Commercial Greenhouse Manufacturer | Agra Tech Inc
 

120,000 sq ft expansion increases production, adds efficiency, and saves labor

Dave Wilson Nursery, LLC | Hickman, CA (Greenhouses)

Client

Dave Wilson Nursery, LLC

Location

Hickman, CA

Highlights

Part one and two of a three phase expansion including a center Solar Light 48 headhouse with ranges of Solar Light 42 x 204' growing houses attached. With mobile benching, Water booms, Curtains, Evaporative Cooling, Trueleaf under bench heating, Environmental controls, and Insect Screening, this project has it all.

Description

Crop: Fruit, nut, and shade trees for Commercial Orchards as well as for the home garden

This project is a perfect example of how our Plant Centric design process results in greenhouse systems that exceed our customer’s performance expectations. 

We started with the plants needs, and kept them in the forefront from start to finish. How do the plants requirements change? How does the environment change? What is the plant size, what are the flat and pot dimensions, how many starts, time on bench, number of turns per year?  We designed the bench systems around that information. We then designed the greenhouse around the benches and the handling requirements.  

We designed the equipment around the plant. We incorporated a central head house area into the project so the planting, transplanting, shipping and receiving were integrated into the greenhouse production system. 

The bottom line? Crop cycles improved from 9 to 7 weeks per turn. A 29% yield improvement. Not bad for free consulting service included with the Agra Tech greenhouse. This was a planned 3 phase project.  Phase 1 and 2 met the expected production of 3 phases. The 3rd phase was not needed. The customer realized capital savings and increased profitability by operating a much smaller facility with the same output. 

Written by John Pound

 
To read more about Dave Wilson Nursery including conversations with Mike Farris of Dave Wilson Nursery and Ray Pound of Ag-Con Construction Click Here
 
To read about the TAVA benching system used in Dave Wilson Nursery, Click Here