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Joel Fuzat, Alps

Bigger is not necessarily better: "High plant density with shorter plants is more profitable and efficient"

Among the different mergers and acquisitions that happened recently in the cannabis industry, there was one that is going to influence future cultivation facility projects greatly. This was the acquisition by Australis Capital of ALPS, the greenhouse design company behind numerous vegetable and cannabis…

Navaya

From the after-market automotive industry to multilevel cannabis production

What was once an automotive parts plant in Boisbriand, Quebec is now a multi-level cannabis production facility called Navaya. With initial plans to grow, package, and sell flowers to intermediaries in the medical community or product developers, Navaya aims to become the world’s leading and trusted…

Maximizing a plant's genetic potential through crop steering

The cannabis plant reacts to stress by producing specific cannabinoids. Growers are very much aware of the importance of inducing positive stress to the cannabis plant to trigger a specific response. The concept of crop steering exactly describes the process of tweaking the growing conditions in such a…

Revolutionary cultivation methodology grants colorful dreams to sleepy cannabis plants

Argus

Integrated controls platform comes through in the 'Klutch'

During the summer of 2019, Mike Lentz received an alert on his smartphone that something wasn’t right in his indoor cultivation facility. The alarm, delivered by an environmental control platform, notified him that the flow rates for a particular irrigation zone were higher than normal. Lentz had…

Wageningen UR medicinal cannabis trials resulted in optimized cultivation methods

Being an international knowledge partner and supplier in the cannabis industry, Royal Brinkman has introduced innovative cultivation methods that enhance the genetic potential of cannabis plants. These cultivation methods are developed by an international team of dedicated cannabis specialists (Can-Hub)…

GrowSpec

Vertical growing solutions that are easily multiplied increasing the management scale of each grower

GrowSpec is an indoor farming equipment supplier first established in 2015. GrowSpec offers three main products, each with numerous product lines contained therein. These three products include LED grow lights, vertical grow systems and container farms. According to GrowSpec CEO Alvis Ma, these products…

CBG-rich cultivar allows growers to hit new profitable market segments

The cannabis market is becoming increasingly competitive, with many growers bringing their A-game to grow the highest quality cannabis. Unlike other horticultural crops, the cannabis market demands that those products have a certain quantity of a given cannabinoid. The market has been mainly revolving…

The Dispatch

Lexington set to be home to NC's first indoor hybrid hydroponic hemp grow operation

Construction of an indoor hemp growing facility in Lexington's Historic Depot District will likely begin in about 60 days after the Lexington City Council authorized at its Monday night meeting the submission of a Community Development Block Grant pre-application for the project. William Volker, the CEO…

Hemp Farm Australia

Monoecious and dioecious flowering dynamics

During the full crop cycle, flowering is the most important phase in hemp cultivation. Flowering influences and determines both biomass and seed yield in terms of quantity of quality, we have found the most desirable flowering phases are short in duration and even maturity because it favours uniform crop…

Producing 75,000 kg of dried cannabis annually in a greenhouse

Pure Sunfarms is one of Canada’s largest licensed producers of cannabis. Cultivating in Delta 3, a 1.1 million square foot high-tech greenhouse in East Ladner, British Columbia (BC), they have capacity to produce 75,000kg of dried cannabis annually.  The company was established in 2017 as a joint venture between…

"These rafts maintain a stable climate throughout their lifetime"

Hygiene and resilience of rafts with a long lifespan are points of attention for, among others, vertical farmers of leafy greens and herbs. This market demand Meteor Systems definitely meets. The most striking thing about their products is that the rafts are not made of EPS, but of High Density Poly…

"We are environmentally friendly, and we grow the happiest flowers"

Everyone active in the cannabis industry knows the role that California has played in the sector. Here, indeed, there is the notorious Humboldt County, the spearhead of the Emerald Triangle. Many growers are located here, on the one hand because of the history of the location, and on the other hand…

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How to eliminate microclimates, improve air circulation and supply conditioned air inside of racks?

As the vertical farming industry pushes the boundaries of space use efficiency, it is also confronted with challenges resulting from an increasing rack height and a decreasing distance between shelves, or tiers. These challenges are centered on the limited air circulation within racks and the development…

Water treatment system eliminates excess sodium in irrigation water

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

Maximizing flower production through increased nutrient uptake

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

Mike Cade, Jiffy Preforma:

"Cost savings come through different stages of production"

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

Juan Manuel García, Projar:

"Why plants prefer coir, and growers as well"

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

The importance of the head grower

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

Sustaining cannabis production with fertigation

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

Medisun

The importance of planning for a perpetual cycle cannabis greenhouse

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

Everything is possible with CBD

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

CannTx Life Sciences

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

"We are quite literally cleaning up the genetics game”

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

Nutrient management of a cannabis crop

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

How much water does a cannabis operation use?

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

Cannabiotix

Environmentally-conscious growing is paramount for boutique grower

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

Sustainable cannabis cultivation In Canada

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

Mike Vallafskey, Agrinomix

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

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

Can music help cannabis plants grow stronger?

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

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

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

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

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

MTL Cannabis

Patrick Pagé, Master Grower at MTL Cannabis

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

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

Sustainability in the cannabis industry

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

Canna Organix

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

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

What to consider when applying for a cultivation facility license

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

Robert Sandow, Director of Cultivation of Flora Terra

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

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


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