Get A Tune-Up
It’s time to spring into action for the 2008 growing season. This fall is the perfect time for routine maintenance, including changing seal kits in injectors. To help out, Dosatron is offering a savings of 25 percent off all parts used in seasonal tune-up or repair through January 31, 2008. The company is also offering a special discounted price when a grower exchanges any injector for a new unit, either through their participating horticultural supply distributor or by contacting Dosatron.
Heat It Up
Modine Manufacturing Co.:
Customers can now order a Hot Dawg-branded, low-profile, bent tube heater with a 100k and 125k BTU per hour output from Modine. The Hot Dawg brand of bent tube heat exchangers are lightweight, reliable and efficient. Designed for use with natural or propane gas, Hot Dawg unit heaters are easily accessible and backed by a 10-year warranty. In addition to the new sizes, the Hot Dawg lineup has also been enhanced with several new features and options. Modine has added a swept wing fan on the new 100k and 125k sizes to reduce noise, and to support commercial applications, blowers can be specified on all models with a BTU/hour input of 60k or higher. An optional stainless steel heat exchanger is also available.
Cleary Chemical Corp:
TriStar 30 SG, a soluble granule formulation of the proven neonicotinoid class compound acetamiprid, will now be offered in a convenient, 2-pound container, in addition to the original 8-ounce container. This new 2-pound package size will replace TriStar 70 WSP, which will be discontinued effective immediately. End users of TriStar 70 WSP will find the easy-to-measure TriStar 30 SG more convenient while still retaining all the benefits of TriStar 70 WSP. Like the original TriStar 70 WSP, the 30 SG formulation will dissolve completely in water, providing effective, long-lasting, broad-spectrum insect control without odor or foliar residue. TriStar SG is effective against all of the same pests as TriStar 70 WSP, including scale, aphids, thrips and whiteflies.
Here Comes The Sun
The BF3 Sunshine Sensor measures Global (Total) and Diffuse radiation, and sunshine duration. It is easy to use and needs no routine adjustment or polar alignment. A patented design, the Sunshine Sensor uses an array of photodiodes with a unique, computer-generated shading pattern to measure incident solar radiation. A microprocessor calculates the Global and Diffuse components of the radiation and determines the sunshine state.
Low Volt Alternative
Advancing Alternatives, Inc.:
New 24-volt motors and controllers now provide growers with a viable alternative to gear box and tube motors. Low-voltage motors come in 60 and 96 NM for great curtain rolling power. Controllers output 24 volts or they can be powered from a 24-volt battery source. Transformer relay boxes are also available to allow growers to convert to low-voltage motors while still using their current ventilation controllers. All are designed to be used in greenhouses that have only low voltage power sources available.
Clever New Designs
ITML Horticultural Products:
The Ultra Hanging Pot is a classic style with a textured, stone-like finish and boasts a large soil volume for sizable root systems. The Ultra Hanging Pot also contains an inside divider with a center drain water reservoir to prevent overwatering. The pot offers the TagGrip feature in the rim for plant identification details. Featured accessories for the Ultra Hanging Pot include the 3-Strand Plastic “Snap” Hangers (Medium and Long) and the 3-Strand Automation “Snap” Hangers (Medium and Long).
In addition, ITML has developed a way to easily contain pint pots with the new Pint Tray. A low side profile on the Pint Tray provides a full view of printed or In-Mold designs to deliver the grower’s message at retail. Ribs on the underside of the tray provide extra strength during shipping and handling. The Pint Tray is perfect for use in automated flat filling equipment, roller conveyors and automated potting systems. Additionally, this tray fits the new 4-inch by 7-inch Tall True Perennial Quart container.