October 1, 2017
How Willoway Nurseries Gets Its Staff Engaged in The Company’s Future
Willoway Nurseries in Avon, OH, is creating a culture with people who think, act, and feel like owners. Learn how its team is taking the business to the next level.
May 2, 2017
Willoway Nurseries’ Tom Demaline Participates in President Trump’s Farmers Roundtable
Joining other members of the agriculture community, Demaline provided insights on the importance of a reliable guest worker program and offered the greenhouse industry as a resource for the new administration.
December 11, 2012
Willoway Nurseries Tests Robots
Willoway Nurseries is one of a small number of growers testing robots from Harvest Automation as a more efficient and cost-effective method of moving plants in the greenhouse and nursery yard. We asked Willoway’s Tom Demaline for an update on the testing process. GG: How are the robots working? Demaline: It has been good. We worked with Harvest Automation on the alpha and beta testing and working out the kinks with that. We trialed the first production models in October. We ran them about 6 weeks, focusing on consolidating plants for winter. We’re still in the learning curve on how to use the technology. Did the robots physically pick up a plant and move it? Yes. But in these trials they didn’t seem to like to consolidate the plants as much as they like to space them. We just have to learn how to make them more efficient. We’re really […]
November 2, 2012
Willoway Nursery Tests System For Precision Nutrient Control
This last article in the Water Wisely series presents a case study using previously presented concepts in our series on nutrient management and water delivery systems. These concepts allow growers to precisely manage nutrient supply to plants, which improves plant health and reduces fertilizer inputs. Taking the 4R (right source, right rate, right time, right place) principal into account, I developed the Controlled Nutrient Delivery MicroFeed System (CNDMS), which is leading to advancements in water and nutrient management practices. This system was designed to meet all of the plant’s requirements with accurate control over each input. This revolutionary approach to precise plant nutrition is the result of collaboration between innovative scientific research and progressive technology, formulating the most accurate system available in the nursery, vegetable and floriculture industries. Generally speaking, the key characteristics for generating successful nursery and floriculture crops are proper plant nutrition and appropriate irrigation to meet plant […]