In recent years, an uptick in wildfires and the severity of hurricanes have heightened the risk cannabis cultivators face. As a result, growers are doing what they can to prepare for potentially devastating circumstances.
“Farming can be a high-risk endeavor wherever you are, and no location is void from natural disasters,” said Natural Order Supply CEO and harvesting expert Dan Ramsay. “Understanding your growing zone, geographical region, and weather patterns is the first step in creating risk management and response plan for farmers.”
How Operations Are Affected
Risks are always present in the cultivation space, but the autumn season is especially rough.
“Fall is typically the highest risk time of the year for farmers as their crops are nearing harvesting and all the embodied time and money with their plants is at this largest,” Ramsay said. “This time of year, when we have the highest fire danger, cold snaps are most frequent and hurricane season is in full swing.”
This year has been particularly impactful, with wildfires across Western America and several hurricanes hitting the Gulf states.
A 70-degree cold snap in Colorado also presents challenges, according to Whole Grow CEO Rudy Ellenbogen.
“Immediately, a freak weather event can wipe out an entire harvest, it can frustrate retail and business …