By / February 7, 2019

Cannabis Farmers in California are Bracing for Higher Utility Costs

The cannabis industry is slowly but surely surpassing the legal hurdles it once faced. What is left to do now is to introduce millions of farmers in the US and Canada to the world of marijuana and hemp farming. Seeing the demand for cannabis products grow stronger, farmers are now in a race to fully upgrade their growing capacity.

Competition is stiff on both the retail and production ends of California’s cannabis industry

Higher costs of land and limited water supplies in the state force farmers to adopt new technologies that would help improve their production rates.

The strong demand for water, the changing climate, and The 100 Percent Clean Energy Act is forcing growers to find better irrigation technologies in a bid to curb heavy expenses on electricity bills.

The 100 Percent Clean Energy Act is good for the environment as it promotes alternative power sources. The main problem is that it will substantially hike electricity prices, which can be a concern for farmers. Adopting better irrigation systems can solve the problem; farmers will be able to lessen their electricity and utility costs, thus allowing them to surpass the current issue easily.

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As the demand for cannabis products grow stronger, farmers are now in a race to fully upgrade their growing capacity (Source)

In the search for solutions

However, Fresno County Farm Bureau CEO and executive director Ryan Jacobsen said in an interview with Agri-Pulse that farmers cannot afford to wait for better alternatives.

The good thing is that there are many tech startups and labs that are already working towards finding solutions for the issue. It might only be a matter of time before Californian farmers finally get access to it.

Cannabis farmers battling the cold

While farmers in California worry about rising electric bills, those in cooler states are beginning to worry about winter. As a commodity, hemp and marijuana are not as easy to grow when temperatures are cold. This poses another problem for the growing community and it could result in lower yields during cold periods.

Companies like Smart Cannabis Corp. (OTCMKTS:SCNA) and its line of next-generation agricultural technologies could prove useful to remedy such issues. For this problem, SCNA has created a new temperature-controlling technology that will also be compatible with its SMART App.

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Cold temperatures are a big problem for cannabis farmers.  (Source)

The SMART Micro Boiler is a piece of unique equipment that can help boost crop yields all-year-round

This product will be put to even better use when it is partnered with the SMART Soil Heater. This gives farmers the ability to systematically warm plots of land. Farmers can also save up on electricity bills by turning off the system in areas that do not need warming.

Cannabis producers will need to pull out all stops to secure a good position for themselves in the growing industry. Farmers should not recklessly rush into the cannabis farming business. Instead, it would be better for them to start out slow and steady. They should weigh out all the technology that is available. As with most agricultural commodities, both quality and quantity are a must for a successful cannabis output.

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