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How to grow #Hemp – Our successful Industrial Hemp Farming for CBD oil


hey it’s Dustin from Green Method Farms
and co-creator of HempFarmingAcademy.com and in this video I am going to
show you how to farm industrial hemp using the farming methods that we used
this year so stick with me. First of all I just want to mention that
we’ve had a ton of fun this year farming hemp it’s a beautiful plant and it’s
almost instantly gratifying to watch these things grow
if only four months ago we planted them early May and they’re about five or six
inches tall just these little things you didn’t even know if they’re gonna
survive and before you know it they are growing and every week there’s progress
until they get to the size where they’re almost as tall as me that as tall as me
in some areas of this field and then they’re just producing beautiful flowers
and have a really nice smell so even though the plants mature over the course
of four months here in Central Oregon we have been planning this process over the
course of more like nine months since the beginning of the year taking samples
of our soil and getting those tested enters into pH levels and also
understand the nutrients within the soil and then it took some time to till the
soil and get it right so that we could lay our plastic in our drip line and
eventually plant in early June one of the things that you’re gonna want
to consider when you decide that you’re gonna farm hemp is what genetics are you
going to use not all seeds are created equal for us it was really important
that the seed company had a good track record of producing really large high
CBD percentage plants and also they have high percentage feminization rate out of
the twelve thousand plants that we have here in this field we’ve only found five
male plants that we had to remove which makes farming a little bit easier and we
know that we’re gonna be able to keep most of our crop and allow the females
just to fulfill the genetic potential that that they have once we decided on
the genetics that we’re going to use for this field in propagating the seeds in a
greenhouse in early May and during that time that gave us the ability to be able
to lay our rows and lay our plastic mulch and our drip tape and establish a
nice healthy moist soil to be able to plant our seedlings in in early June when it comes time to plant your
seedlings into the ground you want to get as much help as possible we got
about seven or eight people on planting days to be able to help us and we
utilized a waterwheel transplant er which is an implement that goes on the
back of a tractor and has two seats for where two people can sit and they will
drop their seedlings in two holes that are created by the transplant er about
four acres into the ground each day once the seedlings are in the ground the next
couple months really is all about just making sure the plant is getting all of
the proper water and nutrients that it needs to be able to fulfill its genetic
potential those farming duties would include just checking and removing weeds
in your rows you can notice in our field we’re pretty much weed free we have a
really clean field and this has really helped us allow all of the nutrients and
water to go straight to the plant instead of being robbed by weeds and
other types of things the other thing with weeds is you really don’t want that
in your biomass at the end of the season so it’s really important to be able to
keep it clean field the other thing you want to stay on top of is watering and
giving the plants the fertilizer and the nutrients that they need throughout the
season obviously this is gonna be a little bit different in the beginning of
the season from the middle towards the end of the season so in the beginning
the plants are small they’re really not drinking a lot of water and they don’t
need a lot of water but when it gets really hot in the middle of the summer
mid-july plants are large and they are drinking a lot of water you need to make
sure they’re getting enough water at that point and that they’re getting the
nutrients that they need sometime mid to late July the plant is going to transfer
from the vegetative stage to the flowering stage and it’s going to really
start focusing on producing flowers for the rest of the season and so you’re
gonna want to switch up your fertilizer to be able to help that out because the
Sun and the light schedule is telling the plant hey it’s time to be able to
bud and see you want your fertilizer and then your nutrients to be able to follow
that schedule that they are naturally getting from this
night when it comes to fertilization we fertilized straight through the drip
tape right to the roots as well as a full-year feeding so at the beginning of
the season when we were full your feeding we just used a backpack sprayer
and it was relatively easy to be able to walk the rose and spray the plants
that’s the plants got bigger you can imagine spraying a large plant like this
is gonna take a lot of time and to be able to do that on over 10 acres 12,000
plants is gonna take we figured it would probably take about 50 man-hours so my
partner developed a new little mechanism and he was able to put a sprayer on the
back of a three wheeler and be able to go up and down the rows and spray that
way so that brings up another point because we spaced our rows eight feet
wide so that we could drive a three or four wheeler down without any problems
some people don’t like to do that they like to you know maximize their land we
have a lot of land here and so we figured why not space the rows out
really largely we can drive an ATV up and down the rows so in a week or two
we will be cutting and drying the plants and we’ll take a combine that has been
modified kind of like a mint conversion kit to be able to keep the really light
stuff and get rid of the stalks and stems so that we can have a real nice
homogeneous biomass that we can send to the extraction facility to have the oil
extracted from these plants something that you’ll definitely want to
consider before you decide to start farming hemp is the risk that’s involved
anytime you get into farming there’s certain things that are out of your
control for instance this last you about a month
ago we had a major major hailstorm that swept through the region hail the size
of gumballs and absolutely ravaged this field in many other fields around us you
can actually see some of the damage still on these leaves broke the stems
broke leaves and luckily it was about a month ago so the plant had just started
flowering and after the hailstorm I think the plant gave all of this
energy to producing the flowers we were fortunate because we still have
something to show for it and it looks like this crop has not only survived but
it’s thrived but there are other farms in the region that lost everything they
had nothing but sticks and stems left in their fields so you definitely want to
consider the risk that’s involved because there is a lot of risk in
farming and that’s why I’ve created a couple resources for you the first one
is a free pdf that is a hemp farming timeline and budget planner so on this
PDF it’ll go January through December and I’ll tell you the things that you
need to be doing each month during that month it’ll also show you a per acre
budget so that you can plan your financing for your hemp farms all you
have to do to download that PDF for free is just click the link in the
description and that will take you to a page where you can download the hemp
farming timeline and budget planner the other resource I want to offer you is
called Hemp Farming Academy. Hemp Farming Academy is an online video course that
takes you step-by-step from field preparation all the way through harvest
when it comes to farming hemp I’ve partnered with farmer Tom Lauerman on
this project and farmer Tom’s been growing cannabis and hemp for most of
his life and he brings a wealth of knowledge to this course so if you are
planning on farming hemp and you want some instructions and some help along
the way Hemp Farming Academy would be a great
resource for you you can find it at hempfarmingacademy.com or you can also
click the link that is in the description
or that well thanks for watching this video hopefully it’s been helpful for
you if you have any questions or comments go ahead and put those in the
comment section below and I wish you a successful hemp farming season.

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