More than a year ago Pleun Verheul became an active participant in the Priva TopCrop Monitor pilot project. He was spurred on by his colleagues, but had a personal interest in it as well. “I wanted to experience for myself the extent to which TopCrop Monitor can optimize crop activity, by carefully analyzing the plant […]
Frank van Kleef of Royal Pride believes a lot can still be done regarding cooperation between the horticultural and industrial sectors in the field of energy management. ‘There are a lot of opportunities, particularly in places where the sectors are located close to each other, such as Westland and the Rotterdam harbour.’ According to the […]
The Eden Project is a rich, global garden that allows its visitors – more than 13 million since it first opened – to learn about nature. However, maintaining the delicate climate inside Eden’s huge, domed ‘Biomes’ requires an enormous heating load that originally created a carbon footprint at odds with its green ethos.
When you’re looking for technical products for your horticulture company, your choice will be based on various criteria. Price/quality ratio, reliability, user-friendliness, service – these are all important factors, but so is the organisation that will be delivering and installing the solutions.
What if you could provide beginning growers in developing countries with a growing system that could be fully computer controlled remotely by experts from abroad? South African company Eden Green claims to have the solution for this with their Hydroclimaponics concept; a fully computer controlled high yielding growing system, that is not only able to […]
Crop labour is an important part of the daily operations and the issues growers are facing in this context are getting more and more complex. Labour expenses are a particularly large part of the operational costs, but that’s not all. Labour can be unpredictable and for a large number of tasks, finding a motivated workforce […]
Thanks to this new control instrument, we have succeeded in improving the quality of our product”Ruben van der Lugt – Dynaplant
Houweling’s Tomatoes in Camarillo, California has been showered with awards for its sustainable approach. Many of the techniques for saving water and energy are new to the American horticulture industry and a source of inspiration for fellow companies.
Is the use of good irrigation water merely a cost item for Dutch horticulture industry, or – as in many parts of the world which are ‘new’ to greenhouse horticulture – is availability also a matter for discussion? Frank van Kleef of Royal Pride in Middenmeer thinks it is the latter. ‘Even in the Netherlands, […]