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  • DTE Energy Grow Energy Efficient Pilot Program Application and Agreement

    Published on February 24, 2021
    The DTE Energy Grow Energy Efficiently Pilot Program offers financial incentives to help enable projects that reduce energy consumption and increase cost savings for controlled environment agriculture commercial grow customers.

  • DTE Energy Grow Better and Save More

    Published on February 24, 2021
    For growers of cannabis, food, hemp and decorative plants, crop yield and quality come first. New energy efficient lighting options can take those goals further by helping you save on energy costs.

  • Consumers Energy Early Bird Bonus - Q1 2021

    Published on February 24, 2021
    Consumers Energy Business Energy Efficiency Programs are offering incentive bonuses under the Business Energy Efficiency Programs for qualifying projects.

  • Purpling of leaves

    Published on January 8, 2021
    There are many specialty crops that naturally have red, purple or almost black foliage, while others turn those colors when conditions are unfavorable. This article briefly reviews the factors that influence the purpling of leaves.

  • Early scaling-up challenges with LED lighting

    Published on December 14, 2020
    The fundamental advantages of light-emitting diode (LED) lighting are clear, but it is still a relatively new technology and unfortunately, one can be reminded of that when the jump is made to replace conventional lighting fixtures with LEDs.

  • Effective long-day lighting fixtures

    Published on November 9, 2020
    A large number of ornamental crops flower earlier when grown under long days. This article describes the major considerations when selecting a photoperiodic lighting system to regulate flowering.

  • Greenhouse energy efficiency tips

    Published on October 12, 2020
    This article provides a short summary of what actions or investments can be made to improve the energy efficiency of greenhouse operations.

  • How to produce poor-quality floriculture crops

    Published on September 11, 2020
    Sometimes growers unknowingly follow practices that can contribute to, or directly cause, a reduction in crop quality. While there can be some tradeoffs between crop quality and crop timing and/or input costs, these practices should be avoided.

  • Height control of perennials: What works and what doesn’t

    Published on August 17, 2020
    This article discusses height control techniques that generally do or don’t work for herbaceous perennials forced into flower.

  • CHAMP E-Tool designed to assist the Michigan agriculture community

    Published on July 21, 2020
    This tool is designed for the Michigan agriculture community to help identify and implement appropriate and meaningful exposure control strategies to protect workers and the public.

  • Indoor propagation

    Published on July 14, 2020
    High-value crops can be propagated indoors, inside refrigerated growth rooms and without sunlight. This article briefly lists some of the important considerations for an indoor propagation facility.

  • UV-transmitting greenhouse glazing

    Published on June 16, 2020
    Most greenhouse glazing plastics absorb UV radiation to enhance their longevity. However, plants grown under glazing that transmits UV are typically more compact, darker in color, and more resilient.

  • Identifying and managing common groundsel (Senecio vulgaris L.) in nurseries and greenhouses (E3440)

    Published on June 9, 2020
    In this bulletin, growers will learn how to identify and manage common groundsel in their nurseries and greenhouse operations.

  • Greenhouse College of Knowledge Online Courses Impact Report

    Published on May 31, 2020
    The Floriculture College of Knowledge Online Course Series provides basic training to commercial greenhouse growers in Michigan, the U.S., and internationally in an easy-to-access and cost-effective manner.

  • Common plant production acronyms

    Published on May 8, 2020
    This article briefly defines 20 acronyms (abbreviations formed from the initial letters of other words) commonly used when discussing controlled-environment production of plants.

  • Pesticide Review for Private Applicators

    Published on April 13, 2020
    This webinar was created for private applicators looking to review the core manual before taking the verbal test with the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD).

  • The importance of plant diagnostics

    Published on April 10, 2020
    Early and correct diagnosis of a problem can save a lot of frustration, money, and time compared to no action — or even worse, taking a wrong corrective measure.

  • Identifying and managing yellow woodsorrel (Oxalis stricta L.) in nurseries and greenhouses

    Published on April 6, 2020
    This bulletin will aid in oxalis identification, understanding its biology and developing management strategies.

  • What is the ideal lighting spectrum?

    Published on March 16, 2020
    With LEDs, we can tailor the light spectrum to elicit specific growth responses. This article discusses some of the considerations to identify an “ideal” plant lighting spectrum. As you will read, it’s highly situational.

  • Greenhouse Pest Management with Insecticides

    Published on February 14, 2020
    Research-based information is presented on how to manage greenhouse insects and other pests including thrips, aphids, whiteflies, mites, fungus gnats, and mealybugs.