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    Battlefield Farms

    Virginia, USA

     

    Located in central Virginia, Battlefield Farms Inc. produces a diverse year-round plant production of annuals and perennials on their state-of-the-art, automated facility. Established in 1990, the Battlefield Farms operation currently includes 45 acres of covered production area and approximately 20 acres of outdoor production area.

     

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    Find out how Bosch is using office lighting to create a productive work atmosphere and save energy
    Find out how Bosch is using office lighting to create a productive work atmosphere and save energy
    Find out how Bosch is using office lighting to create a productive work atmosphere and save energy
    Find out how Bosch is using office lighting to create a productive work atmosphere and save energy
    Find out how Bosch is using office lighting to create a productive work atmosphere and save energy
    Find out how Bosch is using office lighting to create a productive work atmosphere and save energy
    Find out how Bosch is using office lighting to create a productive work atmosphere and save energy
    Find out how Bosch is using office lighting to create a productive work atmosphere and save energy
    Find out how Bosch is using office lighting to create a productive work atmosphere and save energy
    Find out how Bosch is using office lighting to create a productive work atmosphere and save energy
    Find out how Bosch is using office lighting to create a productive work atmosphere and save energy
    Marco Verdel and Travis Higginbotham

    We experienced as much as a
    32% reduction

    in Heuchera tissue culture loss.”

     

    - Travis Higginbotham, Research and Development Manager

    Battlefield's greenhouse

    Customer challenge

     

    Increasing the success rates of tissue culture propagation can be a challenge for many greenhouse operations and growers, often requiring a unique strategy to properly and correctly manage factors that impact propagation and transplant success. Battlefield Farms recognized an opportunity to adjust their propagation strategy to improve their Heuchera tissue culture propagation and transplant rates and turned to Philips horticulture LEDs.

    Battlefield's greenhouse

    The right lighting

     

    Marco Verdel, Battlefield Farms Head Grower Manager, learned of the successes that vegetable growers in Europe were experiencing with LEDs and began investigating LEDs as a possible solution to Battlefield Farms’ propagation challenges.


    Verdel and Travis Higginbotham, worked with the Philips Horticulture LED team to set up a trial using Philips GreenPower LED production module with a light spectrum of DR / B. The results of the LED production module trial exceeded Verdel’s expectations and were documented and reported by Battlefield Farms as follows: 

     

    • 100% transplant success rate with Heuchera ‘Blackout’
    • 92% transplant success rate with Heuchera ‘Caramel’
    • 85% transplant success rate with Heuchera ‘Citronelle’ 
     
    “Problems with transplant timing, labor efficiency and overall root and shoot quality were solved, not to mention we decreased losses significantly” - Marco Verdel, Head Grower Manager
     
    GreenPower_LED_Production_Module_Off_Base

    Philips GreenPower LED production module

    LED lighting for multi-layer cultivation in growing environments with little or no daylight. Our production module offers significant energy savings compared to comparable grow lights, and low radiative heat emission allows for more efficient use of growing space.

     

    Are you interested in setting up a production module trial? Contact us today.

     

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    Tissue culture finished

    almost one week faster

     

    The team

    Battlefield Farms

    Horticulturalist

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    Fred C. Gloeckner

    Philips LED Horti partner

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