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July 2013

Investigating iceberg lettuce in the hydroponic greenhouse – 2013 Trial, Part 1

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hydroponic Iceberg Lettuce

Lettuce is the 2nd most popular vegetable in the US (second only to potato), and head lettuce is certainly the most recognizable type. So, it is not uncommon for us to hear the question “Why don’t you produce iceberg lettuce in the greenhouse?” There are, in fact, several key reasons iceberg lettuce is not commonly grown in vegetable greenhouses in the United States. They are listed below and loosely ranked by importance, but these reasons may vary depending on production area and market.

The attraction of opposites: Using both soil and soilless production to enhance diversified vegetable and fruit operations - Part 1

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For horticultural crop producers, the balance between specialization and diversification on their farms must be continually managed. These days, the concept of diversification does not just apply to the types of vegetables planted in the field or varieties of trees in the orchard. Horticultural growers around the country have a wide variety of growing systems available to them to enhance the selection of crops they market and the seasons in which they are able to harvest and sell.

Grass Fed Beef

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In my opinion one of the preeminent benefits of utilizing a hydroponic fodder feed system is the ability to more closely re-create our animal’s natural diets. This is especially true when considering a ruminant animal such as a cow. A cow’s digestive system has specially evolved to efficiently digest and convert grasses into a food source; a feat that those of us with only one stomach cannot accomplish. Traditionally all beef was grass fed, but with a skyrocketing population a need to speed up production time became evident; this is where grain-feeding came into play.