Photos by Austin Keating
CLONES: CBG Gold hemp clones are more expensive than buying just seeds, costing about $4 a piece. Clones result in more uniform stands, says Tim Horras, director of cultivation for Hemp Foundry.
PLANTING: Shawn Rider and Lilly Mosby, daughter of Rusty and Sheri Mosby, plant CBG Gold hemp clones at M.R. Hemp’s farm in Eldorado, Ill.
MULCH: A plastic mulch layer covers drip irrigation lines and soil to retain moisture and prevent weed seed germination around the hemp clones.
WEED CONTROL: Weeds grow outside the plastic mulch layer, requiring weekly mowing for weed control in lieu of any registered herbicides for hemp crops.
ONE MORE: While the folks at M.R. Hemp finished planting their 1-acre field of hemp in June, they added one more strip of hemp in July after they noticed their first plantings of a CBG variety were flowering earlier than they were supposed to.
HEMP TRACTOR: The tractor M.R. Hemp uses for planting hemp rides above the top of the crop to avoid damaging plants early in the season.
RIDING HIGH: Planting seats are raised for the tractor to make its return to the farm after planting CBG Gold hemp clones. This helps to avoid damaging the rest of the field that was planted earlier in June.
TOO WET: Several inches of rain resulted in sitting water that killed hemp plants in June in a low part of the 1-acre field at the M.R. Hemp farm.