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What Is Long-Day Lighting For Dairy Farms?

Long-Day Lighting (LDL) is an established strategy in the dairy farming industry, but not universally implemented. LDL uses lighting to boost both productivity and animal welfare. This lighting strategy seeks to create the optimal light-dark cycle for heifers’ health and productivity. LDL as a lighting strategy seeks to elongate the day using artificial lighting. LDL [...]

Agriculture, Controls

Lighting+HVAC Integration Also Occurring In Greenhouses

  To improve greenhouse management, Sollum Technologies announced a new strategic partnership with Damatex climate control systems. This collaboration combines the greenhouse lighting control features of Sollum’s proprietary SUN as a Service® cloud platform (SUNaaS®) with Damatex’s advanced climate control systems. The benefits are all about simplifying clients’ daily operations. The synchronization of both control platforms consolidates multiple functions [...]

Agriculture

Will The Most Expensive Spices Save Vertical Farming?

  Vertical farming has been struggling, due to high capital costs and high energy costs. Some vertical farms are now setting their sights on the most valuable crops in the world to achieve profitability. A good example is Veles Farming, a start up in Slovakia since 2021, that specializes in growing Saffron, the most expensive [...]

Agriculture

New Theory Of Poultry Lighting Displayed At IPPE Show

    Last week, I attended the annual IPPE poultry show in Atlanta, GA. Poultry lighting is one of many interesting niches within the lighting industry. Most of the show is NOT lighting. In fact, the show is not for the faint of heart. The IIoT poultry processing machines were on display with grim signs [...]

Agriculture, Research

New Vertical Farming BioTech Grows Plants In The Dark

  Square Roots, a controlled environment agriculture (CEA) startup, recently introduced a groundbreaking program supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The program aims to demonstrate the feasibility of removing light from commercial indoor vertical farming by utilizing gene-edited (CRISPR) plants that grow heterotrophically. These plants can add biomass through carbon uptake from acetate [...]

Agriculture

The 2023 CEA Rollercoaster Recap

  2023 was another turbulent year in the Controlled Environment Agriculture (CEA) market. There was a surprising wave of bankruptcies in Q1, Q2, and Q3. Major players like Infarm, AppHarvest, Aerofarms, and Kalera all closed operations and filed for bankruptcy. The high-profile closures then contributed to funding drying up for CEA ventures, hindering new projects. [...]

Agriculture

Ohio Becomes 24th State To Legalize Recreational Cannabis

Recreational marijuana was legalized in Ohio by a ballot measure that passed on the November 7 election, with 57% of the vote. More info here. The measure, known as Issue 2, allows adults 21 and over to possess up to 2.5 ounces of marijuana and grow up to six plants at home. Ohio’s passage of [...]

Agriculture, Lighting Industry

2023 State Of The Cannabis Lighting Market

  Cannabis Business Times along with Fluence have released their 2023 State of the Cannabis Lighting Market report. Cannabis growers have been struggling for several years due to supply chain issues, product surpluses, inflation, rising energy prices, and complex regulations. For the second year in a row, at least 70% of study participants used LEDs [...]

Agriculture, Electrification

Electrification Impacts On Indoor Farming And Controlled Environments

  In August,  Greenhouse Product News published an article I wrote about electrification impacts on controlled environment agriculture (CEA). The primary strategy of local, state and national governments to address climate change is rapid electrification of building heating and cooling, hot water and the transportation sectors. Simultaneously, the electrical generation mix will gradually transition from fossil fuels [...]

Agriculture, Research

British Scientists Discover Bright Lights Enable Low-Impact Scallop Fishing

  Scientists from Fishtek Marine, a manufacturer of sustainable fishing gear, had a surprise discovery. Bright lights that they added to crab pots to catch more crabs instead attracted loads of scallops. The scallops swam into the traps to get to the lights. Traditional scallop fishing involves dredging the bottom of the ocean, causing considerable [...]

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