As the days begin to shorten in early August and hemp plants start to receive twelve hours of darkness or more, the flowering cycle is triggered within the plants. Plants will reveal their sexual characteristics at this time, and male plants will need to be identified and removed from the field quickly. Clones are produced from female plant stock, and will not have any male plants. Hemp plants started from seed will have a percentage of plants that are male. Early detection is critical, so that no male flowers mature and release pollen. Once female hemp plants are pollinated they will begin to produce seeds, and the cannabinoid production slows considerably. Walking the field every day and inspecting your plants is necessary so that pollination does not occur. Once a male plant is identified it should be enclosed inside of a plastic bag, the bag tied off at the bottom, and then be cut down and removed from the field. By bagging the plant you reduce the chance of a pollen sac breaking open during removal. As the female hemp flowers start to develop fully toward the end of August, it is recommended to begin sending weekly samples of your plants for testing. By analyzing the weekly results you can closely monitor the THC level as it increases in the plant. Using this information you can predict the ideal harvest date and maximize your CBD percentage while remaining compliant with your state’s regulations.