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How controlled environment agriculture can help improve crop performance

When asking: “How can a system with a controlled environment help improve crop performance?”, the answer is easy: the more you analyze data and control CEA variables inside of your system, the better your crop will perform.

In order to obtain all the benefits from CEA systems, it’s important to understand plant physiology. In this article, Hort Americas will cover and summarize the most important information about CEA variables: Why are they important and how can you use them to improve your plant performance.

Temperature is a very important variable inside a growing system. Temperature is a variable that can directly affect plant growth and development. This variable has a direct response in plant metabolism. When the temperature is higher than the recommended levels we will notice an increase in metabolism, the plant will start to develop more quickly. On the other hand, low-temperature levels can reduce plant metabolism. When plant metabolism is slower than usual your product can take more time to be ready to harvest.

The most important aspect of plant response to temperature is to understand the response to plants to the average daily temperature. When growing plants we will always look up to maintain the recommended temperature levels. However, recognizing plants respond to the average daily temperature, you can work inside your system in order to maintain the AVERAGE DAILY temperature within the recommended levels. Meaning you can have some fluctuations and be more flexible inside your growing systems. 

Applying this knowledge will help you to promote good growth and development in your plants and improve efficiency in greenhouse management.

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