Over 21 pounds of terpenes lost per acre using this drying method, but the isolate / FSO markets don't pay you based on your terpene content so...It's really just a matter of educating over time in that regard. Speaking of terpenes...
We had a pretty awesome summer of discovery. In addition to the great field trials and drying research, we also found plants that qualify as "CBC-rich" (i.e. CBC gene turned on) in several unique lines of varying dominant chemotypes (CBD dominant and CBG dominant, respectively). We'll have the field production versions ready for trials in 2019.
More importantly--to me anyway--was confirmation this past week of cannabinoid free plants emerging from our breeding programs. I was aware of their possibility, having read de Meijer's (2009) "The inheritance of chemical phenotype in Cannabis sativa L. (IV): cannabinoid-free plants", but didn't expect to find them. The public reaction so far (Facebook, Instagram) is more disbelief of the results than anything, which is understandable. Someone could send in a sample of basil to the same lab and receive identical results back to share publicly, so I get the lack of belief. For real though: these results came off of fully finished flowers that smoked very nice. It will take some additional work to increase terpene content, but that only requires time and some smelling of flowers (my favorite part of the job).
The possibilities are endless on this one, but, to me, the easiest way to frame this in an understandable way is: this particular finding allows us to take ANY plant with a desirable terpene profile (regardless of chemotype) and convert it into a cannabinoid-free plant. Want the flavor of Sour D (or whatever), but without the THC? Check. Really excited to work with this particular tool moving forward.