- Breeding Trial Specialist
- Farm Manager Abu ADhabi
- Key Account Manager Canada and USA
- Export Sales Manager Europe Division
- Directors - New Zealand
- Nursery Production Manager Victoria Australia
- Technical Sales Consultant, Washington
- Export Sales Manager North America Exports
- Head Grower Hydroponic Greenhouse
- Account Manager – South-East Asia
Top 5 -yesterday
Top 5 -last week
Top 5 -last month
- "Honduras greenhouse park to become the largest producer-exporter in the Central American region"
- Netherlands: Codema Systems Group declared bankrupt
- Canada: Dutch holding company acquires Ontario Plants Propagation
- Autonomous robots can pick up to 25,000 raspberries per day
- 32 acres of high-wire greenhouse available for lease in Tehachapi, CA
Canada: Schriemer's Family Farm rises from the ashes with high-wire greenhouse
Three acres of brand new state-of-the-art double poly high-wire greenhouses and other parts of the operation were gutted in what the police, and the Schriemer family believe was arson.
“They [RCMP] found a gasoline can where the fire started, and we don’t have any gasoline powered equipment in that area, it’s all electric. There was no need for gasoline to be there,” said Trevor, before adding that the culprit has yet to be apprehended.
Three acres of the Schriemer's Family Farm were destroyed by a fire in January 2013 (Source: www.winnipegfreepress.com)
The fire started in the loading dock area before spreading through three greenhouses and wiping out the whole service area, cooler, offices, irrigation systems and electrics. To compound the damage, and because of the freezing temperatures at that time of year (it was - 40), once the electrics were gone, all the heating pipes froze and cracked.
Since then, they’ve gone on to rebuild, and used the opportunity to expand and make some improvements; but it’s been a frustrating process dealing with the insurance companies.
Although the farm had good coverage with specialised greenhouse insurance - to replace their losses along with business interruption insurance to cover lost profits, the insurance firms have been slow to pay out and Trevor says the whole insurance process has been ‘a big struggle’. However, he is confident they will resolve everything in the long term.
“You pay premiums to the insurance company and you have what you think is the best policy possible but when you start to collect, they have all kinds of road blocks. They don’t give back very quickly, you have to fight for your money,” he says.
Trevor Schriemer (left) at the re-opening of his greenhouse (source: www.steinbachonline.com)
The new build has gone ahead though and has been expanded by an additional acre bringing the total to four. This time they are not taking any risks and they’ve installed a fire alarm throughout the whole greenhouse and it’s linked to the misting system.
Also included within the fully lit (14,000 lux) facility are energy and shading curtains to combat the harsh Manitoba climate; but it’s the high-wire system that enables Schriemer Family Farm to grow cucumbers year round.
“This allows us to take advantage of a better price in the market in the winter time when the only product available is from Mexico,” says Trevor.
The high-wire greenhouse (source: www.steinbachonline.com)
Although it costs more to run a high-wire greenhouse, Trevor believes that with good production (his stands at 300 cucumbers per m2), the benefits outweigh the drawbacks.
“Costs have been a little more expensive this winter. It’s been a cold winter so the gas costs have been higher, but the prices have been better this winter too.
“Everything is determined by the price. If the price is good then a little bit extra doesn’t matter,” he concludes.
Receive the daily newsletter in your email for free | Click here
Other news in this sector:
- 2022-05-25 The KUBO Group acquires cultivation systems and software branch of Codema
- 2022-05-25 "Due to our international supplier structure, fresh arugula is available to us almost year-round"
- 2022-05-25 Malaysia: hydroponic farm develops home growing systems
- 2022-05-25 Shelburne County strawberry farmer recognized with provincial award of excellence in agriculture
- 2022-05-25 Bayer makes US$160 million commitment to Zero Hunger Pledge
- 2022-05-25 ACT weakens plastic ban by removing fruit and vegetable bags
- 2022-05-25 Vietnam to boost high-tech ag tackling hydroponic- and aquaculture farming
- 2022-05-25 "We have not increased our baby leaf or herb production due to the higher costs"
- 2022-05-25 "Our CEA grown basil nearly a dollar less per ounce than field-grown organic produce"
- 2022-05-25 Sicilian Pizzutello tomatoes are back
- 2022-05-25 Unprecedented demand for fresh produce software company after remote packhouse solutions installation
- 2022-05-25 "We facilitate connections between prospective workers and employers"
- 2022-05-25 Crop scouting app for faster data collection
- 2022-05-25 "We are thrilled to play a larger role in the Canadian market"
- 2022-05-24 Alan Down appointed as HTA Vice-President
- 2022-05-24 Indonesia: PLN grants financial aid to hydroponic cultivation group in Biak
- 2022-05-24 "We are ready to share our experiences in tackling freshness quality issues after logistics uncertainties"
- 2022-05-24 Banana tissue culture production expanded in the Philippines
- 2022-05-24 Growcentia celebrates grand opening of new Colorado HQ in Loveland's Centerra area
- 2022-05-24 Iron Ox' fresh produce expanding across Southwest