May 15, 2018
Floriculture’s Future Hangs in the Balance Between Labor and Technology
The nation’s largest growers are investing heavily in technology, new structures, human resources, and efficiency measures to stay competitive and profitable, despite significant labor shortages.
May 2, 2018
Industry Survey Addresses Factors to Consider When Buying a Transplanting Robot
Do you own a robot to transplant cuttings in the greenhouse? Or are you planning to invest in a cutting transplant robot? If so, University of Florida researchers are looking for your input.
April 12, 2018
New Automatic Guided Vehicle Helps Move Product Around the Greenhouse
The Lowpad is less than 5 inches tall and is designed to navigate the greenhouse floor safely and freely.
March 5, 2018
Technology Will Change the Face of Horticulture Within 20 Years
Every once in a while, I’ll see a grower post a video on social media, showing off some new transplanter, harvesting robot, or another kind of automation equipment and explaining what it is and how it’s making a difference in the growing operation. Inevitably, these videos get tons of clicks, likes, and comments. Most are from people outside the industry who say something like, “Wow, that’s really cool!” or “I had no idea greenhouses were so high-tech!” But then there are the folks who make comments about the automation taking away greenhouse jobs. The grower who posted the video typically responds, explaining that the automation actually doesn’t displace any workers — they’re just reassigned to higher value functions — and that reliable employees are extremely difficult to find in our industry, thus the need for automation. The reality is, due to our current labor struggles, it’s likely our industry will […]
January 24, 2018
Automation Never Stops, Even for the Biggest Growers
Metrolina Greenhouses has designed a unique forklift system to help move plants more efficiently at its newest perennial facility.
December 11, 2017
Evaluating Robotic Transplanters for Plant Cuttings
There are several factors that might affect your decision to invest in transplant robots, based on initial observations and reported information about available equipment.
June 17, 2017
Visser, Ball Partner on New Sticking Technology for Cuttings
The new AutoStix system is designed to provide better consistency and uniformity with shipped cuttings, easier and more reliable counting, automatic transplanting, and optional buffering in the peak season.
May 23, 2017
The Road to Sustainability at Cavicchio Greenhouses
Incremental changes to reduce its carbon footprint have paid off in greater efficiency and public recognition for this Massachusetts greenhouse grower.
May 16, 2017
The Top 100 Growers are Investing in More Technology to Offset Labor Shortages
Labor has traditionally been among growers’ most significant costs, but the continued rising costs and lack of available labor are currently two very heavy burdens that growers have to bear. As the labor supply dwindles, the Top 100 Growers discuss their next steps toward investing in technology to streamline efficiency at their respective operations.
February 4, 2017
Getting to the Next Generation of Greenhouse Automation
The most successful growers in the future will be those that are willing to accept and invest in new technology.
January 25, 2017
State of the Industry 2017: Growers are Ready to Invest to Alleviate Labor Pains
Greenhouse Grower's 2017 State of the Industry Survey revealed that grower investment in technology is imminent due to the cost and availability of labor, to improve efficiency, expand their growing operations, and allow employees to concentrate on higher value jobs that are less labor-intensive.
November 15, 2016
Thoughts For Greenhouse Growers To Consider When Automating
With labor getting scarce and minimum wages on the rise, Cole Mangum of Bell Nursery says it’s time to take a closer look at automating your operation.
October 1, 2016
Political Stalemate On Labor Means Your Opportunity To Automate
Despite the frustrating nature of our current political climate, now may be the best time for you to address your long-term labor and automation needs.
July 31, 2016
Automation Saves Labor And Space At Floricultura Pacific
This Salinas, CA, orchid grower brings plants to its workers through automation that saves valuable time and takes full advantage of available growing space.