Broccoli Report – Wildfires in Harvest Season

Understanding the Ripple Effects of A Supercharged Fire Season on the Cannabis Industry

“While recent rainfall curbed the Northwest’s blazes, California’s wildfires rage on, destroying farms, polluting outdoor environments, and destabilizing the supply chain at the worst possible time of year.

In Oregon, preliminary data gathered by the state’s cannabis regulatory agency shows seven licensed producers lost their whole crop so far, at least 12 reported partial loss, and five adult-use dispensaries have burned down. Those figures only convey a fraction of the economic destruction wrought since September’s ignitions. In an interview with Willamette Week, Roganja Peter Butch, co-owner of Oregon cannabis farm, said that while the nearby Obenchain Fire didn’t burn his plants, “10% to 20% of the grow was destroyed by ambient heat from the wildfire.” Butch also estimates $300,000 in damages to structures used for curing and a melted irrigation system.

As we move into prime harvest season for outdoor grows, farms owners are forced to weigh the risks of harvesting early and foregoing cure processes to move flower away from the fires versus risking their lives to save their livelihoods. …”

See the full article by Lauren Yoshiko at the Broccoli Report

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