GROW SUPPORT SERVICES & DATA ANALYSIS
Achieve optimal efﬁciency and the highest quality output with the help of Ceres’ Grow & Data Support team. Beginning with design, our team offers grow plans and monitoring controls so that your operation is set up for success.
Yield & Greenhouse Environment Optimization
Smart Controls & Sensors Package include options for measuring:
- Vapor Pressure Deﬁcit (VPD)
- Temperature and humidity
- Light levels & Spectrum
- Daily temperature ﬂuctuations
- Soil moisture
- Stem diameter
- Leaf temperature
- Nutrient levels
- Air quality
- kW usage management/energy management
Grow Support Services
Ceres offers remote or in-person consulting to support in planning your grow operation, troubleshooting grow related issues, and responding to changes in your greenhouse operations and/or climate. We will analyze and give advice regarding:
- Greenhouse operations and efficiency
- Pest & disease issues
- Plant health
- Optimizing greenhouse climate
This consulting can be paired with data analytics, with suggestions for how to optimize your climate based on what your location and what you are growing.
Ceres’ Building Automation Systems (BAS) & Long Term Data Solutions
Ceres’ remote climate monitoring system provides real-time tracking of greenhouse conditions, plus the ability to evaluate your greenhouse performance over the long-term. We design greenhouse environmental controls and data monitoring systems to create a high performing grow environment.
Our Process for Grow Support & Data Analysis
Coordination with Greenhouse design team to design according to planting needs, choose best suited controller
Planning grow calendar, installation of sensors
Plant growth reports, analysis and troubleshooting assistance, data analysis & optimization
* While this timeline is ideal, we will work with you to install this service at any stage in your process.
Grow Support & Data Analysis FAQ
Fabric raised beds are a great option if they are fully contained, have a moisture barrier on the sides and fabric that drains on the bottom.
If you choose to use stone beds, then moisture should not be of concern.
If you choose to use wooden raised beds, then choose a rot resistant wood, like cedar. Wooden beds will wear over time, but if built with a high quality wood like cedar they should last many years. They don’t need any moisture barrier in them from a growing perspective, but some people do choose to add a liner inside the walls of the bed to help the wood last even longer. Don’t line the bottom of the bed because you want good drainage below the bed.
You can extend the beds into the existing soil below you if you build beds out of wood or stone. It allows for good drainage and really deep rooted crops. A healthy living soil should be moist all of the time (but not too wet), and there should be no issues with mold inside the beds or below them in the soil.
It’s important to think about the size and stature of the trees versus the size/height of the greenhouse. If you want to grow tall trees and have lower eaves, it may make sense to grow the trees in the ground. If you are growing small citrus or dwarf trees and plan to prune to keep them at a small stature, you could plant them in raised beds. It’s also important to think about the native soil you are working with – what is the history of the soil? Any known issues with pathogens or heavy metals or dubious things from past land use that might still be in the soil profile to be aware of? If so, it might be worth setting up raised beds with imported soil. What is the soil texture and macro/micro nutrient profile? Those things are easier to change and improve with amendments. So if you decide to grow in the ground (and lots of our clients do successfully), we always highly recommend a soil test to know how to amend the soil appropriately for what you are growing.