Update December 2016:
The farm machinery & processing technologies required for successful hemp farming are based upon the size and toughness of industrial cannabis crops.
We have been sourcing machinery from around the world to accomplish more efficient harvesting and processing of hemp stalk. Our work solves the logistical problem of hauling raw materials long distance to a central location. Valuable fibre and core materials are processed on-site, increasing the value and return from farm production.
• Mowers McDon swather with header.
• Combines John Deere 9400 series
• Decorticators: Demonstrating the unique 'magic' of GREEN processing, the D-8 technology is forging a new equation in the industrial hemp sector. Baled stalk can be processed with similar results: superior fibre, increased yield, efficient & core hurd processing.
• Balers Standard balers will round-bale hemp crops. Flax-options provide parallel stalk orientation.
• Bale rippers Hustler Farm Products - New Zealand XP-1500 bale feeder.
• Fibre openers
• Combing machinery
• Rope making equipment
• Mat making equipment
Typical hay mowers are often not up to the job. The height and thickness of the hemp stalk requires larger equipment to do an efficient job. This is a mover developed in Europe.
Farm harvesting combines work well for seed crops. Modifications to standard equipment can be easily accomplished. Work from the Manitoba Department of Agriculture and the University of Manitoba is published here to assist farmers with the proper equipment.
Download the Hemp Windrower paper via the combine link
The Reports and the Patents pages have a list of current information.
You can download the most current D-8 Hemp Decorticator brochure here:
Evolution of a Technology Modern technology is the key.
The new D-8 Plus system does not require retting. D-8 fibre production increases yields & creates long, high quality strands. Core hurd material can be use in hempcrete & cellulose processing. Processing of field crops ~ both green and baled creates the product streams that modern manufacturing can use as bio-fibers and bio-materials. The new D-8 Plus design incorporates feed conveyors with fibre and core handling systems in one integrated unit. This enables a stationary unit which will process up to 5 tons per hour.
Development of the hemp industry requires the work of a number of companies in the supply chain. Changing the cycle in this sector involves having both steady agricultural production and processing of industrial cannabis (hemp) in place and operational. Third critical phase is manufacturing and industrial consumers who use millions of tons of fibre and core hurd materials annually. Three areas must work together in the supply chain. Time to the Change the Cycle.
Manufacturing companies who would like information on materials, specifications & supply chain development are invited to contact Brandon Pitcher: http://www.HempCircleIndustries.com