Excursion TTO to De Jong Verpakkingen and Demokwekerij

Grower association TTO (Tuinbouw Techniek Ontwikkeling / Horticulture Technique Development) organized Friday the 29th of May an excursion/brainstorm afternoon for her members. The afternoon started with a visit at De Jong Verpakkingen, which is the market leader in packaging material in the agriculture sector. After an explanation of the management followed a tour through the production areas of the company in De Lier. Afterwards the group went back to Demokwekerij Westland for the rest of the program.

After the group arrived at Demokwekerij Westland, Jan Smits from Kenniscentrum Plantenstoffen was ready to talk with the growers about the possibilities of vegetable residues, high-quality ingredients, Biobased and various ongoing projects within this area.

The second half of the program was marked by a brainstorming session using five pitches by knowledge institutions WageningenUR Glastuinbouw and TNO. The named knowledge institutions brought, on request from TTO, various subjects to the attention through short pitches/presentations. The subjects which were discussed this afternoon were visited in the greenhouse through a rotation system, these subjects were:

  • 3D crop model which calculates the effect of light exposure and the shape of the crop.
  • Hyperspectral camera technique for early disease detection
  • Vision & robotics. Detection techniques with camera systems above the crop (measuring growth, detection diseases etc.) and in the shed on the harvest products (measuring not visual quality features, lycopene in tomatoes, micospharella in cucumber.
  • Selective removing sodium from water, through membrane cell and electro dialysis
  • ‘Talking with the plant’. We can model and measure everything, but what it really goes about is: What does the plant think about the surrounding? And how can we steer a happy plant with the highest production and disease prevention.

During the joint buffet there were extensive discussions about the various subjects and ideas that emerged during the excursion. For the researchers it was interesting to have the discussion with the growers, as one of the researchers said: “I really appreciated this afternoon win the growers, I have gained myself a lot of practical knowledge and I’m up to date about everything what’s going on in practice”.

Succesfull Flower Trials 2015

New sorts and varieties..

From the 9th till the 12th of June Flower Trials was organised at Demokwekerij Westland. During these days the companies Sakata and Van den Bos Flowerbuls gave their floriculture show. The national and International growers were informed about the new varieties of flowers and plants from these companies. With over 1300 visitors it was a successful week.

During the Flower Trials, Demokwekerij Westland gave about 15 tours to international, but also national visitors. Various participant were present to give a pitch about their company / product. Once again Demokwekerij teamed up with Greentech, who had organized an excursion for several international visitors.

Visit Taiwanese delegation for short course

On the 26th of June a Taiwanese Delegation have followed a custom made program at Demokwekerij Westland. This program has been put together with the wishes of the group growers, researchers and government.

With a short but variously program, the delegation was taken into the world of cultivation, technique and crop protection in the horticulture sector. The day started with a presentation about horticulture in the Netherlands, and which part the Demokwekerij plays in this sector. Afterwards the delegation followed a tour through Demokwekerij, where many questions were asked about the different techniques. Participant Boal Systems was present to explain their Deck systems.

After all the techniques were discussed , the group was taken to various research areas which are currently done at Demokwekerij Westland. Afterwards researcher Jeroen Sanders discussed Food Safety , Food Security and green crop protection with the group. This was a subject that aroused a lot of interest and were many questions were asked. After the intensive course, the delegation left with several ideas on cooperation in the field of research and sharing knowledge.

Demokwekerij Westland provides national and international various educational and practical days and training programs for students, horticulture entrepreneurs and- employees. Are you interested in what you read here? Do you have a question or idea and can we do something for you? Please contact us at 0174-385600 / info@demokwekerij.nl


Green crop protection is the future

‘Green crop protection’ is at the moment one of the most common terms in the horticulture sector and that is not for nothing because ‘green crop protection’ could be the future. Under the pressure of society and environmental organisations, supermarkets put greenhouse vegetable growers on statutory residue standards. Threading crop protection of natural origin (green crop protection) is necessary to meet the requirements and also the conditions of the products (free from insect and fungus damage)

At this moment research is done at Demokwekerij Westland and Proeftuin Zwaagdijk to fit in Green crop protection and reducing the MRL (Maximum Residue Limit). According to researcher Jeroen Sanders from Demokwekerij Westland ‘green crop protection’ is the future, but according to him the most important question is: “ How can we use green crop protection in a the best possible way” This needs to be researched. Through the research which is done, at the moment at Demokwekerij and other places, there will be more clarity about the effects of green crop protection.

In close cooperation with manufacturers, suppliers and the University of Amsterdam we are working on this research. The vision is that crop protection of natural origin needs to be the base of the crop protection in greenhouse vegetables, and that only in emergencies chemicals are used. Except for the original manufacturers, chemical companies are putting crop protection means of natural origin in their assortment.

The underlying aim of the consortium is to develop an effective and sustainable package “green crop protection ” whereby disease, pest pressure and crop failures are prevented from damaging crops. In the long term the consortium aims to develop agriculture so that it is almost emission and residue -free in robust cultivation systems with a strongly reduced dependence on chemical pesticides. The most important precondition of the project is to preserve or improve the yield and product quality to enhance the position of the Netherlands in the field of agriculture at all levels.

Pellikaan new participant Demokwekerij Westland

Demokwekerij Westland has a new participant: Pellikaan gewasklemsystemen. Director Cor Pellikaan sees Demokwekerij Westland, situated in the heart of the national and international horticulture sector, as the perfect location for the development of new innovations.

Participation within the Demokwekerij has for Pellikaan Gewasklemsystemen an clear added value in several ways. “Demokwekerij Westland is an inspiring location which loans itself for making (international) contacts and doing practical research”, says Cor Pellikaan. “Therewith this innovation centre for the horticulture is a perfect place to show our products to sector partners, international and national. And all that in the centre of the international horticulture sector (Westland).

About Pellikaan Foto website 1
Pellikaan Gewasklemsystemen manufactures innovative products and solutions that contribute to an efficient, sustainable use of labour in the horticulture industry. At Pellikaan we help customers optimise their crop production work processes with the aim of getting them running smoothly and avoiding peaks in demand for labour.

The Qlipr system is Cor Pellikaan’s most well-known innovation. This sustainable, efficient plant clamping system has more than earned its place in cucumber production, with over 20 million plants worldwide already supported with the Qlipr system. This system also delivers excellent results in tomato production, and we are currently working on making Qlipr suitable for other crops and cultivation systems.

The Qlipr system, which consists of a 120 cm crop hook and two stainless steel clips, is easy to use and labour-saving, not least because it enables several plant handling processes to be easily combined into one. It also has sustainability benefits: it leaves no plastic or string residues in the spent crop.

Want to know more?
Visit the demonstration stand of Pellikaan Gewasklemsystemen at Demokwekerij Westland or go to the website: www.pellikaanq.nl