Growlink Smart Farm Blog

Indoor Smart Farms For Beginners

 

The Internet of Things (IoT) is changing every aspect of our life, from home automation, logistics and automotive, to industrial IoT. And it doesn't stop there; agricultural technology has made significant advances in the last 20 years, and it's changing how we grow food, and IoT is a big part of it. Smart farms are an emerging agricultural phenomenon that promises to improve yields and save money on resources and labor. Let's see what all the hype is about. 

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What Is Crop Steering? Part Two: Climate

Part Two: Environmental Conditions

In Part Two of this blog, we examine how to apply crop steering techniques using environmental conditions. As we mentioned in Part One of this blog, irrigation impacts how plants grow and can also be used as a steering tool. You can access it here in case you missed it. But let's dig into how changing environmental conditions can impact plant growth.

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Managing Greenhouse Humidity

The simple result of an enclosed growing space combined with focused sunlight is an ideal growing space. Humidity, however, can often be an enemy in such situations. Condensation is a common by-product in greenhouses as plants release moisture back into the air— especially when cold temperatures batter the greenhouse exterior. Humidity in a greenhouse is necessary, but controlling it is crucial to preventing plant stress and negative side-effects like fungus, mold, or mildew. 

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Container Farming Basics

Despite a desire for locally grown produce, almost half of the fresh fruits and vegetables bought by American's last year were grown outside of the United States. According to the USDA, in 2008, organic produce grown in the US accounted for less than one percent of total crop acreage, and improvements have been slow.

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Airflow Basics For Indoor Cannabis Grows

Indoor plants require lighting, water, nutrients, humidity, and air circulation. Proper airflow is a crucial component in growing healthy, vigorous cannabis plants. 

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The Importance of Urban Farming

As Americans, we're pretty lucky to have access to fresh food, regardless of what time of year it is. Now that many world regions are back on lockdown and international shipments are likely to be delayed, it's important to be more self-reliant than ever. One of the ways we can be self-sufficient is to buy local and support urban farming. 

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CropBox -  Vertical Crop Consultants

South of the North Carolina state capital of Raleigh is the small rural town of Clinton, N.C., the headquarters for Vertical Crop Consultants, or Cropbox. 

Tripp Williamson, Owner, and Founder started VCC in 2016, after years of working for the family business, Williamson Greenhouses, and finding his passion and success. Tripp had the vision to create more innovative and sustainable ways to grow local produce. He also wanted to provide insights to all indoor growers, not just the shipping container market.

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Can Big Data Increase Your Cannabis Yield?

Collecting data in your indoor grow, or greenhouse provides critical information that directly impacts your cultivation operation's success. Acquiring an extensive understanding of critical crop level and environmental data helps you grow with confidence. So let's examine ways that big data can increase yields, provide more accurate crop predictions, and furnish you with some much-deserved peace of mind. 

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Terpenes: Understanding The Science

All plants are made up of a multitude of chemicals and compounds, and cannabis is no different. The science behind the plant is complex and compelling. The cannabis plant has an unusually high number of organic, aromatic hydrocarbons called terpenes. Let's take a closer look at how terpenes form during growth and how they impact your final product.

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VPD Basics For Indoor Cannabis Grows

 

With so many conditions to measure in a climate-controlled greenhouse or indoor grow, it can become overwhelming. Each condition has a potential impact on how your plants grow and the level of their health and ability to deliver a consistent crop. Whether you're growing tomatoes or cannabis, let's examine the importance of monitoring VPD, vapor pressure deficit.

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