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Customer Highlight - Dr. Robb Farms

Dr. Robert Flannery is the first Ph.D. in the United States with certified technical expertise in growing commercial cannabis. He earned his doctorate from UC Davis in Plant Biology with an emphasis in Environmental Horticulture with specific expertise in hydroponic crop optimization for cut-flower production. While working on his doctorate, Dr. Flannery began advising Cannabis cultivators throughout Northern California on modern horticulture practices. As Production Director at SPARC in San Francisco, Dr. Flannery managed the company's largest department and supervised every segment of cannabis cultivation, packaging, & delivery of the final product to retail. An overachiever for sure!

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Nutrient Delivery System Basics

Automated nutrient delivery systems can be expensive, and sticker shock can intimidate growers into putting off the upgrade. However, the vast majority of growers admit that the upfront investment pays off. Lower labor costs and reduced resource waste, along with saving time are enough to get many growers to take the plunge. We'll dive into what nutrient delivery systems do, how they work, and the potential benefits associated with investing.

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Can Lighting Increase Cannabis Potency?

Many factors influence the THC potency of cannabis plants. Environmental factors like temperature, humidity, nutrition, and genetics all play a part in terpene content and THC potency. An often overlooked factor is lighting. Let's examine how lighting can impact cannabis potency. 

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Vertical Farming Technology

What is vertical farming?

According to Wikipedia, vertical farming is "the practice of growing crops in vertically stacked layers. It often incorporates controlled-environment agriculture, which aims to optimize plant growth, and soilless farming techniques such as hydroponics, aquaponics, and aeroponics."

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Climate Controlled Greenhouse

Choosing the right automation technology.

The modern greenhouse utilizes technology to automate many daily tasks associated with a bustling grow operation. It can be confusing and overwhelming to decide on which system is right for your specific needs and goals. Whether you need to replace an older automation system that can no longer provide the dependability you need, or you're interested in new technological advancements of fully cloud-based automatic grow systems, here are the basics.

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Detox Your Home

4 Plants That Will Purify Air In Your House!

Plants are one of the most functional and aesthetically pleasing decor items you can place in your home. They will bring a sense of the outdoors inside, and individual plants will remove toxins and improve your interior air quality.

Here are four plants that NASA proved will purify the air in your home.

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3 Reasons to Monitor CO2 Levels In Your Indoor Grow

Greenhouse and Indoor growers are familiar with the importance of monitoring specific aspects of their operation. Environmental conditions like temperature, airflow, and humidity are obvious, but it's also essential to monitor CO2 levels. Here are the top three reasons that monitoring CO2 levels is increasingly important.

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Can CO2 Increase Your Greenhouse Yield?

The quick answer is yes, but to properly adust CO2 levels, it's crucial to comprehend how the process works. So let's start with a little CO2 education. 

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Is Your Controlled Environment Working For You?

The ultimate goal for controlled environments? Higher, faster, more easily repeatable yields. One 25,000-square meter Japanese indoor farm produces 10,000 heads of lettuce per day, which is an impressive 100 times more per square foot than traditional, outdoor farming methods. This yield is accomplished with 40 percent less energy, 80 percent less food waste, and a mind-blowing 99 percent less water than traditional, outdoor agriculture. According to USDA data, the average yield for conventionally grown tomatoes in 2016 was 1.85 pounds per square foot, while greenhouse tomato growers saw yields of 10.59 pounds per square foot.

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5 Tech Systems Anyone With a Greenhouse Should Be Using

 

Technology offers a range of opportunities for the commercial grower to make effective use of the greenhouse environment. The latest tools enable the grower to exert a high degree of control without having to be constantly on-site. They make the growing process more efficient and can drive higher yields as well.

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