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Vertican Growth enters pharmaceutical cannabis cultivation in Uruguay

Vertican Growth announced the acquisition of 100% of the outstanding shares of three companies called Algamur, Wemblar Corporation, and Dukiliu Trade based in Uruguay, of which the main objectives are cultivation, extraction, and development of pharmaceutical-grade products derived from cannabis. These…

How to reduce indoor farm operating costs

Q1. How does location impact your indoor farm and its ability to generate a return on investment? A1. Of the advantages of indoor farming, finding the right location might be the most appetizing. Reducing food miles and bringing food security to urban environments is a sustainable farming method that…

Healthy seeds, and good germination with Plasma Activated Water seed treatment

Over 40 Seed-pathogen combinations were tested in September, October, and November on germination and seed health after treating them with Plasma Activated Water (PAW). Fourteen well-established seed breeding companies send infected seeds to VitalFluid to do the trials. A wide range of seeds are tested:…

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Dutch grower stuck with kilos of cannabis, waiting for other growers to be ready

In The Netherlands, the first legal adult-use cannabis grower is ready but can’t supply to the coffee shops yet. “One of the conditions was to have your operation ready within a year, which we have achieved. Yet the majority of the experiment’s growers are not there yet,” says Fred van der Wiel of Fyta…

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Variability of cannabinoid yields of hemp cultivars depending on the sowing density and nitrogen fertilization

The aim of a recent study's experiments was to determine the effect of sowing density, and nitrogen fertilization on the cannabidiol (CBD) and Δ9-tetrahydrocannabinol (Δ9-THC) yields in selected cultivars of fiber hemp. A three-factor field experiment was conducted in 2014–2016. Factor A: cultivar…

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First legal medical cannabis harvest begins in North Carolina

The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians has begun harvesting medical cannabis and expects to open the largest medical cannabis retail store in the U.S. next year, the tribal official in charge of the operation said. “I’m really proud of my tribe taking this step, one with the betterment of this community in…

Medical cannabis grower starts export

"Lesotho's air and environment are suitable for high-quality cannabis production"

WeGROW has set up 17,000 sqm of cultivation and processing facilities in Lesotho, Africa, to produce and export premium cannabis strains for medical usage. All the cannabis-based products by WeGROW follow the strict CUMCS-GAP and GACP standards and are produced in partnership with EU-GMP-certified…

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'Vertical farms must trim costs to achieve profitability'

A recently published research composed by lead economists Tanner Ehmke and Kenneth Scott Zuckerberg at CoBank highlights the urge for vertical farms to decrease Operation Expenses to become more profitable.  Although growing food indoors is not new, investment in growing crops indoors in vertically stacked…

Coco substrate: a sustainable choice

"The future of sustainably produced coco substrate has received a new boost thanks to current economic developments," says Jelte Veenstra, director of Coco Substrates at Van der Knaap Group. In recent years, Van der Knaap has experienced a growing interest in coco. This year, they have witnessed an…

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Malta: Activists fear medical cannabis companies want in on recreational market

Established medical cannabis companies could be looking to set their foot in Malta’s fledgling recreational cannabis market, according to sources who spoke to MaltaToday. Releaf, the NGO that led the campaign to legalize recreational cannabis, fears that the sacking of the Authority for Responsible Use…

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US (MA): Extra permit allows Whately cannabis company to extend growing season

With hopes of extending its growing season, Debilitating Medical Condition Treatment Centers (DMCTC) has acquired a special permit for indoor cannabis cultivation to supplement its outdoor growing facility at 7 River Road. The company, which was initially approved for outdoor cannabis cultivation in…

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Zero-cost commercial LED grow lights with California emergency energy saving program

To ease the strain on California’s energy grid, the State of California authorized the Market Access Program as a strategy to reduce peak demand and mitigate rolling blackouts. The program authorized $150 million to incentivize projects that contribute to energy savings during the summers of 2022 and…

A Dual Draft and Sweet Leaf Madison Capital partnership

Growers now have access to direct financing

For most cannabis cultivators, margins are shrinking. Successful efforts to expand legalization have dramatically increased opportunities to grow in a greater number of states across the country. This has resulted in conditions for the industry that have favored greater competition as well as lower…

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Developing a public hemp germplasm collection for the southern U.S.

Texas growers tried hemp. They used Colorado germplasm and European germplasm without much success. Now a team of Texas A&M AgriLife breeders is trying to fill a gap in breeding that hasn’t been met in Texas for more than 60 years. Russ Jessup, Ph.D., Texas A&M AgriLife Research hemp breeder in the Texas…

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by Regennabis and Hawthorne Gardening:

Report on resource use efficiency in the cannabis Industry

Regennabis, an ESG and sustainability advisory firm in the global cannabis industry released a new report outlining the challenges indoor growers face from a sustainability perspective and steps that are being taken to create a framework for meaningful resource-use efficiency. Regennabis developed the…

A whitepaper:

How Grodan and Fluence are mastering the art of growing medicinal crops

As medicinal crops are being commercially produced around the world on an ever-bigger and more professional scale, growers are increasingly looking for ways to achieve more predictability and uniformity across batches and crop cycles. “By working closely with Grodan, we can help our customers to achieve…

Sealed greenhouses: worth the investment?

Many modern farmers are turning to sealed greenhouses over traditional ventilated greenhouses. Heavy ventilation is required daily to combat overheating in your typical traditional greenhouse. When growing in this type of greenhouse, the goal is often to try to exchange the entire air volume inside the…

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"Now we know how plants steer clear of salt"

To avoid salt in the soil, plants can change their root direction and grow away from saline areas. University of Copenhagen researchers helped find out what makes this possible. The discovery changes our understanding of how plants change their shape and direction of growth and may help alleviate the…

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US (NM): University students growing hemp plants for science

New Mexico State University says students in the greenhouse management course are getting a hands-on experience with hemp.  NMSU said two years ago, Geno Picchioni, plant and environmental sciences professor in the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences at NMSU, added a greenhouse hydroponic…

CAN: Grower produces in world's first 4-layer flower aeroponics system

SUMO Cannabis and AEssenseGrows announce the production of the world's first 4-layer aeroponic cannabis operation at the SUMO Cannabis facility in Trois-Rivieres, Quebec. SUMO Cannabis co-founders Eric Morel, Jonathan Bosse, and Francis Descoteaux planned for advanced production exceeding Health Canada…

Southern Sky

Belushi's Farm selects Mississippi grower to provide proprietary genetics

Southern Sky Brands announced that Belushi's Farm genetics will be available to patients throughout Mississippi. Cultivation has commenced, and products will be on store shelves in Spring 2023. Steve Merritt, Chief Operating Officer of Southern Sky Brands, believes Mississippi patients will value the…

Celebrating five years of cultivation and tens of thousands of patients served

Texas Original planted its first cannabis seeds on Oct. 31, 2017. The company is celebrating five years of successful harvests that have impacted the lives of tens of thousands of Texans. Texas Original’s latest milestone follows a series of expansions and new product launches, including opening…

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Three new best practices guides

Providing free efficiency resources for indoor and greenhouse farming operations

Resource Innovation Institute (RII) announced the availability of three horticulture best practices guides aiming to provide free resources on the topics of Controlled Environment Agriculture (CEA) facility design and construction, lighting, and HVAC.  Each guide has been developed with expertise and input…

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Colombia: Launch of test greenhouses for cannabis microclimates and genetics

Software Effective Solutions Corporation subsidiary Medcana announced the launch of test greenhouses for microclimates and genetics with five partner firms in Colombia, South America. "With significantly better economics than the US and Canada, a central location for exportation to major markets, and…

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US (CA): Lighter cannabis harvest expected as growers await price recovery

California’s outdoor cannabis harvest, nicknamed “Croptober,” is in full swing to beat the fall rains and frost. But what’s weighing on the expected tonnage more than the seasonal weather and years-long drought is the economic climate for the fledgling legal industry. “It looks like every farmer has…

Cannabis grow trial sees water and nutrient savings

The trial with a five-year-old company involved four 20-bucket HydraMax arrays grown indoors without ambient sunlight. The system was monitored throughout the test period for nutrient/water, temperature, oxidation-reduction potential (ORP), electrical conductivity (EC), pH, and dissolved oxygen by…

A look behind the scenes of Dutch medical cannabis grower Bedrocan

"We developed a new practice for cannabis cultivation"

In the past, the location of this medical cannabis company in The Netherlands used to be a secret and no cameras were allowed inside. This week, however, Bedrocan shared a look inside their facility for a Discovery Channel 'How Do They Do It' documentary. The company produces medicinal-grade cannabis…

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Why does condensation happen on your plants?

When moist air meets a surface having a temperature lower than its dewpoint, oversaturated humidity in the thin layer of air touching the surface turns into liquid water (dew or condensate). This rather simple phenomenon is often overlooked and misunderstood. A typical misunderstanding is that…

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Combining traditional craft hydroponic and organic methodologies

“We utilize a very clean and efficient indoor cultivation facility to create an environment for our plants to flourish. This precision allows the cannabis plant to focus more time on trichome production and development, in addition to better bud-to-leaf ratios. The result is a more aesthetically pleasing…

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Colombia: "We completed our first THC flower harvest"

Allied Corp. has now completed its first two THC harvests and is preparing that product for sale and export. Allied only sells and ships Colombian-produced cannabis flowers to countries where it is legal to do so.In June 2022, Allied was the first company to export dried cannabis from Colombia. Allied's…

Impact of different flushing times on quality and taste of cannabis

Many cannabis growers implement a flushing period in the final days to weeks before harvest in order to improve the taste and quality of the product. “While many cultivators attest to the effects of a flush, no scientific studies have been conducted to validate this practice,” the Rx Green Technologies…

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Using hydroponics to cultivate high-quality hemp plants

According to TazoFarms, hydroponically cultivating hemp plants has advantages such as taller and quicker growth, with higher yields. Because the nutrients are much more readily available and accessible, the plant can focus more energy on developing its stem, leaves, and flowers. TazoFarms is a vertical…

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Audacious completes first New York State cannabis harvest

Australis Capital announced that the Company, together with its partner Hempire, has successfully completed its first harvest of adult-use cannabis in New York State. Following the successful harvest, the Company has shipped its flower for processing and manufacturing into vapes and edibles. This process…

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US (CO): "Many cannabis companies prefer to grow outdoors, despite challenges"

For cannabis growers who plant outdoors, turning leaves signify the fall harvest. During the month of October, colloquially known as Croptober, cultivators throughout Colorado cut down their cannabis fields, the first step in the plants’ journey to reach consumers at dispensaries. Growing outside is…

Jack Whipple, Whipple Effect:

“Supply chain challenges have led to nutrient formulation issues”

“Recently, the biggest challenges we have seen are nutrient formulation issues and the high costs and delays of HVAC equipment,” says Jack Whipple, Founder, and CEO of Whipple Effect. The consulting company specializes in designing efficient indoor cannabis cultivation facilities, data-driven cultivation…

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"The system allows growers to triple their growing capacity"

A company that began in a barn is, in a way, returning to its roots. Spacesaver Corp., a 50-year-old manufacturer of high-density moveable shelving and document storage products, has found new customers in a product line aimed at the growing cannabis market. Three years ago, the company adapted its…

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US (CA): Planning Commission approves 60-acre cannabis cultivation

A cannabis cultivation project encompassing more than 60 acres southeast of Santa Maria was approved Wednesday by the Santa Barbara County Planning Commission after removing one landscaping requirement. Commissioners voted 4-1, with Chairman and 1st District Commissioner C. Michael Cooney dissenting, to…

NASS (2021); PanXchange (2022)

US: Cannabis harvest expected to fall by nearly half in 2022

The 2022 hemp harvest in the U.S. is expected to shrink by nearly half this year, falling from roughly 36,925 acres in 2021 to about 20,000 acres as all outputs are in decline, according to government figures and projections from Denver-based analyst PanXchange. PanXchange projects the 2022 flower…

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Plant stress: When is it (still) useful?

In horticulture, the status of a crop is described in several ways. Also, the word 'stress' is used, and it usually defines a negative situation that should be avoided. But is this correct? This question is relevant because solving this 'stress' often involves the use of energy. In the project 'Stress:…

More clean water for agriculture and horticulture in times of drought

Is it possible to safely use treated wastewater (effluent) from sewage treatment plants (WWTPs) as irrigation water in agriculture and horticulture? A group of water boards, knowledge institutions, and companies, led by Wageningen University & Research, have launched a study to investigate how this can…

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US (MS): Amid shifting cannabis landscape, Ole Miss remains the only grower for federal research

For more than 50 years, the University of Mississippi has been the only place in the United States where cannabis is grown for federally approved research. That said, the landscape around cannabis has changed significantly since the late 1960s, and the school's cannabis project, formally known as the…

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"Michigan cannabis poses problem for climate, some hope to find a fix"

When Michigan cannabis growers collect the good stuff for gummies, brownies, and any number of smokable products, harvest time ends with a big pile of stalks, root balls, and discarded plant waste. That leftover green is trashed at many Michigan facilities, said Ross Kangas, a cannabis cultivator with…


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