International Soft Fruit Conference – Thursday 12 January 2017

BVB Substrates and Delphy held the seventh ‘International Soft Fruit Conference’ in ‘s Hertogenbosch in the Netherlands. The ISFC 2017 included a range of presentations that covered many different aspects of the soft fruit industry. Simultaneously to the presentations we had an exhibition where 90 soft fruit related companies and organizations presented their newest developments and services. With 650 attendees, originating from over 40 different countries, the ISFC 2017 was again a big success!

Following the conference, we organized a Conference Dinner and a very well attended Field Trip on Friday.

We want to thank everybody who joined us, and helped us to turn our seventh International Soft Fruit Conference into a big success!

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International Soft Fruit Conference 2018
11  and 12 January 2018


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Participation at the International Soft Fruit Conference costs € 70,- pp (incl VAT). This includes lunch and beverages during the entire day. After registration, we will send an invoice by E-mail. Your name badge will be ready at the entrance.


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12 January 2017

We are now putting together the lecture program for our 2017 edition. Following presentations are confirmed.

8:00 – 8:45

Arrival of guests and visit exhibition

8:45 – 9:00

Eric Boot, BVB Substrates / Campag GmbH & Co KG / Swissgrow AG

9:00 – 9:30

Trends in North American Strawberry Production
Kevin Schooley, Executive Director, North American Strawberry Growers Association

9:30 – 9:50

Management strategies for a productive kiwiberry orchard
Filip Debersaques, Head Lecturer, Ghent University (B), Faculty of Biosciences, dept. Applied Biosciences

9:50 – 10:00

Practical guidelines for growing high quality blueberries
Jo Berden, blueberry grower, Blueberry Giant

10:00 – 11:00

Break + visit exhibition

11:00 – 11:20

Light Quality and Quantity -Remarks on UV-Transparancy and Shading Effect of Plastic Film Coverings
Dr.Ing. Burkhard von Elsner, Expert on Horticultural Engineering, Hannover, Germany

11:20 – 11:30

Quality requires and light transparency of hail netting
Martin Pfeiffer, Fruit security, Austria

11:30 – 11:50

pH buffering capacity differences between different substrates
Richard Bremmer, sales and advice, BVB College, BVB Substrates

11:50 – 12:00

The impact of air distribution in chilled storage rooms
Dr. Ir. G.J. Doornbos, Transferworks

12:00 – 14:00

Lunch + visit exhibition

14:00 – 14:20

Several growing conditions / systems / plant models Everbearers
Harrie Pijnenburg, senior advisor, Delphy

14:20 – 14:35

A healthier plant in a healthy potting soil!
Erwin Weening, Sales director Prof, DCM Nederland

14:35 – 14:50

Plant disease? Avoid worse with the right analysis
Ing. Andrea Disco, PlantDoctor Eurofins Agro

14:50 – 15:00

IPM of aphids in soft fruit: An important part to complete the system
Bart Sels, Soft Fruit Manager, Koppert Biological Systems

15:00 – 16:00

Break + visit exhibition

16:00 – 16:15

In search of predatory mites to control thrips in different strawberry cultivation systems
Marieke Vervoort, Researcher Strawberry, Research Centre Hoogstraten

16:15 – 16:25

Thrips control strategy in Strawberries
Jurgen Bouveroux, Area Manager Belgium, Biobest

16:25 – 16:40

Indirect control of Drosophila suzukii in cherry through foliar nutrition with organic vegetable product (EVOHL)
Stefano Feralli, technical director L.E.A.

16:40 – 17:00

Preview of Field Trip and Berry congresses 2017 and conclusions
Willem van Eldik, Senior advisor, Delphy

Conference Dinner

Like the previous years, we will organize a conference dinner again in 2017. This conference dinner will take place on Thursday evening after the conference and will be open for ISFC participants only.

The conference dinner will be held at the Van der Valk Hotel in Vught (please note that this is NOT the same location as before), starting at 19.30 hours.

For hotel details, please check at ‘where to stay’. Joining the conference dinner costs € 40,- per person. Registration is required to obtain access to the conference dinner. You can register for the dinner at the visitor registration form. We will deal with the registrations for the conference dinner in order or receipt.

Travel Info

Direction 1931 Congrescentrum Brabanthallen

1931 Congrescentrum Brabanthallen
Oude Engelenseweg 1
5222 AA  ‘s-Hertogenbosch
The Netherlands


By car

1931 Congrescentrum Brabanthallen is easy to reach by car, it is about one hour driving from Apeldoorn, Amsterdam, Dan Haag, Bergen op Zoom, Venlo, Roermond, Rotterdam and Antwerpen.

A2 from Utrecht

Follow the instruction to ‘s-Hertogenbosch. When you are at the transition take the A59 in the direction Waalwijk – ‘s-Hertogenbosch Noord Centrum, and follow signs ‘Brabanthallen’. Take the exit ‘s-Hertogenbosch Centrum – Maaspoort – Brabanthallen. After that you take the exit and take the left road to the Maaspoortweg. Follow that road till the Zanduigerstraat, take the first road on your left tot the Diezenkade. After that you take the second exit on your right, the Oude Engelenseweg. On your right you will see 1931 Congrescentrum Brabanthallen.

A2 from Eindhoven

Follow the instruction to ‘s-Hertogenbosch. Keep at exit ‘s-Hertogenbosch Centrum the right direction, Tilburg Centrum – ring ‘s-Hertogenbosch West. At the beginning of the village ‘s-Hertogenbosch take the Vughterweg. Keep left to Wilhelminaplein. At Wilhelminaplein go left twice. Follow that road to the Vlijmenseweg. Go right at Onderwijsboulevard. Go straight ahead to stay at the Onderwijsboulevard. Take at the interchange, the second exit to Copernicuslaan. At the Oude Vlijmenseweg go right. Follow that road to the Oude Engelenseweg. On your left you will see 1931 Congrescentrum Brabanthallen.

A2 from Nijmegen

Follow the instruction to ’s-Hertogenbosch – Heesch- Oss on the A-59. Follow the exit Rosmalen – Berlicum – ‘s-Hertogenbosch-Centrum and P+R Transferium. Follow the signs to s-Hertogenbosch – Centrum. Follow that way to De Grote Elst. Follow that way to Stadionlaan. When you arrived at the interchange go straight ahead. Follow that way to Aartshertogenlaan. Stay on that road till you reach the Orthenseweg and go left. Follow that way to Diezebrug. Go right at the Boschdijkstraat. The Boschdijkstraat turns slightly right and becomes Veemarktweg. Follow the road to Oude Engelenseweg. On your right you will see 1931 Congrescentrum Brabanthallen.

Public transport

1931 Congrescentrum Brabanthallen is on a walking distance of the central station of ‘s-Hertogenbosch. You can reach 1931 Congrescentrum Brabanthallen in about 12 minutes walking from the central station. When you are at the station take the exit ‘Brabanthallen’ and follow the signs ‘Brabanthallen’.

By taxi

regular taxi, please telephone the numbers below.
Taxi Centrale ‘s-Hertogenbosch –  0031 (0) 73-6145444
Vervoerservice Van Driel B.V. –  0031 (0) 73-5033333
Hein Tax  –  0031 (0) 6-14725296
AAA Voordeel Taxi –  0031 (0) 73-6330000
James Drivers Service Taxi B.V. –  0031 (0) 73-5220643 –  0031 (0) 73-5030500
073 Taxi –  0031 (0) 73-8504857

Where to stay?

You will find plenty hotels in and around ‘s Hertogenbosch. We did however agree special conditions with Van der Valk Hotel in Vught.

If you want to stay in this hotel, you can download the reservation form here.

Please note that this is NOT the same hotel as the previous years!


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