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Our seed is NOT genetically modified!

Our seed is NOT treated with any chemicals!

Our seed IS suitable for certified organic cultivation!

Click HERE for a short PDF that has our seed prices and ordering instructions for 2021.

Click HERE for a five page PDF on practical farming tips for the FINOLA variety of oilseed hemp.

Click HERE for a quick, one page farmer’s check list.

Click HERE to download a 12 page PDF (31 MB) on FINOLA’s morphology and development, with pictures.

Most FINOLA growers have good results, some not. Click HERE for a one page list of the 10 most common reasons for failing with this oilseed crop. Please have a look at this document and avoid these common mistakes!

For more information on industrial production of hempseed grain, check out the Canadian Hemp Trade Alliance Hemp Production eGuide: http://www.hemptrade.ca/eguide

Seed ripening, about 60 days after sowing in Finland. Maturation is significantly quicker at lower latitudes.

Description of the FINOLA oilseed hemp variety:

FINOLA is the shortest and fastest auto-flowering variety of hemp (i.e., non-drug Cannabis). This auto-flowering characteristic means that it will begin to produce flowers under constant lighting conditions, soon after the seed has emerged from the soil. It is dioecious, with distinct male and female plants. The crop typically begins to flower at 25-30 days after sowing, with males flowers being the easiest to see. Mature females do not branch significantly during their subsequent development, even when standing alone. It is a good source of CBD (cannabidiol), and results vary according to the growing conditions and time of harvest. For more information on FINOLA’s CBD potential, please go to this page.

Click HERE to download a 2.5 MB pdf that shows the development of FINOLA in pictures, with typical morphologic features of male and female plants, according to days after sowing. These pictures were taken in Finland (latitude 60 N), where most other varieties of hemp do not even release pollen, much less set seed. FINOLA will develop much faster at lower latitudes (40-50 N). We do not yet have good results for this variety within the tropical and sub-tropical latitudes of 30N and 30S. Yes, it will grow there, but it is very short and not so productive, and we do not encourage that.

FINOLA produces abundant hempseed grain at high latitudes (40-60 N). Our record yield for this variety is 3200 kg/hectare of clean, dried grain on a 100 hectare plot near latitude 50, under irrigation with conventional farming methods in Alberta, Canada. In Finland, near latitude 60, our best yield so far is 1600 kg/hectare. Near latitude 40, or best yield is 1800 kg/ha. This variety is typically very short and unproductive at latitudes below 30. FINOLA is typically planted in mid to late May and harvested about 100-120 days after sowing. Near latitude 40, a mature grain crop may be ready for harvest at 70 days after sowing.

Other Information for growing hemp in the EU:

See Annex I of the EUROPEAN COMMISSION REGULATION (EC) No 809/2014, which describes the EU methodologies that are supposed to be followed when sampling industrial hemp fields and analyzing for THC (288 kB pdf). Be sure to understand that FINOLA hemp fields should be sampled for THC between 40-60 days after sowing! Sampling should be even earlier if the crop is under stress from drought or other reasons, such as weed competition.

Click HERE for practical information on EC 809/2014, and how this has been applied and mostly misapplied to the evaluation of THC in FINOLA (672 KB). This article carefully describes the inherent problems in EC regulations that concern THC in hemp, and helps us understand why these regulations unfairly favor monoecious varieties of fiber hemp over dioecious oilseed varieties, and also how these regulations favor hemp varieties from Central Europe over varieties from Northern and Eastern Europe.

In storage, FINOLA seed must protected from birds and rodents. These animals do not need to be educated about the nutritional value of FINOLA hempseed! For longer term storage, keep FINOLA in a dry, cool (+5 to +10 C) and dark storage place.

The Finola name and the seed-drop logo are trademarked.

The FINOLA variety of oilseed hemp is protected by OECD Plant Breeder Rights

Planting Seed Our seed is NOT genetically modified! Our seed is NOT treated with any chemicals! Our seed IS suitable for certified organic cultivation! Click HERE for a short PDF

Our Genetics

Hemp Varieties

In order to assure the very best quality for our products , while maintaining our commitment to the environment, we use two main varieties of hemp. Using these two species, we are able to focus on the plant’s characteristics almost without genetic variation, so as to provide consistency and accuracy in terms of the components of the product.

Finola

The first hemp variety is Finola , which is cultivated for the food and oil industry. It is a result of a mechanical blend of two similar early-blooming strains, VIR-313 and VIR-315, that both belong to the species Cannabis Sativa. L.* Finola was originally planted in Finland and spread from there to the international industry. Since then the variety is used all around the world especially for medicinal uses, due to the content of cannabinoids it contains. Finola has a very small amount of the psychoactive cannabinoid THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol)—less than 0.2%—and contains a higher concentration of CBD, CBDA, CBDV which provide most of the medicinal properties. In addition to the cannabinoids, Finola is a great source for fatty acid and Terpenes which form an important part of the ingredients of our products .

Unlike the hemp’s fiber species which can reach four meters, the height of the Finola plant is around 160 cm which gives an advantage from the aspect of agriculture machinery. Furthermore, it is outstanding for producing seeds, and is one of the fastest Auto-flowering species, meaning that the plant will start to produce flowers as a reaction to the ratio between the light and dark it receives. Finola is divided into male plants and female plants (which provide the seeds), which makes it dioecious.

*Canadian Food Inspection Agency

Futura 75

Futura 75 hemp variety is one of the most studied species in Europe. It was originally cultivated in France for producing seeds, but was found to be very efficient also in the fiber hemp industry due to its height that can reach up to four meters. The contents of the cannabinoids in Futura 75 range between 2-3% of CBD and around 0.1% of THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol), making it an excellent variety for producing CBD oil and hemp extracts. Moreover, Futura 75 is a great source for fatty acids like Omega 3 and 6, as well as antioxidants which are used in the food industry.

Futura 75 was found to be very efficient in biomass yield when compared to other species of hemp, especially in the Atlantic climate and in southern Europe. The plant is monoecious, which means the same plant produces the male and the female flowers, making it excellent for the production of biomass and seeds. According to a study * which compared Futura 75 to seven other species of hemp, “Futura . . . produced the highest inflorescences and essential oils yield as well as the highest stem yield at seed maturity”.

Our Genetics Hemp Varieties In order to assure the very best quality for our products , while maintaining our commitment to the environment, we use two main varieties of hemp. Using these