commercial grow operation Articles

  • VeggieFresh LED grow lights help commercial growers increase revenue by 35%

    After 2 years of research, development, and testing, VeggieFresh LED announces arrival of their new line of commercial LED grow lights through VeggieFreshLED.com. Known for bringing innovative products to the commercial greenhouse marketplace, VeggieFresh is positioned to permanently alter how produce is grown on a large scale by showing grow operation ...


    By Veggie Fresh LED

  • Canadian Composting Industry on the Grow

    Organic residuals continue to represent one of the largest untapped portions of the residential and industrial waste streams in Canada. However, this will not continue for much longer. Throughout Canada, programs have been or are about to be established that will capture organic materials and, through composting, transform them into value-added products for use in a multitude of applications. The ...


    By BioCycle Magazine

  • Commentary: Growing the U.S. Composting Industry

    It is a great time to be in the compost manufacturing industry! After 15 months on the job as the Executive Director of the US Composting Council (USCC), I remain thrilled to be a part of this industry and passionate about the opportunities that lie ahead. In 2012, major emphasis was placed on growing as an industry, establishing strategic partnerships and enhancing public awareness of the merits ...


    By BioCycle Magazine

  • Connecticut company rounds out operation with track-mounted grinder: Saugatuck tree & logging increases productivity and versatility with the latest addition to its growing equipment list

    When it recently undertook a project to clear and excavate for a driveway up a fairly steep hillside, Saugatuck Tree & Logging found the grinding facet of the job one of the most challenging. The lot, owned by the CEO of a major internet travel site, featured sizeable trees — many in excess of 60 inches in diameter — which had to first be downsized, then painstakingly hauled down the hillside ...


    By Morbark, LLC

  • Compost Operator Training

    Compost operator training programs - available in 17 states or regions - are transferring the knowledge and tools to stay on the positive side of the management challenges that arise in day-to-day operations.   RECYCLING organic ...


    By BioCycle Magazine

  • Commercial Experiences :Time for (compost) Tea in the Northwest

     Understanding Compost Tea COMPOST TEA describes many different preparations made using compost as a starting material and producing a liquid extract or in some cases a “liquid version” of the original compost. There are many home-designed pieces of equipment and some commercially available equipment made to produce compost tea. New ideas abound on how to fabricate the better tea-maker and ...


    By BioCycle Magazine

  • Commercial greenhouse water demand sensitivity analysis: single crop case study

    Today water distribution utilities are trying to improve operational efficiency through increased demand intelligence from their largest customers. Moving to prognostic operations allows utilities to optimally schedule and scale resources to meet demand more reliably and economically. Commercial greenhouses are large water consumers. In order to produce effective forecasting models for ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Singapore: red Tilapia spawns profits

    At this research and commercial farm, freshwater red tilapia (Oreochromis , spp.) is a major product, selling live for a premium price. Harvest size is 600 to 700 grams each, following a six month grow-out period. The senior manager reported, 'Operation with AIRE-O2® aerators is quite good and reliable. We are able to sustain good densities of fish in the ponds.' The deputy manager also reported ...

  • Using ICT to Drive your sustainability strategy

    Australian corporations and government bodies face the imperative to create a platform in their own organisations to tackle the complex issue of climate change through sustainability strategies. Sustainability means taking responsible action and providing solutions that improve operational resilience, commercial sustainability and environmental sustainability with the resultant environmental, ...

  • Protein from preprocessed waste activated sludge as a nutritional supplement in chicken feed

    Five groups of broiler chickens were raised on feed containing varying substitutions of single cell protein from preprocessed waste activated sludge (pWAS) in varying compositions of 0:100, 25:75, 50:50, 75:25, and 100:0 pWAS: fishmeal by mass. Forty chickens per batch were evaluated for growth rate, mortality rate, and feed conversion efficiency (ηє). The initial ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Diver versus Deep Trekker: A Cost /Benefit Analysis

    As underwater ROV technology continues to evolve and transform, industry professionals are faced with a simple question: diver or drone? While the question may be simple, often the answer is not and depends on a multitude of factors such as the scope of a task, operating environment/conditions and project complexity to name a few. Ultimately everything boils down to two factors: safety and cost. ...


    By Deep Trekker Inc.

  • Food composting infrastructure

    From 1995 to 2000, BioCycle published an annual national survey of food waste composting projects in the United States. Since then, we have continued to track food waste composting activity, and in 2007 launched www.findacomposter.com, a publicly searchable data base that lists many sites in the U.S. that receive municipal, commercial, institutional and industrial food waste ...


    By BioCycle Magazine

  • Project aims to produce fertilizer from wastes

    With the highest cattle density in northeastern Wisconsin and urban sprawl sprawling, Brown County has accelerated its investigation into how to handle growing amounts of dairy manure and industrial wastes spread on a diminishing land base.Applying waste on limited crop acreage has led to groundwater contamination issues and pollution problems of lower Green Bay.The solution lies in a value-added ...


    By FEECO International, Inc.

  • Can superfoods boost the planet’s health, too?

    As demand for African and Asian tree-based superfoods grows, researchers and entrepreneurs eye ways to maximize benefits for the environment. It can seem like new health food fads pop up every week — fads that often fade as quickly as they appear. Two gaining steam lately, though, may be worth a longer look: baobab and moringa. Traditional fare in parts of Africa (and for moringa, ...


    By Ensia

  • Greenhouse packs a power punch

    Closed loop system utilizes gasification, algae ponds and anaerobic digestion to convert wood waste to a variety of products, including biofuel, biogas and a soil amendment. MICHAEL Smith is supervising the first commercial-scale Green Power House at the F.H. Stoltze Land and Lumber Co. near Columbia Falls, Montana. Smith, a physicist, has designed a system to take waste products and turn them ...


    By BioCycle Magazine

  • Las Vegas DirtWorkz, Inc.: Using the City’s wood waste to farm the desert

    Ray Becerra knows a thing or two about recycling, reusing and repurposing waste materials. You might even say it’s in his blood. Becerra has spent his entire life around landfills and farming operations, and he wears his passion for recycling waste materials on his sleeve. His enthusiasm for dust, dirt and debris, says Becerra, comes from his father, an avid recycler who was involved in the ...

  • Cow-pattie power

    On a massive cattle feedlot located outside the town of Vegreville, Alta., the pungent odour of cow manure is masked by the sweet smell of the province’s energy future. Turning cattle dung — “brown gold,” as some call it — into green power and other valuable byproducts is a made-in-Alberta energy solution that is not only sustainable and energy efficient, but also ...


    By Himark bioGas Inc

  • Shrimp farming: Why prevention is better than medicine

    Disease challenges that have affected a number of key shrimp production regions around the world in recent years have increased the focus on producing healthier and more robust stocks. In addition to establishing very strict sanitary requirements, many shrimp farmers have sought new health-specific diets across the shrimp lifecycle that progress growth and reduce bacterial challenges. Some, ...


    By Skretting - Nutreco Group

  • Editorial: Talking Turkey

    While pondering a title for this month’s Editorial, the phrase Let’s Talk Turkey popped into my head. Perhaps it is the double entendre, as in I will talk to you about our family recipe for turkey and stuffing. But in this case, I’m going with the meaning of talking turkey that is in the Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions by Richard A. Spears: ...


    By BioCycle Magazine

  • Redefining ag-wastes as coproducts

    Alan Doering doesn’t have the word “waste” in his vocabulary. As the scientist heading up the Agricultural Utilization Research Institute’s (AURI) coproduct utilization program, Doering sees crop residue, agricultural processing leftovers and biomass as products with value worth exploring. “Every leftover or coproduct has a value,” Doering says. “Our goal is to find the best use with the highest ...


    By BioCycle Magazine

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