In This Issue
The past 30 years have been full of advancements. We can only imagine what the future has in store for us — but it’s fun to try. Industry members from varying disciplines took a crack at predicting what we’ll see over the next 30 years.
Troy Thorup breeds various seed and vegetative annual bedding plants for PanAmerican Seed. He has been a breeder for 13 years and holds a Ph.D. in plant genetics and breeding GG: What crops do you feel will be relevant and important over the next 30 years? Thorup: Anything that can balance the combination of beautiful and hard to kill. GG: Will the fervor for all new varieties continue in the industry? Will breeders begin to focus on filling consumers’ needs? Thorup: In my breeding, I don’t view these two things as separate issues. My goal in creating new varieties is largely driven to fulfill consumers’ needs. At the end of the day, if the consumers’ needs aren’t met, they will not buy the product. GG: How will breeders address needs to reduce chemicals by increasing crop resistance to pests and diseases? Thorup: This is a tough question to answer concisely […]
This young breeder for Ball Horticultural Co. says breeders can take a cue from cell phones: keep adding features.
Tom Costamagna is a progressive proponent of new crop protection techniques at the grower level, and he has the experience to back it up. We asked for his take on the future of greenhouse crop protection.
This glimpse into the future is based on today’s rapidly evolving automation technologies.
At the current rate of technological advancement and the drive to automate business processes to improve efficiencies, there are sure to be many changes for greenhouse growers in the next few years.
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.
One of the future challenges is the continuing need for new and improved crops for the consumer. Make no mistake about it, new crops — and new breeders — are the lifeblood of this industry.