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Agriculture & Cultivation

Out of Nose Out of Mind – Dope Magazine

Odor Mitigation Raises Issues Across the Industry

3C’s Nic Easley discusses the importance of implementing adequate odor control systems into cannabis facilities in this Dope magazine article. Wise producers design and build their facilities in the best possible way whether or not they are legally forced to do so. As communities welcome new cannabis production facilitates across the country it’s our responsibility to be respectable neighbors, this is why Odor control systems are essential. By going above and beyond regulatory standards business owners set the pace for the industry as a whole. If we want to the industry to continue to grow we must demonstrate our professionalism and work to breakdown the stigmas associated with the cannabis plant. Cannabis businesses benefit greatly from looking to established industries for relevant solutions. The agricultural and pharmaceutical industries have navigated many of the same challenges faced by the cannabis industry on a much larger scale for decades.

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  • June 15, 2017 / By admin

Agriculture & Cultivation

More Tips for Greenhouse Structure Design – Cannabis Business Times

Don’t try to do it on your own.

“When it comes to choosing a greenhouse company or greenhouse design, you have to think about these operations as an organism. They have to be homeostatically balanced—maintaining a constant temperature, airflow, humidity, CO2 concentration, light penetration and concentration—in order to have a successful, functioning, living, breathing entity. If the space is sick, like a human being, you’re going to have problems.

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  • May 3, 2017 / By admin

Agriculture & Cultivation

The Essentials of an Effective Integrated Pest Management Plan – Cannabis Business Times

Integrated Pest Management (IPM) is an overarching strategy with specific protocols for preventing pests in an agricultural environment by employing techniques for identifying, managing and eliminating pests should they arise. It is a better use of resources to prevent a pest problem from occurring by creating an inhospitable environment for pests, facilitating induced systemic resistance and proper operation design.

With cannabis being an agricultural crop, the solutions to its cultivation problems lie within traditional agriculture. A well-crafted IPM plan is an effective strategy for every cannabis cultivator to mitigate crop loss, increase quality and utilize correct techniques to achieve the desired result.

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  • March 31, 2017 / By admin

Agriculture & Cultivation

Design and Strategy Tips for Building Your Greenhouse – Cannabis Business Times

Embrace the lessons of agriculture.

“When looking into greenhouse cultivation, many growers came from small cannabis [with] illicit market experience, which they scaled and ramped up into legal production in warehouses. They’ve never done good agricultural practices (GAPs) or good manufacturing practices (GMPs), or even best management practices (BMPs) for greenhouse cultivation. I’d … look to outside agricultural experts and industries, other than just thinking we’re going to grow in a greenhouse just like we grew in a warehouse, and it’s going to be the same. That’s absolutely not the case – for how you cultivate plants in vegetative state, how you train plants for maximum canopy control, or how much soil, water and nutrients are required for adequate production and growth.

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  • March 23, 2017 / By admin

Agriculture & Cultivation

Why use pesticides?

3C’s Nic Easley describes the environmental conditions required for cannabis to thrive without pesticides. Creating a healthy environment through intelligent guidance and foresight is key to success in the cannabis industry. Cultivation and processing facilities are like living organisms and when they are designed and maintained in a healthy way they keep pests and disease at bay.

  • February 24, 2017 / By admin

Agriculture & Cultivation

Your Guide to ‘Organic’ Cannabis – Cannabis Business Times

Products grown, manufactured and distributed with organic methods and practices are in high demand. The term “organic” provides consumer confidence in the safety and morality of the products they are purchasing. In turn, operations that comply with all state-mandated guidelines, while working to provide a product that is produced via standardized ecological principles, appeal to that consumer confidence, in addition to having resilient production that can absorb biological shocks and disturbances.

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  • January 10, 2017 / By admin

Agriculture & Cultivation

Hydroponics or Soil? – Cannabis Business Times

How to choose the right growing method for your cultivation operation.

Cannabis cultivation involves many levels of decision-making and fundamental production choices that ultimately determine the quality and efficiency of product output. While there are myriad factors to be considered around cultivation style and methods, choosing the specific medium that cannabis will be grown in is a broad, but important topic of debate within the cannabis industry. Ultimately, the decision boils down to choosing between hydroponic or soil cultivation methods.

Many arguments can be made in favor of, or against, both methods, and it is up to informed producers to determine the best growing choice for them. Soil mixes specific to the needs and demands of cannabis are based in generations of agricultural know-how to best mimic naturally occurring ecosystems utilizing natural resources. Hydroponic growing has unique advantages and disadvantages, and can be a valuable growing technique.
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  • December 5, 2016 / By admin

Agriculture & Cultivation

A Guide to Planning for a Successful Harvest – Cannabis Business Times

The harvest — something agriculture has experienced since the beginning of time — is the culmination of all of your work in planning, zoning, buying land, obtaining financing, constructing facilities, training staff, acquiring genetics, cloning, vegetative and flowering growth, and countless other activities.

Reaping the fruits (or flowers) of your labor is not an easy process, but rather one fraught with risk, potentially causing high levels of stress if not thoughtfully designed. Poor harvesting techniques may lower the harvest’s quality, which ultimately impacts your financial bottom line and can create potential brand and even industry damage with distribution of low-quality products.

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  • October 3, 2016 / By admin

Agriculture & Cultivation

3C makes Top 100 Ancillary Businesses List of 2016 – Cannabis Business Executive

Cannabis Business Executive ranked 3C number 67 in their list of the top 100 ancillary businesses in the commercial cannabis industry. We’re proud to have earned a place among the most influential businesses in this industry, and we look forward to continued success.

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  • June 7, 2016 / By admin

Agriculture & Cultivation

The Root of Fertilization Problems – Cannabis Business Times

Fertilization problems are among the most common that we encounter when working to improve cultivation operations. Frequently, the root cause of the problem is a misunderstanding of plant physiology, which leads to growers simply following “feed charts,” without looking to fundamental, successful approaches from established agricultural models.

In this column, we will reframe common industry perceptions of nutrients and fertilization with an introduction to the “soil food web.” We also will explain natural fertilization approaches that are inexpensive, highly productive and provide multifaceted benefits, such as pest and disease resistance. And, we include recommendations for those employing hydroponic systems, in addition to general guidance on monitoring and testing your nutrient solution, media and runoff to ensure that you are doing what is best for your plants — which translates to high-yielding, high-quality harvests.
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  • May 1, 2016 / By admin
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