February 20, 2016
Hydrogel Technology Means Growers And Their Customers Can Water Plants Less
Water and nutrient management are critical elements for quality plant production in the greenhouse. Maintaining the right amounts of available moisture and fertilizer at all times can be pretty labor intensive, but there are tools available to help you keep these inputs at optimum levels as efficiently as possible. Recently, we visited Evonik Industries’ North Carolina production plant for to see how one of these products — Stockosorb — is made, how it works, and learn the benefits of incorporating these tools in your own operation. Learn more about Evonik Industries’ Stockosorb hydrogel product on the Stockosorb website.
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 […]
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 […]
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.
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.
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.