Covered Bridge Acres has started of its second season of commercial planting at its hemp farm in Scio, Oregon (June 2019).

The Oregon, farm, Covered Bridge Acres Ltd., has finished preparing the 35-acre land for planting, which is now in the process of laying the last of the mulch and drip line. The farm is in the process of obtaining organic certification.

Last season’s harvest was more environmentally friendly, with biodegradable plastic mulch brought in from Canada to eliminate the end-of-season environmental waste, thus reducing labor costs associated with its removal from the field.

The hemp plants used for this year’s cultivation have been produced from either sprouted seed or through CBA’s cloning operation that is done onsite at the Company’s greenhouses fully controlled by the team. Genetics being used this year are of higher quality and more stable than those planted last year.

The team expects to plant 40,000 to 50,000 plantlets this year, with a CBD content ranging from 12 percent to 15 percent. Any excess clones not required for the field will be sold or used for expansion. This year’s cloning operation has eliminated the need to purchase clones from third parties, as was required last season.

The CBA team continues to prepare the greenhouses for constant harvest to produce high-quality hemp flower. Trimmed, high-end flower, with less than 0.3 percent THC, currently wholesales for 10 times the price of CBD biomass that is going to extraction.

Once the hemp is harvested, it will be dried in preparation for storage prior to processing. Drying this season will take place in the project’s four recently completed greenhouses on the farm and will utilize a traditional hanging method. Once the hemp is dried to 10-12% moisture content, it can be stored with little or no cannabinoid/plant matter degradation prior to extraction.