Premier's Award for Agri-Food Innovation Excellence

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2010 Regional Award Winner


Dave Van Segbrook - Chatham-Kent County

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Dave and Donna Van Segbrook and Maria Van Bommel

Dave and Donna Van Segbrook and Maria Van Bommel

A new system for getting the best possible concentration of fertilizer for vegetable transplants is saving money and producing better plants at Dave Van Segbrook's farm. A precision injector is used to put an amount of fertilizer in transplanter water that is neither too much (burning the roots) nor too little (causing inadequate growth). A new electrical conductivity meter that shows a constant readout of salt levels helps workers monitor progress without having to leave their stations. As a result, plant yields are higher and fewer plants are lost to fertilizer damage. All of this means a better bottom line for this grower, other growers, and eventually, the entire Ontario vegetable processing industry.

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