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Colorful Microgreen Varieties

Posted by Nick Greens, Horticulturist/Consultant on 2/4/2019

Microgreens offer a wide variety of choices in taste, texture, and even color. Growers can find success by adding an extra step or otherwise increasing their knowledge on microgreen growing. Below is a round-up of 7 different colorful varieties.

The Salvation Army teaches children how to grow indoors

Posted by Cropking on 12/19/2018

Children in and around Akron, Ohio, could help develop systems that could one day be used to grow food on Mars, upload blueprints for “food computers” and grow produce for wholesale and food pantries.

It’s all part of the studies they’re undertaking with the Salvation Army Summit County Area Services (SCAS), which opened Fresh Face Farm, an indoor growing facility, at its Akron Fort Romig location in January 2018.

2019 Plans and Plants

Posted by Jake Emling, CropKing Horticulturist on 12/17/2018

The slower greenhouse season has given me a chance to plan for the next few months. With my extra time on hand, I have been able to put together some new and exciting things to grow in the greenhouse! We also have some new projects happening around here that will be fun for us in 2019, so without any more time being wasted let’s get into it:

New Leafy Greens

What's in your water?

Posted by Zack Foust, Sales Representative on 12/4/2018

One aspect of farming that is often overlooked is the quality of source water being used for crop production. For many greenhouse growers, winter provides a break to clean up and analyze data after a long growing season. Having a sample of your source water analyzed from time to time provides important information for realizing patterns and planning for the next growing season.

Results from a water analysis provide the following information:

Shelter from the Storm

Posted by Cropking on 11/26/2018

When the hail started falling in Grinnell, Kansas, there were plenty of disappointed people looking toward Dan and Carol Buck’s 4B Farms. That’s because their CropKing greenhouse wasn’t just standing — it was unpierced, none of the ice shards came close to cutting into his facility.

“I had a lot of big farmers watching me, thinking that first hail storm would be the end of my greenhouse,” Dan said.

How-To: Microgreen Growing

Posted by Nick Greens, Horticulturist/Consultant on 11/13/2018

Are you interested in growing microgreens indoor year round, or for the winter months? Today’s blog will help you make the right decisions while growing healthy and nutritional microgreens. Microgreens are most commonly harvested from leafy greens such as kale, arugula, radish greens and herbs. The taste of microgreens depends on the original vegetable. Microgreens have a very strong and concentrated taste of the original vegetable. This means that cilantro microgreens will still taste of cilantro, but with a stronger taste and condensed format.

Plant Nutrients - The Mighty Macros

Posted by Jake Emling, CropKing Horticulturist on 11/6/2018

For the second part in this this three-part series we will be discussing the major elements that are typically used in large quantities – calcium, magnesium and sulfur. Some people consider these macro elements and will usually put nitrogen, potassium, and phosphorus also in this category.

 

Experience From the Field

Posted by Nick Greens, Horticulturist/Consultant on 10/30/2018

You’re a solid grower with great ideas, but you may feel like you don’t have enough experience in the field. You may need to be patient and research your ideas, but then again, maybe it’s not that. Maybe your ideas are missing something. There are extra factors with hydroponics that may cause things in the field to fail, here’s our tips for troubleshooting possible problems and finding potential solutions.

 

Part 2: Rapid Relative Humidity Decreases in the Greenhouse

Posted by Jim Brown, Horticulturist on 10/22/2018

Previously on the blog we talked about rapid relative humidity increases and how plant tissue is affected. Today, we’re talking about part 2 – rapid relative humidity decreases. If you missed part one, check it out here!

Troubleshooting Fall Greenhouse Pests and Disease

Posted by Zack Foust, Sales Representative on 10/16/2018

One of the benefits to controlled environment growing is the ability to grow year-round if desired. While fall typically signals the end of a growing season for many field crop farms, backyard gardens and nurseries, many hydroponic farmers growing in a controlled environment are still going strong. These operations monitor the outdoor environment and adjust their growing environments accordingly to maintain optimal growing conditions with light, humidity, temperature, etc.

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