When it comes to cannabis cultivation, the post-harvest phase is just as critical to the quality of the yield as the initial growing phase. By practicing proper post-harvest and drying room techniques, cultivators can control the potency and flavor of cannabis and, more importantly, pass standard cannabis sales tests. With that in mind, many facilities are turning to drying racks to improve cannabis yields and increase profits.
5 Ways Drying Racks Can Increase Your Yields and Profits
Lift and Grow’s innovative drying rack technology attaches to your ceiling and can be raised and lowered with the touch of a button. The mechanical capabilities of drying racks allow you to attach the cannabis clippings at floor level easily and then lift them up and out of the way to dry, freeing up valuable floor space.
To learn more about the benefits of drying racks, let’s explore the top five ways they are changing how top-tier operations handle cannabis harvests.
Maximizes the Number of Plants
It’s hard to justify dedicating an entire room to drying when you may only use it once every four to eight months. Investing in an overhead cannabis drying rack can help mitigate this problem. By installing an overhead dry rack system, you can dedicate any floor space to growing, maximizing the number of plants in your facility.
Automated drying racks improve efficiency in your facility, ultimately increasing cannabis yield. By lowering your drying rack with the touch of a button, you can quickly attach clippings at eye level. As each rack or net is filled with clippings, your team can slowly raise the system overhead without use of a ladder. In turn, this cuts down on labor costs, training time, and harvest time.
Consistent Spacing and Results
Cannabis releases moisture into the air during the drying process. To limit this moisture from spreading to other plants further along in the drying process, growers should hang plants consistently. Otherwise, they will impact the consistency and quality of the end batch.
When you use dry racks, cannabis can be consistently spaced out, workers have more ground room to pull plants, and a larger amount of drying space is available, allowing you to dry the plants all at once. The racks also provide the space to group buds by size, which helps keep your yields organized and easily accessible.
Improved Conditions for Top-Shelf Prices
Even after plants are cut down, the potency, aroma, and flavor can still be significantly impacted. Specific environmental conditions in cannabis drying rooms can either protect, transform or degrade cannabinoids and terpene levels. This means that increasing the airflow, space, and timing for each specific cannabis strain is that much more critical.
The technology of drying racks helps you effectively manage post-harvest care as they promote quality airflow and increase the amount of space needed for proper drying time. The greater care put into yields during the drying process, the more you will be rewarded during the selling process.
Reduce Testing Risk
It’s not uncommon for new cannabis growers to have to tune up their dry room conditions upon failing their first round of testing. If you’re new to cannabis growing, get ahead of potential issues by reducing testing risk from the start. With the consistent spacing and room that cannabis dry racks provide, optimal air circulation can be achieved, reducing your chance of mold and mildew growth and increasing the yield’s consistency. All of which are essential to a profitable sale.
Cannabis Drying Racks – An Investment for Increased Success
Let’s get real – there’s nothing worse than putting your blood, sweat, and tears into your crops and growing conditions, only to watch them fail during the drying process. Even if you have the nicest drying room around, if you are storing or hanging your cannabis plants improperly, there is a good chance that you will end up with poor quality yields.
At Lift and Grow, we’ve seen first-hand how our revolutionary cannabis drying racks can improve labor, yields, profits, and success overall. In fact, some of our growers have seen a full ROI in just a few months with our innovative systems.
Let Lift and Grow do the heavy lifting when it comes to drying crops properly. Browse our collection of equipment designed to ease large-scale cultivation labor, or get in touch to request a quote!