posted May 29, 2012 12:26
Across northern Sask, maybe other areas too. Talked to a guy the other day that is growing 1000 acres never seeded it before. Sounds like you can get a .75 cent per pound contract with an act of god. Another guy I know is seeding 1300 and some small guys half section.
posted May 29, 2012 14:32
You wanna get treated like a third rate citizen??? Grow hemp.... We call it HUMP because that's what happened to me the three times I attempted it. Growing the crop is rather easy although harvest can be a bugger. The problems all boil down to getting paid from the end user. I was burnt twice in Ontario totaling 50k and got paid for my crop delivered to Manitoba after A WHOLE YEAR... Not to mention I delivered a cleaned sample and they still took 22% dockage..... Never again!!!!
posted May 30, 2012 7:15
Eventually the "other hemp" will be legalized and regulated.
There is a program on the Discovery channel called "Marijuauna Inc." that basically is about the industry in California. In Humbolt county it is basically legal to grow for the medical MJ business. People are making a very good living in their back yards!
They don't need a job....just grow a productive garden and supply a medical product! They pay taxes and are not criminal types!
Talk about "sustainable farming"....one acre makes as much money as 2000 here!
posted May 31, 2012 0:01
It is unfortunate some farmers have had bad experiences with hemp marketing. But the industry is growing very rapidly thanks to some dedicated market participants and an effective industry association - the Canadian Hemp Trade Alliance (of which I am the Vice Pres).
The potential for hemp in the food, fiber and textile industries is huge - not to mention cosmetics, nutraceuticals and feed. The time is right to consider planting hemp but this is not a good year to grow it on spec. Seeded acreage has jumped dramatically this year and processors will be challenged to process and market all that is produced. But commercial opportunities are expanding daily and the outlook is very positive.
Some free advice:
- make sure you have a contract before planting this year
- get good agronomic advice from the buyer/processor
- register with Health Canada (This is mandatory and it is slow this year due to the increase in applications but you will be granted a licence to grow industrial hemp)
- learn more about the opportunities to grow and market hemp
I invite you to attend the annual general meeting of the CHTA in Edmonton November 4-7 to learn more about this amazing crop and the excellent financial opportunities to grow it all across Canada.
If you would like more information feel free to contact me or check out the CHTA website at www.hemptrade.com
posted Jun 1, 2012 0:27
I'm hearing conventional seed is being contracted
for $.75/lb and organic is a premium - at least
$.15 to $.20/lb I believe.
Finding homes for the straw is still a challenge but
work is being done in the composite fiber sector
as well as textile applications. But both of these
markets require different varieties and differing
harvest timing than hemp for food applications. I
think the construction industry is the best hope for
hemp fiber markets in the near term. Hempcrete,
fiber board, etc. as well as interior body panels for
automobiles are also expanding. Near term I think
it's likely that animal bedding or burning are the
most widely utilized options. But I'm a hemp food
guy so other people may have some better