For thousands of years hemp had been used around the world, and when the war on cannabis started, hemp suffered as a result. There was a reason this plant was farmed worldwide and used for various objects we still utilize to this day. The hemp stalks alone could replace insulation, drywall, and cement, and have the added benefits of being non-toxic and mold/fire resistant which could revolutionize the construction industry on its own. If you are curious about how this versatile plant is grown, keep reading.
Hemp is typically ready to harvest in four months, and will produce four times as much paper per acre as trees, but takes a small fraction of the time it takes to fully mature. Industrial hemp is an agricultural crop that can be harvested for both its seeds and stalk. Some of the benefits of farming hemp include:
- Deep tap roots to protect soil
- Dense growth leaves little room for competing weeds
- Highly pest resistant
- Easier to organically farm compared to other crops
Hemp's deep tap roots can find water isolated deep in the ground if needed, but for a healthy hemp crop, extra watering via rainfall or regular watering will be needed. When it comes to soil, it should lean more to the alkaline side. A pH level above 6 is required and a pH level of 7-7.5 is prime for growing, although if healthy soil is hard to come by, hemp still finds a way to thrive and the roots will aerate the soil to improve its quality. From a monetary standpoint, industrial hemp was meant to grow outside on a large scale for a low cost, so if you grew it inside you would actually be losing money from your end profit.
Hemp is pretty much foolproof when it comes to growing and harvesting it. You would think that more people would be getting on the bandwagon to bring this to the front of agriculture. We need to get to a point where we use hemp for everyday objects and try to get the economy and earth back in fighting shape.