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13 January 2020

A good drawing is half the work

A good drawing is half the work

Gerben van Veldhuizen and Teus de Jong are the proud owners of FruitSecurity Holland. They not only guarantee expert advice on the purchase of a hail net system but also oversee its installation with their own elevated platforms. Van Veldhuizen explains, "A successful hail net system is all about the correct anchor spacing and a robust construction. We always use 3.0m."

The company is equipped with a digital anchor tester that can measure forces up to 6 tons. A proper anchor should withstand at least 3 tons of force. Given the pulling capacity of tractors, often around 2 tons, the team typically employs more specialized equipment such as telescopic handlers or shovels. Van Veldhuizen adds, "When in doubt, we test the soil. Clay is usually sturdy enough."

De Jong emphasizes the importance of anti-sink plates to prevent posts from sinking into the ground. These plates are positioned about 5 cm below the surface level, ensuring they don't obstruct farming machinery.

De Jong elaborates, "Our constructions have been optimized in terms of post thickness and spacing. Regarding the UV value of the nets: a higher UV value makes the net more brittle. If a tear occurs, the net needs to be replaced." Furthermore, growers can select the net color themselves.

The height of the canopy affects the climate stability beneath it. Both entrepreneurs advise, "Opt for at least a 4-meter height and plan for future expansions."

Parcel layout

Regarding plot layout, they state, "Consider in advance how you want to set up the plot, including the placement of pump houses and drainage. Proper preparation and consultation with us are crucial." They also offer detailed plot drawings and quotations to streamline the process.

Thanks to advanced GPS technology, they can accurately map plots, which is essential for planning and avoiding subterranean obstacles. The drawings, made in collaboration with the grower, form the foundation for detailed quotes and work schedules.

Gerben van Veldhuizen - FruitSecurity Holland

Gerben van Veldhuizen

CEO & fruitprotection specialist

My mission is to help as many fruit growers as possible get a good harvest.
So that fruit damage can be prevented, no delivery problems occur, and fruit growers can harvest successfully!