Industrial hemp was probably the earliest plant cultivated for textile fiber, dating back 8000 BC, originating from Asia. It is one of the first and oldest known agricultural crop, having over 25,000 different uses. Hemp oil and seed are used for food and feed. Its fiber for clothing, cement, plastic, paper and more. The shipping industry was heavily dependent on hemp. Ship sails were made from canvas (derived from the word cannabis), and hemp rope was demanded for its durability and tensile strength, and its resistance to salt water over cotton rope. For centuries, hemp has been used medicinally around the world. Its leaves, seeds, and roots utilized in folk remedies for many ailments. The medicinal value of hemp is often confused with its cousin Marijuana, both are two different strains of the Cannabis plant. The difference between the two is its THC levels.
Industrial Hemp, as an agricultural crop played a major role in the history of the United States, from colonial times through World War II. It was the first crop to be subsidized by the US Government. Hemp was on the verge of becoming a “billion dollar” agricultural crop but its rise was stunted with the Marihuana Tax Act of 1937, banning Hemp production. However, World War II revived the production of Hemp but at the end of the war, the ban remained.
With the passing of the 2018 Farm Bill, Hemp is quickly becoming a significant agricultural crop. What is driving the fervor over Hemp production today? CBD Oil (Cannabidiol Oil) is bringing Hemp back to life so to speak. But there are serious regulatory risks to consider before you grow. This is an industry heavily regulated and still being overhauled. Another important consideration –Meeting water and fertilizer requirements can be difficult because decades of hemp prohibition has prevented research and agronomic advancements. With little resources and research available about how to properly fertilize and water Hemp, prospective growers must walk and not run with the right partners and have realistic expectations in place.
What you need to start?
Before jumping into which irrigation system you should choose to meet hemp water requirements, you should make sure you have thoroughly considered a myriad of factors:
What you need to know to grow?
Hemp is hard to grow, it has high nutrient and water demands and is a labor-intensive crop. Whether you are growing hemp for fiber, seed or CBD oil, Hemp is complicated to grow. It’s important you research your best irrigation and fertigation methods. Take the time to consult with agronomists, local agencies and other farmers to learn about crop maintenance, harvesting, and mechanized irrigation.
Netafim offers a complete line of products that is suitable for Hemp. Our expert Agronomists provide guidance and support needed for the demanding growing conditions of Hemp.
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How Drip Irrigation helps Meet Hemp Water Requirements
If maximizing yield is your goal, Drip Irrigation is without a doubt the absolute best choice to ensure you consistently meet hemp water requirements and grow a healthy crop. This is why:
- Meeting hemp fertilizer requirements to ensure maximum yield potential is easier to do with a Netafim Fertigation system.
- The cannabis family of plants prefers moist but not saturated soils with high levels of aeration and no other method of irrigation can deliver minimal amounts of water with the needed nutrients without driving out beneficial soil aeration.
- Drip irrigation reduces unwanted weed growth as you will no longer be wetting the soil surface and germinating weed seeds or feeding weeds with valuable fertilizers.
- In addition, the density of the foliage when kept damp & wet by overhead irrigation (center pivot) can lead to foliage diseases and reduced crop performance. Keeping the soil around the plant and the foliage dry leads to a healthier natural environment to give your crop the boost that it needs to drive your bottom line.
Netafim Offers Complete Drip Irrigation Solutions for Hemp Production
From seasonal to permanent systems, only Netafim offers complete integrated and customized drip irrigation systems, coupled with exceptional customer support.
For Flat Topographies
Aries™ drip line for the grower that demands the highest yields.
For Longer lateral lengths
Typhoon Plus™ provides durability and superior clog resistance, delivering higher and more uniform yields.
For Sloping Terrains
DripNet PC™ drip line gives you the cost-performance ratio with no flow variation and no compromise.
FlexNet™ is a high-performance, flexible, lightweight piping solution. It’s offered in a wide range of diameters with integral welded connectors which ensure a leak-proof connection. It’s proven to reduce the overall material and labor costs of an entire irrigation system.
Designed to address whatever challenges you’re dealing with, from fair quality to harsh water conditions.
Apollo™ Disc-Kleen Filters
These small footprint filters offer excellent protection for surface water that contains organic contaminants. Equipped with an automatic water-saving backflush
process, Apollo provides three-dimensional filtration for use in applications with variable flow rates.
Sandstorm™ Single Chamber Metal Media Filters
Sandstorm is always ‘on guard.’ It provides deep, three-dimensional filtering with automatic backflush cleaning, as one of the most effective filtration methods for all water source types.
ScreenGuard™ Automatic Screen Filters
Ideal for preventing coarse particles from entering the drip system, the electrically operated screen filter’s self-cleaning function is designed to maximize system
performance with minimal maintenance.
Hydrocyclone Sand Separators
Our sand separator filters are ideal for pre-filtering water with higher loads of sand before passing it through a disc, screen or media filter.
Digital Farming & Fertigation
Grow healthier and more uniform crops by utilizing automated irrigation controllers, and dosing and nutrigation solutions.
NMC Junior Pro System Manager
A multi-functional modular irrigation controller with 15 flexible outputs that operate your entire irrigation system improving efficiencies and fertilizer injection functions.
The FertiOne Plus is a fully configurable, simple to operate two channel fertilizer/acid dosing unit, for open field sites fitted with electricity where injection of up to two fertilizer solutions is needed.
Crop Management Technologies Brochure
Monitoring and management systems, controllers and dosing systems for optimized irrigation.
Pressure and Flow Control
Regulate pressure and flow rate, and ensure optimal function, resulting in smooth operation and uniform crops.
Pressure Sustaining Normally Open (PSNO) Valves
Maintains a preset downstream pressure, regardless of upstream pressure or flow rate fluctuation.
PSNO Operation Guide
Selection, Installation, Operation, and Troubleshooting Guide. Learn why a PSNO Valve will maximize flush cycle efficiency resulting in reduced maintenance, filter downtime, and water use.
Quick Relief (QR) Valves
Quick Relief (QR) Valves are the universal solution for protecting all types of pump stations, filters, and pipelines.
Nylon and PVC Valves
Nylon and PVC Valves offer structural simplicity and superior hydraulic performance for surface or subsurface agricultural applications. The valves operate by pipeline or external pressure and the reinforced rubber diaphragm seals the water passage when the line pressure reaches the valve’s control chamber.
Iron Valves are available in a wide range of sizes and flow rates to cover most applications. The unique design allows a straight flow pattern with low friction loss. A direct sealing diaphragm, the valves only moving part, operates by pipeline or external pressure.
Specifically designed to provide the most accurate and reliable flow readings.
Octave® Ultrasonic Water Meters
Provides precise measurement of flow with doublebeam ultrasonic sensors. The Octave Ultrasonic Water Meter provides highly accurate flow readings.
Octave® Ultrasonic Water Meter Brochure
For precise measurement of flow rates – highly accurate ultrasonic water meter with no moving parts.
Octave® Ultrasonic Flow Meter - Installation & User Guide
Octave Ultrasonic Water Meter Installation & User Guide – for proper installation, meter handling, and start-up.
Octave® Water Meter Installation Guidelines
The Octave Water Meter’s measurement is based on ultrasonic, dual-beam sensors that determine the length of time it takes an ultrasonic wave to travel the distance between the two sensors located in the meter’s body.
For long-term system life and high system performance.
Guardian Air Vents
Provides more air release capacity than other vents of similar size. Commonly used to break vacuum caused by system draining. Range offered 1”-3”and 1” with shrader valve.
Combination Air Vents
With a combination of air and vacuum release and continuous action, these air vents ensure maximum protection of your irrigation when properly sized and placed. Range offered: 1” & 2” Combo, 2” Pro and 2” Dynamic.
Air Vent Installation Guidelines
Learn the basic principles of Air Vents – what problems and damages are related to air or lack of air in pipelines?
Save Energy With Netafim Air Vents
Reducing air pockets improves pump efficiency and decreases energy consumption in irrigation.Watch the demonstration ARI created that registers and displays the difference between energy consumption.