Growlink Smart Farm Blog

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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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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Benefits of Growing With Hydroponics

Growing crops utilizing the hydroponics method of growing has become increasingly popular in the last 20 years. It's been around for centuries and dates back to ancient civilization; read more about the history of hydroponics here. But times have changed, and the current understanding of the science behind hydroponics allows us to grow larger yields with fewer resources. Where we grow crops is constantly evolving and changing. Vertical farming, indoor farming, and climate-controlled greenhouses are increasingly becoming popular methods of growing. And just like where we grow changes, how we grow does too. Let's examine the ways that growing with hydroponics can be beneficial.

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Vendor Highlight: UCEC

In 1958, Howard Lacy, UCEC's founder, bet another engineering friend that he could build a better quality panel at a more affordable cost than the ones he was buying. Howard won the bet, and soon their panel shop was off and running. Fast forward almost 60 years, and Lacy would be proud that the company remains committed to core values that include quality craftsmanship, outstanding customer service, and old-school values that embrace new technology.

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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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Environmental Control Systems

As indoor commercial cultivation becomes the gold standard in cannabis grows, environmental control systems' demand increases. Also known as controlled environment systems, these complex systems require extensive research. Let's cover some basics before you dig into specifics.  

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Automatic Greenhouse Control System

The modern greenhouse maintains a growing environment that is about more than just the air temperature, combining multiple factors that impact plant growth like heat, humidity, light levels, and ventilation. Keeping environmental factors at optimum levels is simplified through the use of automation. Let's take a deeper dive into how it works and why you should consider an upgrade. 

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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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Popular Nutrient Brands For Indoor Cannabis

Plant nutrients or fertilizers mimic the natural amount of nutrients found in soil, often with some added benefits. Since growing cannabis indoors is becoming an industry standard, plant nutrients have evolved since most indoor grows use alternative substrates. To learn more about substrates, check out this article. Let's examine the many nutrient options available.

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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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