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A Cultivator’s Secret Sauce: Controls and Automation

Posted by Courtney Johnson on May 14, 2019 9:46 pm
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As branding and strain consistency grows increasingly important in the cannabis industry, cultivators are looking for solutions to give them more controllability and more repeatability. The key may lie in utilizing controls and automation to monitor data and adjust environmental variables accordingly.

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Dry Cooling

Posted by Courtney Johnson on February 14, 2019 6:22 pm
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Cultivating indoors helps many growers continue to harvest year-round, even in cold-weather climates. However, it makes little sense to have to run air conditioners at full capacity to cool indoor environments when ambient temperatures are below freezing. Find out how utilizing dry cooling could lower your monthly operational costs.

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0 Comments Click here to read/write commentsTopics: cannabis climate control, cannabis cultivation, cannabis hvac, climate control, cooling, dry cooler, efficiency, efficient growing, energy efficiency, engineering for cannabis, environmental control, equipment, facility design, free cooling, growing cannabis, growing indoors, HVAC, indoor agriculture, indoor climate control, indoor cultivation, indoor growing, Surna, sustainability

NCIA Business Summit & CWCBE: What we learned

Posted by Celia Daly on June 22, 2017 12:00 am
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This summer has been a busy one for Surna. We’ve been traveling to a lot of industry events around the country. Last month, we were in DC and Toronto and last week, we went to Oakland and New York for cannabis industry related events. Both of these events were a success for us. Not only did we get to meet more people in the industry, but we also attended some great discussions on a range of topics.  

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0 Comments Click here to read/write commentsTopics: 2017 cannabis, air sanitation biosecurity, best practices cannabis, biosecurity, building cannabis, California cannabis, cannabis, Cannabis Basics, cannabis climate control, climate control, CWCBE, energy efficiency, energy efficient, environmental control, Events, indoor agriculture, indoor climate control, indoor garden, National Cannabis Industry Association, NCIA

Cultivating Consistent Quality in Cannabis

Posted by Celia Daly on May 19, 2017 12:00 am
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Cannabis is one of the North America’s newest and most promising industries. It is now medically legal in 29 states and recreationally legal in 8 states, with even more allowing CBD for certain medical conditions. A recent poll also shows that close to 60% of American support legalized cannabis and Canada is taking cannabis even further, introducing legislation to federally legalize the plant in 2018. All of this indicates a trend away from prohibition toward a regulated market. And yet, some are still wary of cannabis. 

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1 Comments Click here to read/write commentsTopics: 2017 cannabis, best practices cannabis, building cannabis, Cannabis Basics, cannabis climate control, cannabis cultivation, cannabis hvac, chiller, climate, climate control, commercial cultivation, compliance, cooling, cultivation, cultivation equipment, cultivation technology, environment, environmental control, HVAC, indoor climate control, indoor cultivation, marijuana, marijuana cultivation, medical marijuana

Biosecurity Risks in the Garden

Posted by Celia Daly on March 31, 2017 12:00 am
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Biosecurity is quickly becoming one of the most important topics in the cannabis industry. Testing standards are getting stricter and rates of tainted crops are sky rocketing, causing supply shortages and significant financial blows to cultivators all over the continent. Crops with mold or fungus can be deadly to consumers—especially those with lower immune systems, like many medical users. The alternative for many cultivators is to use chemicals like pesticides and fungicides to combat mold but unfortunately, these still pose a threat to consumers, placing cultivators in a catch-22 situation. Should you risk mold and fungus by avoiding chemicals? Or should you introduce potentially harmful chemicals to your plants to ensure against mold and fungus? Neither is a good option. Not only do these options put consumers at risk but, with increased regulation, they also put cultivators at risk of losing significant profits from having to dispose of sub-par harvests.

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0 Comments Click here to read/write commentsTopics: 2017 cannabis, air sanitation, air sanitation biosecurity, airoclean, best practices cannabis, biosecurity, botrytis, building cannabis, cannabis, Cannabis Basics, cannabis climate control, cannabis cultivation, cannabis technology, clean room, climate control, commercial cultivation, cultivation equipment, growing indoors, indoor agriculture, indoor climate control, indoor cultivation, indoor garden cooling, indoor garden hvac, marijuana cultivation, medical marijuana, mold, powdery mildew

Compliance as a Competitive Advantage: Get your Garden in Order

Posted by Celia Daly on March 16, 2017 12:00 am
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Right now, cannabis in the United States is a hotly debated topic. Many people are anti-prohibition citing medicinal uses, economic growth, job-creation and removing its incentive from underworld criminals as reasons for creating a legitimate, regulated cannabis industry. Others see negative impacts of legalization, believing that cannabis is harmful and prohibition only keeps citizens safe. But more and more, the consensus is moving toward the former with a new poll suggesting 93% of voters support medical marijuana and 59% support full legalization. Elections in November highlighted this trend as four states adopted medical and another four voted in favor of adult-use programs. Now a record 60% of the United States’ population live in a state that has legalized in some form.

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2 Comments Click here to read/write commentsTopics: air sanitation biosecurity, best practices cannabis, biosecurity, building cannabis, California cannabis, cannabis, Cannabis Basics, cannabis business, cannabis climate control, cannabis engineering, cannabis garden, cannabis regulation, climate control, compliance, energy efficiency, environmental control, growing indoors, indoor climate control, indoor cultivation, indoor garden, indoor garden hvac, marijuana cultivation, medical marijuana, regulatory best practices

What We Learned: CannaCon Recap

Posted by Celia Daly on February 23, 2017 12:00 am
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Last week, Surna headed to Seattle for CannaCon for the second time. The energy at the show, and in Seattle in general, was great and we were excited to see new and familiar faces!

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0 Comments Click here to read/write commentsTopics: cannabis, cannabis cultivation, cannacon, climate control, cooling, energy efficiency, environmental control, indoor cultivation, indoor garden

Who is Surna?

Posted by Celia Daly on January 12, 2017 12:00 am
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Every week we to put together a blog that we believe brings much needed information to our readers. We really enjoy being able to share all the wisdom we gather in our various daily activities here at Surna to a reader base who will appreciate and use it. However, today we want to do something a little different. This is your warning: we’re plugging Surna today because it’s, well, awesome. And we want to share with you guys why we think Surna is so awesome.

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1 Comments Click here to read/write commentsTopics: cannabis, cannabis cultvation, climate control, cultivation, featured, HVAC, indoor garden, Inside Surna, Surna

December Newsletter: A Year in Review

Posted by Celia Daly on December 21, 2016 12:00 am
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Well, folks, it’s that time of year again. Everyone is starting to wind down operations for the year and look ahead to 2017 for new and exciting projects. Both Surna and the Cannabis Industry have had big years in 2016.

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Options for Controling your Pest and Fungal Issues Despite Strict Regulation

Posted by Celia Daly on December 8, 2016 12:00 am
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Lately, it seems every other article we read is about growers having to dispose of large percentages of their crops due to testing failures. The recent tightening of regulations on pesticides and fungicides in Oregon has had a serious effect on cultivators as they try to figure out new ways to grow healthy plants without depending on chemicals. But this isn’t just an Oregon problem. More states are joining the cannabis market and, with that, comes stricter testing regulations. In fact, a new study by Steep Hill Labs shows that if California were to adopt similar testing standards to those used by Oregon Environmental Laboratory Accreditation Program (ORELAP), nearly 83% of crops would fail. That is no small issue.

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0 Comments Click here to read/write commentsTopics: air sanitation, airoclean, botrytis, cannabis, Cannabis Basics, climate control, featured, fungal control, fungicide, fungus, indoor garden, ionizers, mites, mold, ozone, pest, pest control, pesticide, powdery mildew, spores, ultraviolet, UV

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