Crop yield is a useful metric for measuring the scale and success of a cannabis grow operation.
Cannabis companies with large greenhouses like to talk about the size of their operations, however, recently cannabis companies have begun to focus on measuring cannabis crop yield as a more important performance indicator. The numbers on grow spaces are often impressive and easy to understand, but they don’t necessarily tell the whole story. Large cannabis grow operations are often economies of scale that prioritize quantity over quality, resulting in a standardized end product that can be produced in large quantities.
In Canada, the demand for high-quality cannabis has created an opportunity for artisanal cannabis growers who specialize in offering cannabis products grown in small batches to ensure the highest quality. These operations often focus on single strains capable of producing unique effects and may require additional attention compared to large-scale cannabis production operations. For craft cannabis businesses that have adopted a smaller operational footprint, yield can be a critical metric when analyzing how efficiently the business uses its grow space.
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Artificial selection and cannabis production variables
In order to grow a premium cannabis product, growers aim to design and implement efficient systems that can control all possible inputs. For growers, there are a number of variables at play that can greatly influence the quality of the resulting product, starting with the strain selected. Cannabis strains all contain the genetic of their “mother” plant. These genetic properties are passed down from generation to generation, allowing growers to select and breed plants that produce the optimal traits for each desired use. This process is called artificial selection and has been common in agriculture for centuries.
Once a strain is selected for production, there are a number of factors during the cultivation process that can influence the yield and quality of the resulting product. Installation design, lighting, irrigation, air quality and soil quality can all play an important role in the resulting plant depending on the properties of the strain being grown. Due to the unique properties of cannabis strains commonly grown around the world, growing conditions should be tailored to the preferences of the strain being grown. Each strain may react differently to environmental inputs, leaving growers to fine-tune their operations based on the desired outcome. For example, according to leafy strains such as Hash Plant and Critical Kush are known to grow into smaller plants, while strains like OG Kush and many ‘OG’ varieties require specific nutrients with a higher quality of calcium and magnesium in order to produce a flower of the best quality.
For many in the cannabis industry, the size and configuration of a grow facility can have a major impact on the quality of the cannabis grown there. The larger the grow space, the more difficult these inputs are to control and the more difficult it is to keep the facility free of pests and pathogens. According to Flowr CEO Vinny Tolia, the decision to optimize cultivation is a key aspect of the company’s business strategy. “Our whole thesis is based on maximizing yield and thereby reducing marginal production costs using purpose-built, highly efficient and extremely clean indoor growing facilities,” Toila told INN in 2019. Flowr is one of Canada’s leaders in cannabis crop yield according to Sean Williams of Nasdaq.com.
Cannabis companies optimize crop yield
A number of cannabis companies are taking different approaches to optimizing quality and yield, with growers and licensed researchers coming together to improve the overall industry potential. Upstream in strain selection, Canadian cannabis company PacRoots Cannabis (CSE:PACR) has formed a strategic partnership with cannabis breeder Phenome One to provide PacRoots with access to some of the best cannabis genetics in the world. Phenome One holds the licenses of over 350 strains with various healing benefits, making it one of the largest cannabis genetic libraries in Canada.
“By filtering up to 600 plants to derive a specific phenotype, Phenome One allows us to customize elite cultivars that can be engineered for indoor and outdoor cultivation,” said PacRoots CEO Patrick Elliott. “Growers demand efficiency to produce better yields and end-user products while maintaining product integrity and potency. Tailored genetics, joint processing and data collection to optimize yield for climates are essential to be competitive in this new global cannabis industry.
At the cultural level, innovative technology companies, including SunPath are working to improve the capabilities of the cannabis industry with its patented collection of fiber optic technologies capable of delivering 10 times the energy of traditional photovoltaic solar panels that power LEDs. The company believes that improving the artificial light used to grow cannabis plants has the potential to reduce operating costs while improving plant growth.
The cannabis supply chain offers a number of opportunities for innovative companies to optimize conditions to deliver the best possible product. For traditional cannabis growers, there are a number of critical factors that inform the cultivation process, from upstream influences such as the strain and its genetics, to downstream influences such as growing conditions, fertilizers and quality of cannabis. the water.
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