Growlink Smart Farm Blog

Harnessing the Sun - How To Maximize Light in Greenhouse Grows

As the world of farming evolves, so does our understanding of how to optimize greenhouse environments for maximum efficiency. One key factor that can make or break your greenhouse operation is light. In this blog post, we will delve into the importance of harnessing the power of the sun and share valuable insights and actionable steps to help you maximize light in your greenhouse. So, let's shed some light on this vital topic!

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Greenhouse Management with Growlink

Can Greenhouse Growers Use Growlink?

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Introducing Growlink Advanced Control Algorithms Library

Introducing Growlink Advanced Control Algorithms Library – powerful control algorithms designed specifically for precision greenhouse control. Control Algorithms empower you to create customizable rule sequences that adapt to your plants' specific needs in real-time, reacting to changes in temperature, humidity, light, and more. By utilizing advanced algorithms, rules, and AI, you'll have the power to automate and fine-tune your greenhouse environment like never before.

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Unleashing the Potential of Data for Sustainable and Efficient Controlled Environment Agriculture

Subtitle: Leveraging Cutting-Edge Technologies for a Greener and More Productive Future


At Growlink, we are passionate about utilizing the power of data to revolutionize the agricultural sector. Our mission is to empower farmers and agribusinesses with actionable insights that enable more efficient and sustainable farming practices. As the world's population continues to grow, we face the challenge of feeding an ever-increasing number of people, while also preserving our planet's precious natural resources. By harnessing the power of data, we can work together to achieve a more sustainable agricultural future.

The Role of Data in Modern Agriculture:

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Benefits of Precision Irrigation

Precision irrigation is a method of watering crops that uses technology to ensure that the right amount of water is delivered to the plants at the right time. One key component of precision irrigation is the use of substrate sensors, which measure the moisture content of the soil and provide farmers with real-time information about the water needs of their crops.

One of the main benefits of precision irrigation is that it can help farmers to save water and reduce their water bills. By using substrate sensors to measure the moisture content of the soil, farmers can avoid over-watering their crops, which can lead to water waste and increased costs. Additionally, precision irrigation can help to improve crop yields, as plants that are properly watered are more likely to thrive and produce a larger harvest.

Another benefit of precision irrigation is that it can help farmers to conserve energy. Traditional irrigation methods often rely on large pumps that use a significant amount of energy to move water from a well or other source to the fields. By using precision irrigation methods that only deliver water when it is needed, farmers can reduce the amount of energy required to water their crops.

There are different types of substrate sensors available, such as tensiometers, capacitance sensors, and time-domain reflectometry sensors, each with its own advantages and disadvantages. Tensiometers are widely used due to their low cost and ease of use, while capacitance sensors offer more accurate moisture measurements, and time-domain reflectometry sensors are useful for measuring the water content of soil at different depths.

In conclusion, precision irrigation using substrate sensors is an effective and efficient way to water crops. By measuring the moisture content of the soil, farmers can save water, reduce their water bills, improve crop yields, and conserve energy. With the various types of substrate sensors available, farmers have the flexibility to choose the best option for their specific needs.

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How can a system with a controlled environment help improve crop performance?

Controlled environment systems, such as greenhouses, can help improve crop performance in a number of ways:

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Sealed Greenhouses: Worth The Investment?

Many modern farmers are turning to sealed greenhouses over traditional ventilated greenhouses. Heavy ventilation is required daily to combat overheating in your typical traditional greenhouse. When growing in this type of greenhouse, the goal is often to try to exchange the entire air volume inside the greenhouse every minute through the use of enormous exhaust fans. In greenhouses that provide supplemental CO2, exhaust fans continually exhaust warm, CO2-rich, and odorous air. Apart from increasing the risk of pests and pathogens, many territories prohibit exhausting untreated, odorous air outside. By keeping the conditioned air inside, sealed greenhouses can provide a solution to these problems.

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Understanding DLI (Daily Light Integral)

DLI is equally as important indoors as it is in an outdoor/greenhouse environment and should be utilized when trying to optimize your grow efficiency and overall plant health. DLI stands for ‘Daily Light Integral’ and is defined as a measure of usable light your plant receives over the course of a day. Too high of DLI will not only cause unwanted light stress/burn but it is also a waste of electricity for which you are paying. DLI numbers that are too low will limit your plant’s growth potential which can translate directly to reduced yield and plant vigor. In either scenario, not measuring your DLI and tailoring your light intensity/schedule will end up costing you. Before we dive into how to accurately measure DLI, lets cover the basics on lighting.

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What Are Terpenes And How Do They Work?

Terpenes are organic compounds responsible for the fragrance, taste, and pigment of plants and trees throughout the world. More than 50,000 unique terpenes have been identified to date, with over 140 in cannabis alone! These terpenes found in different concentrations, or terpene profiles, are the primary reason that aromas and effects observed in cannabis vary widely from one phenotype to the next.

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