GPN Hosts Successful Cannabis and Hemp Week
2021 Cannabis and Hemp Week has wrapped up with a lively panel discussion featuring experts in the cannabis and hemp industries. Presented by Cannabis Product News, Hemp Production News and GPN, Cannabis and Hemp Week featured three 1-hour interactive webcasts addressing the latest issues facing growers. Speakers shared the latest insights, production tips and guidelines to growing successfully.
On Sept. 21, Travis Higginbotham, vice president of production at The Harborside Group, stressed the importance of proper planning for a successful production forecast. He discussed greenhouse square foot utilization, departmental team management vs. labor costs and overtime costs, throughput metrics per production stage, sales vs. production alignment and how all of these are interconnected.
Dr. Neil Mattson, a professor and greenhouse Extension specialist in the School of Integrative Plant Science at Cornell University, talked lighting up CEA hemp on Sept. 22. He discussed research at Cornell University comparing performance and CBD content of hemp in response to high-pressure sodium and LED lights. Beyond visible light, far-red or UV light have been much talked about in terms of boosting crop performance, Mattson discussed what is known based on the scientific literature.
Cannabis and Hemp Week wrapped up with a panel discussion featuring Allison Justice, owner of The Hemp Mine; Erica Hernandez, technical specialist at Griffin Greenhouse Supplies; and Max Salinger, vice president of technical cultivation at Cresco Labs. Each panelist discussed their experience with hemp and cannabis. From genetics and breeding to disease and pest management, panelists gave personal examples of how they have identified and tackled challenges in the greenhouse and field.