Cannabis growing includes several “what if’s” and it’s essential to have a plan in place for the unexpected risks that could happen. Below are a few of the potential pitfalls of growing cannabis and what to do to prepare for them.
Have a plan to protect the cannabis cropCreate a chart of potential crop-growing disasters. List items you may need to purchase to counter the disaster. For example: if there is a power outage, are their generators available to keep the greenhouses warm and lit? What if gas lines freeze? Do you have heat tapes around them? If your cooling system fails, what are you going to do? Do you have backup fans or windows that can open to ventilate? A water main breaks, and you have no water supply. What do you do? Do you have water holding tanks, rain barrels, a water hauler on speed dial?
Mold and pest outbreaks can quickly overtake a cannabis crop. Quick action is needed to prevent it from destroying the entire operation. Know what products to use to counteract mold and pests. You may need to quarantine plants or rooms of plants to treat them. Be aware of what pesticides your state allows. It is not if you get mold or pests; rather, you need to be ready when you get mold or pests.
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