Why greenhouse equipment needs to be simple

What is the number one thing to look for in commercial horticulture and agriculture equipment? Simplicity. Simple well engineered commercial horticulture equipment performs best. Regardless of the product or the product category the best selling and most successfully used products are easy to learn, easy to use and easy to fix.  But, this is not to say that they are actually simple. They are usually far from that. But, they are engineered with simplicity in mind.

Why is that so important in commercial horticulture?
To understand the answer to that question we need to agree to a few things. First, it’s important to remember that not all greenhouses are built the same. There are a wide variety of greenhouses from low tech (some might include high tunnels) all the way to the Dutch designed glass venlo greenhouse. Second, let’s agree that the conditions inside the greenhouse can vary widely. From extremely hot and humid to very cold and dry. Finally we need to agree that there are a lot of crops grown commercially in greenhouses and indoor farms. Often the expectation is that many of these crops can be grown in the same greenhouse at the same time or during different stages or progressions of that greenhouse’s life in business.

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