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. For centuries, hemp has been used medicinally around the world.
With the passing of the 2018 Farm Bill, Hemp is quickly becoming a significant agricultural crop. That being said, meeting water and fertilizer requirements can be difficult because there is a lack of research and agronomic advancement. 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. Luckily, Netafim is here to help!
Hemp is hard to grow, it has high nutrient and water demands and is a labor-intensive crop. It 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.
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: Business Plan, Land, Seed, Irrigation, Processors, Customers, and Financing.
Whether you are growing hemp for fiber, seed or CBD oil, Hemp is hard to grow. It has a high nutrient and water demands and is a labor-intensive crop. 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.
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