Well, would you look at that-- one of the plants in our breeder's house turned out to be male.
We purchased seed that was "guaranteed" to be feminized, and this is what we got. What gives?
Situations like this make us empathize with the farmer. One of these bad boys has the potential of spoiling an entire crop. A whole growing season with hundreds (if not thousands) of plants, water, treatments, and labor resulting in reduced yield....all because of one male plant.
It's no wonder some farmers are hesitant to invest in hemp, but one has to wonder why a farmer dedicated to growing hemp would choose to plant from seed versus clone.
Planting from seed is like a box of chocolates- you never know what you're going to get. Genetic variation in seed may result in differences in size, yield, nutrient and water needs, pest resistance, and more. On the other hand, growing clonal plugs takes a lot of the guess work away. Plus, it guarantees situations like this won't happen.