As growing populations continue to crowd urban areas, engineers are developing innovative technology and new methods to supply these populations with nutritious foods grown locally.
The urban agricultural movement—both locally and nationally is changing the way growers approach farming methods. Below, we explore ways in which this new age of farming is making a difference in some of the world’s largest metropolitan areas.
AI has provided farmers with a new platform for developing agricultural systems that boost crop yields by up to 20%. Over the next ten years, nearly half of the farms across the U.S. will invest in AI precision farming technology to manage growth, water disbursement, energy conservation, and harvesting.
These new advancements will bring farming indoors and place it at the heart of urban areas where high-tech farming is needed the most.
LED Technology and the Rise of Indoor Lighting
There’s nothing new about indoor agricultural lighting. Farmers have been utilizing lights to grow crops for decades. The need for urban farming, however, has thrust LED light technology for plants to the forefront of the urban agricultural movement.
Companies like GrowFilm are providing lighting systems that stimulate plant growth in a controlled agricultural environment that also include hydroponics and vertical farming methods.
Targeted LED light spectrums that produce minimum heat are ideal for creating optimal plant growth conditions.
Indoor Farming: Growing Plants in the Urban Backyard
The most significant challenge to indoor farming has been in its economics. Farmers have yet to discover ways to drive operating costs down while widening profit margins.
As the market shifts toward indoor farming to help urban populations, indoor agricultural systems are becoming more streamlined and less expensive to operate. Businesses are now creating sustainable business models by finding ways to increase production and lower their operating costs.
One of the benefits of indoor farms is that they provide food in a safer environment protected from unstable weather patterns and natural disasters that often destroy crops exposed to the outside elements.
Plant Genomics: Increasing Crop Production
Through plant genomics, farmers can produce higher yields, enhance the taste of vegetables, and produce fruits and vegetables that have an abundance of nutrients.
Controlled environment agriculture production facilitates genomics by providing the perfect habitat for experimentation to occur. Genomics has led to the miniaturization of vegetables—an essential step in growing a higher yield of crops in more confined spaces. It is a big step for urban agriculture both locally and nationally.
Harvesting Plants During Peak Nutrient Growth
Engineers and researchers are gaining a better understanding of plant life cycles. By utilizing a wide range of technologies including analysis software, onboard cameras, hydroponic towers, and target LED grow light systems, specialists can identify peak nutrient growth in plants. This insight answers the question of when is the best time to harvest fruits and vegetables.
Harvesting plants when they are at their nutritional peak provides healthier yields as well as speeds up production. Technological advancements allow mega-corporations and farmers to track unlimited data on plant growth to improve indoor farming operations for local urban areas. They can also improve how they provide nutrients to growing populations worldwide.
GrowFilm™: Leading the Way in LED Grow Light Systems
GrowFilm™ works with farmers, developers, urban companies, and other entities to provide simple but effective custom LED grow light systems. Our products offer energy and space-saving solutions for indoor farms. We build LED grow light systems for the modern age of urban agricultural farming.
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