Horticulture Articles

  • Observing the nitrogen cycle in a green manure trial on an organic farm

    As part of a 5 year Federal Government funded Landcare project in the Gippsland area of Victoria, a number of on-farm trials have taken place. One of these trials was monitoring a range of green manures on a certified organic vegetable farm. The demonstration trialled and ...

  • Drought and flooding rains

    Walter Jehne, former CSIRO Climate Scientist and Microbiologist, founder of Healthy Soils Australia, has written a 3-part document on drought in Australia and in it he demonstrates many scientific facts about how we should be managing our soils. There are many fascinating revelations in his scientific analysis such as how the removal of vegetation affects rainfall or how the lowering of soil ...

  • Repair tape for ETFE film high-tech greenhouses (horticulture)

    The currently available films and structures, such as the Venlo wide span greenhouse, make high-performance, long-lasting film greenhouses a possibility. Covering a high-quality horticulture greenhouse with film cladding can also bring benefits when it comes to energy. EFTE’s high levels of transparency across the whole PAR range allow you to create conditions that are particularly ...


    By CMC Klebetechnik GmbH

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  • Choosing the Right Light for Young Plants

    Horticulture lighting research has been conducted on young plants (germination, seedlings, plugs and cuttings) for many years. Michigan State University published a series of articles in Greenhouse Grower (see references below) on bedding plant seedlings. In their research, Drs. Wollaeger and Runkle experimented with different LED wavelengths and compared them to fluorescent light on seedling ...


    By Illumitex

  • LED or HPS for Growing Cannabis?

    “What lighting source should I use for my licensed cannabis grow?”; “I am comparing LED to HPS for my cannabis operation. Which source do you recommend?” These are questions people ask me almost on a daily basis. We have covered this question in past posts on our blog, like this one by our very own head of marketing: LEDs vs ...


    By P.L. Light Systems Inc.

  • Demystifying Light Levels for Cannabis Grows

    As more and more investors, opportunists and growers are jumping onto the green rush that is the cannabis industry right now there is also a big influx of folks who are learning as they go.  Lighting is a major purchase for this industry as a big margin of growers still prefer the better climate control and security of growing indoors and even those who choose to grow in a greenhouse are ...


    By P.L. Light Systems Inc.

  • Demystifying Light Levels for Cannabis Grows

    As more and more investors, opportunists and growers are jumping onto the green rush that is the cannabis industry right now there is also a big influx of folks who are learning as they go.  Lighting is a major purchase for this industry as a big margin of growers still prefer the better climate control and security of growing indoors and even those who choose to grow in a greenhouse are ...


    By P.L. Light Systems Inc.

  • Composting on the New York Highline

    Friends of the High Line will be taking their composting program to a new level using cutting-edge technology to compost in only 14 days. The Rocket composter technology allows for a continuous process of feeding it daily while constantly aerating the mass inside the vessel, producing high enough temperatures to kill pathogens.  Friends of the High Line ...


    By Tidy Planet Limited

  • Great Eccleston Show 2017

    Great Eccleston & District Agricultural Society The next Great Eccleston Show is on Saturday 15th and Sunday 16th July 2017 The Great Eccleston Show is a two day event and is a showcase for every aspect of rural endeavour and the whole range of crafts and skills associated with the country. With cooking, handicraft, horticulture and local arts, this north west ...


    By RE Buildings Limited

  • Blending and Bagging at Sungro Production Facility

    What’s In The Bag? A recent visit by FibreDust to the Sun Gro Horticulture blending facility, located just outside of Orlando, Florida, gave a glimpse into the business of soilless media and blending. The facility had a massive mixing and bagging line with 14 huge hoppers that added essential ingredients to soilless blends. Numerous tidy bunkers of various additives were scattered ...


    By Waterman Group

  • A Good Handling Of Ethylene Could Allow Preservation At Higher Temperatures

    Ethylene handling would allow storage of non-climacteric products at temperatures higher than recommended. A scientific paper recently published (1) quantifies the relationship between ethylene concentration, temperature and post-harvest life of different non-climacteric vegetables (pak choi, broccoli, mint and green beans). ...


    By Bioconservacion SA

  • The efficacy of disinfectants against plant pathogens

    In late 2015, a journal article from the European Journal of Plant Pathology was published on research regarding the efficacy of different disinfectants against plant pathogens in irrigation water. All testing as done by the Department of Primary Industries here in Australia for the horticulture and agriculture industries.  The disinfectants tested included chlorine, chlorine dioxide (using ...


    By NW Solutions

  • Correct management of ethylene levels could minimise or eliminate the need for refrigeration during the distribution chain of green bananas

    A recently published scientific article (Reduction of energy usage during storage and transport of bananas by management of exogenous ethylene levels, Wills et al; Postharvest Biology and Technology 89 (2014) 7-10) quantifies the relationship between the concentration of ethylene, temperature and green life of the Cavendish banana. The results demonstrate that an efficient ...


    By Bioconservacion SA

  • Landscape trees benefit from potassium-based superabsorbent polymer-amended backfill soil

    Weiner (1975) put it aptly when he stated that “However rewarding the act of tree planting may be, watching a young tree slowly die can be spiritually defeating.” Landscape plants, noted Richard Harris (1983) in his well-known “Arboriculture” book, “probably suffer more from moisture-related problems than from any other cause.” The success of tree planting ...

  • Effects of the elimination of ethylene on apple preservation.

    IX Iberian Symposium on Maturation and Postharvest From November 2-4 2016, Bioconservación participated in the IX Iberian Symposium on Maturation and Postharvest, which took place in Lisbon and coincided with the III National Symposium and IX Spanish Symposium on this important business domain of science, technology, and plant matter. Noteworthy researchers and technology ...


    By Bioconservacion SA

  • Decreased cost price advantage of gas CHP use

    From the new Quantitative Information of the Greenhouse Horticulture prove the differences in cost between whether or not CHP use almost to fall away, the carbon footprint using CHP for the heat demand remains more favorable. At different crops is the average realized sales price below the economic cost price. The scale of the companies continues to increase; the NL acreage of the main crops is ...

  • Green Industry Worker Shortage? Look to Upper Cape Cod Regional Technical High School for a possible solution

    It seems like every year there is a shortage of help in the green industry. I hear horror stories of H2B employees being weeks late to show up for work. Typically, they are held up because of incomplete or incorrect paperwork. I hear that many American workers that apply have very little experience or interest in our field, and it can take weeks or even months to train them – only to hope ...


    By FINN Corporation

  • Ontario Horticulture Research Priority Report 2016

    Sector Consultation The Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association partnered with Vineland to host a research strategy workshop in November 2014 with the goal of defining the top five research priorities for each crop group. Grower organizations were invited to nominate two representatives to participate on their behalf and a number of researchers from relevant fields were invited to ...

  • Q&A with Greenhouse Expert Theo Van de Sande

    Here at Illumitex we pride ourselves in not only our products, but our expert staff as well. Theo Van de Sande, our Senior Greenhouse Consultant, sat down with me to answer a few questions over greenhouse farming. But before we give you tips from a pro, a little background on Theo – Theo is a third generation greenhouse grower from the Netherlands with over 30 years of experience and ...


    By Illumitex

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