July 29, 2017
Boom Technology Helps Irrigate Multiple Crops at Foertmeyer & Sons
The boom system in place at Delaware, OH-based Foertmeyer & Sons, developed by Damatex Control Systems, provides more flexibility in growing and irrigating several crops in one area.
December 22, 2016
Webinar Series In Early 2017 Will Address Greenhouse Water Conservation, Treatment, And Quality
Beginning on Jan. 24, experts from Clean WateR3, a federally-funded research team, will present topics that are focused on helping growers reduce, remediate, and recycle irrigation water.
October 4, 2016
Altman Plants Saves Millions Of Gallons Of Water Through Recycling Program
Altman has saved more than 100 million gallons of water through its on-site water recycling program.
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.
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.
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 […]