A Holistic Approach to Greenhouse Water Management

There are many facets to growing a healthy crop. Irrigation may be the most important one. Water is obviously critical for virtually every function of plant growth. And too much or too little water can easily stress a plant and make it more susceptible to diseases. The knowledge and experience that growers bring to irrigation practices is key, rather than just guessing what is best for your crop.

“There’s a saying in the industry — your profit is in the hands of the guy who has the hose. We, as humans, have developed technology that can take us to the moon, but irrigation is still controlled by people,” says Dr. Youbin Zheng, Professor in the School of Environmental Sciences at the University of Guelph in Ontario.

More than ever, growers are taking a holistic approach to irrigation. Rather than simply shopping around for the cheapest dripper, they are considering all facets of irrigation that affect plant health.

You can learn more about this topic and more (including data, automation, and sustainability) in the new Irrigation Technology report from Meister Media Worldwide (publisher of Greenhouse Grower) that is part of the Global Insight Series. Thanks to the digital nature of this report, you can read analysis and information provided by expert contributors and also hear directly from them through video insights.

You can access the Irrigation Technology report here. You can also find past reports on biological crop protection, plant health, technology, and more here.

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