Friends, this week HNP is extremely excited to debut our premier seed crop for the year — and it’s a rarity in the industry. Grown this winter here in Colorado, Auto Bahn is an F1 hybrid autoflower strain bred in partnership with our preferred partner Beacon Hemp.
How Auto Bahn is Unlike Any Other Seed
What makes this strain so unique is its stability and uniformity. This is because hemp is an extremely heterozygous plant, meaning it naturally has more diverse genetics and a wider range of traits. For plants growing in the wild, this is not an issue, but from a farming perspective, unpredictable crop health and yield are issues that have wide-reaching effects on profit, compliance and more.
As more genetics companies have come into play in the short time since legalization, they’ve had the daunting task of breeding in more homozygosity. Unlike heterozygous plants, homozygous strains like Auto Bahn are more predictable and consistent, with more desirable traits like high CBD content.
Bred for Optimal Performance with Ideal Cannabinoid Ratios
While it is important to plant consistent, high-performing CBD plants, there are many agronomic traits that had previously fallen to the wayside in seed production.
That is changing real-time as the industry matures, with companies like Beacon at the forefront working to create lines that not only exhibit exemplary, yet stable CBD-to-THC ratios, but are also exceedingly hearty in the face of pests and weather, producing consistent, uniform plants over time.
Carefully Selected Genetics for Top-Performing Plants
One of the ways this kind of stability is achieved — in any plant, not just hemp — is by crossing two stable, homozygous lines with each other to produce what is called an F1 hybrid. The “F” in this term comes from the Latin word “filial,” which means “directly related to a parent in the close way a child or offspring is,” while the number “1” refers to generation. In this case, since Auto Bahn is first-generation, that number is one.
With properly selected breeding lines, F1 hybrids like Auto Bahn not only exhibit the best traits of their parents, but they are also inherently stronger and healthier. In addition to uniformity, the plants themselves have higher survival rates — hence the term “hybrid vigor.”
What this Means for the Future of Hemp
The real players in the hemp genetics landscape have all labored for years to perfect their lines, and only the gems in their portfolios are true F1 hybrids. While the rest of the industry largely focused on perfecting different photoperiodic varieties, our seed partner Beacon Hemp has been plugging away to achieve analogous quality in autoflower strains, or day-neutral hemp.
Given the greater uniformity, predictability, manageability and machinery-friendly nature of autoflower, the pioneering work in this category is transforming the hemp industry as we know it. Day-neutral hemp is ready to harvest in just under three months, as opposed to photoperiodic strains, or short-day hemp, which can take much longer. As a result, autoflower hemp like Auto Bahn can be farmed at scale, using more conventional, mechanized techniques, all at a dramatically lower cost.
Leading the Way in Hemp Genetics
Auto Bahn was developed exclusively for HNP Farm Services by our industry partners at Beacon Hemp, a family-run company out of Northern California.
Beacon has been growing cannabis since 2006, growing and breeding high-CBD genetics since 2012, and farming high-CBD hemp since 2016. In recent years, Beacon has emerged as a leader in the systematic application of conventional agronomic techniques to hemp, particularly autoflower varieties. This is innovative in the hemp industry because hemp farming is still relatively new from a modern agricultural perspective; the plant has yet to enjoy the decades of breeding that other crops do, for traits like vigor and pest resistance. For Auto Bahn specifically, this strain is optimized for growth in drier climates like the Rockies, southwest and western plains.
Place Your Auto Bahn Order Today
Reach out to HNP Farm Services to learn what this exclusive F1 Hybrid autoflower line can do for your grow today.