Lessons learned from Colorado’s first hemp harvest since legalization

It’s the first harvest season since the 2018 U.S. Farm Bill was signed into law — and hemp farmers, investors and analysts are working the fields and crunching the data, working diligently to better understand the potential of the plant that was federally legalized through its passage.And while those experts are saying that the biggest lessons are yet to be learned, the fundamentals of a fledgling market are beginning to fall into place in the first state to fully regulate the plant and its intoxicating cousin, marijuana.

Farmers Start to Get High on Hemp

After years of falling crop prices, some farmers see a lifeline in hemp.Thanks to recent changes in federal legislation, hemp, while still minuscule as a share of U.S. agricultural production, may offer growers outsize profits compared with more traditional crops.

U.S. hemp harvest brings hope to some farmers, heartbreak to others

DENVER, Oct. 3 (UPI) — A glut of CBD oil on the market, severe weather and a complex harvesting process will make this year’s first mass hemp crop in 80 years in the United States a disappointment for many farmers. As harvest season winds down and winter frosts threaten the northern United States, hemp is proving to be a complicated plant for farmers to harvest and process. Buyers for the crop are tapped out, which is driving prices down, industry observers say.

From Grains to Frac Sand to Hemp

If you had told Julie Lerner eight years ago that the commodity trading platform PanXchange,  which she was building with sugar in mind, would grow to support the trading of frac sand, East African grains and hemp, she would have said you are nuts.Hemp was the most recent addition to the platform after the full legalization of the crop last year with the passage of the Farm Bill. In this video, Lerner, CEO of PanXchange, talks about launching the first benchmark pricing for hemp and the state of the nascent world that is physical hemp trading. It’s a different beast from the traditional commodity landscape.

PanXchange Launches Industry’s First Hemp Exchange

August 1, 2019 – PanXchange, a physical commodities OTC market structure solutions provider, today announced the launch of the industry’s first institutional‐grade industrial hemp exchange. The marketplace will allow producers, processors, trade houses and end‐users to participate in a transparent and efficient cash market for industrial hemp products and will ultimately pave the way for the creation of hemp derivatives contracts.

Hemp Value Extraction

The majority of CBD is extracted from hemp through two main processes: CO2 extraction and solvent extraction.CO2 extractionIn this process, carbon dioxide is under supercritical conditions – high pressure and low temperature – to isolate and preserve CBD. The CO2 method produces the cleanest, most isolated CBD oil that is free from chlorophyll, but requires much higher upfront fixed costs and a significantly steeper learning curve to perfect the process.

Post Harvest Processing

As hemp crops in the ground begin to mature, we’ve been continually asked by producers what’s going to happen to prices at harvest time. Anyone who gives a concrete answer on what way prices are going should quickly be ignored. Hemp is a new crop in many growing areas, and with so many variables inexperience affecting yields, the range of price trajectory is endless. That said, producers should know their options and use information from other agricultural markets to make smart decisions to reduce risk. Following other agricultural markets, main harvest should bring a large supply increase to markets, and with the year-over-year increase in planted acres, less developed storage and market options, and demand growth following a somewhat linear path, prices should see downward pressure at harvest.

PanXchange Adds S&P Global Platts Veteran Andy Bose to Board of Advisors

Denver, May 09, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — PanXchange, an OTC physical commodity exchange and price discovery platform for products including industrial hemp and frac sand, today announced that senior industry executive Andy Bose has joined its board of advisors. Mr. Bose will play a key role in driving important new strategic initiatives as the firm continues its rapid growth.