In 2017, the Australian government legalized the use of industrial hemp in foodstuffs. Since then, the demand for hemp products has increased dramatically, which, in turn, has created a need for more hemp cultivation. Farmers in Australia have been excited to step up to the plate and try their hand at growing the crop. After all, the potential to make a substantial living from hemp definitely exists.
Growing hemp seed in Australia can lead to a lucrative career. But that doesn’t mean the industry is without its challenges. As Australian hemp farmers are finding out, there are still many small details that need to be ironed out. Below, we’ve discussed some of the most common challenges faced by farmers across the country.
As a new hemp farmer, it’s important to be aware of the common challenges faced in the industry. If you know what to expect, you’ll be better prepared to deal with the issue when it comes your way. Here are some of the top challenges that farmers are facing right now in Australia while growing hemp seed:
Finding a reputable seed supplier can be challenging when you’re first starting out. Until you’ve found a supplier that can deliver shipments reliably and on-time, you’re bound to encounter some delays. Short delays aren’t usually a probably but major delays could result in a failure to get your shipment in time to plant seeds in the ground. This may cost you an entire growing season. Furthermore, different varieties of hemp grow better in different climates. It may be challenging to find a supplier who has the seeds you need for your region.
Our advice: Partner with us. We have a huge selection of seeds to choose from and we always deliver on time.
Some farmers state that they have a hard time with the harvesting process because they can’t find the right machines or equipment. Hemp can be harvested by hand, but this is difficult to do if you have a large field.
Our advice: Dry the crop, then use a modified combine to separate the biomass from the stem. We find that this usually works pretty well for most varieties.
The hemp fiber industry is expected to grow immensely in the next few years. But right now farmers in Australia are having a hard time finding manufacturers who can process the stalk they grow. Farmers are having to look for sources in East Australia or overseas.
Our advice: Secure an agreement with a manufacturer before planting. Or consider growing hemp to be used in other products. In Australia, it’s legal to use hemp in cosmetics and food products.
CBD Seed Co. is the leading provider of high quality hemp seed in Australia. While our operations are located in the United States, we ship hemp to many countries, including Australia. Call today to place an order.