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CAN: Cannabis companies look to outdoor cultivation

A planting machine crawled along the 100-acre Good Farm in Brant County, Ont. on a sunny June day, dropping seeds into the soil in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic. Behind the wheel was an employee of 48North Cannabis Corp. one wouldn't usually expect: chief executive Charles Vennat. "I joked with my…

Growing cannabis in greenhouses covering over 580,000 sq. ft.

Medisun is a medical cannabis producer based in Southern Ontario. “It all started on the family farm,” Art Caron, president of Medisun, explains. “We started in early 2000 with the growing of industrial hemp over 2,300 acres of land, here in Southern Ontario. In 2005, on that very same ground we grew…

US (CA): Growing cannabis in wine country

In 2019, the Santa Rosa Junior College initiated a hemp cultivation project at Shone Farm to specifically identify the best agronomic practices for cultivating hemp and understand the potential terpene drift between hemp and wine grape vines. “Since launching Wine and Weed Symposium,” WIN President and…

Hanna Brand, co-founder of Autumn Brands

"We have a perfect microclimate for growing indoors with natural sunlight"

Autumn Brands is a licensed California cannabis cultivator based in Santa Barbara, where they grow their cannabis in greenhouses. “We have both a glasshouse and a poly-carbonate greenhouse,” Hanna Brand, co-founder of the company, explains. “This location has been in our family for decades, where we were…

The Clinic

US (CO): Successful conclusion of pilot program to capture CO2 from breweries to grow cannabis

The State of Colorado, Earthly Labs, Denver Beer Co., and The Clinic just announced the successful conclusion of their pilot program to capture waste carbon dioxide (CO2) at Denver Beer Co. during the fermentation process, sell and deliver it to The Clinic’s cannabis grow operations and use the CO2 to…

Thrive Cannabis

Geoff Hoover, Thrive Cannabis CEO

"If a process is instrumental to get the quality we're striving for, that's the path we will take"

There are a number of elements to take into consideration in order for a cannabis company to thrive. Capital is just one of them, of course, but this alone is not enough: knowledge is also one of the most important elements, as constantly growing high-quality cannabis requires unprecedented attention to…

US (MI): “Iron Mountain was the perfect place to have it go back into the community”

Locally owned and staffed, Superior Selections promises to be the first cannabis cultivation center in Dickinson County, launching the venture with an initial $1 million investment. The company has plans to expand and play a civic role as well. “Iron Mountain was the perfect place to have it go back into…

US (CA): Cannabis cultivation and COVID: employers strive to keep a healthy workforce

The cannabis industry’s reliance on non-local labor has required cultivators to think creatively about processing their crops. Humboldt County Sheriff’s William Honsal’s May 21 statement about cannabis’s trimmigrant workforce represented a disruptive shift in the way cultivators staff their endeavors. He…

Effective propagation research targets for specialty plant crops

Even if they’re born of the most exemplary research, innovative indoor plant propagation technologies aren’t beneficial if they are too costly to use. That is the simplest distillation of a new article published in the journal HortTechnology focused on identifying the indoor plant propagation research…

Breathing Green Solutions

CAN (NS): "Our reputation for quality is now creating demand in other parts of Canada”

Breathing Green Solutions (BGS) is a privately funded, Nova Scotia-based producer of premium recreational cannabis. With approximately 1800 m2 of growing operations headquartered in Wentworth, a small, idyllic rural community located in Central Nova Scotia, BGS employs close to 40 people. BGS is one of…

Wild Creek Farms: greenhouse organic cannabis cultivation in California

“A high-tech greenhouse gives us the exact situation of an indoor grow, but with the most beautiful light in the world"

When a product is labelled as organic, it is usually perceived as having more value than a non-organic one. Some people take advantage of this by putting the word organic on everything, as if that would magically make a thing better. Generally speaking, when a product is organic, it means that it has…

3 tips for growing with high outside temperatures

In the coming days, temperatures will rise to 32 degrees Celsius in the Netherlands. What does this mean for growers and how can they respond to this to ensure that the crop remains stress free?  With the rise in temperature, the radiation level also rises. Radiation is the driving force of photosynthesis…

48North

CAN (ON): First week of planting successfully completed at Good:Farm

48North Cannabis has successfully carried out a first week of planting on Good:Farm, one of Canada's first and largest outdoor cannabis facilities. "Following the first season for licensed outdoor cultivation in Canada , 48North enters the upcoming season with improved know how, as well as operational…

Ron Berkhout, Inhuis Contrived

“The days of rationalizing a grow by 'one light per 4’ x 4’ or 'pounds per light' are long behind us"

Plummeting stock values. Revolving doors of executives. Producers closing facilities or filing for creditor protection. We read about one of these, if not all of them, seemingly on a daily basis. What is causing the crash of the Green Rush? “After 15 years in the industry and firsthand visits to dozens…

Dinafem Seeds

"We dedicate a lot of time and passion to the plants"

"When you've spent many years shaping a sculpture that you can't show, it can be a bit frustrating. So to be able to grow hundreds of plants and to show them openly, knowing it's fully legal, has been a dream come true for the Dinafem Seeds' team. It also helps that the plants have been taken care of so…

CAN (ON): Hope-based cultivation facility expands cultivation

VIVO Cannabis wholly-owned subsidiary Canna Farms has received all necessary Health Canada approvals to commence operations in its Phase 5 expansion, and that its wholly-owned subsidiary, ABcann Medicinals, has begun commercial production in its ethanol extraction suite. Facility Expansion Approval in…

CAN (BC): Delta-based 12,000 sq. ft. indoor facility successfully completes first harvest

Vodis Pharmaceuticals has successfully harvested its first crop from a broad spectrum of its genetics bank at its 12,000 sqft indoor facility in Delta, British Columbia. "Upon licensing earlier this year by both Health Canada and the Canada Revenue Agency, the Company began cultivation of 37 varieties to…

Kyle Detwiler, Clever Leaves CEO

Clever Leaves and the MNO business model: "Better capital efficiency than MSO"

As people got more involved in the Green Rush, with all its promises of incommensurable wealth and the ease to access it, the US cannabis industry saw the birth of many MSOs – multi-state operators, that is. The possibility to have the entire US as a market was too good of a goal to pass up on. However,…

CTPharma

US (CT): Grower seeks to expand footprint to meet increasing demand

As Connecticut’s medical cannabis program begins to treat individuals suffering from chronic pain, the state says it’s expecting the number of registered patients to nearly double in the coming years. That will significantly increase demand for medical cannabis products; Connecticut currently has more…

US (MD): Carroll County growers test out market for newly legal hemp

At the edge of the shadows of the Catoctin Mountains in Keymar, there stands a canopy of glass enclosing 17 acres of plants, protecting them from the cold air outside one afternoon in late February. Most of what was planted inside were flowers and annuals; for more than 35 years, Catoctin Mountain…

US (MO): First commercial cannabis cultivation facility in Missouri finally open

Missouri now has an operating commercial cannabis-growing facility. A St. Louis-area company, BeLeaf Medical LLC, said in an interview Monday that the company's first cultivation center opened Thursday. (Other Missouri news outlets reported that it opened Monday). Kevin Riggs, BeLeaf president, also said…

The history of aeroponics and why it matters

The aeroponic origin story is deeply rooted in space and science fiction. In space, crews must utilise all resources to their fullest potential, reducing, reusing and…

CAN (ON): Planting completed on 27-acre field in Strathroy

WeedMD completed planting more than 18,000 fully-rooted cannabis plants at its 27-acre outdoor field located adjacent to its modern greenhouse in Strathroy, Ontario. "As one of only a handful of licensed-producers entering its second year of outdoor operations, WeedMD also confirmed that its CX…

Compassionate Cultivation Center

The gold standard in the Lone Star State

The cannabis industry is increasingly becoming Texas-sized, with operations located in many different parts of the world. However, there is a place where such a sector is not as large as Texas. In fact, this place is the state of Texas. Compared to other states where medical cannabis has been regulated,…

SpeakEasy Cannabis Club

"Although rains and temperatures have been above the average, plants responded very well"

SpeakEasy Cannabis Club has been progressing with its outdoor operations. Since receiving the amendment to its license to include the outdoor area in early April, SpeakEasy has been at work making preparations for the 2020 grow season. "To date, SpeakEasy has created over 90,000 clones and is thrilled to…

Pim Molenaars, Cannabis Cultivators

“If there is a proper business planning, you can design your facility around it"

The first phase of the nascent cannabis industry was characterized by the so-called ‘Green Rush’. The opening of a whole new sector with a forecasted huge potential attracted many people to jump in without any second thought. Yet, as the saying goes, ‘the risk was calculated, but oh boy am I bad at…

Pipp Horticulture

Servicing the upper levels of your vertical grow

Vertical farming is the future of innovative agriculture globally. In fact, vertical farming may play a role in meeting the ever-growing need for food. Indoor cannabis growers can all agree on one thing: electricity is expensive! Some places in the country like Humboldt County are known for their…

Citation Growth

CAN (AB): Introduction of proprietary FSM technology to North Las Vegas-based facility

Citation Growth has introduced the FSM (Full Spectrum Medicinal) growing technology and methodologies to the North Las Vegas facility (“Apex”). "We have begun the transformation at Apex facility in North Las Vegas, which will include the application of the proprietary growing technology and methodology…

US (NY): The importance of genetic testing for cannabis

The term “entourage effect” describes the combined effects of cannabinoids and terpenoids on the consumer’s psychological perception of different cannabis varieties. Each variety, or strain, contains varying concentrations of cannabinoids, including psychoactive tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and…

Cannabis cultivation in Albania expected to increase

Albania is expected to see an increase of cannabis production in the wake of the coronavirus. According to a report compiled by Europol, the cultivation of herbal cannabis is…

US (KY): 960 hemp growers licensed for 2020 hemp season

The Kentucky Department of Agriculture has licensed 960 hemp growers along with 150 hemp processors and handlers for the 2020 growing season so far. The farmers will…

How hemp growers can succeed in an uncertain 2020 season

Most farmers in the agricultural industry are looking at hemp’s sustainability factor and as a rotational-crop factor that can give a farmer long-term viability. And some key…

Dr. Cornelius Maurer, Demecan

"The crisis illustrates how important it is for Germany not to rely exclusively on imports of medical cannabis"

DEMECAN is the only German company that covers all the manufacturing steps for medical cannabis, from growing to distribution. The company was founded in 2017 by Dr. Cornelius Maurer, Dr. Adrian Fischer and Dr. Constantin von der Groeben with the specific goal of providing patients easy access to medical…

How to get fast, accurate root zone moisture, temperature and EC data

A short video from Delta-T Devices explains how the WET Sensor enables growers to measure three vital soil and substrate properties: water content, pore water electrical conductivity (EC) and temperature. The animated video covers the use of the sensor and its key benefits. The WET Sensor is used by growers…

Photo by Terre di Cannabis on Unsplash

Greenhouse model allows for more sustainability, and lower operational cost

As soon as the cannabis industry got regulated, many companies rushed to construction to set up impressive and technologically advanced indoor cultivation facilities. To seize the opportunities offered by such a profitable market, a number of cannabis companies have been scaling up, thus increasing…

Hemp regulation and cultivation

The 2018 Farm Bill both legalized and set the regulatory oversight program for hemp, designating the USDA Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) as the lead regulatory agency. This program established rules by which designated States and Tribal Nations can submit plans for domestic hemp production. All growers must then be…

AgroPro by ICL

New crop nutrition advice community for farmers and agronomists

ICL is launching a new, international and interactive advisory crop nutrition forum, AgroPro.com, created in response to the agronomic communication challenges caused by the…

Sustainable cannabis growing methods are the future of the industry

Understanding that former practices of growing cannabis were (and still are) responsible for an immense environmental impact due to power consumption, water usage, and pollution of wastewater, the question of sustainability has become an exceptionally topical issue. With a shocking amount of electricity…

Using standalone generators to have a more sustainable indoor cannabis cultivation

Dylan and Donnie Acker have been growing cannabis for many years. Under Prop 64, they were part of a non-profit cooperative that cultivated cannabis for patients. When in 2018 the cannabis industry in California got finally regulated state-wide, they found partners for the financial side and started to…

Jouke Piepenbrink, Dutch Passion

Diving deeper into THC-V

Even though the market is mainly focused on THC and CBD products, the cannabis plant contains a huge number of different cannabinoids. The lack of proper research, however, has prevented further exploration of the diverse cannabinoid constellation. At the same time, companies like Dutch Passion are striving to advance the…

US (VT): Fewer hemp farmers gear up this season

Just a few months ago, Andrew Subin and Tim Fair, Burlington attorneys who specialize in the cannabis industry, were juggling telephone calls from growers and processors, looking forward to the day that the Legislature would pass a bill legalizing a commercial trade in adult-use cannabis. “Pre-Covid, on…

Drew Wilmeth, Boots on the Ground Cannabis Consulting

"Disconnect between growers and owners prevent many operations from thriving as they should"

The opportunity represented by the green rush attracted many people and fortune seekers. The potential of the cannabis industry was clear since the beginning, and many reports highlighted how profitable such a sector could be. At the same time, suddenly regulating an entire industry that used to be…

US (OR): Hemp farm changes production focus due to coronavirus pandemic

Marijuana Company of America provides an update on its joint venture hemp project in Scio, Oregon, operated through Covered Bridge Acres (CBA). The hemp farm has remained in operation through the Coronavirus pandemic as allowed by the State of Oregon. The CBA team is taking all necessary precautions…

"There is a lot of trust put into domestic production" James Gaskell, ANTG

Australian-grown cannabis hits domestic supply chain

Even before the global pandemic broke out, the cannabis supply chain experienced some hiccups. The main issue was supplying the market with consistent quality products at a reasonable price, to increasingly drive people away from the black market. With the Corona crisis hitting many parts of said supply…

Irish vertical farming start-up Farmony signs European distribution agreement

Irish Agtech company Farmony has signed a European distribution deal with Sananbio for their vertical farming Radix systems. The Dublin based startup, established in 2018, will incorporate Sananbio’s technology into their controlled environment vertical farming solutions.  “As our climate continues to change…

Alex Martin, Lemonati Family Farms

"HVAC calculation is one of the most crucial things to successfully run an indoor facility"

The cannabis industry surely is one of the most energy-intensive businesses out there. Impressive facilities equipped with cutting-edge technology to control every slight variation in the environment requires an equally impressive operational cost. Thus, the role of efficiency in such operations is…

Dinafem Seeds

Large-scale cannabis production in the US

Cannabis farming has experienced tremendous evolution and diversification in the last few years, especially after hemp was legalised at federal level. This legalisation led to the development of agricultural facilities which are very different from the ones that were commonly used in the past. This…

Considerations for multi-level cultivation

The lines separating food and cannabis cultivation methodology have slowly begun to blur. Leafy greens and lettuce producers in controlled environments have long-utilized multi-tier cultivation rooms. Now, this trend is starting to gain some traction in cannabis cultivation as well. In the endless quest…

Grower's COVID pain points and strategies for after the crisis

The Coronavirus pandemic has dealt a major blow to the global economy. The lockdowns and social distancing measures have forced a number of businesses to stop their operations. Even though certain sectors have been allowed to keep working, their processes had to be re-evaluated to accommodate social…

Travis Higginbotham, the Hemp Mine

“The stability of genetics in such an industry is paramount”

An argument about the future of the cannabis industry revolves around the prediction that the market segregation will result in companies specialized in specific parts of the supply chain. This means that vertical integration will become rarer, and an increasing number of companies will only focus, for…

Medicoir launches biodegradable plastic for container growing

Medicoir, the global producer of coir substrate for cannabis crops, has launched its biodegradable plastic containers. There are many options available to when it comes to substrate choice for cannabis plants, from the size of growing container and whether to repot later in the crop, to the shape of the…

Kirk Schmitz, cannabis grower

The 4th cannabis production system: Combining the advantages of outdoor and indoor production

In an ever-evolving cannabis industry, where things seem to change at the speed of light, the race to the bottom has been something that many growers have participated in but had hoped to avoid. As cannabis prices continue to plunge, stakeholders are actively searching for ways to reduce their production…

Cannabis vertical growing: an innovative method with many benefits

Several years ago, cannabis vertical growing gradually emerged in some US states in the wake of cannabis legalisation. It is clear that this growing method can provide many benefits in the legal market, where grow space and resources have a direct impact on the cost of production and therefore play a…

Anthony Giardino, cultivation manager at AtlantiCann

"Our operation really feels like a science laboratory"

In Halifax, Nova Scotia, there is a state-of-the-art indoor facility solely built to cultivate high-grade medical cannabis. “AtlantiCann is a joint-venture corporation formed with the intention to provide the medical market with the highest quality cannabis,” Anthony Giardino, cultivation manager with…

Maxwell Cranford, Crannabis Consulting

Using foundational data to cut down inefficiencies

Running a successful cannabis operation poses many challenges. Manufacturing a product at scale while keeping the cost low requires a high degree of efficiency. This is why it is of the utmost importance to rely on data, in order to have under control each and every aspect that makes up said operation.…

Maren Schoormans joins Viscon Group:

"If we can bridge the gap between technology and reality, the sky is the limit for horticulture"

Last month Maren Schoormans joined Viscon Group as Chief Business Development Officer. He started in the middle of the corona crisis, but that doesn’t stop him looking ahead in the article below in which he tackles some biases, shares his own (biased) prediction, touches on local prediction and the role…

CAN: Growers say COVID-19 won't impact planting season

As outdoor cannabis licences nearly double in 2020, growers say they don’t expect pandemic-related delays for the coming planting season — and some analysts are predicting the increase of low-cost production will create an oversupply scenario in Canada’s weed market this summer. Last year, Health Canada…

CAN (ON): Company preparing for second outdoor crop

Workers won’t begin planting nearly 20,000 marijuana plants outside WeedMD’s Strathroy greenhouse until early next month, but preparations already are underway for the…

AU: Hemp harvesting proceeds despite challenging growing season

In an isolated paddock in Victoria's north west, a hefty hemp haul is being harvested. A paddock of tall, thin plants sways gently at Murray River Organics' (MRO) 32-hectare…

US (CA): Why commercial cannabis growers should use tissue culture technology

The legal and medical cannabis industry is a fast-growing, evolving market, and cultivators are turning to advanced scientific approaches used by big agriculture, such tissue culture micropropagation, to reduce costs and offer scalable, predictable, safe, high-quality, cannabis strains. This process…

Cannabis operation supports local community in Cape Town to fight unemployment

After the end of apartheid in South Africa, many industries and companies relocated to places where production costs were lower, causing a long-lasting wave of unemployment. Recently, the government of Cape Town has been carrying out an initiative to attract foreign companies to come back, in order to…

Plants pass on 'memory' of stress to some progeny, making them more resilient

By manipulating the expression of one gene, geneticists can induce a form of “stress memory” in plants that is inherited by some progeny, giving them the potential for more vigorous, hardy and productive growth, according to Penn State researchers, who suggest the discovery has significant implications…

The relationship between VPD and HVAC

Vapor Pressure Deficit (VPD) is defined as the difference between the amount of moisture in the air and how much moisture the air can hold before being saturated. In practical terms, it’s the set of parameters that promotes transpiration of moisture in your plants. VPD is established by the relationship…

Regenerative cannabis growing in the Green Valley, California

In the Green Valley area of Watsonville, California, there is a cannabis operation that has been different from others since its very inception. Coastal Sun is an ecologically minded farm management company which produces crops using regenerative agriculture practices. “We focus mostly on bioponics,”…

Mycorrhizae: fulfill the genetic potential of your cannabis plants

Achieving such a feat as reaching the optimal result with a specific cannabis strain doesn’t happen just by chance. Science and technologies are essential to bringing the best out of the hidden power of your plant. Active ingredients, such as mycorrhizal fungi, are definitely part of the equation. Let me…

Exploring regenerative cannabis growing

Regenerative agriculture is a set of principles and practices that stem from a holistic approach to growing plants, and basically come down to the fact that cultivation should…

The difference between industrial hemp and CBD hemp

The major difference between the CBD hemp and industrial hemp is in their purpose. Industrial hemp is cultivated mainly for its seeds and fibers. CBD hemp is grown exclusively…

US (CA): Rules for 'organic' cannabis certification proposed

The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) released the proposed regulations today for the OCal Program, a statewide certification program that will establish…


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