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PRODUCTION
C
BD hemp production presents an exciting and
potentially profitable way for ornamental growers
to diversify. As with any emerging market, the
market can be quite volatile. Early adopters may realize
great success but also may encounter failure due
to factors beyond their control. While overall market
conditions cannot be controlled, we can help growers
understand the production requirements to produce a
healthy crop.
Let's look at some of the most common questions that
come our way from ornamental growers.
GENETICS
What are the best CBD varieties to grow? Your first
exposure to hemp genetics might leave your head
spinning due to all the new terms: feminization, COA, total
THC, delta-9, fiber, CBD, CBG and more. And, the many
different varieties, aka strains, can be overwhelming.
Instead of focusing on the names, pay attention to the
important qualities behind the names.
Along the way, keep in mind that hemp breeding is still
in the early stages and most strains currently available
are the result of very limited breeding. For the most part,
these are not hybrid F1s developed from years of inbred
parent selection and management. It's a different world
compared to petunias and geraniums.
Regardless of the product form (seeds, seedlings or
liners/clones), focus on the phytochemicals. Be sure to
choose CBD-rich varieties; avoid those bred for fiber or
seed oil. Most processors will want at least 6% CBD in
the biomass.
All suppliers should be providing a Certificate of
Analysis (COA). COAs are the result of independent lab
testing and give a snapshot of the cannabinoid profile,
including CBD and THC. As of this writing, it looks like the
U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will be defining
hemp as cannabis with less than 0.3% total THC. Choose
varieties that will achieve this while still producing a high
enough percent of CBD to be profitable.
Remember that as CBD goes up, THC follows in a
linear relationship. Pay attention to the ratio of CBD:THC
on the COA. This ratio will vary by strain but will remain
constant for specific genetics. You can do the math and
understand how much CBD potential the strain has at
0.3% total THC. For example, a strain with a ratio of 24:1
has the potential to produce 7.2% CBD at 0.3% THC. Be
cautious about focusing on genetics that promise a high
percent CBD, especially for CBD rates of 16% or higher.
The CBD percent will be irrelevant if the crop goes over
0.3% total THC. Study the ratio!
When purchasing seeds, get documentation regarding
feminization rate. This is the percent of female seeds, and
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