When vine crop production is the goal, CropKing recommends the use of the Bato-brand Dutch Bucket system. This type of system is an investment in the future of your business. Every aspect of bucket system hydroponics is of the highest quality and built to last. Unlike other throw away; disposable systems, you will get many years of use from our bucket system hydroponics. The Bato bucket offers quality as well as security when growing your high value crops. Each bucket is formed with a small reservoir to avoid drowning or starving your plants and since they are made from high-quality UV resistant plastic you can reuse the same buckets for years to come.
One of the most versatile and simple systems to use in the greenhouse, this Bato bucket system allows for great flexibility regarding layout and the variety of plants that can be grown in it - tomatoes, cucumbers, bell peppers, squash, pole beans, and eggplant to name a few.
The Buckets hold the media in which the plants grow and they can be positioned to provide the plant spacing required for the crop being grown. CropKing's bucket system hydroponics utilizes perlite-filled buckets. Each bucket has a bottom reservoir providing nutrients to the plants between feedings. Excess nutrient solution is conducted away from the plants via the drain line that all the buckets sit on. Fertilizer solution is delivered to the buckets through the injection system, a feed line, emitters, feed lines, and stabilizer stakes. An iGrow 1400 controller is used to activate the delivery system on a desired schedule.
Standard Bato Bucket Greenhouse Packages Include:
CropKing's greenhouse frames are made of galvanized steel.
Freestanding Unit- Gothic shape with a peak in the center for higher snow loads, with a 15 lb rating. It is also rated for an 80 mph wind load. This unit has arches on 4' spacing with ground stakes, couplers, five purlins, wind braces, connectors, hardware, and 2 x 4 end wall brackets for attaching the end wall studs. Black vapor barrier, embossed steel clad entrance door with aluminum casing with blueprints included.
Gutter Connect Unit- Frame of galvanized steel, with 10' high extruded aluminum gutters, column posts on 8' centers, bows on 4' centers, three purlins per bay, wind braces, connecting hardware, and also includes QuickLock poly lock for attaching covers to gutters. Embossed steel clad entrance door with aluminum casing included (one door for up to 4 bays). Black vapor barrier with blueprints included. Rated for a 20 lb snow load and 90 mph wind load.
Necessary for supporting vine crops, each tomato plant in the fruiting stage can weigh in excess of 35 lbs. The Plant Support includes steel support posts, wire cables, cable clamps, eyebolts, and the necessary mounting hardware.
The greenhouse is covered with two layers of 4-year, 6 mil greenhouse film; one IR for insulation and one UVA for even light disbursement. An air inflation fan keeps a constant insulating layer of air between the two covers. The cover package includes the aluminum cover locks to attach the covers to the frame, ends of the arches, and around the perimeter. CropKing includes 8mm, solar grade, rigid polycarbonate to cover the end wall where the cooling pads are located (usually the South end wall) and a motorized vent door. Also included are the necessary "H" and "U" channels to keep moisture out of the polycarbonate and Tek screw fasteners. The north end wall covering is not included and we recommend that this wall be insulated and sided with the customer's choice of siding.
CropKing's bucket system hydroponics use the fan and pad cooling method, an energy efficient type of "swamp cooler" where water trickles over a pad and air is pull through that pad by large exhaust fans located in the other end of the greenhouse. This American CoolAir Evaporative Cooling System includes a self-contained water distribution system (no sump tank needed). The cooled air is pulled through the house using high quality American CoolAir exhaust fans. Two fans per greenhouse bay, the fans include slant wall housing, fan guards, aluminum shutters, motors, and the installation hardware.
Power Vent Door
When the American CoolAir exhaust fans are called for, a custom CropKing automatic vent door with aluminum framing and a gear driven motor (with a limit switch) opens up on the south end of the greenhouse. This automated door is covered with rigid polycarbonate and includes the related mounting hardware. The opening and closing functions of the motorized vent door is controlled by the iGrow 1400 environmental controller.
Air Circulating System
A jet fan system (one per unit) includes a motorized intake shutter, housing, heat inlet kit, and hardware. A pre-punched poly air tube runs the length of the house to distribute the heated air evenly along the whole length of the greenhouse. Support wire and tube hangers are included to hang the vent tube down the peak of the greenhouse.
Overhead Unit Heaters
Each bay or unit includes one Modine PTC High Efficiency unit heater and one Modine PDP unit heater (10 year limited warranty on both) with 180 degree rotating power exhauster and aluminized steel heat exchanger and burner. Galvanized steel heater hangers are included.
Computerized Environmental Controls
This includes the iGrow 1400 control system with on screen programming, power supply, 12 outlets, 12 LED status display indicators, and a temperature and humidity sensor. Unit/units are mounted on painted plywood and they are pre-wired to the electrical panel for ease of installation. The iGrow offers accurate operation of the cooling system, vents, irrigation, and CO2. With the addition of "slave units" the iGrow can be expanded allowing for separate environmental zone controls. For an additional fee, software is available that allows for remote monitoring and programming at a host computer. Using a host computer, it is possible to store and download historical and real-time data and make programming changes. (See *iGrow Remote Access software below)
CropKing supplies a pre-wired electrical panel tailored to each greenhouse system. The panel is a single phase, 60 Hz, main breaker panel box with breakers, a relay control panel, control relay, labeled terminal strip equipment connections, GFI receptacle, and a duplex receptacle mounted on a painted plywood board. The iGrow controller(s) are programmed and mounted to the electric panel board for ease of start-up. Note: Please check with the local electric codes. CropKing uses UL listed components in the panel, but some codes may require a UL listed panel and they are available for an additional cost and can be quoted on a per project basis.
Grower Tech Service Program
CropKing technical support is what sets us apart in the industry. We realize that our success is based on having successful customers and that is why we developed our technical support package. This tech package includes attendance for two people at our grower's school. We also include industry books on hydroponics and a special fertilizer recipe based on your source water analysis, This tech package includes CropKing's Advanced Cultural Practices DVD and Advanced Fruit Load Management DVD, plus access to our support technicians via both phone and email. Being able to ask our technicians your specific questions and send pictures of your crop are invaluable to any grower.
Bato Bucket Growing System
The Bato Bucket system is suitable for larger, fruiting crops such as tomatoes, cucumbers, eggplants, and peppers. The buckets are filled with agricultural grade perlite as a growing medium. Perlite is clean and has an excellent capability for absorbing water while allowing for good air movement around the roots of the plants. The buckets are made of a tan colored plastic rather than black to prevent the root zone from absorbing too much heat on a hot, sunny day. The buckets have an integrated drainage system combined with a small reservoir in the bottom of each Bato bucket. The buckets are irrigated by an automatic Nutrient Injector System. This system combines nutrients from two concentrate tanks- A (macro-nutrients) and B (micro-nutrients and calcium nitrate), as well as a third pH control concentrate tank into one central mixing tank and then distributed to the plants via a main nutrient feed header, T connectors for feed lines, CNL drip emitters, plugs, stakes, feeder tubes, punch fittings, and hardware. The Bato bucket system includes buckets, drain wells and pre-drilled (on 16" centers) drain pipe and fittings.
Testing and Miscellaneous Equipment
Includes a BlueLab Combo Meter, EC conductivity standard (1/2 pint) Fisher pH test kit, Sensaphone Model 1104, Sensaphone remote temperature sensor, nutrient mixing pump, (2) min-max thermometer, VegiBee hand pollinator, battery, and charger, and pocket sling psychrometer.
Estimated one year supply of hydroponic fertilizer based on your source water sample, perlite growing media, 1.5" rockwool cubes, tomato seeds, Bato bobbins, propagation mats with thermostats, vine clips, truss hooks, Greenshield, Pre-Tom, insect monitoring sticky strips, and even bee hives for plant pollination. Getting your fertilizer with your greenhouse shipment can help to save on redundant freight costs.
Additional Add On Options
Floor Heating System
In concrete, a hot water floor heating system with a boiler and a separated combustion package, and a pre-assembled primary boiler loop a with boiler circulation pump. Includes a boiler performance package, air and water controls, boiler venting package, safety controls and gauges, system matched step-down gas regulator, pipe thermometers with gauges, and water treatment for charging the system. Optional 4-way mixing valve available to maximize efficiency and extend the life of the boiler.
CO2 Enrichment and Control System
Includes a Johnson CO2 generator, one per bay or unit, electronic remote CO2 monitor with a control package pre-wired and programmed into the iGrow 1400 environmental controller.
Includes exterior shade cloth including a cable tie down kit and shade cloth clip-its.
Insect Exclusion System
This system extends the south end of the greenhouse by 8 ft. This additional 8 ft. of greenhouse is covered with anti-thrips insect screen. This screen room covers the power vent door and does not allow insects to be pulled through the wet wall into the greenhouse. An additional door is included for access into the extension for maintenance of the wet wall. Also included is an additional entrance door and air curtain to turn a customer supplied head house into an air-locked greenhouse entry, reducing the chance of insects entering through the main entrance of the greenhouse.