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What farmers need to know to grow hemp

By Staff | Feb 5, 2016

Since Iowans are at least two generations separated from the days hemp was grown during World War II, the Iowa Hemp Association issued the following agronomic facts about farming hemp.

A). Has a 90- to 120-day growing season. Some cultivars could be double-cropped.

B). Germination occurs from two to five days, depending on weather temperatures.

C). Yields can number 30 to 35 pounds of seed per acre; and up to 50 pounds of fiber per acre.

D). Little or no pesticides or herbicides are needed.

E). Nutrient quality is similar to canola or winter wheat.

F). Drought resistant.

G). Once established there is little or no field management.

H). Conventional equipment is used. Planting can be broadcast or drilled. Harvest with combine with draper or rigid-style header.

I). Is a stable rotation crop with soybeans, perennial grasses, legumes, barley, alfalfa, red and sweet clover.

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