Cultivation

New software for seed-to-sale ERP

Priority Software has announced that GL Brands has implemented Priority Cannabis ERP, a comprehensive seed-to-sale ERP software solution, to effectively manage the entire…

CAN (AB): Edmonton man pursues Health Canada permit to open craft cannabis grow operation

Rob Simonowits had a medical cannabis licence prior to the legalization of cannabis and just got word that he is now approved to move forward with his application to grow up to 2,100 square feet of cannabis for the legal recreational market. That is roughly the maximum growth allowed for a “micro”…

US (GA): Hemp grower surpasses expectations with first harvest

Outdoor growing can be quite a challenge, since growers are dependent on a lot of factors they have little to no control over, so it's always nice when a harvest surpasses expectations. Village Fields Hemp is an outdoor hemp grower who have with the support of Village Farms recently completed their first…

CAN (ON): Thrive Cannabis to expand indoor capacity and convert outdoor harvest into concentrates

Thrive Cannabis, a federally-licensed producer of cannabis, based in Simcoe, Ontario, today provided a company update on its facilities, operations and expansion plans. To…

Durability of anti-reflective glass coverings

Nowadays anti-reflective (AR) permanent coating is becoming more and more prevalent on glass products for the use in greenhouses to maximize the daylight transmittance. Saint-Gobain recently published a white paper in which the company highlights the huge gap of durability between different technical…

US (OR): Growers struggle as hemp harvest winds down

Ajit Singh strode across his 16-acre hemp field toward a broken-down harvester. He'd been hoping all day that the mechanic, now crouched beside the machine, could get it back up and running. It was late October and Singh still had thousands of stinky green and purple cannabis plants across 425 acres to…

"Preserving trichomes and limiting expense are not mutually exclusive

Hand-trimming has been compared to potato peeling: A rite of passage for entry-level employees and integral to product success. Long days and tedious work that results in sticky hands make trimming one of the cannabis industry’s least favorite jobs. While machines exist to automate the process, many of…

US (WY): Wyoming tribe considering MMJ to diversify reservation economy

A Wyoming tribe is looking to hemp and medical marijuana as potential ways to bolster the Wind River Reservation economy and treat illnesses, an approach more and more tribes view as potentially lucrative. In late September, the Eastern Shoshone Tribe’s General Council voted to approve a resolution to…

US (LA): Hemp meeting draws crowd

About 500 people attended an LSU AgCenter meeting Nov. 13 to find out about the potential of growing industrial hemp as a cash crop. Experts advised that the commodity can generate income, but they warned that it’s not without risk. Hemp has several uses. It can be grown for CBD oil that has therapeutic…

US: DEA finalizes plan to grow 3.2M grams of cannabis in 2020

The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) finalized its plans to authorize the cultivation of 3,200,000 grams of cannabis for research purposes next year—a 30 percent increase from 2019’s quota. DEA initially proposed 2020 production quotas in a notice published in the Federal Register in September. This…

US: New research shows flushing plants before harvest may be unnecessary

The results of a new research trial released this month show that flushing plants before harvest may not improve the quality of cannabis flower. The results seem to contradict…

Balance between the production and the usage of assimilates

First of all … what are assimilates? Assimilates, also known as glucose, are the product of the process of photosynthesis. The produced assimilates are used for plant growth, as they are converted into new plant tissue, for instance. This means that the available amount of assimilates is directly related…

Kyle Moffitt, STEM Cultivation CEO

"Growing medical cannabis is nothing but manufacturing THC or CBD from biomass"

Generally speaking, growing for the recreational market is different than growing for the medical one. Indeed, growing medical cannabis should follow very strict standards, as patients are going to be the end-customers. However, many cannabis growers struggle with complying with such high standards, and…

JM: MMJ, a new horizon for small Jamaican growers

Rules are not made to be broken. The principles that underpin the development and use of therapies from cannabis are not to be “juggled”. Globally, we are now seeing the calamity caused by breaking these rules. The list of examples is long. These include using cheaper, fake ingredients in products,…

Exploring indoor cultivation

Originally practiced out of necessity, indoor cultivation has become the go-to for producers who see the benefits for large-scale operations. Indoor cultivation started as illicit grows in garages, spare rooms, or backyard greenhouses. But as the industry matured, savvy growers developed a preference for the approach, for very…

CAN: CannTrust whistleblower reveals video of alleged illegal grow room

The whistleblower who brought the illegal cannabis scandal at Ontario-based licenced producer CannTrust to light has come forward with new video allegedly showing the company’s biggest unlicenced grow room in operation in January. Nick Lalonde worked at CannTrust from July 2017 to May of this year. The…

Chad M. Black, founder and CEO of White Buffalo:

"When dealing with such large operations, you want to reduce labor and prioritize efficiency”

The majority of hemp farmers grow their plants outdoors. However, unlike other plants, cannabis is known to absorb the toxins from the soil. At the same time, growing outdoors means that plants are particularly susceptible to uncontrollable environmental conditions, and to pest pressure. These are just…

US (CO): Cross-pollination between cannabis and hemp is a budding conflict at outdoor grows

Outdoor marijuana growers are reporting an increase in cross-pollination from hemp farms, a development that could mean marijuana cultivators might lose upwards of tens of thousands of dollars if their plants become unmarketable as flower products. As the marijuana and hemp industries increasingly share…

"This is a knowledge-based business where there is not much knowledge at the moment"

“It is of the utmost importance to plan everything in advance, and to do the math,” says Jason Crockett, founder of OG Medicinals and of Crockett Consulting. “There are a lot of mistakes that rookie growers make when entering this industry. There are many aspects to take into consideration when setting…

Pipp Horticulture

"We are seeing a big shift from single level HPS cultivation to multi-level LED"

Cultivating high quality medical and/or recreational cannabis creates many challenges for experienced and novice growers. Just as any other agricultural or medicinal crop, consistency of trait expression from batch to batch is critical for operators and consumers. However, achieving such consistency…

Optimal cannabis growth using gas sensing

Using modified atmospheres is a popular way to improve crop yields. This involves growing crops in an atmosphere that has been changed deliberately to control the concentrations of certain gases. This method is commonly used to help improve crop quality and as a way of preserving products during…

Robinsons Outdoor Grow

CAN (NS): Auxly announces outdoor cultivation expansion

Auxly Cannabis Group Inc., together with its wholly owned subsidiary Robinsons Cannabis Inc., announced Robinsons Outdoor Grow, a large scale, outdoor cultivation project located in the heart of Nova Scotia’s wine region of Annapolis Valley.  Robinsons OG is located in a region that is ideal for outdoor cannabis…

AU: First crop of cannabis to produce medical products at Southport harvested

The first crop of cannabis to produce medicinal cannabis products in the Gold Coast has been harvested. The bud was trimmed at THC Global Group's hydroponic facility in Bundaberg, where it'll be dried and packed, ready for extraction. In the below video THC Global CEO Ken Charteris talks about the…

US (CA): The California desert town where cannabis is the last hope

Mayor Chuck McGuire wants his lake back. When McGuire was a kid growing up here in California City in the early 1970s, back when speculators still believed they could sell all…

Levin Amweg, Cannerald

"Quality doesn't seem to matter in the cannabis industry"

“Quality doesn’t seem to matter in the cannabis industry,” Levin Amweg provocatively says. “A large number of growers do not take care of marketing products that align with the pharmaceutical standards of the industry. This results in huge quantities of cannabis products sent back because they were not…

CAN (ON): Site plan for micro cannabis farm approved in Kingsville

Another craft cannabis grower could be coming to Kingsville. Council on Tuesday voted approved the site plan for a 5,700 sq. ft. micro cultivation facility on County Road 8…

Christian O. Hollensen, OC Care

“We want to be the first producer of organically grown cannabis in Denmark”

The medical cannabis market in Denmark is growing very quickly, so growers are looking for ways to differentiate themselves. OC Care ApS is looking to be the first organic grower of medical cannabis in Denmark. Christian O. Hollensen: “There are a lot of big players in the market, many Canadian companies…

How Plant Raisers Ltd are taking propagation ‘Off Grid’

Producing seedlings in an off-grid LED lit vertical farming facility

Plant Raisers Ltd, the largest propagator of glasshouse salad crops in the UK, has in addition to a recent expansion of its conventional glasshouse facility, partnered with sister company IGrowing Ltd to develop a system to produce seedlings using an off-grid LED lit vertical farming facility. Eliminating…

"Balancing irrigation and evaporation to create optimal conditions for the root zone"

Water balanceWhen talking about Plant Empowerment, Hoogendoorn Growth Management means using the information the plant provides to guide your growing processes. An important part of Plant Empowerment is balancing various elements of the growing process. One such element that needs to be balanced is water…

NZ: Growing cannabis in Marlborough, a "melting pot of natural resources"

Marlborough's "melting pot" of natural resources, local expertise and older demographic gives it global advantages as a medicinal cannabis growing area, a researcher says.  Medicinal cannabis company Puro plans to start commercial cultivation at two Marlborough sites as soon as the "law allows", and its crowdfunding…

A matter of standard: discussing the challenges of the industry with Juriën Koster

Initially, every newly born sector undergoes an ‘adjustment period’, during which many pressing issues are addressed. The same thing can be said with regards to the cannabis industry: freshly coming out of prohibition times, growers found themselves in a highly regulated industry where high quality and…

CAN: Canadian growers harvest their first outdoor plants

Alison Gordon’s reasons for growing outside — rather than in an indoor, hydroponic setting — were primarily cost-driven. Gordon is CEO of Toronto-based 48North Cannabis Corp.,…

The race to breed 0% THC cannabis

This fall, for the first time since 1970, growers throughout the United States were set to harvest federally legal hemp. Growers had purchased seeds and tended fields throughout the summer. But toward the end of the growing season, many of them realized that their plants weren’t turning out as expected —…

CAN (BC): High expectation for Delta cannabis grower

It’s a huge complex commuters see as they drive down Highway 10 in East Ladner daily, but what many may not realize is that it’s positioning itself to become one of the biggest players in the Canadian legal recreational marijuana market. Receiving the necessary federal approvals, the Village Farms…

A survey to shed light on common cannabis cultivation best practices

Information is incredibly valuable in a young industry like medical cannabis cultivation, especially when it comes to growing practices. Sadly, a lot of good growing information is hidden behind NDA’s or secrecy, and so it can be quite difficult to find out how to properly handle your crop. This is also…

FunCrops, Portuguese cannabis grower

"We have been carrying out the design of the facility and of the SOPs from a GMP standpoint"

Portugal has always been one of the leading countries in Europe when it comes to drug policy. On 15 July 2018, the Portuguese parliament approved cannabis for therapeutic use. The country represents a good place to start a medical cannabis operation, because of the good regulatory framework and because…

Arjan Kunst, CEO Seed Processing Holland

“We aim to bring our 50+ years of experience in vegetable and flower seed processing into the hemp and cannabis seed market”

The issue of standardization within the hemp and cannabis industry is not only related to the end product. Commonly accepted standards for growing still have to be outlined, but standard-related problems might arise also with regards to another aspect of the sector: that is, seeds. A number of hemp…

CAN (BC): Concerns over cannabis facility plan for Westsyde

ALR land adjacent to the Dunes golf course is slated to become home to a large-scale cannabis production facility Agricultural land in Westsyde is being prepped for…

Eric Poot, Wageningen University & Research

NL: "If botrytis gets into the crop, the damage can be massive"

In a recent episode of the Dutch TV program De Monitor, host Teun van de Keuken explored the Dutch cannabis industry after a consumer expressed concerns about the quality of the cannabis being sold in Dutch coffeeshops. Because of the construction surrounding the legal sale of cannabis in the…

US (AZ): University of Arizona Cooperative Extension department conducting CBD hemp variety trials in the desert

Now that hemp is legal to cultivate in Arizona, University of Arizona growers are coming to the university extension office and asking them what varieties they should grow. Yet they just don’t have a good answer to give them right now. Their growing slots are different than Canada, Colorado, and the…

Culta talks about the challenges of indoor and outdoor cultivation

US (MD): Keeping intruders out, both indoors and outdoors

One of the first clean green “organic” producers on the East Coast is Culta, a vertically-integrated cannabis operation that has both indoor and outdoor grows. “We have a 20,000 sq. ft. indoor facility, and a 1-acre outdoor organic cultivation,” says Mackie, Culta CEO. IndoorGrowing medical cannabis…

US (CA): Early UC hemp research already yielding results

For the first time ever, UC Agriculture and Natural Resources (UC ANR) researchers harvested an industrial hemp crop at one of its nine research and extension centers this fall. “It's an interesting crop,” said UC Cooperative Extension specialist Bob Hutmacher. “There is a tremendous amount of research…

Cannabis consistency: it all begins with a clear taxonomic structure

In the modern cannabis industry, consistency doesn’t exist. In part, this is due to the more than 400 chemical compounds that appear in different combinations, proportions, and amounts based on the particular environment in which a plant is cultivated. But a greater issue is at work: No taxonomic…

TR: Turkey's industrial cannabis cultivation area rises fivefold in a year

The cannabis cultivation area in Turkey has increased fivefold from last year, from 200 decares (49.42 acres or 200,000 square meters) in 2018, to 1,000 decares (247.11 acres or 1 million square meters) in the current year, according to the data released by Turkey's Agriculture and Forestry Ministry. The…

US (IL): Cannabis cultivation center expanding services to meet recreational needs

In just two months, recreational marijuana will be legal in the state of Illinois. Ahead of January 1, a business in Pike County, Illinois, is working to double in size. Marijuana cultivation center, Ascend Wellness, in Barry, Illinois, is expanding its services. Officials said in order to meet the…

ZA: South African farmers have high hopes for cannabis cultivation

Small farmers are hopeful that their venture into the burgeoning industry of cannabis production will reap rewards after the African Farmers Association (AFASA) recently held its first KZN Cannabis Workshop in PMB. Chairperson of the organisation under uMgungundlovu District Mbongeni Skhakhane, said the…

Exploring cannabis vertical cultivation

Conceptually, vertical cultivation is not really easy to visualize. Simply put, vertical farming is the practice of growing cannabis in vertically stacked layers. This growing practice could either use conventional soil, hydroponic or aeroponic growing methods. Vertical farms can help produce cannabis in…

US (CA): Tikun Olam opens $25M cannabis cultivation, processing facility in California

Last Thursday, multistate operator Tikun officially opened its cannabis cultivation and processing facility in Adelanto, California, after almost two years and an investment…

University researches find out more on THC- and CBD-sources

Advanced microscopy reveals internal structures of cannabis biochemical factories. Cannabis flowers with the most mushroom-shaped hairs pack the biggest cannabinoid and fragrance punch, according to new research from the University of British Columbia. While the cannabis leaf is iconic, it’s the…

Mexico: Farmers in Chihuahua replace marijuana with avocados

Various farmers in the Mexican state of Chihuahua are giving up growing marijuana and planting avocados instead. According to the mayor of Guadalupe y Calvo, farmers in the…

US (CO): Colorado Governor offers advice on growing cannabis plants bonsai-style

The governor of Colorado shared tips on how to grow bonsai-style cannabis plants over the weekend. In a Facebook post, Gov. Jared Polis (D) wrote that “it’s possible to…

CAN (BC): A tour of a Kamloops based MMJ growth-op

Tucked away on Mission Flats Road is a building some 10,000 square feet in size. At first glance, it appears as though it's part of the Domtar facility. In reality, it's 7Green, the first licensed cannabis production company in Kamloops. The brains behind the operation are Polish twin brothers Mark and…

Stephen Gerlach, Pure Canna Organics co-founder

"All I want is a lawful full-panel COA; is that too much to ask?”

After cannabis and hemp growers have harvested their flowers, they have to submit those to a lab for testing. Indeed, regulations demand that cannabis and hemp flower are free of heavy metals, chemical residues, mold, toxins, and so forth. With regards to hemp, this test serves to also understand if the…

Ed Rosenthal

A guide to understand nutrients

When plants cannot get the nutrients they need, they do not function properly, adversely affecting growth and yield. This can occur in any growing medium, while using any planting mix or…

Stewart Maxwell, Xylem Horticulture

"Growing cannabis organically is a sort of a niche"

Stewart Maxwell is a crop consultant who has always focused on growing organically. “It is a sort of a niche,” he says. “When you grow organically, there are different cultural practices that need to be carried out. These practices are outlined by different bodies that regulate organic certification. If…

US (OR): Hemp grower starts 2019 harvest

Marijuana Company of America (MCOA) has begun its 2019 harvest at its CBD hemp farm in Scio, Oregon. With its joint venture partner, Global Hemp Group, MCOA has created joint…

When is the best time to harvest cannabis?

For many novice growers, determining when to harvest cannabis plants can be a perplexing proposition. At their peak of ripeness, cannabis flowers will be rich in cannabinoids…

US (NH): Hopes for hemp farm in Whitefield wilt as bank and insurer cut farmers loose

Taryn and Ben Marcus had hoped hemp was going to be the cash crop of their dreams, bringing in enough money so they would no longer have to borrow against their Whitefield farm each spring to tide them over until the strawberry crop was ready to pick. Instead, their hemp harvest – which garnered national…

Zimbabwe first hemp plants get growing

Zimbabwe has planted its first legal hemp crop after it took steps in 2018 to decriminalise cannabis by adopting legalisation policies to tap into the opportunities that exist…

Hemp: Big risks, big rewards for agriculture

Since the 2018 Farm Bill removed hemp from the Controlled Substances Act, the agriculture industry has been inundated with interest in and information about industrial hemp. Some of the information has indicated a large financial upside for the broadening industry. Producers responded, as hemp acreage in…

US (CA): Santa Barbara County cannabis growers coalition releases series of promotional videos

A series of videos has been released by a coalition of legal North County cannabis growers to emphasize their agricultural roots and commitment to science and pesticide-free farming, drum up community support and promote economic vitality, a group spokeswoman said The videos produced by Good Farmers…

Chris Bolton, TheraCann CEO

"Every time there is an element which affects the growth"

As soon as the cultivation of medical cannabis was regulated, a whole industry emerged ‘from the basement’. What was once carried out illegally in rather small-scale operations, eventually became one of the fastest growing industries, where opportunities came up almost on a daily basis, feeding the…

US (AL): For young farmers, hemp is a ‘gateway crop’

Asaud Frazier enrolled in Tuskegee University with plans to study medicine, but by the time graduation rolled around in 2016, he’d already switched gears. Instead of becoming a physician, Frazier decided to farm hemp. “I was always interested in cannabis because it had so many different uses,” he said.…

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…


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