Jan 31st - free irrigation masterclass, Harlow

Priva, Grodan and Groen Agro recently published a comprehensive irrigation guide entitled Best Practice Guidelines for Greenhouse Water Management. Of course, actively implementing good irrigation practice is essential for maximum crop production and quality.

So Priva have decided to take the message direct to growers by arranging a seminar in Harlow on January 31st which will follow the principles outlined in the book. The one-day seminar is free to those who pre-register. You can register on-line here. Lunch and refreshments will be provided and all those who attend will be given a free copy of the book to take away.

Who should attend: Edibles and soft fruit growers using hydroponics, particularly those responsible for deciding irrigation and climate strategy or changing computer settings.

Venue: Harlow Health Resource Centre (go here for directions)

Timing: Jan 31st, registration and refreshments 09.30. Seminar 10.00 - 16.00

The speakers:

Andy Lee is Technical Services Manager for the GRODAN organisation. The world’s leading substrate supplier to the professional hi-tech horticultural industry. He has worked within the greenhouse industry for 18 years and is recognised as one of GRODAN’s leading authorities on root zone management. Andy’s work takes him to Grodan’s customers in North America, Asia, Central & East Europe and Holland. Andy therefore has experience of a wide range of cultural environments. He is a regular speaker at industry conferences and has published numerous crop technical articles for horticultural trade magazines throughout the world. He also chairs the “Green Expert Platform”, a group consisting of crop consultants and researchers who come together to exchange knowledge on crop technical issues related to hi-tech production of greenhouse vegetable crops.

Julia Model is Priva's product manager for water systems .

With a background in water management and sustainable product design, she and her team develop irrigation water systems for international markets. Effective water management by closing the water cycle to achieve more crop per drop of water is becoming more and more important. Priva contributes to this with solutions for both substrate and soil grown crops

Priva crop consultant Hein Jasperse has been an adviser and trainer in the protected cropping sector for more than 25 years, and has delivered seminars as well as both on-site and on-line training to UK growers in the past.

He is a specialist in greenhouse climate control and has many years of experience in creating and fine-tuning strategies for greenhouse climate and irrigation for optimal crop development.

Hein mainly works in Western Europe.

Chairperson for the day, Kathryn Smethurst is Horticulture Sales Manager for Priva UK  - the local office of the globally recognised brand for supply of Horticultural controls, irrigation rigs, software and ancillary items. She has worked for Priva for four years and with a background in Building Management Systems and Building Automation of fourteen years prior to this has a keen interest for promotion of Vertical Farming within the UK working in conjunction with the Association of Vertical Farming.

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