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  • 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.

hey it's Dustin from Green Method Farms and co-creator of HempFarmingAcademy.com

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