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September 28, 2015

Recoup LED Costs With Help From The USDA And Illumitex

Illumitex is helping current and potential customers apply for grant money from the USDA’s Rural Energy for America Program (REAP), to help offset up to 25 percent of the cost of energy-efficient LED lights.

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Figure 3. Sole-source lighting in a multi-layer vertical growing system utilizing hydroponics for vegetable production.

September 23, 2015

MSU Offers New Greenhouse Lighting Online Course For Growers

  Michigan State University Extension is now offering a non-credit, pre-recorded online course on greenhouse and horticultural lighting. The lighting course is intended for greenhouse and ornamental plant growers and others interested learning about the fundamental concepts about how plants respond to light quality, quantity and in duration. It provides introductory to moderately-challenging content primarily based on experiments performed at Michigan State and Purdue Universities. This is the second course in the College of Knowledge Online series offered on the national Extension website. The first course was Floriculture Root Zone Management, also available online. What Growers Will Learn From Taking This Course The 3-hours of pre-recorded lecture and video demonstrations are divided into seven units. The first and second units cover the properties of light and its importance for plant growth and development. The third unit discusses how light quality influences stem extension and flowering. The fourth unit of the course teaches […]

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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.

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Figure 1. Mustard microgreens grown under sole-source (SS) lighting using light-emitting diode (LED) arrays.

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.

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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 […]

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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.

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June 18, 2015

Talking Shop: Using Lighting To Boost Beneficials

Peace Tree Farm was looking for a way to maintain beneficial insect populations through the winter. It found a potential solution through the use of rotating HID lighting.

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January 26, 2015

Warehouse Growing Works With The Right Variables

The debate about whether warehouse growing or greenhouse growing is more efficient and profitable is largely based on grower preference, types of plants grown and available technologies, according to various industry players. Traditionally, greenhouse growing has been the norm. However, warehouse growing is becoming increasingly favorable with certain growers.

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October 27, 2014

Enhance Greenhouse Production With Diffuse Light

Greenhouse coverings that provide diffuse light can increase quality and productivity in the greenhouse.

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June 10, 2014

Michigan State University To Hold Discussion On Lighting Standards For LEDs

Industry members are invited to attend a July 28 meeting to discuss horticultural lighting standards for light-emitting diodes (LEDs), facilitated by Michigan State University (MSU). The two-hour roundtable discussion will take place during the American Society for Horticultural Science (ASHS) annual meeting in Orlando, Fla.

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April 30, 2014

Conviron Partners With Valoya To Extend LEDS Into New Markets

Canada-based Conviron and Valoya of Finland recently announced an agreement for the distribution and integration of Valoya LEDs into Conviron growth chambers and rooms. Conviron is now the exclusive distributor of Valoya's products to seed and biotech companies, government institutions and universities in North America, India, Australia and Brazil.

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The GGS open-roof greenhouse design provides an optimal system to both maximize ventilation while maintaining a smooth surface on the poly and good roof pitch for condensation control.

April 29, 2014

Illumitex And GGS Partner To Provide Complete Growing Solutions In Horticulture

The strategic alliance between the two companies will provide complete growing solutions to all horticulture markets including vegetable, flower and medicinal cannabis in both greenhouse and controlled environment agriculture applications.

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