More than 28 growers, installation partners, and Signify horticulture partners from the U.S and Canada recently took a special tour of several greenhouse operations in The Netherlands to learn more about Philips brand horticulture LED technology and see Philips LED grow lights in use.
The two-day tour, held just prior to Fruit Logistica, which is the largest international trade fair for the fresh produce business and held annually in Berlin, Germany, gave attendees an opportunity to see and hear first-hand from growers that have been benefitting from Philips horticulture LED technology for several years.
The tour started with a visit to Jami VOF in Bergschenhoek, just north of Rotterdam, The Netherlands. An early adopter of LED technology, Jami VOF completed a double-line installation of Philips LED interlighting in 2012 in a 60,000 square meter growing area. The installation of LED lighting allows Jami to produce tomatoes year-round.
The tour continued onto Delphy Improvement Center in Bleiswijk where attendees had an opportunity to learn about the lighting research being conducted on a variety of crops including tomatoes, strawberries, and roses.
The next stop on the tour, Gerja B.V., provided the group with the chance to see how Philips LED interlighting is being used to improve crop quality and production of high-wire cucumbers over more than 7,500 square meter growing area.
Day two of the tour began with a visit to Siberia B.V. in Maasbree. Siberia B.V. is using Philips LED toplighting in their ultra-modern greenhouse to grow lettuce and leafy vegetables in a gutter cultivation system over nine hectares (22 acres).
Attendees have responded favorably to the event. One attendee commented, “Glad to be part of the tour. Gained a new perspective on the integration of lights into a growing system. Learned about the variables that we need to consider in our decision-making process.” And another attendee added, “…appreciated the one-on-one time we got with some of the growers.”