Hemp Harvest Coming To a Close
The vast majority of the estimated 1,650ha of hemp planted in Tasmania this growing season is nearly in, with our hard-working licensed Grower Members putting in the hard yards to get the crops harvested in some less-than-ideal weather conditions.
Tasmanian Hemp Association (THA) President Tim Schmidt commented that “...this year’s harvest had some challenges relating to the wet autumn with high moisture levels and boggy paddocks”. This assessment was shared by Midlands General Manager and THA Corporate Member Blair Jepson who stated that while the grain itself “...was quite dry, getting access to the [boggy] paddocks was the issue”.
Founder of ECS Botanics, THA Corporate Member and Board Member Alex Keach, noted that while this was a late season for both planting and harvest, ECS’ contract growers had been getting some very good yields, with the majority getting two tonnes plus into the header. Keach believes these impressive figures to be a “...testament to the expert growers putting in the inputs” this year.
Once the final data is in, yield information will be forthcoming for our Grower and Corporate Members, and there will be a comprehensive analysis through the Top Crop Competition of the best performance for the season. We are hopeful the Top Crop Awards will still be able to be held on Friday 21st August 2020 - the same date as the proposed AGM and Annual Dinner - and will keep our Members in-the-loop as the advice from the State Government relating to COVID-restrictions is updated.