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Big data and sensor technology are changing large-scale operations. More information means more productivity, lower costs, and less waste. These innovations will continue to grow as the legalization of marijuana expands. While some will be limited to large-scale projects, others will be a boon for smaller growers.
Growing cannabis indoors
Growing cannabis indoors presents many challenges. For one, indoor cultivators must mimic the natural light cycle of cannabis plants, while maintaining the proper temperature and humidity levels. Indoor cultivators need to find mold resistant weed seeds in order to get high yeilds. They also need to provide essential nutrients, such as nitrogen and potassium, to the plants. These factors will determine the taste, effects, and yield of the cannabis. In order to overcome these problems, indoor cultivators should develop special equipment.
One of the greatest challenges for growing cannabis indoors is energy consumption. As of now, roughly 50-60 percent of the energy used to grow cannabis is spent on cooling the area, which is a significant expense for farmers. Additionally, farmers risk losing entire crops to mold. Due to these challenges, the cannabis industry has introduced several innovations to make indoor cultivation more efficient. One such innovation is gas-driven chillers. These chillers use natural gasses to produce chilled water for cooling and hot waste water for use in the growing process.
The Aquamat is an irrigation conservation system that is designed to help farmers achieve maximum plant growth without watering too often. The system captures water and releases it efficiently to plants in a greenhouse. Its custom design allows it to fit any greenhouse set-up. It is a great choice for large-scale grow operations, but serious home gardeners can also make use of this technology.
Gas-driven chillers are a type of combined heat and power system that is perfect for marijuana cultivation. Gas chillers use the waste heat from a propane or gas engine to cool air and reheat it. They can help cannabis growers reduce utility costs by 50 percent.
Chilled water systems also give growers peace of mind. As a grower, your HVAC system is one of the most important aspects of your business. It must be dependable enough to keep your plants at optimum conditions. Daikin Applied chillers are installed in dozens of grow facilities nationwide.
Edibles and beverages
The cannabis industry is poised to introduce a host of new products in the coming years. Edibles are among the most popular types of cannabis products, with millennials and Gen X consumers citing them as their favorites. The next five years will see an increase in the number of edible products available to consumers.
In addition to edibles, beverages will see an increase in popularity in 2022. Consumers will seek out new flavors and types of beverages that are both tasty and safe. Popular beverages will include sports drinks and social beverages made from cannabis. These products are still in their infancy, but 2022 promises to be an exciting year for innovation in this area.
Data storage and sharing
A great way to improve the growth of cannabis plants is to use artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning technology to monitor and control growing conditions. The use of sensors allows growers to control the growing environment, which saves time and money. This technology allows growers to track the growth of their crops and store the data for later use. With this technology, cannabis growers can monitor the quality of their crops at any time.
With the use of Cloud-based storage services, cannabis companies can store, access, and share their data to improve processes, customer service, and productivity. Modern technology also offers reliable ways to conduct meetings and communicate. Microsoft Teams and Zoom can help cannabis companies track and share data, and they can streamline scheduling and employee training.