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.

  • CO2 Enrichment in Horticulture... A `Good Life´ for all?

    If you’ve ever watched that classic 1970s TV series, ‘The Good Life’, you might have some idea of the work involved in attaining self-sufficiency. As funny and light-hearted as it was, ‘The Good Life’ offered many insights into the unenviable lot of the vegetable gardener. To its credit, the programme was also ...


    By Analox Sensor Technology

  • 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

  • Insecticide and herbicide producer places heavy demands on rotary batch mixer

    Indalva S.L. is Spain's largest toll manufacturer of insecticides and herbicides, producing approximately 5,500 to 7,700 tons/yr (5,000 to 7,000 m.t./yr) of some 30 different products for about 20 companies, nearly half of which are located in other countries. Established in 1967, the family-run company is also Spain's oldest producer of clay microgranules, which, along with quartz sand, are used ...

  • 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 ...

  • New ground ripe for foundry sands

    The US foundry industry uses around 100 million tons of sand each year to produce metal castings. Although the sand is recycled inside the casting process, about 10 percent of the sand is discarded and potentially could be utilized in commercial soil blending operations. Currently only around a million tons of that sand is recycled; the remaining 8-12 million tons are landfilled, according to 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

  • Novel computational fluid dynamics simulation software for thermal design and evaluation of horticultural packaging

    Good airflow patterns and appropriate temperature and relative humidity levels are essential for storage stability, good shelf life and quality of fresh produce inside ventilated packages. Although several types of commercial packaging are available for a wide range of commodities, the majority of these packages have evolved through industry practice and experience. With increasing volume, value ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • 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 ...

  • 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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