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 […]
September 24, 2015
AgriNomix Helps Keepsake Plants Cut Labor Costs With Automated Trimming
Keepsake Plants reduced labor for trimming Hydrangeas from 60 people to 28 by automating the process with AgriNomix Venti Trimmers.
September 24, 2015
4 Dramm Products That Put The Precision Into Growing
When accuracy counts, the right tool makes all the difference. New products from Dramm put tools in growers hands to get the job done efficiently.
September 24, 2015
How Spring Meadow Nursery’s Custom Sorting Machine Keeps Its Young Plants Uniform
The Michigan-based nursery uses automation to cut apart trays of immature plants and regroups them into new trays of similar-sized plants.
September 23, 2015
MSU Offers New Greenhouse Lighting Online Course For Growers
Michigan State University Extension is now offering a non-credit, pre-recorded online course on greenhouse and horticultural lighting. The lighting course is intended for greenhouse and ornamental plant growers and others interested learning about the fundamental concepts about how plants respond to light quality, quantity and in duration. It provides introductory to moderately-challenging content primarily based on experiments performed at Michigan State and Purdue Universities. This is the second course in the College of Knowledge Online series offered on the national Extension website. The first course was Floriculture Root Zone Management, also available online. What Growers Will Learn From Taking This Course The 3-hours of pre-recorded lecture and video demonstrations are divided into seven units. The first and second units cover the properties of light and its importance for plant growth and development. The third unit discusses how light quality influences stem extension and flowering. The fourth unit of the course teaches […]
September 22, 2015
Sole-Source Lighting In Horticulture: Bedding Plant Plug Production
Researchers determine how sole-source LED lighting can be used effectively for the production of bedding plant seedlings.
September 18, 2015
Visser North America To Provide Mayer Potting Machines And Equipment
Visser North America (NA) will now be the official North American supplier for sales, service and parts provider of Mayer potting machines and equipment. The Mayer premium line of potting machines is the latest addition to the Visser NA lineup, including the NewLux, Logitec Plus and Visser product lines. “Much like our current product lines, Mayer is a leading provider of potting machines and further horticultural equipment worldwide and its brand represents quality in our industry,” says Kevin Vander Ploeg, president of Visser NA. “We believe in providing our customers with the best solution for their operation with ongoing support and service excellence. Naturally, we are pleased to add Mayer to our product line up.” Mayer, a German company manufacturing in Europe and with a global presence, has been designing and manufacturing potting machines since 1967. The Mayer product range includes solutions for the entire process chain from soil preparation to filling of pots/trays […]
September 15, 2015
Costa Farms Ramps Up Sustainability Efforts With Solar Energy Investments
Costa Farms is seeking to make sustainability a top priority at its headquarters and two other buildings in Miami with the recent construction of new solar panels, which will replace 25 percent of the company's power usage with solar energy.
September 14, 2015
Golden State Bulb Growers Increases Efficiency With New Calla Bulb Grading Line
Necessity is the mother of invention, and that’s certainly true for Golden State Bulb Growers. The Moss Landing, Calif., operation, which supplies its Callafornia Calla Lily bulbs to wholesale markets around the world, was in need of a more streamlined and less labor-intensive solution to grade and sort bulbs. So Golden State’s management team got creative and started talking with MAF Industries, part of the MAF-RODA Group that specializes in the design and manufacture of grading, packing, palletizing and handling fresh fruit and vegetable systems. The manufacturer was willing to work with Golden State on the Calla Lily bulb grading and sorting machine design process. This resulted in Golden State Bulb Growers investing $700,000 to purchase the new grading system to better serve the needs of its customers, increasing uniformity and productivity in its Callafornia Callas bulb processing. Investing in the new system has also allowed Golden State Bulb Growers […]
August 21, 2015
Sole-Source LED Lighting In Horticulture: Microgreens Production
In Part 3 of a four-part lighting series highlighting the multiple uses of light-emitting diodes (LEDs), researchers examine the effects of sole-source LED lighting on microgreen production to achieve the highest quality crop possible in an energy efficient manner.