US (AZ): Controlling greenhouse light in Arizona

Amado Management, LLC facility, nestled in the Santa Cruz River Valley in Arizona, focuses on producing high-quality medical marijuana flower and cannabis extract products. The facility boasts 17 acres which includes 200,000 square feet of greenhouses and indoor cultivation areas along with a state-of-the-art extraction laboratory. Grown under natural Arizona sun, the operation utilizes Svensson’s Obscura light deprivation greenhouse climate screens together with supplemental lights to create the perfect photoperiod for their crops.

Amado Management plants are handled with expert care by a large group of horticulture professionals which guarantee a high-quality medication to their dispensary partners. General Manager and Head Grower – Ernesto Becerril is a seasoned agribusiness executive with more than 20 years of experience within the horticulture industry, with a focus on cannabis and other novelty crops.

Ernesto Becerril discusses the challenges they experience growing in the Arizona desert. ‘’The challenges we experience in this region include the extreme summer heat, during which the average daytime temperatures reach nearly 100 degrees. During the rainy season, humidity levels are also a concern along with cold nights during the winter months. These extreme conditions are mitigated with the help of our environmental climate control system which includes our Obscura light dep screen that creates a homogeneous climate all year-round controlling light, temperature, and humidity for the wellbeing of our crops.”

During the wintertime, in addition to the cold nights and mornings, one of Ernesto’s top concerns is the condensation buildup in the greenhouse, however when using Svensson’s Obscura screen this isn’t an issue, “Thinking of it, we haven’t noticed any formation of condensation droplets on the crop. With the screen’s perspiration control properties, we are able to maintain ideal humidity levels. With the ability to control humidity in the greenhouse we are able to keep the crops free of disease, thus delivering a pesticide free product which is part of our commitment to our customers’’.

“When temperatures begin to drop in the winter, our Obscura screen retains heat throughout the night, helping us maximize our energy savings. When we open the screen in the morning, we can feel the cold chilly morning air even though we have double poly on the rooftop. The double layer screen maximizes our thermal control inside the greenhouse which ensures we can maintain the ideal temperature for our crops.”

“In the summer when the days become longer and hotter, we rely on our light dep screens to shorten the days; creating complete blackout conditions even though the sun is still up. Obscura allows us to control the daylength, creating the necessary photoperiod required for the crop,” says Ernesto.

We are delighted with the post-sales service provided by Svensson, which plays a vital role for our plants and operations success. Ernesto concludes, “Svensson’s Obscura light deprivation screen is one of the key factors to the success of our business. So far, so good!”

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Ludvig Svensson  

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