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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.

Weathering the Economic Crisis

Posted by Jenan Jones Benson on 5/29/2009

What does that mean for you? It’s not news that the country is facing tough times economically. Commercial growers feel the pinch as well, but for the agricultural industry, the news isn’t all bad. Farmers, overall, may fare better than other occupational groups.
Buddy, can you spare a dime?
As of late March, business loans and credit were considered rare commodities by many, but growers reported that securing funds for their spring needs hasn’t been that difficult.
Tanya Miller, owner of Millican Produce in Millican, Texas, with her husband Steve King, says growers such as her who have established solid credit ratings shouldn’t have obstacles with loan approval.
“We are expecting to apply for a loan [for expanding our greenhouse tomato operation] in the near future and have been told that we should not have any trouble because of our past history,” she says.
Nick Augostini, marketing specialist with the North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, agrees, adding that growers in his area continue to receive funding through both Farm Credit and the local banks. However, those institutions are reviewing applications more carefully and borrowers should anticipate closer monitoring during the loan’s term.
“Lenders are a little more skittish,” says Dr. Anthony Yeboah, professor and chair of North Carolina A&T State University’s department of agribusiness, applied economics and agriscience education. “There is a general sense of uncertainty, a psychological cloud hanging over the future.”
That may mean that existing credit lines or terms may be altered, but it also signals opportunity. Historically low interest rates may benefit growers and enable some operations to expand.

Hydroponic Fertilizer Solutions

Posted by Jim Brown, Horticulturist on 11/16/2007

Plants typically grow with their roots in soil and their stems and leaves in the air. They get some of the elements they require from the air (for example, most of the carbon and much of the oxygen used by the plant comes from the carbon dioxide taken in by the leaves of the plant), there are other nutrients that can be fed to them through their foliage, and there are even some aerial plants that get everything they need to thrive without any contact with soil at all. However, most plants get the bulk of what they need through their roots, usually in soil.

Paths to Success in the First Hobby Greenhouse

Posted by Cropking on 9/9/2005

You've decided to take the plunge and purchase a hobby greenhouse. Once you’ve received and constructed it, it’s time to get it ready for plants and for making decisions on what you want to grow. It is likely that your list of plants to be grown and things to be done in the greenhouse can be unrealistically long. The information here is intended to help you take a realistic approach. There are many variables in what is realistic. These include the background and experience of the individual grower, the available time they have and what they expect from the project. The following guidelines and suggestions may help the new grower set realistic goals and expectations, which are more likely to result in a satisfying growing experience.

The Greenhouse: Growing Environment or Battleground?

Posted by Cropking on 9/9/2005

Changes in seasons bring about changes in the external and internal environments of the greenhouse. These changes compel the grower to view things inside and outside the greenhouse differently. Although the idea is to attempt to keep the environment inside the greenhouse uniform, the way to accomplish this will change from one season to the next. Things that were previously outside may suddenly want to migrate indoors. You or your friends may even want to move some outside plants into the greenhouse.

Greenhouse Plant Growing Systems

Posted by Cropking on 9/9/2005

Whatever the growing system used, plant roots need oxygen. Oxygen is used in the root for respiration of photosynthate – the process that releases the energy needed by the root to take in the water and nutrients and to send them up to the rest of the plant.
Some plants, like rice and cattails, have roots that can get enough oxygen while growing in standing water. However, most of the plants we grow in the greenhouse have higher oxygen requirements than what is available when the roots are submerged in stagnant water.

Bugs and Greenhouses: Keeping the Bugs Out

Posted by Cropking on 9/9/2005

The insects and mites that could become a problem in your greenhouse live on plants. If you bring plants into your greenhouse from a friend’s greenhouse or even your own yard, the pests could travel along with them. It is difficult to impossible to make sure there are no hitchhikers on plants that you bring in.

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