|Hydroponic production||Field production|
|No soil is required.||Good top soil is required.|
|Plants are irrigated automatically |
No water stress.
|Plants need to be irrigated to minimize water stress.|
|Nutrients are available at all times.|
Only soluble fertilizers are used.
Hydroponic fertilizer formulations contain a balanced nutrient content.
|Nutrients must be added to soil.
Unless a laboratory analysis is done, too much or too little nutrients can be added.
|Soil borne diseases can be eliminated.||Soil borne diseases can build up in the soil.|
|Hydroponic production is not organic because artificial nutrients are always used and pants are usually not grown in soil.||It is possible to produce organic vegetables in soil because one can use organic fertilizers such as compost and manure.|