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Controlling the hours of sunlight that
plants get allows growers to achieve
consistency. Photo courtesy of Oriana
Using hoop houses with tarps can help
" We don't have as many bottlenecks, "
ensure the plant doesn't take too long to
flower, which could put the harvest at
risk for early frost, fall-season wildfires
or rain and resulting moisture problems.
Nevedal said the growers with lightdeprivation
structures had additional
protection against ash falling from
wildfires that ravaged the West Coast
last fall.
LABOR EFFICIENCY
Dr. Jordan Lewis, CEO of Fotmer
Life Sciences, a cannabis cultivation
and extraction company based in
Montevideo, Uruguay, called light
deprivation a " fundamental tool. "
His team uses the technique in specially
designed greenhouses with mechanical
curtains to create two harvests where it
would otherwise have only one.
Lengthening the harvest window
allows Lewis to spread out the processing
segment of the labor flow, cutting back on
the need for seasonal labor and ensuring
employees have enough work to stay busy.
Lewis said.
He also points out that staggered
harvesting is a risk-management tool:
For example, shortening the life cycle
of the plant by adjusting the light can
help to prevent contamination between
batches.
" The shorter the life cycle of the plant,
the less opportunity (there is) for disease
to be impactful, " Lewis added.
Another tip: Light deprivation does
not permit a lot of room for error. A
pinhole of light getting through a curtain
can cause plants to herm and go to
Using light deprivation to stagger harvest
schedules helps to prevent workflow
bottlenecks in a cultivation facility.
Photo Courtesy of Fotmer Life Sciences
Fotmer Life Sciences is growing in
18 different greenhouses right now,
and the set schedule allows them
to stagger the harvests, which helps
with managing the labor needed for
trimming and curing.
Bart Schaneman is a reporter
for Marijuana Business
Magazine and Marijuana
Business Daily. You can reach
him at bart.schaneman@
mjbizdaily.com.
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seed, ruining the whole crop.
" You have to make sure there's no light,
or you don't get the results you need, "
Lewis said.
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