New Technologies In Nutrition
Scotts' Fred Hulme on the trends that will affect nutrition in the future.
December 3, 2008
The Scotts Company celebrated its 140th anniversary this year, and it evolved greatly since the days of O.M. Scott. The last 25 years have certainly brought many innovative changes to the ornamentals industry as a whole.
What will happen in the next 25 years? There will surely be many changes in ornamental production, some that will be impossible to predict at this point in time. However, some recent trends are expected to continue into the foreseeable future: more large production operations, more automation, increasing pressures to reduce material costs, labor and shrinkage, and additional need to reduce waste, environmental impact and adopt sustainable practices.
There's little doubt that the sustainability movement within the horticulture industry will continue to be at the forefront of our industry's consciousness. As a result, Scotts has developed "The e3 Approach to Sustainability," which advocates the balance of three important elements - efficiency, economy and ecology - for a more sustainable growing operation. This approach will be at the core of our future product development in the years ahead.
Scotts is actively engaged in developing new technologies that answer these industry trends. In particular, we anticipate significant advances in coating technology that will provide both the greenhouse and nursery markets with a variety of cost-effective features and benefits - better crops, easier product application and increased efficiency. Perhaps most importantly, The Scotts Company will continue to develop products that offer consistent, reliable and outstanding performance.
Fred Hulme Ph.D. is director of technical services at The Scotts Company.