Growing Hemp For Fiber

These cultivars are very slender, and range from 10 to 18 feet tall. These varieties are grown and harvested for bast fiber and hurd with great potential to be used in the fabric, construction, and various manufacturing operations.

  • Planting Time: Early May to early June
  • Planting Method: Grain drill or broadcast seeder. Direct seed in rows; males and females needed.
  • Planting Rate:  70-100 pounds/acre
  • Harvest Time: Around the time of pollination, generally 45-70 days after planting; mid-July to early August
  • Harvest Method:  Mower (sickle or disc mower) and a hay baler (round or large square). Harvested material is the stalk.
  • Curing: Retting
  • Post-Harvest Handling: Left to field dry to 15% moisture, then baled
  • Additional Information:  Some cultivars may also be harvested for seed, but special harvesting equipment may be necessary
  • Fertility: 50lbs Nitrogen/acre
  • Processing: Mechanical Decortication or Continuous Countercurrent Reactor
  • Processed Product: Bast fiber, woody core and lignin
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