Cultivation

Chris Rebentisch, 1933 Industries CEO

A craft approach to growing cannabis

The state of Nevada has one of the strictest testing requirements among the fragmented regulatory environments in the US. Cannabis products are carefully checked for the smallest trace of microbials, bacteria, mildew, mold, and such. Therefore, growing cannabis there can be quite challenging, but at the…

Discussing the cannabis industry in Jamaica with Olanzo Jarrett

In April 2015, medical cannabis was legalized in Jamaica. Together with the amendment to the Dangerous Drugs Act, a licensing authority was created to deal with the cultivation and distribution of medical cannabis. Thus, when opportunities opened up, Olanzo Jarret, president and CEO of Dawa Life and Dawa…

US (MA): Company withdraws plans for cannabis grow operation in Hatfield

A proposed cannabis growing operation off Depot Road that would have supplied medical and recreational dispensaries in Massachusetts and elsewhere will not move forward. With significant concern from residents of Depot and Cronin Hill roads about many aspects of the project, Urban Grown Inc. recently…

US (MA): State lifts suspension on cannabis company Nova Farms

The Massachusetts state has lifted its roughly monthlong suspension on six licenses held by cannabis business Nova Farms Wednesday. Nova Farms plans to open a retail cannabis shop in Framingham early next year, in the former Papa Gino's building on Rte. 9. The company is still working through the state’s…

JC Green

Value-added tasks to ensure each plant is getting the care it deserves

JC Green is a customer focused Canadian licensed producer (LP) of high quality, craft cannabis. Set amongst acres of corn and soy in the outskirts of London, Ontario, JC Green grows cannabis in a unique setting – an old school building. Coincidentally it is also the same school that JC Green owner Rob…

ZW: Zimbabwe kicks off cannabis industry with plants on prison grounds

Zimbabwe, which is repealing its laws banning cannabis production, has launched the industry by planting industrial hemp on the grounds of the main prison in the capital,…

Growing 'green'

Only a year ago, the notion that Lancaster County farms would grow hemp may have been met with a raised eyebrow, skepticism, or even ridicule. Flash-forward to fall 2019 and many doubters are now…

Derin Gemmel, Village Farms

Leveraging 30+ years of experience in CEA to grow cannabis

The medical cannabis industry is a very special subset of horticulture. And as such, it has a lot to learn from horticulture. When it comes to growing crops in large scale operations, where efficiency is the keyword, horticultural knowledge is particularly necessary. That is one of the main reasons why a…

US (WV): WVDA reports industrial hemp acreage quadruples in 2019

According to the West Virginia Department of Agriculture (WVDA), industrial hemp farmers in West Virginia more than quadrupled crop production in 2019 compared to the previous year. In total, 132 farmers grew 641 acres of industrial hemp this year. A significant increase from the 155 acres grown in 2018.…

US (CA): Root zone temperature system helped growers to double yield and lower energy costs

A cooling system developed by Roots Sustainable Agricultural Technologies (ASX: ROO) has increased the yield of dry cannabis flowers by up to 118% at a premium production facility in Southern California. The Israeli company installed its Root Zone Temperature Optimisation system into a climate-controlled…

US (WI): Hemp growers blame state regulators for not testing crop for THC levels

Some Wisconsin hemp growers say state agriculture officials didn’t test their fields on time, making their crop more likely to surpass the allowed THC level. Under the state’s industrial hemp research pilot program, growers are required to notify the state Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer…

The importance of airflow within commercial cannabis grows

Mabre Air Systems is focused on creating the optimaal environment in cannabis cultivations from the top to the bottom. “We bring simple, cost effective solutions for growers who want to be successful,” says Mike Neutel with Mabre Air Systems. “We offer a complete line of solutions for cannabis producers…

US (TN): Urban cannabis farming offers Tennessee growers new alternative

Flooding and droughts made 2019 a difficult year for East Tennessee farmers, whose production is often at the mercy of weather conditions. Tennessee Representative Rick Staples hopes indoor farming can offer an alternative for those who want to make a living growing food, hemp or even medical cannabis.…

US (MA): Cannabis grower reports positive results

Garden Remedies is an 89,000 square foot indoor growing facility, specifically designed for the cultivation of medicinal-grade cannabis, in Fitchburg, Massachusetts. “Set up in 2013 to provide the cleanest, highest quality product for our patients, I began using biocontrols because I wanted a safe and…

Terpene profile: fenchone

Terpenes are a diverse group of molecules found in fruit, vegetables, herbs and flowers. They play a number of important roles in plant life and nature. Not only are terpenes responsible for the distinct fragrance a plant emits, they help to attract pollinators and ward off fungal infections. Because the cannabis plant produces…

US (CA): Trials of an emerging commodity in Northern California

Justin Eve wanted to be one of the first to get into production of the agricultural industry’s newest commodity when Sutter County officials adopted an industrial hemp ordinance earlier this year. Unlike other growers who see it as a new cash crop, he took to it because of his background in science. “I…

Eric Sklar

US (CA): "My farm could be an example for Napa County"

Eric Sklar holds up his Lake County cannabis farm as a model for what he said could be done in Napa County, if only Napa County would allow commercial cannabis grows. Sklar considers the venture to be cannabis done right. He gave a tour Friday of a half-acre cannabis grow to Napa County Supervisor Brad…

US: Cannabis studies continue to grow in US colleges

With the growing popularity of medicinal cannabis and legal hemp-based products such as CBD oils and creams, colleges and universities are seeing the wisdom of preparing…

The challenges of large-scale cannabis growing

There is still a lot to learn about the cannabis plant. For decades the cultivation of this crop has been prohibited, thus preventing any growing practices to improve at the same pace as other agricultural sectors. Rising from this underground status, cannabis too has joined the large-scale agricultural…

US (CA): Cannabis growers clashing with vineyards

Cannabis and wine don’t mix in the field and some farmers in California are now butting heads over the budding industry. California’s great experiment with legal cannabis is…

US (CA): Carbon footprint, grid concerns push South California cannabis industry to be more green

A sterile windowless room glows with the light of 32 high-pressure sodium bulbs. For 12 hours a day, the light shines down upon meticulous rows of about 260 flowering cannabis plants. This is one of the flowering rooms at Canndescent, a Desert Hot Springs cannabis business that operates several…

Growing cannabis in a socially responsible way, in Zimbabwe

There are many things to take into consideration when setting up a medical cannabis operation. First of all, the regulations in effect in a specific country, and then, of course, the operational cost. The cannabis industry is very cash-intensive, therefore companies need to be extremely efficient if they…

US (MD): First east coast outdoor commercial cannabis harvest is underway

Out in the East Coast’s first commercial marijuana field last week, hundreds of “frosted” marijuana flowers glistened, the fall light dancing off the lucrative cannabis oils. The gamble had paid off. Nearly an acre of carefully tended marijuana plants had delivered something far from guaranteed: a…

If cannabis dies, how expensive could the claim get?

If a hydroponics system fails and it’s tomatoes or peppers that are spoiled, that’s one thing. But what happens if it’s a legal cannabis facility? “The impact of cannabis on the [property and casualty] industry remains to be seen. We haven’t had too many claims yet but we probably will and they will…

Regenerative farming for cannabis cultivation

The sweet scent of Pineapple Punch — Elysian Fields’ signature strain — fills your nostrils the moment you set foot on the 50-acre off-grid cannabis farm in Mendocino County.…

Sapflow and stem diameter measurements help with gaining insights into the plants

The fact that sapflow and stem diameter measurements help with gaining insights into the plants is already known in traditional tomato, cucumber, horticulture, but also in Cannabis these sensors can help tremendously to gain more knowledge how the plants really reacts towards all external influences in…

US (CA): Survey helps UC understand cannabis production challenges in state

Results from a UC Cooperative Extension survey of registered and unregistered cannabis growers in California will help researchers, policy makers and the public better understand growing practices since cannabis sales, possession and cultivation first became legal for recreational use. “This survey is a…

US (IL): Amid trade war, growers lean on a new crop: hemp

Surrounded by waist-high hemp plants, Andy Huston, a sixth-generation farmer in Illinois, stopped to admire one of the ridged green leaves. “I could just spend all day in my hemp field pulling weeds,” Mr. Huston said. Mr. Huston planted corn and soybeans this year, about 1,100 acres of each, just as he…

US (OR): From hops to hemp

In early September, hops went whizzing by on an elaborate network of conveyor belts at B.C. Hop Farms near Woodburn. One month later, this year’s hemp harvest made the same journey, whisked from the back of a truck to the drying room to the packaging area. Bill Davidson, vice president of B.C. Hop Farms, is one of a couple…

Keenan Mahoney, Nature's Remedy

"We grow vertically, thus using less space through optimizing the height of our facility"

Nature’s Remedy is a vertically integrated cannabis company which produces, processes, extracts, and distributes through its several retail locations, all in the state of Massachusetts. “The situation here is highly competitive, mostly because there is not enough supply to meet consumers’ demand,” says…

The US more than tripled its hemp cultivation land since 2018, report finds

The passage of the 2018 Farm Bill last December was expected to galvanize the American hemp market. The Bill resulted in the federal legalization of hemp and hemp-derived products, such as hemp-derived CBD. And, for the first time, hemp farmers would see their crops covered under the 1980 Federal Crop…

Mirko Klees, Antheia Grow Smart

"It is important to know the parameters that allow a strain to grow perfectly”

Managing a medical cannabis grow operation surely is not an easy endeavor. It requires taking into consideration many different elements, especially in an indoor facility. Temperature, lighting, humidity, just to name a few, need to be calibrated to the specific conditions that are suitable to the strain…

CAN: Cannabis companies eye growing outdoors

Dressed in T-shirts, blue jeans and ballcaps, the guys at Bold Growth are almost indistinguishable from other young farmers in the province. But they’re growing something new and different. Andrew Condin, chief executive officer, and Spencer Veikle, chief operating officer, of Bold Growth might view…

Video: Clone-to-Sale Tour of Aurora Sky

Videos showing the level of automation the big growers have implemented in their facility are welcomed enthusiastically by most of our readers and today we have a new one for you. In a new video Aurora shows how they produce high quality cannabis at large scale at Aurora Sky, the Company’s flagship…

The life of a cannabis plant

There are two ways to start a cannabis plant — either from a seed or from a clone taken from the mother plant. They are clipped at a 45-degree angle, dipped in a rooting solution, then put into peat moss domes. Cloning is more reliable than growing from seeds and the genetics would be more consistent to each other. Seed to…

Cannabis lessons from the Netherlands: the silicon valley of greentech

Growing medical cannabis does not only require the right knowledge, it also asks for a commitment that goes beyond ‘mere’ growing. “My mission is to develop affordable medicines for patients,” says Eric Uleman, president of CannNext. “We have an ultramodern cultivation facility in the Netherlands. This…

"Medicinal cannabis production requires refined systems"

A medicinal cannabis grower from Mpumalanga, Bob*, says he started producing the plant after using high-quality cannabidiol (CBD) oil himself in an attempt to treat stage 4 lymphoma cancer, which he was diagnosed within 2017. He believes the CBD oil helped cure him, and he now produces it for other…

flowering stage in Las Vegas based cannabis facility

US (NV): "Plants completed a vegetative stage for four weeks"

1933 Industries has commenced the flowering cycle of its cannabis plants in its new, purpose-built, indoor cultivation facility located in Las Vegas, Nevada. "Following the transfer of cannabis plants to the new facility in late August, the plants completed a vegetative stage for four weeks," the team…

Terrapin reaps yield benefits of under canopy lighting

As the cannabis industry matures, wholesale prices are in decline. To maintain profitability, growers are experiencing new pressures to reduce the cost of production. A novel patent-pending lighting solution from Thrive Agritech has been launched to help growers achieve this goal. Getting light to…

TH: Thailand reportedly builds 12,000 plant MMJ facility

A medical marijuana facility in Chiang Mai, Thailand is considered the largest industrial-scale medical marijuana facility in Southeast Asia, according to Asia Times. The facility is growing around 12,000 plants that were planted Sept. 2 by Maejo University researchers in a ceremony attended by…

Davide Agostini, grower with ReLash Lab

Trichoderma harzianum: a beneficial fungus for cannabis plants

In nature, within the mesosphere, and more specifically in that portion of the soil where roots are, symbiotic relationships are formed with fungi. Among these, there are some that are particularly beneficial for plants, and of course, for the cannabis plant. One of the most interesting surely is the…

US (UT): Hemp grows in Cache Valley

Since Utah legalized growing hemp in 2018, the cannabis look-alike is being cultivated all over the state. Hemp does not have the same psychoactive drug or intoxicating form as cannabis, and is legal to grow in Utah. In December 2018, Utah lawmakers legalized possession of hemp extract with less than 0.3…

Reducing labor while preserving perfect flower quality

“The difference between good cannabis and excellent cannabis is the attention to all the smallest details, from the cultivation, to the harvesting,” says Zack Newman with Dr Robb Farm, a cannabis producer in the State of California. “One of the biggest things people underestimate is how much space is…

France forgets own golden age of medical cannabis

This past summer the French food and drug office, the Agence Nationale de Sécurité du Médicament, greenlighted limited medical cannabis trials inside France, something that’s been illegal since 1953. Many have applauded the move as an important first step toward rational, public health-oriented cannabis…

Lindsay Gayman BScN, Frontier Botanics

Growing cannabis in aeroponics

The term ‘aeroponic greenhouse’ may seem like a reference right out of Star Trek but it is more science than science fiction. It refers to a glass or plastic  structure with apparatus to grow plants in an air/mist environment.  Aeroponic conditions refer to the air culture environmental parameters for bolstering rapid plant growth. Some…

Moms pioneering the cannabis industry

Kelley Bruce first began using cannabis as an alternative to pharmaceuticals. It helped ease the symptoms of her ADD and major depressive disorder, as well as soothe the…

CAN (BC): Provincial certification received for CO2 cannabis extraction system

World-Class Extractions Inc. announces that it has obtained additional provincial CRN pressure-vessel certification for its proprietary, automated, next-generation "BOSS" CO2 Extraction System. The BOSS is now officially certified in British Columbia, Alberta and Ontario. As the legal recreational market…

Micropropagation's huge growth potential

Production of high quality planting materials is expected to grow by 5% to 10% a year. This growth is fueled by two developments: the increase in global demand for tissue-cultured industrial crops and food crops, like tropical fruits and berries, and the need for high quality planting materials. Yet,…

US: Kush hemp is one of the latest innovations in cultivation

As research continues, we are discovering that more of the healing properties of cannabis are often found in the unique compound combinations of each strain (or even plant) as they interact with the person using them. What does nothing for you might get another person really high. It’s even more…

US (OR): White paper discussing design setpoints for cannabis cultivation operations

Root Engineers, a professional engineering firm specializing in the cannabis industry, has just published a free white paper titled “Cannabis Grow Operations and Design Setpoints.” The white paper defines critical design setpoints for cannabis cultivators and discusses how these considerations can…

US (ND): Researchers to grow hemp for seed production in Minot

The 2018 Farm Bill took hemp off the list of controlled substances. Just months later, the North Dakota legislature passed a bill creating a program to monitor hemp production in the state. Now researchers are growing their first hemp crop at the North Central Research Extension Center in Minot. Research…

North Macedonia banks on medicinal cannabis growth to boost economy, exports

Slave Ivanovski was among North Macedonia’s biggest exporters of tomatoes and peppers until two years ago he switched to growing cannabis for medical use. The country legalised the growth of cannabis for medicinal purposes in 2016, joining a growing number of countries to have done so or be about to do…

Solving common problems for the cannabis grower

Cannabis is a resilient crop, as evident by its ability to be cultivated almost anywhere. Still, there are many common problems that can plague growers, especially those new to cannabis cultivation. When a problem presents itself, growers may begin to stress about decreased yield, negative impacts on THC…

Scientist describes her pioneering work to make medical cannabis effective, safe and standardized

Cannabis compounds are widely recognized as effective treatments for a surprising number of conditions and illnesses from anxiety to asthma to autism – and that’s just the A’s on a very long list. Yet it wasn’t long ago that cannabis was best known as marijuana, the “devil weed” with psychoactive effects…

US (AZ): Sustainable hemp farming through precision irrigation technology

Integrated CBD has announced the installation completion of plant-based sensor technology, powered by ag-tech company Phytech, on their approximately 10,000 acre industrial hemp farm in Yuma County, Arizona. "As one of the largest organic hemp farm operations in the United States, Integrated CBD is…

Erich Mauff and Josh Malman, Jushi Holdings

"GMP guidelines are a key driver to design the facility"

Jushi Holdings Inc. is a cannabis company that’s active in several states in the US, such as Nevada, New York, and Pennsylvania.  With hopes to expand into additional states including, but not limited to, California and Virginia. “We focus on both the recreational and the medical market,” says Josh Malman,…

CAN (BC): The impact of growing cannabis on B.C. farmland

A recent bulletin released by the Agricultural Land Commission (ALC) of B.C. now classifies cannabis production as “farm use” on Agricultural Land Reserves (ALR), but the city of Delta fears new and more lenient regulations around cannabis growth will undermine the importance of local produce. In an…

US (NH): Dreaming big for a risky hemp crop

Standing between two rows of thigh-high hemp crops close to the Tennessee-Kentucky border, the retired owner of a New Hampshire convenience store cheerfully recalled why he chose to grow his first hemp crop this year. Barry Paterno, 67, is a gardener, not a farmer — he likes to grow tomatoes and corn.…

Putting growing methods to the test: the importance of test rooms

As a commercial cultivator, you strive to consistently produce the best crop with each new harvest. Maintaining your place at the top of your market, however, is only possible if you continuously improve. Maintaining the status quo works for a while, but eventually your competitive advantages will become…

US (CA): Metric integration for cannabis farm management software

Trym has announced its official certification with Metrc, the selected track-and-trace software system for many recreational cannabis markets such as California, Colorado and Oregon. Trym officially launched this integration last week with Santa Rosa, Calif.-based FloraCal Farms. "With this launch, Trym…

US: Setting the stage for future hemp production in America

Village Fields Hemp has partnered with growers to plant 2.6 million seedlings now resulting in over 750 acres of hemp growing in several states. The 2019 season is looking very promising, setting the stage for future hemp production in America. Click here to watch the video

AU: "We can compare across the Pacific and come up with the best practice.”

Eve Farms established its roots in San Francisco after transnational expansion from Australia in 2017, having acquired their facility from SPARC. “It’s good breeding ground because we’re using similar strains and grow methodologies under the same lighting in Australia, so we can compare across the…

US (WA): Production expansion through new facility

The Western Washington grower is ramping things up, with a new state-of-the-art facility in Tacoma that will expand production nine-fold over its previous location in Lake City, north of downtown Seattle. “If I had my way, we’d have our product in 300 stores statewide,” said Marty Duffy, facility manager…

Sustainable cannabis cultivation: the organic grass situation

Being a crop with some great potential, cannabis saw a global breakthrough in the hippie culture of the late '60s. Since then, the plant has always been accompanied by a sustainable and nature-loving ethos. But the average eco-balance in commercial cannabis cultivation is anything but green. About eight…

US (MD): "We are ready to double again"

The air inside SunMed Growers’ sprawling, $10 million cannabis greenhouse was thick with the citrusy aroma of freshly harvested Lemon Skunk. Outside, heavy machinery cleared land for about 30,000 additional plants. "This is tripling for medical," said owner Jake Van Wingerden, a former chairman of the…

AU: Cucumber farm leased to grow MMJ

THC Global Group has secured an agreement to lease a property with 66,000m2 of existing hydroponics greenhouses, and an additional 180,000m2 of agricultural land for the cultivation of medicinal cannabis in Bundaberg, Queensland. The Property is in addition to the Company's existing Bundaberg and…

Permaculture - Back to basics

In this technologically-savvy cannabis world wherein farmers use computer systems to monitor water and fertilization needs of cannabis plants; wherein promotion is done as we scroll and double tap;…

US: Midwest grower sounds alarm over hemp pitfalls and promise

Farmer beware. Pitfalls and genuine promise make up a hemp cauldron set to high boil in 2019—yet the temperature will get even hotter, warns producer Chris Adams. “There is no secret knowledge about this crop: The real truth is it’s a crapshoot right now.” Going no holds barred on profit, genetics, seed…

US (WA): 150 pounds of cannabis stolen from grower through elaborate heist

A band of thieves reportedly cut through steel walls of a Kelso cannabis producer and stole 150 pounds of dried pot waiting to be transported to a processing plant. Kelso…

LS: Lesotho's growing MMJ

Vast white greenhouses sit high up on the slopes of Lesotho's Marakabei town, hidden from view. It's not fruit or vegetables, however, growing under the 18 plastic covers, but thousands of cannabis…

CAN (ON): Hemp might be the future of sustainable farming in Perth County

When Stratford native Danyka Dunseith decided to leave her public relations job in Toronto two years ago to farm hemp on her grandmother’s farm northeast of Stratford, some called her crazy. But for Dunseith, the move was calculated. Though she didn’t have much in the way of practical farming experience,…

US (NY): From strawberries to cannabis

Tony Weiss farms the same East Eden fields that his grandfather bought nearly 100 years ago. First they had dairy cows, and in the 1950s the farm switched to vegetables, like…

Hemp vs cannabis: is there a difference?

Over the last couple of years, CBD has hit the mainstream. You hear about from your health-savvy friends, the nightly news, and in magazine ads. You may have even noticed it on the shelves of your local supermarket or in your chiropractor’s office. This is in stark contrast to marijuana-based products.…

The insidiousness of overconfidence: on best practices and standardization

Pietro Paolo Crocetta is chairman of the board of a conglomerate of companies focused on every aspect of the cannabis plant, from food to pharma. “Recently, we have also started focusing on industrial hemp as a result of an agreement signed with Tecno Canapa, a company based in Tuscany which manufactures…

Discussing envrionmental conditions, air flow, and vertical air

To maximize their growing area, Fog City Farms purchased the mobile racking system by Pipp Horticulture. In a series of videos they discuss several topics, like environmental conditions, the presence of air flow and vertical air. No clip-on fans or inline fans at Fog City farms. “Transpiration and…

US: The alphabet soup of hemp

Sky-high hemp prices are expected to fall back to Earth this fall, but that doesn’t mean the green rush is headed for a crash landing. “We’re looking at around $18,000 an acre — last year we were four times that amount,” predicted “Pioneer” Pete Gendron, president of Oregon SunGrown Growers’ Guild. Despite the steep drop, he…

US (VI): Growing hemp amidst new laws

With the rising popularity of cannabidiol (CBD) oil and hemp-related products, its agricultural production is a growing revolution across the country. Industry estimates in 2018 reported U.S. hemp product sales at nearly $700 million annually, and according to a study by cannabis industry analysts the…

US (HI): Exploring a Hawaii based cannabis operation

The Upcountry site where cannabis is cultivated and manufactured for Maui Grown Therapies, Hawaii’s first licensed dispensary, is part James Bond and part Albert Einstein. It is a far cry from growing cannabis in the cane fields or in secret greenhouses under grow lights. Christopher Cole, director of…

John McMullen, Elixxer president

“You need innovation if you want to stay at the top of your game”

Just like every nascent sector, the cannabis industry is undergoing major changes almost on a daily basis. New opportunities come up constantly as ever different countries finish outlining the regulations on the matter. In such a fast-paced space, it can be quite tricky to make steps in the right…

US (WN): Sustainable farm expands with hemp

Since their first date, Erica Mallory and her husband, Zach, had fantasized about an idyllic lifestyle on a farm. The couple made their dream a reality when they purchased four acres of historic farmland in Eagle, Wis., to grow vegetable crops and keep honeybees, chickens, ducks, goats and even an…

CAN (ON): Hemp could be third crop in county

One of the possible opportunities for growing hemp in Malheur County is bringing a third major crop to help sustain the county’s agriculture base into the future. That was part of the message presented during the Ontario Area Chamber of Commerce Forum at the Clarion Inn on Monday, by Clint Shock, former…

The professionalization of cannabis growing

For years, the popular image of cannabis growers has been scruffy hippies getting high on their own supply in a disorganized underground economy, rather than shiny white industrial agriculture facilities. Even larger-scale operations involved minimal quality control or lacked formal record keeping. But…

US (CA): Lake County affirms outdoor cannabis is agriculture for fire safety purposes

A requirement that outdoor cannabis growers in Lake County conform their grow sites with stringent commercial road requirements was repealed by a resolution that groups…

Providing growers with ready-to-flower clones

The majority of legal cannabis strains we encounter nowadays have genetics rooted in the illicit market. Why does this matter? Well, most of these genetic lines were intended for secret grows; not to be grown at an industrial scale. Seeking to address this issue, Klonetics, a cannabis nursery and…

US (WI): Visiting a Milwaukee based cannabis farm

Cream City Wellness, a recently opened shop in Milwaukee’s Third Ward, processes and sells hemp the owners grew themselves. Operated by the Gengembre family—two brothers and a…

"Monitoring data is key to optimizing indoor grow environments"

Agrios Global Holdings CTO, Andrew Lange was recently invited to share his engineering insights about environmental controls in indoor cultivation facilities by industry…

CAN (BC): Sooke based industrial park welcomes cannabis growers

Victoria’s small-batch growers of cannabis will soon have a home to get a head start in the business. The owners of the 50-acre Sooke Industrial Park have carved out just under a third of the land to establish buildings that will house both micro-cultivators and a production facility. It is called the…

A meta-analysis of best practices for cannabis cultivation

A meta-analysis of cannabis cultivation showed that plant density, light intensity, and fertilization are the major contributors to cannabis yield, with pot size, light type,…

US (FL): DEA processing company's application to cultivate

MMJ BioPharma Cultivation today has received notice from the DEA that its application for a DEA Schedule-I Bulk Manufacturer license is being processed for approval. Once…

Jenn Ayotte and the art of navigating the cannabis space

Wayland is one of the biggest players in the cannabis industry. Additionally, the company is among those that have been chosen by the German government to supply Germany with medical cannabis. “We went through intensive auditing for the GMP and EU-GMP certifications,” says Jenn Ayotte, master grower with…

US (CA): Cannabis farmers argue their crop is compatible with other crops, despite winemakers' concerns

In the early morning, low-lying fog rolls into the Santa Rita Hills, obscuring the view of the vineyards and farms dotting the countryside. Quails, rabbits, and squirrels scurry to safety as the occasional car zips by on Santa Rosa Road, which cuts through the area, connecting Lompoc to Buellton. Almost…

US (NM): Businesses grow around NM MMJ producers

As New Mexico lawmakers try to come up with a legislative proposal to legalize recreational cannabis that might ease the apprehension of some of their colleagues, there is…

US (WA): An opinion on the rash of cannabis thefts in Seattle

Regina Liszanckie was about to head to work when she got the text from the owners of the business next door to hers: The razor-wire-topped chain-link gate and front door to her building were swinging open, and a single jar of cannabis lay on the ground beside the gate. She had been robbed. Four months…

US (NV): Reg A+ qualification for Nevada based cannabis facility

Christmas came early for OrgHarvest! Their status as the first cannabis cultivation company to receive Reg A qualification from the Securities and Exchange Commission (and…

How can wildfire affect cannabis growth?

The wildfire season is back after the disastrous events it caused in 2015, 2017 and last year. The cultivators of cannabis are on high alert as a wildfire can severely affect cannabis growth in California. Many cannabis cultivators lost their cannabis crop to the fire last year in California. The…

CO: Cannabis boom in NA boosts production in Colombia

Due to legislation developments in the US and Canada at the end of 2018, medical and recreational cannabis industries in North America are booming. According to a recent study by Grand View Research, Inc., legal cannabis industry is expected to be worth $66.3 billion by 2025, and investors are scrambling…

An Australian grandmother’s apple tree illustrates the rationale behind cannabis propagation

What do cannabis and apples have in common? Well, they’re both higher plants. Beyond that, they’re both angiosperms. But what else? Both cannabis and apples are primarily vegetatively propagated for commercial purposes. In other words, cuttings are taken from both apple trees and cannabis plants to make…

US (VA): Fauqier's first hemp farm will harvest this fall

Travis Lane sees growing hemp as his future, so he spends a lot of time tending the sea of green plants outside his home in Marshall and working on his business plan. He’s got an acre of hemp growing this year for his first crop and plans to expand next year to put 5 acres in production. Cameras are…

US (NM): New limits on number of medical cannabis plants

Starting next week, New Mexico’s plant limit for licensed medical cannabis providers will be set at 1,750 mature plants – less than the current limit but far higher than in previous years – under a rule change adopted by state Health Secretary Kathy Kunkel. However, the decision to forge ahead with the…

Nico Haché with CCI discussing best practices for medical cannabis operations

The cannabis industry's higher practices

Whether you’re a large, multi-national corporation, a spirited start-up looking to gain a foothold, or simply any company in between, you would all be aware of one thing - the cannabis industry is heavily influenced by strict regulations – even more so than food horticulture. Everything related to…

VC: Cannabis growers asked not to cut down fruit trees

Persons intending to plant medicinal cannabis are being asked not to cut down fruit trees that are present on lands that will be used for marijuana cultivation. A Wednesday August 14 release from the Medicinal Cannabis Authority (MCA) said persons who have already obtained approval from the MCA, or have…

US: Industrial hemp farmers in need of federal crop insurance

Cannabis businesses are not immune to the harsh realities of any other business. In fact, they likely deal with even more difficult challenges than many other traditional businesses in a variety of respects. For example, most businesses—if not all—should have some form of insurance and, without…

Growing more with less: boosting efficiencies in low-tech greenhouses

A Nuffield research report reveals numerous currently available methods for Australian horticulture producers to boost the efficiency and productivity of low-tech greenhouse systems and unlock new market opportunities. The report’s author is Bao Duy Nguyen, a greenhouse vegetable grower and 2017 Nuffield…

CAN (BC): 300 acre hemp cultivation and purchase agreement for the 2019 cultivation season

Auxly Cannabis Group has entered into a hemp cultivation and purchase agreement pursuant to which the Company has agreed to act as the financial sponsor for the development of a hemp farming co-operative consisting of six individual hemp licence holders pursuant to the Cannabis Act (collectively, the…

Exploring the genetic code of cannabis

Phenotypes appear everywhere in nature. They determine how things look and behave in certain situations. If you really want to know what a phenotype is, just go out in a field…

US (CA): Cannabis farms face conflict in Wine County

The Santa Rita Hills, nestled in Santa Barbara County, are ideal for pinot noir, a notoriously finicky grape. That's why Kathy Joseph came here to plant Fiddlestix Vineyard.…

Hemp farming in Minnesota a preview for Australian growers as demand expected to outstrip supply

As in some parts of Australia, life on the land in the United States is becoming more difficult and costly, which is paving the way for a new kind of farmer and crop: hemp. As the Northern Territory becomes the final Australian jurisdiction to legalise the cultivation of hemp, one American farmer has…

US (NY): Hemp farms cropping up in North Fork

Amid potato fields, vineyards and rows of sweet corn, farmers on the North Fork are turning their attention to hemp, a crop that’s fueling a multibillion dollar industry and…

"Florida hemp growers are going to be among the best hemp growers in the country"

“Florida farmers will eventually overtake the rest of the country” in hemp production, predicts Holly Bell, Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS) director of cannabis. In an interview with Citrus Industry Editor Tacy Callies, Bell summarizes her talk at the general session of…

The importance of standardization

Unlike other medication, cannabis does not have a fixed chemical/molecular composition. A cannabis plant contains hundreds of different substances and each individual plant is different in terms of its composition. THC and CBD are the best-known substances, but there are dozens to hundreds of other known…

CAN (BC): A solution for data driven aeroponic indoor cannabis cultivation

Agrios Global Holdings has released an update on its data driven aeroponics platform. Arable soil scarcity, climate change and higher recurrence of extreme weather events are prompting a shift from outdoor to indoor farming which has eco sustainable methods and less environmental impact. According to…

Age Bakker, indoor climate advisor

Ensuring a healthy crop

The lack of commonly accepted standards within the cannabis industry is the source of many questions among growers. One of these is what kind of light is best suitable for growing cannabis in large scale operations. According to Age Bakker, indoor climate advisor with Freshlight, growers struggle to make this transition because…

Can growing marijuana create a whole new crop of gardeners?

Could cannabis be good for gardening? We have all heard about the benefits of the Canadian cannabis industry for Bay Street, the agricultural sector and even the Canadian…

CAN (ON): Grower reports initial cultivation analytics

Flower One Holdings reported its financial and operating results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2019. Now operating in a state of ongoing weekly harvests following the completed conversion of its Nevadagreenhouse and its inaugural harvest announced on June 11, 2019, the Company confirmed today…

A video tour of a 100% LED-lit cannabis greenhouse

Monte Fiore Farms is a state-of-the-art hydroponic cannabis farm located in Pueblo, Colorado. Their 100% LED-lit greenhouse facility is committed to producing high-quality craft cannabis at scale. Monte Fiore’s LumiGrow Light Sensors adjust the fixtures’ intensity based on the amount of sunlight…

Av Singh and Randy Flemming discuss the challenges of the cannabis industry

Like every new sector, the cannabis industry is undergoing a constant evolution as ever more challenges are overcome. Thing is, unlike other industries, the cannabis one is still experiencing the effect of the prohibition era, where growers used to grow cannabis illegally in a basement, or in an attic,…

US (NY): Nation’s first hemp seed bank to be in Finger Lakes

The USDA Agricultural Research Service in Geneva, New York is creating the nation’s first hemp seed bank. Industrial hemp has been used for fiber, oil, and medicinal uses. It is in the cannabis family but has low levels of THC, the psychoactive chemical in marijuana. Christine Smart, professor in the…

Andrew Langlois, Facilities Manager with Old Planters of Cape Ann

"The facility needs to be planned around how you want the plants to be grown“

Since the cannabis industry is still in a very early stage, many growers are looking around for answers when it comes to cultivation, and consequently to the design of the facility. This issue is made even more pressing by the aura of secrecy surrounding a number of growers, who do not share their…

US: Farmers ditch soybeans for hemp

Some American farmers suffering under the weight of the U.S.-China trade war are trying to mitigate losses by turning to the latest craze in cash crops: hemp. That’s according to John Boyd Jr., a soybean grower in Virginia who’s also founder of the National Black Farmers Association. Boyd has planted…

CAN: Asparagus makes way for cannabis in Canada's fields

Despite a cool, wet start to the growing season, the pot plants were already chest high by mid-July at WeedMD Inc.’s (WMD.TO) farm in southwestern Ontario, a region better known for producing fruit and corn than cannabis. WeedMD is one of 13 Canadian pot companies that have been granted outdoor…


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