Growing Hemp: Best Practices for Success – Episode 3: Why Genetics Matter

February 5, 2020

In “Episode 3” of our video series with Aligned Distributing LLC, we discuss why genetics matter. The episode explains: regional performance considerations, genetics’ impact on growing style, seed variance, differences in vigor, customer support, terpenes, and variety price differences. Watch the full video for a deep dive on hemp genetics and view key points from the video below.

Key points regarding why genetics matter:

1. How do I know if a particular variety will be successful in my location?

Regional performance is driven by your weather patterns, climate, daylength, season duration, soil type, and pest and pathogen pressure. Through testing our varieties across the country in different regions, we’re able to identify which genetics are likely to be successful in your region.

2. How do genetics affect growing style?

Farmers will need to adjust their growing methods depending on the traits their varieties express. A drought tolerant variety will require less frequent watering, while a pest resistant variety won't require growers to apply synthetic foliar applications.

3. What sort of variance will you observe in seed?

Due to biological limitations, there will never be the same level of uniformity when comparing a seed to a clone. However, by applying genetic markers, we’re able to target specific traits and produce more reliable seed with minimal variance.

4. What’s the difference in vigor between seed and clones?

A seed may outperform a typical clone in its degree of vigor since a seed will produce a taproot, enabling the seedling to dig further into the soil for nutrients and water. However, FRB’s Clean Stock® program produces premium quality stock plants that generate a supply of rooted cuttings (clones) which optimizes results for the farmer.

5. Why is there a substantial price difference between varieties?

Certain varieties differ in pricing due to availability, overall performance, the desirable traits they demonstrate, and the requirements necessary to produce them.

Watch the full video for more information regarding genetics and stay tuned for “Episode 4: Planting Techniques”!

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