Landon Sunrich wrote:Interesting, When they start talking about how the superior industrial varieties having pithier cores, I start thinking of nettles which when ready to harvest for fiber don't really have any core. I think I've got some really killer nettles. I keep hoping that someone in eastern washington has the hookup with Kazakhstan and we'll get to see how it works here.
John Polk wrote:Check out this 43 page study by Purdue University:
Chris Kott wrote:
I also don't know what was meant by "low-density seed production." Do you mean strains that were bred for fibre and not for seed? While individual seed and fibre
John Shong wrote:I save vegetable, perennial and "wildling" seeds and dabble with hybridizing. While tending my seedlings and starting to germinate more this morning this subject came to mind.
Why not hybridize your own hemp with the goal of developing a strain for the purpose you intend to use it for and that would grow best in your local.
Since it is used for so many things. I would imagine there are already different strains. So your goal would probably be attainable within a reasonable amount of time as much of the work has probably already been done for you. Did a quick search for hemp seeds. But all that came up was processed seed (not viable). However I would assume that farmers who are growing hemp for the seed have come up with a strain that is best for them. Since hemp was the primary thing paper was made from back in colonial times ... I would also assume that there is a strain that would be best for that.
I cannot help but laugh as I type the following. This subject also came to mind when I was "sitting on the throne". For those of us who have self sufficiency as a goal I have seen threads started on what a person could use to replace toilet paper. I would think that it would be a hell of a lot easier to make you own "paper" out of a hemp plant than out of a tree. It would also be a hell of a lot better for the environment. Paper maybe. Toilet paper?
John Shong wrote:Didn't Colorado or another state legalize growing hemp recently? Seems like i heard that one of the states that legalized medical use ... did hemp as well.
Maybe it is around the corner.
I guess Im confused as to what you want to use it for. You have mentioned pasture and prairie.
In regard to sun flowers. If your talking prairie. There are several native varieties to choose from. Be careful as some can be very invasive.
The following was in my mail today. Different use but thought might be of interest.
It is to our eyes, a crime that growing hemp is outlawed in the US.
Hempcrete is a natural building material that can be used for everything from roof installation to flooring to wall construction. It is energy-efficient, non-toxic, resistant to mold, insects and fire.
At least one luxury home in the US (Asheville, NC) is made of hempcrete and getting a lot of attention.
Come join the CNN team for less than 2 minutes and see.
Even the walls and the doors are made out of recycled paper!
John Polk wrote:Washington state just approved a bill in the House which will allow the growing of hemp.
They have issued an order to the WA dept of Ag to begin issuing permits.
The bill still needs to pass the Senate.
More and more states are looking at hemp as a viable crop for farmers.
If enough states have laws on the books allowing hemp cultivation, the Feds will need to ease up their stance against it.
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