Greenhouse Product News

July 2016

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As for the petunia and calibrachoa houses, they are split into smaller compartments to minimize any potential issues. "These greenhouses are 18,000 square meters or 4 acres and they're split into eight compartments," Kroon says. "Each compartment has its own clothes, and own teams." The clothes are color coded, so if someone is wearing yellow, they can only be in the yellow compartment, blue in the blue compartment, etc. If an issue does arise, the idea is that the effects won't be widespread. Las Mercedes also has a lab on site to test in a timely manner for bacteria and viruses. Protocol includes labeling each sample and pot from the exact same spot, so they can track and trace all testing. Timing is like clockwork on the farm with harvesting during the day, packing in the afternoon and evening, cuttings leaving the farm around 4 a.m. and getting on the first flights around 8:30 a.m. "The most important part of the chain is at the airport before they go into the airplane," Kroon says. "Once they're in cargo, it's cold up there." For this reason, Dümmen Orange recently installed its own cold area at the airport in a similar fashion as the cold rooms on the farm. This is just one more step to make sure the cold chain is maintained from the farm to the thousands of final greenhouse destinations across the U.S. and Canada. PRODUCTION Las Mercedes sits on 300 acres with 70 acres of greenhouses and some coffee production that remains from when the farm was first purchased. The entire farm is surrounded by a concrete wall. One of the benefits to Las Mercedes is that they were able to design it exactly how they wanted and modeled it after the Good Seeds and Plant Protection system. SG_TestimonialAD_7x10_JRPage_050616.pdf 1 2016-05-06 4:12 PM

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