Cultivation

Water treatment system eliminates excess sodium in irrigation water

Implementation of the Water Framework Directive in 2018 imposed limits to Dutch growers for discharging drain water into sewers and surface water. But, as the amount of sodium will build up, constant recirculation of irrigation water is simply not an option. An issue that is also increasingly occurring…

Maximizing flower production through increased nutrient uptake

Every grower tries to maximize their crop, as this usually results in a higher turnover. This is especially true for cannabis growers, considering the high value of their crop. At the same time, boosting the yield is not as easy as it sounds, and requires a combination of knowledge and products that…

Mike Cade, Jiffy Preforma:

"Cost savings come through different stages of production"

With young plant production as the cornerstone for successful horticultural operations, the importance of starting with a high quality liner or plug is paramount. That is why Jiffy has spent the last twenty years continuously improving its Jiffy Preforma plugs. Jiffy Preforma is a high-quality plug used…

Juan Manuel García, Projar:

"Why plants prefer coir, and growers as well"

To understand why coconut fiber is a special growing medium from an agronomic point of view, it is important to analyze the differences between a soil crop and a coir crop and compare the main factors that generate stress at the root level. The behavior of a plant is generally influenced by the…

The importance of the head grower

The success of a company is given in large part by its employees. Especially when it comes to large-scale agricultural operation, it is critical to rely on someone that is very much aware of the nuances of large-scale growing. This might prove to be difficult in the cannabis industry since it is hard to…

Sustaining cannabis production with fertigation

“Sustainable irrigation is the rational practice of all activities related with the irrigation of plants, whether in the areas of horticulture, landscape, and ornamentals, so that it helps satisfying the respective survival and welfare needs of the present without compromising those of future…

Medisun

The importance of planning for a perpetual cycle cannabis greenhouse

Careful planning is one of the main factors leading to efficiency. This is especially true when it comes to large-scale manufacturing, either in a factory or in an agricultural operation. ‘Traditional’ horticulture growers are renowned for the attention they put in the smallest details of each of the…

Everything is possible with CBD

Unlike THC, CBD does not fall under the Dutch Drug Tolerance policy. To make it more appealing to customers, many have claimed its miraculous healing properties, which anyway cannot be all proven scientifically. Reason enough for the TV show 'De Keuringsdienst van Waarde' to have a good look at the CBD industry. Of course, a…

CannTx Life Sciences

Pat Scanlon, Co-Founder and Head of Cultivation of CannTx Life Sciences

"We are quite literally cleaning up the genetics game”

Consistency is the absolute priority when it comes to growing medical cannabis. Consistency does not only refer to the aesthetic of the cannabis flower, but most importantly its chemotype: medical cannabis must be consistent both in terms of aesthetic and chemical composition. “Our company was formed to…

Nutrient management of a cannabis crop

Cannabis crops are grown all around the world in many different facilities and growing media. All these different situations require tailor made approaches when it comes to nutrient management.  The cannabis industry is playing catch up (legal reasons) with the rest of the commercial horticultural industry…

How much water does a cannabis operation use?

How much water does a cannabis operation use? It’s a straightforward question but getting at the answer isn’t. That would require data, and data for a substance that is still classified as a Schedule I drug by the federal government is often hard to come by. “If you do some research, there's usually one…

Cannabiotix

Environmentally-conscious growing is paramount for boutique grower

The environmental impact of the cannabis industry is something that is usually glossed over. As natural as the product may appear to be to the end-user, the cultivation process for much of the cannabis available today involves unsustainable farming processes that are negatively impacting affecting the…

Sustainable cannabis cultivation In Canada

Cultivating and processing cannabis sustainably in Canada—one of the largest and coldest countries in the world—is no easy feat. While a lack of sunlight might seem like the most obvious challenge to growing cannabis in a more eco-friendly way, the shipping of supplies, packaging and finished product…

Mike Vallafskey, Agrinomix

“The key question is always: how do I grow at scale, economically?”

There are some challenges of large-scale cannabis growing that are similar to the ones that ‘traditional’ horticulture growers face. Yet, because of the infant stage the cannabis industry still is in, these challenges are trickier to overcome. “I would say that one of the biggest challenges for cannabis…

Can music help cannabis plants grow stronger?

Professional cannabis cultivators often tout various techniques that home growers can use to get the highest quality bud. They claim the magic is in superior genetics, utilization of proper ventilation, ample water and lighting, and ensuring that plants are getting the right nutrients. Still, it might…

US (NJ): The first cannabis greenhouse in the Garden State

A Morris County farm that once grew and sold poinsettias, Christmas trees and pumpkins is now home to very different plants — thousands of medical cannabis ones. TerrAscend became the latest facility in New Jersey to begin growing cannabis late last year. The Canadian cannabis giant is one of just 12…

US (OH): Grower still learning how best to grow, process, sell hemp a year into legal cultivation

Farmers and researchers across Ohio are learning some of the most basic agricultural information about hemp after the state’s first year of legal cultivation. Unclear growing conditions coupled with unpredictable market forces mean even if farmers successfully grow a crop they sometimes don’t know much…

MTL Cannabis

Patrick Pagé, Master Grower at MTL Cannabis

"Everything we do is a team effort grounded on our passion for growing this plant"

Based in Montreal, QC, MTL Cannabis is a flower first company built for the modern street.  “We focus on providing high quality dry flowers for the Canadian market,” Patrick Pagé, master grower at MTL Cannabis, states. “We were officially licensed in August 2019, for which we applied before the changes to…

Sustainability in the cannabis industry

Thanks to a decades-long association with “hippies” and “tree-huggers,” cannabis has largely been considered a green (no pun intended) industry by the masses. Many may not…

Canna Organix

US (WA): “We pursue quality over quantity, people over profit, and strive for sustainable practices and innovative systems"

Canna Organix has built a business that leverages the best of a unique location. Located in Sequim on the Olympic Peninsula, this cannabis grower, manufacturer and distributor launched in a quiet location the owners felt was the best for enjoying life and growing high-grade “sun-grown indoor products.”…

What to consider when applying for a cultivation facility license

There are a few major factors to think about in order to provide a steady, uninterrupted supply of quality cannabis to registered dispensaries. Preparing for these ahead of time will ensure that you achieve your licensing requirements and have success in providing top-notch cannabis.  Facility and equipment…

Robert Sandow, Director of Cultivation of Flora Terra

“If you are not building vertically now, you are going to find yourself far behind the competition”

Even though a new year has just started, the cannabis industry is still facing some long-time challenges. Although cannabis cultivation is a subset of horticulture, it is nothing like growing, say, tomatoes and peppers. There might be some similarities, such as efficiency and consistency that should be…

US (AZ): Arizona to model cannabis cultivation after California dispensaries

As Arizona learns the ropes of legal, recreational cannabis, California has become the expert for preparing for, and adapting to the spike in customers. Arizona cultivators are going to have to ramp up their cannabis production to keep up while still giving priority to medical patients. There are now…

Research on mother plants and propagation essential for the Cannabis sector

In recent years more and more research on Cannabis sativa L. is conducted with the industry trying to make up for the lack of scientific research in the past due difficult legal compliance situations. Cultivators is contributing to these research efforts by conducting medicinal cannabis propagation…

Seach Medical Group

A family matter: from flowers to cannabis

The combination of pharma and horticulture that makes up the cannabis industry has left a number of growers unprepared for the challenges that such an endeavor poses. The medical cannabis industry has had a rather slow start, back in the beginning of 2000, and it only experienced a major boom when Canada…

Why is cannabis cheaper to grow than food in vertical farming

More than a decade ago, microbiologist Dickson Despommier floated the idea that nations with little arable land like the UAE could become self-reliant by growing food in skyscrapers with perfectly optimized artificial light and heat. He called it vertical farming and argued that it could reduce world…

Christina Lake Cannabis

CAN (BC): Grower announces 2021 expansion and crop allocation for upcoming growing season

Christina Lake Cannabis' executive management and its team of Master Growers have agreed upon a provisional crop allocation structure for the 2021 growing season. "Based on the 2020 performance of the Company’s proprietary cannabis strains, which are genetically optimized for outdoor growth under natural…

The Woods

US (MI): A peek into a Kalamazoo-based cultivation center

Kalamazoo’s new cultivation and processing plant is producing more than cannabis as the founders work to grow job opportunities, diversity and sustainability throughout the industry. The Woods cultivation and processing center opened in August 2020. The 16,000 square foot warehouse has been transformed…

Delphy

Know what you are giving your plants

In order to optimally control and monitor the development of your plants, it is essential to provide the right nutrient solution and to have it analyzed regularly (at least 1x every 4 weeks). This applies to 'conventional' greenhouse vegetable and ornamental cultivation, but also to medicinal and…

Combining hydroponic and aeroponic in vertical farming

Generally speaking, horticulture operations can be quite expensive to operate; yet, growers can rely on hundreds of years of knowledge to improve the efficiency, so that those costs go down. At the same time, the cannabis industry cannot rely on such knowledge, and it is not uncommon to see cultivation…

“Plant transpiration is similar to a pool”

“The transpiration of plants is similar to a pool,” says Keith Coursin, President of Desert Aire. If looking at a pool, there’s a huge body of water with vapor pressured difference between the water surface and the air above it. “Therefore, the VPD (Vapor Pressure Deficit) is the driving mechanism that…

New in-line fertilizer injection and irrigation unit showcased

GHBD Holland B.V., manufacturer and supplier of water treatment equipment for the horticultural and agricultural industry, introduces the new In-line fertilizer injection and irrigation unit. Jan Wijgerse of GHBD Holland has years of experience in exporting this equipment to many countries and knows the…

Surna

Grow room HVACD maintenance plans: getting the most out of your investment

Too often, indoor agriculture facility operators fail to consider the maintenance of their climate system in their overall staffing and business plans. In these cases, systems maintenance is treated as an afterthought, or not addressed at all during planning stages, leading to the onus being on the…

Selecting genetics for your cannabis cultivation

Already over the past year, the cannabis industry has witnessed major changes. In a way, it feels as if the times when setting up a cannabis business was all about the hype are long gone; yet, the stories of those companies have dominated the news in the past, and it is still very clear in the memory of…

Cannabis tissue culture: why?

What’s up with all these people growing plants in boxes? You’ve seen them on Instagram, tagged #biotech and looking smug. But what do plants in boxes have to do with growing cannabis flower? The answer is: not much, at least not directly. The promise of cannabis tissue culture lies on the other side of production, the back end…

No winter hibernation for outdoor growers

The weather outside might be frightful, but that doesn’t mean that outdoor growers – or “sun growers” – are sitting inside and eating bonbons all winter. In fact, like most other farmers, cannabis growers are good at finding plenty of ways to keep busy until it’s time to plant in the spring. Dave…

US (AZ): Niche growers supply high-end cannabis market

Inside a nondescript block building near Sky Harbor International Airport in Phoenix, workers pack hundreds of vacuum-sealed glass jars with high-end cannabis. They will sell for a steep premium at medical dispensaries across the state. Nearby, thousands of cannabis plants are meticulously hand-watered,…

"The demand for horticultural solutions changes"

Investing, experimenting and collaborating in a changing market for horticultural solutions. How do you respond to the increasing demand for complete cultivation systems with knowledge and technology and contribute to efficient ornamental, food and herb cultivation? Roeland van Dijk, Codema's logistics…

Considerations for setting up a cannabis cultivation business

Starting up a cannabis business has proved itself not to be as easy as several people expected. Being such a new industry that came out of illicit grounds, there has been, and still is, a lack of proper understanding of all the facets of large-scale cannabis cultivation. Should I grow indoors, or…

Medical cannabis cultivation: customized advice from A-Z

Delphy is a Dutch research and consultancy firm. Four years ago, they started researching medical cannabis farming. Cannabis cultivation resembles that of chrysanthemums. The company's chrysanthemum consultants were the first to be involved in this research. "We now have twelve different specialists…

The most read MMJDaily articles of 2020

The new year has just started, and we have published yesterday an article on what to expect from the cannabis industry in 2021. Everyone feels that things will be better this year, but of course, this won't happen just because, but each one of us is asked to put in the work to make 2021 a year to…


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