GROWING THE FUTURE OF
ON FARM SUSTAINABILITY
NORTHERN ALBERTA IS ONE OF THE BEST PLACES IN THE WORLD TO GROW HEMP FOR FIBER
Northern Alberta can produce large quantities of hemp fiber more economically than current global industry leaders
Similar process to growing hay
Flexible seeding time and early harvest
No combining or drying
New and viable crop to add to any crop rotation, which can then help combat clubroot
“Seed, Spray & Walk Away"…
Growing Hemp for CRHC is that Easy!
We Take Care of the Cutting, Tedding, Raking, Baling & Hauling
Growing Hemp Process:
Farm & CRHC
1. Farm & Field
3. Test Field
Hemp Fiber Production Contract
Hemp Straw Production Contract
(Secondary Hemp Contract)
4. Fertility Planning
Fertility package for hemp
is similar to an oat crop.
5. Pre-Seed Burn Off
Hemp’s height and hardiness allow it to out-compete weeds once established.
However, hemp can be outcompeted when young, and CRHC recommends a pre-seed burn or tillage followed by an
in-crop application for
best results and yields.
CRHC works closely with local and national seed distributors to supply our growers highly productive genetics and high quality certified seed.
7. In Crop Scouting
CRHC’s team of agronomists and agriculture interns visit contracted fields through out the growing season
8. Harvest & Baling
Crops are harvested by CRHC.
Harvest for single purpose young hemp fiber
typically runs from
August - September
9. Hauling &
"I think hemp is a great rotational crop for my area and grow it for three main reasons:
First, it’s a low maintenance crop that doesn’t take a lot of passes in the sprayer.
It’s also a low input cost crop and therefore a high margin crop.
Finally, and most important for me, is that it is a great time management crop in the sense that it has a spread in its seeding window and harvest.
I like that I can seed, spray, and walk away when I grow with CRHC."
Even Par Enterprises, Athabasca, AB
"I like to grow with CRHC for rotational and time management benefits.
Before adding hemp, I grew canola, wheat, and peas, and extending my rotation with another crop takes some of the pressure off that those tight rotations put on the land.
Time and help is always short in fall, so the harvest service provided helps with those pressures as well."
Brodziak Farms, St. Brides, AB
"I’ve grown hemp for three years with CRHC, and I’ve noticed a positive effect on my soil and the crop the year after growing.
It is a different root system than other crops I grow, and the roots do a good job breaking up compaction in my fields.
Nutrient and mineral availability in my soil is high after I grow hemp, and I see a visible boost in the grain crop I plant the year following."
Kyton Farms, Busby, AB
"My favourite part about growing hemp with CRHC is the harvest service they provide.
I like being able to add something to my farm that lessens my workload at fall when I’m busy combining other crops."