US (SD): Grower's construction moving forward despite supply chain delays

Construction at the Genesis Farms medical cannabis campus in Box Elder is in full swing, with their first grow about four to five weeks from harvest. The 7.5-acre campus, located off Interstate 90 in Box Elder, already had a 20,000-square-foot shell on the property when Genesis Farms moved in, with construction currently underway to transform it into a cultivation site.

Directly perpendicular to it will be another 20,000-square-foot building that will serve as the operation’s processing site, with the cannabis farm on the other side. Run independently of the cultivation and processing sites, the farm currently has hundreds of plants, with two greenhouses up. Plagued by supply chain issues, a third greenhouse is delayed, with more planned down the road.

About 100 plants lined the edge of the farm Friday afternoon, waiting on the third greenhouse. Genesis Farms COO Emmett Reistroffer said the plants, which are currently in the flowering stage, grow faster and bigger outdoors, which isn’t necessarily a good thing.

The benefits of growing the plants inside a greenhouse allows the grower to control the environment. The two functioning greenhouses have controlled airflow, and a roof covering that can blanket the greenhouse in darkness at the push of a button. During the winter, the greenhouses will also have a heating system, with the intent to be a four-seasons operation.

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