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.
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."
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.
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.
Which Grow Light Is Right For You?
There's no doubt that the sun provides farmers with the natural sunlight needed to grow vigorous, healthy plants. But severe weather can be a deterrent to growing crops outdoors during harsh winter or summer temperatures. There's been a trend to move some crops inside, especially those with fast harvest cycles like lettuce and cannabis.
Increase yields and save valuable resources
Automated grow systems have been used for many years to keep labor costs down. Whether it's lighting, vents, or artificial intelligence, automation, and technology are capable of repeatable and predictable results. This allows growers to streamline previously time-consuming processes quickly and efficiently. Most automated greenhouse systems allow users to control their cultivation environment via an app on their smart devices.
How To Train Your Plants
Topping is a fundamental tool used to train plants. It enables growers to force plants to grow horizontally instead of vertically, making the most efficient use of available lighting. Topping is a simple way to increase yields by removing the tip of the top of the plant growth, allowing it to send vital energy out to lower nodes, encouraging growth outwards, instead of up.
Success Stories: Brick Street Farms
Growing produce in retrofitted shipping containers has received notable buzz over the past five to ten years as produce is grown locally and organically, in most cases. The fully insulated contained structure allows for year-round growth regardless of harsh, exterior environments. Container farming has many benefits, including reduced water usage and the lack of need for harmful pesticides.
Getting The Most From Your Environmental Controls
Greenhouse and indoor grow cultivation automation has changed how we grow in America and the world. Agricultural technology has taken the guesswork out of some of the most challenging aspects of commercial cultivation. One of the essential aspects of greenhouse automation is having quality, accurate sensors to monitor the aspects of your grow operation that you want to automate.