University of Florida releases new video: Five Tips on Pesticides, Water Quality, and $$$

Water quality expert Dr. Sarah White, Professor and Nursery ExtensionSpecialist from Clemson University, describes how water quality affects pesticide efficacy and the bottom line in this new YouTube video (https://youtu.be/HH7Fo5rLSZM). Do you know how the pH of water in your spray tank affects the effectiveness of pesticides? How can you modify water quality for better […]

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Irrigation De-Mistified

By Godfrey Dol It is said that managing irrigation is a bit like being married. No matter how hard you try, you never do it right. But it is because we try that we succeed in having a happy marriage. Plants need water and fertilizer to grow. In the hi-tech glasshouse industry, we apply both […]

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‘Managing Water Quality and Biofilm for Indoor Production’ by Dr. Paul Fisher

Indoor Ag Sci Café presents ‘Managing Water Quality and Biofilm for Indoor Production’ by Dr. Paul Fisher (University of Florida). This comprehensive summary is an essential information for indoor farming! February Indoor Ag Sci Café focused on water quality and biofilm for indoor production. Dr. Fisher discussed characteristics of different source water and their potential […]

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University of Florida offers Weed Management and Irrigation Water Quality and Treatment online courses

University of Florida Greenhouse Training Online courses  Our last Greenhouse Training Online courses for 2019! Weed Management Earn CEUs An intermediate level course that teaches all aspects of weed management in nurseries and greenhouses, including weed identification, developing herbicide programs, and the latest non-chemical methods of weed control that work. Irrigation Water Quality & Treatment […]

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e-Gro: Reservoir Nutrient Solution Siphoning

Originally published on the e-Gro Blog Thu, Mar 21, 2019, created by Kellie Walters and Roberto Lopez If you are growing crops hydroponically in deep-flow or raft systems, one of the last things you want to see is an unusually low or empty tank. It is not uncommon for nutrient solution levels to be reduced […]

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Meeting US Nursery and Greenhouse Growers’ Needs with Water Conservation Extension Programs

Nursery and greenhouse growers comprise an important sector of United States agriculture that is uniquely situated to conserve water while growing plants that provide many social and environmental benefits. In order for Extension professionals to effectively help growers use water conservation technologies, it is important to understand the knowledge level and adoption rates growers have […]

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Reducing irrigation quantity and improving water quality to grow better plants

A presentation by Jane Stanley, woody grower of Saunders Brothers, Inc located in Nelson County, Virginia. This is a case study on how old and new technologies are being implemented to cut water use and reduce plant loss. Learn how to manage water quantity and quality as a tool to grow better plants for the […]

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University of Florida offers new online course in irrigation and water treatment

Our last Greenhouse Training Online course for 2018! Interpret water quality tests for irrigation of greenhouse and nursery crops, select appropriate water treatment technologies, and design a water treatment and monitoring system. Irrigation Water & Treatment is the final course for 2018 in the Greenhouse Training Online series offered by the University of Florida IFAS […]

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New Water Quality Interpreter Tool

The University of Connecticut and University of Florida just launched the WaterQual tool as part of the CleanWateR3 research program. This tool interprets the quality of a water source to irrigate plants in greenhouses and nurseries, and is available in English and Spanish. Link to the WaterQual Tool Clean WateR3 is a federally funded Specialty […]

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How do I decide on a water treatment system?

Originally published in Issue 13 Know your goals before investing in a water treatment system. A water treatment system is not going to add value to your product. It’s all about reducing the risk of crop losses. One of the advantages that ornamental plant growers have over growers of hydroponic edible crops is that ornamental […]

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Safe water sources for hydroponic food production

Whether using municipal or well water, monitoring and testing are important to ensure successful production of greenhouse hydroponic lettuce and leafy greens. An increasing number of ornamental plant growers are looking to take advantage of the growing interest in local food sales by expanding their production with seasonal crops of lettuce, leafy greens and herbs. […]

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Monitoring is critical for hydroponic production systems

Whether a grower is using a nutrient film technique or deep water raft hydroponic system, it is important to closely monitor pH, soluble salts and temperature to optimize plant growth. Growers who are doing hydroponic production in nutrient film technique (NFT) or deep water raft systems should be monitoring pH and soluble salts content (electrical […]

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Is Water Treatment in your Future?

With continuing concerns about water availability, safety and regulations, more growers are looking at water treatment to protect this vital resource. The United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change is scheduled to release a report on the impact of climate change in March 2014. A leaked copy of the final draft identifies key risks that […]

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