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Agriculture Drones: A New Frontier in Farming Efficiency and Productivity

Introduction The seamless integration of cutting-edge technology into agriculture has birthed a groundbreaking tool, agriculture drones. Initially met with skepticism, these aerial marvels have undergone rigorous scrutiny. But after testing these are emerging triumphant as it underscores their pivotal role in revolutionizing agricultural practices. No longer just airborne gadgets, these drones have swiftly transformed into...

Black Market Cannabis vs. Legal Cannabis: A Persistent Battle on Two Fronts

Introduction The campaign to legalize cannabis in various U.S. states was driven promises of an end to the “War on Marijuana”. An opportunity to redirect taxpayer dollars toward community healing, and undermine the illegal cannabis market. However, reality does not always align with the vision. While legalizing cannabis usurping the illegal market made sense on...

The Benefits of Beneficial Insects in Greenhouse Integrated Pest Management (IPM)

Introduction: Recreating and implementing symbiotic and natural processes is at the core of a sustainable agricultural future. Pest management and fertilizer practices have been catastrophic to the wider environment in the industrial agriculture era. In the ever-evolving landscape of modernized agriculture, Integrated Pest Management (IPM) stands as a beacon of significant sustainability improvement, striving to...

Critical Considerations To Make Before You Start An Indoor Vertical Farm

Vertical farming has garnered significant attention in recent years as a potential solution to the pressing challenges of traditional outdoor farming. So, what is exactly is vertical farming? Vertical farming is a method of cultivating crops in stacked layers or vertically inclined surfaces, indoors, in controlled environments, using artificial light and precise environmental controls. This...

CEA Strawberry Runner Propagation for Deep Water Culture

CEA Strawberry Runner Propagation for Deep Water Culture   By: Jonah Helmer, Dr. Michael B. Timmons, Dr. Neil Mattson, Cornell University   The objective of this bulletin is to describe a method to propagate strawberry plants from runners in deep water culture (DWC). Propagating strawberry plants in deep water culture will reduce grower reliance on...

Propagation Bench: Operational Tour

Quick pan over operational Deep Water Culture (DWC) Strawberry Propagation Bench in the Kenneth Post Laboratory of Cornell University. The strawberry runners are still attached to living mother plants, which are irrigated daily with Jack’s 21-5-20 General Hydroponics Fertilizer at 150ppm N. The runners are clasped in a GrowGrip and secured in a hole in...

Propagation Bench – Albion Strawberry

FreshAF cofounder, Jonah Helmer, Researcher in the Cornell Controlled Environment Agriculture (CEA) Group, shows off the root growth of day neutral ‘Albion’ strawberry runners after seven days in the Deep Water Culture (DWC) root propagation stage. The strawberry runners are still attached to living mother plants, which are irrigated daily with Jack’s 21-5-20 General Hydroponics...

Propagation Bench: Overview for Training and Root Growth

FreshAF cofounder, Jonah Helmer, Researcher in the Cornell Controlled Environment Agriculture (CEA) Group, demonstrates how to train vegetatively propagated runners or clones of day neutral strawberry varieties to grow roots in Deep Water Culture (DWC). The strawberry runners are still attached to living mother plants, which are irrigated daily with Jack’s 21-5-20 General Hydroponics Fertilizer...

Propagation Bench – Cabrillo Strawberry

Jonah Helmer, Researcher in the Cornell Controlled Environment Agriculture (CEA) Group, shows off the root growth of day neutral ‘Cabrillo’ strawberry runners after four days in the Deep Water Culture (DWC) root propagation stage. Description of Powdery Mildew as major disease in runner propagation. We spray CEASE (a beneficial Bacillus sp.) and MilStop to reduce...