The Netherlands is facing another dry, hot summer. It will be the third consecutive year in a row where there will be a huge shortage of rainfall, and this shortage is expected to be larger than in the record year of 1976. This is not only worrying for nature, but also for agriculture and horticulture. At Grodan, we support growers with smarter water management in the greenhouse. That’s why on Desertification and Drought Day (17 June) we call for action and draw attention to a few important initiatives that help us take better care of our precious water.
In this article we will zoom in on the 5 reasons why AI will transform the greenhouse industry with Gursel Karacor, Senior Data Scientist at Grodan.
His official title is Product Lifecycle Manager Grodan, North America. Although his colleagues often refer Yianni Monahan as “the recycling guru from New York”’. He speaks about the transition of the horticulture industry towards a circular economy and the important role recycling plays in this. ‘We truly believe this is THE CHALLENGE for the next generation and we want to help lead the endeavour for a solution.’
Read what you as a grower need to know about Grodan’s thoughts and actions around the use of (biodegradable) plastics or the films surrounding the products.
Did you know that technologies used in space science can also be used in high tech greenhouses? Our partner Rasit Abay is currently exploring how imaging technology can be used for crop registration and yield prediction.
Founded in 2010, Dutch cucumber production company Jevero BV has a 3-hectare greenhouse where it grows high-quality cucumbers that are sold in the Netherlands, the UK, Germany and beyond. In early 2019, co-owner and crop manager Jeroen Geven switched from the Grodan Master stonewool substrate to the Grodan Prestige. Now that his second season of using the new slab is underway, we spoke to him to hear about his experiences so far.
Grodan is member of the Dutch Potting Soil and Substrate Manufacturers Association (VPN). The objective of this association is to continuously improve the substrate sector. As such we, alongside with the other members, determine the policy agenda for growing media. During the member’s council, late June, the policy agenda “A strong, indispensable basis” was presented.
According to the WHO, unsafe food causes over 200 illnesses around the globe, from diarrhea to cancer. Food can become unsafe when it is exposed to harmful bacteria, viruses, parasites or chemicals. Over the last few years our food-chain has become increasingly complex, with different players and global distribution.
Grodan, part of the ROCKWOOL Group, received the extension of its EU Ecolabel until 2022. After being awarded the EU Ecolabel in 2019, a yearly audit is part of the well-respected certification scheme. This makes Grodan the only eco-labelled stone wool growing media available to professional horticulture growers.
The global spread of covid-19 is a challenge unlike anything seen in our lifetimes. At Grodan we’ve always been optimistic that we will come through this difficult crisis as strong as ever. Therefore, it is good to experience that situations in the various regions are getting back to normal. Slowly but surely.
Due to the Corona situation, physical visits are, unfortunately, no longer possible. However, if you have questions and/or comments, our Account Managers and Customer Service employees are available for you. Recently, they have further increased their digital skills and have good experiences with support over the phone and online like Skype and Microsoft Teams.
True to our crisis management motto, Be the ROCK, we are determined to weather this storm; we will stand by our people, customers and external stakeholders.