Video Trilogy (3):

LED-cucumber trial: 4.5 pieces per week on average, weighing 360 grams

What did we learn from our high-wire cucumber cultivation trial?
In the third and final episode of our video trilogy, the end of the trial approaches. So time to share the outcomes. What are the preliminary conclusions? And what can we say about the use of crop protection and the fertilizer strategy? These cucumber specialists are happy to share their insights.

First, Eric Hegger, consultant at Nova Crop Control, takes the floor. Eric tells all about weekly plant sap measurements, fruit analyses, and analyses of nutrients in the water. Last but not least, what about the nutrient uptake of the cucumbers?

Next, we talk to Remco Bos of Wijnen Square Crops. Remco explains all about the yield prediction based on lighting capacity. We also speak with Roel Hanssen of Mertens. During the trial, Mertens monitors the crop protection strategy, particularly disease and pest control, to keep control of mildew. What is the state of plant health at the end of the trial?

To conclude, we speak to Frank Huijs, project manager at Botany. Do theory and practice match? And the most important question: how much does it cost to grow a cucumber with 10 cubic meters of gas and 100 kW of electricity?

For more information:
Rens Muusers & Kees van Vliet
BASF vegetable seeds business
Rens: +31 6 1871 9921
Kees: +31 6 3983 6456

Mertens B.V.

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