”Our Oreon LED grow lights are an important factor to supplement the natural sunlight"
The LED fixtures allow Medisun to ensure a consistent quality of their cannabis crop. It is very important to keep a consistent optimum level of light as well as good temperature and humidity control. The LED lights from Oreon give short and more compact crops as well as shortening of crop sequences makes it feasible to complete one extra cycle per year.
Medisun is a Canadian medical cannabis producer based in Southern Ontario. They started in early 2000 with growing industrial hemp over 2,300 acres of land. In 2005, on that very same ground, Art Caron, president of Medisun built a greenhouse to grow bell peppers. Owners Art Caron, Mark Huzevka, and Laust Dam founded Medisun in 2016 to produce medical-grade cannabis using production methods that enable scalable, consistent, high producing crops. Now Medisun is growing cannabis crops in greenhouses covering over 800,000 sq.ft. Medisun differentiates itself by having extensive proven growing expertise and being the lowest cost/highest yielding producer in Canada. With 160 employees and year-round production, Medisun Inc. is a licensed producer on a mission to contribute to a better industry, a better planet, and better lives for everyone.
For Medisun, sustainability is not just about the preservation of the environment. It’s an entire behaviour that’s always focused on doing the right thing and make a lasting difference in the world. They believe that being carbon negative and industry connected isn’t just ideal, it’s a requirement. They set a goal to have zero carbon waste within the next 5 years.
The facility supplements natural light with spread spectrum water-cooled LED lighting and black-out shades, allowing for optimal growing conditions for crops while irrigation water is fed to plants, monitored, cleaned, re-energized, and recycled, reducing their water consumption footprint.
The greenhouses utilize natural sunlight as well as active cooling and heating for lower cost. Heating is done with natural gas and CO2 exhaust is used as supplement for the plants. The grow system has been developed leveraging many years of large-scale cannabis growing experience, and from looking at best practices of growing high quality cannabis products at scale, while being cost efficient.”
Efficient LED lights
The greenhouse is equipped with the Dutch Powerhouse Monarch fixtures from Oreon. These lights are the smallest and most powerful LED fixtures available in the market, with an efficiency of 3.4 µMol/J (April 2020). The LED fixtures allow Medisun to ensure a consistent quality of their cannabis crop. “Our Oreon LED grow lights are an important factor to supplement the natural sunlight,” says Laust Dam COO at Medisun. “Very important is to keep a consistent optimum level of light as well as good temperature and humidity control. We find that LED lights from Oreon give us short and more compact crops as well as shortening of crop sequences makes it feasible to complete one extra cycle per year. The potency of THC/CBD are as well improved over use of traditional HPS/HID lamps. The lower electricity uses comes as an extra bonus.”
Equally crucial is to select the right genetics that are suitable for greenhouse growing conditions, as this ensures us to achieve the optimal potency levels that align with the market demand.” At the same time, proper equipment only wouldn’t do the magic on its own. “Planning and executing comes to the highest priorities for efficiently growing this crop at scale,” Laust remarks. “As well as having sufficient and healthy mother stocks to have a consistently high quality of cloning material.” The strains that are grown in their expansive greenhouse facility are known for their potency, quality, and yield. Medisun’s never-ending commitment to education, innovation, and sustainability allows them to produce medical-grade cannabis that consumers and processors can trust. Medisun has the following genetics in production: Blue Dream, OG Kush, Ghost train haze, Garlic Jelly, Mimosa, Powdered Donuts, Gorilla Glue and Girl Scout cookies. They are testing to grow another 30+ strains in the near future.
The Medisun team has a long history in the greenhouse industry, including years of experience consulting in the industry, cultivation and designing the first carbon-negative, industry-connected greenhouse in Canada. As farmers first, Medisun’s expertise allows them to develop world-class cannabis growing systems that are consistent, sustainable, and scalable. This dedication to excellence in cultivation and innovation inevitably leads to a higher quality product. Medisun’s cultivation standards allow the company to export its products globally. Thanks to the consistent supply, both in terms of quality and product specifications, they are prepared to support international GMP facilities, and exporting internationally. All operations are carried out following GACP guidelines. On top of that, through the strict testing methods, they can support GMP organizations globally.
Bronnen: Oreon, Medisun, MMJ Daily, The AgMag
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