Hemp produces among the strongest fibers of any crop on Earth. While optimizing your grow environment for industrial hemp may not be as challenging as producing smokable flower, there are still many ways to increase crop yields. Choosing hemp seeds with a history of delivering solid fibers is the most important aspect when growing industrial hemp.
In this post, we will give you some tips when growing hemp for fiber production and our advice for the best seeds on the market.
Growing Hemp for Fiber Production
Cannabinoid potency isn’t a driving factor when producing hemp for industrial purposes. Therefore, growers must take a different approach catering to optimizing the environment for strong fiber production.
The goal isn’t to retain as much CBD and terpenes as possible, but growers still must be conscious of THC potency levels. Hemp plants with THC above 0.3% are at risk of being destroyed by regulators even if they are used for industrial purposes. Choosing reliable seeds ensures that your hemp will be compliant with the DEA’s strict regulations and your plants can be harvested and sold.
Tips for Planting
Choosing the right seeds for fiber production is essential, but other aspects of the process also require special attention. The University of Nebraska conducted a report to find the best conditions for hemp fiber production. Researchers found that the most successful planting strategy includes:
- Planting in-row spacing of less than 12 inches
- Not exceeding 1,200,000 seeds per acre
- Soil planting temperature is best at 55 degrees Fahrenheit
While there isn’t a uniform fertilization recommendation for hemp fibers, evaluating what has worked for successful grow operations is the best plan to find your optimal ratio. Different soil conditions, climates, and hemp genetic play a significant factor, but it is still worthwhile to review data on hemp fiber production.
The report states that Penn State University recommends a PTK fertilization ratio of 150 lb/ac N, 30 lb/ac P2O5, and 20 lb/ac K2O.
Researchers identified trials done in Europe that found “mean fiber yield did not increase with when nitrogen was increased from 90 lb/ac to 140 lb/ac; however, in another set of trials conducted in the Netherlands, fiber yield increase as the N rate was increased to 180 lb/ac. In Alberta Canada, grain yield peaked with 110 lb/ac N, and fiber yield peaked with 80 lb/ac N. The optimal P and K rates will depend on soil test values.”
Trilogene Hemp Strains – Xianwei
If you are looking for hemp genetics to produce fiber, we highly recommend our strain Xianwei. The stain has minimal cannabinoid levels, but its lineage has a history of producing strong fibers. One of Xianwei’s parent strains, JinMa, is believed to be the original American textile fiber and utilized in WW2 to produce textiles and construction materials.
If you have any questions regarding finding the best hemp seeds, please reach out to us. Our team of experts has years of experience in the industry and will find the perfect seeds for your hemp production needs.