S/CEA vs. Traditional Agriculture

A Hydroponic growing system requires lower labor costs, lower investment, and lower risk than traditional farming methods. Yet it offers higher productivity, higher return on investment, and higher net income! Major advantages of S/CEA include: freedom to schedule crops for seasonal demands, uniform, premium product, reduced energy costs, high density cropping, maximum yields, more efficient use of water and fertilizer, and suitability for mechanization and ecologically sound disease and insect control.

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One section of a gutter connect Greenhouse

A 4 bay S/CEA greenhouse (88′ x 128′) setup to grow tomatoes can cost less than a fully equipped farm tractor, yet provides an income of almost twice that of most small farms in the United States!

Traditional Field Agriculture

S/CEA

Picked green and “gassed” to maturity

Fresh, vine ripened, harvested at the peak of taste and appearance

Shipped long distances to market

Grown close to market

Seasonal production, when all field growers have product

Grown out of season when demand is highest

Subject to weather-related problems; frost, freeze, flood, drought, wind, rain

Controlled environment insures optimum growing climate

Soil related problems; weeds, insects, disease

No soil means no soil problems!

Chemical means of insect and disease control

Safe, biological means of insect and disease control

Poor quality – poor consumer acceptance – low profit

Superior quality – great consumer acceptance – high profit

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