This Croptober, outdoor cannabis cultivators on the West Coast have been major victims of unexpected raging wildfires.
A number of cannabis farms in Northern California were burned down, while the fifth of Oregon’s cannabis farms have been evacuated over the past month, Green Entrepreneur reports.
Moreover, an excessive amount of smoke and ash heavily affected the plants’ growth by blocking sunlight. As a result, marijuana flower is more prone to mold, causing crops to fail state-mandated testing.
“The wildfires, as unfortunate as they are, bring to light the lack of control outdoor and greenhouse growers face with cultivation methodologies that afford no control over the growing environment,” Raymond Nobu Chang, president, and CEO of Agrify told Benzinga. “Not only does indoor cultivation mitigate the risk of smoke/ash damage, but they also indoor cultivation facilities incorporate fire suppression systems."
Read more at benzinga.com