May 16, 2016
Greenhouse Grower’s Top 100 Growers Talk Technology, Automation, Sustainability, And Marketing
The Top 100 Growers are already by nature some of the most technologically advanced greenhouse operations, due to their sheer size and need for efficiency. Many of the largest growers also serve big box merchandisers and home improvement chains, where prices are dictated, so producing plants at the lowest possible cost is essential to growers not only staying in business, but also profiting and expanding their operations. This year’s survey focused on the automation and technology the Top 100 Growers are investing in, and how these advancements have improved their operations, as well as how they have affected growers’ labor issues. We also asked growers about how they’re solving labor issues, where they’re recruiting new hires, and how they’re keeping their people committed. Lean management programs and sustainability certifications have become higher priorities in the past several years, due to growers’ needs to run efficiently and focus attention on sustainable […]
May 23, 2016
What’s Good For The Environment Is Good For Business [Opinion]
Investing in technology to become more sustainable “always goes hand in hand,” says Abe VanWingerden, co-CEO of Metrolina Greenhouses. “If it is good for the environment, it normally is good for business over the long term.” That connection was abundantly clear in the responses we received to this year’s Top 100 Growers Survey. VanWingerden points to three investments Metrolina has made as good examples of how technology can reduce an operation’s carbon footprint and pay dividends financially. Its biomass system burns locally sourced waste wood — a renewable resource; its ozone water treatment system cleans irrigation water, reducing the need for fertilizers and pesticides, and improving plant quality and precision growing; and electrostatic sprayers reduce water and chemical use, and provide more targeted chemical applications. Other Top 100 Growers have found VanWingerden’s theory to be true, as well. Costa Farms’ investment in solar energy panels on three buildings at its […]
May 10, 2016
Reading The 2016 Greenhouse Grower Top 100 Rankings: The Big Keep Getting Bigger
Greenhouse Grower’s Top 100 Growers survey reveals continued growth among the nation’s largest operations.
May 10, 2016
2016 Greenhouse Grower Top 100 Growers: The Complete List
Check out the full list of Greenhouse Grower's 2016 Top 100 Growers, which includes nine newcomers and more growth in square footage at the top.
May 7, 2016
How You Can Connect With A Broader Audience Through Webinars
Webinars are time-saving and effective marketing tools that can extend your reach to a greater audience.
April 29, 2016
Kelly Norris: Why The Plant Collector Market Is Set To Explode, And What It Means For You
In his latest column for Greenhouse Grower magazine, Kelly Norris says there are more plant collectors out there than we think, which opens the way for the gift plant market to explode.
April 28, 2016
Why Ornamental Grasses Are Great For People In Condos And Apartments
Allan Armitage says breeders need to do a better job of making growers, brokers, and garden centers aware of better ornamental grass cultivars for the increasingly shrinking garden space.
April 25, 2016
Plant Growth Regulator Use Can Affect Biological Pest Control
The use of plant growth regulators may negatively influence the outcome of biological control programs, according to researchers at North Carolina State University.
April 24, 2016
9 Business Predictions Smart Brands Should Pay Attention To
Andreas von der Heydt, Director of Kindle at Amazon, recently predicted what smart businesses will do in 2016 to strengthen their brands and promote their products.
April 23, 2016
SAF’s Lin Schmale Offers Lessons From An Industry Lobbyist
Schmale represented the floriculture industry on Capitol Hill for more than 20 years. The advocate has recently retired, and shares some valuable insights from her career.
April 18, 2016
Biocontrols Conference Highlights Critical Role Of Integrated Pest Management
The Biocontrols USA 2016 Conference & Expo highlighted the increasing integration of biological controls as a useful component in your integrated pest management programs.
May 1, 2015
2016 Top 100 Growers: Van Wingerden International Inc. (No. 48)
Learn more about Van Wingerden International Inc., No. 48 on Greenhouse Grower's 2016 Top 100 Growers list.