Imagination Garden

Soobin Kim, CEO of Imagination Garden

The regulation-free zone in South Korea where cannabis is growing

The situation of the cannabis industry in the Asian continent is very different from Europe or America. The only country that has some regulations on production is Thailand, while other countries still struggle to get over the old-school stigma. This does not mean, however, that the cannabis sector is…

Royal Queen Seeds

Deep water culture: what is it and what does it do?

While some cannabis cultivators simply grow plants in soil, others look into more elaborate growing techniques, such as hydroponics. Deep Water Culture (DWC) is one method of growing cannabis hydroponically that can have many advantages. In a DWC setup, the plants are suspended in special pots or nets,…

ALPS

Improving cannabis cultivation through facility steering

Efficiency is the very top priority for any CEA grower. This is even more true when it comes to growing a highly valuable crop such as cannabis. “The challenge with cannabis is that it’s not like a tomato variety that has been bred for over 20 years and has very homogenous characteristics,” says Joel…

Stenocare

Thomas Skovlund Schnegelsberg, CEO of Stenocare

"All of this is part of the process to meet the strict requirements of the medicine agency"

Many things are happening in the Danish cannabis industry. Just this week, the first locally produced cannabis product has been approved by the medicine agency. And a little over one month ago, a new Danish grower has entered formal production. Stenocare started in 2017 and was one of the first companies…

Pharmaseeds

Gas exchange, transpiration, and the mystery of stomatal control

What's stomata?

Plants have a mechanism which allows them to control gas exchange and enhance transpiration through the opening and closing of microscopic pores on the underside of the leaf. The apparatus which facilitates this is called the stomata. Plants use stomata for the release of photosynthesis-generated oxygen and uptake of CO2, which…

Happy Plant Consulting

Franz Josef Sima, CEO of Happy Plant consulting, describes his unique cloning technique

“This cloning technique varies from others significantly"

When it comes to making medical cannabis products, it’s all about consistency. That’s why it is of the utmost importance to precisely control the growth of the plants, so as to ensure that there are insignificant variations from one batch to another. For these reasons, growers usually start cultivation…

Smokey Okie's Cannabis

US (OK): A video tour of a perpetual harvest cultivation

What better way to get a taste of the Oklahoma cannabis industry than to take a tour of an indoor cultivation. Smokey Okie’s Cannabis, based in Spencer, is a family-owned cannabis wholesaler operating a 17,500 sq. ft. indoor cultivation. Recently, the company has shared a video tour of their cultivation.…

N.Thing

Adding independent and efficient crop growth to cannabis cultivation, saving on labor

“We’re expanding our facilities and solutions to the global market, especially in North America and Southeast Asia. As we now have farm references in the Middle East and South Korea, we’d love to speed up the process,” says Dan Park, General Manager at N.THING and Region Manager of APAC and North…

What is photoautotrophic micropropagation?

Even when growing indoors, pests and pathogens might find a way into the cultivation. To prevent such a dreadful scenario, the best way is to start with resilient and disease-free plantlets. To do that, micropropagation has been widely used as it ensures rapid production of disease-free plants as well as…

Dehumidified air as an answer to high energy costs

In recent weeks, one major worry has been overtaking horticultural growers around the world: gas shortages are leading to steep energy prices, which in turn lead to decreases in production and increasing losses. The Covid-19 pandemic has already put many growers and people in a precarious position, and…

Growers could save thousands each year with heat sensitive coating

A heat-sensitive coating for greenhouse glass that would maintain optimum temperatures all year round and remove the annual cost of applying and removing shading is being developed by University of Bristol spin-out Albotherm. Molly Allington, CEO and Co-founder of Albotherm, presented in the REAP 2021…

Nanofoil converts sunlight into optimum light for horticulture

SolarFoil is one of the winners of the Amsterdam Science Innovation Award. At BNR Nieuwsradio, Arnon Lesage, researcher at the University of Amsterdam, explains what the company has to offer to the horticultural sector. Listen to the item here.

Sostanza Global

Collecting and interpreting data for fertigation

Cannabis cultivation was shrouded in secrecy for many decades, and during that time, countless cultivation methods were developed underground. After legalization, the first approach of many companies was to scale up these small-scale cultivation systems. In reality, what works at a small scale cannot…

Gel substrate allows growers to achieve higher yields with minimal OpEx

“Vertical farmers are looking at continuous improvement to gain economic and competitive advantage. HYPERroots substrate enables them to get more with less and to do so more predictably,” says Erik Caso, CEO and Chairman at Proterra Ag, Inc.  “Farmers need consistent performance they can rely on and, in fact,…

AI-models to optimize disinfecting cannabis seeds

In vitro seed germination is a useful tool for developing a variety of biotechnologies, but cannabis has presented some challenges in uniformity and germination time,…

J. Huete

How to avoid condensation: strategies in greenhouses

Crops require a favorable environment in which they can reach the maximum possible production, as long as it is not at the expense of their organoleptic properties. The purpose of a climate control, combined with the rest of the equipment, is to manipulate the environment in the greenhouse to provide…

New hydroponic starter plugs for optimal start

Growcentia, an agricultural biotechnology company, announced the release of its newest addition to the MAMMOTH product family for hydroponic cultivation. MAMMOTH Starter Plugs are pre-moistened, individually packaged trays.   MAMMOTH Starter Plugs are a 50/50 mix of coco coir and sphagnum peat moss, which offer growers…

Measuring fast, saving big: photosynthesis sensor indispensable in energy crisis?

The question of what the crop does when there is a change in lighting cannot be answered precisely by growers without sensors. The photosynthesis sensor is an important sensor for visualising this. It measures the photosynthesis efficiency of a crop, in real time. With the shift from HPS to LED or hybrid…

US (NE): Farm goes from "this is not cannabis" to "this is industrial hemp"

After their half-acre test plot started drawing too much attention — they could hear cars slowing on the gravel road, and then stopping — the family farmers put up a sign: This is not cannabis. They did not blame drivers for their confusion. A year ago, and for about 15 years before that, the patch of…

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IL: New microbiome-based product for yield improvement

Lavie Bio has launched an inoculant for yield improvement under the brand name 'result'. "The development of 'result' included positive four-year field trials in multiple locations and commercial validation through broad-acre fields under standard farmer practices in target locations ('early adopter…

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UC Davis specialist Anita Oberholster:

"Cannabis odor effect on wine grapes should be studied"

A proposal to create a 1.5-acre outdoor cannabis farm near Livermore, California, raised immediate questions about crime, water use, and general odor, but a new question also arose. Can the smell of cannabis grown on fields adjacent to vineyards be absorbed into grapes and taint the wine made from them?  “That…

Producing feminized seeds by manipulating sex expression

The use of the cannabis plant as a source of therapeutic compounds is gaining great importance since restrictions on its growth and use are gradually reduced throughout the world. Intensification of medical cannabis production stimulated breeding activities aimed at developing new, improved cultivars…

"If Mother Nature is not with you, you spent a lot of time doing stuff that's not going to pay off"

It is harvest time, and like many farmers, Tom Buggia's mind is on the weather this particular morning. The sun and the clouds will help determine the success of his multimillion-dollar investment in fencing, security, irrigation, and 9,000 plants individually growing in bags in a rural area near Clare.…

Slow start to Malawi hemp season: only 4 out of 89 licensees have crop in the ground

Four of the eighty-nine companies who have been issued licenses to grow medicinal and industrial hemp in the country have rolled out the exercise. Although this is a slow start, the Cannabis Regulatory Authority (CRA) has said it expects the number to heighten as the rainy season begins. This is…

Ryan Douglas

Ryan Douglas:

Six steps to harvest success

Every outdoor cannabis grower from California to Maine is wrapping up the season, pulling down the harvest, drying, and trimming. It can be the most stressful time of year, as a grower can ruin several months of hard work with just a few days of bad drying. Don’t let this happen to you! Follow these six steps to ensure your…

US (NM): Everest Cannabis sees opportunities to keep growing

With the sale of recreational cannabis set to start in 2022, Everest is making moves. One of those moves was a recent rebrand. The company was formerly known as Everest Apothecary. Now, with recreational being added, the name change expands the company’s reach. “We really wanted to make it more of a…

US: Organic cannabis? The concept is growing across New England

For the same reasons some people like their spinach and tomatoes pesticide-free, or their sirloin without any hormones or antibiotics, many people prefer their marijuana that way, too – au naturel. There is a backstory behind your blunt or edible; how was the leafy green grown, and what went into the…

US (NY): Hudson Valley growers gear up for NY to open adult-use market

Under the sodium lights in a one-acre greenhouse, cannabis strains with names like Pink Lemonade and Fruity Pebbles grow from little clones to four-foot-tall plants in four months and are chopped down by the hundreds and stripped for their all-important flowers. That is when the chemists and others at…

PhytlSigns

Marina Martin Curran, Vivent:

"Electrical signals vary depending on the plants' stress"

Technological advancements in the horticulture industry are being pushed by cannabis growers. This is the result of a combination of several factors: first of all, cannabis is a highly valuable crop with higher profit margins compared to more traditional food crops. Therefore, growers are investing a…

"New sensor could truly automate irrigation"

These days, using cameras and sensors, you can measure all sorts of things in a greenhouse, but growers often cannot see what is going on with plants' roots. SenseNL is changing that. Their technology will enable farmers to record exactly what is happening in soil or substrate. Winelis Kavelaars and…

In Grown

US (IL): Stephenson County cannabis farm experienes rapid growth with more to come

The demand for adult-use cannabis has resulted in a boon for a Freeport business and local government agencies. In Grown Farms, a cannabis cultivation center, has filled more than 130 of 150 full- and part-time positions, and now awaits to be connected to the City of Freeport's water and sewer lines, but…

A system to control temperature, humidity, and CO2

The cannabis industry is advancing fast all over the globe, and the European industry is no exception. However, compared to North America, the EU cannabis sector has still a long way to go before achieving the desired level of professionalism. In an effort to drive the industry towards this goal, the…

Culta

What does Croptober mean for growers?

Fall may be synonymous with apple picking, pumpkin patches, and sweet potato casserole, but did you know that October is when 80-85% of the cannabis industry’s outdoor cannabis is harvested? It is such an important month in the cannabis industry that growers and cultivators have even given it a nickname:…

US (WA): It is harvest time in the Yakima Valley

It is harvest time in the Yakima Valley. While growers all around the valley are busy harvesting fruits and vegetables, there is another group of growers that are harvesting the other crop that the valley is known for, cannabis. While traditional crops like apples and cherries make up the bulk of…

US (CA): Dry Creek Rancheria tribe files cannabis application with Sonoma County

The tribal government that agreed to delay its pursuit of a casino in south Petaluma this past spring has found another use for a portion of its land: cannabis. The Dry Creek Rancheria Band of Pomo Indians has filed an application with Sonoma County to grow nearly 1,000 cannabis plants outdoors along the…

Adaptiiv Grow Technologies

Brian Hajdarovic, chief operating officer at Adaptiiv:

"Piecemealing different types of machinery and trying to tie them together is a very challenging and costly process”

Considering the complexity of these large-scale cannabis facilities, it does not come as a surprise that growers are increasingly looking for integrated solutions. “At the inception of this industry, the majority of projects stemmed from a legacy mentality that didn’t really put efficiency first,” says…

GreenTech 2021 experts discuss:

Will growers be replaced by robots?

When comparing the greenhouses of today with those of 10 years ago, the technological advancements that have been made immediately stand out. In fact, with greenhouses being automated more and more, the future promises to be an exciting time for growers and technology companies alike. At 2021’s GreenTech…

US (CA): California North Coast cannabis harvest shows growth in quality, plants

Drought may be the least of cannabis growers’ problems as the industry faces a multitude of other challenges, including the oversupply of product, price drops, and illegal growers. Despite all that, most of the industry experts who gathered in Sonoma County at Mike Benziger’s 10-acre cannabis and produce…

SpeakEasy Cannabis Club

Marc Green, founder of SpeakEasy Cannabis

"Systems and methods developed last year helped us get a fast jump on the harvest this season"

Croptober is underway, and many growers have started harvesting or prepping up for that. One of those growers is SpeakEasy Cannabis Club, which has initiated its 2021 outdoor harvest.  Outdoor harvest has begunFor SpeakEasy, the harvest started on September 28th. "The conditions this summer have been favorable…

Grow Rebates | Clearwater Family Farms

Things to consider when doing genetics hunting for hemp

One way to stand out in the market is to come up with products that stand out. With cannabis, it’s not a matter of creating a genetic with a cool-sounding name, but it’s mainly about the different cannabinoids that a specific strain has. This is indeed what the growers at Clearwater Family Farms do when…

Cannabis at 40% THC is a Myth

Cannabis flower is showing up with higher and higher levels of THC. As more states legalize cannabis and growers compete to maximize potency, cultivars with 30 percent THC or more are becoming more common.  Topping them all, strains of cannabis have recently cropped up in the news hitting 45 percent THC.  Is that even possible? No, says…

Pakistan inaugurates first hemp farm

Information and Broadcasting Minister Fawad Chaudhry felicitated the Ministry of Science and Technology, especially the Pakistan Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (PCSIR), on the inauguration of Pakistan’s first hemp (Bhang) farm. The farm is aimed to boost the production of industrial hemp…


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