The first legal hemp growing season in Arizona began May 31, 2019, with the first hemp seeds being planted on June 7, 2019. With this first legal hemp growing season, there were 165 grower licenses approved. As many first-time growers experienced the trials and tribulations of their first hemp cultivation season, Arizona growers experienced their own set of challenges. As we enter the second growing season, it’s important to reflect on mistakes that have been made while exploring our available resources for creating a more successful year.
Hemp farmers faced numerous challenges during their first year here in Arizona. Some of these challenges included insect pressures, irrigation practices, soil conditions, soil salts, seed germination rates, and extreme heat. The Arizona Department of Agriculture has released its 2019 year-end report for its Industrial Hemp Program. The extreme heat may have contributed to non-compliant levels of THC when testing hemp crops– 25% of acres were found non-compliant with 20% of those acres remaining non-compliant after retest or remediation. While there are many factors that contribute to the naturally-occurring levels of THC, it is always important to plant high CBD low THC hemp seed as an initial first step in defending your farm.
CBD Seed Co. is honored to be the trusted hemp seed provider serving the state of Arizona. With every seed purchase, you gain an industry-leading partner whose happy to extend our expertise and experience for helping your farm succeed. Speak with our incredible hemp farmers to better address the learning curve experienced by all first-time hemp growers. We’re always available to help you create better solutions for some of the challenges experienced in your geographic location. We look forward to working with you!
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