Record-high tomato yield at Village Farms Texas USA

Village Farms in Marfa, Texas, has reported a record-high tomato yield of 94 kg/m2 in their first year of production. This has never before been achieved in a semi-closed greenhouse without supplementary lighting.

The latest HortiMaX integrated technologies played a crucial part in this success. HortiMaX was chosen to provide a complete electrical and irrigation solution for this 5400m2 research glasshouse, called ‘GATES’, in 2006. Various HortiMaX products were installed, including a MultiMa climate computer, FertiMiX irrigation system, VitaLite UV sterilization unit, 2 ProDain systems, fogging equipment, and a range of additional sensor units, such as the SensorTom and Infra-red plant temperature sensors.

Village Farms decided to have a MultiMa installed in their advanced semi-closed glasshouse because of its highly flexible design. The system allows quick adjustments to be made, so an optimum climate can be maintained at all times.

During the company’s first year of operation, it became clear that the ProDrain system provides great insight into plant growth, and therefore tomato production. ProDrain collects data on irrigation, drain, plant transpiration, and other important parameters relating to the condition of the crop. This continuous monitoring system will help Village Farms to improve crop performance even more.
 

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20-22 February
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20-22 March
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