Farming is one activity that is highly vulnerable to climate change. Sadly as the climate worsens, the farming industry is the most affected. But with solutions such as dry cannabis farming, farmers continue to reap where they planted.
Cannabis is one of the farm products that can stand dry farming. This is why as a cannabis farmer, you have to know about this unique and less demanding technique. Read on:
Farming 101: About Dry Cannabis Farming
Even though the global climate is now at its worst condition, the fact remains dry farming has been around for centuries. The method is popularly used in dry areas or areas that receive less than 20 inches of precipitation.
Dry-farmed crops are irrigated once or none at all. The main game here is to preserve most of the moisture found in the soil to help the crops grow with minimal water possible. Sometimes dry farming involves deepening the plant’s roots to reach underground water.
It is difficult to imagine dry cannabis farming. But with the high demand and acceptance for this product and the ever-increasing drought, dry farming is less of a novelty and more of a necessity.
Effects of Dry Farming on Cannabis
An average weed user may not notice the difference in weed flavors. However, if you toke up regularly, you will notice the difference in flavor and quality.
On the other hand, dry farming affects cannabis production significantly. Cannabis produced by dry farming will have a more concentrated flavor, a characteristic of the area. Dry farming also does not involve pampering the plants with fertilizers, so the flavor you get is the exact picture of where the cannabis is grown.
As weird as it may sound, this type of farming allows your cannabis plants to absorb and use the right amount of water they need for their growing needs and only absorb the exact amount of nutrients they need to mature fully.
This results in the crops building up the resin in the cannabis buds. The wax is one reason why dry-farmed cannabis has a high content of cannabinoids leading to high potency.
As you may know, every cannabis lover appreciates a highly potent bud. If you love making cannabis edibles such as firecracker edibles, then you know that a highly potent bud is the best. A dry-farmed bud will deliver such quality.
So, with all the rich benefits of dry farming, why isn’t every cannabis farmer adopting it?
Just knowing how to make firecracker edibles is not a guarantee of an excellent final product. You have to be hands-on and prepare everything in the best way to achieve the right balance of flavor.
Just like learning how to make firecrackers, there are crucial factors that affect this type of farming, and if not considered, dry farming will not work for your cannabis farming venture.
For example, the type of soil and the location climate can significantly affect the success of dry farming. So be sure to check your soil type – does it allow easy drainage? If it does, you can get busy with dry cannabis farming. Likewise, be sure that the indoor or outdoor climate you expose your plants to is optimal for growth.
How To Start Dry Farming
Here are some tips to you with dry farming:
Work on The Soil
For dry farming to be effective, you must prepare the soil early enough before starting farming. First, the ground is worked on to allow drainage of moisture through. In addition, a farmer should fertilize the soil to ensure that the cannabis crops have all the nutrition needed while growing.
Good drainage is encouraged when the soil is prepared to have the most preferred texture.
Trust The Process
Drying farming is not for everyone. Some cannabis cultivators may not have the strength to endure watching their plants “dry grow.” Why? Some plants may start showing all of the signs of ‘dehydration’ and may weaken and dry out before blossoming again.
Experienced dry farming farmers confess that the first few weeks were not the easiest. As a new farmer, it would not be any different. However, as the days go by, the plants’ roots begin to extend, and they can reach the underground water with ease.
Once they reach this point, they can never go back, and in a few months, you can easily celebrate your harvest.
Dry farming has many benefits, but unfortunately, it isn’t for everyone or everywhere. However, if you do it right, you can reap a great harvest. Cannabis also turns out great if cultivated using dry farming. The flavors and aroma can guarantee you a slice of heaven. So if you want to start cannabis dry farming, don’t let anything stop you as long as your farm allows it.