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Thanks to @Inspired.Paws and DopeKicks, Our CEO Rachel Berry was the human winner of the shoes and two German shorthaired pointers who share their farm with her were the winners of the CBD tincture. These hemp shoes look great and feel incredibly durable and these puppers approve of Inspired!
Tinctures are available from Inspired Paws.
Dope Kicks are sold out at the moment but they are taking pre-orders for the next batch coming this Spring.
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Dual Purpose Hemp
These are the varieties we decided on. There isn't any more information available about these varieties on the website we ordered from. We got the contract today and the seed will be available for pickup or to be shipped next week.
So the seed is going to be here soon - what do we need to know about it?
Hemp Fiber Research
I'll start off by saying this kind of research is somewhat difficult to come by. The only reason we have access to this stuff is because both Rachel and I have spent a couple years researching hemp, know what to look for, and have compiled much of it over an extended period of time.
This table shows one of our varieties, Hliana, in comparison to some other similar Ukrainian hemp varieties. Notice that Hliana has the shortest period to maturity and shows a respectable 3.4 tons per acre of straw and over 1,200 LBS of seeds per acre being the average yield over two years as a dual crop.
This figure shows up to 5 different planting dates for two monecious varieties that originate from France. It was determined in the study that to maximize the height and the yield of the plants, it's best to plant between the third week of April and second week of May.
Don't worry if that's too soon, you can still get fair yields planting as late as the second week of June.
This study was performed in Southern Europe which is only a 1 degree difference in latitude from Illinois. Ultimately we don't want the plants to emerge before there is at least 13 hours and 30 minutes of light each day. In Illinois this year, that happens to be on April 20th.
This table from the Canadian Department of Agriculture's Industrial Hemp Production and Management speaks for itself. You can check out our Soil Prep and Maintenance slideshow for even more details about fertility.
This is basically what we plan to recreate on our farm by the third week of July. You can see cut stalks in the foreground laying in the field for dew retting.
Early vs. Late Harvest
We plan on around 7 days of retting in the field for late harvested dual crops of Hliana and Hlesia for easier decortication while maintaining a high tensile strength. We also plan on harvesting some densely planted Hliana for fiber only at early harvest (technical maturity, full flower)
Although there are no guarantees given by the seed provider, we can safely say that it will be baffling if these plants generate more than 1/100th of the USDA's legal limit of 0.3% THC.