March 19, 2013
Irrigation And Fertilizer Tips For New Vegetable Growers
Compared to other variable costs, fertilizers are not the largest part of the budget in conventional greenhouse production. Nevertheless, over the course of the season, mistakes in fertilizer use can lead to significant damages or crop losses. That makes this an important topic for ornamental growers who are experimenting with growing vegetable crops. This article will emphasize major differences between fertilizers used in vegetable production and in ornamentals production. The different nutrition strategies, monitoring and water volume per plant will also be explained. Fertilizer In ornamental production, nutrients are delivered using various water-soluble fertilizers through a fertilizer injector, through the use of controlled-release fertilizers, or a combination of the two. There are numerous fertilizer mixes available with all the needed nutrients already included. The fertilization rate is often given in parts per million (ppm) of nitrogen (N), which is a way of expressing the fertilizer concentration. At younger stages, plants will […]
February 17, 2013
Labor Management Tips For Greenhouse Vegetables
Shifting production from ornamentals to vegetable crops can be relatively simple with regard to production. However, there are a number of things you will need to consider with regard to the organization and training of your staff. This article will focus on labor management applicable to a variety of greenhouse vegetable crops. The labor requirements (hours/acre) per month are different for the three main vegetable crops produced in greenhouses: tomatoes, cucumbers and peppers. It is important to know that cucumbers and peppers use 19 percent and 32 percent less labor respectively than tomatoes. Also, it is good to know that tomatoes require more care from employees during the course of the season. Requirements will range from 12 hours per 10,000 sq. ft. (at the beginning of the crop) to 37 hours per 10,000 sq. ft. (at peak where all tasks need to be taken care of). For a long tomato […]
October 16, 2012
Four Food Safety And Handling Considerations For Greenhouse Vegetables
Vegetable production isn’t all that different from ornamentals production for a veteran grower. But if you’re growing vegetables to harvest and market rather than selling the plants themselves, there are some important differences. As an edible crop, there are some food safety and handling considerations you may not have thought about. Before you decide to add produce as a new greenhouse crop for your operation, be sure to consider the following issues: 1. Water quality and testing. It may be necessary to make a complete water analysis when growing vegetables in the greenhouse. Testing irrigation water for pathogens and keeping water test records are good agriculture practices and an important part of on-farm food safety planning. Most laboratories will test for E. coli and other possible pathogens. For instance, a greenhouse facility using pond water or an artesian well should do a water analysis more frequently during warmer months in order […]
September 11, 2012
Retrofits And New Equipment For Greenhouse Vegetables
Shifting production from ornamentals to vegetable crops can be relatively simple with regard to production. However, there are numerous components of a greenhouse that, with a bit of retrofitting, may result in greater efficiency and a better crop. This article will focus on basic elements a grower should consider before moving into greenhouse produce at any significant level. Retrofitting a greenhouse is all about spending money to make more money. In many cases, a new crop like vegetables may be the easiest way to see new technologies impact the bottom line. However, the benefit of a new crop performance should not be overlooked. There are a number of points to think about before you try to grow vegetables. 1. Irrigation: For growers who have only grown bedding plants or flowering potted plants, adapting your irrigation practices to vegetable crops can be a challenge. There are several things you will need […]
August 23, 2012
Vegetable Insect And Disease Issues You Need To Know
Most flower growers are finished with their crops by the end of May or the beginning of June. Even if they plan to produce a fall crop, there is likely some down time, so many are looking at the potential for growing vegetables in those empty greenhouses between production cycles. But vegetables can be a very different crop to grow all the way to fruit harvest, and that can present some unique challenges for growers used to working with ornamental crops. For example, growers who decide to produce tomatoes will find that this crop needs to stay at least 15 weeks in the greenhouses to harvest seven to eight trusses (or flower branches which set four to five fruit each). This is twice as much time in the greenhouse compared to many annual plants. That means twice as much time to develop unwanted populations of insect pests and diseases in […]
June 20, 2012
Three Keys To Success In Greenhouse Vegetables
So – you are thinking about growing produce. I have worked with many growers both in the U.S. and Canada on incorporating vegetables into their greenhouse production over the years. Even as more growers become interested and the market gets more competitive, growers can still make good money for their products. In my experience, the keys to success in the greenhouse vegetable industry lie mainly in three factors: market know-how, and costs. Understand The Market Although I am based in Canada, the market for greenhouse vegetables here in Quebec is very similar to the market in the U.S. It boils down to a very few well-defined aspects. The market looks for smaller, tastier and more practical fruits. There are multiple types of tomatoes, sweet peppers, cucumbers and lettuces that meet those desires, and many different containers and displays to gain consumers’ attention. The demand for local fruits and vegetables and […]
October 16, 2017
TTA Introduces New Transplanter Suited for Smaller Grow…
The PackPlanter S has 16 grippers and a capacity of 10,000 to 20,000 plugs per hour in a small frame.
October 14, 2017
PlantPeddler Hosting Poinsettia Variety Day in December
The event will feature side-by-side comparisons of more than 100 commercial and pre-released varieties from seven breeders.
October 13, 2017
Researchers Continue to Keep Close Tabs on Whitefly
Dr. Lance Osborne of the University of Florida and Dr. Cindy McKenzie of USDA’s Agricultural Research Service are evaluating insecticide efficacy and the impact of product rotations on whitefly biotype populations.
October 12, 2017
How to Deal With Common Greenhouse Maintenance Issues
The most common problems often come from a lack of cleanliness and faulty equipment. Here are a number of tips you can follow in each of these areas.
October 11, 2017
Bayer’s New Head of Environmental Science Has Roots in …
Mark Schneid says one of the biggest challenges the industry faces is the constantly evolving customer — particularly among millennials.
October 10, 2017
Houston-Based TreeTown USA Acquires Village Nurseries
With the addition of the new West Coast division, which will continue to operate under its trade name of Village Nurseries, TreeTown USA will now encompass 16 farm locations throughout California, Texas, and Florida, with more than 4,000 acres in production.
October 10, 2017
Sharpen Your Skills in Cost Management and Profitabilit…
The University of Florida is offering a new online course on costing and profitability. The course will take growers through the process of how to accurately evaluate cost of production, labor efficiency, pricing, and equipment investment decisions.
October 10, 2017
Coastal Callas Is a Dream Fulfilled for Founder Adrian …
Adrian Espinoza and his family founded Rancho Espinoza Inc. and Coastal Callas in California seven years ago with a mission and purpose to provide consistent quality and reliable supply of calla lilies to the marketplace.
October 10, 2017
Philips Lighting, Ball Seed Partner on Distribution
Ball Seed will now offer Philips GreenPower LED lighting as a complement to its liners, plugs, unrooted cuttings, seed, and prefinished products.
October 9, 2017
Maximize Your Labor Efficiency When Sticking Plant Cut…
Transplanting unrooted cuttings into trays is one of the most labor-intensive activities in greenhouse production.
October 8, 2017
Greenhouse Equipment Supplier AgriNomix is Expanding
In an effort to keep up with demand from growers venturing into automation, the company is adding almost 20,000 square feet of warehouses and offices.
October 7, 2017
Herbaceous Perennial Nutrition: What You Need to Know
Regardless of your production challenges, keeping containerized herbaceous perennials healthy is as simple as understanding the basics of their nutritional needs.
October 6, 2017
Team Empowerment Pays Off at Micandy Gardens Greenhouse…
With a strong team that acts more like family powering its success, the 2017 Operation of the Year mixes good business practices with the pleasure of spreading the joy of plants.
October 5, 2017
Greenhouse Lighting Suppliers Focused on Efficiency and…
Deciding the best lighting system for your greenhouse — whether you’re growing ornamentals, vegetables, herbs, or something else — can be challenging. Here’s a close look at some of the latest lighting options on the market, and how you can determine whether they are a good fit for your operation.
October 3, 2017
The Landscape Show is Back; Here’s All the Details
After being temporarily canceled due to Hurricane Irma, the FNGLA Landscape Show will return to Orlando in early November.