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US (MI): 5M sq. ft. cannabis complex planned for Fort Custer Industrial Park

Battle Creek is taking steps to become a hub in Michigan's cannabis industry. Chicago-based DB3 Agricultural Solutions has a purchase agreement with Battle Creek Unlimited for 100 acres of land in the northwest corner of the Fort Custer Industrial Park, an area envisioned as a “cannabis campus.” DB3 is…

Evaluation of heat requirements under LED and HPS lamps

An open source model for greenhouses with supplemental lighting

Greenhouse models are important tools for the analysis and design of greenhouse systems and for offering decision support to growers. While many models are available, relatively few include the influence of supplementary lighting on the greenhouse climate and crop. A new study presents GreenLight, a…

Tiger Aster, Toro Watt

"Air conditioning units reduce HVAC energy operating costs by nearly 70%"

During the last year, many states in the USA and Canada have legalized cannabis cultivation, be it for medical use, recreational use, or both. In October 2018, Canada became the first major world economy to legalize recreational marijuana followed by the US in certain states. Recent cannabis law reforms…

Dave Bishop and Chris Kirschner, Atlas Greenhouse

"The value of the cannabis crop is what really sets apart cannabis growers"

Atlas Greenhouses has been a greenhouse manufacturer since the mid-1980s, manufacturing commercial greenhouses. “Through the years, we have set up all types of greenhouses for all kinds of crops,” says Dave Bishop with Atlas Greenhouses. “3, 4 years ago, we entered the cannabis and hemp market as well.”…

Gregor Mendel’s historic greenhouse will get a 21st-century reboot

Prague-headquartered architecture and urban design studio CHYBIK + KRISTOF has unveiled plans to resurrect a historically significant yet long-forgotten greenhouse on the grounds of St. Thomas’s Abbey, a 14th-century Augustinian monastery in the Czech city of Brno. The original greenhouse, which was…

Saving energy thanks to a more critical approach

Energy accounts for a significant portion of the costs in horticulture. Besides that, your choices about how to use the available energy sources also affect whether you can achieve the desired yields and crop quality. However, it can be difficult to fully optimize the use of all your systems and find the…

Shading screens characterization by means of wind tunnel experiments and CFD modeling

The use of shading screens in the protected cultivation sector is widespread, due to the fact they allow both to reduce the heat load and thus to control temperature, and to have lower and uniform levels of light intensity inside greenhouses. An extended selection of shading screens is available on the…

shout out to the workers!

Greenhouse building & assembling continues all over the world

Many companies have already felt the effects of the spread, the coronavirus, on their business. The rapid spread of the coronavirus around the world has led to increased travel restrictions from authorities. So what to do when, by the nature of your company, your employees are spread all over the world?…

4 benefits of an automated controller in a vented greenhouse

Ceres’ patented solar design and innovative climate control technologies enable them to build year round greenhouses in any climate. Depending on geographic location, crop application, and specific client needs their greenhouses might operate with different types of ventilation, HVAC and other greenhouse…

US (NY): The profitability of hemp propagation

When Pete and Chip Shafer purchased Nanticoke Gardens in Endicott, New York, 90% of their business was retail sales. The brothers grew primarily spring bedding plants…

US (NV): A video tour of a Nevada-based cultivation and extraction facility

Within just over seven months in operation, Flower One now cultivates approximately 150 strains of cannabis while also maintaining a diverse catalogue of nearly every cannabis derivative product. "The Company has the capacity to process between 3,000 and 5,000 pounds of biomass and between 100 and 150…

AU: MMJ facility planned for Northern Tasmania

A Canadian cannabis company plans to open a medicinal cannabis manufacturing facility in Launceston after securing an Australian manufacturing licence. MPX Australia's licence authorises it to cultivate cannabis plants and produce cannabis or cannabis resin for medical purposes at "the company's 70,000…

US (UT): Weber County-based cannabis operation takes shape

As Utah lawmakers fine-tune the laws governing use of medical cannabis in the state, the sole company with a permit to grow in Weber County is itself preparing for the industry’s rollout. “We are not yet operational, but well on our way toward growing cannabis. We must still go through a number of state…

US (MI): Village of Barryton to have its first cannabis greenhouse

The village of Barryton is one step closer to having its first cannabis greenhouse as the council voted to approve six permits during its Wednesday evening meeting. "It was a full house," Village Pro-Tem Kathryn Kerr said. "Everything passed." According to Kerr, the Council had the opportunity to vote on…

Semi-transparent dye-sensitized solar panels for energy-autonomous greenhouses

Over 60% highly transparent quasi-solid-state dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) with dimension of 50x50 cm 2 were fabricated via inkjet printing process using nanocomposite inks as raw materials and tested under outdoor illumination conditions. The cells were electrically characterized, and their…

"Solar energy can do more than make plants grow"

One percent more light is one percent more production - it's a popular statement in horticulture. However, the sun has more value than that, that’s what they think at Arcon-Sunmark. At the HortiContact, they explained how solar thermal energy can be appealing to greenhouse horticulture. "Certainly thanks…

Epoxy flooring – Protecting your commercial greenhouse twenty-floor seven

In order to meet the standards needed to grow crops to top quality and maximum yields, a commercial operation needs to select flooring that provides a seamless surface to help in elimination of crevices, lines, and other areas where soil and pathogens can dwell. The floor should be non-porous and provide…

US (OR): A video tour of a tier 3 indoor facility

Let's Talk Cannabis has released a video tour of an indoor cannabis facility located in Oregon. Austin Puleri, brand ambassador with Noble Farms, guides the viewers through this tier 3 facility.  "We cut 60 to 100 clones from the mother plants, depending on the strain," he explains. "We are chemical crop protection-free…

Time to create clarity about the shading percentage of coatings

Various ways of indicating the shading provided by coatings have evolved in actual practice. This can lead to confusion. From now on Mardenkro will create clarity about this.…

US (CT): A look into a 60,000 sq.ft. cannabis facility

In Connecticut’s tightly regulated medical cannabis industry, there are four licensed production facilities where cannabis is actually grown and processed. Last week, Curaleaf hosted a media tour of the newly opened Hopmeadow Street facility. The space totals about 60,000 square feet. Director of…

8 keys to getting funding

Figuring out financing is one of the big challenges every new indoor farmer faces. Like death and taxes, its nearly inevitable. According to research from software provider Artemis, indoor farmers’ greatest challenge is finding funding. Contain’s mission is to change that, and in their work using tech to better connect growers…

South Africa: Greenhouse facility up for sale in Carletonville

Living Gold (LG), now in liquidation, is the owner of a greenhouse facility in Carletonville in North West (South Africa). The property was used originally as a rose farm, but it can now accommodate various other crops, as well as up to 1,750 cattle. As a going concern, this business is financially…

CAN (ON): Construction begins on new cultivation facility

Ground has broken on a new cannabis cultivation facility on Nipissing First Nation. Located near the intersection of Highway 17 and Highway 17B, Golden Harvest Organics Inc.…

8 advantages of implementing a biomass heating system into your business

With an abundance of environmental legislation and net-zero carbon emissions targets, biomass heating systems are becoming increasingly popular in the horticultural industry. With many nurseries seeing a great additional income from RHI payments and a substantially lower fuel supply cost, it is no wonder…

Screen closed, ventilation system on

Is it possible to bring fresh and dry air into the greenhouse without vents? Yes, with the VentilationJet system, because this greenhouse ventilator takes outside air and brings it into the greenhouse without any holes in the screen. Good for the greenhouse climate and also to prevent light emission, which…

Chris Treville, GrowEX

Merging technology and growing: the perfect marriage

The cannabis industry represents a very interesting combination of growing knowledge and engineering skills. Indeed, cannabis facilities are usually very high-tech, as a consequence of the many regulations which growers have to comply with. Therefore, all the processes are required to be utterly…

US (MA): A look inside a solar-powered cannabis grow

Feeling overwhelmed by the near-constant flood of dismal climate news? Well, here’s a breath of fresh air. Earlier this month, Solar Therapeutics, a large-scale cannabis grow operation, manufacturer, and adult-use store in the town of Somerset, an hour south of Boston, turned on its own onsite power…

US (CA): Glass House new 355,000 sq.ft. cannabis greenhouse

Glass House Group, the cannabis company behind a number of cannabis brands including Bella Thorne’s Forbidden Flowers may have just become the largest greenhouse cannabis producer in California. According to information procured exclusively, the company, which previously operated a 150,000 square feet…

Next generation of greenhouses may be fully solar powered

Many greenhouses could become energy neutral by using see-through solar panels to harvest energy – primarily from the wavelengths of light that plants don’t use for photosynthesis. Those are the findings of a new modeling study conducted by engineering, plant biology and physics researchers at North…

US (CA): Opening of cannabis biosciences facility in Half Moon Bay

Dark Heart Nursery (DHN) has opened their brand new 70,000 sq. ft facility this Spring. "Dark Heart Nursery (DHN), a leading California based cannabis genomics, diagnostics…

US (CA): Agreement to begin construction for operation in Paso Robles

LiveWire Ergogenics has entered into a definitive Agreement with QDG Agricultural to begin construction for operation at its Estrella Ranch facility in Paso Robles,…

US (NJ): MMJ facility may be replacing an airport

A medical cannabis cultivation facility may replace an 81-year-old airport in Green Township, but not everyone is on board. The township’s governing committee held a…

CAN (QC): Farnham based facility receives cultivation license

Cannara Biotech has received its cultivation licence from Health Canada for Phase 1 of its purpose-built Farnham Facility, in Québec. "Cultivation is expected to begin immediately with a first harvest to take place in the second quarter of 2020," the team with the company explains. "The granted…

US Secretary of Agriculture opens all-electric Dutch Demo Greenhouse 2030

The Dutch horticultural sector aims to be climate-neutral in 2040. Thus, Wageningen researchers have built a low-emission demo-greenhouse for the cultivation of vegetables, fruit and flowers in an effort to find ways to reduce CO2 emissions as well as the use of crop protection agents and artificial…


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