March 17, 2011
Chlorine Dioxide In Horticulture: A Technology Review
Horticultural operations are facing increasing pressure to solve sanitation issues related to water treatment. Some of the pressure is external originating from government regulations and consumer preferences. Most of the pressure, however, is internal and includes better disease management, integrating capture of irrigation runoff with recycling opportunities, elimination of biofilm and algae control. The list of available water treatment technologies is a short one. When the unusual demands of horticultural production and post-production practices are considered, the list of technologies that offers effective solutions becomes even shorter. Chlorination, ultraviolet light, chlorine dioxide, ozone, copper and peroxide comprise the list most growers are considering. This article will present a technology review of chlorine dioxide and discuss its potential to solve sanitation issues in greenhouses and nurseries. Biofilm, Sanitation’s Epicenter Biofilm is a living complex of organic and inorganic components that becomes established on surfaces that are in regular contact with water. […]
March 10, 2011
Spectrum Receives Two AE50 Awards
Spectrum Technologies has been honored this year with two AE50 Awards from the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers. A manufacturer of weather stations, data loggers and handheld measurement devices, Spectrum was recently recognized for its LightScout DLI 100 light meter. The light meter is a one-button operated meter that measures the light “falling” on your plants. It measures PAR light (photosynthetically active radiation) and, with a push of a button, the meter runs for 24 hours and calculates your daily light integral (DLI). The DLI 100 Meter is sold in sets of three so you can compare light measurements simultaneously at three locations. The prestigious AE50 award recognizes the top 50 innovative new products produced throughout the world for the agricultural, food and biological systems industries expected to save producers time, costs and labor while improving user safety. Learn more about Spectrum Technologies online at SpecMeters.com.
February 25, 2011
Dosatron Celebrating 25 Years
Dosatron International is celebrating 25 years of providing superior water-powered chemical dosing technology. “Since 1986, when Dosatron International was incorporated in Clearwater, Fla., much has changed in the world,” says Dosatron President Eddy Kelly. “However, one thing has remained constant: Dosatron’s goal to create a business built on excellent relationships, not just sales. It has been a great 25 years and we want to thank the people who have made the difference, our clients and the Dosatron team of employees to whom we owe much of our success. “Over the past 25 years, Dosatron has focused on listening to its customers and then resolving the problems they have encountered. Looking to the future, Dosatron is committed to continuing that focus, offering reliable and accurate chemical management solutions.” Since 1974, when the first Dosatron was manufactured, superior engineering has been a common goal. Over the last 25 years, there have been […]
February 23, 2011
Warr Joins Netafim
Scott Warr has been named Netafim USA‘s business development manager for its Agriculture Division. Warr will focus on tactical and strategic plans for the Agricultural Division including support of local market initiatives. “Scott Warr’s extensive background in the irrigation industry will be a great asset for our team,” says Todd Rinkenberger, director of marketing and sales of the Agriculture Division. Warr most recently served as a public agency account manager and regional sales manager for another irrigation manufacturer.
January 27, 2011
BFG Adds Sales Rep
BFG Supply Co., a horticultural distributor serving customers in the Great Lakes, Midwest and Great Plains regions of the United States, has appointed Jon Ackerman as a new field sales representative in its western region. Ackerman will primarily handle the Minneapolis area as a territory. Ackerman has more than five years experience in the horticultural industry with previous positions at Bailey Nurseries and Garden World.
January 24, 2011
Delta T Solutions To Offer Customized Growing Systems
Delta T Solutions, a manufacturer and designer of hydronic greenhouse heating systems, has agreed to offer complete Filtrexx Agricultural System packages for growers. This innovative technology uses GardenSoxx portable compost-filled mesh containment system for healthy, safe, high-yield growing. It is especially suited to high-tunnel applications. Filtrexx systems provide a completely customized growing media made of bio-based materials like compost, within a strong mesh “sock” designed to meet the needs of growers’ individual operations. This method of growing offers a superior cultural system with these advantages: –Proper moisture, air circulation, and drainage–Slow-release of nutrients with high retention–High biological activity This renewable method helps to increase yields in both conventional and organic systems, provides efficient water use, and can extend the growing season. The easy-to-install growing systems are a more convenient and economic alternative to coir bags or hydroponic growing systems. Other advantages of GardenSoxx include: –Reduced disease–Low weed pressure–Reduced insects–More oxygen […]
January 19, 2011
Blooming Nursery Is Saving With Solar
Dinsdale, whose Blooming Nursery just southwest of Portland is close to celebrating its 30th anniversary, chose solar energy to reduce the natural gas she was using to heat her greenhouse ranges that house a diverse portfolio of hardy perennials and other plants. One of the main reasons for the switch, she says, was to bring down energy costs. “Our biggest input is labor,” she says. “Our second biggest input is energy.” Why Solar? A motivating factor that steered Dinsdale toward solar energy is an Oregon business energy tax credit equal to 50 percent of the total cost of the solar project. The credit can be amortized over a period of at least five years. “It wouldn’t have made sense to do a project of this magnitude without the tax assistance,” she says. While Dinsdale will have more of a tax credit than she can most likely use on her personal […]
January 6, 2011
Upcoming Water Education Alliance Events
The Water Education Alliance is hosting an educational webinar on nutritional aspects of water quality January 20 at 2 p.m. ET. The Blackmore Company’s Bill Argo will lead the 30-minute presentation. Register for the webinar at WaterEducationAlliance.org. Additionally, the alliance will conduct a two-day workshop February 2 and 3 in Aurora, Ore. The workshop is broadly focused on water management for floriculture and nursery crops. Registration is $80 per person if completed by January 15. Tours of Monrovia and Woodburn Nursery & Azaleas are included. Learn more here.
January 6, 2011
Hydro Systems Company Acquires Dosmatic
Hydro Systems Company has acquired Dosmatic, based in Carrollton, Texas. Dosmatic is a manufacturer of non-electric chemical metering equipment. Hydro Systems is an independent manufacturer of chemical proportioning and dispensing systems and an operating unit within Dover Corporation’s (NYSE:DOV) Fluid Management segment. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed. “Adding Dosmatic’s broad product offering to our product portfolio is extremely exciting,” says Jeff Rowe, Hydro Systems’ president and CEO. “When combined with the high-quality volumetric dispensing products we added through our recent acquisition of Chemilizer, our well-established Hydro brand venturi offerings and our Nova line of peristaltic pump equipment, the Dosmatic line positions Hydro to offer our customers the broadest choice of dispensing system alternatives on the market today.” For more information, visit HydroSystemsCo.com.
December 13, 2010
Green-Tek Adds Fans To Product Portfolio
Green-Tek has an assortment of fans, including HAF, basket, high velocity and exhaust fans. “In a mature market, we must continue to come out with new products, new programs and new locations,” says Paul Jacobson, Green-Tek president. “Adding fans we hope will make it easy for our customers to add on to the complete greenhouse covering package already shipping from Green-Tek to their customer.” Green-Tek stocks fans in both Wisconsin and its new California location Learn more at 800-747-6440 x6.
December 13, 2010
Investment Group Acquires Greenhouse Heating Company
L.B. White Company has been acquired by an investment group including Jeff Diermeier, Rick Diermeier and Kevin Gagermeier. The acquisition includes L.B. White, PSI Heating Systems and two sister companies that make up Hospitality International and La Crosse and Carroll Chair Company. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. Rick Diermeier has served as the company’s president and COO since 2004, and Gagermeier has served as CFO since 2007. Jeff Diermeier is the company’s new chairman and is a private investor who was the former CEO of the CFA Institute headquartered in Charlottesville, Va. L.B White is based in Onalaska, Wisc. It manufactures direct-fired forced air, radiant and indirect-fired heaters.
November 22, 2010
New Product: Therma Grow Heaters
[imageviewer] L.B. White Company introduces its next generation of greenhouse heaters: the Therma Grow line designed from the ground up specifically for horticultural use. Therma Grow heaters are direct-fired models that offer were designed to offer better fuel efficiency than traditional vented heaters. Therma Grow heaters carry a 10-year warranty on the heat chamber and case and have completely enclosed and protected components, making for years of trouble-free heating. The design combines efficiency, advanced performance and long-component life to reduce energy and maintenance costs – and help grow profits. These units can be mounted either inside or outside, giving growers flexibility and the ability to free up grow space. Therma Grow heaters come in two output sizes: 120,000 Btu/h and 220,000 Btu/h. They are available in either natural gas or propane configurations. For more information about Therma Grow Heaters or portable temporary heaters, contact an L.B. White representative at 1-800-345-7200. […]