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 […]
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.
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.”
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.
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 […]
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 […]
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.
March 7, 2007
BFG Acquires Kalamazoo Supply Division
BFG Supply Co. in Burton, Ohio, has acquired the horticultural supply division of the Kalamazoo Valley Plant Growers Cooperative. The cooperative of about 60 growing operations will continue to produce and market finished plants for retailers and remain independent. Only the supply division is involved in the transaction. For the complete news release go to http://www.bfgsupply.com/content/news/?newsid=70.
January 17, 2007
Online Biodiesel Information Available From John Deere
Lenexa, Kansas, January 4, 2007 – John Deere announced that it has expanded content on its Web site to provide information on biodiesel and other biofuel topics that are important to producers and others in agriculture. The John Deere biofuels information can be accessed at www.johndeere.com/ag and contains a detailed biofuels reference report and 6.5-minute video that overviews John Deere’s position on the use of biodiesel. “John Deere has been an early advocate for biodiesel and continues to actively support its use,” says Don Borgman, director of agricultural industry relations for John Deere. “We believe that supporting the use of 2 percent biodiesel (B2) is a logical first step for the industry until challenges with production, quality and distribution are addressed. “The biodiesel content on the Web site will help provide farmers and others interested in biofuels with more detailed information on this topic and John Deere’s position on how […]