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Technology Behind Indoor Hemp Farming

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Written by Colby McCoy

Outdoor hemp cultivation has become the gold standard across the industry. That being said, indoor hemp cultivation has garnered increased interest from many budding growers. Particularly those using hemp to produce CBD products. This has led to the development of interesting and groundbreaking technologies in indoor hemp farming: vertical growing systems, COB LED’s, and continuous countercurrent reactor technology.

In comparison to growing hemp outdoors, indoor growing has one major disadvantage —it can be incredibly expensive. Factors such as square footage and electricity costs are issues indoor growing operations have to contend with. One answer to this issue is vertical growing systems which aim to maximize square footage and reduce the need to purchase more space. Montel offers indoor hemp cultivators a static or mobile, vertical growing system that reduces overhead costs in a variety of ways. These benches include mechanical and powered assist to make moving your crop that much easier which in turn reduces the amount of labor needed.

A big question associated with indoor growing systems is the overall effectiveness of LED lighting as a viable replacement for natural light. Of course, indoor growers have been able to produce high quality hemp-based products with HPS lighting. New lighting systems such as the Chip-On-Board LED’s (COB), may offer a different solution. COB LED’s are smaller than standard LED’s but still pack enough energy for hemp cultivation. In addition, COB LED’s provide a more focused light and have a lower heat output making them highly efficient in comparison to standard lighting systems.

Another realm within hemp production where technology is changing the game is through the process of decortication where hemp fibers are separated from plant stalks. To streamline this process a new method has been developed —continuous countercurrent technology (CCR). To utilize CCR producers simply pass their hemp stalks through a CCR reactor as a liquid reagent which effectively separates the hemp product from any sugars or pulps. This technology is being produced for both industrial and commercial scale hemp operations.

Overall, technological developments within the hemp industry have proven to be quite exciting and continue to reduce costs and man hours. On a daily basis firms are working to change how hemp is cultivated from seed to sale of your CBD product.

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