For Greenhouse Grower’s 30th anniversary look at the future, we spoke to experts in robotics, web technology and production technology to get their opinions on what new opportunities may be in the pipeline for greenhouse growers.
The December 2013 issue of Greenhouse Grower is all about change. Change for you and your greenhouse business and for our industry as a whole. Some changes will be no-brainers. Some will be hard. Some will take a lot of imagination and creativity. But they’re all changes for the better.
If the future of greenhouse crop protection is a mix of traditional chemistry, biological control and other techniques, it makes sense to have as many tools in the toolkit as possible. One such tool may be encouraging plants to protect themselves.
Making predictions about the future of the greenhouse industry is hazardous business. But as with anything, to be successful you have to take some risks.
As an industry, we must change the mindsets of our existing and potential customers. We also need to do some rethinking of our own. That was the prevailing message of Greenhouse Grower’s second GROW Summit.
We’re not predicting the end of the Quonset or big gutter-connect ranges. We do, however, believe you will see a dramatic change in the ways some traditional structures work, where greenhouses are built, or even what is considered a “greenhouse” in the future.
Finding the right plants that will make consumers happy and keep them coming back for more is the benefit of an increasing number of industry trials — and it’s the benefit of having people like Allan Armitage.
The grower has built a significant Facebook presence to promote buying plants at the mass merchant.
Marketing en Espanol speaks to the Hispanic consumer.
All of the management positions in a greenhouse business contribute to the overall success of the operation. Perhaps none has a more direct hand in the ultimate quality of the company’s product, however, than the head grower. It’s a position that has evolved over time from skilled plantsman to grower, trainer, communicator, business manager and