Carlisle
Hey guys, found this off the TN website. My father in law is doing all the growing, I'm just the help. Have about 2.5 acres of Franklin and Otto, out door grow, first year. I know everyone loves photos so I'll get some up once I figure it out. I've got tons of questions, but the biggest one on my mind is what we should be looking for exactly when it comes to harvesting. What should the bud/flower look like? It's all for CBD oil. 

This is me from yesterday, trying to keep weeds in check. And running off with a few tomatoes and bell peppers.
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This is from probably 10 days ago. I grow tobacco for rolling cigars. If anyone is interested I have an aerial photo (about 390 feet up) from 10 days ago (drone photo).
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The weeds seen the photos have since been taken care of.
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Carlisle
I have to explain this photo a bit. We were till some weeds, we started from the bottom of the photo and worked our way up. The bottom half is mostly Otto, very obvious size difference, but the Otto almost seems to have more bud potential then the Franklin. Guess we will see. Far bottom left is the line of tobacco (PA Red and Lancaster Seedleaf) and far bottom right is tomatoes and bell peppers (for funsies).
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Carlisle
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Latest update from today 

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industrialhempusa
Hey Carlisle, 
You’re off to a great start! Taking pics and collecting data is a priceless tool to help you improve year to year. As far as knowing when to harvest..... If you want to be specific about it get a 60x magnifier lens from amazon. It’s great for identifying pests too. Once they start getting frosty, producing resin, the smells in the field really take over. They’re also sticky to touch. Keep an eye on your trichomes those are the glandular heads where the phytochemicals are biosynthesized. They will go from clear to cloudy, to a light gold (or Amber) to a darker and darker amber. You want to harvest when those heads are between cloudy and light gold. Any later means some of your phytochemicals have degraded. If you have farm equipment for tobacco use it to transport harvested material from the field for drying. You want to hang in a very well ventilated area. Optimal would be 60 degrees faranheit, 60 percent humidity. You’re aiming for anywhere between 8-12% moisture before processing or rolling depending on what products your going for. Most 3rd party do moisture content tests for $30. There is also a blog post on the IndustrialHempUSA.net website with resources that may help, has tons of scientifically supported links. Also, would love to meet you at the Southern Hemp Expo this next week, I’ll be around for further discussion. I’m also talking about just this at the women in Ag summit next Thursday and at the Sept 12th extension meeting in Jackson. Hope to see you around!!
Hempster @IndustrialHempUSA
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tlowitz
What was your seed source?  Is there a section on here for seed sources. When I looked only one person had posted there.

Thanks,

Terry
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Eagleeyes011
Ok, looked at that list quite a bit. Selection of seed/clones are limited. Does anyone have a list of seed providers outside of the state? I’m looking at getting other strains going. Possibly Charlotte web, ringos dream, AC/dc. Those would be the home run acquisitions, but I would like to try some other strains. From my understanding Tennessee states the seeds are no longer a controlled item, like tomato seeds, there’s no seed that has to go through the state any longer due to this. They will more likely test the crap out of whatever “other strain” you get, but the variety should vary widely now. 

My concern, reputable seed distribution. Those inside the state I trust, but what about outside? Pacific seed bank? Any help with outside sources would be great!
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Carlisle
We got like half seed starts and half clones from a source in KY. I've been hearing good things about sources out of NC lately, but nothing confirmed. Had a buyer looking at a few crops today out of NC so they are pretty serious about it. These photos are from today, morning glory weeds have started to really be a pain on the Otto since it's so much smaller than the Franklin, really starts taking it over. But it's all still going pretty decent. Getting ready to start our indoor grow, I'll create a new thread for that though. Threw in a few photos of my cigar tobacco I've started harvesting.  Got some air curing in the garage and some under the barn rafters, we will see how they turn out! Enjoy!

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Carlisle
Should be starting to harvest here pretty soon! So I should have more photos along the way. We had some set backs with the amount of weeds and some family emergencies that required attention, but overall it's looking good and smelling GREAT. Stepped out of the car yesterday and was slammed by the smell of the hemp like i hadn't experienced before haha.

Also spent part of the day metal detecting and locating civil war relics!
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Stanley89
That's looking great! Harvest is going to be a big job!
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Stanley89
What strain/ strains are you growing?
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Carlisle
Franklin and Otto, we start harvest tomorrow. Not a fan of the Otto though. 
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Stanley89
That is awesome! I pray you have an amazing harvest
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Carlisle
So, harvested some this past weekend. The plant circled on the right is supposedly the same as the ones on the left (Otto). We harvested the smaller ones because they were well past maturity, about 1/4 of the field at most. Filled an entire horse trailer, by the end of the day I was covered in hemp. The huge bushy version of Otto will probably be this weekend, and we've determined we are going to have to cut it then lay it on the plastic to wilt down before loading it in the trailer, or we will have to make a TON of trips. The Franklin still has a couple weeks to continue flowering, those plants are TALL. Like 7.5ft on some.

It got hung in an old tobacco barn. 

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Stanley89
Looking good!! You're going to have a great harvest. The two very well may be the same plants with different phenotypes. It's not uncommon for plants of the same strain to look different
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Tami Sweeton
May seem like a dumb question, but did you cut the flower off before  harvesting?
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Carlisle
We did not. It's being sold for cbd oil to the processor, we stalk hang the entire plants like you would with tobacco. With the smaller Otto variety most of the plant is flower anyway.
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Carlisle

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Carlisle
Latest harvest.
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Stanley89
Looking good!
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Tami Sweeton
Harvest looks great!  How many plants per acre did you plant?  Suggested spacing between plants and rows?
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Carlisle
I believe we have 36" between plants, and about the same between rows. Every 10 rows we spaced it out so we could get a tractor down the field. 3600 plants total, on around 2 to 2.5 acres. Weve got all the Otto in the barn (not all hung up) Franklin is next, within a week. 
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Carlisle
I'm curious how everyone else is drying their plants? We are using an old tobacco barn.
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