The December 2013 issue of Greenhouse Grower is all about change. Change for you and your greenhouse business and for our industry as a whole. Some changes will be no-brainers. Some will be hard. Some will take a lot of imagination and creativity. But they’re all changes for the better.
Robotics research at Vineland Research and Automation Centre are taking a look forward to the future of robots in the greenhouse.
Tom Costamagna is a progressive proponent of new crop protection techniques at the grower level, and he has the experience to back it up. We asked for his take on the future of greenhouse crop protection.
Take a look at the future of robotics in the greenhouse from the perspective of one of the newest robotics companies to join the market.
If the future of greenhouse crop protection is a mix of traditional chemistry, biological control and other techniques, it makes sense to have as many tools in the toolkit as possible. One such tool may be encouraging plants to protect themselves.
Hans Hansen is the director of new plant development, heading up the hybridizing department for Walters Gardens Inc. in Zeeland, Mich. A graduate of the University of Minnesota, Hansen has been hybridizing plants since he was in high school. At Walter’s Gardens, he manages perennial crops including hemerocallis, hostas, monardas, digitalis, baptisias, leucanthemums and ferns,
The great growth era for floriculture that occurred from the end of World War II up until the beginning of the 21st century was remarkable for an astonishing and marvelously insatiable boom in demand for flowering plants to beautify the expanding middle class investment in homes, patios and gardens.
Brent Horvath is the owner of Intrinsic Perennial Gardens, Inc., headquartered in Hebron, Ill. Horvath grew up in the industry, working at his parents’ garden center and florist shop. He holds a degree in ornamental horticulture from Oregon State University and today, he grows a wide range of perennials and ornamental grasses. GG: How long
Amanda Hershberger is a plant breeder for Syngenta. She holds a B.S. in horticulture from Purdue University and an M.S. and Ph.D. in horticulture from the University of Georgia. GG: How will breeders address needs to reduce chemicals by increasing crop resistance to pests and diseases? How far away is this technology? Hershberger: Resistance breeding is
Take a look at the other trends Tychonievich says he sees shaping the next 30 years of the greenhouse industry.