Over a year ago, Kees Scheffers, team leader trial company/quality manager at Wageningen University & Research, BU Glasshouse horticulture & Flowerbulbs in Bleiswijk, took the initiative to start using the digital Log & Solve dashboard to optimize cultivation processes as an alternative to paper registration.
After an intensive screening by WUR's ICT department for professionalism and safety in particular, and after coordination with colleagues last year, a small-scale start was made with the digital monitoring of a number of crops and data collection. Now, the digital dashboard is being widely used in some 60 departments in Bleiswijk, and it is expected that the system will soon be used in the remaining 40 departments as well.
Kees Scheffers, trial farm team leader/quality manager Wageningen Plant Research WUR, uses Log&Solve with his team
Suitable for all crops
Kees Scheffers: "I had been looking for a suitable registration system for some time. Path registration has been a well-known phenomenon in horticulture for many years, but such systems did not work for us since we work with other key figures. When I read about Log & Solve in a press release, I came into contact with Co-Anne Kranenburg, business developer of Log & Solve at Klasmann-Deilmann. Together we looked into how this digital dashboard could work best for us.
Initially, the system was mainly aimed at ornamental plant products, but after our brainstorming sessions, Co-Anne also made it suitable for vegetable cultivation. Quite a challenge because every vegetable crop has its own process names. We have also found suitable solutions for this issue, and we can now even add our own designations to the system. A flexible system like this is ideal for us because it must be optimally workable for the greenhouse staff, our researchers, and the customers for whom we carry out cultivation trials."
"We are very satisfied with Log & Solve, especially because it is very user-friendly and it is relatively easy to expand the system with additional applications. We consult with Co-Anne on a structural basis. During these sessions, we indicate what we are up against and what our wishes are. Often, these discussions lead to new applications. We are pleased to be able to contribute to the further development of Log & Solve because that benefits everyone," says Scheffers.
Log & Solve makes crop registration and collecting crop data easy and displays it clearly. It then becomes possible to optimize cultivation processes based on data-based cultivation insights.
Various cultivation data are brought together per cultivation lot, including crop photos, notes, and registrations such as scouting observations, measurements, cultivation actions, fertilization, and crop protection. Substrate and water analyses are loaded automatically. In addition, sensors can be used, which, for example, provide more insight into pot temperature and pot moisture.
Recently, a new tool was added: a task planner to make it easier to create and follow up on a cultivation planning. The combined cultivation data can provide new insights into growth or improvements. Based on this, the grower can make well-founded cultivation decisions, resulting in higher returns.
Over 130 growers in the Netherlands and Belgium already use Log & Solve. The dashboard is customized for each grower, with multiple tabs for different crops. The further development of the dashboard depends partly on the feedback from the growers who are using it. The digital dashboard Log & Solve is available for every grower.