N.G. Heimos Greenhouses, which ranked #28 on Greenhouse Grower’s 2019 Top 100 Growers list with more than 2 million square feet of environmentally controlled greenhouse production, is getting into the hemp market. The company is partnering with Trilogene Seeds, growers and breeders of feminized high cannabinoid hemp seed varieties designed for optimal extraction and post-refinement efficiency. The joint partnership will not only increase production one hundredfold by 2020 for Trilogene, but will also spearhead advanced opportunities in agriculture for N.G. Heimos.
“We are excited about our joint venture with Trilogene and their cutting-edge genetics,” says Bernie Heimos, president of N.G. Heimos Greenhouses, in a statement. “This partnership hits the core of our business by expanding production into today’s relevant crops. Although we have no plans to exit the horticulture field, we feel this decision makes sense for us in our expansion plans.”
“With the growing demand from the agricultural and health and wellness industries, the need to increase the production of feminized hemp seeds is critical,” says Matt Haddad, Trilogene’s founder and CEO. “We have been committed to developing our craft hemp strains for over four years to help stabilize unique varieties for farmers all over the world. Being able to grow our seeds in Heimos’ controlled environment will ensure the purity of our feminized genetics and our ability to produce and provide vigorous varieties that will yield massive CBD and other minor cannabinoids output for non-psycho-active cannabinoid farmers.
“From an entrepreneur’s perspective, this is a dream come true, as there is huge market potential and opportunity to propel both the agriculture and health and wellness industries forward in a big way,” Haddad says. “The future is female, even in the hemp world!”
In 2019, Trilogene planted 1.3 million feminized hemp seeds across the U.S. This new alliance, Haddad says, will up the production to more than 100 million seeds by June of 2020.
Why is feminized hemp seed a big deal? The hemp plant has both male and female flowers which makes it a dioecious plant. By adding an extra X chromosome through a proprietary process, Trilogene is able to offer a forced monoecious hemp plant that guarantees more than 99% of the offspring of feminized seeds will be female. It is a good farming practice to use feminized seeds for outdoor cultivation, and it’s deemed reckless to plant dioecious seeds where there are other outdoor cannabis cultivations nearby.
Pollen can travel up to 150 miles, and once pollen contaminates a crop, it will be full of unwanted and undesired dioecious seeds that will lower cannabinoid levels and will dramatically lower your ability to properly monetize on the crop.
Brian Sparks is senior editor of Greenhouse Grower and editor of Greenhouse Grower Technology. See all author stories here.