We all know light is one of the most important factors affecting plant growth and development. But, how can we know if the use of artificial lighting will improve our production and our income? And how can we select the best source of light?Continue reading When should I invest in artificial lighting? How do I select the best lighting options?
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?
Plant nutrition is a key factor in growth and yield. But how can we know which nutrient is missing? Or which is the best fertilizer for our crop?
In learning about plant nutrition, we first need to know there are nutrients required in greater quantities than others. The nutrients that are essential for plant growth are called “macronutrients”. The rest of the nutrients also essential for plant growth but in lower quantities are called “micronutrients”.Continue reading The importance of knowing basics of plant nutrition
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?
The development of new lighting technologies such as light-emitting diodes (LEDs) can increase the capability to provide ideal light conditions to crops. This makes it possible to improve crop performance and product quality.Continue reading How to improve controlled environment crop production with LED lighting
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
Light is one of the most important environmental factors when trying to grow high value hemp products.Continue reading What is the impact of light on Cannabis production?
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.
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.