Greenhouse Operation and Management

ISBN-10: 0133746879
ISBN-13: 9780133746877
Edition: 5th 1998
Authors: Paul V. Nelson
List price: $145.00
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Description: For courses in Greenhouse Management. Based on the author's life-long practical experiences both in the industry and in research, this best-selling, state-of-the-art guide to the operation of commercial flower and vegetable greenhouses presents  More...

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List price: $145.00
Edition: 5th
Copyright year: 1998
Publisher: Prentice Hall PTR
Publication date: 8/7/1997
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 637
Size: 7.25" wide x 9.75" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 2.398
Language: English

For courses in Greenhouse Management. Based on the author's life-long practical experiences both in the industry and in research, this best-selling, state-of-the-art guide to the operation of commercial flower and vegetable greenhouses presents coverage in the order in which decision-making concerns occur for a person entering the greenhouse business. Exceptionally comprehensive yet accessible it provides detailed, step-by-step instructions in layman's terms for ALL aspects of the business from the physical facilities, to the day-to-day operations, to business management and marketing.

Preface
Acknowledgments
Floriculture--A Global Industry
Origin of the Greenhouse Industry
United States Production
World Production
Floral Marketing
Production Opportunities in Developed Market Countries
Careers in the Greenhouse Industry
References
Greenhouse Construction
Location
Floor Plan
Glass Greenhouses
Film Plastic Greenhouses
Rigid-Panel Greenhouses
Benches and Beds
Cost of Greenhouse Construction
New Design Innovations
Summary
References
Greenhouse Heating
Types of Heat Loss
Heating Systems
Greenhouse Temperature Sensing
Emergency Heaters and Generators
Fuel
Calculation of Heat Requirements
Heat Conservation
Summary
References
Greenhouse Cooling
Summer Cooling Systems
Winter Cooling Systems
Cooling Hobby Greenhouses
Integration of Heating and Cooling Systems
Summary
References
Environmental Control Systems
Types of Controls
Summary
References
Root Substrate
Functions of Root Substrate
Adaptation of Field Soil to Containers
Desirable Properties of a Root Substrate
Components of Root Substrate
Soil-Based Substrate
Soilless Substrate
Economics of Substrate
Preparation and Handling of Substrate
Summary
References
Root Substrate Pasteurization
Steam Pasteurization
Chemical Pasteurization
Reinoculation
Economics
Summary
References
Watering
Effects of Watering on Plants
Rules of Watering
Water Quality
Watering Systems
Greenhouse Water Lines
Further Considerations
Summary
References
Fertilization
Fertilization Programs
pH, Calcium, and Magnesium Control in Substrate
Slow-Release Fertilizers
Nutritional Monitoring
Corrective Procedures
Diagnosing Nutritional Problems
Summary
References
Alternative Cropping Systems
Historical Background
NFT Systems
Rock Wool Culture
Whole-Firm Recirculation
Summary
References
Carbon Dioxide Fertilization
Role of Carbon
Carbon Deficiency
Carbon Dioxide Injection
Economics of Carbon Dioxide Injection
Summary
References
Light and Temperature
Light Intensity for Photosynthesis
Light Duration for Photoperiodism
Temperature
Summary
References
Chemical Growth Regulation
Classification
Growth-Regulating Compounds
Cost of Materials
Summary
References
Insect Control
Integrated Pest Management (IPM)
Insects and Other Pests in the Greenhouse
Methods of Pesticide Application
Pesticide Recommendations and Considerations
Pesticide Safety
Summary
References
Disease Control
Diseases of Greenhouse Crops
Disease Prevention
Disease Detection
Fungicide and Bactericide Recommendations
Summary
References
Postproduction Quality
Fresh Flowers
Containerized Plants
Summary
References
Marketing
Packaging
Grades and Standards
The Market System
Eco-labels
Promotion and Advertising
Summary
References
Business Management
Business Structure
Labor Management
Production Management
Summary
References
Glossary
Index

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