In horticulture there are always challenges when growing a crop. One of the most common challenges faced by growers is the risk of pest incidence on their crop. But, how can we prevent pests? How can we control an infected crop?
By Karla Garcia and Deidre Hughes
Root zone environment is directly related to our crop growth, development and health. Therefore it is very important to understand what is going on underneath our plants.Continue reading Mastering Rootzone Environment
All crops have specific light requirements. By knowing minimum and optimum levels of light for our crop we can manage our environment to improve crop performance. When the ambient light exposure is below the minimum requirements we need to apply supplemental lighting in order to maintain our crop production at a healthy and consistent pace.Continue reading Mastering Light Management: Optimizing Crop Performance
The “Hardest to Grow” Plant in the World
Wasabi Japonica is widely accredited as the “hardest to grow” plant in the world. The plants are native to Japan and require a very specific set of environmental conditions to successfully produce healthy plants.Continue reading Wasabi Japonica Grown Under GE LED Grow Lights
By Karla García, Hort Americas Technical Services
All people in sports business know how important is to maintain turf grass of sports fields in perfect shape. To achieve this, different products are applied in order to provide all the nutrients and protection to turf grass. However, maybe we are missing a very important aspect.Continue reading How to get perfect turf grass for your sports field with the best lighting technologies
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?
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
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
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?
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.
Light is one of the most important factors growing any crop. But, how can you be sure that your plants are receiving enough light? There is a way to measure the light intensity received by your plants.
Many LED light manufacturers claim their lamps can be used for horticultural production. But do they provide the right wavelengths of light to meet plants’ needs?
Figure 1. The electromagnetic spectrum. The visible spectrum encompasses approximately 380 nm to 780 nm. Photosynthetically active radiation or PAR is 400 nm to 700 nm.
Figure 2. Image depicting photons of light falling on one square meter.
Figure 3. Map of outdoor DLI by month throughout the United States.
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