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Knowledge Center Crop Care

The Royal Brinkman Knowledge center is divided into seven themes. Within the Crop Care theme, information and tips to optimize your nutrution feeding schedule can be found. Also the Crop Care specialists can always be consulted for advice regarding shading agents, coatings and fertilizers. 

  • What is a shading agent?

    Many crops are not resistant to full solarization or high temperatures. In this case a shading agent could offer protection. When applying a layer of shading agent that reflects light and reduced heat peaks in climate in the summer could be avoid and crops will be protected.

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  • What is the difference between powder and liquid shading agents?

    The main difference between powder and liquid shading agents is their composition and obviously their form: powder shading agents are fixed and liquid shading agents are: liquid. This has an impact on the resistance, the application and the price of the product.

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  • What is the difference between Q3 and Q4 White?

    Actually, there is one difference between Q3 and Q4 White, their weather resistance and thus the lifespan. This difference results in clear difference in the application, effort and price of both products.

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  • Which sensors can you use to collect data in horticulture?

    Sensors are increasingly used in the horticultural sector. Sensors provide valuable data that you, as a grower, can use to optimise your cultivation and thus achieve higher yields. Different sensors are available, each of which can be used to measure a different factor.

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  • How to use the ZENSIE dashboard?

    ZENSIE is a dashboard that shows all data of the wireless sensors of 30MHz at your company. But how to use a ZENSIE dashboard exactly? In this article, we will answer the most frequently asked questions.

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  • How to use a diffuse coating?

    In the horticultural sector, diffused light is increasingly used by means of a diffuse coating. This coating scatters the light into the crop and ensures that a crop is not damaged due to too much light. At the same time, there is no loss of light when using a diffuse coating.

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  • What is diffuse light?

    Diffuse light is light that is scattered, causing it to fall on the crop from all sides. The light is evenly distributed, leaving no sharp shadows. Such diffuse coating ensures that a crop is not damaged by excessive light intensity without loss of light.

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  • Which different diffuse coatings are available?

    Every crop has other needs in case of light and warmth. Therefore various diffuse coatings have been developed that differ fromm each other in terms of light distribution (Haze) and light transmittance (transmission).

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  • How do I remove shading agents?

    After spring and summer months, the greenhouse must be clean again in autumn to allow your crop to take maximum advantage of natural light. It is therefore important to remove the shading agent from the greenhouse deck in good time. The easiest way to do this is to use a remover.

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  • Tips for optimal use of sunlight

    Light makes sure that photosynthesis takes place in a plant. Therefore, in most cases a grower wants to get as much light as possible in his greenhouse. In this article, our shading agent specialist shares his tips for optimal use of sunlight.

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  • How can the roof of your greenhouse be cleaned safely?

    Cleaning the roof of your greenhouse is something that should not be underestimated. It can have a negative effect on the climate in your greenhouse, since it blocks light. Not enough light entering your greenhouse could also lead to less harvest. In this article, it is explained how the roof of your greenhouse can be cleaned.

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  • How do you use glass cleaner in a greenhouse?

    Light is the most important thing for the growth of a crop. Therefore, it is recommended to clean the glass of the greenhouse regularly – inside and outside – to remove dirt such as rust, soot, lime, dust and other stains from the glass. A glass cleaner provides a solution.

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  • What are the advantages of organic glass cleaners?

    Organic, ecological, sustainable and environmentally friendly. Within the sector, chemical glass cleaners have been used for a long time. However, a steady shift from chemical to sustainable alternatives is present now. In this article more insight into organic glass cleaners is provided.

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  • How do you reduce the input of sodium?

    The most important reason to evacuate drain water is often a high sodium infusion. That is why we are giving you two tips to reduce the input of sodium: use the appropriate fertilizers and create a composition with fertilizers that naturally don’t contain sodium.

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  • What is guttation?

    Guttation is a process in the plant in which water is pushed out through special pores (hydathodes) at the edges of the leaves as a result of high root pressure.

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  • How to calculate the capacity for fertilizers?

    In case of new construction and/or expansion of the cultivation area. Therefore it’s good to know if you took sufficient time to calculate the required storage capacity for your cultivation.

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  • Water management in (hot) summer

    During the summer, it could happen that the amount of rain water available is insufficient to meet the water needs of your crop. Therefore, it is important to apply good water management in (hot) summer.

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  • How can problems with the crop's roots be prevented?

    Healthy roots form the basis for a healthy plant. Therefore, it's crucial that its roots remain healthy and are not affected by moulds, etc. This article gives several tips on how to keep your crop's roots healthy.

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  • How to select the correct dripping tray?

    When selecting a dripping tray, several factors have to be taken into acount. Factors such as material, capacity, the GRP grate, the difference in elements, etc. This article explains which things should be taken into account when making your decision.

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  • How can fertilizer tanks be prepared?

    Many companies that produce potplants use capillary mats for irrigation. Capillary mats devide the water from the bottom so that the plants are irrigated equally. For the best result its important that the capillary mats are placed in the right position and are used in the right way.

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  • What is the difference between organic and mineral fertilizers?

    Just like humans, plants need nutrition to grow. To be able to create the optimal NPK proportion, the right amount of these nutritional elements is of high importance. In this article, the difference between organic and mineral fertilizers is explained by our fertilizer specialist.

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  • What are the advantages of organic fertilizers?

    The biggest difference with chemical fertilizers is that organic fertilizers improve the soil's health and condition, leading to better fertility. This article will present more elaborate information about the characteristics of organic fertilizers.

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  • How to work safely with liquid fertilizers

    Working responsibly and safely is very important when making use of liquid fertilizers. Only one drop of hazardous substance can cause severe consequences. To prevent this, our specialists have put together some tips.

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  • How do iron chelates work?

    Fertilization of iron is always done in chelated form. The reason for this is, iron easily precipitates when in contact with other nutrients. Precipitation can be prevented by dosing iron in chelated form. Several chelates can be used for this.

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  • How can trace elements be converted?

    Trace elements are offered to a crop in a fertilizer solution. One trace element is offered in a solid form, while the other is offered in liquid from. Some trace elements can be used in both forms, resulting in the need to convert the amount of fertilizers.

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  • How do you stimulate plant resistance?

    Increasing plant resistance can be achieved by using products that enhance the plant's natural defence mechanism. Products for plant resistance ensure that the plant's natural defence mechanism is strengthened, so that the plant reacts faster and more vigorously to stress situations and diseases.

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  • How can worms improve the soil structure?

    A good soil structure is very important in open field crops. To improve the soil structure, you can use worms.

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  • How to establish a nutritional feeding schedule?

    In order to establish a nutritional feeding schedule that ensures optimal results, it has to be carefully aligned with the nutritional needs of your crop. There are basic nutritional feeding schedules available for all types of crops.

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  • Why is it necessary to perform a plant juice analysis?

    A fertilizer scheme is an important step in horticulture. Therefore, it can be measured by performing a plant juice analysis. In this article several factors that come along the plant juice analysis are explained.

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  • How can you turn a hydrangea blue?

    Hydrangeas are cultivated in several colors. However, for some colors are chemical reaction is needed. The hydrangea's own pigment, Delphinidin glyocide (delphinidin-3glykosid) can change color. How this is done, is explained by our specialist in this article.

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  • How can an iron deficiency in plants be prevented?

    The micro nutrient iron (Fe) is essential for every plant. Iron is used in the process of photosynthesis and is needed for the root’s growth points.

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  • How can a potassium deficiency be recognized?

    Potassium (K) is believed to play a very important role in the firmness and structure of all plant cells. With this nutrient a proper balance of humidity in the plant through the opening and closing of the stomata (the intake of water and evaporation) is regulated

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  • How can a phosphorus deficiency be recognized?

    Phosphorus is an essential macro nutrient for a plant. It is used for the plant's growth development, meaning a deficiency is never meant to occur. In this article, our specialist explains more about how to prevent or treat a phosphorus deficiency.

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  • What is the advantage of carrying out a company audit?

    A company audit can be performed by Royal Brinkman in collaboration with Chrysal. This can be done in order to optimize certain processes within your company, such as hygiene of harvesting tanks and the presence of micro-organisms in the water used by the company. In this article, you can read more about what is measured when a company audit is carried out.

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  • How do you apply Ethylene Buster?

    It is possible that the buds and flowers fall out quickly or that you experience a poor shelf life of flowers and plants. This is because flowers and plants are often sensitive to ethylene, which shortens shelf life. You can prevent this by using Ethylene Buster.

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