Vertical farming is the practice of producing food on vertically inclined surfaces. Instead of farming vegetables and other foods on a single level, such as in a field or a greenhouse, this method produces foods in vertically stacked layers commonly integrated into other structures like a skyscraper, shipping container or repurposed warehouse.
Using Controlled Environment Agriculture (CEA) technology, this modern idea uses indoor farming techniques. The artificial control of temperature, light, humidity, and gases makes producing foods and medicine indoor possible. In many ways, vertical farming is similar to greenhouses where metal reflectors and artificial lighting augment natural sunlight. The primary goal of vertical farming is maximizing crops output in a limited space.
HOW VERTICAL FARMING WORKS
There are four critical areas in understanding
how vertical farming works:
1. Physical layout,
3. Growing medium, and
4. Sustainability features.
Firstly, the primary goal of vertical farming is producing more foods per square meter. To accomplish this goal, crops are cultivated in stacked layers in a tower life structure. Secondly, a perfect combination of natural and artificial lights is used to maintain the perfect light level in the room. Technologies such as rotating beds are used to improve lighting efficiency.
Thirdly, instead of soil, aeroponic, aquaponic or hydroponic growing mediums are used. Peat moss or coconut husks and similar non-soil mediums are very common in vertical farming. Finally, the vertical farming method uses various sustainability features to offset the energy cost of farming. In fact, vertical farming uses 95 percent less water.
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This allows farmers to better plan where crops are being planted to maximize land usage and crop variability. Better mapping also increases water efficiency and fertilizer usage. With better insights into the ideal place for crops, increased efficiency and reduced cost are expected.
Drones with thermal imaging cameras on a farm can serve multiple use cases. Thermal camera drones can monitor livestock movement from a distant all with a single remote pilot in command.
Technological innovations and geospatial technology help in creating a dynamic and competitive agriculture which is protective of the environment and capable of providing excellent nutrition to the people. While natural inputs in farming cannot be controlled, they can be better understood and managed with GIS applications. GIS can substantially help in effective crop yield estimates, soil amendment analyses and erosion identification and remediation. More accurate and reliable crop estimates help reduce uncertainty.
A central issue in agricultural development is the necessity to increase productivity, employment, and income of poor segments of the agricultural population, and by applying GIS in agriculture, this situation can be addressed. GIS tools and online web resources are helping farmers to conduct crop forecasting and manage their agriculture production by utilizing multispectral imagery collected by satellites.
LED as technology fits of course ideal with the basic needs of multi-layer vertical farming.
Few heat allows limited space between the lamps and the crops leading to a more efficient space occupation.
Much lower power consumption compared to traditional light technologies has made that plant factories today are almost uniquely equipped with LED grow lights to reduce the operational cost.
While most of the LED grow lights bars look rather similar, the differences couldn’t be bigger…
For those who have been running a vertical farm already for a few years it is all crystal clear today – it is all about healthy plants, your capex and opex!
By cutting out soil (the middle man!), farmers are able to feed plants their nutrients directly, and in some cases as part of a closed, self-sustaining loop. While these techniques are all nested under the umbrella of hydroponics, there are some key differences between the most popular farming 2.0 methods:
Traditional hydroponics replace the soil with a nutrient rich water solution, while
Aquaponics replace soil with water that comes from a fish tank. Here, the water containing fish waste which is naturally rich in plant nutrients, is circulated through a hydroponic plantation. The now fish-nutrient rich plant waste water is reintroduced to the fish tank, completing the cycle.
Aeroponics is a less common method of indoor farming where plant roots are suspended in the air and absorb nutrients through a fog-like atmosphere.