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HEMP PRODUCTION
AgTech Scientific repurposed shipping racks to dry hemp
using tobacco sticks and move product more efficiently.
Photo: AgTech Scientific
The original expectation was to use AgTech's
new processing facility, however, construction was
taking longer than anticipated to complete and the
building would not be done in time. With time ticking
by, we locked down the decision to process in the
greenhouse and immediate action was taken to move
forward in processing the biomass using ColorPoint's
current infrastructure.
Not only did the greenhouse contain approximately
30 acres of hemp, the outdoor farmers' fields totaled
over 1,800 acres of hemp, all of which needed to be
processed within seven weeks! If not, THC and CBD
levels could be affected, ruining the crop. Efficiency
is essential to accomplish a task of this nature, and
through careful planning and calculation we were ready
to execute.
We converted one of our existing barns into a drying
room complete with drop panels, heaters, vents and
overhead doors. We learned from one of the farmers to
use tobacco sticks to hang hemp stalks on our existing
shipping racks. This not only aided in drying, but nearly
doubled our speed in unloading the trailers of hemp
from the outdoor fields.
Once the hemp was dry enough to strip, it was
moved to the " stripping room, " formally another existing
barn in the greenhouse. Here, a line of employees hand
stripped (the most efficient way to strip) the stalks of
hemp. Milling presented some of its own challenges
due to the stickiness of the hemp. Every hour the mill
needed to be taken apart and thoroughly cleaned.
Harvest, or more accurately, processing, took a long
and arduous seven weeks. We operated two shifts
each at 10 hours a day, six-and-a-half days a week.
Ultimately, we were prepared. We got the greenhouse
ready fully knowing how crazy things were going to
be. We thought through every scenario and planned
accordingly. We tested the best way to load the
trucks at the outdoor farms and then unload at the
greenhouse to be the most efficient. We had plan A, B
and even C. We had to be flexible and recognize when
something wasn't working and quickly adjust. Pulling
off the monumental task of growing, harvesting and
processing over 1,800+ acres of hemp (resulting in
nearly 3 million pounds of biomass) was not the result
of a crazy whim, or because of an innovative facility,
but due to careful planning and a team of leaders willing
to take on the challenge. HPN
Jane VanWingerden is the former AgTech Scientific marketing
manager and team member. For more information please visit
www.agtechscientific.com.
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