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Rapid Relative Humidity Changes in the Greenhouse and Resulting Plant Tissue Damage

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Anonymous (not verified)
Posted On:
5/24/2018

When the relative humidity in the greenhouse environment either increases or decreases rapidly, the adaptation capabilities of the plants growing in the greenhouse environment may be challenged beyond the breaking point.

It’s the rate of change in the relative humidity rather than just the difference between the old relative humidity and the new relative humidity levels that can challenge the plant’s ability to adapt without resorting to sacrificing some of its tissue.

Adjusting for seasonal changes

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jwinebrenner
Posted On:
3/29/2018

When the seasons change, so do growers’ environmental concerns. Even in the greenhouse, where some growers can control their surroundings, changes in the weather can greatly impact the growing process.

Changing light levels

According to Matthew Kispert, horticulturist at CropKing, growers should be cognizant of higher light levels at different points in the year. He recommends looking first at irrigation. Higher light levels can lead to some nutritional issues that proper irrigation methods can help prevent.

5 Reasons to Invest in a Greenhouse

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Anonymous (not verified)
Posted On:
1/9/2018

Health conscious eaters have spurred a revitalized interest in where and how food is grown. Customers want to know more about controlled environment agriculture (CEA) and how it works. There is no better time to invest in a greenhouse and here are some of the reasons why.

Greenhouse Cleaning & Sanitizing

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Anonymous (not verified)
Posted On:
12/14/2017

The 2017 growing season here in Lodi is now a wrap, but that doesn’t mean the work is finished. The time between crops can prove to be paramount to the success of the following season. Every grower should take the opportunity afforded by an empty house to perform yearly maintenance tasks, update equipment as needed, and clean and sanitize the greenhouse. 

CropKing Workshop Program Expansion

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Posted On:
11/20/2017

Having found success offering two-day, monthly workshops through its Grower’s School, Lodi, Ohio-based CropKing expanded the program with a Five Day Intensive Workshop.

Is Organic Labelling Something the Hydroponic Industry Needs?

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Anonymous (not verified)
Posted On:
11/9/2017

In an extremely close vote Nov. 1, the USDA’s National Organic Standards Board made a decision on a controversial issue: can hydroponically grown crops be certified organic? The answer, by an 8-7 margin, was yes. With the vote out of the way, the NOSB will now have to make recommendations on how the hydroponic industry can be governed under the organic label. However, as both organic and hydroponic agriculture adjust to the board’s decision, a simple question looms in the air, “Is organic the best path forward for hydroponically grown crops?”

Q&A: Supplemental lighting

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Anonymous (not verified)
Posted On:
11/1/2017

Many produce growers view greenhouse structures and hydroponic growing methods as improvements upon the volatile elements of working outdoors in soil. These structures and systems provide growers with the ability to control environmental factors and produce consistent yields year-round.

How CropKing NFT Channels Compare

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Anonymous (not verified)
Posted On:
10/23/2017

CropKing’s many years of research and growing experience have helped us determine the best equipment and growing methods for a variety of crops. When the goal is to produce high quality lettuce and herb crops, we recommend the NFT channel system. This recirculating system efficiently reduces water and fertilizer usage while maximizing production space. This growing system is an investment in the future of your business and every component is of the highest quality.

1. Materials & Assembly

Organic Media Production with Ellepot

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Anonymous (not verified)
Posted On:
10/16/2017

CropKing is offering a 100 percent biodegradable organic media option — 60 percent peat, 30 percent coco and 10 percent perlite — wrapped in Ellepot membrane, says Dante D’Avello, a CropKing tech who comes from an aquatic biology background.

Many customers in the market desire organic media options, D’Avello says. CropKing has seen a continued demand from producers who want to be certified organic, for an organic option that works well in NFT and other hydroponic production systems.

Early Ground Shipping

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Anonymous (not verified)
Posted On:
10/9/2017
Greenhouse foundation

Autumn is the time of year when growers might prepare to expand existing structures or erect new greenhouses. It is important to begin these projects sooner rather than later because freezing temperatures can make establishing the base of a greenhouse increasingly expensive and time consuming.


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