Marijuana growers have environmental hurdles to face cultivating cannabis outdoors

I know that the agricultural industry is heavily affected by environmental factors.

Things like storms, drought, dust, and fungus can wipe out huge chunks of large crops.

Some farmers have switched to indoor setups with large LED lights because they only use a fraction of the fertilizers and pesticides needed for outdoor plants. But our local citrus industry couldn’t manage that kind of transition, so it is heavily dependent on cooperative weather. One year the temperatures in December and January caused serious crop spoilage and the country faced a temporary citrus shortage. I can’t imagine the stress that this would create for you if you farmed for any reason. Marijuana growers who utilize outdoor greenhouses also have to worry about these environmental hurdles. Unless you live in the deep south, you have a limited time frame during the year in which you can raise plants to maturity because of temperatures and lack of sunlight in winter. I can imagine why so many marijuana companies opt for indoor growing setups instead. If they can use indoor growing facilities to cultivate marijuana, they can easily control all of the environment variables that normally plague outdoor greenhouses. The lights used range from high powered LEDs to fluorescent bulbs. They also utilize indoor climate control to prevent fungal growth, which is easy to get if you’re an inexperienced grower. Between the amount of light, the temperatures, the air quality, and the nutrients—it’s hard to beat the ease of growing cannabis indoors. Some will swear that outdoor weed at its best is better than the greatest indoor varieties, but I can’t comment on that.

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