Sometimes the Universe and the Good Lord offers you an opportunity so stunning that everything else in life must be set aside to follow that offered path. That was the case for The Cannabis College of America in 2019. We were asked to participate and in fact serve as the Master Grower for a Farm Bill 2018 legal hemp planting project near Penn State University. So we traveled north and spent the summer in the Ridge and Valley region and the famous Nittany Valley, growing CBD hemp in Pennsylvania.
What an adventure! Take a look at some of my photos and consider what we were able to accomplish with a great idea – contracts with local family farmers – and the knowledge and skills and practical experience that make the Cannabis College of America such an exceptional source of training and education in the cannabis hemp industry.
We had such a successful year growing CBD hemp in Pennsylvania that the CCA was asked to collaborate with N2Innovations in operating a branch of the Cannabis College of America in their Belleville Pa Hemp Drying Storage and Extraction facility. In a few days we will be posting more photos and descriptions of the seminar and class schedules for this spring. First seminar to be held January 18, 2020 at:
N2Innovations 354 New Holland Dr. Belleville, Pa 17004 (814) 218-2804
A very useful tour of a medical cannabis grow room in Colorado, which takes a look at every piece of equipment used in the room, from the trays that support the plants, to the Ceramic Metal Halide light systems, to the air conditioning and heating setup, to the watering and feeding systems. A very useful video for the student to watch and study.
The result? The High Pressure Sodium produced slightly more weight, with a denser bud structure. Otherwise they were comparable, and the LED did quite well.
The lights have improved to something close to equity. However, HPS prices have fallen to a stable price point which is considerably lower per watt than the high end LEDs. On the basis of cost-to-begin and the initial cost of an indoor system, HPS wins easily.
But, the heat produced by the HPS lighting must be removed from the plants, and the air around the plants conditioned in various ways, and these costs are significant. The cost of overheated plants is also significant. Delayed growth, collapse of potency, hermaphrodism and male flowers in the room, vulnerability to pests, greater pest vigor and breeding rates (especially spider mites), and other results of excess heat are among the biggest threats to profit and quality the indoor grower faces. And the cost of the equipment needed to offset heat, from ducting and fans and filters, to air conditioners, and humidifiers and dehumidifiers has to be added to the initial setup costs.
Of course, one of the primary reasons for the drive for better LEDs these past years has been the cost of electricity. Generally speaking, LEDs cost half or more less than HPS to power. As a necessary monthly expense, saving that much on your electric bill is significant. Combine with that the cost saved on air-conditioning and cooling power.
Combining the two types of lighting is a solution to consider.
Kevin Jodry talks about the loss of the most intensely skunky smelling strains that were discovered in the late 80s and early 90s in this fascinating video. Interested in terpenes? This is one of the most erudite yet practical discussions of cannabis terpenes we have viewed.
Yes, it’s a series of videos basically intended to promote thye Advanced Nutrients line of products, but the chance to look at a series of growing systems and grow rooms is still very interesting and valuable.
From the Youtube Description: ” If you’re still just getting a pound per light, how would you like to TRIPLE that? If so, then just watch this video, copy what they’re doing and watch as you too start getting bigger, heavier yields! These growers are consistently getting 3+ pounds per light over a wide range of genetics by using a common way of growing—or industry secrets if you will—and they all frequent the Truckee Horticulture Center in Truckee, CA. What you’ll notice is that even as BigMike interviews different growers growing different strains in different grow rooms is they are all using a common set of grower guidelines. In short, they are all using the same industry secrets. Everything from the growing medium, to grow room setups, feeding schedules, environment, PPM and more is revealed in this video. “