Cultivation

Pathogen control for proactive growers

Contained environments lock out many threats by protecting plants from predators and extreme weather like snow, hurricane winds or scorching heat. Unfortunately, sometimes the smaller the pest the bigger the problem. Consistent issues persist in contained environments caused by fungi, bacteria and human…

Deep propagation trays added to AIRtray assortment

AIRtray Technology by Blackmore announces the release of deep propagation AIRtrays in the sizes 144ct 1 1/5” Deep, 128ct 2” Deep, 72ct 2 5/8” Deep, 50ct 3 3/5” Deep, and 32ct 4 1/3“ Deep.  72ct 30x70mm AIRTray and 72ct 35 x 60mm AIRtray Plant HealthAiIRtray Technology is a production system customized to optimize…

Growing cannabis at scale indoors in North Macedonia

Many big companies are putting their eyes on the European cannabis market, as multiple sources have projected its multi-billion dollar potential. Yet, one of the biggest challenges is to find a way of importing cannabis goods that is sustainable and profitable. The best way would be to have a cannabis…

US (VA): Medical cannabis company eyes Fork Union site

Fork Union may soon become part of one of Virginia’s newest business sectors. A start-up called YAE Wellness is looking to create a medical cannabis production facility and…

Cannabis nutrient deficiencies – what they are and how to fix them

Just like humans need vital nutrients to survive, so do cannabis plants. There are several kinds of important nutrients that the cannabis plant needs, including macronutrients and micronutrients. The pH-levels of your water solution play an important role in keeping your cannabis plant healthy. There are…

Cannabis cultivation in Lesotho: "There is great weather here for growing cannabis"

Even before the global pandemic hit us all, the cannabis industry had already been eyed by several countries as a path towards economic recovery. This sentiment has become even greater when Coronavirus forced many businesses to shut down, while cannabis was deemed as essential and allowed to continue to…

NZ: Report shows 207,000 hectares of Taranaki land suitable for horticulture

Venture Taranaki has released an assessment on Taranaki’s land and climate, which provides an overview of our region’s growing capability, and the opportunity to help meet long-term goals of building diversity, value, sustainability, and market and supply-chain resilience. A key finding of the released…

Bringing strict standards to cannabis growth, harvesting

In an unassuming warehouse tucked behind Jefferson Boulevard, Growth Industries is revolutionizing marijuana cultivation and standardizing medicine. Alex Lavin, CEO and founder of Growth Industries, emphasizes this grow operation is vastly different from what one might picture. This isn’t a single plant…

Can-Hub

New perspectives on how to set up the best cannabis cultivation facility

A few months ago, Royal Brinkman, the global solution provider for the horticultural industry came up with a new concept that would provide cannabis growers with a one-stop shop for all of their questions on how to set up the best cannabis cultivation facility. That’s how Can-Hub came into being. Now,…

Growers utilizing AI to grow better cannabis

Artificial intelligence is being used to create stronger strains of cannabis in a bid to find the most effective MMJ. Firms across Europe and the US are currently producing a raft of cannabis products – with the industry expected to be worth £32 billion by 2024.Cultivators are utilising AI to monitor…

IE: Beef and dairy farmer is growing 20-acres of hemp

Kildare farmer James Cocoman is one of a handful of growers pioneering the cultivation of hemp in Ireland. Coming from a beef, dairy and more recently tillage background, the Kill farmer decided to plant 20 acres of hemp on his farm in 2019. With no tradition of growing hemp on the island, farmers like…

Root zone cooling technology provides often 40% more cannabis yield in high-tech greenhouse

There are many benefits associated with controlling the temperature of the root zone. A healthy plant with a consistently optimal root zone temperature will be indeed more resistant to extreme temperature fluctuations in the canopy area, pest attacks, nutrient deficiency and fertilizer deficiency. If the…

South African cannabis grower on a mission to revolutionize the concept of medical cannabis

As cannabis continues to stake a large claim in the medical industry, the world is slowly opening up to the idea of cannabis for medicinal purposes. And since the decriminalisation of the use, possession and growth of cannabis in 2018, South Africa has quickly become known for their premium quality…

US (IA): Growers hoping to cash in with Iowa's first legal hemp crop find hard work and risk

Jay Kata's first hemp crop went up in smoke. The plants grown by him and his farming partners in southeast Iowa were mowed down, windrowed — then set ablaze. What remained was tilled under after the field became "too hot": The level of THC — tetrahydrocannabinol, the psychoactive compound in cannabis…

Video: How water pH affects effectiveness of pesticides

In a newly released video of the University of Florida, water quality expert Dr. Sarah White from Clemson University describes how the pH of water in your spray tank affects…

Optimizing a cultivation facility: what to expect and why you should prepare

So, construction is complete. You’ve finished the long process of building a cultivation facility, all of the systems are operable, and you’ve handed the facility over to your cultivation team. The financial stress of construction is over. Plants are in, everything will work perfectly right from the…

Andrew Sack, VP of cultivation at TerrAscend East

"Space constraints do not need to stop you"

The cannabis industry truly is a special subsector of horticulture. Coming out after years of navigating ‘illicit’ waters, cannabis growing stands out as the most highly technological agricultural sector: unlike tomato or sweet pepper greenhouses, cannabis cultivation facilities are characterized by the…

Kathy F.Atkinson

UD researchers identify gene that regulates how plants respond to stress

Maybe you go for a leisurely walk, curl up with a good book, lift weights or reach for some comfort food when you’re not feeling well or have had a particularly stressful day. Although there are myriad ways that we all outwardly cope with stressors, one thing is constant: at the cellular level, the…

Top places to grow hemp in the US

For those outside the cannabis circle, an important first lesson is that not all cannabis is created equal. Some cannabis is bred to be psychoactive; often called marijuana, this cannabis is illegal at the federal level (and at most state levels, too) and sold with the express purpose of getting users…

US: NCIA publishes recommendations to improve environmental sustainability

The National Cannabis Industry Association (NCIA), the largest and most established cannabis trade association in the country, released a detailed report today to help tackle the unique environmental challenges facing businesses involved in regulated cannabis production and sale. The report, entitled…

Environmental awareness in the cultivation of medicinal cannabis

The cannabis industry has grown rapidly in recent years, creating a global market worth billions of dollars. Due to its natural properties, the production, consumption and sale of medicinal cannabis has very strict restrictions and government regulations compared to any other crop. Yet, there is the…

GroAdvisor launches greenhouse & indoor cultivation podcast

GroAdvisor today announced the launch of their “Greenhouse & Indoor Cultivation Podcast”. Commercial growers and cultivation business owners of all crop types are tuning in to…

“Head of Cultivation is the guy that has to figure out what everyone is doing each day"

Like all great success stories, Altitude Organic Medicine (AOM) started with a dream, three men, and a craigslist ad. The story began with Luther Bonow, a Texan native who moved to Colorado with big dreams of green things. Luther found himself short on a product that would respectfully cater to the most…

Relash Lab

Exploring the science behind terpenes

Many growers talk passionately about their plants, but not every crop cause the same level of love that the cannabis plant does. When speaking with cannabis growers, they would likely point out how passionate they are about the plant, and how much they love it. Of all the things that might spark such…

US (TX): Hemp variety trial tour held for ag industry

Once Texas Gov. Greg Abbott signed House Bill 1325, the Hemp Farming Act, into law last year, the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service knew commercial hemp would soon be a crop of potential interest for farmers and began planning for variety trials statewide. Multiple varieties of hemp transplants and…

Deep water culture and cannabis growing

The Deep Water Culture system is the truest form of hydroponic systems. It is also the easiest and simplest hydroponic system for cannabis. The concept is straightforward and easy to grasp, which is why it is popular. In DWC, your plants’ roots sit directly into an oxygenated nutrients solution for…

CO: Medical cannabis, the bet for economic revitalization of Cesar

The multiple industrial applications and its great potential for medicinal and therapeutic use, make cannabis the new strategic bet for Cesar's economy. The easy-to-adapt cultivation opens the way to a commercialization opportunity in international markets and several companies begin to facilitate the…

Robbie Batts, InSpire Transpiration Solutions

The role of humidity in cannabis plant health and yields

No matter how supreme your mother plant or how advanced your lighting system, a lack of proper humidity control in your indoor cannabis cultivation operation will limit the production of secondary metabolites, and therefore the potential of your business as a whole. Compromising on your humidity control…

Early topping might result in increased yields and shorter cycles

In commercial cannabis cultivations, growers do not usually start from seeds for a variety of reasons: uncertainty regarding genetic stability, and equal uncertainty regarding the germination rate and the eventual sex of the plant. Therefore, it has become common practice to propagate cannabis through…

Buffalo Skull Ranch: from cattle to cannabis

Buffalo Skull Ranch is a 3rd generation farm located in Southeast Kentucky, dedicated to cultivating the highest quality hemp in small batches. While the farm’s roots are in cattle, they recently expanded into hemp production two years ago, and 2020 was their first full year of greenhouse production. The…

Kelley Nicholson, Autogrow

Precision large-scale cannabis cultivation: "The difference in yield is simply outrageous"

The cannabis plant has had a peculiar history, compared to other crops. “There has been and still is a sort of mysticness about the plant,” says Autogrow expert Kelley Nicholson, a specialist with over 20-years’ experience in the cannabis industry. “The old story goes that this is the magical plant that…

MicroCool

Controlling humidity with precision to achieve the best crop

Indoor cannabis cultivation can be described as complex systems: there are so many elements that make up an indoor facility, that it is not surprising to see many growers relying on experts with different backgrounds, in order to have all the different components ‘playing the right symphony.’ Yet, there…

Niek Abbingh, Cannabis-drying

"Drying process influences the concentration of cannabinoids, that's why controlling it is critical"

If one had to list all the processes, operations, procedures of large-scale cannabis cultivation, a whole day would probably not be enough to get to the bottom of it. At the same time, even though the majority of growers is aware of what is necessary to grow the best cannabis crop, there are some steps…

Surna

The argument for indoor or sealed greenhouse cultivation

Given our years in the industry, we are often asked about the difference between outdoor, or open-air greenhouse cultivation, and controlled environment (indoor or sealed greenhouse) cultivation methodologies, and why so many operators choose the controlled environment route. After all, cultivating…

Uli Benz / TUM

A molecular break for root growth

Length of plant roots is controlled by hormones

The dynamic change in root growth of plants plays an important role in their adjustment to soil conditions. Depending on the location, nutrients or moisture can be found in higher or lower soil layers. This is why, depending on the situation, a short or a long root is advantageous. Caroline Gutjahr,…

Projar

Root rot: one of the main problems of low productivity of cannabis plants

Root rot is one of the main problems in the cultivation of medicinal cannabis. It directly affects the cultivation, making the plant sick and affecting the production and the yield, to the point that it might cause the total loss of the crop. Many growers are constantly looking for chemical solutions to…

Hemp, the "new gold" in the greenhouses of Almeria

With prices ranging between 600 and 800 Euro per kilo, hemp is rapidly gaining ground in the Spanish province of Almeria. The acreage has increased tenfold in the past year to a total of 100 hectares, according to data from the Andalusian Council of Agriculture, Fisheries and Rural Development. Growers…

CAN (SK): Retrofitted sea cans to house Regina’s first micro cannabis cultivator

A Saskatchewan company is preparing to grow cannabis in sea cans at an undisclosed location. Rick Turchet, president and CEO of VIGR Life Cannabis Inc. (VIGR), said they were recently issued two micro cultivation licenses by Health Canada and have started setting up in a building in Regina. “It’s in a ……

Tokyo Starfish

The advantages of vertical farming when it's all about canopy size

Oregon was one of the very first states in the US that legalized medical cannabis. Initially, the regulations allowed growers to have only a specific number of plants, thus limiting the size of the operations. “Everything was dictated by the number of plants you could grow,” says Jason McAlister,…

A Café Talk organized by the Greentech

Discussing the cannabis supply chain experiment with Dutch experts

Many trade shows around the world had to be postponed because of the global pandemic. At the same time, this situation pushed organizers to think of different concepts and formats, so to keep the show going thus providing the industry a place to gather. This is exactly what Greentech did with its 2020…

Roots

"Happy roots, happy shoots" with innovative temperature stubs

The root zone is one of the most important parts to take into consideration for growing high quality and consistent plants. More specifically, it has been proven how by maintaining a specific root zone temperature, the cannabis plant can produce more yield. “Optimal roots temperatures are one of the most…

Visiting the CannNext cultivation facility with its standardized turn-key-gro containers

Far in the countryside in the Netherlands, in a place that might as well be called ‘the center of the middle of nowhere’, there is a cannabis cultivation facility whose aim is to advance the knowledge on cannabis cultivation, with a special focus on standardization – which is one of the main challenges…

US (CA): $20M cannabis cultivation facility planned for northern Oakland County

Construction of a $20-million, high-tech cannabis cultivation facility in northern Oakland County is underway with plans to begin operating by spring. The 54,000-square-foot…

"Indoor cultivation mitigates the risk of wildfires"

This Croptober, outdoor cannabis cultivators on the West Coast have been major victims of unexpected raging wildfires. A number of cannabis farms in Northern California were burned down, while the fifth of Oregon’s cannabis farms have been evacuated over the past month, Green Entrepreneur reports.…

Mystery solved: How do tips of plants stay virus-free?

Plants are able to keep growing indefinitely because they have tissues made of meristems—plant stem cells—which have the unique ability to transform themselves into the various specialized cells that make up the plant, dividing whenever appropriate and producing new cells of whatever type as needed.…

University of Pennsylvania

Dueling proteins give shape to plants

In an elegant choreography, plants take cues from their environment and channel them into form: flowers, roots, or branches. In a new paper in Nature Communications, biologist Doris Wagner of the School of Arts & Sciences and colleagues identified some of the behind-the-scenes machinations that go into…

Surna

Challenges with airflow strategies in vertical applications

As our industry continues to search for ways to maximize efficiencies, the utilization of LED lighting is becoming increasingly common. Aside from energy efficiency gains, one of the many benefits of migrating to LEDs is the ability to also maximize space utilization. With less radiant heat and more…

When an architect becomes a cannabis grower – innovative Swiss indoor production

The entrepreneur Andreas Gosch does not do things by halves. 18 months ago, the current managing director and project manager set himself a big goal: to build the most modern cannabis indoor production in Central Europe. Maximum efficiency, first-class flower quality and highest yields should be the…

Kanna-Wise

Retrofitting an old semi-tire retread warehouse into an indoor cannabis cultivation

There is a cannabis cultivation facility, based in Southern Oregon, that is growing its plants in an old semi-tire retread warehouse. Many growers in the cannabis industry have decided to select an existing building and retrofit it to make it suitable for cannabis cultivation. When bringing a brand new…

US (MO): MMJ grower expects first harvest this week

Medical cannabis could soon be hitting store shelves in Missouri. One warehouse in Carrollton, Missouri has been in the works for two years. C4, short for Carroll County Cannabis Co., expects its first harvest of medical cannabis this week, putting legal retail pot sales ever closer to patients for the…

“There are a lot of different ways you can grow a plant, and cannabis is no different”

Brad Fusett is the co-founder and COO of Green Remedies Group. He has a master’s degree in soil chemistry and an honorary doctorate in agricultural intelligence and data analytics. “We are vertically integrated, and we have hemp farms, medical and recreational centers, but also CBD and CBG refineries.…

US (ME): Grower receives approval for MMJ cultivation in Wilton

The Select Board held public hearings via Zoom on Tuesday evening on permits for medical cannabis retail and cultivation, three junkyards and the General Assistance Ordinance.…

Effects of drought and heat on photosynthetic performance of two selected hemp genetics

The cannabis industry is made up of different segments, because of the many different products cannabis can be applied on. And indeed, depending on the product, a specific cannabis plant can contain more of a certain compound than another. Based on this distinction, regulators differentiated between…

Jennifer Doudna/UC Berkeley

Nobel Prize for discoverers of CRISPR/Cas9

The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences has decided to award the Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2020 to Emmanuelle Charpentier (Max Planck Unit for the Science of Pathogens, Berlin, Germany) and Jennifer A. Doudna (University of California, Berkeley, USA), “for the development of a method for genome editing”. Genetic…

Cannerald

Growing cannabis plants with some TLC

Like music to their ears

When speaking with any cannabis grower, they would say that tending to their plants is a labor of passion and love, and the effect of that love is eventually shown in the final fruit of the labor. But is there any actual scientific truth behind it? “A few years ago, I heard of a grower playing music to their plants,” Levin…

AGESS

US (CA): Company looking to grow cannabis at Salton City facility

Shipping containers may soon dot an area in Salton City, the site of a new cannabis cultivation industrial facility. A conditional use permit for the three-phase project was approved by the Imperial County Planning Commission on Sept. 23. The facility would include on-site cultivation, harvesting,…

GE Current

The physiology of cannabis: A webinar in review

Led by Jim Pryor and Matthew Dent from Can-Hub, this webinar gives viewers an overview on the fundamentals of cannabis physiology presented by Current’s senior plant scientist, Hans Spalholz, Ph.D. During the webinar, Hans covers several topics related to the basics of cannabis. You can view the full…

Jiffy’s European substrates now offered in North America

On October 2nd, 2020 Jiffy is introducing European quality peat substrates in the US. Jiffy now offers 26 mixes formulated to fit different crops. As we all know, annuals have different rooting needs than vegetable seedlings. Choosing the right Jiffy substrate helpsgive your plants a great start. All Jiffy’s…

Phil Gibson, AEssenseGrows:

"Cannabis can be a spectacularly profitable crop"

There are many voices in the industry saying that the cannabis market will be similar to the brewery one, with two separate segments: mass produced commodities sold for a relatively cheap price, and premium-quality product aimed at those more educated consumers. Both of these can be extremely profitable,…

Solargram

CAN (BC): Solargram initiates first large scale cannabis farm harvest

Solargram, a holder of a Federal Health Canada License to cultivate, test, harvest and sell cannabis, has initiated its first large scale cannabis farm harvest. This harvest will rank as one of Canada's largest single outdoor legal cannabis crops in Canadian history. Under this Health Canada License,…


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