Remote Area Facilities
Remote areas are run concurrently (at the same time) with the flowering phase. They render support to a single-area or single-lamp garden by relieving its flowering area of the additional calendar time needed to propagate, vegetate and flower plants consecutively (one phase after the other). As a result, the Crop Cycle (or crop turnover time) is shortened, thus availing a grower of the opportunity to grow more crops during a calendar year. However, saved calendar time comes at the cost of using more gardening resources. Usage of these additional space, light and energy resources are accounted for in this section. For more detail please see the Days in Use During Flowering link.
The use of remote areas essentially reduce a crop's cycle time to its flowering phase. As such, the duration of vegetative and propagation phases are no longer of any consequence to the crop cycle, but are of consequence when examining the other resources mentioned above, as well as risk. Additional remote areas do in fact make the shorter crop cycle possible. Thus Days in Use During Flowering are used in order to compute usage statistics for remote areas, whereas Phase Duration days (the days a phase actually lasts, entered to the left) are used to compute usage and crop cycle time statistics for the flowering area. The latter extends crop cycle time, the former doesn't.
This is of particular interest when gardens using rotational harvest schemes are compared to traditional single-harvest gardens. For instance, a rotational harvest cropper with a 60 day crop cycle (his flowering phase duration thanks to remote areas), and who rotates plants every 10 days, could have remote phases lasting only 10 days each. But unlike a traditional grower, would have 6 of each phase occur per crop cycle instead of just one. Entering 10 remote days would not reflect the actual 60 days of constant usage the remote areas receive with each crop cycle.
Remote resources are part of what it takes for any multi-area grow room operation to produce its crop yield, just as a longer crop cycle is part of what it takes for any single-area or single-lamp operation to produce its crop yield. To fairly compare grow room operations using remote areas to those that don't, the use of crop cycle times as well as the resources making them possible must be accounted for in both sets of results.