Irrigation automation is essential in large-scale cultivations in order to maintain crop consistency. While many smaller cultivators will claim that their quality can’t be replicated on a large scale because of the individualized attention they provide each plant, commercial cultivators understand that genetically all of the plants are the same, and that if you treat them identically, they’ll turn out identically.

The only way to dial in that level of precision is to take the “human touch” more or less out of the equation. While it’s true that someone may be extraordinarily good at crop irrigation, it’s inevitable that said person will eventually be sick, take a vacation, or for whatever reason be unavailable. By allowing a machine to irrigate the crop, cultivators are able to treat a thousand plants like they’d treat one plant. For instance, say you want to give this plant a liter of water, then you also want to give that plant a half-mile down the bench the same liter of water—there is technology that allows you to precisely do just that. Simply put, there’s no way to enforce uniformity when relying on a human to irrigate and fertilize the crop, automation is critical.

Despite the important role that machines play in a commercial cultivation, there are some jobs that only a person can do. So instead of allocating staff to irrigate and fertilize crops, that same person can now spend his/her time keeping the facility clean, pruning plants, or scouting for pests. You’re not trying to remove people from the Cannabis cultivation equation, you’re trying to make the best and highest use of their time in a large-scale operation.