The time of crop rotation has come again. Old plants are removed from the greenhouse, everything is thoroughly cleaned and the new plants are planted. During these activities, it is extremely busy and growers might not have sufficient equipment available.
Steenks Service rents out many machines during this period. According to Wouter Steenks, pipe rail trolleys are especially popular. Pipe rail trolleys that go extra high are used, for example, for hanging AC foil, lubricating gear racks or repairing decks. Renting a trolley offers a solution if you need it temporarily, because you have no purchase costs. These machines are delivered ready for use, so that the grower can get to work right away," says Wouter.
Since many growers are not using artificial light for this cycle, there will be some time between clearing and planting the new plants. Thus, many machines stand still after a period of intensive use. According to Wouter, this is the ideal time to do some maintenance. "Maintenance extends the life of machines and prevents problems at the start of the new cultivation. For example, you often see that if the machine is standing still for some time and the batteries are not kept up to date, the machine no longer starts, as the batteries have been empty for too long. Also, all moving parts are checked and lubricated, with worn-out parts replaced to keep the machine running smoothly.”
Virus pressure has been a major headache for growers. This makes good hygiene and a clean greenhouse absolutely crucial. That's why it's necessary to thoroughly clean the greenhouse during the change of the crop. Steenks Service has various applications that can help with this. However, the point is to stay clean, according to Wouter: "If you do not have a good hygiene policy during cultivation, there is a good chance that you will get and spread a virus or disease. A solution for this is a disinfection 'route' that keeps diseases and viruses out of the facility. An additional solution is a baptismal container on the pipe rail trolley, which prevents spread within a company."