Guthrie's Herb's Herbs Celebrates Oklahoma's First Industrial Hemp Crop with Ceremonial HarvestFri, 02 Nov 2018 11:19:56 CDT
Herb’s Herbs celebrated Oklahoma’s first Industrial Hemp crop harvest since World War II this week with a ceremonial cutting at its Guthrie Greenhouses on Thursday, November 1st. Herb’s Herbs Co-owner Jesse Tischauser was there and spoke with Radio Oklahoma Ag Network Farm Director Ron Hays about his hemp crop and the future of the industry in Oklahoma agriculture moving forward. Listen to their complete conversation by clicking or tapping the LISTEN BAR below.
According to Tischauser, the company received its Industrial Hemp license from the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture through the Oklahoma Industrial Hemp Pilot Project as a subcontractor with Langston University on June 6th of this year. After a lengthy search, Tischauser finally located a pound of seed in Colorado which he purchased for $4,000. He explained that Governor Mary Fallin had to sign an emergency registration for the seed in order to allow him to plant the seed immediately as it was already late in the season. The seeds were potted individually by June 15th. Tischauser says the seeds must not have been of good quality as he only had about a 30 percent rate of germination from the entire crop. Nearly five months later, Tischauser is harvesting his first crop.
The first trichomes, says Tischauser, appeared in September. At that point, he says a few plants were cut and dried and then the flowers sent off for testing to ensure the plants did not exceed the required THC levels which gives hemp its psychoactive properties.
“We didn’t want to have medical cannabis on our hands, we wanted hemp,” he said. “Everything was good so we grew out the rest of the crop another 30 days to really build up those trichomes and that CBD level - which initially was at six or seven percent and now we’re at 14 percent or so.”
The entire process has taken Tischauser roughly 18 weeks, he says - 16 weeks for growing from germination to harvest and other week or two for drying. Tischauser’s plan is to continue to grow the plant in their greenhouses for the plants’ flowers with the intention of selling them for the purpose of smoking.
“Right now the CBD thing is worth the most money and really I’m guessing in the next two to five years, that we won’t really even be in that flower market,” he said, “because farmers will have acres and acres of this planted.
“Our goal is to provide Oklahoma’s farmers with the knowledge and education of how to grow this product. We want them to purchase our clones or our seed and get started and know their going to have something to harvest and take to market at the end of the year.”
Industrial Hemp is a form of cannabis sativa, but does not contain the psychoactive chemical compound delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). Industrial Hemp has many uses ranging from paper to molded plastics and most recently hemp derived CBD oil that is used for medical purposes. Following the Agricultural Act of 2014 otherwise known as the 2014 Farm Bill, Oklahoma legislators passed House Bill 2913 earlier this year making it legal to grow industrial hemp in Oklahoma. Furthermore, the Agricultural Improvement Act of 2018 is expected to pass later this year making industrial hemp legal to grow in all 50 states.
Herb’s Herbs LLC is owned and operated by Herb Suehring, his daughter Tara Tischauser and her husband Jesse Tischauser. The trio also own Guthrie Greenhouses and the Red Dirt Plants brand. After the passing of House Bill 2913 earlier this year, Herb’s Herbs partnered with Langston University as part of the Oklahoma Industrial Hemp Agricultural Pilot Program and planted their first hemp crop.
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