New hemp trial starts in Moora

Co-op members, Daniel and Sarah Gardiner, are helping further the knowledge of Industrial hemp in the Wheatlbelt.

Saturday, 26th July,  was the start of this year’s seed trials.  Due to restricted finances we are doing a lot on the ‘in kind’ basis and for that we would like to thank Daniel and Sarah Gardiner in Moora for setting aside land and also putting their hands up to plant out the trials.
 
There are 18 seed varieties in the Trial - 6 from each of the countries we trialled last year, France, China and Canada.
 
We are aiming again to find out which ones like the Moora climate.  There will be three sowing dates over the next 10 weeks aiming on finding the sweet sowing spot for the Moora area.
Then over the life of the trial – Daniel, Sarah and the kids and possibly the neighbours will be checking on the sites. 
 
They will be aiming to
·      Visually measure germination/emergent rates.
·      Monitor growth heights 
·      Record flowering times
·      Collect seed data.
 
What will come from this first year data?  The understanding of what varieties of seeds grow best early in the Moora region and how they might fit into a crop rotation. 
Also, it will add to our knowledge about which overseas seeds it might be good to breed from to develop a WA seed.
 
Hempgro is also going to hold two field days at the farm.  
 
The first one should be when all three areas are seeded and emerged – to compare how they are travelling and see if they are smothering out the weed growth around them.
 
The second field day will be on the flowering of the second planting area.  Hopefully nature is kinder to us than last year and the plants get to this stage strongly.
 
We have sown early in Moora taking into account the earlier drop in rainfall and moisture loss for that region compared to the South West.
 
Please keep watching our web page for news of up coming field trial dates.
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Published Jul 20, 2020

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