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Radiant Heating
Photo courtesy of Banner Greenhouses, Nebo, NC.

Delta T Solutions offers new and improved tubing options for its in-concrete floor radiant heating systems.
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Visit with Delta-T at these industry events:

»Produce Marketing Association
Oct. 26-28, Anaheim, CA

»Great Lakes Fruit, Vegetable and Greenhouse Conference
Dec. 4-6, Grand Rapids, MI

»New England Vegetable & Fuit Conference
Dec. 13-15, Manchester, NH

»Mid-Atlantic Nursery Trade Show (MANTS)
Jan. 9-11, 2013, Baltimore, MD

»CENTS 2013 Marketplace
Jan. 14-16, 2013, Columbis, OH

»ProGreen EXPO 2013
Jan. 15-18, 2013, Denver, CO

»Ohio Produce Growers & Marketers Association
Jan. 21-23, 2013, Sandusky, OH

»World Ag Expo/Tulare Farm Show
Feb. 12-14, 2013, Tulare, CA

Cut Costs with
Less Heat and Water

Thanks to extensive university research, our industry continues to become more efficient in crop production.

hydroponicsAs growers look for ways to cut costs using less heat and water, they increasingly look to ongoing research for more ideas. With several horticulture departments at land grant universities nationwide, all of which are dedicated to helping growers improve their growing methods, the horticulture industry continues to flourish and, despite trying times and struggling economies, become more efficient and sustainable.

Dr. Erik Runkle and his team of graduate students at Michigan State University have studied new ways grow crops efficiently with less heat for the past six years. In a series entitled "Energy-Efficient Annuals," published in Greenhouse Grower, the MSU team provided crop-specific information in response to growing temperatures.

"What we learned from our research, reported in the "Energy-Efficient Annuals" series, is that it is not possible to make blanket statements about growing temperatures because answers depend on the crop, time of year, greenhouse location and characteristics, desired plant quality, etc," Runkle says. "In other words, it's very situational."

With this knowledge, Dr. Runkle was kind enough to provide a few key points in response to our questions about ways to grow crops cooler.

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Regulations Delta T

Food Safety Rules Still Evolving
Stay up to date on the Food Safety Modernization Act to safeguard your operation.

If you're currently growing produce in your greenhouse or considering it, now is the time to become an expert on federal regulations. As in many years past, food safety problems have plagued the news headlines in 2012; and along with increasing consumer criticism comes grower frustration. Producers industry-wide have invested countless hours and endless amounts of money implementing Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) and HACCP (Hazard Analysis & Critical Control Points) into their operations. Industry associations are working with government agencies to help growers adapt to food safety mandates, and food handling entities are invested, as well.

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