Growing High-CBD Hemp in Canada
What you need to know about growing CBD Seeds in Canada
There are few places in the world that are better for getting started with growing CBD seeds than Canada. Canada has been at the forefront of the hemp industry for quite some time, ever since the country legalized the growth of hemp seeds in 1998. However, at the time, laws limited production to plants that were only intended to be used to create fibrous materials. Then in 2017, as the Cannabis Act was being prepared for enactment in the upcoming year, the excitement surrounding hemp cultivation and its profitability grew immensely. Farmers rushed to the scene, resulting in 123,000 acres of industrial hemp being planted that year.
Today, hemp farming continues to remain a profitable venture in Canada with an increasingly positive outlook. As public interest in natural health products containing cannabinoids increases, so does advocacy for the relaxation of laws surrounding hemp farming.
If you are considering growing CBD seed in Canada on your farm, now is the perfect time to get started. There has never been an opportunity like the present. CBD Seed Co. is here to support you along your journey and provide you with all of the information and resources you need.
Canada’s Regulations for CBD Growing Clones & Seeds
Canadians are enthusiastic about supporting any cause related to natural medicine and the environment, so it’s no wonder that they’ve taken such a liking to CBD. As the public demand for CBD products that can be purchased in stores and online increases, the Canadian government is looking for ways it can relax cannabis regulations.
Currently, the production of hemp is overseen and monitored by Health Canada. Therefore, farmers who want to grow CBD seeds and clones in Canada must obtain special licenses from the government. Farmers must follow the legal guidelines regarding the type of seed being planted. The Cannabis Act dictates that hemp being grown in Canada must come from “certified seed,” be one of the government-approved varieties, and contain no more than 0.3% THC. Farmers must also be able to supply Certified Seed Tags upon request.
Another important restriction is that hemp cannot be grown within one kilometer of a place frequented by minors. Farmers must also clean all equipment before leaving the field and keep thorough records extending back to at least two years prior.
If you want to grow CBD seed and/or clones in Canada, it’s important to be aware of the government rules and regulations. Legal guidelines are predicted to become more lax in the near future, but until they do, it’s best to maintain strict adherence.
Regions of Canada where CBD Is Grown
In Canada, hemp farming takes place all across the country. However, the majority of production occurs in Western Canada, where the soil is drier and the climate is more predictable. This is not to say that one cannot grow CBD seed in Eastern Canada. It is simply a matter of finding the right variety. Ferimon, Anka, and Jutta are all cultivars that grow quite well in Eastern Canada. In 2019, there were 52 cultivars that were approved by the Canadian government for the growing season.
Saskatchewan and Alberta are the largest producers of hemp in Canada. A considerable amount of industrial hemp seed is also grown in Manitoba. It is very possible to grow CBD seed in any one of these provinces. The key is figuring out what cultivar to plant, the best time to plant it, how much fertilizer to use, and when to harvest. CBD Seed Co. can help you determine the best conditions and techniques for your operation.
Canada Hemp & CBD Seed News
As a hemp farmer, it’s crucial for you to stay informed on the latest events and changes in your industry. Laws, guidelines, and restrictions regarding the cultivation of CBD seed in Canada are subject to change at any time. It’s important to stay current with federal laws as well as laws that may apply to your province or region.
CBD Seed Co. provides an abundance of resources to help you stay informed, from newsletters to ongoing emails. You will also be assigned a personal account manager who can address any concerns you have as they arise and help you become aware of any changes being made. We recommend thoroughly reviewing the Industrial Hemp resources on Health Canada. Another great resource is the Canadian Hemp Trade Alliance.
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Why Grow Hemp
Hemp can improve the diversity and resiliency of your crop rotation. Decisions about when to plant hemp in the rotation should include disease pressure, soil fertility, and risk of contaminants. Remember that hemp, like many other plants, is a host to Sclerotinia (white mold) and Botrytis (grey mold). Hemp has a large taproot capable of taking up moisture and nutrients that may be inaccessible to other crops. The large taproot allows good water infiltration and soil health for subsequent crops.
If you’re looking for a crop that strongly competes with weeds, hemp should be your first choice. With proper management and fertility, hemp can easily out-compete most weeds after establishment.
Farmers who are faced with wet spring conditions that delay seeding operations can utilize growing hemp. When the optimum seeding time for other crops has passed, hemp is still a viable option. With shortening day length, hemp development shifts from vegetative to reproductive, resulting in rapid reproductive growth to compensate for a late seeding operation.
Full Plant Utilization
Hemp is a multipurpose plant. Hemp grain is a nutrient-dense product used in the food industry, and the hemp stalk contains bast fibre (used in the clothing and textile industry) and hurd (absorptive material for mulch, animal bedding, and building materials). CBD, CBG, and other cannabinoids are produced predominantly on flowering structures.
Demand for plant-based protein is growing, and hemp is strategically positioned to respond to this dynamic market. Hemp protein contains all 9 essential amino acids, making it one of the few complete plant sources of protein.
Consumer demand for hemp products is steadily growing with the increase of public awareness about the many benefits and uses of hemp products. Capitalizing on these market opportunities begins with a solid understanding of hemp production agronomy to supply a nutritional and safe food product to consumers.
Proven superior seed varieties
HGI is an international leader in developing improved hemp varieties with a special focus on grain and fibre markets. HGI varieties are AOSCA certified and adapted to different climates, latitudes, and production management systems (organic or conventional). These varieties have passed stringent Canadian and international Testing Standards for maintaining THC levels below 0.3%. As farmers have been involved in the testing our varieties from the start, improved harvestability is a key characteristic that growers appreciate during the combining season when time is of the essence.
Experienced breeders and agronomists
The HGI team of experienced breeders and agronomists have been researching and growing hemp for a combined 80 years — some since it was first legalized in Canada in 1998. The original germplasm imported from Europe produced towering plants selected primarily for the fibre market, but it was impractical for grain production. Recognizing that trying to grow dual purpose varieties (fibre and grain) would be a barrier to the growth of the hemp grain industry in Canada, HGI began to develop hemp grain varieties that farmers could grow and especially harvest using existing equipment on their farms. Since then, HGI has contributed significantly to the growth of the Canadian hemp grain industry through improved genetics, advanced seed technology, and a greater understanding of sound agronomic practices that help make industrial hemp a “farmer-friendly” crop.
We Are Partners for Farmers
Our relationship with our growers is of utmost importance. The two pillars upon which HGI was built are providing AOSCA certified pedigreed seeds that meet international standards and offering an agronomy package to help ensure success at the farm level. Most importantly, is that HGI was founded by farmers with a keen interest in making hemp a viable crop in Canada. These rural roots continue to guide HGI as the market grows and diversifies.
Why Grow Hemp Crop Rotation Hemp can improve the diversity and resiliency of your crop rotation. Decisions about when to plant hemp in the rotation should include disease pressure, soil