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US (VT): Is industrial hemp the future of farming? A test crop in Fair Haven aims to find out

What may be Vermont’s first private industrial hemp crop is being harvested, and, if all goes as hoped, it will lead to good things for local farmers and other entrepreneurs in the years to come. The crop is on about 5 acres of land north of Airport Road, owned by the Sheldon family. It was being…

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Nitrogen source matters: "High NH4/NO3 ratio reduces cannabinoids, terpenoids, and yield"

"The nitrogen (N) form supplied to the plant, ammonium (NH4+) or nitrate (NO3–), is a major factor determining the impact of N nutrition on plant function and metabolic responses," says Prof. Nirit Bernstein of the Volcani Center in Israel. Recently, Prof. Bernstein received the International Agronomy…

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CAN: "Hemp is growing into an Alberta success story"

One hundred kilometres to the east of Edmonton, a small town is making its mark in a fast-growing sector many have never heard of — industrial hemp. Vegreville is emerging as a global investment destination for the processing and manufacturing of hemp seed, fibre, and cannabidiol. "We may be a small…

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Case study on the benefits of yeast for cannabis growers

"Using yeast resulted in significant bud yield improvements"

In a recent report from Whitney Economics, their survey of 400 cannabis operators and stakeholders revealed that only 42% of respondents were profitable. With that stark backdrop, cultivators seeking ways to close the gap to profitability can look to a new innovation in crop inputs to improve bud yield…

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Adapting the cultivation of industrial hemp to marginal lands

Marginal lands are increasingly being considered for cultivating industrial and bioenergy crops to reduce the direct and indirect land use changes. This review investigates the feasibility of hemp (Cannabis sativa L.) cultivation under the bio‐physical constraints that characterize marginal lands, with…

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Hero Technologies finalizes licensing and cultivation plans

US (MI): "We expect that our cultivation system will give us a competitive edge"

Hero Technologies announced that its subsidiary, BlackBox Systems and Technologies LLC, continues to project aggressive growth for its planned cannabis operations in Michigan. Michigan's legal cannabis market has surged since adult use was permitted in 2020. (Medical cannabis has been legal in the state…

Influence of crop management practices on yield and cannabinoid production

One of the primary challenges in the cultivation of cannabis is the standardization and consistency of the final product from batch to batch. Understanding how management practices impact the final product can aid in creating management protocols that increase the product’s quality, productivity, and…

Oxygen, the 'forgotten' ingredient?

It goes without saying that water management in greenhouses is an aspect of cultivation that needs to be utterly monitored and adjusted. Think of the pH, the EC, the amount of algae, fungi, diseases, etc. But one factor that is at least as important as those is often forgotten, observes CEO André van der…

First aeroponic column farm in Occitania

Growing fruits and vegetables on the roof of the MIN in Toulouse

Fruits and vegetables are grown in aeroponics on the roof of the Marché d'Intérêt National in Toulouse. This is the challenge taken up by Magalie Rosso, founder of the start-up Les Fermes Ionaka. A structure that allows green roofs to reduce urban heat pockets / © Les Fermes Ionaka White columns of 2…

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US (CN): Cannabis social equity cultivator applicant ready to join industry

A Hartford mother, criminal defense attorney, and city councilor is ready to make a breakthrough in the state’s emerging cannabis industry. She is doing it as a social equity applicant and she is calling it her responsibility. “I’m someone who comes from a community disproportionately impacted by the war…

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US (CO): Denver officials want to save struggling cannabis delivery businesses

Weed delivery has yet to catch on in Denver, but government officials are pushing dispensaries to drop their resistance to save the transporter businesses of marginalized entrepreneurs. “Delivery has not taken off in the way that we had hoped that it would,” said Molly Duplechian, Excise and Licenses…

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Bedrocan develops new practice for cannabis cultivation

Bedrocan has developed a new practice for medicinal cannabis cultivation. The practice is already in use at Bedrocan’s facilities and is called GMCCP: Good Medicinal Cannabis Cultivation Practice. At the moment, Good Agricultural and Collection Practice (GACP) is the only set of requirements available to…

Growing efficiency in greenhouses

NC State Energy Management has partnered with the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS) on an energy efficiency project in the greenhouses at Headhouse Unit 3 off Method Road, resulting in decreased energy use and emissions. The installation of 486 LED Hi-Top grow lights has replaced legacy…

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Dr. Youbin Zheng on cannabis rootzone research

“Aquaponics need improvements to match the yield of hydroponics”

After Canada's legalizations, there are increasing numbers of studies on cannabis cultivation. This is, of course, a welcome development for growers because of the lack of research that is the result of the crop's previous illicit status. "Certainly, more research is needed to address lots of unanswered…

Casey Whelan, Occo Innovation:

“We are close to powdery mildew resistant cannabis cultivars”

“When it comes to breeding new cultivars, THC potency still rules the day among growers. However, soon the most significant way we will be able to improve a grower’s life is with disease resistance,” says Casey Whelan, VP Genetics Business Development at Occo Innovation. Occo is the breeding and genetics…

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US (MA): "We will be using a new, natural and nutrient-rich soil"

Coastal Cultivars announced it will be using a new, all-natural, ultra-premium soil developed by Coast of Maine. The soil will be used as the primary growth medium for Coastal Cultivars' No.9 Sunflower Collection brand of cannabis products. "In an increasingly competitive cannabis market, most…

Saving time, costs, and labor with SmartyCoir

“5-10 times faster transplanting of cannabis plants”

Coconut coir is rapidly gaining popularity as a substrate for cannabis cultivation. This growing media provides excellent aeration, drainage, and water retention while being more environmentally friendly than the alternatives. According to several studies on different crops, coconut coir substrate is…

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US (NM): Cannabis research farm comes to Socorro

On a small farm tucked away in the city of Socorro, 400 cannabis plants are growing in rows of large pots. With more than eight strains and different soil mixtures – some with microorganisms and others with pearlite, peat moss, and a proprietary mixture – the goal of the farm is not retail success but…

How to scale a commercial cannabis grow operation

Running commercial cannabis growing is quite a feat. The need to scale shows you’re already on the right track, keeping up with the ever-changing legal and market requirements. How do you go about expansion? Strategy is key. Cannabis sales are on the rise, but so is the competition. You must consider…

John Arbuthnot, Delta 9, on the benefits of grow pods

“They provide an almost laboratory level of control over your cannabis grow environment”

“We wanted to take a different approach than many other growers in the Canadian marketplace, who are building massive greenhouses. But when it comes to cannabis, a very high level of control over the growing environment is very important. This control is much easier in a small, confined area,” says John…

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Scientists sprout seedlings in Apollo moon dirt

We now know that plants survive but fail to thrive in lunar soilTwelve grams of the moon arrived at Robert Ferl’s laboratory in an undecorated UPS box. Ferl, a horticulturist at the University of Florida, had waited more than a decade for that moment. The small box of dirt, postmarked from NASA, held…

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Crop management and abiotic factors that affect phytocannabinoid production

Environmental factors and crop management practices aredirectly related to the yield of phytocannabinoid compounds. Knowing how these factors influence the production of phytocannabinoids is essential to promote greater metabolite yield and stability. In this review, the researchers aim to examine current…

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US: New York's first legal cannabis crop sprouts under the sun

New York's adult-use cannabis market is beginning to sprout, literally, with thin-leafed plants stretching toward the sun in farms around the state. In a novel move, New York gave 203 hemp growers first shot at cultivating cannabis destined for legal sales, which could start by the end of the year. Big…

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US: Dozens of cultivators ready for Vermont's retail cannabis market

Legal adult-use cannabis purchases in Vermont are just three months away, and the state is busy handing out cannabis cultivation licenses to the people who will supply that product. Dozens of indoor and outdoor cannabis cultivation licenses have now been issued, with more applicants being approved every…

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The challenges of farming indoors: from organic food to medicinal cannabis

The vertical farming market has been growing exponentially in recent years, and though the industry is proving to be increasingly more profitable, the practice of vertical farming is not without its challenges. Here, Ian Hart, Business Development Director at adi Projects, a division of the…

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Ora Pharm awarded Callaghan Innovation Grant

Environmentally friendly technology to grow high-yield NZ cannabis

Ora Pharm has been awarded a Callaghan Innovation Grant to develop environmentally friendly, innovative technology for the cultivation of medicinal cannabis in New Zealand that will ensure consistent quality, potency, and yield of medicinal cannabis in our unique New Zealand environment. Products…

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New research partnership aims to increase production efficiency and protect from plant diseases

The Clemson University College of Agriculture, Forestry, and Life Sciences is working with Curio Wellness to conduct a two-year research project to advance plant tissue science for the medical cannabis industry. Headquartered in Timonium, Maryland, Curio Wellness is a licensed medical cannabis company…

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"Will help growers better control CBD and THC levels"

Light it up: Using firefly genes to understand cannabis biology

Yi Ma, a research assistant professor, and Gerry Berkowitz, professor in the College of Agriculture, Health and Natural Resources, received funding through the National Research Initiative from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to discover the underlying molecular mechanisms behind trichrome development…

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When to harvest cannabis for CBD, according to science

Researchers have figured out a way to grow and harvest cannabis to maximize the yield of CBD, according to a study published in the journal Royal Society Open Science. The authors have investigated how chemical composition changes in hemp at different harvesting times, which is crucial in harvesting as…

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CAN: "Cultivation license amendment elevates the quality of our cannabis inputs"

HYTN Cannabis Inc. has received a license amendment from Health Canada, allowing for the cultivation of cannabis. This license Amendment further strengthens HYTN's regulatory approvals, which include a Standard Processing License, a Research License, and an Amendment for Sale of Cannabis to provincially…

Sonny Moerenhout, Cultivators:

“Cannabis and lettuce cultivation have more similarities than you might think”

“Cannabis companies have to deal with some unique challenges, from the importance of humidity control to being in charge of a vertically integrated company,” says Sonny Moerenhout, Managing Partner at Cultivators. The Dutch company helps licensed cannabis and hydroponic lettuce companies from the moment…

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"Important information to generate new varieties"

Delineating genetic regulation of cannabinoid biosynthesis during female flower development

Cannabinoids are predominantly produced in the glandular trichomes on cannabis female flowers. There is little known about how cannabinoid biosynthesis is regulated during female flower development. In this study, the researchers aim to understand the rate‐limiting step(s) in the cannabinoid biosynthetic…

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Thailand: Over 150,000 people register to grow cannabis

More than 150,000 people registered to cultivate cannabis via the application and website of the Food and Drug Administration yesterday morning (June 9) as the legalization of cannabis and hemp took effect. FDA secretary-General Dr. Paisarn Dunkum said that the new law allows people to grow hemp and…

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Discovery paves way for more sustainable crop cultivation methods

Rutgers researchers have discovered that nitrogen-fixing bacteria hidden within leaf cells could lead to more efficient and sustainable crop cultivation methods. The study, recently published in the journal Biology, investigated how bacteria in non-photosynthetic leaf cells of seed plants can naturally…

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Developing methods to determine heavy metal contamination in hemp

Harrison Meekins, an M.S in Environmental Horticulture, and Austin Erickson, a B.S in Chemistry, are researching heavy metal uptake and contamination in hemp. Heavy metals are heavily regulated by the EPA as a contaminant and pose a significant threat to hemp growers because it tends to accumulate heavy…

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The effect of nitrogen fertilization on hemp varieties

“Bud biomass and CBD yield increased quadratically”

While the hemp cannabidiol industry is expanding rapidly, there is still a lack of information on fertilizer recommendations for optimal production. Therefore, a recent study evaluated the effects of nitrogen (N) fertilization on bud biomass and CBD yield. To determine the effect, the researchers carried…

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US (TN): Launch of study on hemp fiber production in the state

An organization focused on fortifying the Tennessee hemp industry operator network is launching a study on hemp fiber production in the state. The Hemp Alliance of Tennessee (HAT) announced the start of the study on Wednesday.HAT says it partnered with the Tennessee Department of Agriculture to fund the…

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US: Illinois issues 48 new craft cultivation licenses to diversify industry

Illinois issued 48 new cannabis craft grow licenses Wednesday, continuing slow progress in expanding and diversifying the industry.Twenty of the new licenses are majority black-owned, 17 are majority white-owned, and four are majority hispanic-owned, with the rest owned by a partnership group or not…

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What is cannabis facility architectural design?

The North American cannabis industry is bigger than it’s ever been, and that means there’s a growing demand for buildings designed specifically for cannabis cultivation and processing. These cannabis facilities are purpose-built to meet the unique needs of the cannabis plant, from controlled humidity and…

Alex Fredericks, A&E Cannabis Consulting:

US: “It is necessary for growers to cut through the noise”

With the cannabis industry growing rapidly, it is challenging for companies to survive in the competitive market. “For growers at scale, there are the added challenges of operating costs and getting a frequent and consistent product to market,” explains Alex Fredericks, Managing Partner at A&E Cannabis…


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