to make a specified recommendation” and “Where are the differences in advice coming from”

What is the IDC Online Crop Management?

The IDC Online Crop Management helps growers to bridge distances. By using existing measuring equipment, techniques and sensor technologies growers it will provide insights in how to grow from a distance. This trial is hosted at the Improvement Centre of GreenQ-DLV Plant.

Difference of opinion

Growing from a distance gives us different insights of the crop when comparing it to the advice from a consultant on-site. When you cannot see the actual crop it is essential to look at the provided data with a more critical approach. All settings are reviewed through magnifying glass and so far it is rather opted for a less risky strategy than a strategy determined by the on-site consultant.

Clear agreements

Over the last couple of months we have learned that it is essential to make clear agreements. For example the method of counting can be quite different. A well-known concept known as LAI (Leaf Area Index) can be calculated in different ways. This starts off with counting the leaves. At which point the leaves are counted, what is the first mature leaf, at what height is the diameter of the head measured? Evaluating and determining an identical approach has resulted in clear agreements for this topic.

In order for the Control Room (Off-site consultant) to receive a clear up-to-date review of the department weekly pictures of the crop are being taken. There are several fixed points in the greenhouse where cameras are installed which take pictures every 15 minutes. Doing this provides a clear image of the situation and the head of the crop, the development of the settlement and to see whether or not the labour is on schedule. Next to this it provides an of the greenhouse and the position of screens and window modes. It was quite the challenge to position the camera’s in such a way that all essential data is collected.


Both the on-site consultant and the Control Room gradually learn from each other's experience. Through exchange and coordination, we will allow an increasingly sharper analysis and adequate measures that benefit the crop and the possibility of growing from a distance. More sensors are already installed due to the accumulated experience to be able to judge and steer the crop even better.

For more information
GreenQ-DLV Plant
Steven Madern, Marketing & Communication
Violierenweg 3
2665 MV Bleiswijk, Nederland
T: +31 10 5221771
F: +31 10 5223431
M: +31 648 154 519

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