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Knowledge center Crop rotation

The Royal Brinkman Knowledge center is divided into seven themes. Under theme Crop rotation you find information about hooks, substrates and foil, but you also find practical tips and advice for the various facets of the crop rotation process at your company.

Knowledge center crop rotation

Hooks

 How do I choose the right hooks?
Brinkman offers you a full range of tomato hooks. Brinkman is delivering the tomato hooks to gardeners all over the world for many years and is market leader with the Free Fall Hooks (V-Hook).
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▲ How do I pick the right twine?
Royal Brinkman has a big assortment in loose twines. The choice of the twine has to be based on the maximum weight of the plant en he amount of UV-light in the greenhouse.
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▲ Amount of hooks per box/pallet
To make shipping as cheap as possible, high wire hooks are packaged as efficiently as possible. On this page you find the amount of high wire hooks per box or pallet.
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▲ How do I choose the right wire lowerer?
Many high vegetable crops such as tomato and cucumber are hung on high crop wires. These are strung horizontally trough the greenhouse. It’s important that they are connected in the right manner and that they get enough support, so they don’t slack or break. With wire reducers you create a suspension point for the crop wire.
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▲ How do you secure your crop wire?
High wire hooks are used to bring the crop at the optimum working height and to connect the younger plants faster. In this article our product explains you the right way to connect the crop wire.
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Substrate

 Which substrate is suitable for my crop?
Which substrate is suitable for your cultivation? And what is the difference between these slabs? Our specialist tells you more about it in this article.
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 How do I install new substrate mats?
In many cases, a new crop cycle start with a new substrate. It is important that you install the new substrate mats in the right way, to get the best possible start. Our specialist gives tips.
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 How to create drainage holes in the substrate mats?
The number of drainage holes and the position of these holes have a major impact on the crop. This is because these are in part decisive for the water flow in the substrate, the re-saturation capacity and the displacement of old nutrient solutions.
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 What are the risks of reusing substrate mats?
For economic reasons some growers opt to reuse the substrate mats. Note that this does involve various risks, such as the risk of infection by pathogens, reduced water capaity and slower rooting. 
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 What is the difference between vermiculite and perlite?
Vermiculite and perlite are increasingly used in horticulture. Particularly seed, cutting and propagation farms, these substances are increasingly added to the used (pot) soil in order to ensure a better structure. 
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How to steam soil
In greenhouses where the soil is grown in the open, the soil is steamed during the crop rotation. For steaming you need different materials to ensure that the steam can penetrate the soil as well as possible. 
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Films

 Which film is suitable for my crop?
Which film is the most suitable for your cultivation? Films for isolation, Films for on the ground, Films for on the gutter/drain, Films for darkening or Films for seed- and cuttings trays
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▲ How do you pull in AC-film?
AC-film stands for anti-condensation film. This is processed film that ensures that the created condensation flows out over the complete surface of the film. With purchasing and pulling in the AC-film u should take into account some attention points.
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▲ How do you choose the right soil fabric?
Many pot plant nurseries use the right soil fabrics to water the crop. What type of soil fabric to choose depends on the application such as the water absorption, capillary effect and the way of watering. Our specialist provides the different types of soil fabrics. 
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Crop rotation

 Step-by-step plan for crop rotation
For many cultivators the crop rotation is a hectic time: within a short period of time the old crop is removed from the greenhouse and new cultivation has to start as soon as possible. To make this process go as smoothly as possible, we offer a step-by-step plan for the crop rotation.
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▲ What is HACCP?
Hygiene is very important in fruit and vegetable production for the food safety. With the HACCP-guidelines risks can be limited and prevented.
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▲ Cleaning a drip system after cultivation
It is important that the drip system is cleaned regularly. You can do this during as well as after cultivation. In this article we will explain about cleaning after cultivation.
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▲ Removing the old crops
When emptying the greenhouse there is one rule of thumb concerning hygiene: prevent the spread of possible disease and pests throughout your place of work by finishing cultivation hygienically. We have suggested a step-by-step plan for you to rapidly and cleanly remove your old crops.
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 Tips for painting heating pipes
During the cultivation season the paint layer of the heating pipes damages. Therefore, it is recommended to paint the heating pipes during the crop rotation every year. In this article our specialist provides you with tips for painting the heating pipes in the greenhouse.
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 What is the difference between compostable, biodegradable & bio-based?
Growers ask more often for compostable, biodegradable & bio-based products. In practice we see that there is confusion about the difference between these three terms compostable, biodegradable and bio-based. 
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 How do you choose the right CO2 hose?
 A higher concentration of CO2 ensures better growth. That is why CO2 hoses are used in horticulture. By using these hoses CO2 can be distributed evenly throughout the crop.
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▲ Which preparations do you have to make for the crop rotation?
Crop rotation is a very busy period for many growers. During this period, all kinds of different activities have to be carried out. In order to ensure that this process runs as smooth as possible, it is good to work in a planned manner and to make the right preparations.
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 How do you start the new cultivation after crop rotation?
Once the crop has been cleared and the greenhouse cleaned, it is time to begin with the last step of the crop rotation: the start of the new crop. New materials such as AC film, ground cover and substrate mats are placed in the greenhouse. It is useful to keep to a certain order for ease of work and efficiency. 
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 How do you clean the greenhouse during crop rotation?
Cleaning the greenhouse is of great importance for a hygienic start for the new cultivation. Only this way you can protect the greenhouse from diseases, bacteria and pests from the old crop to the new crop. This is an important part of guaranteeing the quality of the crop and production.
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▲ How do you remove the crop during crop rotation?
Removing the crop is the most labour-intensive and physical step in the crop rotation process. It is important to follow the correct steps in order to do the work as easily and quickly as possible. Our specialist gives you advice. 
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Clips

 How do I choose the right grafting clip?
Grafting clips are used for various kinds of plants, especially for tomato, pepper, egg plant, cucumber, zucchini and (water)melon. In this article our specialist explains the different types of grafting clips.
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▲ Truss support for tomato plants
At the start of a new crop season, young tomato plants are very vulnerable. Truss support is the solution. Our specialist crop rotation can inform you about all possibilities.
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