Producer Information

Production and Licensing

License applications must be made each year to Health Canada’s Office of Controlled Substances.

Hemp Growing Tips

Growers will find this information useful, however, keep in mind that the following are only suggestions…


  • Seed into ground free of chemical residue such as Edge, Treflan, Odyssey, Avadex, Pursuit. Preferably wheat, barley or oats stubble.
  • Seeding date May 15-May 30. Ground temperature should be similar to Canola. Preferably above 8 to 10 degrees Celcius.
  • For Grain production seed 20 to 25 pounds of seed per acre. Seeding depth, 3/4″ – 1 1/4″ preferably packed after seeding, or air drill with on-row packing if using air seeder, use minimum air flow.
  • For Fibre production use 35 to 45 pounds per acre seeding rate.
  • Calibration of all seeding equipment is essential!

Suggested Fertilizing Rates

  • 70 to 90 lb. Actual N
  • 35 to 40 lb. Phosphate
  • Potash and Sulfur as required per soil testing.
  • Micro-nutrient soil testing suggested.


Crop to be taken off for grain

  • Moisture 15% – 25% is ideal. Dry within 4 hours or sooner. Watch for heating, or use aeration bin with full floor and large fan. Depth of grain in bin about 4-5 feet. Handle crop with auger full and at slow speeds, similar to handling peas, beans, etc.
  • Straight cut crop as high as is required to harvest seed from stalk.
  • Combine setting will depend on conditions and type of combine.

Combine Modification

  • Narrow feeder house by placing plates on each side of feeder.
  • More modifications may be required on different makes of combines. Use caution.
  • Observe all places any wrapping could occur and address the problem promptly.

Cutting Fibre

  • Machines used for cutting self-propelled swather – haybine.
  • 16 to 18 ft swath MAX
  • Cutting height: as close to the ground as possible .
  • Cutting pattern: Opposite to combine travel so as to pick up fibre in tracks.
  • Fibre only crops are cut after pollination (flowering) until 50% seed set and should be cut before viable seeds are present.

Baling and Bale Storage

  • Soft-core and hard core balers proven to be very successful in the past.
  • Address any problems of wrapping by covering the area with tin, canvas, or whatever works in the particular situation.
  • For highest price potential bales must be at 14% or lower.
  • Bales must be kept dry and preferably stored under cover.