Archive for May, 2016

CALIFORNIAN STRAWBERRY CULTIVATION FIRM INVESTS IN STEAMING EQUIPMENT

Tuesday, May 31st, 2016

Replacing methyl bromide is one of the most urgent challenges facing California too, in particular for strawberry growers. MSD GmbH’s international representative in the United States, Dutch firm Marten Barel Consultancy BV, started operations at the end of May with a large-scale facility in California using a MSD Steam Boiler, model S 2000.

24m² - spike steam hood behind towing vehicle with a hydraulic undercarriage on rollers

24m² - spike steam hood behind towing vehicle with a hydraulic undercarriage on rollers

The energy-saving sandwich-type steam procedure is used for strawberry cultivation. Two 24m² sized spike steam hoods on a hydraulic undercarriage on rollers are alternately moved on one tracked vehicle respectively. 17 cm long spikes mounted under the hood heat the ground to over 80° C to a depth of 25 cm. As the soil is sandy, steaming time is around 7 minutes.

MSD steam boiler S 2000 incl. heating oil supply, mounted on a special trailer

MSD steam boiler S 2000 incl. heating oil supply, mounted on a special trailer

The steam system put into operation with two spike hoods and the MSD Steam Boiler S 2000   currently has a daily capacity for total sterilisation of approx. 2,500 m² ground for strawberry cultivation, freeing the soil of weeds, diseases and soil fatigue. In a second phase beginning in 2017, the 1,500 hectare-sized horticultural business in California plans to invest in another steaming system capable of steaming more than 1 ha cultivated area per day.

ONE OF CHINA’S BIGGEST TOBACCO PRODUCERS RELIES ON PROVEN GERMAN STEAM TECHNOLOGY

Thursday, May 19th, 2016

Persistent soil fatigue has forced the Chinese tobacco growing company in Yunnan province to explore new possibilities. Chemicals cannot be used for cultivation soil treatment since the seedlings are extremely sensitive.

The Chinese representative of the steam specialist MSD GmbH, Beijing Zhongjinguoyi Sciences Development Co. Ltd., has decided to acquire soil sterilisation methods using hot steam that are new to China. In mid-May 2016, steaming experts from Germany participated in the start-up of the first steaming equipment for sterilising substrates in Yunnan.

Start-up of a steam boiler model MS 100 for substrate steaming

Start-up of a steam boiler model MS 100 for substrate steaming

As soon as steaming has established itself in operational procedures, further steaming equipment from Germany will be used, with the capacity to prepare hundreds of cubic metres of soil per day with hot steam, also over a cultivation area, for tobacco and ginseng farming.