Hydroponic farming: Stick to GAP and keep consumers happy

Vegetable farmers, including those using hydroponic systems, have to adhere to Good Agricultural Practice (GAP) if they want to market produce successfully to concerned consumers. Good Agricultural Practice (or GAP) could be briefly defined as a concept that focuses on sustainable agriculture, set out in a range of standards that…

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Hydroponic farming: Tunnels limit pests – but watch out for these

Here’s your guide to the most important pests that attack plants in hydroponic systems. Growing conditions in a hydroponic system differ from those in open fields, but most pests attack plants in both systems with equal vigour because the plants’ chemical make-up stays the same, irrespective of the growing conditions.…

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Hydroponic farming: Managing disease in hydroponic systems

Certain diseases can wreak havoc in hydroponic systems – guard against them by following this advice. Plants grown in hydroponic systems are susceptible to many of the diseases affecting field-grown vegetable crops. But because hydroponic systems are grown under shelter (plastic tunnels/shade net), fungal and bacterial diseases of the above-ground parts…

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Hydroponic farming: How shade-net and plastic-covered greenhouses affect growth

Hydroponic farming can be defined as a crop production system in which plants are grown in an artificial medium rather than in natural soil. All the nutrients are dissolved in the irrigation water and regularly supplied to the plants. Today, hydroponic systems are used in areas where more usual field…

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