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Winter Woes Challenge Growers
Growers play catch-up after heavy snow and extremely cold temperatures wreak havoc on structures and young plants.

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The winter of 2014 will certainly go down as one of the worst in recent memory, and "polar vortex" is a term we won't forget for a while. As always, extreme winter weather can create a myriad of challenges for greenhouse growers. Michigan, in particular (the third-largest producer of floriculture crops in the U.S.), experienced record-breaking snowfall and freezing temperatures this past winter, and the Michigan State University Extension surveyed growers about the damage.

Snow Woes

Of those who responded to the survey, 49 percent reported sustaining damage such as bending and sinking metal structures from snow load, affecting a total of 14 acres of greenhouses. Some growers, however, thwarted snow load damage by cutting greenhouse plastic to let snow fall into the greenhouse. Others heated their greenhouses to at least 50 degrees to stop snow from collecting on the roof and in the gutters, says Michigan State Extension Educator Heidi Wollaeger. But that extra heat came at a cost, at least for some growers.

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The recently enacted Farm Bill offers incentives for growers investing in new, efficient equipment.

Save Energy If you’ve been thinking about upgrading your greenhouse operation’s equipment to improve efficiency, there’s no better time than now. Not only has the brutally cold winter taken its toll, the newest Farm Bill – the Agricultural Act of 2014 – has increased funds for implementation of energy conservation practices. That means there’s more money available in the form of grants and loans for growers investing in energy-saving upgrades.

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