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Hemp food grain production hits the ground running

THE inaugural hemp grain trial commenced at Mara Seeds in late 2017, cropping areas were planted with three types of hemp plant varieties for the production of food grade hemp. As a field trial, a combination of factors were applied such as differing planting techniques, planting rates, companion plants, fertiliser rates as well as trialling areas with and without irrigation. 

Hemp plants are monitored frequently to gauge a number of agronomic variables such as plant height and density, plant nutrient levels, flowering and pollination characteristics, and each varieties response to irrigation, pest, disease and weed pressures.

To date, growth rates have been exceptional with varieties achieving plant heights of over 1600 millimetres, leaf lengths of 320 millimetres and current seed head lengths in excess of 280 millimetres – all this after just 42 days growth. 

The crop cycle is expected to be complete in around 100 days where organic food grade hemp-grain will be harvested and processed for distribution to a variety of quality food producers, wholefood suppliers and eateries.  

The following graph depicts three different hemp varieties grown by Mara Seeds over a five-week period.     

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