Hemp Guide - 2020 - 18

HEMP PRODUCTION
MAKING THE
TRANSITION
TO HEMP
ColorPoint and AgTech Scientific used existing
greenhouse infrastructure and a flexible team to
transition to hemp production.
BY JANE VANWINGERDEN
"
We are witnessing history right now, " a ColorPoint coworker
whispered to another with excited anticipation
as they watched the shovels dig into the Kentucky
soil. The 2018 Hemp Bill passed and AgTech Scientific was
breaking ground on a new hemp extraction and processing
facility. All of Bourbon County was excited, but the ones
with the highest anticipation were the local farmers
enlisted to grow the hemp and ColorPoint, the growers
responsible for providing clones and cuttings to said
farmers. Everyone was in this together!
ColorPoint was the 8th largest greenhouse in the United
States growing annual bedding plants and ornamentals for
big box retailers. When AgTech Scientific approached the
company about growing hemp clones and liners during the
" off-season, " the opportunity made a lot of sense. Wasted
greenhouse space during the summer months would be
put to good use.
IN THE BEGINNING ...
In the early stages, roughly 25 to 30% of the greenhouse
was filled with hemp while the other 70% was still
ornamentals. From a growing perspective, the biggest
difference in growing ornamentals to hemp was recognizing
that hemp had to be regarded as a consumable.
Pesticides and fungicides could not be used, so we
adjusted our current clean growing practices and used
organic materials. There was a major boost in our biocontrol
program, IPM (integrated pest management). It went from
predominantly chemical-based with some biologicals to
predominantly bio-based with some organic chemicals.
Our first hemp cuttings came from other greenhouses
and breeders, but now we grow everything ourselves
in-house including the stock/mother plants, cuttings and
liners. While everything was certainly learned on the fly,
we weren't unprepared or going on a whim and hoping for
the best; growing hemp was thoroughly researched by our
growing team.
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