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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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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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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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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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Sustainable Ways To Deal With Greenhouse Insects

Growing inside a greenhouse provides your plants with a certain amount of protection from harsh weather conditions, but pests can still become an issue. Because your plants are tightly packed together in a confined area, it's especially important to prevent an infestation before it affects your entire grow operation. While the best defense is an exceptional offense, should pests find their way in, eliminate them before they spread to the rest of your plants using sustainable methods to improve your carbon footprint.

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Fall Greenhouse Energy Saving Tips

Changing seasons means it's time to reassess your lighting and watering goals for the Fall. As you know, greenhouse energy costs account for a significant share of a grow operation costs. Using available energy sources can affect your ability to harvest the predetermined crop quality and yields you forecast. And as the colder weather approaches, doing some maintenance can also save you some cold cash this winter. 

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The History of Greenhouses

What is a greenhouse?

A greenhouse is a building with walls and roof made primarily of transparent material, in which plants are grown. The interior of a greenhouse exposed to sunlight is significantly warmer than the external temperature, protecting its plants from extreme conditions.

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Indoor Farming Automation

Automation is essential to indoor farming systems to ensure all crops receive the proper light, water, and nutrients. Automating lighting, fertilization, and irrigation is a sensible and practical solution to managing your indoor growing operation. 

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Greenhouse Environmental Control Systems

What are environmental control systems?

As any expert will tell you, a growing environment is more than just the air temperature. It's a potent combination of multiple factors that impact plant growth in a greenhouse. Typically, the main four are heat, humidity, light levels, and ventilation. But it can also be more than that. 

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A Brief History of Hydroponics

Past, Present and Future

Hydroponics has enjoyed a resurgence lately. Popularized in the 1940s, and solidified in growing culture by the 2000s, hydroponics actually began much further back in our ancient history. Let's explore a brief history of hydroponics.

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