27 Apr 2020
Clean up your Water with Carbon Filtration
Paul Fisher, George Grant (University of Florida), and Rosa Raudales (University of Connecticut)
Are pesticide residues iin your irrigation water suppressing crop growth or causing phytotoxicity? Agrichemicals in water can be an issue in several situations. Persistent chemicals can accumulate in recirculation systems and affect subsequent crops even in the parts per billion (ppb) range. Growers using pond water occasionally experience a problem when herbicides are applied to surrounding land in the water shed and crop growth is suddenly deformed. Filtration using granular activated carbon in most cases is the best solution to remove pesticides from water. This article provides guidelines on design and operation of a GAC filter for greenhouses and nurseries.
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8 Apr 2020
Having Success with Organic Growing Mixes
Paul Fisher, Jin Huang, Maria Paz, and Ryan Dickson (University of Florida)
Organic production of edible and medicinal crops in greenhouses is increasing. At the University of Florida, we've been evaluating production pf potted organic edible plants for retail sale. This article is primarily intended for growers already using conventional growing methods who also want to produce organic transplants or retail potted products.
HavingSuccesswithOrganicGrowingMixes (821 KB)
2 Mar 2020
Consumer Involvement with and Expertise in Water Conservation and Plants Affect Landscape Plant Purchases, Importance, and Enjoyment
Bridget K. Behe (Michigan State University), Melinda Knuth and Charles Hall (Texas A&M), Patricia T. Huddleston and R. Thomas Fernandez (Michigan State University)
The strain on potable water supplies heightens the competition for water resources and potentially reduces the demand for landscaping. Therefore, we conducted an online survey to ascertain expertise, involvement, and importance of water conservation and landscaping. Cluster analysis results identified two segments: Actively Interested in Water Conservation and Disinterested in Water Conservation. Findings suggest that pro-water-conserving attitudes are found among consumers who value outdoor landscapes and those individuals who spend more on plants. Results suggest that professionals should focus messaging efforts on low water use cultivar selection and operationalizing water-conserving behaviors more than convincing consumers that plants are important.
Beheetal WaterConservationandPlants (112 KB)