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http://ecolution.com/hemp.html -- Lawrence F. London, Jr. - Venaura Farm - Chapel Hill, NC, USA mailto:london@sunSITE.unc.edu http://sunSITE.unc.edu/london mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org http://www.interpath.net/~london Piedmont Online http://sunSITE.unc.edu/piedmont piedmont@sunSITE.unc.eduTitle: Hemp Cultivation in Eastern Europe
Hemp (cannabis sativa l.) is a bast or long fiber crop. Hemp is the sister plant to flax and has been cultivated for thousands of years. Fiber hemp grows in many different climates, altitudes, soils and weather conditions. It is grown for the fibers (outer bark), hurd (woody inner core of stalk) and seed. Hemp is sown during April and May depending on climate. The stalks typically grow 10 to 12 feet tall in 3 to 4 months time. Hemp cultivation requires no pesticides or herbicides and only small amounts of fertilizer.
Fiber hemp is densely planted in rows as you can see from this photo. Very little foliage is produced. Fiber hemp contains minute amounts of tetrahydracannabinol (THC) which is the psychoactive component in marijuana. Marijuana is also derived from the cannabis plant but the THC levels in marijuana are 10 to 20 times higher than typical hemp crops. When the fiber hemp is harvested, the foliage is removed and turned back into the soil.