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.
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From coverings to fork-lifts, greenhouse suppliers offer a variety of products to make growing easier. Check out the slideshow to learn more about these, plus several other products that can offer you value, versatility and durability.
March 25, 2015
$58 Million In APHIS Farm Bill Funding Will Support Horticulture Priorities
Nearly $58 million as been allocated by the USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) to support the industry's Plant Pest and Disease Management and Disaster Prevention Program, under Farm Bill Section 10007. The program will support mitigation efforts for specialty crops, including providing research and other funding to address plant pest and disease priorities for the specialty crop industry, including floriculture and nursery crops.
March 25, 2015
AFE Educational Grant And Scholarship Application Deadlines Approaching
Apply now for American Floral Endowment (AFE) scholarships or educational grants. Applications can be found online. For educational grants for 2015-2016, applications must be submitted no later than June 1. Scholarship applications are due May 1. AFE will award $40,000 in scholarships for 2015.
March 12, 2015
The Energy Efficient Greenhouse
New coverings technology means today’s films, plastics, shade cloths and climate screens slash heating and cooling costs while improving crop productivity year round. We checked with manufacturers to see what’s new and uncovered some best practices for buttoning up your greenhouse. Here’s what you need to know about the latest trends.
February 24, 2015
Ethylene From Defective Greenhouse Heaters Damages Crop…
Malfunctioning greenhouse heaters can lead to crop damage from ethylene and carbon monoxide induced illness for workers. Michigan State University's Extension educators Tom Dudek and Randy Beaudry teach you how to recognize the symptoms and check greenhouse heaters to avoid the concern.
February 18, 2015
Robots Grab Hold Of Growers’ Material Handling Needs
Harvest Automation’s HV-100 robots automate one of the hardest, most labor-intensive jobs at growing operations – plant spacing. With more technology coming, investing in robots could become even more realistic for growers of all sizes.
January 30, 2015
LumiGrow Expands Customer Base In 2014
LumiGrow, Inc. is adding more than 125 new commercial, governmental and research customers to its roster of customers, and beyond the new accounts added this year, many existing customers significantly increased the number of LumiGrow products they use and research customers made LumiGrow a part of their efforts to add to the body of knowledge about spectral science.
December 2, 2014
Hanna Instruments, Inc. Introduces pH Electrode With Bl…
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November 24, 2014
Biomass Six Years Later: Would Pleasant View Do It Agai…
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November 18, 2014
7 New Media And Light Products For Greenhouse Productio…
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October 21, 2014
GreenClocks New Generation City Farm Fitted With Philip…
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October 1, 2014
Harvest Automation Introduces Robot Rental Program
Harvest Automation has unveiled a new introductory robot rental program as a way for customers to get started with HV-100 robots.
September 15, 2014
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August 12, 2014
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July 29, 2014
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This is the second article in a two-part series featuring research from Purdue University that focuses on energy-efficient production strategies for annual bedding plants.