Top 5 -yesterday
- UK: Grower reduces greenhouse temperature by more than 6°C during heatwave with no cooling, fog systems
- Understanding the profitability of your greenhouse
- Agave: The new drought-tolerant California crop?
- Patromex and DIDIHU partnership invests in modern plant for value-added coconut substrates
- US: Larry Ellison is feeding Hawaii from his high-tech hydroponic farm on Lanai
Top 5 -last month
- Vertical farming technologies tool in researching and fighting diseases
- German retailer Kaufland and horti-family Reichenspurner open new greenhouse
- "Water is the new gold"
- Growing strawberries from seeds becoming increasingly popular
- Higher productivity and earliness are the story behind these pink greenhouses
"Stronger summer crops with diffuse light"
"It is our aim to harvest a good product up to the Holidays. That means having a strong summer crop. This is what ReduFuse can bring us," says Theo van Noord, owner of the modern tomato company on the Dutch peninsula of Goeree-Overflakkee. The nursery cultivates 14 hectares: almost exclusively cocktail tomatoes, spread over 3 locations. One of those three sports assimilation lights.
Van Noord: "Energy is a major cost, and we're constantly on the lookout for opportunities to save energy in our existing greenhouses. Together with our advisor, we have developed a new growth strategy. We’ve been doing it this way for two years now, and I dare-say the strategy works extremely well for our type oftomatoes.”
Minimum of energy in the summer
The starting point in Nursery T. W. van Noord is to enter the summer with a strong generative crop, and then revert to a calm cultivation strategy until September. Cultivation manager Johan Vroedsteijn: "From the start in January, we do everything we can to get the crop in balance. We start out with relatively large plants, keeping up a robust pace during the first weeks. If things go according to plan, we have a strong crop with lots of fruit by late April. In early May, we apply ReduFuse on the greenhouse roof. From week 25 to week 35, we spend a minimum of energy and CO2 in the greenhouse. Then we can harvest without problems until the end of December."
In 2012, this strategy combined with ReduFuse was tested on the location in Tinte. Van Noord: "We had the main part of the greenhouse treated with ReduFuse. By way of comparison, a 0.4 ha patch remained untreated. Together with DLV and Mardenkro, we took measurements in regard to temperature distribution, photosynthesis and the amount of PAR light in the crop. Across the board, we found that under a diffuse cover the plant temperature was more even, the lower leaves showed more assimilation and the light deeply penetrated into the crop."
"Without ReduFuse, this way of cultivation is simply not possible,” says Van Noord. "I'm very happy with the product, even more so because next season an improved formulation of ReduFuse will reach markets, which I hear is easier to remove. As far as I’m concerned, it’s indispensable.”
P.O. Box 280
5110 AG Baarle-Nassau
Receive the daily newsletter in your email for free | Click here
Other news in this sector:
- 2022-08-08 BioTherm improves performance of their finned heating products
- 2022-07-20 Interesting novelty in the green oblong tomato segment
- 2022-07-12 New organic salad kits and blends line debuts in plant-based compostable bags
- 2022-07-12 Simple GoMicro device can measure food spoilage
- 2022-07-12 Sharing the appeal of broccoli with the world
- 2022-07-12 New universal automatic measuring device in Italy
- 2022-06-30 New cucumbers taking UK market by storm
- 2022-06-28 Wimbledon strawberries tracked by high-tech sensors
- 2022-06-28 $130 Japanese melon is the "Ferrari of melons"
- 2022-06-28 The age of counting sticky traps will soon be over, thanks to AI and vision systems
- 2022-06-27 “This unique tomato variety is a diamond in the rough”
- 2022-06-23 The Australian digital harvesting solution's yielding has improved productivity from pre-commercial trials
- 2022-06-23 Canadian greens distributor launches new salad kit line
- 2022-06-21 Light Science Technologies launches all-in-one sensorGROW
- 2022-06-20 Tendernay, a wine infused with broccoli
- 2022-06-20 Canadian greenhouse growers win in local and international competitions
- 2022-06-16 New platform for insight in sustainability risks in fresh produce launched
- 2022-06-15 Protecting your HVAC from moisture, corrosion and geckos
- 2022-06-15 France: Les Crudettes presents a new packaging
- 2022-06-08 Eco-friendly sachets extend life of fruit and veg outside refrigerator