With 80 hectares of strawberries, 8 hectares of raspberries, 2 hectares of gooseberries and 33 hectares of apples, Schneiders Obsthof is a large player in the market. Most of the fruit grown is sold by Frutania. Frutania is one of the largest soft fruit growers in Europe and the good connection between the two companies is thanks to the family bond. The other half of the harvest is sold through farm sales. "In the high season we have up to 40 stalls in an area of 50 kilometres, says Johannes Quastof Schneiders Obsthof.
The orchard that Johannes showed the NFO members is 16 hectares of Gala Schnico, 14 hectares of Elstar Red Flame and 3 hectares of young Magic Star trees. "The orchard is on a plateau that is higher than the surrounding area. Due to the altitude we are less bothered by frost, but we have had significant problems with hail over the last three years. It hailed once again this year. This has meant that 80% of the Galas and 60% of the Elstars have been affected. Thankfully we're well insured but after three years the insurance company isn't that happy with us anymore," continues Johannes. "Over the coming years we plan to plant an additional 60 hectares of apples. Although there are a lot of stories about there being too many apples on the market, we notice that there is still demand for apples and still space to expand."
In order to prevent hail damage, the company purchased hail nets. When the entire frame for the system had been put in place and the nets were to be installed, there were objections from protected monument groups. The company has now been given permission to place the nets. The nets will be placed this autumn. Only the colours white and grey are allowed.
Taking a look at the new Magic Star