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  • Greenhouse Pest Management with Insecticides

    Published on June 14, 2021
    Research-based information is presented on how to manage greenhouse insects and other pests including thrips, aphids, whiteflies, mites, fungus gnats, and mealybugs.

  • Challenges of growing vertically in greenhouses

    Published on June 8, 2021
    There is a wide range of vertical farming approaches for greenhouse cultivation, but there are also challenges, some of which cannot easily be overcome.

  • Light fixtures and their photon fluxes

    Published on May 6, 2021
    LED fixture come in all shapes, sizes and outputs — more technically, photon fluxes and spectra. This article explains the photon flux emitted by a light fixture and why it is important.

  • Greenhouse *A* System for Michigan Producers (FAS108)

    Published on April 13, 2021
    Greenhouse producers may use this bulletin to assist in becoming MAEAP verified.

  • Greenhouse Impatiens Downy Mildew Program

    Published on April 8, 2021
    Suggested treatments for impatiens downy mildew based on scientific research.

  • Greenhouse Disease Management

    Published on April 8, 2021
    Suggested treatments for common greenhouse pathogens of floriculture crops including botrytis, powdery mildew, downy mildew, phytophthora, pythium, rhizoctonia, etc. This information is for educational purposes only.

  • “Hidden” benefits of supplemental lighting

    Published on April 7, 2021
    High light can at least partly decrease the effects of other environmental parameters on greenhouse crops. These can be considered “hidden” benefits because the effects are often not obvious.

  • Sole-source (lighting) for seed

    Published on April 5, 2021
    By producing plants indoors under sole-source lighting, not only can we control plant traits by manipulating the light quality and/or quantity. but we can potentially produce more resilient plants.

  • Maximizing photosynthesis, minimizing respiration

    Published on March 8, 2021
    Conceptually, anything growers can do to increase photosynthesis and decrease respiration can increase growth, leading to thicker stems, faster rooting, more branches, and more and larger flowers and fruits

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Greenhouse sanitation decreases pest problems

    Published on February 10, 2021
    Practices that prevent the introduction of pathogens, weed seeds, and insects will go a long way to having a cleaner greenhouse, reduced crop losses, lower pesticide costs, and higher-quality plants.

  • Making sense of light sensors

    Published on February 10, 2021
    In this article, we discuss light sensors, light units, and how to convert light units from a greenhouse environmental control computer into more meaningful values.

  • 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.