in the Dec/Jan 2016 edition of
Cannabiss Business Times magazine
In cannabis cultivation, light is everything. So, it is a good idea to understand what kind of light levels a design will deliver to the plants long before the plans are drawn up.
Designers need to be careful not to save electricity at the expense of yield and profit. The potential annual yield of any greenhouse design is linked closely with the light the design delivers to the plant. Understanding a design’s light performance early in the planning process can help inform expensive decisions and set reasonable expectations for the facility’s performance.
When you think of “ripeness,” you might think of western slope Colorado peaches dripping juice down your chin as you take a bite. Georgia folk would say the same, and that is the point: Most people have had a near-religious experience with a perfectly ripe piece of fruit.
Webster’s defines “ripe” along the lines of the condition of "being brought to full flavor or the best state." That is a pretty wide definition, but is it safe to say that size, color, texture, juiciness, aroma and taste are all attributes associated with our idea of “ripeness.”
The term “ripening” has also long been part of marijuana-cultivation practice. When a client ties its production harvest dates to the concept of ripening, decisions that impact the operation's production output and financial success are being controlled by that concept and are based on opinion and speculation.
Flushing is globally recommended but there is no science to back it up. At a cost of one week in fllower this article examines the sceince of flushing and offers readers a way to see how much money they are losing every harvest to flushing in the name of a quality enhancement no one has quantified. This is a business after all, not a smokeout.
Hydroponic growing is ideal for revealing a plant’s true genetics, delivering high yields and quality, if you can deal with the pH roller coaster. (Fortunately, there are ways to do so.)
There are 17 mineral elements from the periodic chart recognized as essential to a plant’s completion of its life and reproductive cycle: Nitrogen, Phosphorus, Potassium, Calcium, Magnesium, Sulfur, Manganese, Iron, Boron, Molybdenum, Copper, Zinc, Chlorine and recently added Nickel. Give a plant enough of these along with CO2, water and light, and its DNA will deliver whatever it has locked inside. A good place to pick that lock is a hydroponic table.
Maryland’s call for applications for medical marijuana cultivation, processing and dispensary licenses received an overwhelming response with more than 1,000 applicants. Investors appear confident they can live with federal banking and IRS tax-deduction regulations. That leaves the future awardees to face the other major federal regulation hurdle: pesticides.
High-visibility, pesticide-related product recalls (such as the December 2015 recall of 35,000 ediPure edibles, and the recall of nearly 100,000 packages of Mountain High Suckers less than two weeks later) are exerting pressure on regulators and the industry to make good on the promise of clean cannabis.
Operations in jurisdictions where pesticides are allowed can build solid pest management plans on those pesticides and not be afraid of triggering hot test results. But in locales where pesticides are prohibited altogether, growers can still thrive free of pesticides.
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November 2015 inaugeral Issue of Cannabis Business Times Print edition
The romance of the quick buck never goes out of style, and the burgeoning cannabis industry is arguably the sexiest get-rich-quick opportunity out there today for people with a couple million dollars to spare. People who are getting out their wallets to buy into that opportunity are “money people,” not cultivators, yet they are confident they can hire someone to grow this plant for them. One of our cultivator friends in the business laughed when we asked a prospect if she “had $2 million for the facility and startup?” Our friend rightly suggested that the right question really was: “Did she have $2 million to lose?”
Don’t let being star-struck turn into dumbstruck. Here are some important points you absolutely should consider before you start on your path to cultivation. If you can say you understand them and how you will act on them, you are off to a good start. If, however, these are foreign topics, you would do well to seek help in researching and planning your operation.
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By Kurt Badertscher of Otoké Horticulture, LLC
Colorado regulators recently issued official direction to the Colorado cannabis industry defining which pesticides can be used in Cannabis cultivation. They also then almost simultaneously began enforcing restrictions. This illustrates two truths about the industry: One, cannabis has a serious pesticide problem and two, not everyone is a fan.
The fan thing doesn’t affect the larger industry, but the pesticide problem does. That problem is that cannabis and hemp weren’t invited to the pesticide party that followed World War II. The result? Zero pesticide products are registered for use on cannabis in the United States today. Regulators have been able to cobble together a small list of ultra-low toxicity pesticides that can be used on cannabis, but given that this list is smaller than even the list organic producers live within, the efficacy of this list of products is not in any way assured. This situation does not look like it is going to change soon, so cultivators, both present and future, need to decide how they will comply with these pesticide restrictions and maintain yield, quality and costs.
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