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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Vegetative and Generative: Cannabis Growth Stages

With the popularity of crop steering, which manages plant growth by adjusting environmental factors and/or irrigation to encourage a crop's desired outcome, we thought we would examine the intended growth stages; vegetative and generative. Changing environmental conditions and irrigation allow growers to influence growth toward the desired growth stage. Let's examine the differences and the right time to direct growth towards a particular stage of the cannabis plant life cycle. 

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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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Benefits of Greenhouse Farming

Greenhouse farming has been a part of our growing history worldwide since at least the Roman era. But evolving technology and climate change are transforming how and why we grow in greenhouses. Let's examine some of the benefits of greenhouse farming. 

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Fertilizer Delivery Systems

Whether in a commercial grow or an at-home garden, all plants require nutrients or fertilizers to thrive. Automated commercial fertilizer delivery systems can be costly, and sticker shock can intimidate growers into putting off the upgrade. Many 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 fertilizer or nutrient delivery systems do, how they work, and the potential benefits associated with investing.

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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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How Automation Can Prevent Nutrient Deficiencies

Nutrient deficiency in plants can impact your bottom line. Delivering the right nutrients at the right time can make or break your grow operation. Let's examine how you can prevent nutrient deficiency in plants through intelligent automation.

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What is Fertigation?

The first time I saw the word fertigation, I was confident that it was a typo. Still, after researching and understanding the union of irrigation and fertilization, I began to get it. And while I'm not as knowledgeable as some growers, I have been educated on the subject matter. In this blog, we're going to focus on fertigation as it applies to indoor cultivation. So let's look at what fertigation is and why it may help you and your grow operation save valuable resources. 

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The History of Agriculture

How we grow food has changed considerably in the last 50 years, with a surge in alternative agriculture emerging in our very recent history. Advances in technology, greenhouses, and consumer demands have all impacted food production. Let's take a look at how agriculture has evolved and what changes we can see ahead.

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