The need for climate knowledge is increasing
Every grower, every greenhouse and every variety is different. The climate outside the greenhouse is also always different, even between other regions. Habraken therefore closely follows all developments in greenhouse air conditioning. Climate screens have played an increasingly important role in this regard, and the use of two screens has become common in many cultures.
New materials lead to new applications, such as PARperfect, which was launched last year. But that’s not enough, says Ton: “Often when we visit growers, we find that managing climate screens is not always common knowledge. Conversations go deeper and deeper into the climate and settings of screens. We noticed that there is a need for more knowledge. That’s why we started Climate House.”
Plant empowerment as a basis
Growers and crop advisors already have a lot on their minds, Habraken continues.
“We want to help producers make optimal use of screens. Also, a crop information officer often doesn’t have enough time to thoroughly analyze a grower’s climate data, but we do. We want to take our knowledge of culture and climate to the next level, with Plant Empowerment as the foundation. In collaboration with the grower and the cultivation adviser.”
He continues: “With climate tools such as a thermal camera, we can see at the plant level what happens when you take certain climate measurements. This allows us to provide growers – also in a business comparison context – to generate additional data so that they can gain even more information on the effects of certain climatic parameters.”
For a faultless start
“In practice, we sometimes come across ‘false advice’ and strange customs, such as leaving a gap in a summer screen,” says Habraken. “Then someone shouts: ‘You must always leave the screen ajar!’, without precise knowledge of the present screen. But a summer screen is already so open in the structure that it is not necessary. This is sometimes taken for granted in a producer group. . We may use data to prove that advice or usage is sometimes incorrect.”
But what is the significant advantage for the producer? “If producers start using a new screen and ask us for advice, no major mistakes are made. It is also nice that he can immediately use our experience and knowledge to use the climate screen optimally from day one. We ensure a flawless start. “
Maximum climate efficiency of the greenhouse
Climate House offers paid services with various options. The basis for this is climate management and climate screens based on computer data. Scans from thermal cameras help measure the effects of specific climate measures at the plant level.
Growers can use energy advice to see how the greenhouse climate can be made even more efficient. “It doesn’t matter what climate computer or monitors you have in the greenhouse. Or the low-tech, mid-tech or high-tech culture. For example, we guide a Moroccan producer from low-tech culture to mid-tech culture. Also, we work remotely as much as possible, more so now due to the coronavirus, but we will also physically visit once or twice a year. Whether the grower has a greenhouse in the Netherlands, Belgium, Russia, Canada or elsewhere,” Habraken promises. “There is still a lot of progress to be made on climate change in the Netherlands and Belgium.”
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