Hemp Do Your Homework

— Written By Gary Cross
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When growing hemp, the first thing you need to do is get a license from the North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. But before that, make sure this is something you really want to do. Do you have the equipment, labor, place to store, and ability to water and dry hemp? The investment for even 1 acre can be as high as 6000 to 8000 dollars for clones alone. You must have a market or find some or who will contract for hemp. If you are contracting, let a lawyer look at the contract to make sure it is good to go. If you decide to grow, start very small – 1/2 or less. Buy clones from mother plants that contain less contamination from male plants that pollinate females and create seed, lowering your oil potential. If you are doing all hand labor, you will invest quite a bit of time in just a small crop.

Hemp is raised organically or ny using organic practices – no pesticides or fungicides. Hemp needs water but should not over watered. You will have hemp plants to die from fusarium. You will be required to be tested for THC to make sure that the hemp crop is legal. When harvest comes, you cut the whole plant off, strip the leaves, dry the branches and buds. Some just dry the buds mainly in tobacco curing barns. If it is a hot humid Fall, some heat maybe needed to keep from molding. Air drying by just hanging it in the barn will have mold in most cases. Once dry, the buds are ready for processing.