Cannabis Yields Highlight Lack of Consistency

By Rob Woodbyrne

We’re coming off of a whirlwind year in 2020 and looking ahead to 2021 and beyond, where many experts are predicting the cannabis industry will continue its rapid growth as further legalization takes place across the US. For cannabis entrepreneurs, it’s important to examine industry trends and identify how they will either positively or negatively affect industry operators. 

One of these trends is the amount of cannabis that operators are able to produce based on their cultivation footprint. In more standardized industries, production facilities generally have similar output to those operating in similar fields, which is not the case when you look at the cannabis industry, specifically at cultivation.

Facilities vary greatly in size, layout and many other factors that ultimately impact their annual yields. As shown in the graphic above, there is a wide range of cannabis yields. This variation shows that there is a lot of room for efficiency gains and increased yields for at least 65% of the operators out there. With only 35% of cultivators reporting yields above 60 grams per square foot, it is clear that there is a lot of room for standardization and increased efficiency in the area of cultivation. How can cultivators improve their cannabis yields, become more efficient and therefore increase their revenue?

Automation is a key factor in improving efficiency. Since the technological revolution in the late ‘80s and early ‘90s, large-scale production facilities that operate in mainstream markets have leveraged automation to increase efficiency and create standard work processes that function across their organizations.

If one production facility is operating at a more efficient output than another within an organization, there are clear inefficiencies that are causing the discrepancy; however, manual audits that require extensive human oversight can be costly and in some cases unsuccessful. This exercise can and should be automated. Operators need to look at all aspects of their facilities, from raw material use to workforce management, in order to identify inefficiencies.

Historically, this kind of information required a very high cost; data warehouses, specialty analytics software, business analysts and technically trained users in order to successfully run and get information from these tools. An enterprise supply chain management platform, such as Regrow, cannot only provide this information in a single platform, but also ties compliance and operational tasking together. Regrow also understands business is dynamic, especially in the cannabis industry, so we are built on the principle of continuous improvement. As a subscription service, Regrow is designed to scale with the industry and stay current with the dynamic regulatory requirements. Regrow places a large emphasis on a Client Success Team, whose mission is to provide its subscribers with a dedicated technical support and business analyst resource that is just a phone call away.

Regrow provides dashboards for executives to plan their crops, forecast their yields accurately and have a single pane of glass view into their entire multi-state or vertically integrated operation. This includes resource, inventory and workforce planning through predictive analytics and gantt chart planning interfaces. In addition, Regrow provides dashboards for operators to quickly understand their current operations, inventory levels, available workforce and daily task management. And perhaps most importantly, Regrow features intuitive mobile interfaces for all operators, from head growers to trimmers, to efficiently complete tasks, report issues on the floor and manage their daily work.

Regrow can help you maximize cannabis yields and increase revenue. Our dedicated team is ready to assist you with optimizing your business for the ever-changing cannabis industry, For more information on how we can help, contact us via the link below and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible.

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