As the commercial greenhouse industry grows, the need for making things simpler and less intensive grows a bigger operation. Eventually overtime an operation may grow bigger than anticipated and it can become a struggle for maintaining the workforce employed. The secret to this expanding industry is the use of automated systems. These automated agricultural systems can be used to fully automate a greenhouse or a little automation to aid in things like irrigation, lighting, and ventilation. A common system that is used is an auto-dosing system that automatically applies plant nutrients and water at specific times and measures.
Before utilizing an auto-dosing system in a greenhouse, it is important to understand the components, the effects on crops, the steps in purchasing and installing, and possible problems that may occur with the use of the automatic dosing system. As each greenhouse operation is different and unique based on goals, crops grown, and financial feasibility, research and planning should occur before making the decision to automate in a greenhouse.