Sep 22, 2017
Are You Considering Controlled Environment Agriculture? By Tim Hodson

Are you considering getting into indoor growing of vegetable crops? Is controlled environment agriculture (CEA) in your future?

Many growers are looking at vegetable production in controlled environment greenhouses to help meet market demand for local year-round produce. Implementing CEA production techniques provides growers with both opportunities as well as some challenges. So if you haven’t done it before, I’m sure you might have a few questions.

That’s why we have put together a webinar on the topic.

On Oct. 26, GPN (along with our sister publication Vegetable Growers News) will be presenting a webinar on “Understanding the Principles of Controlled Environment Agriculture.” The free, one-hour webinar will take place at 2 p.m. EDT.

The webinar will be presented by Neil Mattson, associate professor and greenhouse extension specialist at Cornell University and director of Cornell’s Controlled Environment Agriculture group.

During the webinar, Mattson will address the range of technologies (from simple to sophisticated) that can be used in CEA. He will take a look at which crops are most commonly grown and the most common hydroponic growing systems.

The webinar also will cover some of the market trends and considerations when starting a new CEA operation.

You can learn more about the webinar or sign up to participate by clicking here. The webinar is sponsored by Nexus Corp.

And just as a heads-up, we also are covering CEA in the October issue of GPN. Be on the lookout for our special supplement, Under Control, that addresses some of the production issues CEA growers encounter.

In Other Webinar News …

Before the CEA webinar takes place next month, we have another webinar lined up for you this week.

You still have time to sign up for tomorrow’s free webinar on “Helping Growers Identify, Correct and Prevent Common Disease Problems in Ornamentals.”

The one-hour webinar will be presented by Roger Styer of  Styer’s Horticultural Consulting.

It is scheduled to take place at 2 p.m. EDT and is sponsored by Nufarm.

Click here to sign up now.

— Tim

 


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