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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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, […]
October 24, 2015
Five Tips For Successful Use Of Boom Irrigation Lighting On Long-Day Ornamentals
Michigan State University Extension shares five tips to help growers use boom irrigation lighting more effectively to accelerate flowering of long-day ornamental crops.
October 8, 2015
Industry Standards For Greenhouse Lighting On The Horizon
As the use of LEDs has risen among greenhouse growers, so have concerns about the best way to measure and compare the many LED light products across the market. As a result, the lighting industry is responding to a call for greater transparency and the development of standardized measuring and testing methods.
September 25, 2015
Growers Solve Problems With Precision Horticulture
My dad’s hands are covered with sores, nicks, scratches and bruises. It’s the ongoing reward — or drawback — of his ingenuity, as he’s constantly wrenching on equipment or constructing new innovations that will help him get work done more efficiently on the farm. As a kid, I would always marvel at his toughness, and how he would barely notice a new wound, shrugging it off as he kept working, driven to complete his work and bring his idea to fruition. He’s still at it today, and his hands tell the story of the many projects he’s completed over the years. I’m guessing many of you can relate, and your hands look similar to my dad’s. After all, ingenuity is the name of the game in this business, where creative thinking to solve problems often leads to revolutionary solutions that automate production, save labor and cut costs. That’s easy to […]