Garden & Greenhouse July 2017 Issue - Page 41

Drip tape can be set up very simply by build- ing a connected system of plastic pipes that attach to drip lines on one end, and the spigot or water source on the other. A drip system can easily be set up in a single morning. If growers want to automate their irrigation system, adding a computer controller to the system is also a simple step. Automation Drip irrigation is really one of the first moves towards automation and precision farming, which are wholly concerned with minimizing both labor costs and resource inputs, like water and fertilizers. Automated and precision farming are preemptive responses to a declining labor force and the reality that if this trend continues, automated technology will have to replace the laborer in order to maintain production. There are many reasons why one should imple- ment automated drip tape irrigation into a growing operation. The idea behind drip irrigation and ferti- gation is that a grower using drip irrigation is giving the plant what they need, when they need it and not over applying. With automated systems, sensors pick up on moisture levels of plants, soil or atmo- sphere and switch on and off according to the input goals set. Automated systems virtually eliminate the need to monitor plant nutrition, so it is a tool that S i LICIUM Pure,Concentrated Fast Absorbing Mono-Sillcic Acid SILICIUM is the perfect additive that can be used in combination with your preferred base nutrient. SILICIUM stimulates the uptake of nutrients giving the plant extra energy and resulting in more dry weight. Because the plants receive more energy, SILICIUM works great in combina- tion with inter canopy light. SILICIUM is a concentrated product and a small dos- age of 3 ml per 5 gallons of water is enough for large visible effects.Containes • Soluble potash • Increases the photosynthesis and the water-use efficiency. • Increases disease resistance and the quality of the seeds and it activate enzymes and control their reaction rates. • Boron • Enhances Calcium uptake and stimulates the production of plant fibers. Boron is essential for seed and cell wall forma- tion • Molybdenum -Essential to convert inorganic phosphates to organic forms in the plant. It also takes care that Nitrogen is moved from lower to upper leaves Ph: 866-599-4404 July 2017 41