Tag Archives: water

Grower water survey — responses needed!

A team of researchers from several states across the country (see http://cleanwater3.org)is conducting a survey to better understand factors that influence nursery and greenhouse growers’ decision making processes when it comes to water conservation and treatment technologies. The goal is to aid producers of nursery and floriculture to implement sustainable, alternative sources of water to enhance long-term economic viability while decreasing dependence on potable water.  This survey is part of a larger USDA SCRI project to improve current water management technologies. All responses will remain anonymous. You can complete the… Read More →

Managing Water Quality in the Green Industry

Dr. Rosa Raudales, Assistant Professor, University of Connecticut. Growers are increasingly capturing irrigation water in ponds or tanks to avoid runoff into the environment. However, re-applying this water to crops increases the risk of distributing plant pathogens. Dr. Raudales recently completed her multidisciplinary PhD studies at the University of Florida, which focused on ways to help growers select the best water treatment technology, such as filtration, chlorination, or copper ionization. Rosa’s project exposed her to many fields, including surveying methods, economic analysis, plant pathology, and horticulture. Her outreach… Read More →

Water survey responses still needed

If you recall my recent post about completing the national water survey (click here), then you should be aware of the fact that, as an added incentive to complete this survey, a grand prize drawing has been added as part of this project.  Please see details below: All growers who complete the National nursery and greenhouse water management survey fully will be entered in a drawing for one (1) Decagon Devices wireless sensor network system* (including installation and support) as a grand prize.  To be eligible for this… Read More →

Last chance to complete water-related survey for nursery and greenhouse growers

The University of Maryland is involved (along with several land-grant university partners) in a USDA-funded project to determine how new sensor-based irrigation networks can benefit the ornamental plant production industry.  We would like your help to better understand current practices in the industry, and have developed a survey that asks questions about water, nutrient, and runoff practices in the industry, and about how the industry can take advantage of recent and anticipated advances in sensor-based irrigation networks. The goal of this research is to use your answers, along with… Read More →

Pawlow to address water management issues

COLLEGE STATION — Jonathan R. “Jon” Pawlow will be the Distinguished Lecturer for the eighth Ellison Chair in International Floriculture Distinguished Lecture Series at Texas A&M University on Oct. 27. His topic will be “Emerging Water Resources Issues — What are the Trends? What are the Policy options?” Pawlow is counsel for the water resources and environment subcommittee of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure. He is responsible for matters within the subcommittee’s jurisdiction relating to water pollution control and water infrastructure, wetlands, hazardous waste cleanup, and… Read More →

Water webinar series upcoming

A new series of online water quality and recycling webinars begins August 18 to help growers successfully manage water quality issues and recycle irrigation water. This education program to promote water conservation is co-sponsored by the Water Education Alliance for Horticulture (a collaborative program hosted by the University of Florida with industry partners), OFA – an Association of Horticulture Professionals, the Society of American Florists, and the Florida Nursery Growers and Landscape Association. The series of 30-minute live presentations will feature both new research and practical guidelines. Registration… Read More →

Water issues webinars

Free online presentations to help growers in  dealing with water issues A new series of online water quality and recycling webinars begins August 18 to help growers successfully manage water quality issues and recycle irrigation water. This education program to promote water conservation is co-sponsored by the Water Education Alliance for Horticulture (a collaborative program hosted by the University of Florida with industry partners), OFA – an Association of Horticulture Professionals, the Society of American Florists, and the Florida Nursery Growers and Landscape Association. The series of 30-minute… Read More →

Special National Geographic Water Issue

This single-topic issue of National Geographic magazine highlights the challenges facing our most essential natural resource. “Water: Our Thirsty World” is available for free download starting on World Water Day, March 22, and extending through April 2, 2010. This interactive edition of National Geographic magazine presents complete content from the print edition, plus extra photo galleries, rollover graphics that animate features like maps and time lines, video profiles of photographers who contributed to the issue, and other interactive features. National Geographic’s water issue is available in print on… Read More →

Dry for a reason

Those who have heard me speak before may recognize the following statistic from some of my recent talks: 43% of the 920 greenhouse growers in the state of Georgia are no longer in business. Pike’s Nursery, who had long defined retail lawn & garden activity in the Atlanta metro market also suffered the same fate. This, of course, came in the wake of [what I thought] was one of the most severe droughts (2005-2007) the Southeast has faced in a while. Knowing all of this made the recent… Read More →

Water webinar series continues

The Ellison Chair in International Floriculture announces the THIRD of a 3-part webinar series that focuses on water quality, conservation, and management on October 20 at 11:00 a.m. CDT. Dr. Don Wilkerson of Texas AgriLife Extension Service will be our next featured speaker and he will address the topic: Water Management That Makes Cents! CLICK HERE — or go to https://ellisonchair.tamu.edu/webinar.htm to register for the SECOND webinar of the series. In case you missed them, CLICK HERE — or go to https://ellisonchair.tamu.edu/webinar.htm to view the RECORDING of the… Read More →