US (TX): Georgetown lettuce grower uses hydroponics to beat the heat

The summer heat is unforgiving, particularly this year. Day after day, central Texas hits above 100 degrees with no break of rain. It's a challenge to keep just about any kind of outdoor plant alive right now, even for farmers. One Georgetown lettuce grower said he thinks he has a solution to beat the heat and save on water.

Kyle Massey owns Lone Star Lettuce Growers. Traditionally, lettuce doesn't grow in the summer in central Texas; unless it's in Massey's organic hydroponic farm.

"With this type of setup, we can grow lettuce year-round, even in the brutal Texas summer we are having," said Massey. "It's about as happy as lettuce can be, so it's just growing super fast."

It starts as seedlings. "These guys are under lights for about 16 hours a day, so they get everything they need. They have water, they have airflow, and they have, and they have enough sunlight to grow into healthy young seedlings," said Massey.


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