Propagating from the Keyboard
Charles H. Parkerson
We spend a lot of time and effort trying to keep everyone informed as to what is happening on the nursery. Try as we might, the lack of communication among divisions was creating problems that at times were frustrating. In an effort to improve this communication gap we developed a series of computer programs that have helped us in streamlining our production at Lancaster Farms. Our
computer system is an Intel based PC using a UNIX operating system with programs written in Microsoft® Basic.
Developing a Computer Program for Propagation. The following discussion is a description of our simple propagation program. The first step is setting up a logical set of standard assumptions:
- Number of pots/trays per house or m2 (ft2).
- Production area.
- Ingredients and their proportions used in standard mixes.
- Rooting hormones used and their concentrations.
- Production week calendar scheduling.
I cannot overemphasize the importance of establishment of these standards. Take
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