"We cannabis growers are proving that vertical farming not only works but can also be very profitable"

There is a general consensus in the industry that cannabis growers are pushing the boundaries of vertical farming, showing how a vertical cultivation setting can be highly profitable. No wonder that a lot of companies in the cannabis industry grow their cannabis vertically, in buildings that are not…

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US (CO): Cherry's head growers talk cannabis cultivation and genetics

Colorado's cannabis laws used to force dispensaries to grow the majority of the pot they sold, but those days are long gone. That process, known as vertical integration, connected a dispensary to the flower it sold. Now that growers are no longer tied to stores, they're the ones gaining the attention and…

US (MO): Follow that flower: a tour through MO's cannabis cultivation

You can smell BeLeaf Medical's cannabis growing facility before you see it. A strong scent of weed hovers in the air blocks away, like an outdoor concert festival. But inside,…

Aurora Cannabis

Aurora Coast: “Our cultivar pipeline is designed to keep our products relevant and fresh

Aurora Coast is reportedly the only research center in Canada dedicated to cannabis breeding and genetics and on June 8, 2021, the company held an exclusive virtual tour of its Aurora Coast facility, hosted by general manager Nick Page and supported by the company’s experienced research team. Licensed in…

What kind of real estate do you need for your cannabis business?

With a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 21% and a consumer base that’s growing with each new state that passes cannabis legalization legislation, the cannabis industry is one of the most explosive new markets in the United States. So, it’s no surprise that investor interest in buying or starting a…

Sterilization and sanitation in aeroponic cannabis cloning

Before a cannabis plant produces its highly valuable flowers, as a culmination of a process that made her strong enough to withstand the fruiting, it starts off as a small plantlet struggling to get its roots out. The cloning stage is indeed a delicate part of the growth of a cannabis plant. “This is one…

Study shows that pesticides and contaminants are found in illegal cannabis

Illicit cannabis contained pesticides and high levels of contaminants, including arsenic and lead, that wouldn’t be allowed in the legal cannabis market, says a B.C. study. As part of the study, the government sent 20 dried cannabis samples seized from six illicit retailers in Metro Vancouver to a…

PharmaCielo

Henning von Koss, CEO of PharmaCielo

"We are here for the marathon, setting standards for other cannabis companies”

There have been several discussions on the potential of the South American cannabis industry. It does not come as a surprise, then, that some companies have either eyed or outright entered the SA sector. PharmaCielo is one of those companies that knew since the beginning the different pros of South…

Optimizing cannabis cultivation: how innovative technology can help maximize yield and profits

There is a history that goes way back showing humans have been using cannabis and growing it since long ago. Since a lot of the countries outlawed cannabis, research has stopped back in the 60's. As a result, scientists and physicians could not study the use of cannabis using modern techniques. Also, not…

Dutch Passion

The six pillars of a cost-effective cannabis seed germination at scale

Ask ten large-scale cannabis growers about their preferred germination method and you might get just as many different answers: moist cotton pads, seedling trays, soaked in water, directly in soil... Some might even explore different methods depending on the type of plants to be grown as well as the…

EU invests in hemp start-up

The hemp start-up Becanex has received a second important project funding within two months: Investitionsbank Berlin (IBB) is supporting the company with project funding of €765,000 as part of its Pro FIT program. The company had previously received funding from the German Federal Ministry of Economics. The money will be used…

Solving the consistency conundrum

Growing consistent cannabis is challenging, even for experienced growers working with high-end equipment. The temperatures, humidity and spectrums of light that the plants are exposed to all affect the specific balance of terpenes and cannabinoids expressed by a strain. Even two genetically identical…

US (MA): Growers seek permission to use outdoor organic farming practices

Indoor cultivation of cannabis is responsible for about 10% of all industrial electricity consumption in Massachusetts, a representative from the Northeast Sustainable Cannabis Project estimated Tuesday as he called on lawmakers to allow marijuana and hemp growers to use organic farming practices that…

Growing cannabis in a permaculture garden

Did you know that you can give cannabis buds a boost by supplying the plant with banana water? Simply soak a banana peel in tap water for two days, remove the peel, and pour the banana water at the root of the cannabis plant. Flowering plants will appreciate the extra boost of potassium. And your harvest…

Grow light controller for indoor and greenhouse cultivation

Pozeen has announced model GL-CON001, a grower-friendly grow light controller, for indoor and greenhouse cultivation. Guided by the philosophy of simplicity, the controller is cell-phone-sized and easy to operate with just one hand. With a slidable bracket backside, the controller can hang onto the wall,…

Protecting roots to maximize yield quality and quantity in hydroponic systems

Of all the diseases that can affect the plant’s root zone, bacterial infections stand out the most as they can potentially be very harmful. The main problem is that there is no effective chemical treatment to control them. So, once the infection spreads throughout the crop, the end quality and quantity…

Ketil Stoknes at TEDxDrammen

Rewilding indoor farming

Ketil Stoknes is a biologist and ecologist from the University of Oslo, Norway. He's well established in the waste industry and just obtained his PhD in microbiology: Circular Food. He recently joined TEDxDrammen to talk about how we can rewild indoor farming. During the talk he said, “If you want to run a business of producing…

Onyx

Bailee Syrek, Operations Manager at Onyx

“You want to achieve consistency, and you want a setting that is easy to control”

There are many different methods to grow cannabis, each of them with its pros and cons. Obviously, there isn’t a one-fit-all technique, and there are several considerations that drive this decision. For instance, not only the build-out of the facility influences this choice but also the type of end…

China: Fossils provide new insights into origin of flowering plants

Flowering plants dominate most terrestrial ecosystems, providing the bulk of human food. However, their origin has been a mystery since the earliest days of evolutionary thought.  Angiosperm flowers are hugely diverse. The key to clarifying the origin of flowers and how angiosperms might be related to other…

Ruvid

Study: crops can adapt to grow in the shade

New research reveals that a majority of crops plan ahead for a lack of light and modify their growth to acclimatise and prosper. After detecting the proximity of vegetation, some plants, including most of the crops we eat, can plan for conditions of shade in their surroundings and modify their structure…

The case of Mexico City

How healthy are horticultural plants grown in polluted cities?

Urban activities release particles into the environment that can contain considerable amounts of metals and metalloids which may enter the trophic chain including humans,…

How plants leave behind their parents’ genomic baggage

Passing down a healthy genome is a critical part of creating viable offspring. But what happens when you have harmful modifications in your genome that you don’t want to pass down? Baby plants have evolved a method to wipe the slate clean and reinstall only the modifications that they need to grow and…

Luxous Eco

Climate screen made from recycled materials

Covering your greenhouse with PET bottles? It might not sound like a solution for a better climate, but it is. At least, if you're talking about the Luxous 1147 Eco FR. This new climate screen introduced by Svensson is made of recycled material. "The film contains 30% recycled polyester made from PET…

How does Nitrogen supply affect the cannabinoid and terpene profile?

The development of a specific concentration of cannabinoids is critical in the medical space of the cannabis industry. For this reason, research has also been focusing on how to drive the plant’s growth in such a way as to achieve the desired concentration of this or that cannabinoid. Bernstein et al.…

Tax deductions for Canadian growers

Most of the tax rules that apply to Canadian small business owners also apply to farmers and agricultural producers. There are however some expenses, tax deductions and write-offs that apply specifically to income earned through agricultural activities that will help lower your tax bill. Expenses, tax…

Ana Cristina García with Plantlogic:

"For short-term cost control, purchasing bags with low cost, compressed substrate is often the best solution"

In recent years, the demand for fresh berries has increased dramatically, which has led to huge increases in production land area. More recently growers’ focus has shifted from scale to a focus on increasing productivity per fixed area, as many growers have realized that the best path to profitability is…

Affinor Growers

Preparing for vertical farming in Aruba

Affinor Growers Inc. recently announced that it has signed a binding Letter of Intent to purchase 100% of the private equity in Vertical Designs Aruba (VDA). The Aruba corporation was established in 2018 to produce fruits, vegetables, and pending receipt of a medical cannabis production license from the…

Ready-to-use bioreactor brings tissue culture back home

Over the years, tissue culture has moved abroad due to rising labour costs. However, if it is up to ViVi Green Innovators, this will soon be history. Thanks to their automation of tissue culture through the use of bioreactors, growers are able to save on labour, while still guaranteeing hygienic…

Projar

How a good choice of substrate influences the development of your crop

Since the inception of the cannabis industry, the market has shown no sign of slowing down. As demand continued to grow, so did the call for higher-quality cannabis. As a wise man once said, “growing cannabis is easy; getting it right is the real challenge,” and exactly here lies the essence of the job…

Playing with the dark period to influence flower formation

In most cases, tight dark period regimes are used for flowering in the generative phase of cannabis, usually it's of 12 hours. However, playing with dark periods offers opportunities to further manipulate the flowering, according to the Delphy cannabis knowledge and advice team. There's still a lot to…

"Micropropagation brings cannabis one step closer to efficient production"

As nurseries and garden centers fill up with spring landscaping plants, home gardeners owe a lot to a technique called micropropagation, which has proven beneficial to many plants — perhaps soon to include cannabis, thanks to the work of the University of Connecticut's researchers in the College of…

They won't, no worries

Will robots take over cannabis cultivation?

Even though the horticulture industry is renowned for its reliance on high-tech solutions and automation, as the ultimate goal is to achieve the best efficiency to grow crops at scale profitably, the same cannot be said about the entirety of the cannabis industry. A lot of cannabis farms still heavily…

Cannsun

A floral crop is growing next to the Sauvignon Blanc wineries near Cape Town

There is a region in South Africa, near Cape Town, renowned for its Sauvignon Blanc: the climate conditions there are particularly suitable for growing this grape variety. Yet, there is another crop that stepped into this region, which is grown next to the grape fields. Cannsun is one of the largest…

ALPS

Excess motion in CEA facility maintenance and how to eliminate it

How does it occur in a greenhouse or indoor facility maintenance and how can one eliminate it? What is excess motion in maintenance? Excess motion is unnecessary movement within a facility. In maintenance, excess motion can occur while inefficiently moving about the facility to perform regularly…

Ziv Gottesfeld, co-founder and CEO of HPNow

"Autonomous, chemical-free irrigation water treatment solution delivers consistent production and plant protection"

Cannabis irrigation is an extremely delicate process, as there are many elements to take into consideration that will dictate if an operation is going to be successful or not. Irrigation water treatment is a critical part of this delicate process – to ensure that all plants obtain their proper share of…

National Association of Cannabis Businesses adopts National Standards for indoor cannabis cultivation

The National Association of Cannabis Businesses (NACB) announced today that it has adopted National Standards on Indoor Cultivation. The standards identify best practices for cultivating cannabis in an indoor facility, the preferred method for producing cannabis for growers to have comprehensive control…

Propane Education & Research Council

"With propane equipment, cannabis growers gain more control and convenience while cutting costs"

Propane power offers unique advantages to cannabis industry

As the cannabis market continues to grow, it’s important to note the many benefits of choosing propane-powered equipment in this industry. For greenhouse heat and power generation, no other energy source gives cannabis growers the reliability and freedom that propane does. But the flexibility to take…

The importance of continuous high dissolved oxygen levels in irrigation water

Oxygen is essential for healthy plant development. Although plants generate oxygen as a by-product during photosynthesis, they require oxygen for energy production during the night. Also, the roots of a plant require oxygen for proper development, and bacteria in the rhizosphere use oxygen to transfer…

Oreon

US (PA): Organic Remedies installs full LED in phase 2

Several years ago, Toigo Farms, one of the largest organic tomato growers in North America at the time, teamed up with renowned pharmacists who saw the potential of medical marijuana early on. They shared the vision of providing a biological alternative to traditional pharmaceutical medicines. This is…

Key reasons to consider THCV-rich cultivars

With an increasing awareness among cannabis consumers about cannabinoids and their potential areas of application combined with the rise of advanced breeding techniques among cannabis seed producers, the quest for special cannabinoids has never drawn so much interest and enthusiasm. THC and CBD will most…

How Perfect Plants converted the crisis into new opportunities

With over 40 years of experience in international biogenetics and tissue culture, Perfect Plants produces more than 30 million plants per year: 150 crops in more than 2000 varieties. When demand for young plants fell sharply during the crisis in 2006 and 2007, they kept doing what they were already good…

Researchers advice to exploit plants’ ability to tell the time

"Plants grow better when their internal clock is matched to the environment"

Cambridge plant scientists say circadian clock genes, which enable plants to measure daily and seasonal rhythms, should be targeted in agriculture and crop breeding for higher yields and more sustainable farming. Like humans, plants have an ‘internal clock’ that monitors the rhythms of their environment.…

Agrify Corp.

“When you start growing upwards, there’s more to consider than verticality”

“Vertical farming technology has really focused on the utilization of the vertical space," says David Kessler, Chief Science Officer at Agrify. "To that end, the environmental management is left to the operator who needs to choose a system and integrate it cohesively; this is a major undertaking. Agrify…

Introducing new products with higher THC levels

Creating new cannabis cultivars essential to growers

THC is perhaps the most well-known cannabinoid within cannabis. THC, short for tetrahydrocannabinol, is famously responsible for cannabis's psychoactive effects. Because of this, many cannabis users assume that a strain with a higher THC percentage will always be more heavy-hitting and have stronger…

$6.0MM CAD

Tissue culture specialist expands business with equity financing

Segra International Corp, a Canadian agriculture technology company specialised in Cannabis plant tissue culture, is pleased to announce the closing of $6.0MM CAD in equity financing. The company intends to use the proceeds of the financing to drive continued innovation in plant tissue culture for the…

"Providing better growing conditions for your crops with weed mats"

No matter where your farm is or what crop you are planting, the challenges & risks remain the same when it comes down to controlling soil or substrate moisture, weeds and erosion. This is why the team with Galuku created the Coconut Fibre Weed Mats. "Growers worldwide are managing their potted or…

Wildfires can contaminate outdoor marijuana crops

As more states pass laws permitting marijuana use, the legal barriers to growing cannabis are crumbling. But wildfires pose risks to many outdoor growers in California and the Pacific Northwest. Jonathan Vaught is CEO of Front Range Biosciences, a Colorado-based biotech company that breeds hemp and…

Study on growing medicinal plants on perlite

Medicinal plants represent a valuable commodity due to the beneficial effects of their natural products on human health, prompting a need for finding a way to optimize/increase their production. In this study, a novel growing media with various perlite particle sizes and its mixture with peat moss was…

Vicaa

Mike Cade, Vicaa

"Cannabis growers have to look at very specific items such as heavy metals, pesticides, pathogens"

The complexity of large-scale cannabis growing isn’t made any easier by the amount of solutions growers have at their disposal. There are some special elements proper of cannabis growing that, however, do not make any horticultural solution particularly optimized for this kind of crop. For this reason,…

T.O. Plastics launched new square pot and carry tray

"A complete brandable growing system"

T.O. Plastics has just launched a new product set: a 1-quart, brandable square pot with tag slots, and a companion carry tray. Expanding the trusted square pot product line to add convenient and durable branding opportunities comes the 450 square pot with tag slots (product #700162C) and corresponding…

Roots Sustainable Agricultural Technologies

Mark Fishman, Agronomist at Roots

"Root zone temperature is one of the most important parameters for a healthy and strong growth"

Primary crucial plant development occurs in the root zone. Indeed, growers have been paying a lot of attention to integrated root zone management (IRM), which describes the production strategy of the interactions between water, nutrients, and substrates, that represent the ground upon which horticultural…

What are the effects of Trichoderma harzianum on the growth of cannabis?

Not all fungi are bad for the cannabis plant, as some indeed are quite beneficial and can improve the growth of the plant and the end quality of the flowers. One of these beneficial fungi is the Trichoderma Harzianum: this fungus can create a symbiotic relationship with the plant, colonizing the root,…

Demecan

German grower DEMECAN on the significance of a domestic supply chain

"To meet the increasing demand and ensure nationwide supply, domestic production is absolutely important”

Every time a cannabis company wants to enter the European market, the most desired country to gain a foothold in is always Germany. “Almost 4 years ago, Germany legalized medical cannabis, which was an important milestone for the emerging European cannabis market,” says Dr. Cornelius Maurer, co-founder…

Download the manual about the best solutions for germination of cannabis plants

The keys to successful germination of cannabis plants

The old saying goes that a good start is half the work. Think of the germination phase, for instance. This is a critical phase of cannabis cultivation, as it would dictate the growth of the plant. Thus, one has to consider how to carry this out: seeds or cuttings?  Such an apparently easy question conceals…

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


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