Atmospheric Moisture aka Humidity, is the amount of water vapour in the air. If there is a lot of water vapour in the air, the humidity will be high. The higher the humidity, the wetter it feels.
Humidity is blamed for all kinds of negative things, including mold in your house, as well as malfunctions in regular household electronics. Moisture from humid air settles, or condenses, on electronics. This can interrupt the electric current, causing a loss of power.
Now what role does humidity play in Hydroponic Fodder?
Most of the time humidity is the reason for fungus and moulds in your fodder. An appropriate room climate can effectively prevent the mould growth. We all know controlled environment is a must in growing anything Hydroponic. So of course you have to control the humidity as well
(A picture of hygrometer)
[Hygrometer ; is used to measure humidity]
Now what should be the humidity level for Hydroponic fodder?
Ideal range would be 50 – 75%
However Maize can be grown in over 90% humidity but to grow wheat and barley fodder humidity shouldn’t rise above 75% at all so to grow wheat and barley fodder in high humid areas, humidity must be controlled
How to control Humidity?
Humidity can be controlled by using
Devices like dehumidifier (a device that removes excess moisture from air)
air conditioners, especially in hot, humid climates, to reduce moisture in the air
Since a climate that is too dry makes it difficult to grow hydroponic fodder, keep in mind that humidity shouldn’t be lower than 50%. In dry areas Fan pad coolers are used to maintain humidity.
Controlling humidity is crucial for growing your fodder. Wheat and barley cannot be grown in more than 75% humidity, but maize can be grown in more than 90%. However humidity for both shouldn’t go below 50%. The ideal humidity range for both is 50 to 75%. However, it shouldn’t go below 50% as too much dry climate can damage the fodder.
To regulate humidity, equipment such as dehumidifiers, air conditioners and fan pad coolers are used.