A seminar entitled, “Using New Technologies to Optimize the Greenhouse Environment for Efficiency and Increased Profitability,” will be one of the highlights at the 2014 Farwest Trade Show, held August 21 to 22 in Portland, Ore. The presentation will take place Thursday, August 21 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Presenters are Lloyd Traven of Peace Tree Farm and Al Zylstra of DRAMMwater.
The seminar will take a close look at emerging greenhouse technologies that are enhancing growing conditions, increasing efficiencies and adding profitability. The new directions in process optimization are applicable to propagation, potted production and nursery growing.
Traven and Zylstra will focus on irrigation management, water disinfection, lighting methods and oxygen saturation of water. Key to their talk is the message that these emerging technologies have the potential to integrate with existing equipment, incorporating new data and sensor driven methods in ways that take current operations to greater efficiencies and automation.
The new technologies touch on a host of innovations including individual plant-purposed water logistics, solid-state technology from Damatex and Argus that control small applications of water on crop basis, LED and high-intensity lighting equipment and techniques and DRAMMwater technology for driving higher levels of dissolved oxygen into water.
“This presentation is one more example of Farwest’s mission to be the industry forum for innovations in greenhouse production,” says Allan Niemi, Director of Events and Education at the Oregon Association of Nurseries, producers of the Farwest Trade Show. “Lloyd and Al stay on the cutting edge of technology that enhances growing operations. We’re thrilled they are a part of our education program this year.”
Farwest offers a range of events and speakers that will focus on issues and ideas relevant to greenhouse producers of all types of plant material. The trade show will showcase the best and brightest of industry experts, innovative companies, first-time plant releases, new products, research and continuing education.
New this year: Farwest is launching its first ever mobile app for this year’s show. Users will be able to search for exhibitors, browse speaker bios, follow the latest social media updates, record their own show notes and take pictures of their favorite Farwest features. Plus, download the app for opportunities to win great prizes.
Source: 2014 Farwest Trade Show