This case study is the second in our series covering seed-based production systems in various sizes and environments. Read our first case study on a commercial, mixed-facility in the upper Midwest, “The Value of Change: Unlocking the Cost Saving Potential of Production-Ready Seed.”
Transitioning from tomatoes to high-yield cannabis with minimal budget and footprint
The seed-based production revolution
“Phylos seeds provide exceptional uniformity, pest & disease resistance, and strong yield for auto flowering varieties, at a fraction of the cost per seed versus other breeders. I openly refer to these genetics as “novel,” truly standing out from other auto flowering genetics I’ve seen.” - Connor Schmitz, Director of Cultivation at Streamline Farms
In recent years, the cannabis industry has experienced a rapid maturation resulting in a spike of commercial cannabis growers. The industry is often viewed as a numbers game, leaving growers asking, “how can I produce the highest yield of quality product at the lowest operational cost?” Traditionally, growers believed that massive greenhouse grows with expensive overhead costs are the only way to be successful as a commercial cannabis grower in today’s market.
Cannabis operations with significant funding can often afford to build out large facilities with costly features like mother rooms. However, smaller growers are frequently met with budgetary limitations when it comes to expansion. Additionally, non-cannabis growers who are considering a shift to cannabis cultivation are met with similar financial hurdles.
Until recently, most commercial cannabis growers believed that a successful, scalable, and profitable grow required the use of clonal-based production systems. Clonal production systems are not only expensive to build-out and maintain, they’re also labor and resource intensive as well. However, thanks to advances in seed genetics, the commercial cannabis landscape has evolved, reducing the barrier to entry for smaller growers and those limited by operational budget.
This case study explores how Montana-based Streamline Farms successfully pivoted from growing tomatoes to cannabis with a limited budget and small footprint — using Phylos Production Ready Seed.
What is Phylos Production-Ready Seed?
Phylos Production-Ready Seed gives cultivators the ability to scale production quickly and efficiently by growing uniform, high performing cultivars straight from seed. These seeds can be grown in your production space immediately, with no need to pheno-hunt or clone. Every plant that grows from Phylos Production-Ready Seed will look, smell, grow, and perform uniformly to each other — just like a clone. Ultimately, you get more vigorous, pest-resistant plants without the constant threat of HLVd and other viruses taking down your labor-hungry mother room.
Years of inbreeding, high selection intensity, and genetic markers guide our traditional breeding methodologies. They are completely feminized and are generally lower touch than clonal varieties. With quick-finishing, 7-8 week flower cycles on photosensitive varieties as well as autoflower options that are ready to harvest 65-75 days after sow, your timelines can be met with ease and can effortlessly be slotted in with other clonal varieties.
Simply put — Phylos Production-Ready Seed™ is like having a virus-free mother room in a single packet of seeds.
For more information or to shop Phylos Production-Ready Seeds, visit our seed shop.