Frequently Asked Questions About the YOR
Where did the YOR get its data?
From cannabis cultivators who contributed their information via the Internet.
Are contributions to the database screened?
Yes. Contributions were screened by the administrator for errors and completeness.
Have contributions to the YOR been rejected?
Yes. When required information was missing or errors discovered during the screening process, before entering the data into the database the contributor was asked for more information. If the necessary information wasn't supplied, or the request went unanswered, the contribution was not entered into the database.
Do contributors receive help translating their information into a YOR record?
Yes. The administrator often took a contributor's verbose information and did the necessary math and formatting for him.
Why are contributors asked to do their own formatting?
There are a few reasons. First, it's easier for the administrator to check a contribution than to create it from scratch. Second, in the process of doing one's own formatting he's more likely to find that he hasn't logged enough data about his crop to meet the minimum requirements. Third, the extra effort it takes to understand and work with one's data in order to format it for the YOR, along with the screening process, often weeds out those who make estimates or guesses after the harvest as opposed to having real space and weight measurements.
What happens to the old records when a new field is added to the YOR?
Texts from all the old original contributions are reviewed to see if the new data was supplied as ad hoc information. If it was, it's added under the new field for that record.
Do growers need set up their gardens a certain way to control for variables before contributing to the YOR?
No, the only requirement is that certain data be submitted. Variables are controlled for statistically at the YOR's end, instead of physically at the grower's end.
Is yield-per-plant of any use as a measure of yield?
Yield-per-plant is not a good way to collect or share useful yield information among a diverse audience of indoor growers, which is the audience targeted by the YOR. Yield-per-plant may be of some interest among outdoor growers or those few growers who use identical plant spacing indoors. But for growers using different indoor growth control techniques, and/or different plant spacings, it has virtually no meaningful translation from one YOR record to the next. What matters is the yield taken from the indoor grow space, which is more dependent on canopy fullness than the size of individual plants grown within the canopy. Generally speaking, large tall naturally grown plants don't make the best use of indoor resources even though they have the highest yield-per-plant. In some places, however, where legal restrictions are placed on the number of plants one can grow, but not on their size, yield-per-plant would be of great interest. For those interested, you can find the average yield-per-plant from the YOR database by dividing the plants/sqft field (sqft) into the DRYWT field.
Why does the YOR database not extend its crop yields so a grower knows how much all those crops can yield for him each year?
The short answer is that the YOR makes no presumptions about how growers should use their year. If all a grower wants to know is which garden is more or less capable of producing over the calendar year, he need only look at the crop cycle production rates (grams/day). Being scalable and flexible enough to apply to any grower's long-term objectives, it makes no such presumptions. Every grower has unique long-term objectives, some of which require only one or two crops to be grown each year. Extending crop yields in the pre-determined and fixed yearly manner suggested, would appeal to only the small percentage of growers needing to cycle crops without pause for 365 days a year. For the YOR to embrace that long-term strategy, to the exclusion of all other strategies, would amount to promoting the special interests of only this small group. Such an elitist stance is not in the best interest of the diverse body of growers served by the YOR web site.