Indoor Hydroponic Farming: Costs and Profits [without the fluff]

Posted by Jason Arnold on January 31, 2017


Is hydroponic farming profitable?

Hydroponic farming is experiencing a boom and getting a lot of attention in the press, but many are left with the question, "is hydroponic farming really profitable?"

Hydroponic farms are most commonly built indoors or in greenhouses. Both types of farms have been proven commercially, with dozens of farm operations around the world. These are highly productive facilities that are generating enough revenue to pay overhead expenses and provide healthy wages for farm workers.

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Topics: Industry, Hydroponics

The Best Crops For Vertical Farming

Posted by Chris Michael on January 17, 2017

A vital question: "What are the best crops for vertical farming?" 

"Vertical farming is not about how much production you can possibly cram into a space. It’s about growing better food closer to market and maximizing your production as a function of the resources you invest, such as capital, light, water, energy, and labor." - Chris Michael, Bright Agrotech

Vertical farming with ZipGrow is one of the most efficient type of growing in modern farms, but one question that people get hung up on is: 

What can you actually grow on vertical planes?  

It's a vital question! Anyone considering a vertical farm should be planning out their crops as part of the process. As a farmer, you have to make sure that you can actually sell what you grow and that your production costs won't be too high.

Part of that is good crop choices.

Although choosing crops should be part of a whole feasibility study for your farm, we thought a guide on some of the best vertical crops for vertical farming would be helpful to people in the middle of the planning process.

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Topics: Hydroponics

Flushing Hydroponic Systems: Nutrient Imbalance, Waste, and An Alternative Solution

Posted by Amy Storey on May 3, 2016

Is flushing  hydroponic systems wasteful?

We recommend that hydroponic growers flush their systems every month to every few months, depending on the type of system they’re running. But why? We’re also fans of recirculating system because it conserves water and nutrients, so it seems counterintuitive to dump gallons of nutrient solution every few months.

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Topics: Hydroponics

What To Look For in a Hydroponic Growing Medium

Posted by Amy Storey on March 22, 2016

Obviously, the type of hydroponic growing medium you'll choose depends on your crop, method, and purposes. To make that decision, however, you'll be comparing the characteristics of different types of media. Some terms can be pretty meaningless or confusing, especially when you make them into acronyms.

So here's your quick-and-dirty guide to media characteristics and how they can help you.

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Topics: Hydroponics

Sizing a Pump for Aquaponics or Hydroponics

Posted by Chris Michael on March 10, 2016


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Topics: Hydroponics, Aquaponics

Choosing a Hydroponic Substrate: Tips From the Pros

Posted by Amy Storey on March 4, 2016

Why substrate is an important decision

Your growing substrate is a core element of your farm. It takes up space. It costs money. It requires labor. And it supports, both in the biological and the physical sense, your main product: your crops. Choosing the correct substrate can make your job easier and more profitable. Choosing the wrong substrate can cause speed bumps and set-backs.

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Topics: Hydroponics

An Introduction to Automatic Dosing in Hydroponics

Posted by Jason Arnold on January 27, 2016

So you’re thinking about an automated dosing system, but you’re not sure if you can bite the bullet to pay for it. I can sympathize. When someone suggests you may need an expensive new system to run your business, you might be tempted to quietly tip toe away.

Unfortunately, denial is not a good capitalization strategy. The reality is that you may need an automated dosing system to run a commercial hydroponic system. Even so - you can save money (and frustration) down the road by choosing an automatic dosing system that is right for your facility and your needs.

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Topics: Hydroponics

7 Common Questions About Autodosing in Hydroponics

Posted by Jason Arnold on January 19, 2016

Hydroponic production gives growers increased control over the way they cultivate their food or medicinal crops.

With practice, many hydroponic growers can fine-tune their growing environment to remove bottlenecks, minimize maintenance, and increase the quality of their produce. One way they do this is through automated nutrient dosing.

With "autodosing" hydroponic growers have the ability to provide the perfect amount of nutrients to their crops, while minimizing their time spent measuring and monitoring - something all commercial growers will gladly embrace.

But, the learning curve behind autodosing can be a bit overwhelming for the new (and even experienced) hydroponic grower. In fact, one of the most common questions we get here at Bright through our various support services is: “Can you help me figure out my nutrient dosing?”

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Topics: Hydroponics

A Gift Guide for the Hydroponic Grower

Posted by Amy Storey on December 1, 2015

It's the most wonderful time of the year!

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Topics: Hydroponics

Testing Hydroponic Nutrients

Posted by Amy Storey on March 12, 2015

Nutrients in Hydroponic Systems

Hydroponic systems use a formulated nutrient mix to fertilize plants.

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Topics: Hydroponics

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