June 18, 2008

New Product Shorts

Thrips Control BASF: Pylon, a miticide/insecticide is now labeled for thrips control (pending state registrations) and can be used on both ornamentals and greenhouse-grown vegetables. It can be used until the day of harvest for greenhouse-grown vegetables. Pylon is also labeled for mites, caterpillars, armyworms, pinworms, fruitworms, hornworms and cabbage loopers. Pylon features translaminar action, activity on larval and adult stages and 12-hour REI. Three Walls CO-EX Corporation: Macrolux triple wall polycarbonate sheets are now being offered by CO-EX Corporation. They come in sizes of 6, 8 and 10 mm. The 6-mm triple wall has a 32 percent increase in flute space, compared to a twin wall. Macrolux triple wall also has light transmission up to 75 percent and a higher R-value. It is easy to install. Growing Up Seedlings GroForIt: Gro-Mat, a heated rubber mat from GroForIt, gives gentle heat to seedlings and helps them grow. Gro-Mat is waterproof […]

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June 18, 2008

Time Is Money

From labor savings to quality of life, there are many ways growers measure return on investment (ROI) that go beyond the traditional monetary payback. In the end, time spent doing a task that could be quicker, more accurate and more efficient if it were automated translates to dollar signs anyway. It’s all in how you look at it and what your end goal might be. Aside from the general three-to-five-year ROI rule of thumb, there are times when an investment can be considered a “no-brainer,” but there are also times when a grower has to stifle enthusiasm about an investment. We talked to representatives of two very innovative grower operations–one large and one small–with very different philosophies. Both are cautious and calculated about making buying decisions and their methods clearly work for their own needs and goals.  Buying Time The smartest decision Lloyd Traven, owner of Peace Tree Farm in Kintnersville, […]

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June 18, 2008

Earth-Mindful Mixes

PBH Growing Medium Material is a parboiled rice hull amendment and a sustainable replacement for perlite in the growing media. This processed rice hull product from Riceland Foods Inc. is a renewable resource and is very lightweight. PBH is highly compressed when packaged, requiring less storage, handling and freight, and is available in standard or bulk bale. This product is sized, cleaned and subjected to a series of heat treatments that sterilize the rice hulls and render any residual rice kernels, weed seeds or disease pathogens non-viable. The parboiling process includes steeping in water at a temperature higher than 140ËšF, steaming under pressure to temperatures above 212ËšF and hot-air drying at 500ËšF. Features & Benefits - Requires no mining or land disruption.–Minimal dust improves mixing environment.–Lower cost and potential for using less product reduces input costs versus perlite.–Ideal size, shape, and bulking properties create optimum container porosity and drainage.–Natural color […]

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June 18, 2008

New Product Shorts

Like A Pro Mitchell Ellis Products: Pro-Wet is a unique, granular form wetting agent manufactured by RichGro Products and available through Mitchell Ellis. Crushed fossilized sponge, also used for soaking up oil spills, is excellent as a carrier for the wetting agent. The fossilized sponge has a broader deposit release time compared to liquid wetting agents, which on average leach out in 30 days. It is available in an aquatic-friendly package, which has a low measure of toxicity. Biodegradable Herbicide Soil Technologies Corp.: Phydura is a broad-spectrum contact herbicide that utilizes clove oil and vinegar as active ingredients. Phydura is a non-selective spray application that is exempt from EPA registration and has no re-entry interval. Weeds controlled include both grasses and broadleaf weeds in landscape, nursery, greenhouse and garden settings. In general, treated weeds are eradicated within 24 hours of treatment. Weeds that are in an early stage of development […]

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June 18, 2008

Here Comes The Cold

September’s here, and heating season is just around the corner. It’s the perfect time to get out and make sure your heating system is ready for the next few months. A bit of routine maintenance will ensure your plants will have the warmth they need, when they need it. The National Greenhouse Manufacturers Association offers heating guidelines (you can download a copy at www.ngma.com/downloads.htm), including a 12-point preseason maintenance checklist. We spoke with a few experts in the field–Russell Zabel, general manager, Delta T Solutions; Gregory Gawne, vice president business development, Total Energy Group; and Chris Smith, marketing manager, L.B. White Co.–to get their input on some of the items on the NGMA list, as well as a few other helpful tips on how to get the most out of your fall heating maintenance: Is DIY OK? Much of the maintenance involved in a preseason heating system checkup seems fairly simple, […]

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June 17, 2008

Hot Hot Hot

Maximum Capacity Space-Ray has added four new higher-capacity infrared gas tube heaters to its LTS Series. With capacities ranging from 40,000 BTU/hr to 250,000 BTU/hr., the heaters can be vented, common vented or indirect vented based on application requirements. They come with a factory pre-assembled tube and reflector body and quick six-bolt control box assembly for easy, low cost on-site installation. The heaters can be thermostatically controlled individually or in groups, with unique monitoring, combustion, ignition and safety features. Optional outside air for combustion can be supplied with a standard 6-inch round duct. The burner comes with a 10-year limited warranty and the tube comes with a five-year limited warranty. Space-Ray can be found on the Web at www.spaceray.com or e-mail info@spaceray.com. Solid Sterling Sterling HVAC Products has introduced the Shield stainless steel, tubular, gas-fired unit heater to provide natural gas or propane heating for commercial greenhouse growers, with a […]

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June 17, 2008

Cool Pad

VAL-CO recently introduced the PolAIR EZ-Cool water return trough and evaporative pad support system, which has the latest in evaporative pad cooling technology. This proprietary system uses a unique, raised, ribbed pad tray molded directly into the trough, which keeps the pad elevated above the drain holes, allowing for 100 percent drainage with no spill-over from the tray. The design of PolAIR EZ-Cool trough greatly reduces installation and maintenance time with its quick-connect coupler and full 8-inch cleanout at the end of the trough. Features And Benefits •  Unique combination of pad and trough allows for years of trouble-free use. •  Quick connect coupler facilitates installation and provides flexibility for different length systems. •  Optional on-ground storage with minimum set-up time. •  New, easy-access top metal cover reduces service and maintenance time and directs all of the water onto the pad. •  Self-contained holding tank keeps foreign material out. •  […]

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June 17, 2008

New Product Shorts

Going Solo SOLO, Inc.: There is no noise, no emission and no need to fill with fuel or manually prime a pump with the new SOLO backpack battery pressure sprayer model 416. The sprayer is powered by a rechargeable, maintenance-free and easily replaceable impact-resistant 12-volt lead-gel battery and produces an impressive spray performance with a 12-volt pump and large five-gallon tank capacity. The unit has wide, padded carrying straps for added comfort and an unbreakable 20-inch-long spray wand and 59-inch-long spray hose for effortless arm movement. It also features adjustable pressure and output volume with a two-step toggle switch–22psi at step one, 40psi at step two. Concise Control Fine Americas, Inc.: Growers looking to produce better ornamental crops now have a new product available with the introduction of Concise plant growth regulator from Fine. Concise produces compact and marketable plants across a broad range of ornamentals, including bedding plants, flowering- […]

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June 17, 2008

In Control

Wadsworth Control Systems’ STEP Up control has more functionality than the traditional STEP 50A control but costs less. STEP stands for Single Total Environmental Control, and in addition to loads of new features, the STEP Up has a new look, too. “We decided to update our classic line of STEP controls, and the newest member has a very different look,” says Gary Dean, president of Wadsworth Control Systems. The new device also uses a flat panel touch pad layout with a wheel to navigate, which is high tech yet simple, according to Wadsworth’s Vice President Patricia Dean. “This easy-to-use design appeals to both traditional STEP 50 and STEP 500 users who are accustomed to the easy turn knob, but it is also familiar to iPod users who click and select by turning a virtual wheel,” she says. To make room for the STEP Up control’s push button override switches, the […]

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June 17, 2008

New Product Shorts

  Super Sprayer  Chemilizer Products: The C3P Chest Pak Sprayer is the ideal alternative to cumbersome backpacks and other portable chemical spraying systems. The C3P accurately mixes chemicals and water as you use it with its patented chemical turbulator. The C3P is designed for accurate, reliable injection of a broad range of chemicals and often eliminates the need to dilute and premix chemicals. The C3P has been ergonomically designed with frontal access for ease of use and better weight management. It reduces fatigue, is easy to maneuver and allows changing from one chemical to another quickly and easily.   No Clogs  Miller-Leaman, Inc.: Patented stainless-steel Thompson Filters prevent sprinkler nozzles and micro-drip emitters from clogging in various irrigation applications. Available in Type 304 and Type 316 stainless steel, the efficient filters feature a large conical screen element, offering substantially more screen surface area versus traditional Y-strainers and basket strainers. The […]

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June 17, 2008

Maintaining Efficiency

P.L. Light Systems provides more than just lights. LightCare is the company’s service and maintenance division, offering full service maintenance and testing for lighting systems. LightCare was initially created to help educate growers about how to maintain their lighting systems to maximize efficiency, saving growers money and keeping optimum crop performance. LightCare can help show growers how much money can be saved by employing small maintenance measures. LightCare offers these tips:  •  Clean your components. Even if dirt is not visible, it is important to clean bulbs and reflectors once a year to ensure maximum life of your system. •  Have your bulbs tested. A bulb should be changed after 10,000 to 12,000 hours of use. For every 1,000 hours, the useful light output decreases by 1 percent. After 10,000 hours, 10 percent of your light output has been lost, but you’re supplying the same amount of electricity and lowering […]

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