Netherlands. Almost 34.000 km2 of land and more than 7.600 km2 of water.
It is the fifteenth smallest country in Europe, but at the same time the second biggest exporter of agricultural products, with a realtively strong market of high value crops, like seed potatoes, flowerbulbs and vegetables is also relatively strong.
But let’s focus on flowers. On tulips grown for buds and bulbs and how and how iMETOS statons help them grow stronger.
Tulip growing is a specialty and for growing tulips the climate and soil are of high importance, while disease control and irrigation management play an important role in keeping the crop healthy and getting good yields.
Climate and soil monitoring enables growers to make good decisions based on facts/numbers and not based on “feelings”. By applying the right amount, in the right time, in the right place their work is more sustainable and they can save money on inputs. “It is a win-win situation as it’s better for the environment and for the growers,” acknowledges Maarten van Kampen from Agrometius, Pessl Instruments product distributor for the Netherlands and Belgium.
Agrometius is on the market for more than 10 years and has been our distributor since 2014. They are specialized in precision agriculture and offer a one-stop-shop for farmers, by delivering a full package of hardware, software and services on precision agriculture.
Why are growers destroying tulips?!
A beautiful field of tulips, stretching out as far as the eye can see. Yellow. Red. White. Pink.
Then suddenly, a machine comes and cuts them down, destroying everyting. Why are they doing that?
“In springtime when all the tulips are in full bloom, growers go into the field with a special machine to cut the top (blossom) part of the tulips. This is to prevent the tulips from producing seeds. The growers want the tulips to put their energy into the bulbs. Tourists that come to make photos of the fields are often shocked because they think we’re damaging the crops. The truth is tulips are used for harvesting the flowers, but also to harvest the bulbs,” van Kampen explains.
GeoBas will help you understand what tulips need
The GeoBas weather station is actually an iMETOS ECO D2 (now iMETOS ECO D3) under a different name.
GeoBas comes from Geo (location based, geology) and Bas is a boy’s name in the Netherlands, but also stands for Beregenings Advies Systeem (Irrigation Advise System).
The logo of GeoBas is a worm. This worm is called “Bas”, so Bas (the worm) is kind of the irrigation advisor for the growers. The worm is also a symbol of healthy soil.
And this is what Bas’ job looks like in practice.