Human-Free Farms Could Solve a Major Problem

IT MAY NOT sound like a very sexy invention by today’s standards, but after its debut in 1892, the gas-powered tractor had ripple effects that Silicon Valley startups could only dream of. Suddenly, farming became far quicker and more efficient, allowing growers to drastically increase their yields. But it also reduced the need for farm laborers, who began flocking to cities for Read more about Human-Free Farms Could Solve a Major Problem[…]

Essential Elements to Set Up a Green, Zero-Waste Grow Facility

Clean, ecologically sound production methods are the ideal for any cultivation or farming activity. Taking from the earth only what is needed to grow the crop and leaving behind little in the way of chemicals and land/water loss is the goal; with cannabis grow facilities, it can also be a reality. This type of production Read more about Essential Elements to Set Up a Green, Zero-Waste Grow Facility[…]

State of the Lighting Market

It’s no secret that different plant growth stages require different lighting strategies. While nearly all research participants agree on the PAR levels needed during various growth stages, little consensus exists as to which lighting strategy is best for each stage. While cultivators’ lighting preferences still vary, however, this year’s research showed an increase in the Read more about State of the Lighting Market[…]

How Green Light Affects Plant Growth

In LED horticultural lighting, red and blue wavelengths were thought to be the only part of the spectrum that drove photosynthesis because chlorophylls are receptive to those colors. New research now reveals that previously dismissed green light can also drive plant growth. Fluence Bioengineering’s chief innovation scientist Dung Duong explains the new data. Read more Read more about How Green Light Affects Plant Growth[…]

The Impact of Light Intensity and Spectrum-Tuning on Cannabis Yields

Because cannabis only recently became legal in a few regions of the world, it is common to see cannabis growers, even large commercial growers, embracing production strategies that have not been validated through rigorous scientific experiments. Rather, many conventions have been transmitted across the industry by means like word-of-mouth and internet forums. Lighting is an Read more about The Impact of Light Intensity and Spectrum-Tuning on Cannabis Yields[…]

Plant Lighting Efficiency and Efficacy: μmols per joule

Plant lighting continues to be a hot topic, especially as light-emitting diode (LED) technology continues to advance. Growers commonly ask which type of lighting technology to purchase. Supplemental lighting using LEDs is usually more efficient, but the initial cost is higher than with high-pressure sodium (HPS) technology. The choice of lamp types involves multiple factors: Read more about Plant Lighting Efficiency and Efficacy: μmols per joule[…]

Higher Yields, Less Energy

Dave Spillman, owner of High Mountain Health in Arizona, is an engineer by education, and he challenges his cultivation practices with a scientific approach. To test the efficiency of LED lights against his traditional high pressure sodium (or HPS) lights, he transitioned three of his 12 grow rooms to an LED setup. “We put LED Read more about Higher Yields, Less Energy[…]