Indoor cannabis grower keeps schedule that is strict maximize output, avoid bottlenecks

Chris Ball

Chris Ball keeps tabs on what is happening in each grow room at Ball Family Farms using Microsoft Excel spreadsheets. (Courtesy photo)

Perhaps the most important tool that Chris Ball, owner of Ball Family Farms in Los Angeles, has in his cultivation toolshed is database software Microsoft Excel.

“Our best friend is that computer program,” said Ball, explaining he grows annually in eight grow rooms that each can hold about 60 plants.

Ball that he depends on Excel to plan and coordinate the seven strains types and utilizes their own genetics to cultivate six signature strains plus a” that is“one-off any given year.

His bestseller, Daniel LaRusso, gets two rooms, while the other five signature strains and the strain that is one-off one space each.

A 12-Month Arrange

Every strain requires its room that is own because has its own environmental preferences, Ball said.

Some Cultivars thrive when the available space is cool although some fare better whenever it is hot; some require more humidity while other people excel with less moisture.

“We Have different lighting patterns, depending on the strain,” Ball said, adding that each available room has 30 lights. “It really comes down to dialing in your strain, figuring out what that cultivar that is particular and does not like. After Which you set that room up so the plant would be within the environment that is correct that cultivar.”

The different strains also take varying lengths of time to mature. To avoid harvesting multiple strains on the day that is same harvesting plants past an acceptable limit apart—as well as to make sure a stable and constant way to obtain product—Ball and their team meticulously prepare their year.

“At the start of the season, we get together as a group and map out of the year that is entire start to finish—from January all the way to Dec. 31. We write out our schedule of when this strain is going to be in this room for this many weeks, this strain in this room for this many weeks,” Ball explained.

This is where Excel comes in.

“Having all that on an sheet that is excel us forecast how we’re going to work. We are able to forecast just how hours that are manyof labor) we’re going to need on said day if we’re de-leafing, if we’re trimming, if we’re transplanting, if we’re just watering,” Ball said. “But we have to forecast it out for the year that is entire be because efficient as you are able to over summer and winter rather than be wasting profit work expenses, not encounter an issue where we’re harvesting two or three spaces for a passing fancy time.”

The Tetris Method

The planned-out routine includes buffer times just in case one thing goes incorrect, such as for example an air-conditioner breakdown or lights blowing away. Otherwise, it requires to be accurate.

“You need to be really diligent and incredibly careful about this, because things happen,” Ball stated. The Excel cells are all color-coordinated according to rooms, strains, dates and various tasks such as de-leafing and watering, Ball said to help coordination. He estimated there are 10 categories on that Excel sheet.

“It looks like Tetris,” he joked, referring to the video game with colorful blocks. “We have a person that is full-time focus on this Excel sheet eight hours every day, because things pop up or make a mistake. Or, we need to get a contractor directly into fix an AC device, so we need to prepare that because some times a contractor may possibly not be in a position to enter the center since they might screw the environment up.

“Everything is on a schedule. Every two weeks.

How because once we get going, a plant doesn’t stop.”

Keep to the Cycle

To help keep the schedule, Ball Family Farms follows a cycle where employees are harvesting rooms numerous rooms you plant is dependent upon simply how much space that is drying have, Ball said. At his grow, employees plant one to two rooms at a time because the room that is drying which will be about 1,000 square foot, can accommodate just two spaces well worth of cannabis at the same time.

Ball develops their own genetics, nurturing mom flowers that stay about 7 legs high. He typically gets 100-150 clones from a single mom, he stated, and videos a mother plant about every a couple of weeks.

Which strains are planted very first and usually is dependent upon their appeal and cycle that is growing, Ball said.

For example, the Daniel LaRusso strain takes 11 weeks to grow and is the most popular, so that is planted to start the year, giving Ball five harvests of that strain. Some other strains might take only eight weeks and therefore can be planted later but still result in roughly six harvests.

“We typically like to (harvest) one room every two weeks. Because it’s an even number,” Ball said since we have eight rooms, it works out pretty cool for the month. “So, a month in a there’s eight rooms, we go every two weeks month. And we’re pretty golden.”(*)At the time that is same whenever various grow rounds converge later on within the twelve months, Ball is prepared because of the succeed sheet.(*)“We is able to see that months in front of time, therefore we get ready for that,” Ball stated.(*)NEXT: Procedures to Attaining Exterior Success(*)

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