Did you choose the right strains to grow this year?

July 10, 2019

Did you choose the right strains to grow this year?

Well that would depend on what your goals are for your final crop. Many Alabama farmers have chosen hemp strains from neighboring states because it was convenient or quite frankly because they never grew cannabis before and whatever there friend told them to buy they bought. The theory would be to buy a strain that was already growing in a climate very similar to our Alabama climate and purchase that cultivar. That being true and making the most sense doesn't mean that that variety is going to work for your ultimate goals at harvest time.

Many Alabama farmers have never grown cannabis/hemp before and really have no knowledge of what they are really doing other than internet research, youtube videos or from who they bought their plants or seeds from. This isn't a bad thing it's just what it is. Most everyone is learning but this could be a huge costly mistake if you have not set up your farm for success. Based off of our own experience from consulting work we have done so far for the farmers here in Alabama most are growing to produce CBD oil and dreaming of massive financial reward. While this is possible many will take a but kicking and not have the success they hoped for.

CBD is important because of its therapeutic and medicinal properties and because it's the hottest or trendious topic in the community today but don't discount the terpene profiles in your strains. Having the right "terp" identifiers can enhance the CBD experience resulting in some better potential yields and higher dollar values for your crop.

Below are 2 examples of varietals we are growing out of our 11.

 

The picture on the left is a strain that grows tall at 8 to 9 feet if we allow it to and the other on the right will max out at about 4 feet. Both strains in this batch are approximately a month old with the first showing a more slender body and the other just filling out much fatter. We chose these for one specific reason. Not CBD even though they both produce the compound respectfully but for their unique terpene signatures. One produces an incredible "Mono" dominant fruity terp profile and the other for its profound "Sesqui" terp profile. Both have incredible market potential but both strains are quite different.

Each strain for example will have far different results in an end product than the other. Well what does that mean? Mono terps are very volatile meaning under cumbustion they are somewhat of a terrible choose in a smokable flower form. The flower may smell great now but has no taste. These monos oxidize pretty fast and is not a good choice for a final product that may sit around in storage or on a shelf for to long. On the other hand a sesqui terp having an additional Isoprene does not oxidize in the way mono's do and would be a much better choice in a smokable form. When smoking this kind of flower the taste is complex in the mouth with sustainability during your experience. I'm just using a smokable as an example. That doesn't mean that is what your interests are for your crop. But this applies to many final products your plant may be used in. This is important because making the right decisions in varietals your growing on your farm can mean the difference in your pocket book at the end of the season. This also shows a processor like us and many other reputable ones that you have chosen wisely consequently demanding more value for your product and that's a great thing.

Having a successful hemp business can be so incredibly rewarding. We all have made history here in our state. You were on the front lines of this movement that we so cherish. Having a plant that is mind bending and so pleasurable on how she chooses to grown and what she decides to produce. There is always something new to learn when you are with her. I'm not talking about my wife Becky guys I'm talking about the plant although the later is true as well.

I hope this info helped a little. We are growers here in the state as well as a processors having the latest state of the art CO2 extraction technology as well as a cannabinoid testing lab. So we won't let your plants get to "HOT" and we'll produce the highest quality raw cannabinoid oils for you if you desire. All of these services and more are here for you to utilize. We are here to help you.

Until next time B well and B safe! 

Lou Consoli
President & CEO
UNEEK Botanical, LLC

 




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