January 22, 2014
The Top 6 Reasons To Implement A Water Treatment Program For Irrigation Water
As the horticulture industry becomes more focused and attuned towards Best Management Practices, it has become all the more important for growers to take a good hard look at irrigation water quality. Water treatment strategies are more frequently involved today than ever before in Best Management Practices. Implementing a strategic water program can assist in growing healthier plants and lowering the overall cost of operation while abiding by Best Management Practices. Though there are multiple reasons and benefits why irrigation water treatment is important to a successful and responsible growing operation, there are key benefits to justify such a program. Depending on the requirements of a greenhouse/nursery, those reasons can vary in importance. Here are the top six reasons for implementation of a water treatment program, not in any relevant order. 1. Biofilm In Irrigation Lines Can Cause Nutritional Deficiency Biofilm is made up of various microbes both pathogenic and […]
January 23, 2012
Green Cleaning Chemistries For The Greenhouse
The horticultural and aquatic industries are riddled with exposure to hard and soft chemistries, yet there is a lingering misconception of “green chemistry” or “soft chemicals.” Many people disregard the dangers of “hard chemicals” and falsely claim that they are cheaper and more effective. It is common for greenhouses to use chlorine and acids to clean and lower the pH, even though this practice can be unsafe. Tyson Foods Inc. found this out the hard way last year, after chlorine was accidentally mixed with a drum of acid used for disinfecting. This released a chlorine gas into part of the plant’s fresh chicken processing area, causing 173 workers to seek medical treatment for respiratory problems. Long-term consequences are also a threat, as the Medical College of Wisconsin research team has found an association between chlorine and cancer. An Alternative To Chlorine Clean The alternatives to chlorine are peracetic acid (PAA) […]
June 29, 2017
Aron Hoff is a Finalist for the 2017 Head Grower of the…
Winner of the Excellence in Leadership Award, Aron Hoff says being a good leader means listening to your team, leading by example, and honing your own skills.
June 28, 2017
How Will Potential Cannabis Legalization Affect You? Co…
The Canadian government released a report late last year that highlights what cannabis legalization might mean for producers.
June 28, 2017
5 Factors to Consider When Expanding Into Cannabis
When you take a long-term approach to planning, budgeting, and equipping an indoor growing operation, you build more efficiency — and profits — into it.
June 27, 2017
Steve Garvey is a Finalist for the 2017 Head Grower of …
Winner of the Excellence in Quality Award, Steve Garvey has become relentless in looking for the next new thing to improve quality in every aspect of production, from growing to shipping to marketing.
June 27, 2017
New Pilot Project for Offshore Unrooted Plant Cutting C…
Four breeders — Ball Horticultural Co., Dümmen Orange, Proven Winners, and Syngenta Flowers — will participate in the initial pilot, which will include greenhouse growing operations in six Latin American countries.
June 25, 2017
Consumers Revel in Gardening at Metrolina Greenhouses’ …
Metrolina wanted to promote plants, gardening, and creating a sense of community, so it decided to host Dig & Swig events at a local brewery.
June 24, 2017
Green Fuse Botanicals New Vice President is Focused on …
Jim Devereux, who will oversee production, sales, and marketing for Green Fuse, says he hopes to bring genetics to the market that break from traditional production methods for finished growers.
June 23, 2017
Greenbelt Microgreens is a Finalist for the 2017 Operat…
Winner of the Excellence in Innovation Award, Greenbelt Microgreens is constantly staying on top of the latest trends in technology,
June 22, 2017
Japanese Breeder Ushio Sakazaki Wins Medal of Excellenc…
From Supertunias to Superbells, this innovative Japanese breeder has used wild genetics to create game-changing plants that help consumers reconnect with the beauty of nature.
June 21, 2017
New Tool from Koppert Provides More Effective Thrips Ma…
A newly patented sachet for the predatory mite Amblyseius swirskii is resistant to both low and high levels of humidity, helping growers combat thrips infestations.
June 20, 2017
Dümmen Orange Enters Calla Market With Acquisition of G…
Golden State will continue to supply the market through September 2018, at which time Dümmen Orange will assume supply and delivery of much of Golden State’s product line.
June 20, 2017
Sign Up For The Luxflora Flower Run At Cultivate’17
The5k walk/run race, sponsored by Luxflora, is an opportunity for industry members to network, build relationships, have some healthy fun, and start off Cultivate’17 with a flourish.
June 19, 2017
IGC Show Features Talks on How to Cash in on the Buy Lo…
This year’s event, which takes place Aug. 15-17 in Chicago, also includes a free workshop on what you might do when starting your business over from scratch.
June 18, 2017
Protect Your Employees from Heat-Related Illnesses with…
The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration have released an updated app for smart phones that can help workers stay safe when working outdoors in hot weather.
June 17, 2017
Visser, Ball Partner on New Sticking Technology for Cut…
The new AutoStix system is designed to provide better consistency and uniformity with shipped cuttings, easier and more reliable counting, automatic transplanting, and optional buffering in the peak season.
June 16, 2017
Five Guidelines to Investing in Software for Your Green…
Any software improvement you make should make sense for your team and be worth the investment.