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with Terry Russell
Sure Your Project is Successful
T Solutions’ new project manager/designer will help ensure the successful design and implementation of new
Delta T systems.
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with Delta-T at these industry events:
»Southeast Strawberry Conference & Trade Fair
Dec. 3-6, 2013, Raleigh Durham, NC
Lakes Fruit, Vegetable and Greenhouse Conference
Dec. 10-12, 2013, Grand Rapids, MI
England Vegetable & Fruit Conference
Dec. 17-19, 2013, Manchester, NH
(Mid-Atlantic Nursery Trade Show)
Jan. 8-10, 2014, Baltimore, MD
(Central Environmental Nursery Trade Show) Marketplace
Jan. 13-15, 2014, Columbus, OH
Produce Growers & Marketers Association
Jan. 20-22, 2014, Sandusky, OH
Fruit and Vegetable Show
Jan. 28-30, 2014, Hershey, PA
Ag Expo/Tulare Farm Show
Feb. 11-13, 2014, Tulare, CA
Feb. 11-14, 2014, Littleton, CO
Tips for Maximizing Greenhouse Space
how to make the most of your greenhouse space to save money and improve efficiency.
Using the space in your greenhouses as efficiently as possible is beneficial for many reasons.
Of course, the more plants you grow, the more you can sell, but there are also energy-saving benefits of
maximizing your space.
“It’s one really good way to cope with rising energy
costs and heating costs,” says Neil Mattson, associate professor and floriculture extension specialist at Cornell
University. Building a new, more efficient structure, installing thermal curtains or buying a new boiler might
be your first thought when considering ways to save on energy bills, but they can also be expensive. “Those are
all capital costs,” says Mattson. “While they might give you a good return on your investment, you could have an
even quicker return on your investment just by maximizing how you use your space.”
Heating for Starter Houses
these heating tips to ensure optimal seed germination and crop growth.
heating during seed germination and rooting of cuttings is critical for plant health and uniformity. Making wise
decisions when it comes to the type of greenhouse heat you’re using could be the difference between a thriving
crop and one that struggles to get off the ground.
starting out, it might be tempting to go with forced-air heating, because it’s a lower upfront investment than
hydronic bench or floor heat. However, it’s important to remember that much of the heat from forced-air units
doesn’t actually reach the plants where they need it most – at the soil level. Unlike forced-air heating
systems, which lose a large amount of heat in the air, hydronic bench or in-floor heating systems warm the soil
from the bottom, promoting accelerated germination and rooting.
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