Growlink Smart Farm Blog

Tim Crowell - Grower Spotlight

Born and raised in Sacramento, California, Tim Crowell is a cannabis educator and crop advisor still living and working out of his hometown. After earning his BS in Sustainable Environmental Design at UC Davis, he earned a second degree in Remote Sensing (drones). He's been actively working in cannabis cultivation for a little over twelve years. Before starting his crop advisory business, Tim recently held an Assistant General Manager position at Connected California and Alien Labs. 

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The Importance of Monitoring Vapor Pressure Deficit

Vapor pressure deficit (VPD) and its function in plant growth can be used as a tool for increasing your harvest. VPD isn't new, but historically farmers relied on the natural climate. Only more recently, with the rising popularity of indoor commercial farming and greenhouses, it's become possible to precisely control environmental conditions, including VPD. With the best genetics and nutrients globally, your plants can't reach their potential without dialing in humidity and temperature. Knowledgeable cultivars manipulate VPD to encourage the stomata on their plants to open, allowing them to take up as many nutrients as possible, resulting in increased growth.

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Preventing Heat Stress In Indoor Commercial Grows

When temperatures rise, you're not the only one who feels the heat. Plants suffer when temperatures rise, especially if it's for an extended time. It can cause irreversible damage by way of plant function or development. Heat stress isn't simply droopy leaves; it can show up as things like stunted growth, leaf drop, leaf scald, failure to flower. Let's look at strategies to avoid heat stress in your indoor growing environment. 

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High Grade (A.J.) - Customer Highlight

Born and raised in Albuquerque, New Mexico, A.J. Sullins was destined to become an entrepreneur. His mom Kim was a youth pastor who eventually became a court reporter, and his dad Walter owned several Baskin Robbins retail shops. With seven sisters who were also independent thinkers, A.J. started his first successful business at just 13. He successfully negotiated contracts to manufacture and supply cotton candy and kettle corn to the N.M. State Fair and International Balloon Fiesta vendors. He added the local collegiate and semi-pro sports stadiums to his client list and, at age 21, upgraded to supplying alcohol and concessions as well.

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Vertical Farming Technology

Technology innovations improve and enhance our lives. It's no surprise that it's changing how and where we grow crops and other commercially grown plants. Climate change is altering weather patterns, taking crops indoors is becoming a viable and practical option. Let's take a look at how technology used for vertical farming is changing how we grow. 

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Benefits of Container Farming

April 2016 marked the 60th anniversary of the first voyage of the Ideal X, the origin of modern container shipping. This expansion played a critical role in driving the global economy. The modern shipping container has improved much more than the shipping industry. It has entirely transformed supply chains, improved domestic and international economies across the globe while driving trillions of dollars in yearly trade. But that was the beginning; now, shipping containers are used for homes, agriculture, and art installations. Let's look at the benefits of container farming. 

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Getting The Most From Your Environmental Controls

Controlling environmental factors in a commercial greenhouse or indoor grow is necessary for growing high-quality crops. An automated system eases the burden of manually performing tasks while building consistent, predictable cycles that maintain ideal growing conditions. High-quality systems are expensive but capable of reducing overall production costs in the long run. Think of your environmental controls like an investment rather than an expense. It'll pay off eventually.

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7 Tips To Winterize Your Greenhouse

While outdoor growers are busy harvesting, greenhouse growers know that Fall is the best time to prepare for cold months ahead. Winter is fast approaching. To make sure your greenhouse thrives during cold winter months, winterize your grow now. Preventative measures ensure a continuous transition into colder months ahead. 

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Mitigating Supply Chain Issues

The global supply chain is encountering massive shortages. Cannabis businesses feel the pressure in delayed deliveries, back-ordered supplies, and severe shortages of critical raw materials. It's created an ongoing crisis impacting cannabis packaging, extractors, producers, retailers, and cultivation. When sourcing supplies abroad, you can expect delays and immense costs, sometimes up to 100x. The elevated cost of goods and a massive increase in shipping charges have created an unprecedented crisis that all businesses are feeling. 

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Employee Highlight - Seema Allu

Born and raised in Hyderabad, India, Seema enjoyed her childhood with her older brother and younger sister. Her father, Prakash, was an electrical engineer, and her mother, Prameela, was a school teacher. Seema had a love for competitive sports, especially badminton, cycling, and anything outdoors.

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