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2017 AVF Summit

2017 AVF Summit in Washington, D.C

By Kyle Barnett The AVF Summit in Washington D.C was a great event to get a very eclectic group of people together that all want the same thing: to feed people and grow food sustainably as we move into a future that is rapidly growing and urbanizing. Recent grads, farmers, politicians, and tech driven individuals […]

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Lufa Farms uses GE LEDs to produce locally grown food

Case File Facts COMPANY: Lufa Farms Inc. LOCATION: Montreal, Quebec, Canada CROPS: Lufa Farms produces over 75 different varieties of vegetables, including  tomatoes, cucumbers, sweet and hot peppers, leafy greens, microgreens,  kale, herbs, radishes, celery, kohlrabi, broccoli, cauliflower, arugula,  watercress, mustard, bok choy and kale. Lufa Farms has a membership of  about 10,000 families called […]

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Victor Loaiza Mejia joins the Hort Americas team

Hort Americas is proud to announce that Victor Loaiza Mejia has joined our team as the Technical Sales Manager for California, Oregon and Washington.  Victor studied agronomy in Mexico and did a year of study at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo in California. After graduating he worked for Koppert Mexico and for British American Tobacco. […]

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The Local by Atta team (from left to right) includes: Brandon Petitpas, assistant farmer; Jesse Howatt, co-founder and farmer; Nick Barron, assistant farmer; Julian Howatt, co-founder and farmer, and Svitlana Rastovska, assistant farmer.

Local by Atta rebuilds vertical farm with GE LEDs after devastating fire

Case File Facts COMPANY: Local by Atta LOCATION: Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada CROPS: Local by Atta produces a variety of lettuces, basil, kale, Swiss chard, bok choy, cilantro and microgreens. Products are sold at farmers markets, health food stores, grocery stores, restaurants and through a weekly basket  program. The basket program is expected to increase sales […]

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Creekside Nursery uses GE LEDs for early flowering of long day plants

Case File Facts COMPANY: Creekside Nursery LOCATION: Hempstead, Texas CROPS: Creekside Nursery is primarily a woody ornamental grower that produces  trees, shrubs, succulents, Knock Out roses, ornamental grasses, perennials  and annual color. The company sells to landscapers, independent garden  centers and rewholesalers in Texas and Oklahoma. TECHNOLOGY: GE Arize Greenhouse Pro LED Flowering Lamp   […]

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Nutrient guidelines for hydroponic tomato production

By Victor Loaiza, on behalf of Hort Americas It is important to conduct water and nutrient solution analyses on a regular basis to ensure hydroponic tomatoes are receiving the proper level of nutrients. Making sure that hydroponically-grown tomatoes receive the proper nutrient levels requires testing water and nutrient solutions. Growers also need to confirm that […]

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Pre-Empt FAQ

We have been receiving a lot of questions about Pre-Empt. He are some responses to the common questions: When is Pre-Empt appropriate? It is best suited for recirculating hydroponic production of leafy greens. It can be used as a direct substitute for conventional fertilizers in NFT, DWC/Floating Raft, and Flood & Drain. When used properly, […]

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Hort Americas now distributing Sudlac

Sudlac goes for growth Sudlac is coming to North America in 2017. The company’s goal is to become the leading manufacturer of shading materials for the global greenhouse horticulture market. This is apparent from the complete restyling of the company brand all the way to the development of its fast-growing team. Behind the scenes, every […]

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GE Lighting horticultural LED lights are specifically designed for controlled environment agriculture

GE Lighting has introduced LED grow lights for use in greenhouses, vertical farms, tissue culture labs and growth chambers. GE Lighting has been offering horticultural LED lights to the North American market since 2011. “GE had been marketing horticultural LED lights in Japan prior to introducing them to the United States,” said Sharee Thornton, Product […]

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Celina Gómez, environmental horticulture professor at University of Florida, said knowing the solar DLI will determine a grower’s need for supplemental lighting.
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Growers, researchers learning how, where and when to use supplemental lighting

Before growers invest in supplemental lighting they need to determine the impact of natural light levels on their crops. One of the things that University of Florida horticulture professor Celina Gómez tries to reinforce with growers when talking about supplemental lighting is the importance of the daily light integral. Daily light integral is the sum […]

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December 2016 Newsletter

Hort Americas Corporate Newsletter  |  December 2016 Greetings Alicia, Substrate trials in Hort Americas’ research greenhouse are looking at conventional and organic propagation substrates along with different irrigation strategies for producing healthy starter plugs for hydroponic production systems.   Substrate trials look to assist hydroponic growers avoid propagation-related issues Hort Americas has retrofitted a 12,000-square-foot greenhouse […]

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NG2.0 from GRODAN: The New Standard for Optimal Irrigation

Press Release Precision Growing has never been so Precise Next Generation 2.0 (NG2.0) is the latest substrate technology from GRODAN. This technology enables propagators and growers to produce more while using less water, nutrients and space. It creates optimal growing conditions for a whole season, and allows roots to make better use of the entire […]

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November 2016 Newsletter

Hort Americas Corporate Newsletter  |  November 2016 Greetings, Early results from fertilizer trials in Hort Americas’ research greenhouse show knowing the levels of nutrients in fertilizer solutions can go a long way in avoiding problems with deficiencies and toxicities.   Fertilizer trials look at leafy greens, herb growth in hydroponic production systems Hort Americas has […]

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Voices of Horticulture: Dr. Alex Krichevsky’s Glow in Dark Plant and the Plant Infirmary

Dr. Alex Krichevsky’s Glow in Dark Plant and the Plant Infirmary Dr. Alex Krichevsky is an eclectic plant scientist with a penchant for entrepreneurialism. Dr. Alex was born in the Soviet Union and began his formal education in Israel. He immigrated to the United States and after a few stints in academia in New York […]

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Voices of Horticulture: Ben Bylsma, Michigan’s Food Innovator

Ben Bylsma, Turning Chefs into Growers The Food Innovation Center Kalamazoo Valley Community College Ben Bylsma, production manager at the Kalamazoo Valley Community College’s Food Innovation Center is helping chef’s become growers. The Kalamazoo Valley Healthy Neighborhoods Food Innovation Center is unique mix of culinary arts, health care and horticulture is evolving in Kalamazoo, Michigan. […]

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October 2016 Newsletter

Hort Americas Corporate Newsletter  |  October 2016 Greetings , Hort Americas’ special projects manager Tyler Baras is using a 12,000-square-foot hydroponic greenhouse to teach company staff and customers what it takes to economically grow leafy greens and herbs.   Hort Americas retrofits greenhouse for trialing hydroponic growing systems, products Tyler Baras is a well-traveled grower. He […]

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Voices of Horticulture: Dr. Ep Heuvelink and Rose Bud Break

Dr. Ep Heuvelink and Rose Bud Break Dr. Ep is uber cool from the Netherlands. Ep is a well know researcher and has written books on Tomato Greenhouse Production and Greenhouse Crop Physiology. You can find his books on Amazon. Ep has a great sense of humor and is a botanical fashion trend setter. In […]

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Voices of Horticulture: American Veterans become Community Farmers

“American Veterans become Community Farmers” Our American Veterans have bravely served and protected our nation, our freedom and our people. Although we can never repay them for what they have done we can help them continue their journey after serving our country. Rutgers University’s V.E.T.S. program is a creative effort where a community has come […]

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September 2016 Newsletter

Hort Americas Corporate Newsletter  |  September 2016 Greetings, Research at Michigan State University shows growers have a choice when it comes to lights for photoperiodic control.   LEDs offer option for photoperiodic control As light bulb manufacturers phase out the production of incandescent bulbs, growers are looking for replacements to control flowering of ornamental plants. […]

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Expanding Possibilities with e-GRO®

Smart app signals new era in Precision Growing for GRODAN customers ROERMOND, the Netherlands, − GRODAN, a global leader in stone wool substrate solutions introduces e-Gro: an easy to use, mobile app that gives real-time substrate information. e-Gro is a new service from GRODAN developed to support customers with a GroSens® MultiSensor system. Customers who […]

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