Benefits of NWG’s US-Bred Hemp Genetics

By |2023-11-08T10:23:00-06:00November 8th, 2023|Categories: blog|

Support the US Hemp Industry; Source US produced genetics.   New West Genetics develops US-adapted high-yielding certified hemp seed for various markets. Our varieties are bred for scaled production systems and possess traits that improve ROI for farmers and processors. As the hemp industry grows, processors and producers are looking for ways to improve yields and reduce the risk of crop failure. Investing in US-bred hemp genetics is one of the most effective ways to achieve these goals.   Adapted genetics offer several benefits, including improved germination, uniform emergence, early season vigor, high harvest index, and high yield potential. In addition to being selected and bred in the US, New West Genetics produces Certified seed that meets AOSCA’s standards for purity and germination. In addition to our internal seed production, NWG works with experienced US seed producers to maintain high-quality seed lots. Seed is always thoroughly cleaned, conditioned, and third-party tested to verify seed lots meet quality standards. High germination is especially important for processors and producers looking to maximize their yields and improve ROI.   Producers that source and plant US-bred hemp genetics also benefit from early-season establishment and vigor. NWG selects for hail, pest, disease resistance, and other adverse environmental conditions. We also have selected for early canopy establishment to help out-compete the weeds. This can be especially important for processors and producers susceptible to early season environmental pressure - NWG is dedicated to seeing every crop off to a strong start to reduce customer risk.   These [...]

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Genotype x Environment x Management Symposium University of Florida

By |2023-12-05T14:19:00-06:00November 6th, 2023|Categories: speaking engagements|

The Genotype x Environment x Management Symposium at the University of Florida in Gainesville, FL invites NWG CSO, Dr. John McKay to present his research on cropping systems root genetics and drought and carbon adaptation. Event Information:

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Agronomic Success

By |2023-10-27T11:29:15-06:00October 27th, 2023|Categories: blog|

Hemp agronomy isn’t completely simple, magical, or inordinately complex. It combines research, trial and error, and farmer know-how:  experience, familiarity with conditions, and regional differences. NWG promises its customers to share what we’ve learned over the past ten years and to tell you when we don’t know the answer, which happens.  In these cases, we do our best to collaborate with customers to come up with the best solutions. We are there every step of the way. Over the years, we found that newer producers utilizing our agronomic support program see improved weed control, strong stands, ease of harvest, and higher yields than those without. New West Genetics’ pre-season webinars help producers get off on the right foot, and in-season phone and video support keep things running smoothly. We provide in-person field visits and a producer web portal with production resources at your fingertips for qualified orders*. We are vested in your success! “Daniel was the 2nd person from the NWG team that reached out when we started growing hemp. He’s been there for us every step of the way. Whether it’s agronomy advice, seed depth, plant population, harvest advice, and taking phone calls throughout the season, both years we grew hemp, he came out to look at the crop and advise on improvements. His knowledge, along with his passion for growing hemp, makes life as a grower easier and stress-free!” - NWG Hemp Producer Trust NWG for US bred [...]

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Cannabinoids Function in Defense Against Chewing Herbivores in Cannabis sativa L.

By |2023-10-26T15:39:07-06:00October 13th, 2023|Categories: research|

🔬🌱Hemp Research Alert 🧪🧬 A consortium of scientists at Cornell University and Colorado State University, including NWG CSO Dr. John McKay, study the interactions of cannabinoids and chewing herbivores. The paper Cannabinoids Function in Defense Against Chewing Herbivores in Cannabis sativa L. in the Journal Horticulture Research finds, “On detached leaves, Trichoplusia ni (cabbage looper) larvae consumed less leaf area and grew less when feeding on leaves with greater concentrations of cannabinoids.” This groundbreaking research shows the agronomic value of cannabinoids produced by hemp plants. It also offers detailed genetic outlines of the pathways for cannabinoid production, exhibiting the clear role genetics play in THC production and CBD production. Access the paper here: Research like this is vital to the growth and development of the industry. We want to thank the researchers (the Smart, Moore, Wang, and Rose labs), Cornell AgriTech, Cornell Agricultural Experiment Station campus area farms, Colorado State University, and New York State Department of Agriculture - Empire State Development Grant AC477 for contributing to industry-advancing research.

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Harvest Season Insights

By |2023-10-19T15:37:54-06:00October 5th, 2023|Categories: blog|

Seed production harvest is complete, and we couldn’t have asked for better conditions. The NWG agronomy team Daniel Willis, Jack Mangels, and Rich Fletcher swathed and combined our NWG AMPLIFY™ hybrid seed production field, the CSU ARDEC variety trial plots, and our NWG 4113 seed production field. Seed harvest is a fine art of achieving optimum seed maturity and ease of threshing, while minimizing shatter. Swathing helps to dry down material before harvest -improving threshing and maximizing seed quality.  Once the seed has dried down to less than 20% moisture, we combine the windrows. Thanks to good breeding for stalk diameter and uniformity these stands cut very well.

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Best Pricing of the Season

By |2023-10-19T15:44:21-06:00September 13th, 2023|Categories: blog|

NWG offers its best pricing in the form of early season discounts for qualified orders*. Monthly discounts start in September. This is your opportunity to get premium, US bred, certified seed for a fraction of the price. Available varieties in the ABOUND multi-purpose family include NWG 2463, NWG 4113, and NWG 2730. Agronomy support included with qualifying orders of NWG’s US bred, certified seed. For Seed Sales contact or 800-970-1615 Success starts at the seed. *Qualified orders are 40 acres or more

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University of Kentucky Hemp Education Sessions & Field Day

By |2023-10-19T15:17:12-06:00September 12th, 2023|Categories: speaking engagements|

New West Genetics CSO, Dr. John Mckay attends the University of Kentucky Hemp Education Sessions & Field Day on Tuesday September 12th in Lexington, KY. NWG AMPLIFY™ hybrids are on display at UK along with other hemp varieties. Dr. McKay will talk with attendees about our current commercial varieties from the NWG ABOUND® family, and more on our soon-to-be released family of hybrids with the AMPLIFY™ trait. A morning Grain Series sponsored by Victory Hemp Foods occurs from 8:30AM to 1PM (ET) followed by the afternoon Education Session from 1PM to 4:15PM. Field tours are from 4:30PM to 7:30PM. Special shout out to Victory Hemp and to Dr. Bob Pearce for all their hard work making this event happen.    

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Seed Production Insights

By |2023-10-19T15:56:49-06:00September 6th, 2023|Categories: blog|

Success starts at the seed. The New West Genetics agronomy team produces US bred ABOUND® and AMPLIFY™ seed in Northern Colorado. Seed production is challenging yet rewarding, and in-house seed production leads to improved quality and yields. Our NWG 4113 seed production field shows excellent uniformity, and our agronomists expect record yields. This fiber-forward variety offers outstanding performance in commercial fields across the US this summer. The NWG AMPLIFY seed production field is solid and on its way to an impressive harvest. Seed production can be painstaking, but close stewardship is worth it. We’re ready for these exceptional yields and quality seed! Trust NWG for US-adapted hemp seed varieties, top yields, and vigorous stands. For Seed Sales contact or 800-970-1615

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University of Illinois Department of Crop Sciences CPSC Seminar

By |2023-10-19T15:18:03-06:00August 30th, 2023|Categories: speaking engagements|

The University of Illinois College of Agricultural, Consumer, and Environmental Sciences hosts NWG CSO, Dr. John McKay to present on “Genetic Discovery and Crop Improvement for Industrial Hemp ass a Sustainable Oilseed and Fiber Crop” for the Department of Crop Sciences CPSC Seminar on August 30th at 12:00pm. This talk highlights Dr. McKay’s work on hemp genomics, carbon sequestration, and commercial breeding.

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Summer Field Visits

By |2023-10-26T15:25:42-06:00August 21st, 2023|Categories: blog|

NWG CSO, Rich Fletcher and Director of Agronomy, Daniel Willis visit customers and trial partners across the Northern Midwest and Mountain West. Thanks to hardworking producers, NWG ABOUND® varieties are looking stellar in commercial fields across the US. Producers get peace of mind with hands-on agronomic support from NWG’s experts. This organic NWG 2463 grain field is progressing well. The weed suppression is impressive for an organic field planted at 25 lbs/ac A Minnesota hemp field of NWG 2463, grown for grain and hurd, looks good thanks to some great farming and solid seed! A commercial field of NWG 4113 in Southern Idaho will bring in top yields thanks to great agronomic management, uniform stand, and weed suppression. This stand is averaging 12ft! This is fiber-forward variety NWG 4113 in Southwest Idaho. The uniform stand behind this farmer makes for an easier time at harvest. Trust NWG for compliance, reliable germination and stand development, and ease of harvest all resulting in excellent yields!

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