We have a new crop being tested about two miles from our farm.
Now you MUST understand it is NOT us raising these test acres of Hemp, but three of our neighbors close by.
The above is one of the test fields almost ready to harvest. Hemp looks like little furry Christmas trees, or (to my eye) Kochia weed. (I don’t know if I spelled that right)
One of the growers allowed us to go into the field and look at the plants. They are very sticky. You put your hand on the plant and it feels like fly paper (sort of) and it has a very distinctive smell.
It’s harvest time now. This is one of the combines/tractors used to harvest the hemp. (This hemp will be used to create CBD oil…although there are other uses for hemp, i.e. rope, material, and many other things. ( I am still learning about all this)
Here the combines/tractors have just entered the field to begin harvest
The tractor/combine cuts off the plant and conveyor the fluffy plant into the back of the truck. The truck is driven along side of the tractor, both pieces of equipment moving along together up and down the row until the truck bed is full.
The truck then hauls it to a metal building with a cement floor
Where it is allowed to dry for two days.
NOW after this point, I don’t know what happens. I don’t know how they remove the oil, I don’t know anything. Maybe I will get to see, and if I do I will ask permission to show you. Other than that…this is the harvesting of the new crop in town….called Hemp.
Your friend on a western Colorado farm,