Using cables in place of a solid belt, the Echo-Veyor design doesn’t cast shadows, so plants can be grown underneath

February 19, 2016

Echo-Veyor Has Made Plant Handling Easier For Greenhouse Growers

Growers are creating improvements in a range of functions with customized plant handling systems. Several growers have realized efficiencies through customized conveyor solutions, by working with Cherry Creek Systems, based in Colorado Springs, CO, to install its Echo-Veyor cable-driven transport system. Designed to support multiple different tray types and pot sizes, each system is custom-designed for the individual needs of the operation. It can tie into existing posts or be built into a free-standing system.     The Echo-Veyor system has helped growers like Dallas Johnson Greenhouses and Rockwell Farms increase efficiency of product handling in a variety of functions, ultimately reducing time, labor, and labor costs, and improving job functions for employees working on spacing plants, pulling and processing orders, and shipping. Dallas Johnson Greenhouses in Council Bluffs, IA, reduced labor, saved time, improved its team’s performance, and saw improved plant quality at retail after installing its Echo-Veyor shipping […]

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Metrolina Greenhouses keeps a 4-acre barn filled with wood chips, sourced locally from forestry waste and old pallets. The barn can hold a three- to four-week supply of wood chips

February 18, 2016

Metrolina Greenhouses Has Improved Heating Efficiency With Green Solutions

Sustainability started to become a keyword in the horticulture industry in the late 2000s, when growers began converting their heating systems to greener options to save on energy costs and reduce their impact on the environment. However, there haven’t been many operations that have invested in sustainable solutions on as large of a scale as Metrolina Greenhouses at its Huntersville, NC, headquarters. Six years later, the operation is still fully committed to its biomass heating system and everything it entails.     Metrolina first fired up its Vynke biomass system from Belgium in 2010. The four wood boilers cover 95% of the operation’s heating needs at its 201-acre main location in Huntersville, NC, and Metrolina still maintains its traditional heating systems for back up and to provide flexibility of resources. Wood chips are sourced locally, with the majority from local forestry activities like wood harvesting companies and developers. The other […]

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NGMA Spring meeting 2016

February 17, 2016

Mark Your Calendars For The NGMA Spring Meeting

Now is the time to start making plans to attend the National Greenhouse Manufacturers’ Association’s Spring Meeting, which will take place April 10-12 in Tucson, AZ.

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Snow Damage

February 17, 2016

Tips To Help Reduce Wind And Snow Damage At Your Greenhouse

Storm damage not only has the potential to reduce your greenhouse to ruins, but will result in a devastating loss of crops. Beyond the structural integrity of your greenhouse itself, there are measures that can be taken to storm-proof your greenhouse or high tunnel.

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January 19, 2016

Tips For Cherry-Picking The Right LED Lighting Solution For Your Greenhouse

If you want to find the right LED lighting solution for your greenhouse, start with these tips from top lighting manufacturers.

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Philips Lighting, Colorado State

January 14, 2016

Philips Lighting, Colorado State University Partner On New LED Lighting Research And Training Center

The partnership will allow the two entities to perform collaborative research and focused cultivation studies to validate and innovate around the application of advanced LED lighting for horticultural activity.

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December 21, 2015

More Than 40% Of Growers Will Add Or Retrofit Structures In 2016

An early look at 2016 State of the Industry results shows why some growers are looking to add or retrofit structures in the coming year.

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Stuppy Greenhouse Manufacturing's Rainbow Super Structure

December 21, 2015

Three Strategies For Overcoming Greenhouse Heating Concerns

Lost heat, maintaining an ideal greenhouse temperature, and inefficiency in heating systems are three of the most common problems growers face when it comes to heating. Here’s a look at some ways to overcome these challenges.

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Europes Largest Rooftop Farm

December 7, 2015

Europe’s Largest Rooftop Farm Underway, Scheduled To Open In January

The Netherlands-based facility, a collaboration between Urban Farmers and Van der Valk•Kleijn, will comprise 14,000 square feet of vegetable production in an aquaponics system.

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Feature Image Cob 700 (NewLux)

November 28, 2015

15 LED Lighting Solutions For Your Greenhouse

Narrowing in on the right LED lighting product often comes down to considering your specific crop needs and growing requirements to see what works best for your application. Here are 15 LED products to take into account when choosing the right fit for your greenhouse.

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Battlefield Farms in Virginia noticed an improvement in the quality of heuchera propagation plugs after using Philips’ LED production modules

November 23, 2015

LED Lighting May Be The Next Frontier For Plant Nutrition

Philips Lighting’s senior plant specialist, Dr. Abhay Thosar, shares how the company is working with growers to help create custom plant recipes for streamlined production of better quality crops.

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October 27, 2015

How Dallas Johnson Greenhouses Is Simplifying Shipping

Two years ago, Dallas Johnson Greenhouses, a 61-acre operation in Council Bluffs, Iowa, and No. 21 of Greenhouse Grower’s Top 100 Growers, was struggling to get its orders out. With its range of potted annuals, there were so many skus that it was impossible to get enough carts into the shipping greenhouse, and the crew couldn’t get orders processed fast enough. As a result, the operation was consistently pulling orders until midnight every night during the busy shipping season, says President and CEO Todd Johnson. So Johnson got together with Arie Van Wingerden at Cherry Creek Systems to discuss his problem, and what they came up with has changed everything, Johnson says. Inside one of Dallas Johnson Greenhouses’ existing structures, the team installed a shipping system made with Echo-Veyors, the popular cable conveyor system designed by Cherry Creek Systems. The system was placed right in the front of the greenhouse, […]

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