June 11, 2008

The Natural Fiber Container

For 50 years, Western Pulp Products Co. has manufactured Premium Molded Fiber Containers made from 100 percent recycled paper in the United States. This year, Western, based in Corvallis, Ore., will introduce a number of innovative new products to address the growing demand for sustainability. “Today’s consumers are looking for products that have a minimal impact on the environment, and can be considered earth-friendly or green,” says Jim Lee, Western’s marketing and sales manager. “We at Western feel that our products not only meet the demand for sustainability, but offer growers, retailers and consumers a better product to grow healthier plants.”  Go Green, Don’t Look Back Western’s containers provide for healthier plants because they let roots and soil breathe while insulating from temperature extremes. In all kinds of climates and conditions, Western’s containers look better, last longer and perform better, while helping customers differentiate their product and improve plant quality. […]

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June 11, 2008

Controller Savings For The Smaller Grower

Many affordable controllers add settings like DIF and night set-back. A controller does not have to be elaborate or complicated to save you money and improve your crop quality. It does not have to control every operation of the greenhouse to be effective. Replacing thermostats with a simple controller that handles only the heating and cooling will save you energy and improve your crops. Many affordable controllers add settings like DIF, night set-back, humidity control and curtain control and still stay price competitive with thermostats.  Single Temperature Reading One of the greatest cost savings that a controller produces versus thermostats is from the coordination of heats and cools from one temperature probe. It is almost universal that growers will tell you that in a greenhouse with thermostats, you will, sooner or later, get heats and cools running at the same time. This can happen when the heat thermostat is located […]

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June 11, 2008

New Product Shorts

Unique Fungicide BioWorks: Cease fights both fungal and bacterial pathogens, and it provides plant and environmental safety with a four-hour re-entry interval. Cease controls disease using multi-site modes of action for resistance management. The National Organic Program approved Cease for use in organic production. www.bioworksinc.com Better Protection Fine Americas: “Improving Plant Quality In Annuals And Perennials With Concise” is a 44-page color guide edited by Virginia Tech’s Joyce Latimer and North Carolina State’s Brian Whipker. Michigan State Extension specialist Erik Runkle provided input for the publication, which provides guidelines on Concise applications for a variety of plants. www.fine-americas.com Plants With Style Hort Couture: The Haute Tote is a fashionable plant sleeve that has a handbag-style look. Haute Totes come in cases of 250 sleeves, and its design fits 6- to 8-inch pots. www.hortcoutureplants.com Dynamic Packaging Landmark Plastic: Thermoformed nursery trade gallon pots have in-rim tag slots, 12 large, bi-level drainage […]

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June 10, 2008

Meeting Irrigation Mandates

Every year, Carroll Brothers Nursery, Clearwater Fla., uses 18 million gallons of water to irrigate its 10 acres using overhead irrigation. The pricetag on that much water per year has jumped from $4,500 to $18,000 between 1991 and 2007, so owner Richard Carroll has been looking for ways to reduce cost. The goal when the gardenia grower first started searching for water alternatives was a second water source – one that would pump and clean water or one that would collect rainwater. "Either way, it was too expensive for a nurseryman to handle," Carroll says. "Knowing I couldn’t touch either of those, I was looking for a way to save water." Drought and water restrictions can cause a grower to rethink irrigation, but so can research. Looking for an irrigation method that would follow BMP practices, as well as provide consistent irrigation, Carroll Brothers did research comparing drip and overhead […]

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June 10, 2008

Irrigation Innovations

Solar-Powered Fertigation/Amiad Filtration: The Amiad Electric Fertilizer Injector (EFI) is compatible with a wide range of fertigation applications. It is programmable to deliver very precise injection rates with 2 to 5 percent accuracy. Easy to calibrate and operate, the EFI can be powered by solar panels feeding 12-volt direct current or by 110 or 220-volt AC power. For more information, call 800-969-4055 or visit www.amiad.com. Precise Injection/Chemilizer: The adjustable, non-electric CP33 injector is ideally suited for fertigation. It offers an unmatched ability to inject virtually any liquid treatment without dilution and is easily adaptable to accommodate products with different injection rates. Precisely inject fertilizers, insecticides, pH controls, algaecides, fungicides, disinfectants and sprout control agents. For more information, call 800-234-7211 or visit www.chemilizer.com. Happy Hanging Baskets/Cherry Creek Systems: The Echo System automated basket irrigation system allows for accurate measurement of water to each basket and allows fertilizer application to be consistently […]

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April 16, 2008

Meeting Irrigation Mandates

Every year, Carroll Brothers Nursery, Clearwater Fla., uses 18 million gallons of water to irrigate its 10 acres using overhead irrigation. The pricetag on that much water per year has jumped from $4,500 to $18,000 between 1991 and 2007, so owner Richard Carroll has been looking for ways to reduce cost. The goal when the gardenia grower first started searching for water alternatives was a second water source–one that would pump and clean water or one that would collect rainwater. “Either way, it was too expensive for a nurseryman to handle,” Carroll says. “Knowing I couldn’t touch either of those, I was looking for a way to save water.” Drought and water restrictions can cause a grower to rethink irrigation, but so can research. Looking for an irrigation method that would follow BMP practices, as well as provide consistent irrigation, Carroll Brothers did research comparing drip and overhead irrigation and […]

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March 19, 2008

Svensson Now Shades With White

Need to keep your plants from overheating? Ludvig Svensson has a solution.  Svensson has developed an external screen called OLS White, which reflects light and heat away from plants unlike black shades. OLS White is made with highly reflective white films and does not retain heat during the night. Instead, it provides daytime shade to cool greenhouse temperatures. OLS White also has an open structure that allows air and moisture to pass through easily, and it can be manufactured in 30-percent, 40-percent or 50-percent shading.  “OLS White is a great choice for growers simply looking to shade crops and avoid greenhouse overheating,” says Kurt Parbst, president of Svensson’s North and South American subsidiary. “It’s a powerful tool that contributes to a superior growing environment.”  For more information on OLS White or Svensson, go to www.svenssonamericas.com.

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March 19, 2008

Looking For Options In Hot Water Heating Systems?

Delta T Solutions has redesigned its Web site to make exploring for options and costs easier.  The redesigned corporate and customer Web site, found at www.deltatsolutions.com, features enhancements that include an interactive product selection and proposal section, extensive product overview and installation/maintenance pages, and client testimonials.  “When it came time to update the Delta T Solutions Web site, we decided to do a complete overhaul,” says Russ Zabel, Delta T Solutions general manager. “We wanted it to be more visually appealing and packed with easy-to-access information on our products and services.”

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January 16, 2008

Still Time To Weigh In On Top 25 Innovations

We kicked off our 25th anniversary celebration by publishing a list of the Top 25 Innovations that advanced greenhouse floriculture crop production. Twenty growers and industry experts completed the survey, which determined this list. Now we’ve opened up the survey to our entire readership to see if the results would be the same. If you’d like to take the survey, click through to this link. It will take about a half hour to complete. For a list of the Top 25 Innovations published in our January issue, click here.

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January 2, 2008

Grower Solution: Diesel-Heated Trucks

Blooming potted plant grower Jim Dickerson of Dickerson’s Greenhouse in Gobles, Mich., has found a cost effective way to add reliable heat to one of his trucks. While reefer units with both refrigeration and heat can cost between $15,000 and $20,000, the Proheat X45 auxiliary heater manufactured by Teleflex Power Systems is a more affordable option and fits nicely with winter deliveries. Dickerson’s delivers live plants to about 700 stores and warehouses over a wide area, from Michigan west into the Dakotas and Nebraska, using a 24-foot insulated dry van truck. The company’s delivery fleet also includes a truck with the reefer unit that can be set to keep plants at a constant temperature when outside temperatures plummet below freezing. Dickerson just finished shipping its signature crop, poinsettias, and is getting ready to ship winter and spring bulb crops—Easter lilies, tulips and hyacinths. Since he began using the Proheat X45 […]

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October 10, 2007

New Production Management Software

SBI Nursery Software in Portland, Ore., has introduced a new module that provides complete production management. Users begin by laying out a production plan by copying plans from previous years and comparing them to sales history, lost sales and inventory dumps. The user lays out how much of an item they want saleable on a specific finish date and then plans how to grow it by setting up the recipe. The system then automates purchasing of materials for produciton, which inclludes plant material and other inputs. The final functionality lets the user manage production with work orders being sent out to propagate, transplant and execute critical tasks. The greatest challenge whle developing this package has been to keep the user interface simple and efficient, says SBI partner Aaron Allison, who has worked in the green industry for 15 years. SBI has worked with several key customers during development, allowing the […]

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September 26, 2007

GROWER TOOL: Greenhouse Heating Guide

Roberts-Gordon, LLC, in Buffalo, N.Y., is offering free copies of its guide, “Gas-Fired, Infrared Heating For Greenhouses. This manual is a concise, 60-page educational resource for commercial greenhouse growers, suppliers and heating professionals. To download the guide, go to www.greenhouse-heater.com.

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