2000 started with the construction of a potato storage facility of 2500 tons. This repository was built exactly between the other barns. A canteen with sanitary facilities was also added.
In 2004 construction started on a new potato shed of 12000 tons. This was delivered in October. As a result of this construction, storage in pits was ended and everything was hired in. The storage shed has ventilation grids and underground aeration channels. The storage computer is completely from Tolsma-Grisnich.
In the spring of 2006 we first started planting and ridging in a working pass. This technique saves us a lot of time and reduces the burden of green potatoes.
The old self-propelled Agrifac was also exchanged for a new self-propelled Agrifac with a larger tank than the old one (4000 liters). The drawn Dammann went well and had no problems after three seasons of spraying. In May 2006 the company was taken over by the two sons of Louis van den Borne. Jacob and Jan van den Borne continued the company together and founded a contracting company (Gebroeders van den Borne). The contracting company carries out all activities for van den Borne potatoes that cannot be split, such as grubbing up and storage.
In the fall of 2006 we bought the first AVR Puma prototype 4 row potato harvester. The old Solanum no longer met our capacity and cleaning requirements. In consultation with AVR, we then decided to test a new machine. Because it was a prototype, we just harvested two machines. The new harvester worked excellently, beyond expectations.
The sorting installation had also grown over the years. To achieve a higher capacity, pre-sorting was already carried out on the cistern, so that only the bottom dimensions had to pass through the sorter. In this way we could sort 70 tons per hour. We had also bought a new hopper for transport to Lommel. These new trailers were much lighter than our old trailers, so we could transport more potatoes with the same total weight.
November 13, 2006
On November 13, 2006 we were hit by a very large fire. This destroyed the new warehouse, including all machines and potatoes. It all started that night just after we had a final inspection of the potatoes at 9:30. After the inspection, we closed all doors and went inside. Well inside we saw that a large blowtorch came from the top hatches. In a panic, we had quickly called the fire department and wanted to save what could be saved. The moment we wanted to enter the first warehouse where all the new machines were, the door handle was already so hot that one of us burns his hands. So we could only watch helplessly until the fire brigade arrived. Fortunately, it was there fairly quickly. At 9 o'clock there were already two fire brigades, but soon it became seven fire brigades.
In the spring of 2007 we started to clean up the burned shed. The entire roof and part of the concrete panels had to be replaced and all the mess had to be cleaned up before we could start rebuilding.
At the beginning of March 2007, the rebuilding of the warehouse started. The renovation was just in time for the new storage season at the end of August. The roof was completely renewed and part of the concrete panels were replaced. The panels were all painted and a fire wall was placed between the two roof parts.
At the beginning of April 2007, spring also broke loose again. Fortunately, all necessary machines that were lost in the fire were delivered on time. A new Puma was also delivered in the fall, including an interchangeable track chassis. This machine had to harvest the entire harvest that year. The two old machines were both lost in the fire of November 13, 2007. Thanks to the further development and improvement of the Puma, we were able to continue the harvest season without any problems.
On January 10, 2008, the entire new laundry was taken into use. Because we had to completely rebuild the burned shed, we decided to build an integrated sorting machine. The old sorter no longer met the capacity and precision. The old barn had also become too small and we could no longer expand. Just before the fire, we had bought two old sorters that we wanted to place in the old sorting shed. After the fire, we decided to renovate both sorters and place them on top of the bunkers in the burned-down shed. The new sorter was also equipped with a laundry. This consisted of a destoner, a washing drum and a cloth dryer.
In the spring of 2008, we mainly invested in larger working widths. This is mainly to achieve more capacity, but also for less wear and lower fuel consumption per hectare. In this year, a new potato potter, the CP42, was tested in collaboration with Miedema. We also invested in more spraying capacity in 2008. We bought a new Dammann trailed sprayer with a 10,000 liter spray tank. In this way, the capacity per day could be increased by half (from 100 ha to 150 ha per day).
2008 Start of precision farming
At the beginning of 2008, precision farming started at our company. First, the Fendt 930 was equipped with an automatic steering system from Reichhardt. This ensures that the overlap remains as small as possible, minimizing the costs of labor, wear and fuel. The new Dammann sprayer was also equipped with six Greenseekers sensors that can measure the leaf green in the potato plant. Based on these data, additional fertilization is carried out with liquid nitrogen. The syringe is also equipped with automatic section sealing to minimize overlap.
In 2009 we became an importer of the German GPS system 'Reichhardt'. We have also exchanged the washing machine for a new machine, which has more capacity but, above all, better functioning. Capacity has increased from 90 tons per hour to 150 tons per hour, improving the quality of washing.
In 2009, a sprinkler reel with a larger capacity and more length was purchased. It was a Bauer Rainstar E55 with a hose diameter of 140mm and a length of 460 meters. Furthermore, AVR's new potato harvester, the Puma +, has also been delivered. The old one needed to be replaced after 4 seasons.