Can We Feed the World?

2021-09-19T13:03:04+00:00

Written by: Mr. Peter Klapwijk, Green Architect and Connector with a vast growing history.

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Can We Feed the World More Organically?

We are living in the 21st year of the 21st century.

It seems to be that several elementary subjects are currently changing. Apart from all the news on the Covid-19 pandemic, there is a visible increase in media attention for climate change and the worldwide question on environmental concerns. While the pandemic is temporary and will eventually fade, the challenges in environmental issues are here to stay.

greenhouse for peppers For the last century, both population and economy have witnessed exponential growth worldwide. We have never known a population and wealth in the world, at the scale that we currently see. This situation has its consequences. Rising temperatures, climate changes in different areas of the world, forest fires, floods, and rising sea-levels show us that the boundaries of growth are within sight. Sources like water, nutrients, energy, and clean air cannot be limitlessly withdrawn from Mother Earth.

Nobody likes to hear that, and no one knows what the future might hold, but it’s clear to me that we are at a turning point. A lot of natural resources will not be accessible unlimitedly in the future. It seems to me that the question isn’t “if” you will anticipate future environmental concerns, rather “how” will we cope. How quickly (and smoothly) can you make changes, and at what speed are you permitted to do so?

What Can We Do?

From a healthy and optimistic vision as an entrepreneur, I like to think in the form of opportunities. I can see a number of strengths in sustainability within the horticultural sector, and growing in substrates from modern greenhouses. We achieve a high score in water efficiency and use of nutrients, which saves seven to ten times more compared to traditional growing conditions in agriculture.

Since there is no guarantee of the amount of qualitative good and clean drinking water in the future, I predict a substantial increase in horticultural breeding. This trend is already visible in the growth of lettuce in hydroponics and more advanced growing methods of soft fruits. The question is, which crops are next? The bottom line is that there are a lot of opportunities in this line of production.

Consumers in the Lead

Opportunities for more sustainable and biological growth are out there, but not without effort. We need to explore, develop and invest in order to create said opportunities. Transforming the way we work into a more circular and sustainable system can be quite a challenge, but I remain mostly focused on the value that it adds. Especially since the demand of the consumer is changing too.

Over the years, our customers have become more critical and conscious. They want to eat healthy and minimize their impact on the environment. In Canada and America, we can see an annual increase of 10 to 15 percent in the consumption of organically produced fruits and vegetables. Awareness in the field of healthy foods is growing globally.

Energy & CO2

Unfortunately, nobody knows exactly how much is left of the global energy supply. Reducing our use of fossil fuels becomes a matter of life and death. We need to restrict the amount of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions on our planet because we may be running out of stock when it comes to our natural resources.

A greenhouse is basically a natural solar energy collector. However, if we can create a way to store this energy somehow, we can start producing with hardly any fossil fuels at all. It is high time we started moving in this direction, based on existing knowledge and concepts. 

A Cleaner Product

Are we doing enough in the prevention of chemical pesticides?

Biological protection has already achieved a lot of results, but still, regular correction with chemical pesticides is often used alongside. Even the control of fungi and bacteria is hardly done without the help of certain chemical products. Let’s raise the question, are you already producing a 100% chemical free product?

Water and Nutrients

When it comes to water and nutrients, substrates for growing within closed systems already proved to be rather valuable. It is important to take a close look at the possibilities of replacing mineral fertilizers with biological fertilizers. This technology has become more widely available over the years. By replacing the mineral nutrients with organic nutrition, it aligns with our vision for the future.

Plastic vs. Greener Accessories

In our day-to-day greenhouse operations, we still use more plastics than we would like. If I count all the packing materials, foils, clips, twines and truss supports together, we still contribute to a substantial amount of plastic soup in our oceans. In this field, we still need to make significant steps in reducing plastic waste. Everybody understands the grower cannot avoid using these tools, but there are alternatives such as bio-twines and bio-clips to help with recycling of these materials.

A Brighter Future for Producers

I am confident that we can feed the world more organically and sustainably. This is a unique opportunity for the produce industry.

If we dare to engage and invest, we can feed the world in an organic and sustainable way. For entrepreneurs who choose to produce with maximum sustainable processes, there are plenty of opportunities coming. The only question now is, which choice do you make?

Can We Feed the World?2021-09-19T13:03:04+00:00

Case Study: The Advantages of Roller Hooks Compared to Metal Hooks

2021-09-19T06:18:26+00:00

Written by: Darryl Di Milo, Regional Sales Manager – North America

When the head cucumber grower at Mucci Farms, Guy Totaro, heard that we were offering roller hooks for cucumbers with 48 meters of twine, he immediately decided to conduct a comparison trial between our hooks and metal hooks. At the time, Mucci had a 14-acre greenhouse, so Guy used roller hooks for half of it and metal hooks for the other half. The trial lasted roughly 6 months, and the results were clear: roller hooks were vastly superior.

The Many Advantages of Roller Hooks

During the trial, Guy and the growers at Mucci Farms saw several advantages of roller hooks compared to metal hooks.

Labor Savings — Time and Money

Guy reported a 50% reduction in the time it took to lower rows with roller hooks when compared to metal hooks. Metal hooks took between 30 and 40 minutes to lower 1 row, while roller hooks took between 15 and 30 minutes. This saved a significant amount of labor and cut labor costs in half.

Plant Health

Metal hooks must be lifted, unwound, moved, and placed back on the crop wire, causing more shaking and stress on the plants. With roller hooks, lowering is done by simply sliding the metal piece along the crop wire, creating less movement and less stress.

Easier Cleanup and Disinfecting

Roller hooks lower plants in such a way that they never touch the spool, so there is no direct contact and no risk of disinfection carryover. During cleanup, the twine is cut close to the spools, and the spools and metal pieces are disinfected while on the wire. Any exposed twine is disinfected.

Another benefit during spraying/disinfecting is that the water pressure can’t knock roller hooks off the wire since they are secured and locked on.

This is not the case with metal hooks, which can easily fall off the wire and get tangled during this procedure.

Long-Term Reduction of Hook/Spool Costs

In the case of Mucci, roller hooks were found to be a better long-term investment than metal hooks. In the first year, metal hooks cost $.40 per plant, while roller hooks cost $.50. In total, metal hooks cost $3000 less than roller hooks.

In the second year, however, this changed dramatically. Because roller hooks and spools can be sold separately, Mucci was able to buy only the spools, which resulted in a cost of $.34 per plant and $1800 in savings compared to metal hooks. Each spool lasted for 4 crops, or 2 years.

Conclusion and Takeaways

When we asked Guy to sum up the trial’s findings, he said, “After one crop it was clear that roller hooks offered too many advantages to ignore. We immediately switched all 14 acres to roller hooks and are now using them in 28 acres after our expansion. We’ve been using them for 6 years straight. We continue to see the same advantages repeat themselves year after year. It really is a great product!“

Case Study: The Advantages of Roller Hooks Compared to Metal Hooks2021-09-19T06:18:26+00:00

DrainVision in Blueberry Crops

2021-07-06T05:58:06+00:00

New Client Case Study for DrainVision by Paskal

Written by: Javier Miranda; 23.02.2021

When it comes to growing high quality berries and blueberries, there are a number of factors that must be taken into consideration such as the sun light, the acidity of the soil, and of course, drainage. Without an efficient drainage system, your blueberry plants will struggle to produce at the level of the high-quality standards that are required in today’s industry and entering the commercial market.

Here, we explore the intrinsic benefits of working with Paskal’s innovative crop monitoring technology called “DrainVision” – and how  one of Mexico’s largest blueberry producers, “Agricola Roz”, was able to leverage DrainVision in their massive operation for growing blueberry crops with hydroponics.

DrainVision is a wireless, cloud-based irrigation monitoring system that supports growers in making knowledgeable decisions by allowing a better insight into the drain performance and water availability for the plant.

According to our client, Federico del Toro, one of the largest blueberry producers at the Agricola Roz facility in Western Mexico, DrainVision goes hand-in-hand with hydroponic crops thanks to its highly efficient monitoring technology, a system that was especially designed to give the modern day greenhouse grower a lot more control.

Join us as we discover how DrainVision was able to boost the time to market within the first year, and enhance the quality and quantity of their blueberry crop yields in a recent case study from February, 2021, by Paskal DrainVision Sales Manager, Javier Miranda.

DrainVision Case Study for Hydroponics and Blueberries at Agricola Roz, Mexico:

“We know that blueberry production is a crop that is consolidated in the soil after the fifth year of production. World demand is growing exponentially and the market demands a competitive offer both in quantity and quality of the fruit. That is why hydroponics is emerging as the only cultivation system that advances market entry from the first year of production.
The DrainVision solution is the perfect ally for any hydroponics project, in which you can obtain data on irrigation volume, drainage percentage, crop weight, and drainage EC, which allows you not only to know the characteristics and behavior of the composition of the substrate very well, but also to review and confirm the irrigation and nutrition strategies, all adapted to the crops needs.

“The DrainVision system helps to save time and money for the producer by having everything necessary in a single platform with easy data interpretation.” – Federico del Toro

DrainVision is the right tool for these hydroponic cultivation systems, which offers different advantages to blueberry producers, including greater control over the entire plant process, allowing for better and higher levels of efficiency. This system also offers advantages for producers, such as rapid fruit production with adequate and punctual fertigation strategies (reaching a sufficient harvest in less than a year).

Federico del Toro, the highest producer of berries (blueberries) per hectare in Western Mexico, shares his opinion regarding the benefits that Paskal’s DrainVision system has provided him in just one year and two months after the system was implemented, and he comments:

By implementing the DrainVision solution we were able to have an ‘x-ray’ of my complete agricultural fertigation session, and with these values and the graphs, we can fine-tune our strategy based on my own objectives. I consider the information we receive from the system essential since it generates very specific and complete data on what happens in the drainage and its behavior throughout the day.

We managed to save resources by maintaining greater efficiency of water and fertilizers, both in not wasting them and in being short on resources. On the other hand, we kept plants more balanced in their development, as well as healthier roots, both of which are related to better drainage management, leading us to have better fruit quality, higher yields, and longer crop cycles.

This DrainVision solution seems to us totally valuable for our decision making, we would like to recommend other berry producers to use this tool.”

– Federico del Toro
Case study by: Javier Miranda; 23.02.2021

Save Money and Boost Blueberry Quality and Yield

The DrainVision system offers optimized irrigation and improved growth for blueberries by quickly identifying any issues such as poor moisture conditions in the root zone, or low transpiration, enabling you to take action just in time. DrainVision records both the current and the historical conditions of your blueberries growth where the data is presented in user friendly graphs. The information is stored in a secured account and can be seen and analyzed on any device: smartphone, tablet, or PC.

You can save up to thousands of dollars per hectare by optimizing drain performance for improved crop yield. Now your plants can benefit from a healthier root environment and less build-up of salt in the substrate. With smart system alerts, DrainVision keeps you informed about your plants’ optimal conditions, anywhere at any time. Not only is DrainVision easy to install, but it’s also simple to maintain with its competitive price, you’ll wonder how you ever managed without it.

Optimization of Blueberries Irrigation with DrainVision System

Beyond the costs and savings, by using the DrainVision system, you will also be able to better utilize the scheduling of irrigation and fertilizers. Having a healthy air-to-water ratio in the substrate helps prevent root disease and pathogens, resulting in much healthier root zones. The data is collected in 5-minute intervals and updated on the user screen every ten minutes.

Set up your thresholds to get smart alerts that provide real-time warnings when unfavorable conditions develop. Blueberry yields can increase by up to 3% while reducing as much as 40% in water and fertilizers as DrainVision’s system can save up to 20% daily runoff. Optimizing and planning the irrigation strategy can significantly reduce the amount of drainage, save unnecessary costs of irrigation, and improve growing conditions.

Conclusions and Takeaways

For modern growers growing blueberries, the proper drain percentage from the irrigation quantity is an important factor for maintaining optimal plant growth. With DrainVision’s irrigation intelligence, growers are able to make more data-informed decisions that enable them to achieve more effective irrigation management based on each plant’s unique condition. Having the right information helps more growers understand exactly how to manage their time and where to focus their attention. By implementing DrainVision with your blueberry crops, you will be able to control and optimize the ultimate product quality in order to meet the market’s high demands. Save time, money, and resources using DrainVision for blueberry crops!

DrainVision in Blueberry Crops2021-07-06T05:58:06+00:00

Paskal’s R&D in Israel as a Global Leader in World Agriculture

2021-05-06T08:00:18+00:00

Q&A with Paskal’s Technical Manager of the R&D Department, Amos Nudler

Already, Paskal is world renowned as one of the largest manufacturers and suppliers of today’s most advanced products and solutions in protected horticulture, but it didn’t happen overnight. Throughout the years, helping growers gain access to high quality products and monitoring solutions equipment became more than just a goal for Paskal, but a way of life for many of our experts and employees. One of those experts is Amos Nudler, a senior technical manager of the R&D department at Paskal.

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With his ear to the ground, Amos shares an insider’s perspective on the operations at Paskal that have empowered growers worldwide to break new ground. From optimizing existing market products, to planning new and innovative product developments – functionality, behavior, and performance are just a few of the factors that go into designing competitive products that make all the difference and give Paskal growers that added value in the field.

Join us in this Q&A session with Amos Nudler, the expert behind many Paskal products;

1.   Hi, Amos! How long have you been with Paskal Group?

Hello and thank you for the introduction and the opportunity to have this interview. My name is Amos Nudler and I’ve been working with Paskal for over 21 years. Having finished my degree in Economics, I started my journey with Paskal working in operations. Later on I entered the R&D and started 3D design using SolidWorks CAD. While working closely with more and more growers, we recognized there was room for improvement in many existing products which presented me with the opportunity to optimize them. In many cases, we made multiple revisions and improvements that sometimes took years to get right, but at the end, it has helped position Paskal as the industry leader that it is today.

2.   How did Paskal originally gain an international presence?

Paskal was established in Israel in 1991, and in 1995, they first expanded their activities to Spain. Later, Paskal established subsidiaries in Spain, Mexico, USA, Netherlands, Turkey, and Russia. Our method of cultivating relationships in close collaboration with our growers, combined with the support of our distributors and affiliates led to providing efficient and fitted solutions that helped establish our international presence. After all my experience here, we at Paskal strive to sustain high quality and provide leading innovation to growers worldwide.

tomato Clip3.   How has Paskal contributed to a “greener” economy?

That’s a great question and one that we get quite often as more and more greenhouse growers transition into more sustainable solutions. Paskal has been heavily invested in working with materials that are eco-friendly and safer for the environment. From the various types of trellising twine options, to the sustainable products that are made from totally biodegradable ingredients, another one of our goals is to help reduce the use of plastic in existing products while keeping high-quality with the lowest waste and by that lowering our carbon footprint. At the end of the day, that’s what matters most to our growers and clients.

4. What challenges do modern greenhouses face today?

I foresee that shifting towards more sustainable solutions is still one of the biggest challenges that the industry faces today. Another major challenge is labor cost savings as it is difficult to find skilled employees. Paskal offers an array of modern greenhouse solutions that are designed specifically to support sustainability, and enhance workflow and productivity in the field, by using products that are quick and easy to use and don’t demand training or high-skilled human performance.

5. How Does Paskal’s R&D Work?net connectors

The R&D department operates on a few levels. We have the designing department in the plant, but that is only part of the picture. We actively and closely work with the sales department and also with the growers to define the challenges and needs. Regular projects take about a year to complete-from defining need, presentation of optional solutions, prototype production, up to field testing and final approval. Some projects can take years to solve and refine such as when we first started developing bio-compostable products. Several design revisions and improvements had to be made in order to create a high-quality product

6. Where Is Paskal’s Greatest Impact on Our Food Industry?

The world’s need is for more food. That demands greater yield from the current growing areas. Paskal makes products that are part of the most advanced growing methods in the protected horticulture industry. When using our products, a grower can use less labor force, and still gain higher and quality yields. Russia, for example, has a harsh growing climate. Every inch of growing space counts. If you gained more yield and in better quality, you have it all. We received positive feedback on Paskal products and their strong impact on the growing season.

7. What Is Your Motivation for this Role?

Knowing that Paskal is taking part in supporting the environment and food security for all is a great reason to wake up in the morning.

8. Has anyone ever told you that being headquartered in Israel sounds like an oxymoron? What are your thoughts on that?

Yes, we get that a lot actually. Israel is located in unique, sub-tropical weather conditions, meaning that in a very small area, we can find multiple climate conditions such as drought in the desert, tropical like areas, and cooler areas as well. This diversity challenges the growers and the R&D in designing different and innovative solutions to fit those needs in different climate areas. Paskal was developed by farmers inside a vast-agricultural region, in the area of the Galilee and succeeded in recruiting and training skilled staff that were the entrepreneurs. All of these conditions and efforts resulted in creating a good industrial plant.

9. What does Paskal have planned for the future of protected horticulture solutions?

In our core business, Paskal is investing a lot of resources in supporting the growers by creating a new generation of efficient labor and cost savings products. Aside from that, Paskal is researching other aspects to provide the horticultural world with new solutions that will break new ground. When the industry speaks, Paskal listens – and based on the market’s needs, we know how and where to focus our efforts and attention for a successful outcome. As the industry continues to grow, we at Paskal will be there to provide the best solutions.

Paskal’s R&D in Israel as a Global Leader in World Agriculture2021-05-06T08:00:18+00:00

Forecasting Plant Growth with PhytoVision; Case Study

2021-05-06T08:01:42+00:00

Crop growth forecasting is crucial when evaluating the profitability of each crop, and investment. You need to know how much you can produce in order to know how much you can sell. Your customers also need to know how much you can guarantee before doing big business together. Luckily, Paskal has it down to a science, and all the tools you need to get the results you want.

Phitovision systemIn this case study, Mikhail Vorobyev outlines how PhytoVision is one of the investments that farmers are making to increase their profits and commercial client base. From Israel to Russia and all over the world, this is one of the most innovative technologies for achieving an accurate and precise plant growth measurement and data.

We can see from the data and results of this case study that Vorobyev’s research with clients using PhytoVision directly supports this claim. In Venlo style greenhouses, the unforgiving climate of the Motherland is only a small factor for modern farmers.

See why more modern day greenhouse growers are implementing Paskal’s PhytoVision, regardless of climate and geographical location. Hear first hand from the experts in the field why working with this technology is so important to the food businesses in providing quality products.

Forecasting Growth with PhytoVision

By Mikhail Vorobyev, Paskal RUS Agronomist Consultant, Ph.D. in Agricultural Sciences

The issue of planning the yield of vegetable crops is very relevant today. Large manufacturers in Russia are in close contact with trading houses, wholesale, and logistics centers. On the one hand, this simplifies the process of selling products, but on the other hand, imposes greater responsibility on the manufacturer. It is important not only to obtain production, but also to accurately monitor the growth throughout the entire growing period. Specialists of modern greenhouse complexes are forced to make a forecast for fees for the year, month, week and even next day. In forecasting, they may rely on information from hybrid seed producers, or their own personal experience. However, this is not enough for an accurate forecast.

Seizing the Opportunity

The PhytoVision Plant Growth Monitoring System was created primarily to help the technician monitor the effects of various microclimate parameters in real time, as well as external factors, dietary patterns, etc. and the main criterion is growth. By a happy coincidence, when we started offering the PhytoVision system in Russia in 2017, among other features, the growth forecasting function was mentioned. Therefore, soon, when the first buyers appeared, we had to solve this issue.

Solving the Issue

This research was carried out together with our client in a complex of modern Venlo greenhouse structures with a total area of 30 hectares in Russia. Together with Paskal and the grower, we monitored the dependence of plant weight (data from PhytoVision sensors) and harvested data (information from system users) daily for several months. As an object of observation, a hybrid of a medium-fruited cucumber, “Meva” (selection of Rijk Zwaan), which has good stable growth, was chosen.

Measuring the Factors

As a result of our observations, we found out that the dependence between the weight of the whole plant and the weight of the fruits that we collect from the plant is linear. The next step is to determine the percentage of the weight of the fruit on the plant relative to the weight of the entire plant. With different cultivation technologies, on average, it is recommended to keep about 12 fruits on one adult Meva cucumber plant. In this case, the picking of the cucumber was carried out daily, one fruit was harvested. Thus, we could determine the average weight of the fruit that was removed from each plant.

Average weight of 1 fruit = total harvest / number of plants

Doing the Math

Knowing the average weight of the fruit, we can calculate the percentage (coefficient) of the weight of the harvested fruit from the total weight of the plant. Thanks to the PhytoVision plant growth monitoring system, we receive all the necessary information about changes in plant growth. For a more accurate calculation for predicting the yield for the next day, we took data on growth changes for the previous 7 days. This allows you to analyze changes in the dynamics of plant and fruit growth, because within a week, factors could have occurred that could adversely affect the growth of the plant and the fruits themselves. In other words, the more stable the plant growth, the more accurate the forecast. Using this technique, we were able to plan the harvest for the next day with an accuracy of 1-2%.

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Chart 1. Stable growth – accurate forecast

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Chart 2. Unstable growth – imprecise forecast

phitovision charts Down to a Science

The next step is to forecast the next week. For this, we calculated the arithmetic mean of plant growth for the previous week. Then, using the obtained coefficient of weight of fruits from the weight of the plants, a prediction was made. We would like to once again draw your attention to the fact that the more stable plant growth was in the previous and current weeks, the more accurate the forecast was.

Conclusions and Takeaways

In Russia, even in modern greenhouse complexes, using modern equipment, it is far from always possible to maintain an optimal microclimate. There are other reasons that can greatly affect the growth and productivity of plants. Under these conditions, agronomists consider the forecast for the next week to be normal with an error of 10%. Thanks to the use of the Paskal plant growth monitoring system, we were able to forecast the next week in the range of 2-5% accuracy.

Forecasting Plant Growth with PhytoVision; Case Study2021-05-06T08:01:42+00:00

Wireless Plant Monitoring; PhytoVision

2021-05-05T14:08:09+00:00

Decoding the Language of Plants and Vegetables

phytovisionFor modern day farmers, our plants are our “babies” and the more attention we give them, the more we can learn from them. Even the most experienced of farmers will tell you that our plants can communicate with us, as long as we are willing to stop and listen. In Paskal’s experience, we have been working with agriculture and agronomy experts for years at trying to better understand our crops. A major benefit to understanding our plants and vegetables is that it is easier to control crop yield quantities throughout the growing season. With the right tools accumulating information about watering, nutrition, climate settings, and more, creating an optimal growth strategy is easier to do with PhytoVision monitoring system. Farmers are able to make data informed decisions and more accurately provide direct support to their plants. The more accurate the data, the more likely you are to succeed in each new harvest

However, it is not always so simple trying to predict your profits based on each plant’s immediate health. Thankfully, Paskal strives to “forecast the future” of modern greenhouse solutions and developed a system that was far more advanced before its time; PhytoVision.

daily growthAccuracy Contributes to Food and Energy Efficiency

Accurate analysis is an important factor for growing, especially in Russia, where yield forecasting is mostly mandatory for working with logistic centers and the efficient conservation of energy resources. It is therefore crucial for farmers to achieve the highest yields possible with the least amount of energy costs (which greatly affects the cost of production). PhytoVision is a great solution for energy conservation, but it’s also a great way to help reduce food waste. 

According to FoodPrint.org, “20 billion pounds of produce is lost on [US] farms every year, concluding that, “Another reason why food waste has become such a large problem is that it has not been effectively measured or studied.” — Luckily, PhytoVision can help. 

It can take days or even weeks before noticing a deficiency in your plants’ health due to lack of nutrients, sunlight or water. Experienced farmers tend to be the most accurate rule of measure in determining the root cause of stunted plant growth, but it usually comes at the high cost of lost time that cannot be regained by the plant’s growth cycle. In a short time frame of just a few days, your plants may be experiencing difficulties in reaching their nutritional needs like water. Or even worse, some of your plants may be over-stimulated by their environmental conditions such as having too much water or exposure to sunlight. Experiences like these can be traumatic on your plants’ growth rates and even more traumatic on your spending costs. The unfortunate consequences of not having an efficient monitoring system in place can ultimately cost a lot more than initially anticipated.

Monitoring Plant Health Is a Two-Way Street

Now, what if our plants could talk to us? What if they could tell us exactly what they need and when they need it? Perhaps if they need more water, they could also tell us where exactly. Furthermore, what if all this communication could be easily translated to the other greenhouse systems such as lighting and ventilation to give you an even clearer picture? It might all sound a bit alien at first, the thought of our plants “talking” to us – however, PhytoVision was developed specifically for that purpose. Ever since Paskal’s first plant growth analysis system was born, more and more greenhouse farmers have started implementing this simple, yet advanced system, precisely to better communicate with their vegetable crops and delicate hanging plants.

Without paying for expensive lab tests or putting your ear to the ground, PhytoVision sends you a clear, data-informed image of your plants’ health trends as they grow and develop. If anything should happen that inhibits their normal growth rates, PhytoVision will instantly notify you upon request. PhytoVision helps you to decode the language of your plants based on real data and feedback with site specific insight to help enhance the decision-making processes in your greenhouse. By making the right decisions and on time, it becomes a whole lot easier to predict more accurate crop yields and total profit earnings. And having the right strategic plan for your irrigation management will ultimately be far more cost-effective.

Wirelessly Designed with Trellising in Mindphytovision

Here’s how it works. For example, if you grow tomatoes, by attaching the stem of the plant to the PhytoVision device on the trellising wire, PhytoVision will be able to start tracking the plant’s growth process, by the gram! That’s right, based on the daily weight increase gained by each plant, the system will calculate the plant’s growth rates and alert you when deficiencies are detected in plant health. This will enable you to reduce the number of delayed responses and implement any immediate adjustments for the plant’s quick recovery. By calculating the plant’s growth rate with the average growth threshold, PhytoVision helps wirelessly pinpoint critical imbalances in your plants and vegetables.

In comparison to years of experience with hours of guesswork, no other remote monitoring system can drill down at the resolution that Paskal’s PhytoVision provides. Another truly great advantage of having this system is it integrates well with all your other greenhouse monitoring solutions such as for measuring humidity, sunlight, temperature and even plant substrate levels. Real-time data collection provides a much clearer picture as a cumulation of various parameters to enhance the decision making processes. By mapping out your greenhouse with PhytoVision technology, you will allow your plants to directly communicate with you daily.

Wireless Plant Monitoring; PhytoVision2021-05-05T14:08:09+00:00

Remote Irrigation Intelligence for Crops

2021-03-24T14:18:29+00:00

Remote monitoring for modern greenhouses is on the rise, especially with more farmers adapting to the pandemic’s impact on the industry’s ecosystem. Resources are becoming more scarce and long distance travel is limited in most places around the world. Hiring new employees and seasonal staff is a whole other challenge on its own aside from the daily growing maintenance and tasks. Considering the above factors, our crops should not have to suffer for it and neither should we. The world needs its healthy farms more than ever before. Pandemic or not, more and more indoor growing operations are digitally evolving, enabling Paskal’s wireless irrigation monitoring application, DrainVision, to help lighten the heavy load.

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Farming Life Before the Pandemic

One of the biggest challenges that indoor growers and protected horticulture experts are facing is addressing the immediate demands for upholding various plant types from any remote location. Before Paskal introduced DrainVision to the catalogue, it used to be that traditional farmers relied mostly on information collected from the field by a staff member who was able to physically attend and assess each crop. Based on the information reported about the plant root and canopy environment, farmers could then estimate how to direct their attention first and how to address each crop’s unique situation. It is the same today as then, just a lot more convenient and a whole lot more precise thanks to DrainVision’s cloud enhanced technology.

Modern Technology for Sustainable Agriculturepaskal's Phytovision infographic

Starting with sustainability, a major advantage of Paskal’s DrainVision is that it was developed to help conserve water and resources without wasting valuable time or energy. With accurate reporting and online analysis, it’s easy to monitor, prevent and avoid unfavorable conditions that may reduce yield quantity and quality. Measuring your crops’ water levels and substrate moisture contents can all be done from the palm of your hand with customizable automatic update reports of up to 10 minute intervals. The system collects data in five minute intervals in order to provide a more accurate report for vegetables, but also for more sensitive growth that demands accurate irrigation such as soft fruits.

Helping Digitize Greenhouse IrrigationDrainvision system

Having a digital substrate scale and sensor technology that is a cloud-based platform like this enables you to optimize your crops from virtually anywhere in the world. To enhance regulations and environmental sustainability, this system is also effective at helping to reduce potential disease and pathogens. Now you can remotely monitor water irrigation levels, fertilizer use, and crops based on real-time reporting for today’s best greenhouse irrigation practices. The DrainVision scale simply integrates with various substrates to collect data such as the quantity of each tray’s drainage water, as well as irrigation water. By attaching one of the plant drippers to the measuring station, DrainVision helps accurately track crop progress and health. Now your plants can get the water and nutrients that they need exactly when they need it, while benefiting from improved drainage performance.

Smart Design Means Comfort and Easedrainvision system

The substrate floor-scales are available in different sizes to accommodate different crops such as vegetables, soft-fruits, cannabis, and various leafy vegetables, to track and monitor the weight and water levels. Efficient trellising will help provide accurate readings without interfering with the plant weight on the substrate, only the roots, substrate, and water content is measured. Floor scale crops will be measured with an acute sense for any changes in evaporation and the detection of water fill levels. With all variables being taken into account, DrainVision will be collecting all this information and sending it to a secure data cloud for you to access any time.

Easy to Use and Install

With your drippers connected to the measuring stations, and the substrates positioned on the plant tray floor-scales, your plants will wirelessly communicate with you. Your crop’s drain and irrigation water levels, substrate content moisture, and fertilizer salinity level is transmitted to the base station with customizable reports. DrainVision is affordable and works with almost any generic SIM card. In addition, DrainVision’s stand-alone solution is now available with extended solar-powered base stations which are ideal for remote locations with zero access to electricity. At Paskal, we understand how essential proper crop monitoring is for high quality root environment, high quality products, and ultimately high quality crop yields.

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Remote Irrigation Intelligence for Crops2021-03-24T14:18:29+00:00

Labeling Plants for Cross Pollination

2021-03-24T14:17:47+00:00

Do you ever find yourself improvising when it comes to labeling and tracking plant seedlings? When it’s time for pollination and crossbreeding, most likely you have your own tracking system in place. Imagine having a color coded system that is customized to your specific needs and improves workflow efficiency. At Paskal, we created an innovative greenhouse solution that is specifically designed for just that. With our patented design, Paskal Flower Markers are perfect for marking and labeling your plants, especially during the flowering and seedling stages. Let’s discover the ways in which your plants can benefit from Paskal’s Flower Markers and how you can implement them into your modern greenhouse setup to increase crop yield and profit gain.

It’s No Plant Left Behind with Paskal Flower Markers

As experienced gardeners, one of the advantages of working with a color coded system is that it is easy to understand and teach others. That being said, the added benefit of having a clearly defined system for everybody to follow leaves little room for error. With “no plant left behind”, so to say, our colorful Flower Markers help decrease the number of plants that are accidentally overlooked or missed simply because they blended in. With bright and colorful labels, it will be easy to track which sprouts deserve your immediate attention, saving time and energy. No need to strain the eyes or double-check when each separate flower is easy to identify and approach.

At Paskal, Each Day Is Assigned a Different Color

For example, if Monday is Yellow, then apply a yellow flower marker to each flower that is emasculated on Monday. When you return on Tuesday, there will be newly developed flowers to emasculate that should not be confused with yesterday’s. Assign Tuesday with a different color such as Green, Wednesday can be Blue, and so on and so forth. Create your weekly color code and as your plants grow taller over the weeks, it will be much easier to provide each flower with the same-day treatment that it needs in a timely manner. As opposed to improvising with bread twist-ties, flimsy tape, or pieces of yarn, try our modern greenhouse labeling techniques instead. Not only will you feel the immediate benefits, but you will also notice the long term value in time.

Flower Markers for Vegetables and Watermelons

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When it comes to marking and labeling other plants and vegetables like watermelons, peppers, cucumbers and tomatoes, Paskal Cherry Markers and Flower Markers are available in both soft and

hard versions, depending on your preference.

This cost effective system may also help to reduce the additional expenses on recurring lab tests in fertilization greenhouses, which can be quite costly. As for many of us growers, there comes a time when the male plants are indistinguishable from the females and therefore, labeling is a must in order to achieve successful fertilization results. Using different color tags or markers to identify the males apart from the females is one of the best ways for effectively controlling this process. Each marker is extremely lightweight weighing in at only 0.13 grams per unit and lasts up to one growing season.

Optimize Your Operation at Scale with Paskal

Whether you’re growing cherry tomatoes or cross breeding cannabis strains, there are a number of innovative uses for having a color coded system that works for you. Modern day greenhouses and the growers operating them continue to evolve with the times, making pivotal adjustments to their methods and techniques as new products enter the market. For many of us, we tend to hold tight to the proverbial saying, “If it’s not broken, don’t fix it,” – but there is a place and time for that saying and it’s not in the garden. As professional farmers who rely on the land, we leave nothing to chance by using the innovative tools and strategies. When it comes to upscaling your “crop-erations,” Paskal’s Flower Markers make for a useful farming accessory. seed production. Due to the increasing price of labor, in the traditional production countries, we are facing today also a lack of workers for hybridization. These factors make a tremendous impact on seed production.

Advantages of using Paskal Flower Markers

  • Flower Markers are successfully used in the production of Tomato, Pepper, Watermelon, Melon, Cucumber, and more
  • User friendly; quick and accurate placement
  • On-time pollination of all flowers
  • Better control over work process
  • Saves time identifying emasculated flowers
  • Up to seven different marker colors, one for each day
  • The marker does not harm the flower and stays on until harvested
  • Optimized yield per grower may result between 30-50% yield improvement
  • Paskal also offers special flower markers for Cherry tomatoes
  • Competitive pricing

With better control in the process, Paskal Flower Markers help to reduce between 30-50% of the labor costs and increase the production area per grower. Thanks to the color-coded system, our flower ring markers allow your team of growers to emasculate during the pollination stages in a faster and simpler way in comparison to traditional methods. Additionally, the purity level of the seeds is increased as a result of the controlled and organized pollination system. With little effort and little investment, modern greenhouses and growers can save a considerable amount of time by speeding up the workflow in order to achieve enhanced results in improved crop quality and production.

Made by Real People with Real Experience

Due to our ongoing loyalty to our partners and clients, Paskal has become an industry leader and powerhouse for helping smaller farms successfully grow and expand their operations at scale and with minimal growing pains. Headquartered in the Middle East where the region is extremely arid and unforgiving, you’ll find an oasis of farm lands and grow operations scattered about that Paskal is responsible for supporting. In such environments, large scale food production is crucial to the people living in the area. The products we develop and provide to the international farming community were made by real people with real farms and real experience. If you’re interested in how Paskal can help you save time and money with your greenhouse crops and growing methods, feel free to contact us and our experts will be happy to help.

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Labeling Plants for Cross Pollination2021-03-24T14:17:47+00:00

Paskal Modern Growing Methods

2021-03-24T14:17:32+00:00

Paskal is known as a leader in accessories for the horticulture industry and for supporting the growers with high performance and quality products like our vegetable clips. From the very beginning, our tiny clips play a BIG role – a role that will ultimately affect the overall strength (and health) of your crop’s success. Although Paskal’s growing methods are based on the grassroots of farming, our modern-day greenhouse solutions are simple and effective at assisting more growers and farmers to produce higher quality yields, season after season.

With years of experience in developing indoor greenhouse products for the industry, it is our mission to improve growing methods and enhance the overall crop environment. This is one of the main reasons why we take such great pride in our quality vegetable clips, which symbolize Paskal’s pivotal role in impacting the global farming community for stronger and healthier results. For all of the other reasons as to why we are so proud of our vegetable clips, here is our method and solutions for stronger and healthier plant growth with Paskal.

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Our vegetable clips, tomato clips, and cucumber clips are specifically designed to support and protect plant stems while they grow. Since the weight of the plants will continue to increase as they grow taller and stronger, there is a big demand for reliable solutions that are easy to apply. That’s where Paskal’s vegetable clips come in handy as they are ultra-strong, lightweight and easy to use from the very start. Another added advantage to using Paskal’s signature vegetable clips is the fact that you can actually hear when each clip is “clicked” into its secure and locked position, hugging the stem. This allows the grower to continue the workflow without worrying about if the clip will fall.

To get started, simply grab the clip and place the trellising string or twine at the inner corner of the clip clasp – and then – close the clip to clamp it on to the string (approximately 30 cm from base). Lock the clip around the plant’s stem. The ideal, recommended distance between clips is about 20 cm below the leaf. Paskal vegetable clips come in a variety of sizes according to the type of crop you’re growing.

The Purpose for Using Vegetable Clips

Growing crops in a modern indoor trellising system presents a number of benefits to growers. Our vegetable clips and bio clips were designed to help keep your plants growing healthy and upward without falling. Since they are especially designed to ensure a strong gripping force, Paskal tomato clips significantly help reduce labor costs by connecting the plants to the trellising twine in a simple “click”, ensuring that the stem is well secured. Watch this video tutorial to see how they work.

Our clips offer a long-lasting hold that cannot be compared to traditional, “old-school” trellising techniques. With Paskal’s modern trellising methods and our biodegradable vegetable clips, you’ll wish you had converted much sooner on in the game. Considering the amount of plants that were lost due to stem damage and broken vines, using the right vegetable clips can make the difference between a poor yield and successful season.

Designed for Tomatoes, Cucumbers, & Peppers

What makes Paskal vegetable clips so special is the way they were designed to help cradle and protect the plant stems with a firm, long lasting hold. Ergonomics is another added benefit that comes built-in with the design of each tomato, pepper and cucumber clip – making it easier to grip, open and lock securely without harming the fingers. The sides of our clips are ribbed with slats where the fingers are placed for effective opening and closing. The rigid sides of the clips help the fingers grip the clips for improved working efficiency and speed, allowing growers to cover more ground area and spend less time fidgeting around.

Optimax – New generation of clips, oval shape, Biodegradable option
Optima Bio – Compostable biodegradable, made from bio-based plastic
Optima Clips – Polypropylene-Homopolymer, with Biodegradable option

Not only are Paskal clips ergonomically comfortable for us humans, but they were originally made for the plants. The same built-in rigid design that helps in gripping the sides of the clips has another, more important purpose behind its clever design… circulation! Plants need to have maximum access to as much fresh and healthy air as possible in order to reach their full potential. The slatted sides of Paskal’s vegetable clips work as ventilator shutters allowing clean air to flow through the clip and reach the plant without risk of suffocation or smothered air pathways. This unique design also prevents mildew and mold from growing in or around the tomatoes, cucumbers, and peppers alike, facilitating even stronger and healthier plant growth.

The Intrinsic Value of Paskal Vegetable Clips

Quality is measured in a number of ways, starting from the materials used, to the design, function, durability, and of course, customer service. Regarding the more technical benefits of working with our quality vegetable clips, as previously mentioned, let’s analyze the long-term value and inherent quality that is gained in return from using Paskal’s greenhouse accessories. The smooth design and rounded inner edges of each clip enables growers to minimize plant injury and maximize yields. Although the immediate advantages of our clips provide a clear benefit that can be instantly felt, there are a number of additional intrinsic benefits that are also worth noting for future reference.

The Difference Is in the Details

What sets Paskal apart from the competition is the level of detail that goes into designing our greenhouse products. Whether it’s the “click” sound of our vegetables clips, or the oval-shaped structure that gently hugs the plant stem, each detail is designed to save you time and improve efficiency. When working with Paskal’s tools and accessories, it’s easy to see the long-term benefits of working smart and not hard, with innovative products that do more than just work, they perform.

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Paskal Modern Growing Methods2021-03-24T14:17:32+00:00

Modern Greenhouse Trellising Trends

2021-03-24T14:17:20+00:00

More and more growers are moving towards more efficient indoor growing trends and looking for convenient solutions that deliver a lot more in saving time, energy, and are good for the environment. With an increase in indoor greenhouse accessories and advanced growing solutions hitting the marketplace, Paskal’s trellising hooks for tomatoes and cucumbers are a great starting point since they don’t require any extra training and almost anyone can use them with a simple explanation. Not only are they easy to use, long-lasting, and affordable, but the daily work is quicker and more efficient, too.

Let’s discover which hook types work best for modern indoor greenhouse trellising.

The Turbo Hook & Tail Hook Systems

Elevated trellising systems are known to come in all shapes and sizes, but at Paskal, we like to keep things simple, especially when indoors. You’d be surprised at how much time a few innovative systems can save in hours of laborious work. For example, when it’s time for lowering your tomatoes and cucumbers, Paskal has some of the best, most reliable trellising hook systems that provide one control on leaning. Our all metal trellising hook systems are super easy to install and use. Both our Tail Hook and Turbo Hook systems are strong and made of top quality materials.

Not only that, but both the Turbo Hook and Tail Hook systems are known for having the fastest free-fall speeds for modern greenhouse trellising. With Turbo Hook, simply pull the twine with one hand and attach it to the lower part of the plant, or with Tail Hook, just lift one row of hooks all at once, and release the “8” shaped twine. For later lowering, and for both metal hooks, flip the hook over and re-hook it back on to the trellising cable at the desired height. This makes it easier to equally measure out the plant height evenly with each rotation while extending the twine down the row. Additionally, once repositioned on the trellising cable, there is zero slip-back thanks to the way it is designed. Each trellising hook can also be customized with the preferred twine of your choice, and allows for a combination of different colors in one box.

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The RollerHook Assembled or Dis-Assembled

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If you’re looking for comfort and precision with each plant’s lowering, the RollerHook is for you. Paskal was actually the original patent holder for the now popular RollerHook design which is a top favorite among growers thanks to its easy squeeze-release action, and anti-slide-locking design, and providing full control on leaning. Each spool offers up to 150 feet for the longer seasons and can be reordered at the end of season with your choice of twine, even bio-twine, and simply attach it to the metal part. Like the Turbo Hook and Tail Hook systems, the RollerHook helps reduce plant damage which is a common lowering issue.

Although the RollerHook comes fully assembled as a complete system, it is also available in separate individual parts so that it’s easier to refill spools and replenish the twine without having to re-order a whole new device. RollerHook spool can be also ordered in dual twine option for Cherry tomato crops, and so you can lower two plants at the same time and make your work even more efficient. In taller, elevated trellising systems with high wires or cables, you can rely on the RollerHook’s strong metal frame and unique hook design all season long. We recommend replacing the metal hook after a few seasons for optimal performance all year round.

Biodegradable Greenhouse Accessories

With years of experience in providing indoor growers with a modern and convenient way to customize their greenhouse setups, our biodegradable products continue to grow in popularity – and it is really no wonder why. The benefits of working with biodegradable materials tend to outweigh the cons more often than not and we here at Paskal believe in maximizing the preservation of resources and giving back to land that we love. Recognized for our high quality trellising strings and bio twines, each of which is an available option for use with the RollerHook, Tail Hook, and Turbo Hook in indoor greenhouse trellising systems.

In regards to the other trellising accessories like our modern greenhouse clips for vegetables, although Paskal offers tomato clips and cucumber clips that are also made from recycled plastics, our bio-clips are made from all compostable biodegradable materials. Simply clamp the tomato clips on to the trellising hook’s string at the base of the plant and secure the stem with the clip. By the way, Paskal’s vegetable trellising clips literally snap-lock into place with a “clicking” sound so that you can hear it when it’s properly secured. When it comes to modern greenhouse setups and trellising systems, from our innovative trellising hooks all the way down to our bio-twines and bio-clips, Paskal is proudly leading the trend.

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Modern Greenhouse Trellising Trends2021-03-24T14:17:20+00:00
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