AgroSystemsis a fully-integrated self-contained crop planting-bed system which uses a continuous, plastic growing tube and soilless growing medium. Its design supports commercial scale agricultural operations by providing: superior yield, immunity to soil borne diseases and savings in water and nutrients. AgroSystems eliminates costly unsustainable fumigation practices and is compatible with existing farm equipment and conventional open-field culture techniques.
AgroSystems development is focused on the following key principles: 1.Land preparation fumigation elimination With a fully encased growing substrate, AgroSystems effectively forms a barrier between the substrate and the underlying soil.This barrier quarantines the crop and substrate and protects against the threat of naturally occurring soil-borne diseases, pests and weeds.AgroSystems eliminates the need to sterilize the underlying soil thus eliminating the need for fumigants such as Methyl Bromide, Methyl Iodide and Chloropicrin. 2.Water Savings Agrosystems has shown 50% water savings in 4 row strawberry cultivations along the California Coast. Savings are even further increased when considering the complete elimination of overhead sprinklers during establishment.
3. Maximization of land AgroSystems can be installed on any surface and allows farmers to grow on land that is considered unsuitable for cultivation.These areas include buffer zones, nutrient deficient land and land high in rock or clay content. AgroSystems is also ideal for rooftop growing operations
4.Efficient Nutrient Management Using cutting edge hydroponic tehchnology, AgroSystems allows for crop--specific nutrient and micromanagement.AgroSystems grants farmers precise irrigation and nutrient controls allowing farmers to irrigate and fertilize in specific required quantities.This enables early deficiency detection and correction for healthy vigorous growth. Nutrient specific management also lends to increased yield and improved quality and flavor.
5.Increased yield/ improved crop qualities (firmness, sweetness, taste) Precise nutrient and water administration lends to a more vigorous higher yielding crop and creates extended growing seasons and early harvests.Flavor and sweetness can be fine tuned with adjustments in nutrients.Crops cultivated using AgroSystems show superior firmness relative to conventional field grown crops.This is made possible through efficient nutrient uptake and translates to extended shelf and ship life.
6. Reduced Pesticide use By starting out with a sterile washed substrate, AgroSystems is inhospitable to soilborne pests and disease thereby reducing the need for pesticide application and pest abatement practices.
7.Compatibility AgroSystems' compatibility with existing farm equipment and tractors compliments large scale traditional outdoor field operations.Complete ready-to-plant AgroSystems are delivered via folded panels in 50’ sections for efficient shipping and installation.
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