Maximum Yield's Indoor Expo hits the road in 2016. With several sites schedule and various sponsors from across the industry. This is a fabulous opportunity to see first-hand the latest industry grow gear, mingle with industry experts and take part in the free seminars and industry parties. Free online Expo registration is open for all retail shops, their employees and industry personnel. See some of the industry’s newest gear, learn from our informative seminars and socialize with the industry’s movers and shakers.
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Aquaponics date back to the Aztecs, South China, Thailand, and Indonesia cultures where it was used for maintaining higher yield agriculture systems. Ironically, today is no different - obviously, there have been technology enhancements, but the underlying concept remains the same. As existing hydroponic and aquaculture farming techniques form the basis for all aquaponics systems, the size, complexity, and types of foods grown in an aquaponics system can vary as much as any system found in either distinct farming discipline. Aquaponics systems are made up of two main parts, with the aquaculture part for raising fish and the hydroponics part for growing plants.
Check out these helpful (and beautiful) graphics on aquaponics!
Plants are a vital part to our environment. They are involved in a variety of functions that assist in creating a health eco-system. Excess carbon dioxide (CO2) caused by many factors is a building up in our atmosphere and contributing to climate change. Trees absorb CO2, removing and storing the carbon while releasing the oxygen back into the air. In one year, an acre of mature trees absorbs the amount of CO2 produced when you drive your car 26,000 miles.
When it comes to consumers, though, the production of edible plants is a unique situation. Thanks to consumer demands on quality and quantity there is often times a negative influence from growing plants. Producing this much yield means that fields must be massive and continuous be farmed, often times using heavy chemicals. This growing requires massive amounts of water and proper growing conditions - which is usually a challenge. Let's look at how plants work and how hydroponics and aquaponics can increase their yields and quality.
The Food and Drug Administration approved a genetically engineered salmon as fit for consumption, making it the first genetically altered animal to be cleared for American supermarkets and dinner tables. AquaBounty Technologies, a small company, has been fighting for approval since the 1990's - this deal caps the final decision. There are numerous consumer and environmental groups that are opposing the ruling. They argue that the safety studies were inadequate and that wild salmon populations might be affected if the engineered fish were to escape into the oceans and rivers.
“This unfortunate, historic decision disregards the vast majority of consumers, many independent scientists, numerous members of Congress and salmon growers around the world, who have voiced strong opposition,” Wenonah Hauter, executive director of Food & Water Watch, said in a statement. - NY Times
As the holiday season continue to creep up on us it's time to look at special gifts available for those we cherish. Members already well versed in the alternative farming movement, specifically hydroponics, know that there are various options available for systems that can range in scale. Here are a few for shoppers who may want to entice the novice into the future of gardening. These range from more locale hydroponic/aquaponic outlets to large scale retailers.
Aquaponic and hydroponic activities are gaining steam in nearly every feasible sense. Whether it's a home farmer looking to put food on his table or a grocery store looking to turn a higher margin, it won't take long until you stumble upon a related story. This is great news for people in the market because it drives even more awareness and understanding to industries that have long been misunderstood. There are so many Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and LinkedIn accounts related to aquaponic and hydroponic activities that it's nearly impossible to narrow them down. However, it's worth a try; here are a few things that have popped up recently that are worth a second look...if not more.
Our first beta testers received these bad boys (look left) yesterday. Today they are installing them and getting them online. This is a great milestone for us at Osmo Systems and, in passing it, we're starting to really pick up speed.
Over the next few months we plan to ship out 50 units like these to farmers and hobbyists around the country. We've had such great support from you all in our endeavor which culminated in over 100 applications for the beta test itself. We, unfortunately, only have pieces to make 50 units, so we couldn't send one to everyone.
To get a range of feedback, we will be sending units to a range of folks including: a number commercial hydroponics, aquaculture, and aquaponics farms, dedicated hobbyists, entrepreneurs, university professors, and industry consultants. With each few weeks that passes, as we learn from the early testing stages, we plan to send out the next round of units in continuing waves.
A big thank you to all who have waited very patiently for this moment. Some of you having been following us for more than two years. Again, this has been a big week for us, and the future looks very bright.
We'll be sending out an update shortly to our email waitlist (if you're not already on it, signup here), and will be installing a live link of the data coming from a test unit running here in our lab shortly. Over the next few months the themes of this blog will likely shift from its current more informational posts towards product updates as we continue to make progress.
Understanding the variables involved in balancing your system can help increase overall yield and quality of plants in your hydroponic and/or aquaponic system. Obviously, the pH scale is important to understand if you plan on being successful at growing anything. However, there are a variety of other factors that both influence pH and have just as much impact on plant growth itself. Let's look further into pH, nutrients and light and temperature. We'll be keeping a broad ranging approach as we look at each topic and not focus on any plant or system in particular. Click below!
Any garden has it's problems and issues. Due to the technical aspects of aquaponics there are a plethora of issues that are unique to the industry. There are several issues that may be key to focus on - especially at ideal touch points for aquaponic systems. Though there are many issues that could be addressed, we tried to summarize several keys ones. As always, doing your research and thoroughly monitoring your system will increase the likelihood that you can catch these problems early and contain the issue. Ideally, you'll be able to manage the entire system effectively enough to prevent problems before they start. But, as always, things don't go as planned sometimes.