Growlink Smart Farm Blog

What is a Cannabis Architect?

Cannabis cultivation facility planning and design are challenging. All building planning and design can be difficult, but there are considerable cannabis-specific concerns; zoning laws, building codes, special permits, and waste management requirements can bring any project to a halt if not handled properly. Each grow operation is distinctive, and no two building projects are the same - which is why hiring an expert could be the difference between success and failure. So what exactly is a cannabis architect, and what do they do? Let's dig in.

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Crop Steering - 4 Phases of Irrigation

Crop steering manipulates a plant's environment and root zone to influence metabolic/hormonal changes that inspire vigorous growth and greater yields. This is achieved by dialing in environmental conditions throughout different growth stages and managing irrigation events to mimic natural stressors the plant would encounter in nature. Let's focus on the irrigation strategy commonly employed when attempting to crop steer. 

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7 Tips To Winterize Your Greenhouse

While outdoor growers are busy harvesting, greenhouse growers know that Fall is the best time to prepare for cold months ahead. Winter is fast approaching. To make sure your greenhouse thrives during cold winter months, winterize your grow now. Preventative measures ensure a continuous transition into colder months ahead. 

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Greenhouse Automated Control Systems

Greenhouses maintain a thriving environment that is about more than just air temperature, combining various factors that influence plant growth like heat, humidity, light levels, and ventilation. Keeping the climate at optimum levels is simplified through the use of automation. Let's look into how it works and why you may benefit from using automated greenhouse control systems. 

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Top 3 Reasons To Use A Nutrient Dosing System

Nutrient dosing or delivery systems are associated with precision irrigation, automation, and convenience, but it's also known for high upfront costs. Sticker shock can frighten growers into putting off buying the equipment, even though most growers admit that the upfront investment eventually pays off. Reduced resource waste, lower labor requirements, and saving time are just a few of the things that convince growers to invest in their cultivation facilities' future. Let's examine what nutrient or fertilizer delivery systems do and why using one may be more beneficial than you think. 

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High Standards In Your Grow Operation is Critical To Your Success

As a commercial cannabis grower, it's crucial to ensure that your cultivation operation functions at its optimal levels at all times. Having the appropriate commercial greenhouse or indoor grow room design and equipment is critical. Lighting, climate control equipment, HVAC, fertigation, sensors, fans, controllers, and automation equipment are paramount to your success. And so is keeping your operation clean and adequately maintained. The health of your plants is dependent on your ability to keep equipment working and the area clean. Let's take a look at ways to keep your space clean and well maintained. 

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Innovations in Soil Moisture Sensors

For decades, growers have used technology to predict and increase yields. Grow software, sensors, controllers, data analytics, and fertigation help manage greenhouse and indoor grow climate and irrigation. As with any industry, technology constantly evolves by refining processes, upgrading systems, and improving hardware and software.  

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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: Acclima

Innovator: Scott Anderson

When Scott Anderson's Great Grandparents settled the land that is now Bear River City, the rugged pioneers from Sweden began a long legacy of farmers in Utah. His ancestors befriended the native Americans and began farming on fertile soil. Fast-forward several generations, and Scott is still tending the family orchards. 

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Benefits of Nutrient Dosing Systems

Automated nutrient delivery systems can be expensive, and sticker shock can intimidate growers into putting off the upgrade. However, the vast majority of 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 nutrient delivery systems do, how they work, and the potential benefits associated with investing.

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