Use of coating requires tailor-made advice
For every type of crop it is important to create an optimal climate year-round to constantly achieve the maximum yield and quality. A coating on the greenhouse roof can be a good tool for this. However, there is a large range of coatings available and these can also be applied in different thicknesses. So it’s important to know what suits your crop, greenhouse and location.
At Mardenkro we greatly value the correct use of our ReduSystems coatings. This started when we introduced ReduSol; together with the grower we figured out what the optimal thickness of the layer (shade percentage) should be and the best time to apply and remove the coating. Over the years many more types of coatings have been added making it increasingly difficult for a grower choosing the right one or how to use them. This was why Mardenkro decided to work more intensively with crop advisors.
After the launch of ReduFuse Mardenkro set up its own consultancy service. In cooperation with external crop advisors this department distributes knowledge about how to use coatings and their influence on climatic conditions in the greenhouse both internally and worldwide. This includes the greenhouse temperature, CO2 level, humidity and light (amount, light colours, diffusion).
The advice given by Mardenkro reaches all corners of the globe. We have to take into account many different climate conditions worldwide of which each climate requires a different approach when using the coatings. First we always consider the crop that is in the greenhouse. Each crop and even variety has its own light and heat requirement. To combine all these factors into advice we developed the ReduWizard.
ReduWizard gives you advice about which coating best suits your crop. Based on the extensive climate database that records climate data from thousands of locations around the world, it decides which product is most suitable for your crop, region and greenhouse type.
There are however situations for which the ReduWizard is unable to offer a good solution. For example, for a specific variety of rose, which responds differently to certain light colours, or a tomato crop grown under artificial lights which sometimes requires a certain coating to help it get through the summer. In cases like that you can always contact Mardenkro; together with you, and possibly the crop advisor, we will find the most suitable shading strategy for your situation.
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