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Wireless sensors make it easier to grow high-quality cannabis

Published May 7, 2023 11:37 a.m. ET
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Large cannabis crops are notoriously difficult to maintain. To succeed growers must always keep track of things like  growth, yield, quality, humidity, light levels, temperature, and soil quality, as it helps them to make the best decisions or adjustments throughout the season.

Maintaining an ideal place to nurture cannabis is essential to ensure the end product is high-quality, powerful, tasty, and aromatic flower. Allowing the parameters around these plants to be anything but ideal could have devastating consequences, and that's why wireless sensors have become integral to the success of most modern cannabis farms of today.

Here we’ll explore five unique ways wireless sensors can help cultivators manage hundreds or even thousands of cannabis plants at once.

Real-time data gathering

Wireless sensors constantly collect data while instantly sending that information to a central monitoring system to keep track of everything in real-time. This valuable insight into the various conditions that may impact the health and growth of cannabis, like temperature, moisture, or humidity allows growers to make any necessary adjustments quickly, long before any damage occurs. Preventing massive losses in such a high-value crop can save producers millions of dollars each year, making the financial investment of installing sensors more than worthwhile.

Better control over environmental conditions

Maintaining control over environmental conditions is a difficult task, especially when you’re growing outdoors, but it’s challenging even with enclosed grows such as greenhouses, and wireless sensors can help. They will consistently monitor crops for changes in temperatures, humidity, light levels, and even soil conditions, so farmers know exactly how to supplement what may be missing with other tools and technology, like lighting systems, which can often be activated automatically by sensors.

Maintaining an ideal environment is essential to improve plant growth and increase yield size, and it’s a job that’s made a whole lot easier with the aid of this kind of technology.

Manage nutrients more effectively

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Cannabis plants are a high-needs crop as they require specific nutrient levels to be accessible at ideal times throughout the season in order to flourish. Wireless sensors can play an important role in ensuring cultivator's plants have everything they need, by offering precise nutrients level measurements. When the soil is lacking, growers are alerted so they know what additives or treatments to apply, preventing under-fertilization that may negatively impact health, growth, and quality.

Early pest and disease detection

Cannabis crops are susceptible to many different diseases and pests, most of which can result in low-quality products, smaller yields, or even plant death. In order to prevent losses growers must intervene as soon as possible. Early detection of these intruders is crucial, as it ensures the impacted plants can be treated both quickly and effectively, making it easier to take care of these problems long before they become severe enough to cause too much damage.

Improve efficiency and productivity

Growers are always looking for ways to improve efficiency and productivity, and wireless sensors could be the answer they need. By tracking environmental, nutrient, and soil conditions, producers are able to make speedy educated decisions that help to mitigate risk, prevent losses, and improve health and yield, while freeing up time and energy for other necessary tasks.

In conclusion

Wireless sensors are sure to help cultivators raise healthier, cleaner, higher-yielding, potent crops that are high-value and simpler to maintain. Whether you’re looking to improve product quality or reduce the risks associated with growing cannabis plants to avoid costly losses, the decision to adopt wireless sensors is certain to help growers achieve their goals.

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