Harvest update at Scio Oregon CBD Hemp project
Vancouver, BC — (November 27, 2018) - Global Hemp Group Inc. (“GHG” or the “Company”) (CSE: GHG / OTC: GBHPF / FRA: GHG) and its joint venture partner Marijuana Company of America, Inc. (OTC: MCOA) (the “Partners”) are pleased to provide an update on the harvest at their high yielding CBD hemp project in Scio, Oregon.
The 2018 Scio cultivation consisted of 33 acres of high yielding CBD hemp (utilizing six different cultivars with an expected CBD content ranging from 6% to 12%) was grown in an orchard style cultivation on the two lower fields at the property. With the help of near perfect weather in the region extending the harvest period by several weeks, the hemp had the opportunity to grow to full maturity and allowed the team to completely harvest all plants grown, before the fall rains began in the valley. For pictures from this season’s cultivation, please visit the Scio project page on GHG’s website – https://globalhempgroup.com/scio-oregon.
As with most things on the hemp farm this year, innovation was the key to success. There were many challenges throughout the year; from getting a late start due to delays in closing of the farm acquisition, to preparing the fields, drying, harvesting and storage, but the team in Scio was able to find solutions when required. Our team consists of a number of crew members that are extremely innovative, who are trained in a variety of skill sets. They are well versed in everything from metal fabrication, fine carpentry, and large equipment operation, so the team is able to set up, build, and/or operate pretty much everything themselves at the project. With the addition of a number of knowledgeable advisers to assist, the team was able to solve all challenges that arose during the course of the season.
This year’s harvest consisted of approximately 37,000 high yielding CBD hemp plants producing 24 tons of biomass. Harvesting this year was done by hand, making it extremely labour intensive and time consuming. The team has created a number of solutions that will automate both the harvesting and planting of the hemp for next year’s crop. Ultimately, the goal is to completely automate these processes, making it more efficient and less costly to complete. The team has now begun working on prototypes to automate the harvesting processes and expect to have machinery ready for use next season.
A number of different drying techniques were employed with this year’s harvest. In the end, “old school” hanging techniques proved to be the most effective and efficient. Drying took place in the farm’s larger 20 foot high, 4,000 sq. ft. greenhouses which allowed for an increased quantity of plants being dried at any one time. Drying took approximately 36 to 48 hours to dry the hemp to be levels required for storage and ultimately extraction. With each successive batch of drying, techniques were improved to increase the volume of biomass being dried in the greenhouse, while decreasing the time that it took to hang and dry it.
The drying process for all of the hemp harvested is now complete and is stored awaiting further processing. The farm produced 48,000 pounds of dried biomass, which is stockpiled in quarter ton super sacks, stacked three bags high and requiring approximately 4,000 sq. ft. of storage space. Despite the late start in planting this season, the hemp plants still achieved sufficient size to produce the anticipated quantity of biomass. It is expected that in 2019, planting will begin June 1stgiving the hemp an addition 30-45 days of growing time. This will produce much larger plants, resulting in significantly larger quantities of biomass.
The Partners have now acquired a hammermill to complete the next level of processing prior to the biomass going for extraction of the cannabinoids. Processing will begin shortly, once electrical work is complete to run the hammermill. This next level of processing will not only prepare the biomass for extraction of cannabinoids but will also reduce the storage space requirements by more than 50% as the bulk of the plants is reduced in size.
The Partners are currently exploring opportunities to joint venture with others that have expertise in the cannabinoid extraction business, so that an extraction facility can be set up onsite to process this year’s harvest. Biomass is currently selling for between US$3.00 and US$4.00 per percent, per pound. By taking the biomass to the next level of processing, further value will be created.
About Global Hemp Group Inc.
Global Hemp Group Inc. (CSE: GHG) (OTC: GBHPF) (FRANKFURT: GHG), is focused on a multi-phased strategy to build a strong presence in the industrial hemp industry in both Canada and the United States. The Company is headquartered in Vancouver, British Columbia, with hemp cultivation operations in New Brunswick and Oregon. The first phase of this strategy is to develop hemp cultivation with the objective of extracting cannabinoids (CBD, CBG, CBN & CBC) and creating a near term revenue stream that will allow the Company to expand and develop successive phases of the strategy. The second phase of the plan will focus on the development of value-added industrial hemp products utilizing the processing of the whole hemp plant, as envisioned in the Company’s Hemp Agro-Industrial Zone (HAIZ) strategy.
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