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Royal Brinkman's Tomato Hooks go 'global’

Thursday, November 26, 2015

This is the third year that Village Farms in Canada and the USA use Extravalent tomato hooks from Royal Brinkman to secure the tomato plants. This year, for the first time, they chose the new O-hook. The free fall on the O-hook is adapted into an O-form and works in a new and revolutionary way.

Village Farms has two enterprises in the state of Texas, USA, and one in British Columbia, Canada. At all locations varieties are cultivated, such as beef tomatoes, vine tomatoes, cocktail tomatoes and specialties. In total they cultivate tomatoes on approximately 119 hectares. Securing tomato plants is done on all locations by means of tomato hooks from Royal Brinkman. Jan Korteland, regional manager of Village Farms in Texas, USA, says that this was the first year that he used the new O-hooks.

Large scale test

“We started the new cultivation here in Texas some time ago. We planted the last 8 hectares in the beginning of September. We have worked with the Royal Brinkman hooks for 3 years and this year we used the new O-hook during a large scale test on an area of 16 hectares. The test was a success”. Jan Korteland explains that their permanent staff secures the tomatoes. 

The permanent staff were able to make a good comparison between the Extravalent hook and the new O-hook. "You could clearly see that is was less laborious. After a short while the advantage became clear: You can hang the hook on the wire and loosen the rope of the free fall via the loop with just one hand. Employees hold a supply of hooks in the other hand. As such you can work really fast."

Straight free fall

The free fall of the standard Extravalent tomato hook is attached with an elastic band. The added advantage of the free fall of the new O-hook is that it drops down significantly more straight line, according to Jan Korteling. “Because of the O-form the bend of the wire is less tight and the wire drops down without kinks. Because the wire hangs straight,  fastening of the tomato plants is  realised much quicker.

Experiences in Canada

Dirk de Jong from Village Farms has also gained experience with the tomato hooks of Royal Brinkman at the location in British Columbia, Canada. Dirk de Jong: "In Canada we also have positive experiences with the new O-hook. In the new cultivation season we will use the O-hook on a large scale."