Crop protection

The correct balance between organic and chemical crop protection products

In the past, we used to talk about pesticides. This word has been changed to crop protection products a few years ago. This word is a better fit with Lans’ operations. The objective, after all, is to protect the crop against diseases and pests. This process is a profession all of its own. As from seed germination, crop protection is already deployed. The grower meters ‘good’ viruses to the plants to prevent ‘bad’ viruses during the course of the growing season. If the plants come into the greenhouse as new, yellow sticky traps are suspended to prevent a well-known pest, whitefly. Eggs from natural enemies are also immediately suspended in-between the plants so that a good balance with regard to insects is created in the greenhouse. This means that the use of chemical crop protection products can be restricted to a minimum. Most of the deployment at Lans is in the shape of organic crop protection products.

Quality control

Workers who are involved in the activities related to the crop in the greenhouse also observe the plants closely. If deviations are observed, this information is passed on to the workers who are involved with the growing process. We also have specially trained workers who scout the greenhouse. This scouting means that a check is performed systematically for diseases and pests. If a disease or pest is still involved despite all these preventive measures, we must intervene to ensure we can continue to guarantee the quality and production of the tomatoes. First, we look for an organic method. Only if this is not available, will we use chemical products. Natural enemies will be spared as much as possible when using chemical products. Lans has different quality management systems in which the use of crop protection products is checked extensively. Also see under certification.