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      2019 has been a challenging year, just as were the two years prior.  Although Hemp is removed from the Schedule I Designation, the Federal Government still is dragging their feet with the slow wheels of bureaucracy, they have not done much to encourage hemp planting in 2019 in Southeastern Colorado.  The irrigation ditch companies have still not received the OK that Project Water (water that has been stored in a Federally funded storage facility) is approved for watering hemp.  Potential growers in southeastern Colorado are still reluctant to plant hemp until this restriction is lifted. This year we will be growing more industrial hemp seed on our Research plots near Rocky Ford, Colorado.  We are also taking this opportunity to research the effects of all natural rock dust fertilizer from US Soil in Salida, Phytonutrients, Biochar.  Our four test plots will evaluate what effects these amendments have on seed production and CBD and THC levels to assure the use of these amendments do no stimulate the plants into increasing their THC levels above the .3% that is the upper threshold for hemp by statute. We are also working with a local CBD grower to analyze the effects of the same augmentations on the CBD levels on 28 acres of his cloned and feminized seed crop.
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