The Importance of Precision Crop Steering
One of the big things we notice is the fine line between being too vegetative or being too generative in terms of quality and yield. Every specific cultivar has its own feeding needs. This is why automated crop steering is so essential for the future and how we progress as an industry.
Using crop steering tech will allow you to bring out the most of your cultivar. For instance, if you look at craft cultivator 1.0 eight months ago, and he's in these rooms and he's picking up his pot, he's got his little petri dish under the plant, it's catching its run-off, and every night he's pouring his run-off into his milliliter cup and taking his notes and dialing that all in, he gets his test, he's excited.
Then you fast forward seven months to craft cultivator 2.0, and you start looking at what the different crop steering method brings out in the cultivar. You start seeing the terpene analysis rising, you see your THC rising, your total cannabinoid rising. Hitting these specific water content moisture levels and drying back to these precision amounts, and bouncing back and really steering that battleship through these rough waters, it's going to bring the most out of the cultivar that you're working with.
Once we stress plants out, then we’re steering vegetatively to try to bulk, bulk, bulk. We want to see good quality bud and plants that aren’t too leafy. Every strain has this balance of maximizing yield, and maximizing the quality. For each (approximate) 12-week growth period, it’s vital to nail the first three weeks to set the plant up for success for the rest of its nine weeks.
The first three weeks are really the plants’ launch point. If you miss the boat there, that boat's gone. During that bulking phase, there's definitely a point of pushing too hard. You can see it when you get the white hairs in week seven. You can avoid that by just backing a little bit off of the frequency, and maybe letting the EC creep up a little bit more or something like that, and then you usually find that sweet spot.
There's a little bit of balancing act to do with each genetic so that you can really push that thing to get bulk, the best quality, and the best yield that you can possibly get out of it. And there's always the potential to get more yield, but it may not necessarily be the yield that you want. It might not be the product that you want to yield that much of.
At AROYA, we’ve seen many, many rooms that are getting four, four and-a-half pounds of light, or 80-90 grams a square foot and the quality is still just absolute fire ... just 35 plus cannabinoids, all that good stuff. With precision crop steering, there is definitely the capability to get large yields and quality at the same time.