Growlink Smart Farm Blog

Preventing Heat Stress In Indoor Commercial Grows

When temperatures rise, you're not the only one who feels the heat. Plants suffer when temperatures rise, especially if it's for an extended time. It can cause irreversible damage by way of plant function or development. Heat stress isn't simply droopy leaves; it can show up as things like stunted growth, leaf drop, leaf scald, failure to flower. Let's look at strategies to avoid heat stress in your indoor growing environment. 

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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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Vertical Farming Basics

As technology changes, improves and enhances every aspect of our lives, it's no surprise that it's also changing how and where we grow crops and other commercially grown plants. With climate change altering weather patterns, taking crops indoors is becoming a viable and profitable option. Let's take a look at how vertical farming is changing how we grow. 

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Substrate Moisture Sensors

Agricultural technology constantly evolves by refining processes, upgrading systems, and improving hardware and software. Substrates, the medium your crops are grown in, provide an opportunity for monitoring through substrate moisture sensors. Many growers face plant nutrition challenges that affect plant quality and profitability. Monitoring water content, temperature, and electrical conductivity in your substrate provide critical crop-level data for farmers and growers. 

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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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Mother Labs - Customer Highlight

As one of North America's most comprehensive full-service cannabis nursery and supplier, Mother Labs focuses on assisting clients in increasing revenue while decreasing their operating costs. Their vision of a clean future extends to harnessing the wonder of innovation to cultivate clean and sustainable cannabis in Canada and the world. 

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What Is Crop Steering? Part One: Irrigation

Conversations around the idea of crop steering to increase yields, save resources, and boost terpenes and aromas have increased in the last few years amongst cannabis growers. Some growers contend that crop steering is just a new way of discussing dry down, a technique where farmers allow crops to dry out between watering or feeding to encourage a particular type of growth. Others contend that it's basically just mimicking the natural conditions plants would be subject to if they were grown outdoors. Let's dig into it and see what all the hype is about.

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The Benefits of Keeping Greenhouse Technology Simple

Greenhouse equipment should be simple for the end-user. This was the topic of a blog post written earlier this year by Chris Higgins, General Manager and Co-owner of HortAmericas, a wholesale supply company. The main message offered by Higgins was that the most successful products should be easy to use, learn, operate, and maintain. Why does this matter? It affects how much money a grower can make, as smart purchases can lead to a better return on investment (ROI).

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Is Cloud-Based Data Storage Right For Your Grow?

Regardless of what business you're in, storing data can be costly and confusing. Cloud-based data storage solutions are increasingly in demand worldwide, especially for businesses utilizing automation that requires data collection and analysis, like agriculture. Let's dig into your cloud storage basics and options. 

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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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