22 December 2020

Marcel Huibers about 20 years high wire cucumbers

‘Labor is still the main challenge'

Marcel Huibers, manager of Hortus in Futuro in Maasbree, experienced the introduction of high wire cucumber cultivation up close. At the start of this development, Huibers worked at Nunhems as sales specialist cucumbers and between 1999 and 2015 he specialized himself in high wire cultivation. Together with the growers, he looked for opportunities and came up with solutions.

At BASF Vegetable Seeds the year 2020 is dedicated to 20 successful years of cucumber breeding for high wire cultivation. It is therefore high time for a review of this development and a visit to Huibers. In the video, he talks about the initial phase, how he experienced this period and how he looks at the future. “The greatest challenge of high wire cultivation in cucumbers is still labor", says Huibers.

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It’s been already in the 1990s that growers tried cultivating cucumbers in high wire tomato greenhouses, but it took the industry some more years to make it a real success. Today high wire cucumber growing has become the state-of-the-art system in many countries, giving the opportunity for market-oriented production, further optimization and automation.

At BASF Vegetable Seeds we are proud of being a vital part in this development. Together with you, we want to celebrate these 20 successful years in high wire cucumber cultivation in 2020. We will to take you with us on a thrilling journey from the past to the future. We will exchange our knowledge in stories, videos, masterclasses, network at several events and become even more inspired about the endless opportunities of cucumbers. 2020 will be full of surprises for all of us.

Let’s join and celebrate together.