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How To Maximize Produce Profits at Farmer’s Markets and Retail

Posted by Cropking on 5/19/2021

The Covid-19 pandemic hasn’t seemed to curb our appetites or enthusiasm for fresh vegetables.

5 Horticulture Terms You Should Know

Posted by Jake Emling, CropKing Horticulturist on 7/25/2019

You might be familiar with terms such as bolting or cutting as it relates to horticulture, but what about apical dominance or GDD? We’re breaking down some common, and maybe uncommon terminology we think you should know.


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.


Get Social! Tips and Tricks for Social Media

Posted by Nick Greens, Horticulturist/Consultant on 9/23/2018

Social media is an important marketing tool to help get you in front of your potential customers. Whether you’re promoting products or services, educating your audience about why you’re the best, or simply sharing what you’re up to, social media platforms are a great outlet to help customers engage with your brand. With Facebook, Instagram, YouTube and more, we’re talking about some of our best tips and tricks to help you decide what might work best for you.

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Post-Harvest Storage Tips

Posted by Zack Foust, Sales Representative on 9/16/2018

After hours of seeding, moving hundreds of transplants, mixing fresh batches of nutrients and managing a plant-friendly environment, you hopefully have produced a bountiful, disease-free crop that is ready for harvest. The next critical step in fresh-market hydroponic production is to follow proper harvest and storage practices to ensure that your customers receive produce of the highest quality. It is important that you don't overlook post-harvest care, since this could determine taste, texture, nutrition, safety and overall salability of your produce.

Adjusting for seasonal changes

Posted by Cropking 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.

Greenhouse Cleaning & Sanitizing

Posted by Cropking 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. 

Growing Hydroponic Fodder

Posted by Cropking on 1/25/2016
Hydroponic Fodder

Growing animal feedstock hydroponically is a relatively new trend even though the process has been around since the 1930s. There are several advantages to growing fodder hydroponically and some disadvantages which we will discuss later. The main advantage is that animals get feedstock that has no pesticides or herbicides, is of high quality, and uses very little water. The most common sprouting crop is barley, although alfalfa, clover, corn, cow peas, oats, sorghum, and wheat are possible grains to grow fodder. Sprouting increases fiber and breaks the grain down into more consumable parts.

Winter is Coming Make Sure Your Greenhouse Is Ready

Posted by Steve Froehlich, Horticultural Engineer and Crop Consultant on 11/9/2015
over winter greenhouse

As the splash of tree color fades, leaves fall, and nature prepares for winter sleep, it is once again time to give consideration to the health of your greenhouse. With diminishing day length and declining daily temperatures checking greenhouse equipment can save you money and avoid potential losses. The following are considerations as the winter season approaches.

Seed Storage and Germination Recommendations

Posted by Nichole Edelman, Greenhouse Manager on 9/9/2015
seed storage

Two common questions we have gotten at Crop King in the past from growers has been the life expectancy of various seeds and average germination time. There are three things you need to know:
How to properly store seeds.
Life expectancy of different properly stored seed.
Different crops can have very different germination times.


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