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  • Fr
    26
    Mrz
    2021

    Vertical Farming hält Einzug in den traditionellen Anbau

    Während in den letzten Jahren Vertical-Farming-Enthusiast:innen vielleicht spöttisch als Hipster mit einem sehr teuren Hobby charakterisiert wurden, ist dieser neue Zweig des Gartenbaus nun stetig auf dem Vormarsch und auch traditionelle Erzeuger:innen finden den Weg zum mehrschichtigen Anbau. Sie sehen Einsatzmöglichkeiten für die Techniken des vertikalen Anbaus, zum Beispiel beim Anbau von Nutzpflanzen. "Es geht nicht nur um die Verbesserung der Qualität der Jungpflanzen, sondern vor allem um die Kontrollierbarkeit der Kultivierung und damit um die Geschwindigkeit und Qualität", sagt Koen von Mechatronix.

  • Do
    18
    Mrz
    2021

    Rötliches Licht verbessert Produktion - "Letztendlich wird die gesamte Beleuchtung dynamisch sein."

    "Was Pflanzen an rotem Licht benötigen, variiert im Laufe der Jahreszeit und sogar während eins Tages", sagt Koen von Mechatronix. Bei Armaturen mit einstellbarem Teilspektrum ist diese Art der Steuerung möglich: Das Standardspektrum bleibt gleich und die Intensität von rotem und rötlichem Licht kann eingestellt werden. "Man hat nur das dynamisch, was man auch dynamisch haben möchte", sagt er. Irgendwann wird daher die gesamte Beleuchtung auf dynamisch umgestellt, erwartet er.

  • Mi
    17
    Mrz
    2021

    ‘Astronaut food for the grass’: a small step for a stadium, a giant leap for a sports pitch

    Football club VVV Venlo chooses the new approach in sports field lighting with the lamps from Stogger. Hi Sports provides the experience and knowledge to make the turf in the stadium stronger.

  • Di
    19
    Jan
    2021

    Cucumber grower Verbaarschot expands with 4 hectares "Year-round cucumber cultivation will become the new normal"

    Year-round cucumber cultivation is on the rise. This is also the case at Dutch grower Ties Verbaarschot. He expanded by 40,000m² this winter after taking over a greenhouse from a neighbour across the street. Verbaarschot is one of no fewer than seven growers who invested in new or adapted greenhouses with a high light level before the winter of 2020-2021. In total, roughly 160,000 m² of cultivation expansion. This makes it clear that Dutch and Belgian cucumber growers have determined their strategy for the coming years. "Year round cucumber cultivation will become the new normal," they expect.

  • Mi
    23
    Dez
    2020

    Bromelia onder led: rood/blauw biedt al perspectief bij belangrijkste soorten

    Bromelia is een tropisch gewas dat in Nederland wordt geteeld bij een relatief lage temperatuur (21˚C in de winter) en bijbelicht met slechts ±40 µmol/m²/s SON-T. Uit recent onderzoek bleek dat meer licht fors meer groei geeft, terwijl een hogere temperatuur nauwelijks effect heeft. Verdubbeling van de intensiteit van de belichting hoeft met LED nauwelijks meer elektra te kosten.

  • Do
    17
    Dez
    2020

    Tom Lefevre vervangt deel SON-T lampen door LED’s ‘In het voorjaar kan ik nog lang met hoog vermogen belichten’

    Na eerst een gedeelte met LED-lampen te hebben uitgerust, trapt Hortipower uit Merksplas het belichte tomatenseizoen af met een volledig hybride belichtingsinstallatie. Door de dimfunctie kunnen de telers het klimaat nog beter beheersen en zo hun productstabiliteit waarborgen.

  • Fr
    27
    Nov
    2020

    Growers learn to use 'x-factor' far-red in cucumber cultivation

    Growers, researchers and lighting suppliers agree, far-red is the 'x-factor', but when this x-factor should be deployed, that is a different story.

    At the Proefstation voor de Groenteteelt (testing station for vegetable cultivation) in the Belgian town Sint-Katelijne-Waver, they are conducting research into high-wire cucumber cultivation with both full led and hybrid lighting in various spectra. One thing is sure: the light recipe for the tomato is not sufficient for an optimal production of the fresh green fruits.

  • Do
    12
    Nov
    2020

    Dutch grower goes hybrid with first 5 hectares of cucumbers

    For many years by now the cucumbers at Van Gog Kwekerijen have been growing under SON-T lightings. Recently 5 ha of the Dutch greenhouse was enriched with additional LED-lights, making it one of the first commercial, large-scale cucumber crops with a hybrid installation.

  • Mi
    4
    Nov
    2020

    Our 1000Watt LED grow light is a true 'sustainable' investment

    Switching to LED lighting is a big, expensive decision. It's, however, worth the investment, according to MechaTronix's Patrick Casteleyn. "Investing in LED lighting is a sustainable choice," he explains. "It contributes enormously to reducing growers' environmental footprint, certainly in the long run."

  • Mo
    31
    Aug
    2020

    Tomeco and Mechatronix form partnership

    Tomeco is the collaborative effort of several experienced Belgian family-run businesses to grow the best possible specialty tomatoes with the utmost respect for nature and the environment. Within the Tomeco group, the growers share their experience, values and vision: to deliver a sustainable and customer-oriented high quality product.

  • Fr
    29
    Mai
    2020

    MechaTronix becomes LED grow light technology partner for the AGROS program by the Wageningen Research University (WUR)

    Society has become more critical of the greenhouse horticulture, arable farming and dairy industries and demands change, but the current farming systems can only meet this demand to a limited extent. The way forward will involve a transition to a healthier and more resilient agricultural and horticultural system. In the new AGROS programme, we are investigating how technology can help with this transition.

  • Mi
    13
    Mai
    2020

    Strawberry growers in tomato growers' footsteps with increased acreage LED lighting

    It's time to put the spotlight on the strawberry - and not just the spotlight but also the HPS and the LED lights. Following tomato growers, more and more strawberry growers opt for year round production of the red fruits. According to Koen Vangorp with Mechatronix, it is both the favorable market conditions as well as the lowered cost price that makes LED lit cultivation interesting to growers.

  • Do
    9
    Apr
    2020

    CoolStack® - MORE than just an HPS SON-T replacement!

    Compact and extremely powerful – that is in a few words what the CoolStack® LED grow lights stand for.
    While the efficiency and technology of HPS SON-T grow lights has stabilized over years, the efficiency of LED grow lights moves up every year.
    Just a few years ago we could still discuss if LED grow lights would offer a major advantage over the well-known and proven technology of HPS SON-T lamps.
    Today it is clear that the future of horti assimilation lighting is completely turning in the direction of LED technology.

  • Mi
    11
    Mrz
    2020

    Sturen met verlichting en waterhygiëne

    Op het innovatieplein van de Aardbeien Demodag in Egchel zagen we enkele vooruitstrevende nieuwigheden van bedrijven die actief zijn in groeiverlichting en waterhygiëne.

  • Mi
    22
    Jan
    2020

    First bell peppers lighting test Hoogstraten already harvested

    For the second year in a row, Proefcentrum Hoogstraten is executing tests with lighting for bell peppers. This season, harvest was extra early, last Wednesday January 8 to be precise. Roel Vanderbruggen, manager at the test center: "Normally, the first harvest is in March or April."

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