Cultivation and enforcement problems, which plague cultivators regularly, often take a back seat to reap the full profit potential. Although rising yield is often thought of as the holy grail of agriculture, it isn't the only way to boost income. In reality, if you increase yield while also increasing production costs, your profits can remain unchanged.

However, as wholesale cannabis prices continue to fall, rising profit margins are becoming increasingly significant. There is no magic wand for making a cultivation company more profitable. Still, industry insiders have discovered a few traditional strategies. Here are four tips to help you make the most money from your cannabis crop.

1. Make the most of your floor space and keep track of your yield and costs

Grow sites are expensive, so, understandably, companies would want to make the most of the area they are already paying fixed fees such as leases.

It's easy to mistake extra space for potential benefit, mainly if you got a good deal on a place. It is, however, equally necessary to make good use of that room.

It's probably not a big deal if you end up with a few extra rooms in the back of your dispensary. On the other hand, a high-capacity open-plan warehouse can be costly if only a portion of it is used to grow plants.

The majority of cannabis-growing operations necessitate a lot of cooling. Indoor grow, regardless of location, need air conditioning to keep up with the heat generated by grow lights. Dehumidifiers are often required to operate. These absorb any excess moisture in the air that your air conditioner can't extract, including the water generated by your plants' transpiration.

The cost of air conditioning in an underutilized room will quickly add up. You may be able to lease or divide the unused space for potential use. You may be able to extend into infusing or extracting if licensing and zoning allow it.

Vertical cultivation is one method some growers use to make the most of the space they have, particularly in states where canopy square footage is limited.

2. Use automation to reduce labor costs

Hand watering, manually shifting the plants around, repotting, trimming, applying fertilizer, packaging, and other labor costs add up quickly. Many of these tasks are automatable.

A fertigation system injects nutrients into your hydroponic development without the need for manual labor.

In addition, each grows room has a lift that allows technicians better access to the vertical levels of plants, reducing labor demands. Labor costs were reduced by two-thirds thanks to a combination of vertical growth and automation.

Borrowing automation technology from non-cannabis plant applications will continue to drive savings as the industry matures with new controlled markets in agriculture-savvy California and Florida.

3. Improve Workflow Efficiency

Cannabis is quickly becoming a luxury product. As state-legal cannabis becomes more widely available, market prices may fall, making it difficult for growers to remain competitive and profitable. As a result, astute growers must consider their initial start-up costs and the cost of production, which includes anything from the growth process to drying and curing to fresh and frozen extraction. Lean manufacturing practices, known as a systematic method for eliminating waste in the manufacturing process, must be implemented by all.

Any large-scale cannabis production facility must implement both lean manufacturing and quality control. Regardless of whether the grower uses an indoor warehouse or a purpose-built greenhouse, the following questions must be answered: What's the most effective way to get the best crop or commodity to market? And, more importantly, how do you achieve efficiency?

1. Proper staging/work areas include mechanized potting machines, conveyor belts to transport plants to desired locations, and moving or rolling aisles to provide optimum access to plants while preserving valuable floor space.

2. Employees and management should use walkie-talkies or other means of communication to avoid wasting time searching for staff, equipment, or documents to notify the front office when something is out of stock and needs to be ordered.

3. Inventory monitoring is also essential. It is inefficient to send an employee to the store all of the time for supplies. It's best to predict when a necessary item will be out of stock, order it ahead of time, and get it shipped as soon as possible.

4. Keep The Facility Up to Date

Cultivators can design or upgrade facilities to match modern cultivation design, in addition to developing or updating floor plan designs to optimize workflow efficiencies.

Cleanroom technology can help deter pests from accessing the grow area and save money on other pest control measures and equipment, as well as labor time spent fixing pest issues when they arise.

If the cleanroom technology can avoid an insect epidemic that could wipe out an entire crop, an ounce of mitigation could be worth millions of dollars.

Final thoughts

Automation is the most successful way to significantly increase your facility efficiencies and set your company apart from the competition, from small-scale to large-scale cannabis production. Cultivation facilities that are automated streamline processes and procedures reduce running costs, and increase yield. Building management systems that control and track lighting, irrigation, and environmental conditions improve facility performance by reducing human error and pollution risk. Your company will dramatically reduce risk and increase high-quality yields by implementing these data-driven systems. Visit to learn more about how to optimize your earnings.

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