Hemp cultivation is simple and does not harm the environment. Every part of the plant can be valued.
Hemp is a crop that fits in with the pursuit of a more sustainable society. It is a versatile crop. Many different substances can be extracted from this plant so that every part of the plant can be valued; both the stem and the leaf and the flower can be used.
The leaves and flowers of the plants are very protein-rich. In order to be able to harvest the leaves and flowers separately from the stems, hemp processor Dun Agro Hemp Group in Oude Pekela developed a harvesting machine that can be used to harvest the leaves and flowers separately from the stalk. This is then dried and is used for making CBD oil, hemp tea and as animal feed.
To guarantee the quality and composition of the products and to meet the food safety requirements, Dun Agro Hemp Group works according to ISO 22000 and has its own laboratory.
This is how the cultivation of hemp works
Hemp is a relatively simple crop for the arable farmer to grow. Moreover, it counts as a greening crop in the common agricultural policy by a factor of 0.3. Just like corn, hemp can be sown from April to mid-May. Fertilization with only animal manure is sufficient. Dun Agro Hemp Group recommends giving 130 kilos of nitrogen, 160 kilos of potassium and 60 kilos of phosphate per hectare. This is also the amount that a well-developed crop extracts from the soil. The use of digestate is beneficial because it releases nitrogen quickly, which causes the crop to start quickly.
No chemical crop protection required
Because the crop grows quickly and the soil also closes quickly, weed control is not necessary. The crop is also not very sensitive to pests and diseases, so that chemical crop protection is not necessary.
Dun Agro Hemp Group pays a fixed price per hectare
Unlike other hemp buyers, Dun Agro buys hemp per hectare, regardless of the kilo yield. Normally the yield is between 8 and 12 tons of straw per hectare, the yield partly depends on the mowing and harvesting time. Because growers cannot harvest themselves, but are dependent on the buyer for this, Dun pays a fixed price per hectare. According to Dun, this provides the grower with a “grain plus balance”.
The grower does not have to sow himself
The grower fertilizes the field and performs the main soil tillage. Dun Agro Hemp Group has opted to sow the hemp they have contracted themselves. The advantage is that not every grower has to adjust his seed himself. According to Dun, that saves a lot of hassle with the distribution of seeds.
Dun Agro Hemp Group harvest itself
Sowing the more than 1,200 hectares of fiber hemp in-house gives great logistical benefits during harvesting. The harvesting order can be controlled by spreading sowing dates and choosing varieties. Dun Agro Hemp Group reaps everything itself, the eye risk is also for Dun Agro Hemp Group.
When mowing, the leaves and flowers go directly to the dryer and the straw remains behind for rotting and drying. As soon as the straw is dry enough, it is chopped and ensiled on the plot. The straw is collected during the year for processing in its own factory.