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Hydroponic Lettuce Handbook

Abstract: This hydroponic greenhouse production system was designed for small operations to provide local production of head lettuce as well as employment to the proprieters. Our research group has experimented with many forms of hydroponics but have found this floating system to be the most robust and forgiving of the available systems. This system is built around consistent produciton 365 days of the year. This requires a high degree of environmental control including supplemental lighting and moveable shade to provide a target amount of light which, in turn, results in a predictable amount of daily growth.