May 12, 2009

Growing’s Cooler Side

American Coolair Corp. The Type AL Aluminum Fan was designed to stop concerns about red dust in the damp atmosphere of greenhouses. The Type AL fan has a spun orifice, stamped aluminum blades bolted on a cast aluminum disc and Coolair’s same exclusive drive assembly. Power is applied through V-belts directly to the propeller with blade load concentrated directly over the bearings to eliminate overhang bearing load. Coolerado Corporation The Coolerado C60 boasts easy maintenance, low water use and no chemical refrigerants thanks to its new, patented thermodynamic cycle. An integrated electrical panel and control system, along with tool-less air filter access, makes this air conditioner user-friendly. Also, the C60’s cooling capacity increases as the temperature increases. Ludvig Svensson, Inc. The latest products in the Harmony series feature a closed-structure design that integrates Svensson’s proprietary white strips to go beyond cooling. The white strips offer high-grade light diffusion, which allows […]

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May 12, 2009

Environmental Controls Go Gold

A party is certainly in order for the team at Priva. The kind of party that only comes around every 50 years. “We’re still in the planning process,” says Priva communications specialist Pam Cicci. Priva, a company that specializes in climate control for greenhouse horticulture, got its start back in 1959 under the name Valk & Prins, in De Lier, Netherlands. Back then, this family-owned business began as an importer of heaters for greenhouses. Swift, successful years followed its inception. With innovation in the forefront, Valk and Prins changed its name to Priva in 1965. In the mid-1970s, Priva took a huge technological step and developed the first process computer for horticulture. Now celebrating its 50th year in the industry, the independent Priva is a global market leader in process control for the protected horticulture industry. It devotes 35 percent of its personnel to product development and now has six […]

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May 6, 2009

Hauling Plants Around

The Back Forty ATV-friendly utility trailer is a new development from Southern Outdoor Technologies. It 48 inches wide by 72 inches long and is very maneuverable yet still big enough to haul tremendous loads. The frame is 14-gauge welded steel, which is attached to a heavy-duty five-lug hub and axle. A 2-inch coupler is standard along with a removable tongue and stake pockets to allow custom sides and rear panel. “This is not one of those tiny, inexpensive trailers you find at the big box stores,” says Mark Bernegger, vice president of sales and marketing for Southern Outdoor Technologies. “We are pleased how the Back Forty turned out. Priced at $399, I doubt you will find a better value anywhere.” For more information on Southern Outdoor Technologies, click here.

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April 7, 2009

Hamilton Welcomes A New Engineer

Hamilton Engineering, based in Livonia, Mich., recently added Anna Elkina, a former HVAC and piping systems developer, to its engineering team. Elkina previously developed systems in schools and healthcare facilities, and she designed electrical panels for conveyors in Michigan, as well as in Latvia, her native country. For more information on Hamilton Engineering, click here.

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March 23, 2009

The Irrigation Classroom

If you’re a Northeastern grower or somewhere in the Midwest, you’ve probably encountered floods on the rare occasion. If you’re a Southern grower or operating in California, drought has likely parched your plants over the last few years. If you’re growing anywhere else in the United States, you might have even had an unfortunate taste of both. Drought and floods alone are just the surface of grower water issues, though. Dig a little deeper, and regulation, recycling and general water treatment questions are bound to spout. Water Workshops The Water Education Alliance for Horticulture will host a workshop on water treatment in Tampa Bay, Fla., on April 29. The day-long workshop will include a tour of a local greenhouse and presentations from industry and university experts on water treatment technologies. The alliance will also be present at OFA Short Course in Columbus for a half-day hands-on workshop July 11. Check […]

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March 23, 2009

Online Only: Earth-Friendly Pots

OP47 Bio Pot Ball Horticultural Company and Summit Plastic Company have teamed up to offer the OP47 Bio Pot. Made from 100 percent renewable resources, it is completely biodegradable and compostable. Manufactured in Akron, Ohio, the pot is available in 4-inch and 6-inch sizes, fits existing automation equipment and handles, ships and stores like standard thermoform pots. Summit also produces PLA (polyactic acid) trays to fit both pot sizes. PLA is a sustainable material made from corn starch, but with the look and feel of plastic. www.ballhort.com Rice Hull NetPot Ball Horticultural Company and Summit Plastic have announced a new size of the Rice Hull NetPot. The 6-inch Rice Hull NetPot is made of renewable resources from sustainable plant fibers that degrade in soil over time. Summit produces PLA filling trays to fit the 6-inch Rick Hull NetPot. All three sizes are manufactured in Akron, Ohio. www.ballhort.com Biopots Biopots, available […]

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March 13, 2009

Sub-Irrigation Delta T Style

Delta T now offers complete flood floor systems and bench packages tailored to your greenhouses. Systems are custom design and include pumping, filtration, valves, controls, installation, pipes and valves and supervision. Some of the benefits of a Delta T sub-irrigation system are: –It works with many crops;–Quick fill and drain lessens watering time and minimizes the risk of disease transfer;–No runoff means no pollution;–Water and fertilizer are not wasted;–Disease is reduced due to dry foliage;–Open design facilitates growing space for enhanced flexibility and rapid crop rotation;–Highly reliable, requiring little maintenance;–Promotes good sanitation;–Hand watering is virtually unnecessary;–Excellent payback in quality of crops, ease of operation, lessened maintenance, and environmental compliance For more information on sub-irrigation systems from Delta T, click here.

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February 23, 2009

Online Only: Carts & Racks Showcase

Multi Purposed Ellis Products The new NC1 shipping cart/display rack can be used for shipping plants to customers, and it then folds out to be used as a display rack. It’s available in powder coating, zinc coating or hot-dipped galvanized. NC1s will fit on one pallet for cost-effective shipping. The Weight Lifter EZ Shipper Racks Heavy-duty rolling carts have a capacity of 1,400 pounds, and they’re perfect for larger nursery plants. EZ Shipper Racks offers them through one-way cart rentals, yearly leases and outright sales. Built To Last The Pride Group Pride’s 7600GC heavy-duty cart lasts for years. This cart sits on 2-inch-wide HD rubber casters, each with grease fittings. A spring-loaded tongue and a post add to the versatility. Pride stocks other styles and can custom make any cart to a grower’s specification. Consistently Reliable Wellmaster Carts This multi-purpose transportation cart measures at 22 inches by 59 inches. It’s […]

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January 16, 2009

Superior Sustainability

Long before sustainability became a buzzword and corporations made headlines for using the right light bulbs, the Huntingtons made energy conservation a priority at Pleasant View Gardens in New Hampshire. But their latest innovations put even their own efforts in the shadows. Their new biomass boiler has the potential to reduce heating costs at their Pembroke, N.H., location by an incredible 85 percent. And their resume of energy- and labor-saving programs is helping their customers cut crop times by as much as 50 percent. Whatever it takes, Pleasant View puts the spotlight on increasing turns and decreasing costs. “We ask, ‘What can we do in our industry to be good to the environment and also save our grower customers and retailers money,'” says Carol Huntington, Pleasant View’s marketing manager. “We’re constantly being innovators and keeping our minds open.” Not Burning the Midnight Oil Installing a $2 million biomass burner and […]

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December 9, 2008

Plant Partner Users Have A Handheld Option

Growers using Starcom’s Plant Partner can now plug in that technology to use SBI handhelds in the greenhouse to manage inventory. Users can sync their SBI handhelds, and 100 percent of their Plant Partner inventory is updated to the handheld. Users can use the handheld in the greenhouse to plant, count, cycle count and dump. And once users sync the handhelds back to the system, the changes are updated in Starcom inventory. For more information, visit www.sbinursery.com.

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December 3, 2008

Software Partnerships And Integration

Unity within our industry is a huge catalyst for growth so we are committed to expanding our value through strategic partnerships and integrations. Our most recent partnership and integration is with Ball Seed. It will allow growers to receive purchase orders (PO) from Ball Seed, confirm plantings of POs, verify weekly availability and receive shipments all electronically over the Internet. In the future, more growers will demand from technology the ability to produce better products more efficiently. This is why we believe handhelds and production management software are the future.  In a nutshell, handhelds increase inventory visibility while reducing labor and increasing accuracy. Production management software gives growers the ability to manage production based on historical data, not just intuition, which will ultimately help grow better product with less resources. Another piece of technology on the horizon for us is the use of radio-frequency identification (RFID). With RFID, truckloads of plants […]

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