May 22, 2014
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.
May 20, 2014
Clean Fresh Food Increases Productivity With LumiGrow LED Greenhouse Light Solution
In line with a growing trend among forward-thinking greenhouse farm operators, Clean Fresh Food of Wisconsin installed energy-efficient greenhouse lighting to achieve healthy, year-round crop growth.
May 7, 2014
Free Robot Work Offer From Harvest Automation Makes Spacing Plants Easier For Growers
Harvest Automation's free robot work offer allows growers to use plant moving robots to alleviate one of the most demanding and repetitive tasks. For Flowerwood Nursery, this has led to higher profit margins with fewer workforce headaches.
April 30, 2014
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.
February 12, 2014
Diffuse Light Results In 25 Percent Growth Rate Increase, Wageningen UR Study Shows
Anthurium plants produced in light-diffused greenhouses equipped with Svensson’s Harmony screens were ready for sale at 16 weeks compared to the normal 22 weeks.
February 12, 2014
Illumitex’s NeoSol DS Grow Lights Are LEDs For Plant Propagation
Illumitex, Inc. has launched NeoSol DS, the newest member of its portfolio of NeoSol grow lights. The product was launched in response to the rapid emergence of new horticulture markets, including medicinal crops, vertical farms and research.
January 31, 2014
Maersk Container Industry And Primaira To Enter Fresh Cut Flower And Produce Transport Business
Eyeing new efficiencies in global fresh produce and fresh-cut flower transport, Maersk Container Industry (MCI) is now partnering with Boston-based technology company Primaira LLC to develop an air cleaning system in Star Cool Integrated refrigerated containers.
January 22, 2014
The Top 6 Reasons To Implement A Water Treatment Program For Irrigation Water
As the horticulture industry becomes more focused and attuned towards Best Management Practices, it has become all the more important for growers to take a good hard look at irrigation water quality. Water treatment strategies are more frequently involved today than ever before in Best Management Practices. Implementing a strategic water program can assist in growing healthier plants and lowering the overall cost of operation while abiding by Best Management Practices. Though there are multiple reasons and benefits why irrigation water treatment is important to a successful and responsible growing operation, there are key benefits to justify such a program. Depending on the requirements of a greenhouse/nursery, those reasons can vary in importance. Here are the top six reasons for implementation of a water treatment program, not in any relevant order. 1. Biofilm In Irrigation Lines Can Cause Nutritional Deficiency Biofilm is made up of various microbes both pathogenic and […]
January 22, 2014
Mid-West Wire Offers Low-Cost American-Made Knock Down Rack
Many growers are in need of durable carts and racks that can be used to both safely transport plants to retailers and provide a way to display them. The newest racks from U.S.-based Mid-West Wire Products, Inc. meet those needs for growers and because they’re offered at a competitive price, growers can feasibly recycle the racks after one or two uses.
January 6, 2014
Harvest Automation And SBI Software Announce Partnership
The partnership between Harvest Automation and SBI Software will integrate Harvest Automation's HV-100 plant-moving robots with Harvest Knowledge, a new cloud-based data collection system, and SBI Software's inventory and production systems.