Friday, January 25, 2019
Chair: David Woodske, BCAGRI, Abbotsford, BC
9:00-9:10 – Introduction
The Transformation of Cannabis into a Horticultural Crop
Greg Baute, Anandia Labs, BC
Research has shown that cannabis strains from different producers can be genetically different. Greg will discuss the lack of reliability in naming of cannabis clones and the huge potential to improve the crop through traditional breeding activities.
Emerging Diseases of Cannabis sativa and Approaches to Management
Zamir Punja, Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, BC
Cultivation of cannabis plants has increased the incidence and severity of previously unreported diseases, including root, foliar and flower-infecting pathogens. Their impact on product quality and potential disease management approaches will be discussed. An assessment of mold levels in growing facilities to establish prevalence, spread and potential contamination of cannabis products will be presented.
Moving from Indoor to Greenhouse Bio-control in Cannabis
Amanda Brown, Biobest, BC
Scaling up from small indoor production to large greenhouse production of Cannabis creates many added challenges in biological pest control. Learn how to anticipate and correct some of these challenges, how to implement a bio-control program suited to greenhouse production and what pests to be on the look-out for in Canadian greenhouses.
10:40-11:00 Refreshment Break
Integrated Rootzone Management and Other Horticultural Management Aspects in Indoor Cannabis Production
Youbin Zheng, University of Guelph, ON
This talk will discuss some important horticultural management practices in indoor cannabis production. It will include propagation, rootzone (e.g., substrate, water, oxygen) management, lighting, CO2 and future research activities growers can undertake in their own facilities.
Cannabis Lighting: Practical Advice Comparing LED and Traditional Lighting Options
Kendra Minkler, urban-gro Inc., CA
With significant implications for overall plant health and yield, as well as energy consumption and cost, lighting plays an important role in commercial cultivation facility performance. Lighting design, equipment selection, methodology and maintenance are all critical to maintain appropriate light levels to optimize operational efficiency. Kendra will review practical advice and best practices to get the highest ROI from your light fixtures.
12:15-1:15 Lunch Break
Producing High Quality Cannabis Through Proper Management of Nutrients.
Mohyuddin Mirza, Greenhouse Consultant, AB
Cannabis requires very close attention to nutrients from vegetative to flowering cycles. Dr. Mirza will provide information on best management practices for nutrient supply and will share research data on how higher potassium levels contributed to higher CBD. Expect to see typical nutritional deficiencies encountered by cannabis growers.
The Environmental Impact of Indoor Cannabis Cultivation
Tom Ulanowski, President, Nextleaf Labs Ltd., BC
Today’s consumer is very interested in the environment and increasingly wants to know whether agricultural products are produced in a sustainable manner. Tom will discuss ways for cannabis cultivators to increase production efficiency and environmental sustainability.
Quality Assurance Throughout the Production Process
Karen Parent, Zenabis, Surrey, BC
A quality assurance program is critical to ensure product quality and compliance with Health Canada and other regulations. Karen will discuss QA as it relates to production and sanitation, covering the regulations and specifically how they relate to micro-cultivation licenses.