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Need to Know Greenhouse Product Spotlight:

Heating Efficiency
From Start To Finish


No matter the size of your greenhouse, installing a DTS – “SD” Rubber Tube System is easy and can grow with your operation.
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4 Ways Bench Heat Saves Energy
Grow healthier plants and increase efficiency with a radiant bench heating system.

hydroponicsGrowers are always looking for ways to maximize efficiency and cut costs through sustainable growing practices. Using radiant bench heat is just one way to accomplish all these goals and benefit your bottom line.

In the case of hydronic bench heat, water is circulated through tubes installed on top of or under the bench mesh. This method of heating is highly efficient because it heats the plants starting at the soil level rather than the air in the greenhouse. This results not only in accelerated rooting and plant growth, but energy savings, as well – as much as 20 to 30 percent fuel savings over conventional forced air heating.

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Weather Hot Topics

Be Ready For Wind Damage
Growers should have safeguards in place to minimize losses from damaging winds.

With the excessive heat and drought we experienced in 2012, followed by Hurricane Sandy's devastating impact on the East Coast, it seems as though extreme weather might be the new norm. If anything, the past year has taught us that we need to be prepared for any weather.

Kristin Getter, floriculture outreach specialist at Michigan State University, says the most important thing growers should do to be prepared is have a backup plan in case they lose power. "Many of the growers that I serve have generators that will allow them to provide at least minimal heat to their greenhouses should they lose power during a storm," she says. "Also, if you don't live on the same property as your greenhouse, these growers need to have a way to be aware of the fact that they've lost power in the greenhouses."

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