Mid-May 2014

In This Issue

Philips Hosts High Wire Event For The First Time

Philips recently organized the International High Wire Event for the first time. The event was held in the Netherlands for a select group of international tomato growers, and included practical visits and opportunities for exchanging know-how and experience.

Six Ways To Increase Energy Efficiency In The Greenhouse

As the spring season starts to wind down, it is never a bad time to look back at the last couple of months to evaluate what changes you might consider for next year. There is no better time than the off-season to make these changes for the next spring season. Few things you do will have a greater effect on your operation than how proficient you are with energy efficiency. In this installment of Basics and Beyond, we will look at a few items you should consider to save energy in the greenhouse, most of which will cost very little and will pay for themselves well within the first season if you implement them.

High Tunnels Help To Expand Markets, Crops

Growers are taking advantage of the USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service’s Seasonal High Tunnel Initiative to extend the production season for a variety of crops.

Conviron Partners With Valoya To Extend LEDS Into New Markets

Canada-based Conviron and Valoya of Finland recently announced an agreement for the distribution and integration of Valoya LEDs into Conviron growth chambers and rooms. Conviron is now the exclusive distributor of Valoya’s products to seed and biotech companies, government institutions and universities in North America, India, Australia and Brazil.

Will Greenhouses Add Production Space In 2014?

For those who are making changes this year, many responded that new production space will be used to extend their growing seasons, for early-season sales as well as edibles during the winter months.

7 Spring Cleaning Tips For Commercial Greenhouses

During every busy shipping season you invariably run into issues that would have been eliminated had a little spring cleaning taken place. Here are a few points you may want to consider before spring shipping rolls around:

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iUNU Launches Artificial Intelligence Platform for Gree…

Seattle-based technology startup iUNU aims to help commercial greenhouse growers work smarter with an artificial intelligence solution that tracks and predicts individual plant health on a large scale.

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Graduates Interested in Cannabis

August 23, 2017

Cannabis is an Appealing Career Choice for New Graduate…

While few universities offer specific courses in cannabis, many of them teach similar skills that can be applied to the ever-growing cannabis field.

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Beekenkamp Expansion

August 22, 2017

Beekenkamp’s Production Expansion Kicks Into High Gear

The Netherlands-based supplier needs extra space for its young plant production, and as a result, its new 3-hectare greenhouse should be complete by the beginning of 2018.

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Canadian Greenhouse Conference

August 22, 2017

Canadian Greenhouse Conference Features Tracks on Pest …

The Canadian Greenhouse Conference, which takes place Oct. 4-5, 2017, in Niagara Falls, ON, Canada, is the country’s foremost event for flower, vegetable, cannabis, and nursery growers.

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Flowering Potted Plants

August 22, 2017

Greenhouse Growers Spring Crops Report: Sales Up for Mo…

Despite a general increase in sales, a mix of cold, rainy weather and lack of labor availability presented some serious challenges for growers and retailers in the 2017 spring season.

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BrightFarms

August 22, 2017

Greenhouse Company Earns Spot on Inc. 500 Rankings

BrightFarms, a company that finances, designs, builds, and operates greenhouses at or near supermarkets, was recently included in the 36th annual Inc. 500, ranking #235 among America’s fastest growing private companies.

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August 21, 2017

50 Cool Products on Display at the 2017 IGC Show

Check out these cool products vendors showed off at the 2017 IGC Show on the Navy Pier in Chicago, August 15-17.

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NatureFresh Expansion

August 21, 2017

NatureFresh Farms Delays Expansion Due to Labor Shortag…

One of North America’s largest greenhouse tomato growers says it is holding back on an expansion because of the company’s ongoing struggle with finding workers. At the same time, another producer is planning a new 75-acre facility in Georgia.

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August 20, 2017

Proven Winners and Kentucky Nursery and Landscape Assoc…

This year, KNLA is combining its summer outing with the Proven Winners Landscape Roadshow for an informative event that will take place on September 21.

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LumiGrow Vine Crops Guide

August 19, 2017

New Lighting Guide for Vine Crop Growers Now Available

The new guide from LumiGrow is intended to help greenhouse tomato, cucumber, and pepper growers use LED lighting more effectively to maximize profits, boost yields, and increase crop quality.

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Four Star 2018 Catalog

August 18, 2017

Four Star Greenhouses’ 2018 Catalog Includes New Variet…

The new catalog is available in both print and digital formats, and features information on new trays that allow for more plugs per square foot.

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Gage Willey

August 17, 2017

Shinoda Scholar of the Year is Aiming for a Long Career…

Gage Willey, a senior at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, is working toward a Bachelor of Science degree with a concentration in Greenhouse/Nursery Production. His goal is to own a production and retail nursery.

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AFE Scholarship Video

August 16, 2017

Looking to Host an Intern This Year? Consider AFE’s Sch…

The American Floral Endowment is accepting applications for its Vic and Margaret Ball Intern Scholarship Program and Mosmiller Intern Scholarship Program until Oct 1. Interested companies can apply anytime to become a host employer.

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Delta T Devices WET Sensor in Space

August 15, 2017

Greenhouse Environmental Sensor is Truly “Out of This W…

Delta-T’s multi-parameter WET Sensor has been used by Chinese astronauts aboard the Tiangong-2 Space Lab to cultivate lettuce plants within the weightless atmosphere.

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griffin-expo

August 15, 2017

Griffin Becomes Newest Distributor for Master Nursery G…

The agreement allows Griffin to join Master Nursery’s network of more than 150 supplier partners, while giving Master Nursery access to new product and service options for member businesses in the Midwest, Rocky Mountain, and Pacific Northwest regions.

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Tal Coley, AmericanHort Director of Government Affairs

August 15, 2017

AmericanHort Has a New Director of Government Affairs

Tal Coley, a U.S. Air Force veteran who has an extensive background in issues advocacy, will play an active role in AmericanHort’s upcoming Impact Washington event in September.

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Recyclable Horticulture Plastic Containers

August 15, 2017

How to Know Which Plastic Containers You Can Recycle

Michigan State University’s Garrett Owen offers tips to help you properly dispose of plastic containers, flats, and trays.

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Francis Kwong, PanAmerican Seed

August 15, 2017

Ornamental Seed Scientist Francis Kwong Dies at Age 65

Kwong was most recently the Director of Seed Technology for PanAmerican Seed, and his research was instrumental in the development of calibrachoa, angelonia, and other plants.

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