What a month...after 40 straight days of harvesting, we finally finished up at our primary field last week and got the last of our seed production sites into drying rooms yesterday. If there's one thing we've learned from the 2016 production season, it's that the primary bottleneck to producing large quantities of cannabis comes down to drying capacity. We had 15k square feet of floor space and 30 foot tall ceilings to work with at our main facility and it still wasn't enough--it took 4 staggered harvests to get everything in and we only produced 1/5th of what we could have with that field.
What a season....we weathered the weather (2nd wettest on record in Oregon history), major cross pollination events in the valley (lost 15 million feminized seeds due to contamination), and the ever changing Oregon + federal policy landscape to have a successful year. I can't believe what we accomplished this season and all we learned.
One of our favorite projects this year just came to an end, but damn...what a beautiful end. We grew out over 1500 F2 sister plants for a line breeding project and were rewarded with the most incredible displays of color, smell, and experiential diversity we've ever seen. It was sad to cut them all down, but such a rare treat (coming from a world where plants used to be counted and others still have to abide by canopy limits) to experience cannabis' maximum possible diversity.
Leaf Morphology Diversity
F2 diversity. Leaves from sister plants. There is no such thing as "indica" or "sativa," but our research also challenges the notion of "broad leaf" vs. "narrow leaf" types as well. Like many things in science, I firmly believe these distinctions to be socially constructed rather than based on an underlying biological reality. In a population of 1500+ F2 sisters, we found plants with identical cannabinoid and terpene profiles that only varied in leaf morphology and structure; the opposite was true as well--identical morphological characteristics often had wildly varying terpene profiles.
The picture doesn't do it justice.
Strange Leaf Morphology
Horrible flower structure and smelled awful too!
Lovely Lady Kept for Future Line Breeding