Light can impact yield, cosmetic appeal, fragrance, taste and potency; it is one of the most important ingredients for creating the perfect environment. If you can figure out what quality, quantity and intensity of light you need for your plants to grow efficiently, it’s going to determine how you design your greenhouse (GH). Continue reading “Best Light Quality for your Greenhouse”
At Agra Tech we listen, we learn, and we deliver. In our 40+ years of experience we have had the opportunity to truly understand which accessories can add value to our greenhouses; knowledge that we pass on to our customers so their plants can perform the best they possibly can. With greenhouse automation on the rise, it’s clear that the industry is searching for ways to improve efficiency and cut expenses. A great way to achieve this is to adopt accessories that focus on streamlining the flow of production in and out of the greenhouse. When production can benefit from mobility, there is one accessory system that has been receiving great reviews from our customers; Continue reading “Add Value with Tava Accessories”
Greenhouse (GH) cooling and ventilation systems have a direct influence on what enters and exits the GH. This is especially prevalent in warmer climates where a large volume of air is consistently being moved throughout the grow area. Whether you are pulling or pushing this air through the structure is important in not only temperature control but also in pest management (PM). There are three basic greenhouse-cooling systems: natural ventilation, negative pressure, and positive pressure. If your crop is one that thrives in an insect free environment, one of these systems is the better choice, providing Continue reading “Airflow: Think Positive”
Can a greenhouse in combination with solar photovoltaics (PV) help eliminate global conflict? Dylan Ratigan and a handful of veterans are proving that it can. During their service they noticed that one of the primary causes for global conflict is the sense of despair derived from a total lack of access to any resource systems. So, how can we battle this despair and provide resources like clean water, food, electricity, and wireless communications in polluted, rural, unfavorable climates? Introducing the Helical Outpost™ : Continue reading “Helical Outpost: Weapon of Mass Resource Stabilization”
Carbon dioxide (CO2) is an essential component of photosynthesis. The whole process of photosynthesis is dependent on using light energy to convert CO2 and water into sugars that the plants use to grow. A main goal of greenhouse production is to efficiently promote the photosynthesis process to economically maximize crop yield. For this to happen the growing environment needs to supply the plants with the perfect amount of photosynthesis ingredients, otherwise production will be slow or nonexistent. The one extremely important ingredient that is often neglected in the greenhouse is Continue reading “Increase Yields With Supplemental CO2”
Last week we talked about soil health and ways to improve it through organic matter, no-till gardening methods, and compost tea. After putting all of this effort into creating high quality soil, the next step is to make sure that the containers used for planting are going to promote healthy plant growth. Container growing, or growing in pots instead of in the ground, is often the choice for greenhouse growers considering space can be limited and mobility is crucial. The two pots on the market that seem to provide the greatest benefits for plant growth are Continue reading “Healthy Roots| Fabric & Air-Pots”
If you’re experiencing condensation inside of your greenhouse you might be growing more than just plants. Moisture can be a good thing, and for some plants it is essential in their survival, but if condensation is dripping on your plants it could be creating ideal conditions for mold and plant diseases. Below you will find some techniques suggested by the Food, Agricultural and Biological Engineering (FABE) department at Ohio State University (OSU) that can help you have a drier greenhouse environment.