Water is an essential part of life, so much so that a fully grown adult can only last 3-4 days without it. Water isn’t just a necessity for humans however, it’s also extremely vital to your plants. Without water, plants cannot absorb essential nutrients from the soil, so to your plants, going without water does not just mean lacking hydration it also means going without food. Read more
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Ask any grower what their biggest “growing headache” may be and you’ll get a variety of answers, but I would bet that one of the top responses would be concerning watering crops and produce. You won’t hear “rain, rain, go away!” being sung by too many farmers these days, with many across the country facing drought and hot temperatures that are scorching crops and making it difficult to keep up with watering. However, there is relief in sight! It comes in the form of irrigation. When it comes to determining what type of system will work best for you, here are some tips and information that can be helpful to making sure your crops and plants stay healthy and well watered.
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.
To be the best grower you can be, you need to have a good understanding of the essential nutrients for plant growth. Nutrient management means getting the most “bang for your buck,” while not wasting money and time by over-fertilizing or using the wrong fertilizer at the wrong time. Most of you know about N-P-K (nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium), but do you know that there are 15 other nutrients that are considered essential to plant growth?
Last month, we hosted our very first three-day CEA School. This event combined hydroponics, fodder production and aquaponics into a hands-on learning experience for growers of all experience levels. The CEA School was held at our Technology Center in Dyersville, IA, and hosted by our greenhouse team, Sam Shroyer and Brittany Orris. Participants traveled from 13 states, making it a great networking event and learning experience.
While the greater part of the country suffers from the worst drought in recent history, it is more important than ever to consider alternatives to traditional irrigation. There are many advanced technologies in irrigation available to more efficiently and effectively deliver water to plants. Whether you are a greenhouse or field grower, we recommend three main types of irrigation systems: drip tape systems, dripper systems and sprinkler systems.