Limited Release High-CBD BaOx Seed

July 30, 2015 by admin

Tomorrow, July 31st, I’ll be releasing a small amount of the BaOx hybrid seed. The BaOx(TM) is a new high-CBD seed that combines an inbred Hindu Kush line and the Otto male used to create the Otto II hybrid seed.

IMG_3116The BaOx is fast growing, vigorous, uniform in height and breeds true for the high-CBD chemotype. Very high CBD:THC ratios have been measured in the test plots.

I am releasing a small amount of seed, just 100 packs of 14 seeds each. The cost is $100. There has been a great deal of interest in this seed so expect it to go fast.

Thank you for your support. -Ben

 

 

BaOx: A new high-CBD hybrid seed from Centennial Seeds

July 1, 2015 by admin

Today begins final testing for a new high-CBD hybrid seed creation I call BaOx.

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Pronounced “box”, BaOx is based on selections from an inbred-line of Hindu-Kush and the Otto II seed. The seed has been back-crossed and stabilized for high-CBD expression, fast flowering time and a short, dense structure.

Once testing is complete, the seed will be released for sale in Colorado. Stay tuned.

 

Otto II Seed update

May 29, 2015 by admin

I have a small amount of the Otto II seed available for purchase. I was holding this back until I knew how much of the seed I would be planting myself.

This will go quickly. -Ben

Muddy Start to the 2015 Hemp Planting Season

May 27, 2015 by admin

It’s no secret that we’ve had an extraordinarily wet spring season this year along parts of the Front Range. The heavy rains have impacted hemp farmers, preventing many of them from planting their fields.

IMG_2776The soil type on the farm I lease is a sandy loam over heavy clay. It generally drains well until it is saturated down to the underlying clay, at that point it becomes mud.

The mud is difficult to work in and easily becomes compacted under foot or equipment. With the soil in this condition it makes no sense to attempt to plant seeds or plugs.

So I wait. And each morning on my way to work I stop by and walk the field to gauge the moisture. I’m certain that one day soon the ground will absorb the excess and I can get on with planting my hemp projects.

My patience is propped up with the knowledge that at least one of my projects is moving forward in spite of field conditions.

IMG_2765 This project is a back-crossed generation of seed that will be used to construct a genomic map of the cannabis plant. This is the work of the Cannabis Genomic Research Initiative which operates from the Kane Laboratory at the University of Colorado at Boulder.

This step of the CGRI project requires a controlled planting of around 300 seedlings spaced 3 feet on center. These plants will be numbered, measured and planted. Later they will be sampled for leaf morphology, chemotype and genotype.

The seedlings for this project are growing indoors in an outbuilding on the farm property. They will be planted just as soon as the soil is dry enough.

Until then, I wait.

 

 

Otto II ~ High CBD Seed

January 23, 2015 by admin

The Otto seed line began in 2009 with an unknown seed sample given to me by Bob Winnicki, founder of Full Spectrum Labs.

This original material was highly variable, but it did contain a number of high CBD:THC ratio plants that became the early breeding parents of today’s Otto II(TM).

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The Otto II is a hybrid high-CBD hemp seed developed in Colorado. Otto II is stable and breeds true for high-ratio CBD expression. Otto II is excellent for use in botanical extraction applications.

The plants are vigorous and can be quite large. Flowering is complete indoors at 70-77 days. Grown in sunlight along Colorado’s Front Range, flowers reach their peak resin content in late September to early October..

When Otto II is grown as industrial hemp we recommended that Δ9-THC levels are assayed 3 to 5 weeks prior to anticipated harvest to verify that the crop meets the statute for maximum delta9-THC levels. Testing is crucial during periods of unusually hot weather and drought conditions which may increase total Δ9-THC levels in hemp plants.

The Otto II seed is being released today and will be available for purchase while supplies last.

Otto II Release

January 21, 2015 by admin

Otto II will be released Friday January 23, 2015 at noon.

The seed is stable and breeds true for Type 3. Until it’s gone.

Limited Release of Improved Otto #1 Seed

November 18, 2014 by admin

I am offering a small quantity of an improved generation of the Otto #1 seed. They will go on sale later today and will remain so until they are gone.

Centennial Now Offering In-house Analytical Services

October 25, 2014 by admin

Starting Monday October 27 Centennial Seeds will begin offering in-house analysis of cannabis and hemp via gas chromatograph.

We believe that testing for the industrial hemp industry and for non-MED cannabis growers is an essential service that is sorely needed.

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Initially we are offering testing for CDA registered industrial hemp developers/farmers. In addition we will provide this service to our seed customers, testing our own strains at a special discount.

Look to Centennial to provide quick and accurate quantitative analysis of select cannabinoids at a fair price.

Contact us at 720-961-0525 for more info.

Otto #2 Update

July 24, 2014 by admin

I’ve decided to run a more complete, extended trial on this seed generation to better understand the ratios of the secondary compounds CBD and THC produced by these seeds.

I know many of you are anxious to get your hands on the Otto #2 and i apologize for the delay in getting these to you. Please understand that my desire is to produce a reliable high-CBD seed of the highest quality possible. -Ben

Long Overdue Update

June 18, 2014 by admin

They say, “the busiest man gets the most done”. Right now I feel like that man.

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There was a time when I would update this site more frequently. Over the course of this year my duties and responsibilities have increased to the point where it is no longer possible. I have a slight lull in the action today so i thought it best that I post an update.

Hemp and Hemp Seed

I am trialing several unknown varieties of industrial hemp seed this season. These industrial hemp trials are registered with the  the Colorado Department of Agriculture as research and development fields.

One of the terms of the R&D registration is that the resulting crops cannot be sold. This includes seed. Having said that, I will not have industrial hemp seed for sale from these trials.

The Otto #1 High-CBD Variety

As some of you know I have spent the last year producing a new generation of my Otto #1 seed. Otto #1 is my high-CBD/low-THC variety. It has been produced since 2012 and is being used in production by a growing number of formulators and marijuana producers.

This next-generation seed is dubbed Otto #2 and is the result of careful technology-assisted selections across large numbers of plants. The Otto #2 seed is currently in trials and, if it meets expectations, there will be a very limited amount of the Otto #2 seed for sale sometime in the next 4 to 6 weeks.

The Cannabis Genomic Research Initiative (CGRI)

The CGRI is moving forward and continues to gain momentum. The first generation of seed to be studied is in its final days before harvest. This seed will be used to create a second, more varied generation that will be become the base layers for the cannabis gonomic map.

The people from the Kane Laboratory and myself are moving this research forward as quickly as we are able. What we lack is funding and so far there has been very little support outside of what we’ve each contributed. This needs to change.

Stay tuned for an announcement for a private CGRI fund-raiser this summer!

Thanks for your support. -Ben