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All the way back in May 2019 (boy, does that seem like a lifetime ago!) we wrote an early blog post about our own lessons learned in sourcing quality hemp seed.  Well, we’ve applied those lessons ourselves, and are now positioned to offer a number of vetted, quality hemp seed varieties from two seed partners we trust.

Here are the essentials of the line-up:

Trusted sources.  We’ve had the pleasure to work with both these sources throughout 2019, and we’re confident in their ability to stand behind their products in 2020.  In one case, we’re doing the seed propagation ourselves.

Feminized.  Both seed sources start from female clones, grow the plants that will generate seed, breed them back on themselves with proprietary methods, and generate a population of near perfectly feminized seed (note, no large population of seed will be 100% feminine, or lack hermaphroditic capabilities).

Hardy.  It is essential that the crop make it to the finish line:  it doesn’t matter how great they look, or how their chemistry performs on paper, if the plants don’t thrive in the field.  We’re confident in that regard.

Known CBD %s.  We were tempted to write “High CBD %s” but we just don’t think that’s the right way to think about this critical issue.  Sure, the genetics you start with matter, and our strains certainly meet that requirement.  But just as important is the stress the plants absorb throughout their lives, the farming practices of the grower, the accuracy of their testing and harvesting methods, the regulations of the state where they grow and the flexibility of the Departments of Agriculture responsible for enforcing them, and so on.

Appropriate Ratios of CBD % to THC %.  Once again, we’re tempted to talk about this in the same manner as the mainstream press:  “High CBD! Low THC!”  And yet those two tend to move in sync, and the question is better thought of in terms of what a strain’s CBD : THC ratio looks like over time.  We’re confident in our strains’ ability to get to good CBD volumes without going hot.

Auto-flower and photo-sensitive.  We are carrying both photo-sensitive strains as well as auto-flower.  We believe both have appropriate applications.  More to come on auto-flower, but we particularly like it in northern regions that have shorter growing seasons, in operations that are trying to maintain a schedule for labor, equipment and other resources, and in operations that are looking to get out of the field before the risk of pollination from other fields goes through the roof.