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Greenhouse Cleaning & Sanitizing

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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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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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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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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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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.

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Organic Media Production with Ellepot

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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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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.


Battling Botrytis

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Disease pressure in an environmentally controlled hydroponic greenhouse is minimal compared to field conditions, but the threat is never completely eliminated. If growers don’t keep a watchful eye on the internal climate, diseases could proliferate rapidly and even devastate the crop.

pH Should Stand for Plant Health!

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Plants are critical in our daily lives and many people take them for granted. We feed ourselves with plants, we feed our food with plants, we breath the oxygen from plants, they “breathe” our carbon dioxide, they keep the soil strong, and they do a lot more than what I can fit in this article. Bottom line: they are critical to our survival. Shouldn’t we respect plants as much we respect ourselves? Plants deserve to be just as healthy as we do, but they need some help from us!

Fall Crops Podcast

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This podcast was done by Greenhouse Management through their Grower Radio Network Podcast In this episode Greenhouse Management talks to CropKing’s horticulturist and greenhouse manager Theodore Huggins. Ted talks about different factors that need to be taken into consideration when selecting potential crops.

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