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Tension Fabric Greenhouse Helps Increase Productivity in Cannabis Operations

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Recent Trends in the Cannabis Industry Emphasize Quality and Efficiency

The cannabis cultivation industry has grown exponentially as demand increases across the country. It has grown and diversified, and now offers a broad range of cannabis products that target the needs of an ever more knowledgeable customer base. The industry is finally experiencing financial rewards for growers and producers, who have worked hard to build their businesses and introduce new, high-quality strains while improving crop yields and operational efficiency.

At a time of many opportunities in a still challenging industry, having access to the right tools for success is key. One of the tools available to growers to help cultivate quality products with specific characteristics is the Allsite tension fabric greenhouse. The versatile structure facilitates indoor grow operations, where all the elements of crop production can be carefully managed in a finely tuned, controlled environment. Recent trends in the industry make having the right prefabricated greenhouse structures even more crucial to successful operations.

Here’s What We Cover in this Article

Cannabis Industry Trends in 2023

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Portrait of scientist with mask, glasses and gloves checking hemp plants in a greenhouse. Concept of herbal alternative medicine, cbd oil, pharmaceutical industry

Challenges

The cannabis industry faces challenges as both demand and supply increase while regulations continue to lag behind. As the number of large growers, who enjoy economies of scale, has increased, downward pricing pressures have become a fact of life. Smaller growers, in particular, must be more creative and more economical in their indoor grow operations to compete in a price-sensitive marketplace.

Continued issues with banking and other restrictions imposed by federal law continue to affect the industry, increasing costs for all operators as they must run their businesses as efficiently as possible, without the benefits of banking and financing and dealing with cash transactions that make day to day operations unnecessarily difficult in an age of instantaneous, automated transactions.

A challenging economic environment affects the cannabis industry as well, so flexibility to make adjustments is important to help weather economic ups and downs. But overall, the cannabis cultivation industry has made remarkable strides forward in just a few years.

Successes and Opportunities

Cannabis crops - indoor grow operations in a controlled environment.

Marijuana cultivation: indoor growing operations in grow box controlled environment

Importance of Operational Efficiency

Investment and research have improved the quality and variety of cannabis products, offering a wider range of medicinal benefits and recreational choices to users. Some operators have succeeded in grabbing market share with savvy branding and marketing. These challenge smaller growers and producers to keep up with crop production, but they also raise awareness and educate the public.

Operational efficiency has become a key requirement for success in this increasingly diversified and competitive industry. It is a major focus for growers and producers. They seek solutions for lower costs, better crop yields, and efficient operational processes. They need to achieve these while delivering higher quality product, including managing crop production to grow plants that produce specific combinations of cannabinoids and terpenes. Meanwhile, suppliers, innovators, and vendors have responded to growers’ needs by making available more helpful tools, such as prefabricated greenhouse structures.

Crop Steering

For example, one tool now available to achieve operational goals is crop steering, a new concept that helps growers fine-tune cannabis cultivation throughout the grow cycle in order to produce specific product characteristics and desired yields. This process is used in indoor grow situations to tightly control the crop cycle, steering the growing plants’ responses to stimuli. It uses root zone and environmental sensors to measure environmental factors such as root zone temperature, air temperature, electrical conductivity (EC), humidity, water content levels, and other data. Automated systems monitor and control cycles such as light and irrigation. These controls guide the plants to desired growth outcomes, such as optimizing the plant’s ability to bulk up during the flowering stage.

Crop steering is just one of the innovative tools the industry has developed to enhance their business. A quality enclosed greenhouse can help provide the proper indoor controlled environment for growers who depend on methods such as crop steering.

Tension Fabric Cannabis Greenhouse Provides Solutions

tension fabric greenhouse to be used as cannabis greenhouse solution, under constructionHaving the right indoor environment for your desired grow operation is a key factor in crop success. The greenhouse must be large and airy to manage air quality, but insulated well enough to allow for tight control of indoor light, temperature, and humidity levels. It should have enough floor space to accommodate the desired number of plants, in all cycles of production, as well as room for easy placement of lighting, irrigation, monitoring, and other systems.

Allsite’s tension fabric greenhouse is the perfect cannabis greenhouse solution for enhancing productivity in cannabis operations. This stable, weather-resistant, high-quality structure that not only provides an ideal indoor environment but is easy to modify, relocate, and equip as needed to create the indoor grow setup needed to optimize cultivation success. Built over a high-strength, extruded aluminum interior frame and tensioned by industrial-quality PVC fabric, this modular building provides a secure and efficient greenhouse environment. The industrial-strength PVC walls reflect UV radiation, shed snow, and shelter the interior from other external elements like light, wind, and dust.

The large, open span interior is opaque, allowing for 24/7 lighting management. Ventilation options are available including louvers and fans. The structure also accommodates reverse exhaust fans or other air systems to control air and moisture. Allsite’s high strength aluminum building frame can support multiple overhead systems.

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With several widths available and the desired structure length based on standard panel increments of 16.4 feet (5 meters) each, the prefabricated greenhouse structures offer customizable options for interior space. Design your greenhouse layout to efficiently organize plants, equipment, and workspace, optimizing the operational efficiency of your indoor grow operations. The clear span interior space allows for the incorporation of interior walls or sectioning, facilitating the creation of separate work areas for tasks such as lab work, crop processing, and other related activities.

The modular, high-strength structure can be installed anywhere you need it, such as on an empty lot, a farm field, adjacent to a traditional building, wherever fits the situation. It can be sized to fit your current needs and very easily resized to accommodate growth or a pullback in production.

Allsite’s prefabricated greenhouse structures are built with energy efficiency in mind, incorporating features such as insulation, efficient lighting systems, and climate control mechanisms. These energy-saving elements help reduce operational costs and create a sustainable growing environment.

For a grower looking to optimize production using precise crop management processes such as crop steering, the Allsite tension fabric structure provides the perfect indoor greenhouse solution. The Allsite tension fabric greenhouse provides an ideal indoor controlled grow environment with the flexibility you need to adapt to rapid changes in the industry. Give Allsite a call for more information on setting up your cannabis greenhouse solution.

Author Jason Cromwell

Jason Cromwell is the General Manager of Allsite Structure Rentals. He has a degree in Business Economics from the University of California, Santa Barbara. Jason is a 12 year veteran in all matters related to Tension Fabric Structures with Allsite Structure Rentals and has over 20 years of sales, operations, and management experience. Read more about Jason and the rest of our team at https://allsitestructures.com/about/

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