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We choose
clones over
seeds.

Farmers, nurseries and retailers know there’s a difference working with Tagawa.

We choose clones over seeds for a few reasons. Certainty over uncertainty was the driving force for us. Hemp seed genetics are currently decades behind other commercially grown plants, despite white seed brokers say. Working with all-female clones reduces unforeseen labor costs and the headache of culling male plants. In 2019 most farmers who used seeds reported that 10% of the plants were male and an additional 10% did not germinate. This also means you will also have 100% confidence in the genetics and CBD ratio. The clones can be planted uniformly, and you can count on their root structure. And, rather than losing significant biomass, female clones are a more efficient investment for you. When you consider that most feminized seeds still prove to be 10% male, and then only 90% of those germinate when planted directly into the field, clearly clones are the way to go.

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The main problems with feminized hemp seeds relate to the cost and the risk of buying fraudulent seed. While unfeminized hemp seeds may cost $0.10 to $0.50 each, feminized seeds can cost much more – typically $0.70 to $1.50 per seeds. This means that if you plant 2000 seeds per acre, your cost might be $1,400 to $3,000 per acre.

This high price has attracted scammers to the industry who prey on farmers, selling unfeminized hemp seed (often totally unsuitable for CBD production) to unwary farmers at feminized seed pricing. For this reason, you should always insist on seeing test results when buying seed and only buy from trusted vendors. When we sow seed for customers, we always do a germination test on the seed stock for our farmers.

While seed breeders, brokers and farmers often get excited about their CBD content, boasting levels of 20% or even more, the most important numbers for CBD hemp farmers to look at and understand is the CBD:THC ratio. While high CBD is attractive the CBD content and the overall value of the crop is generally limited by THC regulations. In most states, THC levels must not exceed 0.3%. In some states and regions, this can be as low as 0.2% or as high as 1%.

Hemp seed breeders are all new to the game.  The experienced agricultural seed suppliers have not entered the market yet because they do not have confidence in seed stock at this time.  Most agricultural seeds have been perfected over the past three decades, Hemp seed breeding is just getting started and is still very risky.

But the devil is in the details. While most state and federal regulators and law enforcement will test for Total THC (THC + THCA) most seed merchants ignore THCA and will often claim their seeds have high CBD levels with <0.3% THC or even 0% THC. While it’s exciting to grow 20% CBD hemp flowers, if the THC content exceeds 0.3% your crop may be required to be destroyed.[/et_pb_text][/et_pb_column][et_pb_column type="1_3" _builder_version="4.4.3"][et_pb_image src="https://tagawagreenhouse.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/plant_img.png" align="center" _builder_version="4.4.3"][/et_pb_image][/et_pb_column][/et_pb_row][/et_pb_section][et_pb_section fb_built="1" _builder_version="4.4.3"][et_pb_row _builder_version="4.4.3"][et_pb_column type="4_4" _builder_version="4.4.3"][et_pb_accordion _builder_version="4.4.3"][et_pb_accordion_item title="New Question" open="on" _builder_version="4.4.3"]Best Question[/et_pb_accordion_item][/et_pb_accordion][/et_pb_column][/et_pb_row][/et_pb_section]