Originally Posted by CrushnYuba
You can pull .05 lb a sq ft here in norcal, but that's totally dialed. Most people get less depending on strain, sun and how dialed.
That all? Seems low for light dep, from the numbers I've read I thought more like .1 to .15 per sq ft.
Reason I'm curious..
I'm in 11x70 777 sq ft light dep growing in what I call aeroponic NFT trenches. Buried res to stay cool.. and I pull .05 per sq ft with only 40 stalks, and I do it five times a year, easily pulling more than .5 per stalk.
I veg to roughly 14" tall then transplant and flip to flower into a full time rotational flower house, no artificial lighting needed here. Southwest dry year-round great sun no dehumidification cost helps a lot, but after a few years of dialing I'm now south of $100 a pound production cost and most think it's top shelf indoor, but I digress.
Anytime I see near 200 plants in soil in light dep I cringe at how inefficient soil is and I've been guessing 3-400 dollars per pound was spent growing it?
I was under the impression the only thing large scale had on me was total grams per square foot, but your figures say I'm right there. I thought there was no way industry would ever adopt the way I grow because of this.
I'm ranting now, but imo most in the industry are growing highly inefficiently, and their doing it in the wrong geographical locations worsening cost per gram numbers. Thank you 80 years of illegality. Once borders are legality able to be crossed I don't see how anyone outside the South West or Latin America competes.