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BLV pushes HPS output from 1950 to 2100 µmol s-1

The light output of a high-pressure sodium (HPS) lamp is the key element determining its efficacy. For a long period of time the output of a 1000 W HPS lamp was restricted to 1950 µmol s-1. The reason for the restriction was the gas pressure inside the burner and the technology used to ignite the lamp.In.....

SBI releases new merchant app for big box growers

SBI Software will be releasing Mobi Merchandiser, a management tool and mobile app for planning recurring store visits, recurring store tasks, picture requirements and automating buyer reporting. Merchandising reps use the mobile app to see daily store visits, execute store tasks and take pictures where.....

Sweden: LEDs provide coolness for Alpine plants

Last spring Heliospectra launched the LX60, a new kind of energy-efficient and fully controllable LED grow light, designed and engineered to replace traditional HPS and HID lamps. The lamp is a first step towards a complete biofeedback system, with sensors detecting how the plants are reacting to the light.....

US: Floral industry sees push for more research funding

In the first 100 days of the Trump administration, floral industry members have successfully pushed members of Congress to support floriculture research funding and helped educate lawmakers on tax issues that could hurt small-business owners.While “the first 100 days” is viewed by some as artificial and even.....

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Here's why you should digitize your ordering process

69 percent of U.S. consumers are planning to give their mothers a bouquet of flowers for Mother's Day, according to the National Retail Federation — spending an estimated $2.6 billion on the holiday. In order to enable consumers to surprise their moms with fresh flowers this Sunday (May 14), the products.....

Chinese nursery takes advantage of new outdoor spray booms

This week at the Hortiflorexpo IPMin Shanghai, Italian nursery equipment manufacturer Urbinati introduced several new innovative solutions to increase the efficiency of nursery operations throughout China.Urbinati's export manager Alessandro Mazzacano, explained that the busy and crowded trade show.....

New registration system makes business processes transparent

Codema SDF developed a new labor registration system; SDF Verifice. Thanks to the cooperation with employment agency Van Koppen & Van Eijk, Codema SDF was able to develop practice-oriented. SDF Verifice is a cloud-based solution based on a fingerprint for registering and verifying hours. All data is.....

Protect your process computer against ransomware

Cybercrime is an increasing issue for anyone who uses the internet. Newspapers report daily about hackers and ransomware. All iSii process computers that are connected to the Internet are sensitive to this threat. Therefore, Hoogendoorn provides you with some precautionary measures.Make sure you have a good.....

The influence of light, CO2 and temperature on young plant production

M.S. candidate Allison Hurt at Michigan State University is quantifying how light (duration, intensity, and quality), carbon dioxide, and temperature (air temperature and root-zone) influence floriculture and hop young plant production, quality, and subsequent flowering.In northern latitudes, it is not.....

Developing LED lighting strategies for indoor floriculture transplant production

Ph.D. candidate Yujin Park at Michigan State University investigates how the radiation spectrum of sole-source LED lighting influences growth and development characteristics of floriculture transplants.A new method of producing floriculture transplants is indoors using light-emitting diodes (LEDs). However,.....

Priva brings project-based collaboration to your screen

Follow greenhouse construction projects from start to finish

In late 2015, Priva launched its video section entitled “The Grower Files”. In four short videos, notable growers from the Netherlands and abroad outline their vision regarding topical issues and issues of importance in greenhouse horticulture. Building on the success of those video reports, Priva is now.....

by Amanda Williams

Ventilation methods: Low-tech to automated high-tech

Within a few muggy or sweltering hours, greenhouse crops can be shocked and damaged during vital stages of growth and development. Greenhouse humidity and temperature can quickly become the enemy of production if growers do not implement proper ventilation within their system. Humidity and heat can be.....

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Optimizing growth climate by steering the plant’s balances

Next Generation Growing (NGG) is a new way of growing introduced in the Dutch greenhouse industry by the Dutch Cooperative Grower Association. Hoogendoorn has been involved in the research since 2006. Although NGG is mostly associated with energy savings, the primary aim is to optimize plant growth by.....

Join Lumigrow for a first look at their dynamic grow light sensor

On Thursday, May 4th at 10:00AM PDT, join Lumigrow for a first look at the industry’s first dynamic grow light sensor, and to learn from their in-house Plant Research Group. Space is limited.Even if you can’t make the date, don’t fret! The webinar will be e-mailed to all those who sign up. Just fill out the.....