For outdoor crops, the Research Station has a total cultivatable area in an open field of 9.25 ha, of which 4.25 ha on the Muilshoek. The fields on the Duffelsesteenweg were used in 2007, and the first trial plots on the Muilshoek were used in the 1980s.
The fields are equipped with telescopic irrigation and are divided into beds of 1.75 m. Within the framework of the irrigation research, installations for irrigation via drip irrigation are also being constructed. The experimental plots are fully equipped with drainage systems, given the clayey subsoil.
Most of the research at the Research Station is done on beds. Bed cultivation allows growers in the region to start cultivation early in spring because the surface water drains away faster (important in an area with superficial clay layers in the subsoil), and the soil warms up more quickly.
In 2005, research was started on asparagus. For this, the necessary adjustments were made. These included the construction of an underground heating network that uses the low-grade residual heat from the CHP to bring forward the asparagus harvest.