With the passing of the 2018 Farm Bill, Hemp is quickly becoming a significant agricultural crop. That being said, meeting water and fertilizer requirements can be difficult because there is a lack of research and agronomical knowledge related to Hemp. With little resources and research available about how to properly fertilize and water Hemp, prospective growers must walk and not run with the right partners and have realistic expectations in place. Luckily, Netafim is here to help you! Netafim is working with the most recognized Hemp Researchers to develop the optimized way to grow Hemp
Hemp is hard to grow, it has high nutrient and water demands and is a labor-intensive crop. It prefers moist but not saturated soils with high levels of aeration and no other method of irrigation can deliver minimal amounts of water with the needed nutrients without driving out beneficial soil aeration.
Drip irrigation reduces unwanted weed growth as you will no longer be wetting the soil surface and germinating weed seeds or feeding weeds with valuable fertilizers. In addition, the density of the foliage when kept damp & wet by overhead irrigation (center-pivot) can lead to foliage diseases and reduced crop performance. Keeping the soil around the plant and the foliage dry leads to a healthier natural environment to give your crop the boost that it needs to drive your bottom line.
Financial solutions service offering now includes financing of drip irrigation systems and components for use in hemp growing applications. Qualified* hemp growers have access to convenient financing options.
Before jumping into which irrigation system you should choose to meet hemp water requirements, you should make sure you have thoroughly considered a myriad of factors: Business Plan, Land, Seed, Irrigation, Processors, Customers, and Financing.
Whether you are growing hemp for fiber, seed or CBD oil, Hemp is hard to grow. It has a high nutrient and water demands and is a labor-intensive crop. It’s important you research your best irrigation and fertigation methods. Take the time to consult with agronomists, local agencies and other farmers to learn about crop maintenance, harvesting, and mechanized irrigation.
From seasonal to permanent systems, only Netafim offers complete integrated and customized drip irrigation systems, coupled with exceptional customer support.