March 17, 2017
Consider Evaluating the Benefits of LED Lighting for Your Crops
Despite the potentially high installation cost of LED lighting, several advantages mean it’s worth considering. Collecting information and conducting small-scale trials can help you make LED lighting profitable at your operation.
July 19, 2017
New Videos Highlight Grower Experiences in Shifting to LED Lighting
Fluence Bioengineering recently produced two videos in which growers in the U.S. and overseas describe why they switched lighting systems.
March 21, 2017
Lemnis Oreon, EnviroTech Cultivation Solutions to Partner on LED Distribution
EnviroTech’s expertise in energy and water technology fits perfectly with the water-cooling solution of Oreon Grow Lights, according to the companies.
February 28, 2017
Highlights From the First-Ever LED Lighting Research Summit
Leading horticulture researchers explored new innovations in emerging agriculture when Colorado State University and Philips Lighting convened an inaugural Research Summit on LED lighting in horticulture.
November 4, 2016
Evaluating Greenhouse Supplemental Lighting For Young And Finished Plant Production
Researchers at Purdue and Michigan State University compare young and finished plant production under LED toplighting and HPS lamps to determine which source is most effective.
September 27, 2016
Check Out The Latest In Lighting Technology For Greenhouses
Manufacturers are developing several innovative lighting systems that can help growers save on energy efficiency, while improving plant quality. Here’s a look at some of their newest offerings.
September 21, 2016
How To Determine The Economic Viability Of LED Lighting
You can decide whether LED lighting is right for your operation by considering seven important factors that impact return on investment.
January 19, 2016
Tips For Cherry-Picking The Right LED Lighting Solution For Your Greenhouse
If you want to find the right LED lighting solution for your greenhouse, start with these tips from top lighting manufacturers.
November 28, 2015
15 LED Lighting Solutions For Your Greenhouse
Narrowing in on the right LED lighting product often comes down to considering your specific crop needs and growing requirements to see what works best for your application. Here are 15 LED products to take into account when choosing the right fit for your greenhouse.
October 24, 2015
Five Tips For Successful Use Of Boom Irrigation Lighting On Long-Day Ornamentals
Michigan State University Extension shares five tips to help growers use boom irrigation lighting more effectively to accelerate flowering of long-day ornamental crops.
October 8, 2015
Industry Standards For Greenhouse Lighting On The Horizon
As the use of LEDs has risen among greenhouse growers, so have concerns about the best way to measure and compare the many LED light products across the market. As a result, the lighting industry is responding to a call for greater transparency and the development of standardized measuring and testing methods.
September 22, 2015
Sole-Source Lighting In Horticulture: Bedding Plant Plug Production
Researchers determine how sole-source LED lighting can be used effectively for the production of bedding plant seedlings.
September 8, 2015
Supplemental Lighting Benefits For Growing Cannabis In The Greenhouse
The cannabis industry has moved out of the basement and into the light, and with this shift in politics and regulation occurring worldwide there is a need for growers to change the way they think about lighting and energy consumption.
August 21, 2015
Sole-Source LED Lighting In Horticulture: Microgreens Production
In Part 3 of a four-part lighting series highlighting the multiple uses of light-emitting diodes (LEDs), researchers examine the effects of sole-source LED lighting on microgreen production to achieve the highest quality crop possible in an energy efficient manner.
August 14, 2015
Customizing Crop Foliage Color With LEDs: Ornamental Crops
Do you find that your purple fountain grass (Pennisetum setaceum ‘Rubrum’) crop is often green to light purple? What if we told you there is a quick solution to enhance and darken the foliage of purple fountain grass or other floriculture crops? In this second article of a four-part series highlighting the multiple uses of high-intensity light-emitting diodes (LEDs), we will discuss our research methodology and findings for enhancing the foliage color of ornamental crops with end-of-production (EOP) supplemental lighting (SL) in the greenhouse. Many ornamental crops that greenhouse and nursery growers produce vary in size, shape and color. These variables are often influenced by the growing environment. For example, leaf color (intensity, distribution or both) of ornamental crops such as purple fountain grass is a key component that often influences the consumer’s perception and ultimately an impulse purchase. The red or purple pigmentation of purple fountain grass leaves is […]
August 12, 2015
Selecting Fertilizer Rates For Several Spring Bedding Plants
Fertilizing bedding plants can be difficult due to the differing needs of the large variety of plants that we grow. Many operations do not grow enough of any one crop to cater the fertilizer specifically for each crop. Therefore, grouping crops with similar fertilizer requirements and having two to three fertilizer strengths available is a practical way to ensure plants are getting the fertilizer they need. With many new plant varieties on the market, we wanted to conduct a trial at Cornell University to determine best fertilizer rates for several common bedding plant crops. 22 Bedding Plants Studied To Establish Fertilizer Rates Plugs and rooted liners of 22 crops (Table 1) were transplanted into 4-inch (500 mL volume) round pots with a commercial peat/perlite based substrate. The plants were grown in a glass greenhouse at Cornell University during the spring season at a spacing of one plant per square foot. Heating set […]
June 29, 2015
Customizing Crop Foliage Color With LEDs: Red Leaf Lettuce
In the first of a four-part series highlighting the multiple uses of light-emitting diodes (LEDs), researchers share how end-of-production supplemental lighting with LEDs enhances red leaf lettuce color prior to harvesting and shipping.