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Innovative automated irrigation system cuts costs

November 28, 2017

(Original Article written by Schneider Electric – link below)

Innovative automated irrigation system cuts costs, improves product quality, giving greenhouses a competitive advantage.

A profitable commercial greenhouse owner anticipates consumer preferences for the next season and grows large quantities of those plants. Today, people want bigger flowers, better quality and more variety from their floral purchases. This challenges
growers to improve product quality without increasing costs.

Consistency Improves Quality

By watering each hanging basket to its necessary moisture level, plants are uniformly of better quality, leading to higher sales and less waste. Plus, production costs are lower because the process becomes more efficient and water waste is eliminated. The process is simply monitored and documented for evaluating plant quality improvements.

Consistent product quality is important to ensure plants can be sold. This can be especially challenging when dealing with different varieties of flowers. Even identical baskets may not need the same amount of water due to differing conditions by location in a greenhouse. For instance, each basket may be exposed to different air flow, temperature and sunlight, which impacts
moisture loss.

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 from 3 to 6 pounds each, indicating a huge difference in soil moisture. After the
OASIS is installed, the basket weights even out after just one pass.

“Knowing that 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, so OASIS is an industry game changer. Demonstrating the importance of watering consistency has helped us open some eyes and close some sales. Some people have expressed an audible disbelief of the inconsistent watering happening in their greenhouses. It‘s been the same situation everywhere we went.” Len Logsdon, Owner Control Dekk.


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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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