Making predictions about the future of the greenhouse industry is hazardous business. But as with anything, to be successful you have to take some risks.
Kelly Norris is currently the horticulture director at the Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden and he holds two degrees (B.S., M.S.) in horticulture from Iowa State University. Norris has been part of the industry since age 15, when he talked his parents into buying a nursery and moving it from Texas to their family farm
Science, technology, engineering and mathematics programs at the grade-school level are turning out more students familiar with engineering and computer technologies.
Greyvenstein also says edible landscapes and hardy grasses will become more relevant floriculture crops.
As an industry, we must change the mindsets of our existing and potential customers. We also need to do some rethinking of our own. That was the prevailing message of Greenhouse Grower’s second GROW Summit.
Jianping (Ping) Ren breeds various seed and vegetatively propagated annuals and perennials for PanAmerican Seed, where she has worked for 13 years. Ren received a Ph.D. in plant breeding in 1998 at Cornell University. Before coming to the floriculture industry, Ren was a vegetable breeder in China with a focus on Brassica vegetables. GG: Will the
This glimpse into the future is based on today’s rapidly evolving automation technologies.
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.
Regardless of what the future brings, greenhouse growers will always seek to take production practices to new levels that save time, money and environmental resources. New products and research in the areas of lighting, energy conservation, fertilizer, irrigation and growing media will help make your jobs easier. Energy-Efficient Lighting An increasing number of lighting sources
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.