August 8, 2016
New Irrigation Technology Helps You Maximize Your Water Use
From microsprinklers to nozzles to pressure regulators, irrigation suppliers are focused on helping growers save water and control the flow of their irrigation systems. Here’s a look at some of their latest offerings.
August 16, 2016
Why You Should Add An Injector To Your Boom System
An injector automates the process of applying plant additives and chemicals, reduces the amounts used with consistent results, shrinks labor costs associated with traditional spraying methods, and minimizes human exposure to treated areas.
July 30, 2016
Select The Right Filter For Ebb-And-Flood Irrigation
This article is the fourth in a series of case studies designed to help growers Reduce, Remediate, and Recycle irrigation water as part of a multi-state research grant.
May 16, 2016
Scale Back On Water And Reduce Labor With Capillary Mats
Capillary mats allow growers and retailers up to 70% water savings compared to time consuming hand watering.
January 13, 2016
Manage Soil Moisture For Proper Irrigation Of English Lavender
One challenge with growing English lavender is managing soil moisture. Researchers find out how much drought ‘Hidcote’ and ‘Munstead’ lavenders can tolerate.
November 13, 2015
New Automated Irrigation Technology Could Help Nurseries Save Water And Money
Researchers at the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agriculture Sciences, along with an automation technology company, have developed a web-based irrigation system that saved 21 percent in water use without reducing growth of container-grown landscape plants.
January 22, 2014
The Top 6 Reasons To Implement A Water Treatment Program For Irrigation Water
As the horticulture industry becomes more focused and attuned towards Best Management Practices, it has become all the more important for growers to take a good hard look at irrigation water quality. Water treatment strategies are more frequently involved today than ever before in Best Management Practices. Implementing a strategic water program can assist in growing healthier plants and lowering the overall cost of operation while abiding by Best Management Practices. Though there are multiple reasons and benefits why irrigation water treatment is important to a successful and responsible growing operation, there are key benefits to justify such a program. Depending on the requirements of a greenhouse/nursery, those reasons can vary in importance. Here are the top six reasons for implementation of a water treatment program, not in any relevant order. 1. Biofilm In Irrigation Lines Can Cause Nutritional Deficiency Biofilm is made up of various microbes both pathogenic and […]
December 11, 2013
Dramm Offers Stainless Steel, Corrosion-Free Nozzle For The Autofog
Dramm is now offering a stainless steel nozzle that can be used for all versions of the Autofog chemical applicator.
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
September 16, 2013
4 New Irrigation Products
Delta T Solutions Flood Floors Delta T Solutions sub-irrigation systems can be customized to fit growers’ needs. Water is recycled and filtered to reduce disease instances. Sub-irrigation provides even watering and fertilizer distribution, resulting in uniform crops. Flood floors are highly compatible with in-floor heating systems, which quickly dry remaining water for disease control. DeltaTSolutions.com
September 12, 2013
Irrigating Crops On Demand
Automating greenhouse irrigation can be a huge labor saver, which is imperative for a modern greenhouse to be competitive. Irrigation controllers make it possible to automate greenhouse irrigation, but one usually programs the system to come on for a set time on a set schedule. Environmental conditions change such that a set program may be wrong more often than it is right. Sensing devices can be employed to aid a greenhouse operator making decisions about when to water, or one can take this a step further and let the substrate itself decide when it needs to be watered. Comparing On-Demand To Automated Irrigation Rather than have a set schedule programmed into a controller, it is possible to wire a moisture-sensing device, such as a tensiometer, between an electric valve and a source of electricity (transformer). When the moisture level in the substrate falls below a set-point, a switch on the […]
March 19, 2013
Irrigation And Fertilizer Tips For New Vegetable Growers
Compared to other variable costs, fertilizers are not the largest part of the budget in conventional greenhouse production. Nevertheless, over the course of the season, mistakes in fertilizer use can lead to significant damages or crop losses. That makes this an important topic for ornamental growers who are experimenting with growing vegetable crops. This article will emphasize major differences between fertilizers used in vegetable production and in ornamentals production. The different nutrition strategies, monitoring and water volume per plant will also be explained. Fertilizer In ornamental production, nutrients are delivered using various water-soluble fertilizers through a fertilizer injector, through the use of controlled-release fertilizers, or a combination of the two. There are numerous fertilizer mixes available with all the needed nutrients already included. The fertilization rate is often given in parts per million (ppm) of nitrogen (N), which is a way of expressing the fertilizer concentration. At younger stages, plants will […]
November 8, 2012
Irrigation In The Greenhouse: How To Water Wisely
How Plants Take Up WaterFind out exactly how plants take up water from substrates and which factors affect water uptake most. Hand Watering, Booms, Sprinklers Or Drip?Find out if your existing irrigation system is the most efficient one or if you could be watering more wisely. Subirrigation: Watering From The Ground UpSub-irrigation systems like capillary mats, floor and drain trays, troughs or benches and flood floors can offer a better alternative to top-down watering methods. Hydroponics Give Growers ControlResearchers explain why soilless watering systems result in higher crop yields than their soil-based counterparts. Save Water With Automation And SensorsNew irrigation technology makes watering plants easier than ever. Take these steps to incorporate sensors into your operation. Capillary Mats Are BackThis water-saving irrigation method lost popularity among greenhouse growers when other subirrigation methods stole the limelight. Now, in the era of sustainability, these mats may have a place in your greenhouse […]
October 5, 2012
Dramm Dribble Tubes Provide Simple Drip Irrigation
Dramm developed the Dribble Tubes as a simple way to water plants automatically by dripping water directly into each pot. Dramm’s Dribble Tubes flow rate is controlled by the diameter and length of the tube. Dramm offers three diameters of tubing: 0.045 inches, 0.060 inches and 0.075 inches ID. Each diameter comes in lengths from 12 inches to 60 inches standard. Eyelets for both outer diameters are available for a secure connection. Dramm’s SlimWeight slips easily from the pot during harvesting and does not get caught in expanded metal benching. Unlike other weights, the SlimWeight is made from a zinc-aluminum alloy instead of lead.
August 6, 2012
Capillary Mats Are Back
Thirty years ago, capillary mats were used for production of floricultural pot crops like Easter lilies. The advantage was that plants could be grown practically pot-to-pot, thus maximizing plants per square foot. Also, since Easter lilies grow best when fertigated with tempered water delivered on a uniform schedule, the capillary mat was ideal. During the 1990s, capillary mats for growing plants fell out of favor as a fertigation method when compared to drip irrigation and other sub-irrigation methods. However, recent advances in electronic controls, mat composition and the use of a drip tape to deliver water directly to the mat at even locations, make cap-mat watering worthy of another look. Combine this with concerns about groundwater contamination, quantity, quality and costs associated with water usage, cap mats and their low-water requirements will certainly come back into the greenhouse growing picture. There are a number of capillary mat types available, each […]