As the hemp industry grows, an increasing number of farmers are finding themselves in need of professional assistance.
Hemp farmers typically lack soil-management expertise and pest-management options... Rattlesnake Hemp is here to help!
Hemp is now legal to grow in 33 states... After all, hemp and marijuana are both the species Cannabis sativa and susceptible to many of the same pests and diseases. From leaf-chewing caterpillars to seed-stealing finches and microscopic organisms, plenty of visible and invisible critters can set in.
INDOOR VERSUS OUTDOOR
The first question facing a hemp grower is... Where to raise their crop?
There are pros and cons to growing hemp in a greenhouse or warehouse versus outdoors, and pest management is a big consideration because bugs are a problem in either environment.
That means a hemp grower must be prepared for pests and other problems in either environment. Growing hemp in a greenhouse should be looked at differently than growing outdoors in a field.
SOIL IS KEY
Traditional farmers experimenting with hemp are often tempted to try the crop on a piece of marginal land – tucked away from public view.
That can lead to avoidable mistakes.
Cultivators must understand that hemp:
Needs well-drained loam soil, so valleys or anywhere with standing water after a rain should be avoided.
Consumes nitrogen from the soil, which makes it a bad choice in an area with low nitrogen levels in the first place. Even in nitrogen-rich soil, hemp can need additional nitrogen before harvest.
Shouldn’t be planted where the soil might already be harboring rots or pests that attack hemp, such as Russet mites or Brood mites. Researchers suggest that using predators such as Stratolopis under plastic mulch and californicis released on plants to control pests more efficiently and pesticide free.
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As for greenhouse and warehouse hemp growers, they need to think about soil or growing matrix, as well.
Contact Rattlesnake Hemp, LLC to get your farm up and running and producing the quality hemp crop you need to be profitable in the industry.
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