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December 2, 2013

A Day In The Life Of A Grower: 2020

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.

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Gotham Greens, Location: New York City

December 2, 2013

The Future Of Greenhouse Structures

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.

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iGrow agricultural lighting

November 12, 2013

Two New Lighting Products You Should Know

iGROW is the next generation of agricultural lighting. After three years of development working with major universities, USDA and top-shelf commercial growers, iGROW is a true full-spectrum light developed specifically for agriculture. Using induction technology as its light source, iGROW has proven to produce higher-quality plants and have a higher yield-per-watt ratio than any other light on the market. Additionally, iGROW’s patent pending technology has created a grow light that lasts longer, uses less electricity and produces less heat than any other available light. iGROW is proudly American-made and American-owned.     PL Light Systems’ newest electronic fixture, the 1000 Watt NXT2, combines a lightweight design and advanced reflector technology delivering the highest light output level and uniformity. The unique ballast design ensures a cooler-running fixture.  

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The DELTA FIN TF system provides energy savings by creating an envelope of warmth around the crops rather than heating the air.

October 22, 2013

Greenhouse Heating System Upgrades Can Pay You Back

See a quick return on investment with energy-efficient heating projects.

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October 11, 2013

Purchasing A Greenhouse: Advice From The National Greenhouse Manufacturers Association

There are some common questions growers ask about structures. NGMA collected answers to the most frequently asked questions.

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October 10, 2013

Netafim’s Ultrasonic Octave Water Meter Includes No Moving Parts

Octave from Netafim is a technically-advanced ultrasonic water meter that utilizes double-beam sensors to monitor flow. Octave offers a new level of accuracy to measuring flow data because the water flow path is unrestricted; there are no moving parts or impeller, which typically propel a meter’s register. With no wear-prone parts, Octave’s ultrasonic technology reduces maintenance and improves long-term reliability. The meter features an easy-to-read, multi-line digital LCD display that provides immediate reporting and visual indicators for critical conditions. The display includes volume units, flow rate units, flow director, leak detector, alarms and errors and more. Octave is available in sizes from 2 inch to 12 inch and monitor flow ranges from 1 GPM to 5,500 GPM. The pulsed output module allows integration with most landscape controllers. For more information on the Octave, visit NetaFimUSA.com

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October 7, 2013

LEDs Could Eventually Manipulate Scent, Color In Ornamentals And Edibles

With the ability to deliver specific light wavelengths with LED lights, growers, retailers and consumers could eventually manipulate the scent, color, flavor, postharvest life and other characteristics of ornamental and edible crops.

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October 4, 2013

Ventilating And Cooling FAQ From NGMA

Use these helpful hints in answering some common questions about ventilating and cooling.

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The GGS open-roof greenhouse design provides an optimal system to both maximize ventilation while maintaining a smooth surface on the poly and good roof pitch for condensation control.

October 4, 2013

Top 10 Mistakes Greenhouse Growers Make When Planning An Expansion

From financing to production concerns, don't make these mistakes when planning additional greenhouse space.

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October 2, 2013

Harvest Automation’s Robots Now Follow You Around The Greenhouse

Take a look at the new Follow Me Mode of Harvest Automation’s HV-100 robots.

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September 17, 2013

LEDs Reduce Costs For Greenhouse Tomato Growers According To Purdue Study

Tomatoes grown around LED lights in the winter can significantly reduce greenhouse energy costs without sacrificing yield, according to a Purdue University study. Cary Mitchell, a professor of horticulture, said the average tomato is shipped about 1,500 miles from warmer climates where they’re grown to cooler climates that cannot produce the fruit cost-effectively in the winter. That journey is costly, however, because tomatoes are picked green and ripen during shipping, decreasing quality and flavor. The lengthy shipping distance also adds to the industry’s carbon footprint. “It makes it really hard for the greenhouse industry to grow tomatoes well in the offseason. We’re trying to change that and make it affordable,” Mitchell said. Energy costs drive up prices for producers who might want to grow tomatoes in greenhouses in states that have winters inhospitable to growing food. Greenhouses must be heated, and shorter, overcast days require costly lighting. Mitchell and doctoral […]

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