Risk Profiles display figures as thousands (3.0 equals 3,000). The larger the number, the greater the risk.
Depending on a grower's location he may, or may not, risk legal penalties. For a cultivator, the number of live plants in his possession are often used to define those penalties more so than the size of the plants. More plants bring stiffer penalties, and the longer a grower has plants in his possession the more he exposes himself to that risk. For many, risk is a key determining factor for not only the number of plants they'll cultivate, but for how many days of the year they'll be cultivated. Indeed, some risk-minded growers scale their gardens to grow as few plants as they can, some scale to grow as seldom as they can, and some do both.
Because plant numbers determine the possible penalty, and because the length of time they're in one's possession will determine his potential for exposure, both plant numbers and days are used to set the overall degree of risk. The profiling formula accomplishes this by looking at plant numbers as well as for how long they are held in each crop phase, it then calculates the number of plant days. For example, one plant held for two days is equal to 2 plant days - two plants held for two days are equal to 4 plant days - 30 plants held for 90 days are equal to 2,700 plant days. The formula keeps track of every plant needed to perpetuate the entire grow room operation and for how many days during the crop cycle it occupies the operation. It can distinguish between consecutive and concurrent uses of multiple grow areas, thus is can tell when plant numbers rise or fall during the crop cycle, or when plant numbers don't change but the length of time for which they're held does change. It can also distinguish between traditional and rotational harvest schemes.
There are two sets of Risk Profile figures. One for a single crop cycle, and one for calendar simulations (repeat crop cycles). From a calendar perspective, risk for a single crop cycle would increase exponentially with each repeat crop. Thus a grower producing five crops 365 days a year would see 5 times more annual risk than if he produced just one 73 day crop a year (plant numbers being equal). Though the crop cycle determines how many crops can be grown in a year, default calendar simulations always presume continuous non-stop crops, 365 days a year. Because projections can transform a garden having the least risky crop cycle into one having the riskiest annual cycle (or vice versa), and because non-stop crops imply the greatest degree of annual risk (and work) for which some growers may not be cognizant, a second set of risk figures are supplied for calendar simulations.