May 31, 2016
Automation Generates Sustainable Efficiency At Green Circle Growers
The Oberlin, OH-based operation provides its growers with the automation tools necessary to produce high-quality plants cost-effectively and sustainably.
May 27, 2016
Harvest Automation Robot Helps You Move Plants Without People
The Harvest Automation HV-100 robot units use lasers and sensors to handle some of the most labor-intensive tasks in the greenhouse.
May 23, 2016
Meet The New Editorial Advisors For Greenhouse Grower TECHNOLOGY
Greenhouse Grower TECHNOLOGY presents the inaugural members of its Editorial Advisory Board, six pillars of knowledge about greenhouse automation and technology. Get to know each of these gentlemen and what they’ll help bring to each issue.
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.
April 20, 2016
New Colorado State University Greenhouse Showcases LED Technology
The university’s new Horticulture Center has all the bells and whistles you would expect in a state-of-the-art greenhouse, plus the latest in LED lighting technology.
April 18, 2016
Gotham Greens CEO Outlines Queens, Chicago Expansion Projects
The hydroponic vegetable producer recently opened its third and fourth rooftop greenhouses, expanding to Chicago and Queens, NY. CEO Viraj Puri told us about some of the challenges and rewards of building greenhouses on rooftops.
April 13, 2016
Monitor Your Greenhouse Conditions Without A Web Connection
The Sentinel system from Sensaphone provides 24/7 monitoring of temperatures, power outages, and other potential problems, in locations where connectivity is unavailable.
April 8, 2016
New Coverings Help Improve Light Diffusion In The Greenhouse
Coverings suppliers are developing new materials designed to enhance light transmission, which can help improve energy efficiency.
February 22, 2016
New Greenhouse Transplanters Offering More Versatility
New transplanters on the market offer flexibility in speed, plug tray compatibility, and functionality.
February 20, 2016
Hydrogel Technology Means Growers And Their Customers Can Water Plants Less
Water and nutrient management are critical elements for quality plant production in the greenhouse. Maintaining the right amounts of available moisture and fertilizer at all times can be pretty labor intensive, but there are tools available to help you keep these inputs at optimum levels as efficiently as possible. Recently, we visited Evonik Industries’ North Carolina production plant for to see how one of these products — Stockosorb — is made, how it works, and learn the benefits of incorporating these tools in your own operation. Learn more about Evonik Industries’ Stockosorb hydrogel product on the Stockosorb website.
February 19, 2016
Echo-Veyor Has Made Plant Handling Easier For Greenhouse Growers
Growers are creating improvements in a range of functions with customized plant handling systems. Several growers have realized efficiencies through customized conveyor solutions, by working with Cherry Creek Systems, based in Colorado Springs, CO, to install its Echo-Veyor cable-driven transport system. Designed to support multiple different tray types and pot sizes, each system is custom-designed for the individual needs of the operation. It can tie into existing posts or be built into a free-standing system. The Echo-Veyor system has helped growers like Dallas Johnson Greenhouses and Rockwell Farms increase efficiency of product handling in a variety of functions, ultimately reducing time, labor, and labor costs, and improving job functions for employees working on spacing plants, pulling and processing orders, and shipping. Dallas Johnson Greenhouses in Council Bluffs, IA, reduced labor, saved time, improved its team’s performance, and saw improved plant quality at retail after installing its Echo-Veyor shipping […]
February 18, 2016
Metrolina Greenhouses Has Improved Heating Efficiency With Green Solutions
Sustainability started to become a keyword in the horticulture industry in the late 2000s, when growers began converting their heating systems to greener options to save on energy costs and reduce their impact on the environment. However, there haven’t been many operations that have invested in sustainable solutions on as large of a scale as Metrolina Greenhouses at its Huntersville, NC, headquarters. Six years later, the operation is still fully committed to its biomass heating system and everything it entails. Metrolina first fired up its Vynke biomass system from Belgium in 2010. The four wood boilers cover 95% of the operation’s heating needs at its 201-acre main location in Huntersville, NC, and Metrolina still maintains its traditional heating systems for back up and to provide flexibility of resources. Wood chips are sourced locally, with the majority from local forestry activities like wood harvesting companies and developers. The other […]