CRAB ORCHARD – Hemp harvest is in complete swing in Lincoln County and across the state.
Neighborhood farmer Gary Dodson spent most of final week harvesting his initial hemp crop on William Whitley Road.
Gary and Rhonda Dodson planted about 10 acres of hemp this year, with an anticipated yield of about 15,000 plants, he stated.
Like so a lot of farmers across the state, Dodson stated he decided to make the switch from tobacco to hemp.
According to The Kentucky Division of Agriculture, 1,35 applications to develop a total of 42,086 acres of hemp have been authorized this year, a huge boost from the 16,100 acres authorized in 2018.
Earlier this year, the Lincoln County Fiscal Court also authorized a zone transform for the county’s initial hemp processing plant, Contemporary Crop.
Dodson stated it would take a handful of days to reduce the crop from the field and hang it to dry in the barn. After dry, he stated the stalks will be stripped and the contents place in totes to be sold.
Regardless of the lack of rain, Dodson stated the crop did incredibly properly this year.
Even though the climate didn’t have substantially of a damaging effect on his harvest, Dodson did run into a difficulty with thieves attempting to steal his crop.
In total, Dodson stated about 35 plants have been stolen from his field. He’s not confident what the thieves had in thoughts for the plants, but it prompted the farmer to place up a new video surveillance method.
Dodson stated the cameras have been a huge support in deterring the hemp thieves.
Right after this year’s profitable harvest, Dodson stated he thinks he’ll continue to develop hemp in the future.