The quiet roads surrounding the village of Erp are flanked by alternating fields of asparagus and strawberries. Van den Elzen Plants has certainly made its mark on the landscape of this sandy region in the province of Brabant. And, extending to an international scale, growers appreciate the quality of the plant material produced at the nursery. This quality is closely linked to choosing the right suppliers of raw materials. Substrate is not something you should economise on, according to van den Elzen.
The demand for raw materials and good substrates is growing fast. More and more companies are switching from open soil to growing in substrates. To meet global needs, Kekkilä-BVB is to create new raw materials with a low environmental footprint which have technical benefits for the crop. In this article we discuss some of the examples available with Bart Verheijen; Product Manager Soft Fruits at Kekkilä-BVB.
Thwan van Gennip produces strawberries and raspberries and propagates strawberries, raspberries, blackberries and asparagus plants. Quality is key. He ensures quality by using a network of reliable and professional consultants and suppliers. BVB Substrates is one of those. In this article Thwan van Gennip talks about his goals as a soft fruits grower.
In 1989 Belgian research center "Proefcentrum Hoogstraten" and BVB Substrates started working together on new developments in strawberry growing. We've been working together ever since. In 2015 new research and tests with tray plants started. We'll get into that research in this article.
Last month an article about the tests that BVB Substrates is carrying out together with Proefcentrum Hoogstraten was published in the magazine Poeftuinnieuws. Through these tests we want to find out whether the composition of the cutting soil influences the chance that a strawberry plant will be affected by fungal disease Phytophtora.