Soil Analysis: You will need to have a soil test conducted for soil fertility, soil structure, and contaminants. Be mindful that CBD is often ingested and therefore must be free of heavy metals and other toxins. Recommendations will be made by the testing agency based off the results. We suggest using your Cooperative Extension for fertility and Waters Lab in North Carolina for soil toxicity testing.
Planting Area: The size of your planting will dictate the cost of the materials, the proposed offer, as well as the amount of labor will be involved throughout the process. It is more profitable to farm larger plots due to the time and automation required for the investing parties in order to maximize your return, we suggest plantings of 5 acres or more. We will consider smaller operations if the farm is being used for other sources of income and the infrastructure is in place with regards to machinery, man power, and a drying facility or if the plants are purchased outright.
Drying: Have a plan for drying your material. Drying is last in the process but most important in terms of a having a quality, marketable product. Keep in mind that an acre of hemp will require approximately the same footprint as an acre of tobacco (1/2 acre/5,000sq ft), depending your drying method. Using the burley and flu dried tobacco barns can both be successful if the right steps are taken. We are committed to working with you to ensure a marketable product. We are equally invested when you partner with us and believe in our model.
Irrigation: In time of drought, it is paramount to have suitable water available on site at a moments notice. Whether you decide to invest in drip irrigation, pivot irrigation, water storage tanks, or sprinkler systems, the you must be able to water in case of a drought(s) throughout the growing season.
Infrastructure: Plant within your means. Know your plan for labor before you assume the responsibility. A tiller and a bedder or hiller will be necessary for land preparation in most scenarios. Using a tobacco setter is also suggested for any plantings over an acre. A cultivator can be extremely successful for between rows to suppress weeds and is strongly suggested in the absence of a cover crop. Augers may also be used in the right conditions leading to reduced prep time and a lower impact on the environment but not on every site. Harvest is generally done by hand as is the drying so the size of your labor source is dependent upon yield, acreage, and infrastructure.
Labor: It is suggested that the crop be planted using a tobacco setter if planting more than an acre to reduce cost and improve efficiency. Using a cultivator between rows is also suggested if a cover crop is not utilized. Harvesting takes a small army. The process is generally carried out by hand. Be prepared to harvest with short notice in case of extended rains or torrential downpours. THC also dictates harvest timing on short notice. When the product tests .02, we suggest harvesting. If rain is forecasted for a long duration or the THC is spiking, we may suggest harvesting early, which can decrease yield.
Demand: Due to high demand, our primary focus will be prearranged agreements where Virginia Cultivars LLC will supply the knowledge, the propagule, on site visits, and THC testing. We then offer buy back the material once verified.