Smart Greenhouse Projects & Case Studies

Case Studies

What are some of the results grow operations have seen from integrating smart sensors into their greenhouse operations?

Lighting

Case Study Lumigrow greenhouse

South Mountain MicroFARM
Maryland, USA (7500 Sq ft Greenhouse)

Crop: Lettuce and Microgreens
Product supplier: LumiGrow LEDs

Key Stats:

  • Lettuce crop reached harvest size in 40-50 days, shaving up to 33% off the crop production cycle. This allows Levi to fit in more turns.
  • Microgreens were ready to harvest 2-3 days earlier than his unlit microgreens and produced approximately 10% more material per tray.
  • Experimented with allowing the heads of lettuce to grow for the full 55-60 days and found the lit lettuce was 40-60% heavier. (Restaurants buy lettuce by the tote, so heavier heads allowed them to hit the tote weight with fewer heads of lettuce)
Heliospectra case study

Green Mountain
Vermont, USA (11,000 Sq ft greenhouse)

Crop: Basil, Crisp Lettuce, Watercress
Products: Heliospectra

Key Stats:

  • 50% reduction in the yellowing on the bottom lettuce leaves because the lights penetrate down deeper into the canopy.
  • Heavier and more consistent weights.
  • Trimmed off between 3-10 days on harvest cycle.
  • Product height decreased which resulted in smaller packaging and lower packaging costs.
  • Could run LEDs at night during lower electricity rates where HPSs would cause neighbor complaints from light pollution.
tomatoes

Lower Shannon Farms
Saskatchewan, Canada 

Crop: Tomatoes and Cucumbers
Products: LumiGrow

Key Stats:

  • Yield increase of 16-17% increase in his mini Dijon cucumbers and a 18-20% increase in his tomato crops’ yield
  • “We’ve also easily added a month, 6 weeks of longevity to our [tomato] vines. Normally we’d take old vines out in February- we only started changing out first week of March.”
  • leaves are about 20% bigger than they were under the 1000-watt HPS lights.

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Dutch Tomato Production

The Dutch are the #2 exporter of food globally (only behind the US) They are by far and away the leading exporter of tomatoes as well as potatoes and onions. More than a 1/3 of all vegetable seeds global trade comes from the Netherlands. (Source)

From 2003-2014 their vegetable production:

  • Increased by 28%
  • Energy use declined by 6%
  • Pesticide use decreased 9%
  • Fertilizer use declined by 29%
source: National Geographic Magazine, September '17 Edition

General

Operating Farms

Here is a list of companies using smart control technologies in their farm operations

plenty-farms

Plenty

San Francisco Bay Area and Laramie, Wyoming

Bright Farms

Bright Farms

Locations around USA

Little Leaf

Little Leaf

Massachusetts, USA - 10 Acres

Gothem Greens

Gothem Greens

NYC, Chicago

iron 0x

Iron 0x

San Carlos, California

Lufa

Lufa Farms

Montreal, Quebec

International

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