Horticulture Equipment Articles

  • A Short Payback Period for Illumitex LEDs vs. 1000 W HPS | White Paper

    Overview Growers interested in purchasing supplemental or sole-source lighting need to be able to accurately predict the economics and cost of ownership for the many different types of fixture layouts and options available on the market.  A useful financial estimate is the simple payback (or return on investment, ROI) of choosing one system over another.  The ROI takes into ...


    By Illumitex Inc.

  • Advantages of the combined use of Bi-On and 1-MCP

    The removal of ethylene by Bi-On during coldstorage in Controlled Atmosphere of Bramley apple treated with 1-MCP reduces the risk of scald, according to a recent study conducted in Ireland (Sean Mac an tSaoir, John Mansfield, Frances Ward and Suzanne Johnston, AFBI horticulture Loughgall). Due to the prohibition of the anti-scalding agent DPA, the aim of the trial was to find alternatives to the ...


    By Bioconservacion SA

  • Using coir as a growing susbstrate - sustainably and ethically

    Manufactured from the inner husk of coconuts, coir is, but its very nature, produced in distant, and often developing, countries. This means that there is also an ethical slant to consider, as well as the question of shipping costs and carbon use. As retailers apply more pressure on their suppliers to focus on sustainability and ethics, these points are becoming increasingly important. Growers ...


    By Botanicoir Ltd

  • CoirGreen™ : Helping you think and act green

    Many of us depend heavily on the environment to make a living. Yet, knowingly or unknowingly to us, our actions can have negative impact on the environment, such as ...


    By CoirGreen

  • The environment is our lifeblood at CoirGreen

    We live in a time when the insufferable arrogance of man has laid waste to the most beautiful planet in the solar system. The current statistics regarding the Earth’s environment portray a scary picture. The world’s rain forests could completely vanish in a hundred years at the ...


    By CoirGreen

  • Coir Green Husk Chips ( Coco Chips or Coir husk)

    Coconut husk is the outer layer of the coconut fruit, consisting of long fibers and sponge-like pith particles. In nature, the husk protects the inner germinating seed by resisting excess saturation and salt. The husk, which naturally helps the coconut stay in oat in water, also stays uniformly moist and does not rot. Husk chips (coco chips /Coco blocks) are used as a potting medium, due to their ...


    By CoirGreen

  • Coco peat (Coir pith, coir fiber peat) is an Environmentally Sustainable Product for the Horticultural & Agricultural sector

    Coconut fiber usage has become very common among professionals in various industries due to the versatility of the product. In the horticultural, agricultural, or erosion control sector, coir has a remarkable reputation for its superiority to other available natural materials in the market. Coir fiber is found between the husk & the outer shell of a coconut husk. The individual fiber cells ...


    By CoirGreen

  • Gardens by the Bay: High performance through design optimization and integration

    This is a case study on the development of the Gardens by the Bay, Bay South and Conservatory Complex to provide intelligent and integrated building responses. This article demonstrates the effectiveness of combining a number of environmental design and building services optimization steps to achieve a sustainable design. Key initiatives undertaken include high-level daylighting design of the ...

  • Compost Data Tracking And Analysis

    From tip fee invoice tracking to process control to compost product sampling, information gathering, analysis and reporting are key to successful facility operations.   COMPOSTING is a highly regulated component ...


    By BioCycle Magazine

  • 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

  • 1-Methylcyclopropene (1-MCP) based technologies for storage and shelf life extension

    1-MCP is an inhibitor of ethylene perception that can markedly affect ripening and/or senescence processes of many horticultural products. In general, 1-MCP delays ripening and senescence and reduces ethylene production, respiration, colour change and softening. Information about these effects is increasing rapidly and is available on a regularly updated website ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • An overview of preharvest factors influencing postharvest quality of horticultural products

    Postharvest product quality develops during growing of the product and is maintained, not improved by postharvest technologies. Available genetic material allows discrimination of external and internal quality attributes that must satisfy consumer requirements and indulgences. Farmers face challenges in utilising technologies for producing high quality crops; meaningful manipulation of light, ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Distribution of Pesticide Residues Within Homes in Central New York State

    Abstract  Residues for 17 pesticides were analyzed in 41 households in central New York State that represented farm, rural, and urban houses. Samples were taken in both summer and winter of 2000–2001 from the same households from four locations; family room carpet; adjacent smooth floor; flat tabletop surface; and settled dust collected in a Petri dish on a tabletop. Pesticide residues were ...


    By Springer

  • Use of plant growth-promoting bacteria for biocontrol of plant diseases: principles, mechanisms of action, and future prospects

    Laboratoire de Stress, Défenses et Reproduction des Plantes, Unité de Recherche Vignes et Vins de Champagne, UPRES EA 2069, UFR Sciences, Université de Reims Champagne-Ardenne, 51687 Reims Cedex 2, France,  Agroscope FAW Wädenswil, Swiss Federal Research Institute for Fruit Production, Viticulture, and Horticulture, CH-8820 Wädenswil, Switzerland, Department of Horticulture, Virginia Polytechnic ...

  • Cost-Benefit Analyses: Exploring the Economics of On-Farm Composting

    When exploring the merits of on-farm composting, the question most often raised is: What are the economics? How do the savings or revenues from on-farm composting compare to the costs? Of course, the answer is the ever present “it depends.” Expenses, resources, revenue opportunities, environmental constraints and circumstances vary greatly from one farm to the next. Most people would agree that ...


    By BioCycle Magazine

  • Composters Build Strong Links to California Farms

    The rapidly increasing amounts of compost applied to California farms can be traced to numerous factors — better crops, fewer disease problems, greater emphasis on product quality, mandated state recycling goals, savings in disposal costs and savings in chemical inputs. And then there’s the factor of friendship, longtime personal relationships that build trust between composters and farm ...


    By BioCycle Magazine

  • Grasspave2 Limited Warranty

    Preamble: All of the materials used in making the Grasspave2 product are non-biodegradable plastics. As such they can be described as having an "indefinite lifespan". From a practical standpoint, we know that plastic pipe materials have been used in the ground for at least 45 years, and are still functioning. Our plastic materials will not directly harm or help the ...


    By Invisible Structures, Inc.

  • Compressibility Properties of a Horticultural Peat

    The compressibility of a typical horticultural peat has been studied in the laboratory. Compressibility is an important factor in the processing of this material since volume governs the cost of shipping. The final reconstituted volume and the appearance of the peat after shipping must also be taken into account for marketing. Compression tests have been carried out on a horticultural peat from ...


    By ASTM International

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