Job offersmore »

Tweeting Growers

Top 5 - yesterday

Top 5 - last week

Top 5 - last month

Exchange ratesmore »

The state of indoor farming in 2017

Following their 2016 report, Agrilyst provides an updated version for 2017. This year, they received over 150 responses from growers around the world. They had growers participate from 8 countries, with 81% coming from the United States, 12% coming from Canada, and the remainder coming from other countries.

The indoor farming industry in the United States has been predominantly dominated by greenhouse crop production in the past. Tomato production is a staple greenhouse crop because growers can produce the crop more efficiently indoors. Now, due to decreases in technology costs (LEDs in particular) and an increase in local demand for food, we’re seeing an increase in alternate growing systems, particularly fully enclosed vertical systems.

When looking at the physical location of farms in the United States, there is a large concentration of greenhouses in rural areas of the Northeast, South, and Southwest. In the Midwest, 42% of responding farms are indoor vertical operations and 50% of respondents are located in urban areas. The highest concentration of container farms was located in the Southwest and the largest percentage of urban farms was in the West.

What are indoor farmers growing?
The five main crops grown were: leafy greens, microgreens, herbs, flowers, and tomatoes, with more than half of respondents growing leafy greens.

It’s important to note why these make good crops to grow indoors. It is costly to operate an indoor facility. In order to operate profitably therefore, farmers have to grow crops that are high revenue generating. To do this, you can grow crops that are specialty items, like flowers, or you can target crops that have quick growth cycles, like leafy greens. If you think about a vertical growing system, you want to grow crops that are physically short (so you can get many layers), that have short growth cycles (so you can turn your facility over many times), and are highly perishable (more valuable when grown locally).

Read more at Agrilyst

Publication date: 1/5/2018



Other news in this sector:

8/14/2018 Aquaponics as a way to reduce food imports in the Caribbean
8/14/2018 Aruba government approves vertical farming project
8/13/2018 Video: Vertical farms on the rise in the UAE
8/13/2018 Kenya: Makueni enrolls 150 youths for hydroponics training
8/10/2018 Soil-less farming startup wants to solve India’s food crisis
8/10/2018 US: Indoor agtech producer providing lease-back program
8/10/2018 Singapore gets largest indoor farm at 20,000 m2
8/9/2018 UAE: Plenty builds 200,000 sq.ft. vertical farm in the desert
8/8/2018 US: 300 aquaponic signatures to Congress
8/8/2018 Growtainer 20’ micro greens factory introduced
8/8/2018 Malaysian farmers asked to adopt aquaponics system
8/7/2018 UK: Greenhouses to spring up on Manchester rooftops
7/20/2018 US (KS): Hydroponic leafy greens also successful in rural areas
7/20/2018 Chinese supplier provides full system from seed to crop
7/20/2018 CAN (QC): Montreal supermarket offers produce from rooftop garden
7/19/2018 Aquaponics real estate: Planting densities
7/19/2018 "Vertical farming has a place for nations struggling to produce food"
7/18/2018 US (NV): Indoor farm brings local produce to Las Vegas
7/18/2018 Meet the man who gave Singapore local strawberries
7/17/2018 Affinor Growers signs Tom Baumann to consult for agriculture development