Q: What has been your greatest challenge with hemp?
A: Weed control – specifically the water hemp. We had a lot of hand weeding hours in addition to cultivating this year to keep it back. It would be nice to have an herbicide labeled for hemp.
We also need to get in touch with more processors, because there aren’t a lot here in Nebraska. I think one of the big markets for us is the chicken feed bars made in the northeast part of the state. If we can figure out a way to get hemp seed into their feed, that would make omega 3 rich feed. That would be a good niche around here.
Q: What has been your biggest reward from growing hemp?
A: I had fun with it because we got to do it old school – take your time, and not be so rushed.
Q: What is your plan for harvest?
A: I’m going for the seed, and put my uncle in charge of the fiber. The combine did a great job of cleaning it last year, and we have a lot of small grain bins, so I can segregate the hemp seed. For the fiber – I know we have to let the hemp ret, so I was trying to put some common sense agronomy to it. Why can’t we let it stand over the winter and then bale it up in the spring? But then I don’t know what the processor wants.