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“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.
3C’s CEO Nic Easley discusses the importance of forethought in designing you cannabis business. Having a unique and differentiated product as well as an efficient and scalable production model is crucial for the success of any venture. If you need assistance with planning and strategizing for scalability in the cannabis industry give 3C a call today. Know the industry before diving in blind.
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.
“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.
The workers behind the scenes making the cannabis industry a reality are being exposed to unregulated and extremely unsafe working conditions. Common industry wide workplace hazards include inadequate airflow, pesticide application, mixing of chemical fertilizers without protective eye wear, unlabeled bamboo stakes, flammable solvents and loose CO2 canisters. If you are looking toward the long term in this industry you must create a safe environment for your workers, adequate training and create products that are safe for consumers! 3C’s CEO Nic Easley highlights these important points and more in this video.
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.
Regardless of what party affiliation you claim, the 2016 Presidential and state-level elections have been a roller coaster ride that still hasn’t ended. The results have huge implications for the marijuana industry that will continue to develop for some time to come. It is an exciting time for the cannabis industry: As the original legal and medical markets show signs of maturity, new programs passed in the last year are set to come online and a whole wave of new programs will begin to take shape throughout the coming year. The only thing we can say with complete certainty is that the commercial cannabis landscape is changing very, very rapidly. These changes present multiple opportunities and challenges for the industry.
3C’s Nic Easley presents To Do or Die: Staying Relevant in the Maturing Cannabis Market at the Indo Expo in Denver, CO. This speech is a must for new and existing cannabis businesses looking to succeed in the industry long term. Nic discusses the relevance of branding as critical component of a successful cannabis business.
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.
This case study shows how 3C evaluated a client’s existing systems to identify key areas for improvement. As a result, 3C’s expert guidance yielded powerful change that immediately impacted bottom line profits.
At the time 3C was retained, our clients were employing double-ended (DE), High Pressure Sodium (HPS) lamps in the production of flower, which was a fairly reliable technology at the time. However, the initial head grower had hung the lights in such a way that each lamp was spaced only four feet off center, rather than the optimal five feet. DE lamps will produce a productive footprint of 25 square feet, so our first recommendation was to re-space the lights accordingly. This required the use of two contractors billed at a rate of $40/hour, for a total of 64 hours, totaling $2,560 to address the lighting in the flower room. During that time, ballasts – which were previously inaccessible to the cultivation staff while plants were in the room – were re-positioned so that the wattages of the lamps could be easily adjusted throughout the flowering process.
New, adjustable ratchets were also required so that the light fixtures could be raised and lowered. This expense was $5 each for 120 pairs, and an additional $600 was required for basic supplies. The trellis frames also had to be altered to take advantage of each light’s full footprint, meaning additional PVC pipe was required along with additional labor from the cultivation staff. The PVC cost $500, and each room required 4 hours of labor at $20/hour, totalling $820 to adjust the trellis frames in all four rooms.
Supplies to construct automatic irrigation for all four flower rooms cost $2,000. Labor hours from the cultivation staff were not counted toward the construction of the irrigation systems; this is because their subsequent operation reduced time spent on irrigation and fertilization by over 75%. Considering this, total labor hours did not decrease but instead were able to be spent more productively on tasks like topping, thinning, and staking plants prior to flowering. This was done to ensure that they entered the final stage of cultivation prepared to produce optimally.
To realize this 75% decrease in required resources, the net total to re-space the light fixtures, reposition the ballasts, adjust the trellis frames, and install automatic irrigation accordingly was only $5,980.