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A Better Watering Can

March 27, 2018

(Original Article written by Control Design – link below)

In anticipation of consumer preferences the following spring, a commercial greenhouse owner grows large quantities of those plants. The buyers want bigger flowers, better quality and more variety from their floral purchases. However, to remain profitable, the challenge is to grow a better quality product without increasing costs.

In anticipation of consumer preferences the following spring, a commercial greenhouse owner grows large quantities of those plants. The buyers want bigger flowers, better quality and more variety from their floral purchases (Figure 1). However, to remain profitable, the challenge is to grow a better quality product without increasing costs.
One way to improve quality is to add automation. This also can help to create a better product as consistency improves quality.

In this application, by watering each hanging basket to its required moisture level, the plants are uniformly of better quality, leading to higher sales and less waste. This also reduces production costs due to a more efficient process, which eliminates water waste. Simple monitoring of the process provides data for evaluating plant quality improvements.

Examination of baskets grown using the timed watering method shows that there are often large weight differences between baskets. One test showed basket weights varying 3-6 lb each, indicating a huge difference in soil moisture. After installation of a control system, called Oasis automated watering system, the basket weights even out after just one pass.

Control Dekk is a control engineering firm in Jenison, Michigan. “I’ve spent decades designing irrigation systems that help commercial growers to improve their operations.” In 2014, young entrepreneurial growers and Control Dekk partners Jared and Jordan Dekker wanted to find a better way to water their nursery’s 12,500 hanging plants. The Dekker brothers were seeking an innovative way to use automation technology to solve problems such as increasing costs and inconsistent product quality.

Knowing each basket is going to be watered to exactly the same weight takes a lot of stress off the grower. The grower has the peace of mind that all plants are intelligently watered. Demonstrating the importance of watering consistency has helped us open some eyes and close some sales. Some people have expressed an audible disbelief that inconsistent watering is happening in their greenhouses. It‘s been the same situation everywhere we went.



Read the full Floral Daily article here.
Read original Control Design article here.



Happy Customers, Happier Crops

"The OASIS system is the best by far; it’s flawless."

- Jake Tebos, Grower | Tebos Greenhouses Inc.
“There is water savings, but it’s more that we’re doing the right thing for the environment and for our crops.”

- Hugh Kurtz Jr., Owner/Head Grower | Kurtz Farms
"After a trial of one OASIS at the end of our 2016 season, we installed OASIS on all Echos and Boomerangs in our facility. Now I can't imagine growing without it."

- Jason DeGroot, Owner/Head Grower | Bloemenberg Growers Inc.
“The accessibility of the people at OASIS and the user friendliness of the interface are the two key points for me.”

- Zach Smith, Operations Manager | Hood’s Gardens
"OASIS basket watering systems are worth the investment to ensure product quality, productivity, and reduced stress in my life."

- Dale Buist, Owner | Countryside Greenhouse
"We're extremely happy with the OASIS watering system! It takes the guessing out of watering -- simple and accurate."

- Barry Stiffler, Owner | Barry's Ground Cover
"OASIS by Control Dekk really helped our crop quality by attaining an equal target weight after baskets were hung."

- Kevin van Wingerden, Grower | Pacific Growers
"IT REALLY WORKS!"

- Andy Buist, Owner/Head Grower | Micandy Gardens
"The baskets using OASIS are absolutely beautiful and noticeably stunning. You'll see a noticeable difference in your crop guaranteed."

- Zach Smith, Operations Manager | Hood's Gardens
"Quality has improved for baskets as well as for our floor crops underneath -- I am really enjoying this system!"

- Evan Schnabel, Head Grower | Hood's Gardens

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