Lancaster County hemp farmer and cover crop coach Steve Groff uses a sickle bar mower to cut 5 acres of hemp on his farm in Holtwood, Pennsylvania.
Groff’s hemp was direct-seeded in 15-inch rows, roughly 50 pounds per acre, into a cover crop of black oats and hairy vetch on May 18. The crop reached a height of 12 feet in 75 days and had not started to flower before being cut. He will rake the cut hemp into narrow swaths and turn it a few times, allowing the stalks to ret before baling with a New Holland wet baler.
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