Huldenberg, Belgium

Hof ten Bosch

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Pursuing the Perfect Potato

High-quality potatoes grown for the crisps industry are the main crop cultivated at Hof ten Bosch. The Peeters family also grows wheat, corn, sugar beet, oilseed rape, and pears. The farm, located in Huldenberg in the countryside near Brussels, has been managed by the family since 1890.

Quality requirements for the processing industry are high and therefore the Peeters brothers keep a close eye on many factors such as soil fertility, water management, and quality seed selection. A weather station sends out warning signals if weather conditions imply an increased risk for disease. As a result, they do not miss upcoming threats and spray against infectious agents only when truly necessary. On the other hand, the brothers try to provide as much natural habitat as possible for insects and wildlife.

  • Location: Huldenberg, near Brussels, Belgium.

  • History: Owned by the Peeters family since 1890, owned by Jan and Josse Peeters since 1980.

  • Farm Size: 140 hectares.

  • Primary Crops: Potatoes, wheat, sugar beet, corn, rapeseed and pears.

  • Notable Partnerships: Fruitful collaborations with both public institutions (University of Ghent, Vogelbescherming Vlaanderen) and private companies (PepsiCo, Beutech).

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When we compare how we grow food to how our father and grandfather did, it is obvious that running a farm has changed in many ways. The various processes on our farm need to interact much more closely now, so time becomes a crucial factor. The challenge we face is to raise productivity and at the same time maintain the fertility of our fields. We must comply with the needs of the environment, society, consumers and nature and at the same time keep our farm profitable. Today, we are not just farmers; we are agripreneurs.
Jan and Josse Peeters
Farm Owners

A Reference in Erosion Reduction

Using micro-dams, anti-erosion techniques during planting and hilling, and low-drift nozzles when applied at low wind speeds, the Hof ten Bosch operation saw a substantial reduction of soil erosion and surface drift. The Peeters ensured 90% less erosion and runoff of fertilizers and crop protection products. Combined with the additional benefits of 3% extra yield due to better spread on the field, which became easier to harvest without wet spots, the gains obtained with the use of micro-dams make this farm a European reference in erosion reduction.


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