Harvest weed seed control has been a popular topic at grower’s meetings this winter and a few early adopters in the PNW are experimenting with this new (to us) technology. While chaff lining, tram lining… Where Do You Get Weed Seeds and How do You Start Your Grow?
Looking Critically at Harvest Weed Seed Control: What Benefits Can be Realized in PNW Dryland Cropping Systems?
Harvest weed seed control has been a popular topic at grower’s meetings this winter and a few early adopters in the PNW are experimenting with this new (to us) technology. While chaff lining, tram lining, narrow-windrow burning, and integrated impact mills are the most referred to under the term “post-harvest weed seed control”, impact mill units have attracted the most buzz at the events I have attended. Regional weed scientists published an excellent Extension Bulletin titled, Harvest Weed Seed Control: Application for PNW (Pacific Northwest) Wheat Production Systems on the practices and given a concise overview in the blog post by Judit Barroso, OSU, titled, “A Potential Tool to Control Herbicide Resistant Weeds During Harvest?” as well. Since there seems to be an abundance of interest, I want to discuss some of the issues surrounding what this technology can and can’t be expected to do for us.
First of all, and key to understanding the potential effectiveness of these technologies, weed seeds need to get into the combine in order to be chaff lined, tram lined, or impact milled. Producers in the southern US using impact mills have had great success controlling herbicide-resistant Palmer Amaranth, but it retains 98% of its seed at the time of harvest. In contrast, our problematic grassy weeds, Italian rye, downy brome, and wild oat tend to lose some significant percentage of seeds to shatter before harvest is begun. The extent of seed drop depends on a number of factors such as weed maturity at time of harvest and localized weather events (think hot, dry August winds or late summer thunderstorms). This has led to skepticism of the effectiveness of harvest weed seed control at making substantial gains in managing problematic grassy weeds considering how a few weed escapes can proliferate, especially if the escaped weeds are herbicide resistant. I agree we should not expect harvest weed seed control alone to solve our grassy weed problems, but there are potential benefits that should be considered before leaving this tool in the box.
Where Do You Get Weed Seeds and How do You Start Your Grow?
Growing marijuana from seed is a rewarding experience for even the most novice of growers. Those who are new to growing need to know how to purchase the right seeds and the steps for growing marijuana Weed Seeds USA successfully.
This guide gives new growers tips that will help them reach their harvest goals.
How to Purchase Weed Seeds
Before a person can begin to grow weed, they need to know how to purchase seeds. Purchasing from allows individuals to discover the highest quality seeds available.
With the wide array of marijuana seeds, individuals are sure to find the one that will bring them the most bountiful buds. The following considerations will help individuals purchase the best weed seeds for their new growing experience.
• Choose feminized seeds for the best results. Most seed banks sell feminized seeds. These seeds are treated to ensure they only grow female plants.
• Individuals will need to choose autoflowering or photoperiod. For new growers, autoflowerers are often the best choice because there are no specific light needs.
• Choosing the right genetic background is essential. Purchasing from well-established strains is wise. Some solid strains include Bubble Gum and OG Kush.
• Individuals also need to know the different types of marijuana. There are Indica, Sativa, and Ruderalis species. For indoor growers, individuals should consider Indica because they stay much shorter in growth.
• A person also needs to consider the indoor yield. The indoor yield is a measurement of the number of grams of weed per square meter of plant.
• When purchasing seeds, individuals also should consider the time to harvest. The time to harvest is the number of weeks from germination to harvest.
Before purchasing any weed seeds, growers need to make sure they are aware of the laws in their state. The rules and regulations can vary greatly at the country, state, and county levels.
Get Started Planting
Once a person has purchased cannabis seeds, they need to start the planting process. Each step in the process takes time and dedication. Most growers find their efforts result in a solid yield that is well worth the energy they expended. The following steps are vital for growing weed at home.
Germinating Cannabis Seeds
One of the first steps individuals will need to take is to germinate their seeds. Germination begins with a couple of wet paper towels and a paper plate.
The seeds need to be sandwiched between two wet paper towels and put on a plate in a warm place. The process of germination will take a couple of days to complete. Once the seeds sprout, they can be planted.
Whether a person grows weed from seeds or from cuttings, they need to transplant the seedlings carefully. Once the plants reach the maximum growth level in their current small pots, they need to be transferred to their final containers. Growing marijuana in fabric containers allows a high level of breathability and space saving.
Get Started Right Away
Individuals who are ready to begin growing weed need to first start with finding the right seeds. Healthy seeds from established strains are essential for new growers. Growers also need to make sure they choose feminized seeds so they only grow female plants.
Within four to eight months from planting, growers will harvest their bountiful yield of buds. Although the growing process takes time, growers will find the end result is satisfying.