Analysis by Delphy* has proven that efficient dehumidification together with good air motion can largely stop botrytis within the hashish crop. That is after all music to the ears of Eef Zwinkels of Royal Brinkman, who is ready to understand precisely this with “his” DryGair on the grower. “I’ve achieved the maths: we’ve bought 355 items in the previous few years. It provides the grower a steering wheel, ensures a good and energetic local weather, and achieves important vitality financial savings.”
Cornee van Kester and Eef Zwinkels. With the yellow hose, the collected water is reused for cultivation.
Cornee van Kester, potted plant grower from Honselersdijk, has additionally observed this. To be clear, he doesn’t develop hashish (nor does he intend to), however he is among the growers who’s having fun with the advantages of the DryGair system. First, two had been positioned in one of many departments, ‘to check out’, then two extra for a second division, then two extra for the third, additionally about 1 hectare in measurement. A seventh unit will then be put in within the new constructing, which is at the moment beneath building. “It is a good assist system, we’ve tougher crops and wish to make use of fewer assets,” says Cornee. “We purchase a little bit of safety with it, because it had been.”
Botrytis is not only an issue in hashish, it happens all over the place. The optimum temperature and RH (and the steadiness between the 2) are totally different in each crop. “However the precept is similar all over the place,” says Eef. “If the RH goes down, this offers the plant room to evaporate. An evaporating plant is an energetic plant, a plant through which constructing supplies and vitamins are transported. If a plant isn’t energetic, it is going to undergo from deficiencies and illnesses. In brief, DryGair creates a extra energetic, extra resilient crop, which in flip reduces the necessity to use crop safety merchandise.”
One of many latest developments inside DryGair, a product by the Israeli producer of the identical title for whom Royal Brinkman manages gross sales within the Netherlands, is the addition of DryGair DGX, a form of ‘mini-DryGair’. “This was truly developed particularly for hashish. The areas there are sometimes smaller, however the want for dehumidification is excessive right here. Furthermore, no crop safety merchandise can be utilized on this crop. The items additionally discover their means into small departments of specialist breeding and seed corporations.”
The success of the DryGair is, Eef is aware of, partly because of the lack of a profitable imitation. “There merely is not one. There are industrial constructing dryers and there’s a Chinese language copy available on the market, however the DryGair takes by far essentially the most litres per kw/h out of the air – particularly 4 – and likewise circulates rather more air – 22,400 m3/h. The latter is vital with a view to obtain a good and energetic local weather.”
Instance from a Gebera greenhouse: with Drygair, it’s doable to avoid wasting as much as 50% on fuel (relying on the circumstances, after all). As a result of home windows and screens are closed, there’s hardly any lack of smart and latent warmth, and the latter can also be “harvested” (the unit blows warmed air into the greenhouse – in some crops, by the way, a beneficial addition to the restricted warmth emitted by LEDs).
“As well as, DryGair scores the very best for Inexperienced Label Greenhouse”, concludes Eef. “There are methods that dehumidify with salt, however these use comparatively rather more vitality. And there are different air flow methods, however these convey exterior air into the greenhouse, which is commonly humid and/or chilly. With DryGair, the home windows and screens can stay closed, there is no such thing as a chilly or draught, and you do not have to depend on the RH exterior. Lastly, rising vitality costs and the need for sustainability make growers receptive to such methods. In view of COVID and final yr’s gross sales, there’s typically additional room to speculate. The EC subsidy on the DryGair items additionally helps after all. This scheme is open till the top of November and quantities to 25% over your complete set up.”
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