Knowing the basic history of the genetics and the breeder is extremely important information for hemp seed buyers. Be well educated and don't make the same mistakes others have; it can lead to financial ruin. Breeding compliant, field-ready hemp genetics isn't so simple.
Here are a few questions to ask that can provide some good basic insight into the product and the producer. If they fumble to answer any of these, call it a red flag.
What is the family tree/ history of the seed you are buying? What generation are the genetics? F1, F2, F3....?
What CBD to THC ratio do the genetics have?
How was the seed produced? Outside? Greenhouse during the winter or during the summer? In a sealed building?
Will that seed be compliant in the state that you are growing in?
When will plants actually be mature, vs when you are told to harvest?
What are seed germination rates? Seed feminization rates?
Have the genetics been field tested?
Have they been 3rd party tested?
Can you find flower from their genetics for sale anywhere? Do the COAs match what the breeder says?
Do they have a history of unstable (high herm rate) genetics?
Was the seed made by a third party specifically for the company selling it?
Are they the original breeder of the genetics you are buying or have they bred their own version using the same parent strains as the original breeder?
How long has the company been in business?
Do they have a good reputation? Have you ever heard of anyone growing their genetics? Can they provide you with references?
Is the company of good character? Do they support the industry and the farmers as a whole?
Does the breeder have a history in the cannabis industry?
Does the breeder provide all necessary variety information publicly?
Are you buying directly from the breeder of the seed or is it through a middle man/broker?
For more resources on breeding and what kind of answers you would hope to get back, browse these basics we've compiled.