James E. Wagner Cultivation Corporation President and CEO Nathan Woodworth gave a tour of the company’s new facility located in Kitchener, Ontario. Woodworth also talks about the company’s GrowthSTORM system and stresses that its high density, low-cost system is the most effective way to control the plant’s growth cycle. GrowthSTORM is a multi-part system that uses aeroponic and hydroponic techniques to optimize yield and plant growth.
“The degree of standardization that we can achieve with this system is proof that we have discovered a way to control the total plant growth cycle,” said Woodworth. “We’ve created a high-density, low-cost growth system which results in a 98 percent success rate after 11 to 14 days.”
Woodworth explained the process behind the system and its advantages. According to Woodworth, the plants are moved into GrowthSTORM baskets once they are fully rooted. The baskets allow the plant to form complex root systems throughout its life. Once the plants have reached full production size, they are moved to a low-density array until the flowering cycle is complete. Woodworth also talked about JWC’s latest innovation, the Dual Droplet system, which distributes a large and a small nutrient droplet. These droplets help KWC optimize the delivery and uptake of nutrients. The cannabis plants are then flat trained, ensuring standardization of yield per square foot and maximizing the quality of the finished product.
JWC’s facility has eight grow rooms that are capable of producing up to 50 kilograms per growth cycle with less than one percent crop loss. The company’s 29 strains, which feature four unique phenotypes, are all being grown using the GrowthSTORM system.