A greenhouse is a structure used to protect our crop and extend our production window. Once we decide to invest in a greenhouse structure we must think in ways to obtain the maximum benefit from it. There are plenty of options for greenhouse covers. But as a grower, what should I be looking for? Photosynthesis is the main process related to crop yield. Therefore we should always be looking to optimize our greenhouse environment to promote photosynthesis.Continue reading How do I protect my crop from direct sunlight and heat?
Any business can fail for any number of reasons, but indoor farming is an incredibly delicate organism that depends on many disparate factors being perfectly aligned and in balance. This increases the risk of failure for those unaware of the number of plates that need to be kept spinning in perfect time. This list is not definitive but gives you a good idea of the most common mistakes to avoid.Continue reading Indoor Farming: How Can You Ensure Success?
GE Current LEDs offer controlled environment growers improved efficiency and flexibility over high pressure sodium lamps.Continue reading How can you improve the efficiency of your greenhouse lights?
While Grodan rockwool may be more often associated with greenhouse tomatoes and cucumbers, controlled environment growers are quickly learning that this substrate is an ideal choice for specialty crop production.Continue reading Growers use Grodan rockwool to produce specialty crops
Duckweeds are a family of aquatic plants that can be found floating on still or slow-moving bodies of water worldwide. Also known as bayroot or watermeal, duckweed is a popular food in Southwest Asia. Duckweed is a major source of protein, which accounts for 40 percent of its dry weight. It’s also the world’s fastest growing plant.Continue reading Could duckweed be the next big vertical farm crop?
Based on the benefits controlled environment growers are experiencing with LED grow lights, a return on investment (ROI) analysis could help you decide how quickly the payback would be for your operation.Continue reading How to determine if LED grow lights are a good investment
Cornell University is expected to play a major role in the continuing development of the industrial hemp industry in the United States. USDA’s Agriculture Research Service (USDA-ARS) has received $500,000 in federal funding to create the nation’s only industrial hemp germplasm repository or seed bank co-located at Cornell AgriTech in Geneva, N.Y.
Empowering growers to make data-driven decisions for peak crop performanceContinue reading Grodan launches the award-winning e-Gro software platform in North America
Data is always most powerful when it’s combined from a variety of sources.Continue reading Data leading ag tech movement in the greenhouse
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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.
Growers and researchers discuss the benefits of using grow lights when it comes to growing controlled environment crops.Continue reading Grow lights are major focus of Cultivate’19 educational sessions
If you’re heading to Cultivate’19 in July stop by the Hort Americas’ trade show booth to see the latest products for controlled environment agriculture and horticulture production.Continue reading Hort Americas to showcase products from key suppliers at Cultivate’19
The new online publication “Roadmap to Growing Leafy Greens and Herbs” focuses on sound planning for controlled environment hydroponic production.
Analytics firm Brightfield Group, which tracks the cannabis industry, expects the hemp-derived cannabidiol (CBD) market to grow from $618 million in 2018 to $22 billion by 2022. Because of the growing interest in hemp and its potential to become a major agricultural commodity, Oregon State University is creating the country’s largest research center devoted to the study of this crop.
- 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
With the passage of the 2018 farm bill and the designation of hemp as a legal agricultural crop, growers are weighing their options on how to produce, process and market it.
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.
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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.
Hort Americas has the products and technical expertise you need to grow strawberries in controlled-environment, hydroponic production systems.
Strawberries are a high value crop recognized for their flavor, color and nutrient content. However, growing strawberries can be a challenge.