Grodan launches the award-winning e-Gro software platform in North America

Empowering growers to make data-driven decisions for peak crop performance

Press Release – Grodan, part of the ROCKWOOL Group, has now launched e-Gro in the North American market. E-Gro is the ultimate software platform for data-driven Precision Growing, giving growers smarter insights into the greenhouse, allowing them to fully optimize cultivation. E-Gro was officially launched in the Netherlands during the HortiContact trade show in February of 2019 and was awarded the Concept Innovation Award at GreenTech in June 2019.

 

The more you know, the better you grow

In the greenhouse, the decisions you make today have a major impact on tomorrow’s results. Smart innovations like cloud solutions and Internet of Things applications are connecting the greenhouse, while AI learning and Big Data are allowing growers to level-up their cultivation. But, merging all these available tools and data to support decision-making is complex and time consuming. That is, until now. After the successful introduction of the e-Gro app, Grodan is taking the next digital step with the e-Gro software platform. e-Gro supports a grower’s knowledge, experience and growing strategy with valuable insights and smart recommendations based on the root zone, climate, crop and harvest data. Growers are in control, with 24/7 visibility into the greenhouse environment, anywhere and everywhere, empowering them to make informed decisions to maximize their harvest. 

 

Digital transformation in the greenhouse

With the e-Gro launch, Grodan is now at the forefront of the digital greenhouse transformation worldwide: data-driven cultivation via an intelligent software platform is now becoming a reality. E-Gro can be linked to the most common climate computer systems and is available for both smartphone, tablet and desktop.

Grodan has been at the forefront of crop optimization for 50 years, with a strong focus on precision cultivation, leading to greater efficiency, improved cultivation strategy and less impact on the environment. After the development and successful introduction of data-driven technologies in the greenhouse such as the Grodan Water Content Meter (WCM), the Grodan 6-Phase advice model and GroSens MultiSensor, the renewed e-Gro platform is the next step in data-driven Precision Growing. With e-Gro, Grodan is committed to further increasing the sustainability of the cultivation process.

Learn more at www.grodan.com/e-gro

How LED Lights Help Grow the Finest Microgreens in Philadelphia

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Adam Green was pursuing a career in filmmaking when he realized his real passion was raising the finest microgreens for the world’s top chefs. Now, the 25-year-old directs AGreen Farms, an indoor hydroponic farm in Philadelphia that specializes in selling garnishes to restaurants and hospitality establishments. Of course, it’s not easy to make a mint while growing mint in the city, and that’s why Green is investing in LED horticulture lighting from Current, powered by GE, to produce herbs and edible flowers that make culinary pros go wild.

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Considering mixing your own fertilizer solutions?

It’s not that hard to do once you understand some fertilizer basics.

By Deidre Hughes

Mixing your own fertilizer solutions might seem like a daunting task at first. But once you understand some fertilizer basics you’ll realize it’s not that hard to do. One of the biggest benefits of mixing your own fertilizer solutions is the amount of money you’ll save. Another benefit of mixing your own solutions from dry fertilizers is that it requires less storage space than pre-mixed fertilizers which are often in liquid form.

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Current, powered by GE Showcases Horticulture Leadership at GreenTech with Industry’s First One-For-One 1000W HPS Retrofit for Greenhouse Growers

  • Current’s A Race to the Top – Geographical Trends in Vertical Farming session brings industry leaders and experts together to address dynamic market developments
  • The new greenhouse grow light is the most energy efficient on the market
  • Universal installation options allow the light to be installed in dozens of different ways, drastically reducing installation time

Press Release – AMSTERDAM–Yesterday at GreenTech, Current, powered by GE announced the release of the Arize Element* Top Light, the industry’s first one-for-one LED replacement for 1000W High Pressure Sodium (HPS) products. The Arize Element is the most advanced grow light on the market, allowing growers to get the most out of their greenhouse, for less. Continue reading Current, powered by GE Showcases Horticulture Leadership at GreenTech with Industry’s First One-For-One 1000W HPS Retrofit for Greenhouse Growers

U.S. organic sales hit a record $52 billion in 2018

The Organic Trade Association reports that 2018 marked a record year for U.S. organic sales topping $50 billion for the first time. Total sales of organic products reached $52.5 billion, up 6.3 percent from 2017.

Both organic food and non-food products reached record sales highs. Organic food sales were $47.9 billion, an increase of 5.9 percent over 2017. Organic non-food product sales were $4.6 billion, an increase of 10.6 percent from 2017.

Sales of organic fruits and vegetables reached $17.4 billion in 2018, a 5.6 percent rate of growth over 2017. Fruits and vegetables now account for 36.3 percent of all organic food sales. Organic fruits and vegetable account for 14.6 percent of all the produce sold in the United States. Market share of organic fruits and vegetables has nearly doubled in the last 10 years.

Business Is Always Blooming at Fantasy Orchids, Thanks to LEDs from Current Powered by GE

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Stan Gordon discovered the ultimate houseplant in 1986 when a friend gifted him a single orchid commemorating the birth of his daughter. Fast-forward 33 years, and Gordon finds himself surrounded by over 70,000 orchid plants in a 10,000-square-foot greenhouse in Louisville, Colorado. Business is always “blooming” at Fantasy Orchids with an ever-changing assortment of colorful, fragrant flowers, thanks in part to new LED lighting from Current, powered by GE, that makes growing season a year-round proposition.

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Hort Americas and VegBed Team Up to Offer New Microgreen Medium for Farms

Hort Americas partnering with VegBed to offer their sustainable bamboo fiber microgreen mats

Press Release – NEW YORK, NY [February 12, 2019] – Hort Americas, North America’s top commercial horticultural supplier, and VegBed, the leader of innovative hydroponic growing mediums have announced today an exciting new partnership to offer microgreen farms a sustainable medium to grow with.

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First Wheelchair Accessible Farm at Local Bronx Public School

Empire BlueCross BlueShield and Green Bronx Machine to Launch First Wheelchair Accessible Farm at Local Bronx Public School

Press Release – NEW YORK – Green Bronx Machine (GBM), a nationally recognized non-profit organization dedicated to helping students live happier and healthier lives, is partnering with Empire BlueCross BlueShield (Empire) to launch the first wheelchair accessible farm and teaching kitchen in America at P.S. 721x, a District 75 school in the Bronx dedicated to educating students living with disabilities.

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Updated daily light integral (DLI) maps now available

New DLI maps have been created from an updated database that includes data from 1998 to 2009.

Daily light integral (DLI) is the amount of photosynthetically active radiation (PAR) received each day as a function of light intensity and duration. DLI maps display the ambient light delivered daily during each month across the entire United States. The original maps released in 2002 were researched and developed by Jim Faust at Clemson University and Joanne Logan at the University of Tennessee.

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Current, Powered by GE and Stockbridge Technology Centre Partner to Research the Farm of the Future

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  • Stockbridge Technology Centre’s Vertical Farming Development Facility to enable growers to test and model their individual urban farm setup prior to investment
  • Aims to propel the success of the vertical farming industry, projected to be worth $13.9 billion USD in 20241 and generate more “farmable land” to address future global food production pressures
  • Current by GE’s Arize LED horticulture solution will help researchers test growth of crops such as leafy greens and herbs in different conditions

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