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Dr. Greenhouse launches Vapor Pressure Deficit calculator app for indoor cultivation and greenhouses

Dr. Greenhouse has launched the Dr. Greenhouse VPD Calculator App. The VPD Calculator app helps growers understand their indoor grow environment and its effect on plant responses and HVAC equipment operation. “Our website VPD calculator is the most visited resource on our website. Our team decided to…

Sensor receives panic signals from plant under attack

Living organisms are constantly sending out electrophysical signals. Plants use these electrical signals to detect stress when attacked by pests and diseases. The Business Unit Greenhouse Horticulture and Flower Bulbs of Wageningen University & Research investigate whether sensors can recognize…

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US: Vermont Cannabis Control Board issues first retail cannabis cultivation license

The Cannabis Control Board issued its first license on Monday for retail cannabis cultivation in Vermont. Officials say more licenses are in the pipeline, but frustration is growing for some who are trying to plant their roots in the industry. Despite a slight delay in the cannabis licensing process,…

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$80,000 of hemp lost

US (PA): "We are only getting a fraction back after hurricane destroyed hemp production"

Ten days after Hurricane Ida, Brooke Henderson found herself weeping at her backyard burn pit in Chester County, watching most of her first hemp crops billow up in white smoke. Ida dumped seven inches of water over many work hours on Sept. 1, 2021. But disaster for Brooke and Glen Henderson struck within…

How do you choose the right mycorrhizal product for better business?

When it comes to competitive markets, the cannabis industry is up there. To increase profitability, growers are trying to find their edge. Most businesses and cannabis lovers want to discover a way to produce better quality cannabis at a reasonable cost. But how? Premier Tech's latest article explains.…

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Increasing yield and quality amidst water scarcity and rising fertilizer costs

There have been many reports on how resource-intensive the cannabis industry is – especially in terms of water and electricity consumption. This is not just a cannabis cultivation issue; it has become a significant and vital challenge for the entire horticulture sector. On top of worsening water…

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Spring clean your commercial greenhouse with these 7 tips

During every busy shipping season, you invariably run into issues that would have been eliminated had a little spring cleaning taken place. The spring cleaning referred to here encompasses more than just the “cleaning” perspective. It also involves planning ahead and taking care of business concerns, so…

András Szabo, Zeiler’s, receives alerts when plants are stressed

"Automated real-time stress alerts from your plants increase yields"

Vivent’s innovative biosensors detect stress signals in the plant’s internal network long before visible symptoms appear. Monitoring crop health in real-time shows when plants are growing productively or when they are stressed and underperforming, adapting to disease, pests, or other suboptimal…

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US (VA): Students conduct hemp research to help local businesses

In the basement of the Physics and Chemistry building, senior Rachel Stegmeier dried spiky green flowers in an oven, ground them in a food processor to a fine dust then sieved them with a mesh screen, filling the air with a distinct smell: cannabis. “It smells like exactly how you think it would,”…

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Inflorescences' morphological attributes for yield optimization of medical cannabis cultivars

In recent decades with the reacknowledgment of the medicinal properties of cannabis plants, there is an increased demand for high performing cultivars that can deliver quality products for various applications. However, scientific knowledge that can facilitate the generation of advanced cannabis…

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Benefits of vertical hemp farming

Producing industrial hemp has two main benefits: It is very effective in sequestering carbon from our atmosphere and the plant itself can be used to make biodiesel/bioethanol. Imagine for a moment, if all the world's major cities had vertical hemp farms around them. These farms would be able to play a…

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US (NY): Mayor wants to explore rooftop cannabis greenhouses

The mayor of New York City says he’s looking into the idea of authorizing cannabis to be grown in greenhouses on the rooftops of public housing buildings—an ambitious proposal that’s unlikely to sit well with the federal government, which provides funding to support the NYC Housing Authority (NYCHA).…

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5 pro tips for a successful grower

Commercial cultivation is a lucrative business opportunity, regardless of the plant you choose to grow. But it is rife with challenges as you compete with the elements besides the rivals in the market. Moreover, the smallest mistake can have a far-reaching impact on crop quality and yield. However, only…

"On-site testing and actionable insights disrupt the status quo in water quality analytics"

“The KETOS platform utilizes robotics with several advancements in cross-functional engineering disciplines to provide continuous real- water quality data at your fingertips. Users can access the system anytime and anywhere,” says Meena Sankaran, founder and chief executive officer at KETOS. The…

Dr. Rex researching hemp and aquaponics at the University of Arizona

"Growing hemp in aquaponics results in higher yields, better cannabinoid and terpene profile"

The lack of skilled labor can be addressed at its very root with education. No wonder many universities in the US are launching, or already have, programs to train the near-future generation of cannabis professionals. While there’s still a long way to go about that, as the demand for such an education…

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The right technology system can be important to strengthening horticulture workforce efficiency

For horticulture labour technology to be effective, growers need to find and introduce a system that gives them positive efficiencies without the major drawbacks, according to a New Zealand based crop management software company. Adam Forbes, Founder of BumperCrop says that data and technology options…

Best method for dehumidifying greenhouse air differs per grower

Excessive humidity in the greenhouse limits crop evaporation and thus nutrient uptake. In addition, it can lead to a higher risk of fungal diseases. This can be prevented in a…

"A climate controlled greenhouse is the ideal setting for CEA"

Controlled environment agriculture will likely play a critical role in the future of crop production. Both commercially and locally, operations that use this growing strategy can produce crops year-round, while improving the quality and size of their harvests. By mitigating the risk of common outdoor…

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“Drought stress leads to 80% CBD and THC decrease”

What are the effects of short-term environmental stresses on the onset of cannabinoid production?

The cannabinoid content of cannabis is primarily determined by genetic factors dependent on variety, tissue type, position of tissue, and the growth stage. However, environmental conditions are the other major factors that contribute to the production and accumulation of cannabinoids. Environmental…

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Italy: Effects of hemp cultivation in soils polluted by Cd, Pb and Zn

Polluting activities affect, directly or indirectly, large areas of agricultural lands. Metal polluted soils could be managed by phytoremediation using hemp. To know the phytoremediation capability of industrial hemp in metal polluted soils under semiarid environments, an experimental project with the…

Overcoming the hurdles of switching to a vertical racking system

The rise of vertical farming has been partly spearheaded by cannabis growers, whose highly valuable crop has proved to be perfectly suitable for growing vertically. “With the advancement of LED lighting technology, vertical racking has become much more viable for indoor growers in recent years,” says…

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How to get the most out of a horticulture workforce in challenging labor times

With labor challenges impacting Australian horticulture, a leading glasshouse vegetable producer says a key to optimising and getting the most out of the workforce is providing an environment that is just as much about fun as serious work. Nicky Mann, WHS & Labor Manager from Family Fresh Farms on the…

Arizona producers intrigued by hemp as salad green

Arizona officials recently legalized hemp as a leafy green crop, according to Robert Masson, an assistant agricultural agent with the University of Arizona Cooperative…

Phenome Networks integrates breeding optimizer in software package

Phenome Networks in collaboration with KeyGene introduces PhenoGene, a  solution for plant breeders to optimize breeding strategies. PhenoGene, based upon an algorithm developed by KeyGene is now available as a novel module in the PhenomeOne software, as a decision support tool to optimize breeding strategies…

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Making horti research easier

"We got started even before we went live," says Vincent Jalink of NL Research. "Many companies would rather start sooner than later, of course. That's why the demand for research facilities is enormous." That was enough of a reason for a group of companies to put their heads together and establish NL Research. The company offers climate chambers for research, with all the equipment necessary to make thing…

Understanding your greenhouse watering system

Most growers know that in any commercial operation, an effective greenhouse watering system is one of the keys to a successful harvest. In addition to greater crop development, the right greenhouse irrigation system will help growers with a number of other factors, leading to increased profits. However,…

Vici grant for WUR research on stress in plants

Wageningen scientist is awarded a prestigious Vici grant for his research on plants and how they deal with stress. The Vici grant for researcher Louis de Smet was previously announced. The Vici grant is awarded by the Dutch Research Council (NWO). Usually, all awarded grants are announced at the same…

“There are still a lot of misconceptions”

What cannabis growers need to know about nutrient deficiencies

“Especially because so many different things can cause it, nutrient deficiencies are one of the most common challenges among cannabis growers,” explains Jason Talmage, President and Master Grower of Higher Standard Consultants. Talmage explains that there are 13 different nutrients, which is something…

“As a specialist in climatic chambers, we can adapt to specific requests”

“Aralab always wanted to be the tip of the spear in technology. Our goal is to manufacture climatic chambers that allow R&D and production cycles to master plant growth operations at the highest level. That’s why we founded Grow to Green, in 2015.” Since then, Aralab has collaborated with various…

“We designed this system to help cannabis growers achieve GMP standards”

“With legalization progressing in the US, it can be expected that the quality standards of cannabis will become much higher because of the increased competition. Therefore, we created a system that helps growers to achieve high quality standards much easier,” says Alvis Ma, one of the founders of…

Resource Innovation Institute releases best practices guide for CEA

Resource Innovation Institute (RII), in partnership with the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE), is releasing its first Best Practices Guide developed…

Introducing MeloCon LC,

New bionematicide targets all stages of nematode development

MeloCon LC contains active spores of a naturally occurring, soil-dwelling fungus that parasitizes all life stages of nematodes,” explains Chris Judd, Global Vice-President of…


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