Consumers are more food-conscious, demanding locally grown food from trusted sources. At the same time, the supply chain must meet ever stricter production and hygienic regulations, which make it difficult to supply fresh and consistent quality vegetables year round.
The right lighting
Results from our first research experiments at the GrowWise Center are very promising. For example, within six weeks a trial with a variety of lettuce produced heads of lettuce weighing 200 grams each with a total yield of more than 100 kg/m2 a year. Another lettuce variety also showed excellent red colouration after a specific light treatment during the final phase of the growth. Adjusting the growth parameters resulted in lettuce with lower concentrations of nitrate.
By applying different growth recipes, it is possible to influence yield, plant morphology, nutritional content, flowering, root development and germination. Over the years, we have also learned how to enhance taste, minerals and vitamin levels and how to increase colouration. In indoor farming you can grow consistent, high quality crops that are free of pests and pesticides. Crops can be grown locally, thereby resulting in a fresher, tastier product that can command a premium price.
We work closely with our customers looking at all aspects of their business case. Whatever a grower’s needs are, we can translate that into a dedicated recipe for growth. To achieve this, our team of plant specialists, application engineers and key account managers, together with our horti partners, look at the most important design aspects to come up with a farm setup that can operate for years and generate a healthy profit.
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