US (MI): Inspect greenhouses to mitigate heat loss during sub-zero temperatures

Over the past few days, snow has finally blanketed Michigan and according to the Michigan State University Enviroweather stations in Coldwater, Commerce, East Lansing, Flint, Hudsonville, Kalamazoo, Romeo and West Olive, Michigan, sub-zero temperatures ranging from -5 to -18 degrees Fahrenheit have been recorded. These locations and other cities located in southwestern to central to southeastern Michigan are home to many greenhouse operations.

During the winter, including sub-zero temperatures, most greenhouse operators strive to maintain temperature set points between 60 and 72 F to ensure crop growth and development. Consider the following tips and techniques in order to not delay crops, mitigate heat loss and prevent potential chilling injury or freezing damage to crops.

Read more at Michigan State University (W. Garrett Owen & Roberto Lopez)


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