With a climate that allows for year-round production and countries with generous regulatory limits on THC, the emerging South American market is eager to get busy planting High CBD hemp seeds.
But, equatorial latitudes and humid, moist tropical climates present a challenge to providing proven, productive high CBD hemp seed varieties appropriate for south-of-the-equator production. The South American CBD hemp market needs reliable cultivars selectively-bred for their region.
Although not all South American countries have yet legalized hemp production, Uruguay, Ecuador and Colombia have, legalizing cannabis with a one percent THC limit as hemp. Paraguay issued a .5 percent THC limit for legal hemp production.
Columbia is leading not just South America, but arguably the world, when it comes to setting up their hemp growers for success. Unlike most countries, including the U.S., the Colombian government has created a registry to certify cannabis seeds as stable, homogenous and unique.
For Colombia growers (and other countries following Colombia’s lead, like Ecuador, which plans to lean on their neighbor for hemp seeds), this is a good thing. It means they can count on seeds that have a high germination rate, grow out true to type and produce as promised. All benefits U.S. hemp growers would have loved to have had their first few years into hemp production, many who got burned with inferior quality hemp seed.
Here at Trilogene Seeds, we are utilizing the same data-driven, cutting edge cannabis breeding techniques we used to develop region-specific hemp cultivars for U.S. growers to hunt down the phenotypes and cultivars that will meet the genetic needs of South American hemp growers.
HIgh CBD Hemp Seed Genetics Bred for South American Daylight and Humidity
The first big problem with growing CBD hemp south of the equator is that most hemp has been traditionally grown in the northern hemisphere, adapted for a growing season of long days and short nights.
Trilogene Seed’s CEO Matt Haddad doesn’t think the daylight issue will be a big problem in the long run, even without finding any of the fabled “landrace varietals” from the region to cross to. The beauty of the cannabis plant is its fantastic versatility and rapid ability to adapt with selecting breeding techniques.
In reality, the majority of the world’s cannabis strains existing today are already a mish-mash of hybridization. It’s just a matter of finding and breeding for the right genetics for the South American environment and daylight requirements.
Haddad says Indica-dominant varietals should handle the humid environments of tropical climates and be stable within a few generations. Ruderalis strains, aka auto-flowering varietals, are also appropriate for the 12-hour days light cycles of South America but traditionally have not handled humid climates well. However, Haddad is confident that is something Trilogene will have overcome within a few years and Trilogene’s sophisticated quantitative system for analyzing new strains for the right climates.
The key to success is partnering with serious South American hemp growers is breeding, breeding and more breeding and then the testing to confirm our results. As with our other international programs – including partnerships with Chinese and Italian growers, Trilogene Seeds works with our partners to develop appropriate, region-specific genetics. Plus, we consult with our partners, offering up our years of cannabis-growing experience to ensure they employ techniques that best set them up for success.
Please visit our website – www.trilogeneseeds.com – for more information about Trilogene Seeds line of proven, cannabinoid-rich feminized hemp seeds, and how we work with domestic and international growers for hemp-growing success. Or email us at email@example.com or call at (630) 605-1707.