Emma Bronnikov

Go orga­nic. We go ahead.

IPM 2019: Klasmann-Deilmann moves orga­nic hor­ti­cul­tu­re for­ward | Cer­ti­fied by Ecocert® | Wet­ting agent for orga­nic cul­ti­va­ti­on | Grow­coon with dis­pen­ser and appro­val for orga­nic use | New pos­si­bi­li­ties for blo­cking substrates | Substrates for soft fruit

Sales of orga­ni­cal­ly grown vege­ta­bles, fruit and herbs have reached a high level. Demand is con­ti­nuing to incre­a­se; it appears this posi­ti­ve trend will not be ending any time soon. And orga­nic is a firm­ly estab­lis­hed mar­ket seg­ment at Klasmann-Deilmann. As the lea­ding pro­du­cer of orga­nic substrates, the com­pa­ny assu­mes a key role ear­ly on in the value chain.

New: Cer­ti­fied by Ecocert®

In view of the fur­ther incre­a­se in demand for orga­nic substrates, espe­cial­ly in inter­na­tio­nal mar­kets, Klasmann-Deilmann has made chan­ges regar­ding its orga­nic cer­ti­fi­ca­ti­on. As of the start of 2019, the company’s pro­duc­tion of orga­nic substrates is regu­la­ted by inter­na­tio­nal cer­ti­fi­ca­ti­on orga­ni­sa­ti­on Ecocert®. Ecocert® now inspects and cer­ti­fies Klasmann-Deilmann’s reci­pes for orga­nic substrates, cur­r­ent­ly num­be­ring more than 200, in accordance with the EU regu­la­ti­on on orga­nic pro­duc­tion. As the Ecocert® Group is a high-pro­fi­le cer­ti­fi­ca­ti­on body that ope­ra­tes world­wi­de, we expect the con­fi­dence pla­ced in Klasmann-Deilmann by inter­na­tio­nal part­ners and cus­to­mers to grow still further.

New: Wet­ting agent for orga­nic cultivation

Klasmann-Deilmann is intro­du­cing a new, high­ly effec­ti­ve wet­ting agent for all orga­nic substrates, deri­ved from plant-based raw mate­ri­als without sur­fac­tants. This agent:

  • aids initi­al wet­ting of pot­ting and blo­cking substrates used in orga­nic cultivation;
  • impro­ves irri­ga­ti­on using ebb-and-flow sys­tems, espe­cial­ly with pot­ted herb crops;
  • sim­pli­fies water manage­ment and hence impro­ves crop manage­ment in hor­ti­cul­tu­ral businesses;
  • makes ‘dri­er cul­ti­va­ti­on’ pos­si­ble and redu­ces the pres­su­re of soil-bor­ne fun­gal infestation.

New: Grow­coon with pro­duct-spe­ci­fic dis­pen­ser and orga­nic approval 

The Grow­coon is fin­ding a con­ti­nuous­ly expan­ding cus­to­mer base in various hor­ti­cul­tu­ral seg­ments world­wi­de. This pro­pa­ga­ti­on sys­tem is pro­ving espe­cial­ly effec­ti­ve in the roo­ting of cut­tings, in the gro­wing-on of young plants from in vitro sys­tems, and in the use of hydro­po­nic cul­ti­va­ti­on. The main bene­fits of using Grow­coon for pro­pa­ga­ting young plants are shor­ter gro­wing cycles, robust plant health, grea­ter root ball sta­bi­li­ty and – espe­cial­ly with deli­ca­te seed­lings – lower fail­u­re rates.

Many dif­fe­rent stan­dard and spe­cial sizes are avail­ab­le, as are trays for use with the­se sizes, which means the Grow­coon can be used in all estab­lis­hed pro­pa­ga­ti­on sys­tems and with dif­fe­rent trays. A dis­pen­ser spe­cial­ly desi­gned for the Grow­coon is now sold by Dut­ch com­pa­ny Flier Sys­tems. The dis­pen­ser is loca­ted upstream from the tray-fil­ling machi­ne and auto­ma­ti­cal­ly pla­ces the Grow­coons in trays. Alter­na­tively, this can still be done manually.

Grow­coon is a bio­de­grad­able plug with a fle­xi­ble, open struc­tu­re. When used in pro­pa­ga­ti­on sys­tems, it holds the pro­pa­ga­ti­on sub­stra­te tog­e­ther and, in this com­bi­na­ti­on, forms a sta­ble root ball. It is made of food-safe com­pon­ents and fea­tures the OK COMPOST label cer­ti­fy­ing it to the EN 13432 stan­dard. This means, for examp­le, that the Grow­coon does not ent­ail any pol­lu­ti­on risk with respect to farm­land, peop­le or the envi­ron­ment, and lea­ves no harm­ful residues.

The Grow­coon was recent­ly inclu­ded in the ‘Dut­ch input list’ main­tai­ned by Nether­lands-based orga­nic con­trol body Skal. This lists pro­ducts appro­ved for use in orga­nic agri­cul­tu­re in the Nether­lands. The Grow­coon thus also com­plies with the Euro­pean orga­nic-far­ming regulation.

Grow­coon is pro­du­ced by Dut­ch com­pa­ny Maan Bio­Ba­sed Pro­ducts B.V. The Klasmann-Deilmann Group holds the glo­bal dis­tri­bu­ti­on rights to this product.

New: Pro­ven blo­cking substrates avail­ab­le as new blends

Suc­cess­ful com­bi­na­ti­on of fro­zen black peat and our GreenFibre wood fib­re pro­duct has laid the foun­da­ti­on for a new genera­ti­on of blo­cking substrates. Whe­re­as, pre­vious­ly, the only reci­pes regar­ded as being a reli­able basis for sta­ble press pots were tho­se based sole­ly on black peat, now addi­tio­nal bene­fits can be achie­ved by the use of alter­na­ti­ve con­sti­tu­ents. Addi­ti­on of up to 20% of a spe­cial­ly scree­n­ed fine form of GreenFibre results, at high sub­stra­te yield, in press pots of even grea­ter sta­bi­li­ty while also redu­cing sub­stra­te weight. ‘Pot­g­rond H 85 with GreenFibre’ (reci­pe 078), a sub­stra­te blen­ded in this way, is now firm­ly estab­lis­hed wit­hin Klasmann-Deilmann’s ran­ge of blo­cking substrates.

The use of raw mate­ri­als from the Bal­tic regi­on has also beco­me well-estab­lis­hed as it makes for ligh­ter blo­cking substrates and yiel­ds equal­ly good crop per­for­mance. For examp­le, blo­cking sub­stra­te ‘Pot­g­rond H 50 with GreenFibre’ has not only a high pro­por­ti­on of wood fib­re but also a spe­cial­ly pre­pa­red white-peat com­po­nent with a ‘blo­cking’ func­tion that com­bi­nes with the wood fib­re in the press pot, thus ensu­ring opti­mum sta­bi­li­ty for auto­ma­tic plan­ting-out. Air capa­ci­ty has also been incre­a­sed, ensu­ring enhan­ced root development.

Press pots, a pro­ven gro­wing sys­tem, will remain of gre­at impor­t­ance for the young-vege­ta­ble-plant seg­ment. Long-term relia­bi­li­ty of sup­ply for blo­cking substrates is ensu­red, thanks to the use of new raw mate­ri­als. Other major Klasmann-Deilmann cus­to­mers have alrea­dy announ­ced they will switch to blo­cking substrates con­tai­ning GreenFibre in 2019.

New: Spe­cia­list substrates for reli­able cul­ti­va­ti­on of soft fruit

With a view to con­ti­nued growth in inter­na­tio­nal demand for soft fruit, Klasmann-Deilmann has deve­lo­ped a com­pact ran­ge of spe­cia­list substrates for reli­able pro­pa­ga­ti­on and high-yield gro­wing-on of cul­ti­va­ted ber­ries grown in pots and con­tai­ners. The­se con­tain tried-and-tes­ted sub­stra­te solu­ti­ons, par­ti­cu­lar­ly for straw­ber­ries, blu­e­ber­ries, raspber­ries and cur­rants in con­tai­ners, pro­du­ced using various raw mate­ri­als: peat, coco pith (coir), GreenFibre and perlite.

The substrates ‘TS 4 soft fruit with per­li­te’ (reci­pe 496) and ‘TS 4 soft fruit with GreenFibre’ (reci­pe 497) are avail­ab­le for cul­ti­va­ti­on in con­tai­ners or in sub­stra­te-fil­led gut­ters. The­re is also a peat-free blend cal­led ‘Con­tai­ner sub­stra­te 3 soft fruit with coir’ (reci­pe 237), as well as a sub­stra­te blend – ‘TS1 pro­pa­ga­ti­on of soft fruit’ (reci­pe 881) – deve­lo­ped espe­cial­ly for gro­wing young plants. In terms of their pH values and nut­ri­ent sup­ply, the­se substrates have been pre­cise­ly desi­gned to meet the needs of ber­ry crops. For examp­le, they con­tain chela­ted trace ele­ments to spe­ci­fi­cal­ly ensu­re a reli­able sup­ply of iron.

It was important to us to design a ran­ge of pro­ducts that deli­ver reli­able crop out­co­mes,” says Horst Kup­schus, Mana­ging Direc­tor of Klasmann-Deilmann Euro­pe GmbH. “We also had in mind gro­wers just ent­e­ring this seg­ment, for whom it’s espe­cial­ly cru­cial to have a depen­da­ble sub­stra­te like this.”

Klasmann-Deilmann pro­vi­des hor­ti­cul­tu­ral busi­nes­ses with an in-depth advi­so­ry ser­vice on all aspects of gro­wing soft fruit. “This also app­lies to gro­wers who are cur­r­ent­ly merely thin­king about cul­ti­vat­ing ber­ry crops in the future,” says Kup­schus. “Our spe­cia­lists have drawn up gui­de­li­nes brin­ging tog­e­ther the key facts. The­se will help them make an infor­med decisi­on and, if they so wish, to enter this seg­ment.” A manu­al in the ‘Green­No­tes’ seri­es gives basic gui­d­ance on cul­ti­va­ti­on, crop manage­ment, sub­stra­te use and fer­ti­li­sa­ti­on, hel­ping new gro­wers of soft fruit to get off to a good start.