What Is A Tri-Crop Hemp Plant?
Colorado Breeders Depot’s Tri-Crop genetics is a heavily researched cross between Otto and Boax, genetically referred to as Otto II Boax or Boax Otto. This hemp strain is a replicable, easy-to-grow plant that offers 3 different sellable byproducts in the form of hemp fiber, hemp grain, and hemp flower containing extractable oils and cannabinoids.
Most industrial hemp does not produce cannabinoids in a high enough percentage to extract, but after years of research and pheno-hunting, we finally found an industrial-quality strain that allows produces testably higher CBD content, allowing farmers to maximize profit using a promising cash crop that’s easy to replicate and harvest.
Sellable hemp products include
- Hemp fiber from the plant stalks are used for paper-making, textile productions, plastics, and many other large-scale uses to replace the use of wild-harvested lumber. Hemp fiber is set to become the third most-needed crop in the world within five years.
- Hemp hurd is the inner woody fillng of the female stalks. Used for all kinds of things including hemp plastics, mulch, biodegradable building material, horse bedding, and much more
- Hemp grain is the harvesting of hemp seeds used for pressing into oils, protein powder, or hemp hearts. Hemp grain has become a staple in the eco-friendly food market for sustainable, organic, natural superfoods.
- CBD oil is created by harvesting mature flowers and extracting the resinous cannabinoid-rich oils. This can be used to isolate CBD or be used as other hemp oil related products for therapeutic use. This product is what sets Tri-Crop apart from other industrial hemp plants.
Benefits To Growing Tri-Crop
Besides having three separate byproducts that will be sellable and will likely have you in the black after year one, there are multiple benefits to growing our Tri-Crop on a large acreage.
- Unlike traditional corn and soy crop, hemp Tri-Crop does not require pesticides, herbicides, or synthetic fertilizers to grow. This is both a costing-saving trait and a benefit for soil health and general health to the surrounding area.
- Environmentally sound cash-crop that helps remediate resource depletion from lumber needs and oil drilling.
- Hemp is a special crop that uses a process called ‘phytoremediation’ which means it can clean depleted soils from heavy metals and toxins. You are literally making the soil healthier by growing this plant.
- If spaced properly, Tri-Crop seeds require no weeding or hand labor, whereas feminized seeds do require these additional tasks. This cost-saver helps make Tri-Crop much less expensive per acre.
- In 2022, three massive hemp processing facilities will be opened in the U.S. for the first time. Hemp fiber is processed using a machine called a ‘decorticator’, but there are currently no industrial-sized decorticators active in the United States. This will change soon, and those with material ready to process will be the first to profit.
Unlike corn and soy farmers that continue to lose money annually on their crops— even with government subsidies— Tri-Crop farmers are meeting growing demand for hemp fibers, hurds and grains
How Tri-Crop Grows
While most industrial hemp is grown in extremely close quarters to maximize ground space, Tri-Crop is ideally given a bit more space to allow for the flowering process to fully take place. Below are a few important suggestions for maximizing your potential product
- 1lb (one pound) of hemp seed per acre on 30-inch rows planted by a modified corn seeder. This may feel like less seeds than other traditional crops but allowing the plant space to flower appropriately is crucial. Plants packed too closely together will fail to fully flower.
- Seeds must be direct-seeded close to the surface with constant irrigation for the first month.
- Seeds drilled more than ¼ inch deep or seeds left without adequate moisture will not germinate
- 1lb (one pound) of Tri-Crop hemp seeds contains roughly 26,000 seeds. When planted according to our recommendations, seeds will end up being spaced about 3 inches apart on the rows. This spacing is ideal for adequate grain and flower production on top of hefty fiber growth
- Windless, moist environments are ideal for the most flower production and dry, windy climates work best for grain growth.
- Knowing your primary product will help determine scheduling times for primary and secondary harvests.
How do I know if Tri-Crop is Right For Me?
Tri-Crop is ideal for any large acreage farmer looking to transition away from corn, soy and other cash crops. Tri-Crop needs a bit more space than other hemp seed varieties and as such it thrives in tens of thousands of acres.
Farmers looking to meet growing demand of multiple plant products, quickly replicate growing seasons and get a head start on growing a soon-to-be vital resource should consider making the switch to Tri-Crop hemp farming.
Contact us today for more information, for large orders, or for any specific question you may have. We are here to help!