The grower’s dilemma
Growing fresh vegetables on a large scale is challenging. More unpredictable and intense weather events, as well as increased crop susceptibility to pests and disease, means that growers are more vulnerable to significant losses. To mitigate variability in production, extra crop volume is produced to ensure customer orders can be met.
How BioLumic UV can help
Increasingly, seedling transplants are being used for fresh vegetable production. BioLumic’s UV treatment is applied for up to 7 days during the 1- 3 week nursery phase of transplant growing. BioLumic UV devices operate independently and do not affect greenhouse operations. Treatments induce desirable agronomic traits such as vigour, pest and disease resistance and faster growth which increase overall yield.
The yield difference
Independent trials of BioLumic seedling treatments on iceberg lettuce in California in 2017 demonstrated increased root-shoot ratio, early vigour and nutrient use efficiency. This translated to a 16% increase in relative yield, a 14% increase in returns per acre on high-yielding soil and an 230% increase in yield in a low-yielding soil-type with suboptimal fertilisation.
Similarly, a commercial trial of UV treatments over the 2017-2018 iceberg growing season in Spain, demonstrated a 10% relative increase in yield versus the untreated crop. Additionally, there was a 10% improvement in the consistency of yield across the season.
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