Hemp Farming

leadarrows

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I am in Indiana and I have 30 tillable acres. I find this interesting. I had not thought about CBD, I was thinking more about hemp for textiles and as a fuel additive. I will be keeping an eye on this thread. Thanks for posting about this.
 

GlacierSean

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Planting seedlings in Illinois. Been working on getting our method worked out. We have about 1500 in the ground. More help coming tomorrow so should be done by Tuesday evening. They spent a little too much time in the trays and got a tiny bit yellow. We put some in a fenced garden (5 acres) in rows done by the tractor and covered in plastic. To see if there is any difference. I was really surprised how they didn't stress at all from being planted. Especially because we got several inches of rain. Will take some pictures of them in the ground tomorrow.

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GlacierSean

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Back home and 7000 plants planted. It took us 3 days to get everything in the ground and watered. We don't plan on doing a lot of watering because of the rain but always a good idea with new plants. Along with the fields we did a couple of rows in a fenced garden. We put in the rows with a tractor and covered them with plastic. May go back for weeding but hopefully won't have too much weeds. May also go out and make sure no males pop up.

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It's a family farm, we even had a 5 year old planting in the field.
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300 H and H

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Your going t love that cover over the ground. Best way to garden is just like what your up to. My hat is off to you sir....

So what percentage might turn male, or do you have any idea?

It will be some time before you can sex them won't it? Like some what close to flowering?

Keep the story coming!

Regards, Kirk
 

GlacierSean

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I honestly don't know how many if any will be males. It would only take one day to walk the fields and check. Won't be able to tell the difference until a week into flower. We aren't sure when they will start to flower. The hours of sunlight signals them to flower. And we have to harvest early so they will be low enough in active ingredient to be considered hemp. If you let them fully ripen they creep over the limit. Have tried to talk to Illinois department of Agriculture about getting tested and scheduling a harvest. But they said they haven't even thought about it so we will see what the procedure ends up being. Thanks for the compliment, the plastic rows might be part of the plan if we do 100 acres next year. Looking forward to watching them get bigger.
 

dansdiamond

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I am just growing 3 plants this year. Cheaper any more to just buy it here in CA This is not CBD's.
 

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GlacierSean

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Went back to Illinois for a couple of days to do field work. The plants where we tilled and put down plastic have done really well. Could probably improve on a few things but they are a good size and look really healthy. The plants in the fields haven't done as well. We are pretty sure it is because the plants are having difficulty growing roots in the undisturbed soil. The previous owners did a lot of no till farming, there was record rain followed by a dry spell all of witch has caused the soil to be really hard. We mowed around the plants to give them more light. And gave them some organic fertilizer. It seems like they need to get to a certain size before they really take off. Thinking we could maybe do even better if we find a way to till deeper (we tilled about a foot deep and four wide). Something two feet deep and two feet wide would probably do better. IMG_20190731_073150.jpg

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dansdiamond

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Went back to Illinois for a couple of days to do field work. The plants where we tilled and put down plastic have done really well. Could probably improve on a few things but they are a good size and look really healthy. The plants in the fields haven't done as well. We are pretty sure it is because the plants are having difficulty growing roots in the undisturbed soil. The previous owners did a lot of no till farming, there was record rain followed by a dry spell all of witch has caused the soil to be really hard. We mowed around the plants to give them more light. And gave them some organic fertilizer. It seems like they need to get to a certain size before they really take off. Thinking we could maybe do even better if we find a way to till deeper (we tilled about a foot deep and four wide). Something two feet deep and two feet wide would probably do better. View attachment 116669

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They are looking great, I can see they are just starting to flower. I like your ladybug. Great for the plants. I have just three plants this year. One is flowering.
 

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GlacierSean

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An update from the hemp farm. Things are looking good.IMG_20190916_070447_hdr.jpg

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Didn't find any males but one plant had seeds. Maybe a hermaphrodite. And another plant has a genetic defect and appears albino.
 

300 H and H

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Have you any form of theft protection?

I hear a lady on the radio talking about her production, saying that in her area the locals were stealing this form of hemp, thinking it was the recreational kind...

Regards, Kirk
 

GlacierSean

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Have you any form of theft protection?

I hear a lady on the radio talking about her production, saying that in her area the locals were stealing this form of hemp, thinking it was the recreational kind...

Regards, Kirk

We didn't feel like security was a big issue. Our farm (especially the hemp) wasn't visible from any road. And everyone we worked with was aware that it was hemp and nothing more valuable.
 
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