Well just like that another year has come and gone. From all of us at the Bellpark Horticulture team we would like to thank you for visiting us at Cultivate17. It was a busy week full of fun & excitement, reunions, great conversations while meeting new and old friends. Here is a recap from the show!
The Autostix was a huge hit with growers and with its open source system for cutting suppliers it’s changing the way that growers stick cuttings. It was really great to have the North American launch at Cultivate17 and be able to demo the Autostix machine.
Autostix is a biodegradable product. The strip has been designed to enhance the development of the root system. The strip can hold cuttings with different stem diameters, yet still positions the stems firmly without damaging the soft tissue. The strips are available in two different types: one strip can hold 51 cuttings and the other can hold 34 cuttings. The Autostix system works best on 102 counts (either 51×2=102 or 34×3=102).
The production capacity is up to 12,000 cuttings per hour, per 6 head Autostix machine. The Autostix is capable of planting 3 different modules for mixed liners in a 50mm liner.
The Autostix strip is an open source system which can be used by any cuttings supplier.
Visser Nursery Wagon Loader
Another new product at Cultivate17 was the new Nursery Wagon Loader by Visser. The Nursery Wagon Loader instantly saves labour by automatically loading pots or trays onto your nursery wagons and trailers. The system easily integrates into any existing potting line. The system can load pot tight or space, offset, and is programmable for different sizes.
Frequency controlled conveyors transport the pots along the line and onto the wagon loader conveyor. As the pots arrive, the sensors on the cart loader conveyor allow the pots to enter one at a time while being positioned into a perfect row whether spaced or pot tight.
Once the pots are in place a template spacer arm pushes the pots down a ramp with a slight decline onto the nursery wagon; perfectly aligned, offset and spaced with the previous row.
Quick changes are easily performed for different pot or tray sizes by selecting a new program and changing the quick change pusher arm template.
DryGair Greenhouse Dehumidifier
One of the popular products in the Bellpark Horticulture booth was the DryGair Greenhouse Dehumidifier. DryGair offers the best dehumidification solution available for growers. The patented design and unique dehumidification process not only improves the quality and yield of crops, but also minimizes diseases while reducing the need for pesticides.
The DryGair unit removes condensation from the air and eliminates the need for night-time venting. No more night-time venting means a significant reduction in heat and CO2 loss. With the reduction in heat loss growers can expect to see up to 50% in energy savings.
Constant air circulation provided by the DryGair unit allows for higher humidity levels without leaf dew accumulation. This entire process allows the plant stoma adsorb more CO2 thus increasing yield.
If you have any additional questions, please feel free to contact one of our sales representatives.