Vegetable seed nursery MR Seeds in Bleiswijk, The Netherlands and vegetable breeder Rijk Zwaan are collaborating on the use of artificial intelligence in cucumber seed growing. Greenhouse owner Maikel van den Berg has been working with Crop Controller since early 2021.
“The autonomous control of Crop Controller is perfectly in line with my forecasts, giving me peace of mind so that I really can let go of the steering-wheel! I no longer have to analyze all data myself and have more time for my other responsibilities as a greenhouse owner.”
Maikel van den Berg
“Crop Controller always looks two days ahead and adjusts the climate with five-minute values, to realize my crop strategy. What makes this service unique is its ability to ‘learn’ from past crop situations, incorporating that knowledge into the self-governing execution of my crop strategy, irrespective of the weather conditions, 24/7.
Peace of mind
In the autonomous departments I left the climate control to Crop Controller, and the Autonomous Greenhouse Manager from Blue Radix monitors Crop Controller activities remotely. One of the things I noticed is that the steering in the autonomous department was far more uniform than in the ‘manually’ controlled department. The autonomous control is perfectly in line with my forecasts, giving me peace of mind so that I really can let go of the steering-wheel!
Virtual colleague in the greenhouse
It feels like having a new intelligent virtual colleague right in the greenhouse. I no longer have to analyze all data myself and have more time for my other responsibilities as a greenhouse owner. The experience has been so positive that we extended the autonomous approach to managing more departments.”