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Top 5 -yesterday
- New report outlines and quantifies catastrophic loss from the tomato brown rugose fruit virus (ToBRFV)
- Taking lettuce production outside of California
- "We use robotics, machine imaging and AI to automate tomato harvesting"
- "Increasing demand for coco substrate and sustainable cultivation systems with circular fertilizers"
- Indoor grower opens new facility in Kentucky
Top 5 -last week
- “Significantly better results with new Iron fertilizers”
- What is the status of tomato brown rugose fruit virus in Europe?
- Race to emission-free greenhouse cultivation pushes growers to keep innovating
- BASF’s vegetable seeds and IUNU partner to advance digital phenotyping for hydroponic lettuce
- Infarm to make strategy shift, cuts 500 jobs
Top 5 -last month
- UK growers stop planting and put nurseries on sale amidst energy crisis and labor shortage
- "You can't grow on water without lights"
- "High-tech farmer AppHarvest is running out of money"
- German family company switches from tomato cultivation to hydroponic lettuce
- Mobile aeroponic system requires less maintenance and guarantees even irrigation
Easy maintenance for cultivation facilities
In particular, choosing your environmental control system is a large undertaking as it usually represents the largest capital expenditure outside of real estate that cultivators face when designing a facility. Not only is the climate control system costly, but it also contributes greatly to the success or failure of a facility.
After purchasing, cultivators must protect their investment by consistently maintaining their equipment. As any cultivator knows, cultivation can be a dirty operation. Depending on your growing style, cultivators experience different issues. For example, cultivators who choose an aeroponic system will often have greater humidity issues while those who grow in soil or coco might experience more dust or debris in the air. Regardless of how your facility gets dirty, regular maintenance has to be a part of operations of facilities. If coils, vents and filters are not cleaned regularly, debris and dust will block them from pulling in as much air as they should or cooling as much as they can, causing equipment to become less efficient or to overheat, potentially damaging or ruining your system and requiring expensive repairs. Some equipment, like Surna chillers, may even shut themselves off when blocked to avoid equipment damage, causing a facility to lose cooling simply due to blocked fans.
Depending on the equipment, maintenance can be relatively easy or more complicated. Cultivators who use ducted systems often complain about the maintenance required to keep their systems clean. Because ductwork provides a perfect environment for pests and pathogens to breed and are hard to access, facilities will usually have to hire someone to do the cleaning, often creating more problems than solutions. When someone cleans out the ductwork, they often knock these organisms and pathogens free from their home, sending them out into the space. And if a facility opts to not clean the ducts at all, they essentially guarantee that pests and pathogens will continue to breed, spreading issues into all cultivation rooms as soon as the air comes on.
Source: Surna (Celia Daly)
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