Remember while hemp became first legalized and the mass confusion (and primary disappointment) over “licensed” hemp seeds?
Growers assumed “licensed” intended the hemp seeds they have been shopping for might develop as advertised. “True to kind.” After all, this is what “licensed” infers in different plants farmers are used to planting. But it didn’t work out that manner with hemp.
In the primary loopy 12 months after legalization, “certification” commonly mentioned a kingdom-accepted seed list, generally primarily based totally on a cultivar’s intended capacity to supply inside the kingdom without going over THC limits. (Although even that has frequently proved now no longer to be real!). Or, sometimes “certification” became referencing a COA (certificates of analysis).
But neither of the ones “certifications” assured that the ones hemp cultivars might produce real to kind as advertised. The varietals frequently weren’t solid sufficient. They hadn’t been decided on for sufficient generations to supply as defined reliably. What maximum shoppers have been looking ahead to once they heard the word “licensed” became AOSCA Hemp Seeds (The Association of Official Seed Certifying Agencies) certification.
AOSCA is the U.S. gold fashionable for seed manufacturing and the corporation tasked with certifying the genetic purity of commercially-produced seeds (grains, legumes, vegetables, flowers, etc.). But, AOSCA had no manner for accommodating the feminization manner while hemp became first legalized. AOSCA had licensed hemp seeds, however, they have been all-fiber varietals, wherein the dioeciously developments of the hemp plant (generating lady and male plants) didn’t matter.
That’s now changed! As of the stop of 2020, AOSCA created a utility manner for certifying feminized hemp seeds. And, we’re proud to announce that one of Trilogies Seed’s cultivars — Sangria — has acquired its coveted AOSCA certification. We’re one of only a handful of hemp seed breeders who’ve thus far acquired the coveted AOSCA certification on this first spherical and we’re very happy with the accomplishment!
Should the Hemp Industry Support AOSCA-Certified Seeds? YES!
But, now that real “licensed” hemp seeds have become to be had, does it matter?
Since 2019, most of the worst offenders of unreliable hemp cultivars have been weeded out of the enterprise. The reliable breeders have persisted to paintings with the seed strains that they’d set up and now a number of us (Trilogies included) have varietals that have been solid for plenty of generations of developing outs.
Well, we suppose AOSCA certification topics to the hemp enterprise. Very a whole lot so. AOSCA certification legitimizes the enterprise, similar to college studies trials do — every other manner Trilogies Seeds has been satisfied to support.
Getting AOSCA licensed indicates that a hemp breeder is devoted to accomplishing enterprise seed requirements each different agricultural zone expects on the subject of their seeds. A wheat farmer figuring out to install a brand new varietal of wheat might take without any consideration the seed he depended on the issuer became promoting him became genetically solid, that it became “licensed.”
High cannabinoid hemp growers deserve no less!
Inevitably it’s going to take a piece of time for hemp growers to put up all their capacity certification applicants to AOSCA and flow through the manner. Trilogy plans to put up around 5 extra cultivars through the following spherical. So, there could be a few lag times as the enterprise catches up. Still, in the long run, AOSCA certification is a sign that the hemp enterprise is maturing, turning into extra solid, and in the long run generating the quality, dependable seed inventory that growers need to be capable of assuming to gain a successful harvest.
It additionally method that the ones seed breeders (Trilogies included) running to expand cultivars for remote places markets now have the traceability to be accepted by European Union certifying agencies.
So, search for extra AOSCA certifications coming down the pipeline. Ask your seed breeder approximately it. They may not have traces pretty prepared for AOSCA submission or they will be with inside the midst of the manner. AOSCA is the gold fashionable in the end and commonly takes numerous years of checking out for approval. But, at the very least, they have to be aiming for it.
CBD hemp growers, and the hemp enterprise, deserve seeds they could trust. Certifiably so.
Trilogy Seeds has AOSCA-licensed Sangria clones to be had NOW. AOSCA-licensed feminized Sangria seeds could be to be had on the market at the stop of 2021.