Well fortunately I’m not dealing with the excess heat or any bud rot. The humidity, rain, & wind however, have been a little more challenging than usual.
We are contemplating erecting a hoop house or a high tunnel so I can direct sow my crop right in the ground instead of starting seedlings using lights & fans in the cellar like I’ve always done.
It would take total crop devastation to get me to stop growing outdoors directly in the ground.
The only way to lessen the likelihood of wind damage is to expose the seedlings to stiff wind from the onset. When I do LST I try to place the anchor 15-30° offset from the attachment point of the branch being tied instead of perpendicular to the trunk or parallel to the branch as well. (Looking from above).
I definitely had issue with branches splitting from the trunk last season too, but not until they were laden with heavy nugs.