Should I grow Seeds or Clones?
When you’re deciding what to plant in the field you need to consider a few factors beyond the genetic strains, the format in which the plant is propagated makes a difference in what equipment is used to plant the field and what kind of consistency comes out of the field.
Strain Specific Clones for field propagation
Know exactly what you are putting in the ground. When you are planting seeds, the plants characteristics can change from seed to seed. When you are planting clones, they are an exact match of the mother stock, it’s an actual cutting from the mom. If you require a very consistent field with very predictable results, you may want to consider using clone stock. Ask us about developing clone stock for your field.
Feminized Seeds for field propagation
When you grow large fields of hemp, you want to plant it and forget it. Let the automated systems take over for watering, fertilizing, etc. If you are using standard seed stock, you have to re-visit the field on a regular basis to remove the male plants to prevent seeding. Our solution is feminized seed. Using a process to ensure the resulting seeds will be female is called feminizing. Once we have a stable strain, we feminize the seeds so the resulting plants are predominately female. We provide a large selection of feminized seeds and we help the farmer decide which is best for their field through our field trial program.
Why use feminized seeds?
The simple answer is maximizing yields and saving on labor costs.
If your intentions are to produce a robust crop for the oil market, using feminized seeds is the only way to go!
Seeding your field with regular un-feminized seed can produce 40-60% male plants. Just think of the labor inputs saved when using a feminized seed.
Oregon Hemp Genetics process includes finding the most stable strains and targeting female plants to produce a viable pollen to pollinate our seed crops. This process produces a high quality, stable, feminized seed.
Planting your fields with feminized seeds results in predominately female plants almost 100% of the time!