Plantduino greenhouse using Arduino

December 2, 2013

Tomorrow’s Greenhouse Techs Are In School STEM Programs Today

Science, technology, engineering and mathematics programs at the grade-school level are turning out more students familiar with engineering and computer technologies.

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Vineland Research and Innovation Centre's prototype packaging system

December 2, 2013

Future Greenhouse Automation Will Assist The Grower’s Expertise

This glimpse into the future is based on today’s rapidly evolving automation technologies.

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Gotham Greens, Location: New York City

December 2, 2013

The Future Of Greenhouse Structures

We’re not predicting the end of the Quonset or big gutter-connect ranges. We do, however, believe you will see a dramatic change in the ways some traditional structures work, where greenhouses are built, or even what is considered a “greenhouse” in the future.

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iGrow agricultural lighting

November 12, 2013

Two New Lighting Products You Should Know

iGROW is the next generation of agricultural lighting. After three years of development working with major universities, USDA and top-shelf commercial growers, iGROW is a true full-spectrum light developed specifically for agriculture. Using induction technology as its light source, iGROW has proven to produce higher-quality plants and have a higher yield-per-watt ratio than any other light on the market. Additionally, iGROW’s patent pending technology has created a grow light that lasts longer, uses less electricity and produces less heat than any other available light. iGROW is proudly American-made and American-owned.     PL Light Systems’ newest electronic fixture, the 1000 Watt NXT2, combines a lightweight design and advanced reflector technology delivering the highest light output level and uniformity. The unique ballast design ensures a cooler-running fixture.  

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The DELTA FIN TF system provides energy savings by creating an envelope of warmth around the crops rather than heating the air.

October 22, 2013

Greenhouse Heating System Upgrades Can Pay You Back

See a quick return on investment with energy-efficient heating projects.

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October 10, 2013

Netafim’s Ultrasonic Octave Water Meter Includes No Moving Parts

Octave from Netafim is a technically-advanced ultrasonic water meter that utilizes double-beam sensors to monitor flow. Octave offers a new level of accuracy to measuring flow data because the water flow path is unrestricted; there are no moving parts or impeller, which typically propel a meter’s register. With no wear-prone parts, Octave’s ultrasonic technology reduces maintenance and improves long-term reliability. The meter features an easy-to-read, multi-line digital LCD display that provides immediate reporting and visual indicators for critical conditions. The display includes volume units, flow rate units, flow director, leak detector, alarms and errors and more. Octave is available in sizes from 2 inch to 12 inch and monitor flow ranges from 1 GPM to 5,500 GPM. The pulsed output module allows integration with most landscape controllers. For more information on the Octave, visit

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October 7, 2013

LEDs Could Eventually Manipulate Scent, Color In Ornamentals And Edibles

With the ability to deliver specific light wavelengths with LED lights, growers, retailers and consumers could eventually manipulate the scent, color, flavor, postharvest life and other characteristics of ornamental and edible crops.

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October 4, 2013

Ventilating And Cooling FAQ From NGMA

Use these helpful hints in answering some common questions about ventilating and cooling.

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September 17, 2013

LEDs Reduce Costs For Greenhouse Tomato Growers According To Purdue Study

Tomatoes grown around LED lights in the winter can significantly reduce greenhouse energy costs without sacrificing yield, according to a Purdue University study. Cary Mitchell, a professor of horticulture, said the average tomato is shipped about 1,500 miles from warmer climates where they’re grown to cooler climates that cannot produce the fruit cost-effectively in the winter. That journey is costly, however, because tomatoes are picked green and ripen during shipping, decreasing quality and flavor. The lengthy shipping distance also adds to the industry’s carbon footprint. “It makes it really hard for the greenhouse industry to grow tomatoes well in the offseason. We’re trying to change that and make it affordable,” Mitchell said. Energy costs drive up prices for producers who might want to grow tomatoes in greenhouses in states that have winters inhospitable to growing food. Greenhouses must be heated, and shorter, overcast days require costly lighting. Mitchell and doctoral […]

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September 16, 2013

4 New Irrigation Products

Delta T Solutions Flood Floors Delta T Solutions sub-irrigation systems can be customized to fit growers’ needs. Water is recycled and filtered to reduce disease instances. Sub-irrigation provides even watering and fertilizer distribution, resulting in uniform crops. Flood floors are highly compatible with in-floor heating systems, which quickly dry remaining water for disease control.

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September 12, 2013

Irrigating Crops On Demand

Automating greenhouse irrigation can be a huge labor saver, which is imperative for a modern greenhouse to be competitive. Irrigation controllers make it possible to automate greenhouse irrigation, but one usually programs the system to come on for a set time on a set schedule. Environmental conditions change such that a set program may be wrong more often than it is right. Sensing devices can be employed to aid a greenhouse operator making decisions about when to water, or one can take this a step further and let the substrate itself decide when it needs to be watered. Comparing On-Demand To Automated Irrigation Rather than have a set schedule programmed into a controller, it is possible to wire a moisture-sensing device, such as a tensiometer, between an electric valve and a source of electricity (transformer). When the moisture level in the substrate falls below a set-point, a switch on the […]

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Google Glass

August 13, 2013

Google Glass: How Will It Impact The Greenhouse Industry?

You may be asking, what is Google Glass? It’s Google’s latest attempt to free data from desktop computers, tablets and smartphones, and place it right in front of your eyes. It’s a wearable computer with a glass screen that allows you to access the web, record video as you see it, perform actions based on voice activation and display useful information about what you’re looking at. It looks futuristic, like something out of a sci-fi movie, but will soon be upon us and used for both entertainment and productivity. But why am I writing about this on a greenhouse site? Because it could very well change the way we do business. Apps are just now being created by third-party developers and will be similar to smartphone apps. The difference is you will be able to control these apps using voice commands and you’ll see information displayed in front of your […]

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