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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.

Changing of Seasons

Posted by Jake Emling, CropKing Horticulturist on 8/13/2018

Back to school means that the changing of the seasons is coming near. For greenhouse growers, maintenance is a key component to success, helping you get the last push of the cool season crops or if you will be growing through the winter. This is the perfect time to make a checklist of things that should be checked before the snow files (at least for us in Northeast Ohio!). I put four items on the top of my list that should never be taken for granted no matter where you are located.

 

Jake Emling Joins the CropKing Team

Posted by Cropking on 7/30/2018

CropKing Inc., based out of Lodi, OH is pleased to announce that Jake Emling has joined the team in the role of Horticulturist.

Jake grew up in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, where his love of the outdoors and nature started. To pursue this passion, he attended Michigan State University and received both a Bachelors and Masters of Science in Horticulture. While at MSU, Jake conducted research on various fruit crops in intensive growing systems. Additionally, he has experience working in the fertilizer industry, and with grower education, entomology and greenhouses.

Nick Greens Joins the CropKing Inc. Team

Posted by Cropking on 7/24/2018

CropKing Inc., based out of Lodi, OH is pleased to announce the addition of Nick Greens to the CropKing team, in the role of horticulturist/consultant.

Nick Greens started his growing career in 2002 as an apprentice grower for a hydroponics shop. Nick worked through several cycles/harvests in San Diego before venturing out on his own. In 2007, Nick moved to Humboldt County, California to work as an assistant grower for a collective of green houses, where he began experimenting with a vortex brewer to develop several recipes for compost teas. 

Early Ground Shipping

Posted by Cropking 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.


Cultivate15

Posted by Cropking on 7/20/2015
CropKing Booth at Cultivate15

Cultivate’15 is in the books and what a great show it was. This convention was aimed at growers, breeders and florists for edible and ornamental plants. With sessions providing information on the latest trends and tools available on the horticulture industry it was a great opportunity to network, search for new suppliers and gain valuable information.

CropKing at Cultivate

Posted by Cropking on 6/12/2015

As you may know, the Cultivate'15 agricultural conference is fast approaching and with a record number of attendees in 2014, this year promises to be even more exciting. This is one the CropKing staff's favorite shows because it gives us a chance to not only meet many wonderful people interested in hydroponic vegetable production, but also the ability to interact with a wide variety of like minded professionals in a diverse range of horticultural fields . We are also very excited to use this opportunity to show off some of the new things that CropKing has been developing over the past year.

Reasons to Choose Local Produce

Posted by Cropking on 3/10/2010

FRESH, HIGH QUALITY VEGETABLES AND FRUIT Local food is usually sold to the consumer within hours of being picked. In contrast, the average vegetable in the grocery store is 5 to 7 days old, sometimes as much as 2 weeks old, before the consumer buys it. MORE NUTRITIOUS THAN
WHAT YOU CAN GET AT A GROCER Why? The average fruit or vegetable at a chain grocery store may have traveled more than 1500 miles to arrive there.
BETTER TASTE AND BETTER FOR YOU Most locally grown food is hand harvested when it is ripe for immediate sale to the consumer with good taste as a prime criterion. A recent study showed that fresh produce loses nutrients quickly therefore locally grown food, purchased soon after harvest retains it nutrients.
LOCAL FOOD SUPPORTS LOCAL FARM FAMILIES Farmers are a vanishing breed, The farmer gets less than 10 cents of the retail food dollar. Local farmers who sell direct to customers, cut out the middleman and get full retail price for their produce. This means that farm families can afford to stay on the farm, doing the work they love.

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