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Netherlands: De Ruiter doubles plant sensors

With the planting of the new tomato plants in the demo glasshouse of the De Ruiter Experience Center, De Ruiter is ready to collect data from more than 300 different varieties. To gather even more data, De Ruiter now doubles the number of plant sensors compared to the last growing season.

APH specialist Martin van der Velden and account manager Brenda van Diejen

The team of the De Ruiter Experience Center has now completed precisely one year round of cultivation in the illuminated and traditional glasshouse. Every grower knows that it takes some effort to get used to a new glasshouse, with all the innovative tools that go with it. However, the team is ready for a next step: collecting more data about the plants and recording more observations.

John van der Knaap (manager De Ruiter Experience Center) and his team

Advanced Precision Horticulture
This expansion requires further innovation, and that is just what De Ruiter does by using 50% more plant sensors. Advanced Precision Horticulture (APH) belongs to a state-of-the-art glasshouse like the one at the De Ruiter Experience Center.

Market Developer and tomato specialist Leonie van Hogendonk

De Ruiter still has plenty of plans for further innovation in the demo glasshouse, partly based on the LED lighting that Phillips recently installed on three paths between the crop in the department with Son-T lighting.

An empty glasshouse…

In the meantime, planting still is simply done by hand, for which colleagues from De Ruiter rolled up their sleeves this week to plant the traditional glasshouse. In the lit department, the first tomatoes were harvested last week.

...where everything will soon grow and flourish again.

2019 opening
During the planting period, the two glasshouses of the De Ruiter Experience Center are closed to visitors. On 10th January, De Ruiter will open its doors once again, welcoming visitors from across the globe to observe more than 300 different tomato varieties. Please contact your account manager if you would like to arrange an appointment to visit us in Bleiswijk.

For more information:
De Ruiter Seeds

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