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January 2016 Newsletter


Hort Americas Corporate Newsletter  |  January 2016


An agreement between Colorado State University and Philips Lighting to equip its new 27,000-square-foot horticulture center with LEDs will put the focus on using the lights for improving ornamental and vegetable plant production.

Colorado State University’s new horticulture center will focus on research with LEDs

When officials at Colorado State University went looking for property to build a new football stadium they didn’t have to look far. They decided that the land on which the 65-year-old W.D. Holley Plant Environment Research Center resided was the perfect location for the new stadium.

“The old horticulture facility, which had been built in 1949, was considered a hot property by school officials,” said Steve Newman, who is greenhouse crops extension specialist and professor of floriculture. “To replace the old site, the university provided the department with a new $7.5 million 27,000-square-foot research and teaching facility. There is also a 3-acre outdoor area for plant trials.

“The horticulture center was built in eight months. The university facilities team that I worked with to design and build the center was awesome.”

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LED lights for multiple uses, crops

Hort Americas offers several different models of Philips LED lighting that have application to greenhouse and controlled environment agriculture production of ornamental and vegetable crops.

Philips GreenPower LED Flowering Lamps
are an energy saving alternative for extending day length or night interruption. The lamp has been specially developed as a replacement for the incandescent bulbs to extend day length to control flowering or to break the winter dormancy. The lamps have a standard E27 fitting and are suitable for direct replacement of incandescent bulbs in your existing installation, without the need for any modifications to the installation.

Philips GreenPower LED Production Modules
can be used in new installations, as replacements for fluorescent lamps or as an energy-efficient supplement to natural daylight. The modules can be installed in greenhouses and in controlled environment agriculture set ups, including vertical farming, which are not suited to conventional lighting. The modules produce less heat radiation and are ideal for multilayer installations. The modules offer energy savings of up to 75 percent compared to fluorescent tubes. The modules are available in a variety of light spectrums.


Hort Americas Introduces OMRI-Certified Plug for Hydroponics

Hort Americas offers several Riococo coir substrate products. For a limited time Hort Americas is promoting the OMRI-certified Riococo Closed Bottom Organic Plugs with a special offer. These organic coir plugs work in a wide variety of production systems, including 1020 trays, grow bags, nutrient film technique (NFT), raft systems, aquaponics and aeroponics. Available in 32 mm and 42 mm sizes, the plugs are ideal for the production of leafy greens and culinary herbs.

Buy 10 cases of plugs and receive one case FREE right now.

This SPECIAL OFFER is available while supplies last.

This offer is only available by phone; call 469-532-2383.

32 mm (2,500 plugs/case) – $117.29/case
42 mm (1,000 plugs/case) – $70.86/case

USDA summary confirms pesticide residues on U.S. food are at safe levels

USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service has released data from the 2014 Pesticide DataProgram (PDP) Annual Summary. The summary confirms that overall pesticide chemical residues found on the foods tested are at levels below the tolerances established by EPA and do not pose a safety concern.

The 2014 PDP summary shows that over 99 percent of the products sampled through PDP had residues below EPA tolerances. Residues exceeding the tolerance were detected in 0.36 percent of the samples tested.

The PDP pesticide residue results are reported to Food and Drug Administration and EPA through monthly reports. In instances where a PDP finding may pose a safety risk, FDA and EPA are immediately notified. EPA has determined the extremely low levels of those residues are not a food safety risk, and the presence of such residues does not pose a safety concern.

Each year, USDA and EPA work together to identify foods to be tested on a rotating basis. In 2014, surveys were conducted on a variety of foods including fresh and processed fruits and vegetables, oats, rice, infant formula and salmon.

Photo by Tim McCabe

Webinar on “Managing Nutrient Solutions for Hydroponic Leafy Greens and Herbs”

If you missed the e-GRO webinar “Managing Nutrient Solutions for Hydroponic Leafy Greens and Herbs” on Jan. 22, 2016, which was sponsored by Hort Americas, you can still view the webinar on YouTube.

Hydroponic greens and herbs are produced in systems with recirculating nutrient solutions. In order to maintain productive and quality crops, it is important to know how to properly maintain the nutrient solutions. Dr. Chris Currey at Iowa State University and Dr. Neil Mattson at Cornell University discuss strategies for managing pH and EC, formulating nutrient solutions and identifying common nutrient disorders.

Part 1: Common production systems, pH and EC management
Presented by Dr. Chris Currey, Iowa State University

Part 2: Nutrient solution recipes, common nutrient disorders
Present by Dr. Neil Mattson, Cornell University