The Hemp Plant Field Series V — The Hemp Harvest
“The sowing, germination \’\’and watering of the hemp plant, then comes the hemp harvest.”
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TABLE of CONTENTS
- When is Harvest Season
- How is Harvest Season
- Harvesting Smokable Hemp Flower
- Harvesting Industrial Hemp
- “Harvest Time” Last Words
- Today’s Feature Post
- Strains CBD Weekly Specials “Spotte”
The Hemp Harvest –When is Harvest Season
Hemp is an annual plant meaning that it must be planted each year. Consequently, it grows from seed to plant in 90 -120 days. There is one flower per season then it dies off before next planting time. If your crop is outside, the hemp plant will change in its maturing as the days shorten in the fall. You will notice that the hemp plant stops its upward growth but rather puts its “energy” into producing flower buds instead. In most states harvest begins in October.
If you are growing your hemp crop indoors, you have the option to manipulate the seasons as it were, to create the harvest when you want it to be. You have the option to alter temperatures, lighting, moisture, etc. If you are growing inside or live in a warmer climate year around, you can realistically have two crops a year. This includes 6-8 weeks in the greenhouse \’\’and 8-10 weeks in the field for full bloom. The plants ultimately matured on their internal timetable to an optimal stage before you begin harvest.
How is Hemp Harvested?
Hemp can be harvested by h\’\’and but, obviously it is more time consuming \’\’and it could be more costly. Some hemp farmers feel this is the optimal way to harvest particularly if they are aiming for precision. Also, if your hemp plant crop is for smokable hemp or CBD oil extract, your best bet is harvesting by h\’\’and to ensure you maintain the integrity of each bud. If you have a smaller farm you can use tobacco knives or shearers to cut the plants before loading to go to a facility for drying \’\’and curing.
If you are a new hemp cultivator, best to start with an acre that you can cultivate \’\’and harvest by h\’\’and without equipment \’\’and not much additional help. From this test season you can determine how much you can harvest before the flower starts deteriorating. When the hemp flower over-matures, the THC starts increasing so you have the potential of having a crop that is illegal because it is over 0.3% THC. Per state law you will have to destroy your harvest \’\’and lose your investment.
Hemp can be harvested with a combine if you are harvesting hemp for its seeds or you have harvesting industrial hemp. A combine can cut a swath about 40 feet wide through a field but it is important to monitor the moisture level because if it is lower than 15%, the seeds may shatter. Combines also have the potential of increase levels of microbial contamination.
The Hemp Harvest – Harvesting Smokable Hemp Flower
As we stated before, hemp flowers are very delicate, bruise easily \’\’and the resin trichomes can be damaged. For this reason, most hemp farmers harvest smokable hemp flowers by h\’\’and. In order for the end product of smokable hemp flower be unharmed \’\’and the mature resin trichomes preserved, h\’\’and harvesting is recommended. The resin trichomes must be carefully h\’\’andled because that is where all the cannabinoids \’\’and terpenes reside. For those who smoke or dry vape, this will preserve the savors \’\’and for those who use hemp flower for therapeutic reasons, cannabinoids \’\’and terpenes provide more health benefits.
Harvesting hemp for the smokable flower requires maintaining high levels of CBD as well as terpenes for health \’\’and savors. Environmental conditions \’\’and nutrient levels can prevent the plant from reaching the optimal cannabinoid \’\’and terpene profile. Test early in the vegetative phase to better track plant’s maturing progress.
Generally, you will want to harvest the plant when it is abundant with mature flower heads. Use a microscope to better examine the resin trichomes for the milky white appearance that indicates high concentration of cannabinoids.
Store the harvest hemp plants in a space that is properly ventilated, without direct sunlight \’\’and a climate of between 60 – 70 degrees. Now you can test your hemp flower to confirm its potency \’\’and to guarantee the harvest is free of toxins.
The Hemp Harvest – Harvesting Industrial Hemp
Harvest for industrial hemp is far less precise than harvesting for seeds or smokable hemp flower. When you harvest hemp for textiles, you can use a straight sickle mower which leaves stems intact \’\’and cuts more precisely at 10 cm above ground. After harvest, you will facilitate drying to reduce the potential for mold.
The time to harvest is when the hemp plant is at its optimal height \’\’and has achieved the maximum volume \’\’and quality of stalks which can occur between 90-100 days.
“Time for Harvest” Last
Harvesting the hemp plant whether for smokable hemp flower or for fiber \’\’and seeds is an art that determines the final product. Find out the testing requirements from you Department of Agriculture so that you can meet those tests.
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