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Sizing a hydroponic system

CS Greens For You S1000 08Once you have made the decision to grow hydroponically, your focus should turn to planning for your new system. Last week, we covered the top factors to consider when venturing into hydroponic crop production. We discussed how important it is to know your market, crop production goals, size limitations and more before purchasing your system. If you have not already reviewed this topic, you can find a link to it here. We suggest reviewing the topics for consideration before sizing your system, as having answers to our top considerations list can help provide you with more accurate numbers, making your overall system sizing process much more precise. Read more

Top considerations when planning for hydroponics

IMG_3292Hydroponic crop production has seen continued growth throughout the past few years, and for good reason. While early adopters have already established themselves within the industry, many more are now looking to tap into this highly promising and productive market. While making the decision to grow hydroponically may come easily to some, it is important to plan carefully in advance in order to see the most positive results. Once the decision has been made to grow with hydroponics, there are four major factors to consider when planning and preparing for the actual system itself. Read more

CEA Q&A: What You Need to Know

Hydroponic lettuce tablesIf you’re a fan of ours on Facebook, or have followed our blogs for any amount of time, you may know that we have a strong commitment t not only providing great products to the agricultural community, but we like to teach people about the latest and greatest in different growing trends. We believe that teaching people about these new and upcoming technologies is a great way to excite the communities we serve about new ways of growing more successfully and sustainably.

That said, we are pleased to announce the first of many educational opportunities in our newest facility, Technology Center East, which is located at our South Windsor, Connecticut campus. We will be offering CEA (Controlled Environment Agriculture) Schools to those who are interested in learning about hydroponics, fodder production, aquaponics and more. Think you may be interested in signing up? Here are some Q&A’s for you to read over and perhaps decide to join us at our first CEA School in November!

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Frequently Asked Questions on Drip Irrigation

Drip Irrigation System

Drip Irrigation is a very efficient method of watering crops, providing more uniform, timely and precise application of water than all other irrigation methods. Drip tape systems should be set up either on the surface of the soil, or directly underneath in order to deliver water right to plants’ roots reducing waste. Drip irrigation offers many benefits and the result of these advantages is more rapid growth and earlier harvest, higher quality crops at higher yields, as well as cost savings associated with greatly reduced water usage. When first designing a drip system, it can be a bit confusing. Here are a few questions commonly asked by FarmTek customers who are just getting started.

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Frequently Asked Questions on the Process from Germination to Harvest

Harvesting strawberriesAfter your seeds grow into seedlings, it is time to transplant them so they can finish out the growing process. Of course, there are many things to consider at the time of transplant, and a variety of questions will undoubtedly come up. Here are some of the most commonly asked questions from Growers Supply customers on this stage of the growing cycle.

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Frequently Asked Questions on the NRCS High Tunnel Program

High Tunnel with Roll-Up Ends

As high tunnels grow in popularity for season extension, the USDA is investing in their success. To conduct research on high tunnel production, the NRCS is conducting a program in which they fund farmers’ high tunnels in exchange for three years worth of data on their high tunnel growing. This funding is being sought after by growers all over the country and Growers Supply customers have a variety of questions regarding the program and whether or not they qualify for funding. Here are some of the most popular.

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Top 20 High Tunnel Questions Answered!

High Tunnels are becoming popular with growers of all skill levels for many reasons. These growers see high tunnels as a step between field growing and greenhouse growing. High tunnels are a great way to extend your season, increase yields and minimize pest and weather-related issues. Many of our customers here at Growers Supply have taken an interest in high tunnel growing. Here is a list of common questions we hear from them.

High Tunnels

Tomatoes and lettuce in a high tunnel1. Is there a size limit to these structures?
There is no size limit. We do offer certain sizes that are standard, however since we are the manufacturer, we can make anything you need or want.

2. Do you recommend many small structures or one large one?
It depends on the crop that you’re growing. If you’re growing one crop and you want to keep it all together, you will be better off with one large structure, like a gutter connect high tunnel. Otherwise the small structures create individual micro-climates, which make it easier to control pests, watering, sunlight and more for individual plants.
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Frequently Asked Questions―Hydroponic Systems

Hydroponics is becoming increasingly popular among commercial and hobby growers for many reasons. Simply put, hydroponics is growing plants without soil. As long as there are nutrients in the water supply, soil is not essential for plant growth. Since this discovery in the 19th century, hydroponic growing has evolved into different types, with many benefits over traditional, soil-based cultivation. With the right setup, hydroponic growing is a cost-effective method of producing high-quality crops with maximum yields. Since this form of growing is becoming so popular, many of our customers have had questions on how to get started, and what they need to succeed. Here is a list of some of the more common questions we’ve had.

General Questions

1. What is the simplest system to start out with?

Tomatoes perlite dutch buckets.Dutch buckets are very easy to start with because you don’t have to worry about recirculating the water. Also, with a Dutch bucket system you can start off small and expand from there. With NFT channels, the channels themselves can be a bit difficult to handle. If you’re just starting out and have a small space, we recommend Dutch buckets, otherwise NFT channels will work well. Read more