HPGen Peroxide UltraPureTM gets East Seaton Farm out of a sticky situation
|Clean irrigation for 100 hectares of soft fruit|
|April 29, 2021|
Clean irrigation lines are a must for every grower in order to ensure uniform irrigation, and protect crops against water-borne pathogens. Hydrogen peroxide is a good way of achieving this, but bulk production, transport and handling of this substance is logistically challenging and hazardous, and impurities in bulk-produced peroxide can build up in irrigation water, substrates, and plants. That’s where HPGen™ comes in. HPNow’s HPGen™ product line is specifically designed for the needs of horticulture growers. This autonomous system generates Peroxide UltraPure™ directly on site, using only water and electricity as inputs, with no need for user intervention or any handling of chemicals.
Powerful water treatment agent
Autonomous, integrated solution
Improved crop yield
Increased oxygenation levels, boosts organic matter in the soil
The HPGen™ product line is available in a wide throughput range. It has been tested and proven in commercial greenhouse installation across horticulture crops ranging from watermelon and cucumbers, to berries, tomatoes and peppers; and with both soil and soil-less cultures, as well as hydroponics.
Case study: East Seaton Farm
The irrigation water, taken out of the bore holes, is drawn into 50 m3 holding tanks, from where it flows into the main irrigation manifold. The grower reported recurring outbreaks of a slimy white substance within the irrigation lines, holding tanks and irrigation system, which was substantially blocking drippers and resulting in non-uniform irrigation. In addition, the grower also reported iron deficiency in the crops, despite the use of iron fertilizers.
East Seaton asked HPNow for help in combating the negative impact this had on irrigation uniformity, system maintenance costs, crop yield and plant health. Analysis performed by HPNow showed high levels of iron within the white substance, which meant the substance was absorbing iron meant for the plants and explains the observed iron deficiency. Further consultation with plant pathogen experts pointed to iron oxidizing bacteria as the cause of the white substance. Iron in the fertilizer feeds bacteria growing in the irrigation lines (white slime in the pictures), clogging drippers and depleting the crop from iron nutrients.
HPNow’s recommendation was to pursue a combination of periodic shock treatments in the main lines combined with continuous dosage in the laterals throughout all irrigation cycles. HPNow distributor Penny UK installed two HPGen™ A2000 Peroxide UltraPure™ systems at the farm to control the white substance in the water, leading to positive results within weeks.
After application of Peroxide UltrapureTM the white substance was removed, the drippers were flowing again and the crop’s iron deficiency was corrected.
Using HPGen™ Peroxide UltraPure™ proved highly effective for Allen Innes, East Seaton Farm Manager, who reported the white substance was nearly eliminated within a few weeks. “HPGen™ has been the ideal solution for us, and we are now looking forward to a clean irrigation system and a healthier crop”, he comments.
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This article was published in the special issue for 'Precision Agriculture