A pioneering spirit and commitment to sustainability have made Bejo Zaden (Bejo) a leading innovator in the breeding, production and sales of high quality vegetable seeds. Bejo is an internationally oriented family business which operates in more than 30 countries and has about 1700 employees worldwide. Together with its customers and partners, Bejo actively explores market opportunities and innovative research methods. The company stays close to nature to develop the best vegetable seeds so that growers around the world can harvest healthy, tasty varieties for consumers to enjoy, today and in the future.
The right lighting
'Signify gave us good advice and we decided to build a bigger climate-controlled room. We were one of the first growers to use the Philips GrowWise Control System to control the LED modules.'
'We strive for optimum growth with a good balance between natural cultivation practices. Signify’s plant specialists helped us develop the optimal growing process, in the right environment,' says Kempen. 'They created special light recipes for us to meet our requirements.
We’re able to use different lighting per growth phase and easily adjust the colours per crop and layer. We’ve actually doubled our growing hours per day. Normally our crops only flower once a year, but now with this dynamic LED lighting solution, our crops flower multiple times a year.
Thanks to our dedicated light recipes from Signify, we can steer the light spectrum and intensity for each individual crop and growth phase. We are able to force flowering or prevent plants from bolting. For asparagus, we are now getting stronger, more vigorous tissue culture plants.'
There are many other advantages. 'The GrowWise Control System is easy to use and saves us a great deal of time and labour by automating many operational tasks,' says Kempen.
'Working with Signify is a true collaboration where we keep exchanging information and learn together. They have a very high level of knowledge about sophisticated cultivation techniques for vegetables and they are really hands-on in their support. They understand our business and provide quick service. All in all, it’s a perfect match.'
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