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A successful hemp harvest really begins with the genetics of the #hemp seed. Giving that seed the proper environment to fulfill its maximum potential has to do with proper sunlight, soil, nutrients, and water.
Hemp farming is a lot of work, but a lot of fun! We began by propagating our hemp seeds in a greenhouse during the month of May. At the beginning of June, we used the water wheel transplanter and transplanted our hemp seedlings into the field. While the seeds were propagating, we began laying the plastic mulch and drip tape in the field so we would be ready to transplant. We got a small team of people to help transplant the hemp seedlings.
For the next few months, we just made sure the new plants were watered properly, fed the nutrients they need, and pull weeds. Of course, keeping weeds and insects away from the hemp plants is important for proper growth.
When the plants began to flower, is the time to look for male plants. You do not want male plants in your field, because they will pollinate the female plants, which will lower your #CBD potency.
This video was shot about 3 weeks before harvest in the summer of 2019. It was a particularly dry summer, which was really great for farming hemp.
As you can see, our hemp plants are about 5-6 feet tall. They are very healthy and will produce top-quality CBD oil.
In mid-October, we began harvesting the 10 acres of hemp in this video. There are many ways to harvest hemp. The plants need to be cut down and dried. This process can take several weeks before they can be sent to a hemp processor.
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It is during this time, you want to make sure that they are well taken care of. If you do not dry the plants properly, you risk mold and contamination. I have seen fields that had a super growth season, but could not finish drying the hemp well.
We began by cutting the hemp plants, and let them hang dry out and cure in our barn. This ensures that when we combine the hemp, it is in a state that can be stored properly in super sacks.
Definitely a lot of work, but we are very excited with how this batch turned out.
We are processing our hemp at Phase 2 Extraction in Central Oregon which has a very large extraction facility. Phase 2 begins extracting the oil from the hemp. They extract crude, isolate and full-spectrum distillate.
One last note: If you decide to farm hemp, it is really important to consider the cost before you begin. I have seen a lot of new hemp farmers lose it all because they did not have a plan. Hemp Farming Academy will help you develop a plan so you can have a successful hemp crop.
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