- First industrial hemp grown under smart, protected cropping system in WA
- Shade house will allow testing for year-round production
- Applying regenerative growing practices
WOA’s Growing Program will trial three industrial hemp varieties at its fully-automated shade house to determine growth rates in winter conditions in the Wheatbelt climate.
“Normally, open field industrial hemp production would plant in September and October, but this program will provide new data about the potential for winter cropping and year-round production.”
WOA will trial both regenerative and organic inputs to produce industrial hemp at the shade house. The program will measure soil moisture and fertiliser regimes and assess two innovative approaches to increase seed yields. The key indicators will be plant growth rates and seed yield.
Industrial hemp produces a high-protein seed containing omega-3 which can be used in food, non-dairy milk and oil production. Fibre may also be extracted for textiles and building products.
A reminder to Landowners for the coming cropping season
Clearing of native bush is limited to five hectares per financial year including isolated trees. Definition of clearing an isolated tree is a single tree that is located more than 50m from any other native vegetation. The area of tree is calculated by using the drip line of that tree.
If you require a copy of the Clearing Regulations or wish to seek assistance to complete a clearing application form, please contact Claudia at the Landcare Office on 9863 4225 or firstname.lastname@example.org