It’s no secret that Vermont’s hemp industry is booming. The number of registered hemp farmers in the state nearly doubled from the year 2018 to 2019. 7,800 acres of land in Vermont has been registered for hemp cultivation. But even with numbers like that, the demand still outweighs the supply. Because of the recent public craze over CBD, the crop is in high demand. And farmers are hopping onboard, hopeful at the sight of what could be tremendous opportunity to increase their earnings and secure their future.
If you want to be a hemp farmer in Vermont, now is a great time to get started. But there are a few things you should know before diving in. Here, we’ll discuss some of the key challenges involved with growing CBD seed in Vermont.
The good news is, Vermont has a fantastic climate for growing hemp. The summers and warm and the soil is rich with nutrients. But if you want to be successful at growing CBD seeds and clones in Vermont, you will have deal with some hurdles. Here are some of the main challenges that farmers face and how to overcome them.
Vermont law states that THC levels cannot exceed 1% by dry weight. However, federal laws are stricter and state that THC levels cannot exceed 0.3%. Therefore, if you want to grow hemp in Vermont, you need to make sure that you’re monitoring THC levels carefully, which are easily influenced by the weather.
Our advice: Start testing crops at least three weeks prior to harvest. Before planting, read the COAs from your supplier to make sure that your clones or CBD seeds are compliant and have low levels of THC.
The kinks in the supply chain for hemp are still being worked out all across the U.S. Therefore, it’s common for hemp farmers in Vermont to have challenges when it comes to finding a processor for their crops.
Our advice: We recommend building relationships with processors prior to planting. That way, you don’t end up with more crops than you can handle. Your account manager at CBD Seed Co. will be able to advise you on tips and tricks for securing a processor.
In Vermont, timing is everything when it comes to planting your CBD seed. The winters are brutal, and crops need to be harvested before the cold weather hits. Premature frost could result in crop failure and compromise your earnings.
Our advice: Make sure that you obtain your seed early and register with the department way ahead of the growing season. This way, you decrease your chances of encountering delays that will prevent you from planting and harvesting on time.
Get your CBD seed in time for the next growing season. Call today to place your order for hemp seed or clones for your Vermont farm.