Yield is a complicated property to measure in a grow harvest.
If grow operations has the same square ft, water, and light, then yield could increase in two ways. One is that more pounds of sinsimilla (or buds or flower) will be produced by the same resources. This will mean that with the same expenses, the cultivation has more quantity of product to sell and therefore higher revenue and profits.
The second is that each pound will test a higher percent of THC or other cannabinoid of interest and therefore be worth more per pound. This will increase yield by a separate mechanism.
Both the first method and second can be achieved by making improvements to the cultivation procedure and any associated training of personnel performing any part of that procedure. In the old clandestine industry, these would fit under the term “grower skill” but as these operations expand the roles are becoming divided up. The author of the cultivation procedure is one avenue of increasing yield, and the manager who oversees the procedure’s execution and the staff training is the second avenue. These avenues are the twin fields of theory and practice of a cultivation operation, respectively.
In the end, its good to track your yield in a language of mathematics that combines these different avenues or mechanisms of improving yield. For example, tracking total THC in a warehouse is a good way to combine increased yield from increased weight with increased yield from increased potency. If a warehouse produces 1,000 pounds of flower testing at 20% THC, then that warehouse produced 200 pounds of THC. When a modification is made to the procedure, and the potency increases to 22% THC but only 800 pounds of flower were produced, some staff members may disagree whether this increased or decreased yield. Both answers are correct, depending on the methodology being used.
By measuring in total THC produced, it becomes very clear whether the yield increased or not. 800 pounds times 0.22 (22%) = 176 lbs. THC. So the physical amount of THC created decreased.
This may not be a financial loss for the company, though, as sometimes the premium on high potency buds can compensate for lower mass yields. Lets say 20% pounds are wholesaling for 1,000 $/lb and 22% pounds are wholesaling for 1300 $/lb. Well 1,000 lbs. x 1,000 $/lb = 1,000,000 $ is the total worth of the 20% crop. 800 lb x 1300 $/lb = 1,040,000 $ is the total value of the crop. So you can see a scenario where the yield, as measured by physical mass of THC decreased, but the yield, as measured in $ of revenue for the company, actually increased.
Using the proper framework to measure the property that is of interest to the company is critical in sorting out these nuances in optimizing the yield of such a procedure as cultivation.