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The term “hot crops” is a little misleading. It makes it sound like hemp is the hottest crop to hit farms in decades.
And hemp definitely is making some entrepreneurs very rich. But what happens when things don’t work out?
What happens to the farmer whose acres of hemp crops test out over the 0.3% THC limit?
Tens of thousands of dollars in materials and labor down the drain. Hundreds of thousands or more in total revenue losses.
Hot crops are one of the biggest issues in hemp production and no one is talking about it.
How It Happens
Newbie farmers are having trouble with their crops “going hot”. It’s the industry term for when hemp crops test out over 0.3% THC, turning them into marijuana in the eyes of the federal legal system.
So how does this happen? How does a farmer with all the right intentions end up as an illicit drug producer according to federal law?
Ivy League university Cornell’s research into the subject found the true cause of hot crops and it goes against the grain of what is commonly thought of as the cause.
It’s been an accepted notion that when cannabis plants endure some kind of environmental stress, like heavy winds, THC levels rise as some kind of defense mechanism.
Not according to Cornell.
Larry smart, senior author of the study, explains how, “[People thought] there was something about how the farmer grew the plant…but our evidence from this paper is that fields go hot because of genetics, not because of environmental conditions,” totally blowing the lid off old preconceived notions.
Even more interesting, the team of researchers found that most hemp plants fall into one of 3 categories:
- Plants with 2 THC-producing genes
- With 2 CBD-producing genes
- Plants with one of each
Private label CBD manufacturers need to be using the second type of seed for their crops, but that’s not always the case.
Cornell’s research is invaluable to US-based hemp manufacturers, but it came a little too late for some.
If you’re a history buff, you know all about the tulip frenzy that swept up Holland like the fervor of a modern-day IPO.
Tulips were suddenly worth their weight in gold. High hopes for the industry led to people spending life savings to secure the most valuable bulbs.
Can you guess what happened at the end of the day? Yup, the people of Holland were quick to realize maybe tulips weren’t as valuable as the hype men selling them on every street corner made them out to be.
When the market corrected itself, many were left with nothing more than a plot of pretty flowers.
Broken dreams and empty bank accounts led to many suicides at the time.
Is Oregon Suffering the Same Fate?
Is this the future for many hemp manufacturers entering the market? Southern Oregon, one of the most popular spots for CBD manufacturers, has seen better days.
Poor yields and hot caused at least 4 farmers to commit suicide. With little guidance, rookie hemp farmers are making big mistakes that can cost them their livelihood.
One of the farmers who eventually killed himself had everything right until the end. He took his fresh, wet hemp and crammed it into plastic bags.
Nothing your average hemp farmer wouldn’t do but he missed a crucial step: compressing the raw material with 2,200 lbs of pressure per square inch in order to create a vacuum seal and prevent rotting.
The farmer had invested everything into life as a hemp farmer. He walked to the private label hemp manufacturer with a pep in his step that one can only have from knowing you’re about to be an instant millionaire.
But what the processing plant found would floor even the most optimistic farmer…
When cutting into the plastic bags, stinky black goo came gushing out like lava out of an active volcano.
The moisture had fermented his entire harvest into an edible hemp yogurt. Millions in inventory turned into useless goo. Months of hard work completely wasted with no chance of recovering any of the raw material.
Light at the End of the Tunnel
How can hemp farmers continue to supply a steady stream of high-quality CBD when the smallest mistakes can wipe them out?
The USDA is stepping up with its first hemp crop insurance pilot program. With proper insurance, hemp farmers won’t have to worry about disasters like what happened in Oregon.
But is this going to be enough? Crop insurance is a huge step in the right direction and could offer a solution to a lot of problems plaguing new farmers.
There are many issues that still need to be addressed. With seed scams on the rise, will victims be covered under crop insurance?
Will there be educational resources for farmers just starting out who have never dealt with hemp before?
The root of all these issues comes down to inexperience. US-based hemp manufacturers are playing catch up with everyone from Canada to China when it comes to CBD production.
Some worry the US hemp industry is so behind the rest of the world, it may never catch up to the competition.
Hemp Doesn’t Grow Like a Weed
To outsiders, hemp seems like an easy crop to grow. Naturally pest-resistant and low maintenance, hemp appears to be the wonder crop many farmers hurting for money have been praying for.
Sure, hemp can grow like a weed in nature like nobody’s business. But when it comes time to properly harvest and process that same hemp, things get complicated.
Lack of supplies, knowledge of how to properly dry, and bug infestations can sneak up on a farmer like a black widow in a dark cave.
Hemp Isn’t Immune to Pests
It’s true that pests don’t seem to flock to hemp crops as frequently as food crops. But when they do, the outcome can be a total infestation.
Common pests, like aphids, budworms, and crickets can all cause irreversible damage to a healthy hemp crop
Spring Creek Labs Is Never Hot
Why work with a hemp-based CBD product manufacturer who might be using hot crops?
You’re a serious entrepreneur, not a tire-kicker. You need to know your private label hemp manufacturer owns all their means of production.
From farm to lab, we keep our supply chain tighter than a leash on a hyperactive dog. You’ll never have to worry about your product testing over the legal limit.
We know not every CBD product will become a best seller for every brand. It’s why we make our MOQ only 250 pieces per order.
You can test which products your customers want before diving in headfirst. Only buy what you need. In a constantly changing industry, we help you stay nimble.
It’s as easy as sending us an email. We’ll get started on your private label CBD products right away.
By this time next month, you could be on your way to becoming a CBD tycoon with the best US-based CBD manufacturer around!