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Climate Controlled Greenhouse

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.

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Types of Grow Lights

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.  

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Topping Cannabis

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.

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Commercial Greenhouse Automation

Top Reasons To Upgrade Your Grow

Greenhouse and indoor grow cultivators have many options when it comes to how and what they automate. Whether it's fully automatic systems or semi-automatic systems, growers are reaping the benefits of commercial greenhouse and indoor vertical grow room agricultural automation. 

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Grow Controls

 

How to Choose Your Environmental Controls

As a grower, there are plenty of things to consider when planning your strategy, and the grow room controller is one of the most critical pieces of equipment you purchase. The environment in your grow room is one of the most important aspects of your business. Creating the ideal environment is crucial for plant health, but maintaining this environment indoors can be difficult and time-consuming.

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Smart Fertigation System

How Smart Is Your Fertigation System?

AgTech has revolutionized the way crops are grown, both in indoor and traditional growing environments. Controlling environmental factors and agricultural processes with acute precision leads to better crop yields, better resource management, lower costs, and improved environmental conditions. As a result, more and more growers are embracing automation in their operations. One technology that has become extremely popular across various crop types is smart fertigation – the synthesis of fertilization and irrigation. 

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Indoor vs. Outdoor: Which Cannabis Cultivation Is Right For You?

While indoor-grown cannabis has grown in popularity in recent years because of its uniformity and durability, some companies embrace cannabis's roots — growing outdoors. Cultivating cannabis in the great outdoors has its benefits but also comes with uncertainties that companies should consider before making a decision.

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How To Increase Crop Yields Using Big Data

Adopting advanced analytics to improve yield and deal with variables is driving the agriculture analytics market. Big data is making a significant impact on every industry, and now farmers and indoor growers can streamline their operations by creating a 'smart farm.' 

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Why Urban and Vertical Farming Are Changing How We Grow

What Is Urban and Vertical Farming?

First coined by American geologist Gilbert Bailey in 1915, the term  vertical farming  was initially a practical solution to a lack of sustainable soil by growing  up  instead of out. In 1999, Dickson Despommier, a professor at New York's Columbia University, popularized the modern idea of vertical farming. 
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How To Prevent Canopy Overheating With Heat Mapping

Most growers are aware that different types of plants have varying preferred climates in which they grow. Some plants grow happily in one environment throughout their entire life cycle; others grow best in one environment during the vegetative stage and another during the flowering stage. 

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