Hemplet Farms propagation study

 Field Success Rates for Hemp Seedlings and Clones By Hemplet Farms  Hemplet Farms is a high-tech propagation company and is constantly conducting research to perfect our propagation capabilities to produce quality starter plants for farmers to stock their fields. Hemplet Farms conducted an internal study to measure the field success rate of seedlings and clones […]

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Improved Daily Light Integrals with Satellite Data

Victoria, Canada – From its introduction forty years ago, the Daily Light Integral (DLI) metric has become an important tool for determining monthly daylight availability for crops and estimating supplemental electric lighting requirements for greenhouses. DLI charts for the continental United States have been available for nearly two decades, but it has only been in the […]

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New video on interpreting your irrigation water quality

A new YouTube video (https://youtu.be/lkSiSmDwIqw) by Dr. Paul Fisher from the University of Florida IFAS Extension describes how to sample, interpret, and solve chemical issues for water used to irrigate greenhouses and nurseries. Dr. Fisher introduces the free online WaterQual tool at cleanwater3.org to interpret your water quality analysis. This video is the first in […]

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PMA launches the Essentials of Produce Safety, an online training program uniquely designed for produce industry mid-level professionals

The online certification teaches producers how to best manage produce safety risks. Newark, DE – The Produce Marketing Association (PMA) has announced the launch of its eLearning certificate course Essentials of Produce Safety, an entirely online, affordable and in-depth program covering the key challenges and best practices in produce safety. The course is the first […]

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OptimIA Free Indoor Ag Webinar

OptimIA offers free indoor ag webinar on July 29, 2020 The OptimIA (Optimizing Indoor Agriculture) project team invites indoor farmers, allied trades, and professionals to their first annual meeting to share recent research results with leafy greens and discuss future activities. OptimIA is a USDA-supported Specialty Crop Research Initiative project to advance the emerging indoor farming industry […]

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‘Selecting an LED Fixture for Indoor Plant Production’ by Dr. Erik Runkle

This comprehensive presentation includes all basics of selecting LED lighting for plant production and the update of recent light quality research at the Runkle Lab at MSU, discussing how lettuce crop responds to blue, green and far-red which affect morphological extension growth. Indoor Ag Science Café is an outreach program of a project OptimIA, funded by […]

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The Ohio State University Empowerment Plant Workshop, July 2020 – NOW ONLINE

The Ohio State University, in partnership with Gotham Greens and Hort Americas, will be organizing the Plant Empowerment Workshop Online on July 9-10 , 2020 (10am – 2:30pm EDT). Advanced learning and discussion for growers towards “an integrated approach based on physics and plant physiology, leading to a balanced growing method for high yields, quality, saving […]

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LRC Releases Free, Open Access Horticulture Luminaire Calculator

The Lighting Research Center (LRC) at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute has developed a free, easy-to-use online tool that will assist growers to evaluate the performance, efficiency, and economics of a wide variety of horticultural luminaires, typically used in greenhouses and other controlled agricultural environments. This online tool, called the horticulture luminaire calculator allows growers to accurately […]

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Indoor Ag Sci Cafe – Could lighting improve the flavor of basil?

‘Photons = Flavor, the case study of basil’ by Dr. Roberto Lopez and Kellie Walters (Michigan State University) Roberto and Kellie work on lighting technologies for basil production and shared their most updated research on light intensities during young seedling stage of basil, affecting flavor profile and consumer liking in addition to yield and quality. […]

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Powdery Mildew Management 101 by e-GRO

e-GRO Edibles Alert: 5.05 Powdery Mildew Management 101  Nick FlaxPenn State Extension Though powdery mildew does not lead to total crop death in the way that many other plant pathogens do, growers need to manage this disease. This article covers powdery mildew basics and tips for managing the disease in greenhouse-grown food crops.

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Wasabi Japonica Grown Under GE LED Grow Lights

The “Hardest to Grow” Plant in the World The Opportunity Wasabi Japonica is widely accredited as the “hardest to grow” plant in the world. The plants are native to Japan and require a very specific set of environmental conditions to successfully produce healthy plants.

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Indoor Ag Science Cafe

‘Back to Basics – Plant responses to temperature by Dr. Chieri Kubota

This month’s indoor ag science café covered more basics understanding of how temperature affects plants and which parameters are important to consider. Plant responses are specific to species and cultivars. Dr. Chieri Kubota, from the Ohio State University, also pointed out that scientists do not have these specific (or precise) information of optimum temperatures.  As […]

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Can vertical farms be profitable?

Although vertical farms producing leafy greens are receiving most of the press coverage, there are a variety of other crops being being grown and innovative growers are finding these crops to be profitable. When you think about a vertical farm what picture comes to mind? Ricardo Hernandez, horticulture professor at North Carolina State University, said […]

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Importance of application of G x E x M to indoor Ag

In this month’s Indoor Ag Science Café, Tharindu Weeraratne (Autogrow) gave a quick overview of interactions between G (genotypes) x E (environment) x M (management) and shared the company R&D on plant health sensing using machine vision technologies. Indoor Ag Science Café is a monthly based open forum for indoor growers and scientists to communicate […]

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