Hemp is a highly profitable product, with forecasts showing the industry to boom in the coming years. However, harvesting it can seem somewhat tricky at first. But don’t worry: with these introductory instructions on how to process hemp using Tom’s industrial hemp processing systems, you’ll be good to go.
Product End Goals
Goals are good to have for any pursuit, but they’re particularly essential here. You need to know what your end product will be because this can affect how you harvest and process your crop. Do you plan to sell just the buds? Are you interested in extracting kief as well? Or are you just selling the fiber and seeds? Certain products need to be harvested at different times to achieve optimal results. Make sure you know beforehand what you want your harvest to be. You can’t actualize without having an idea first.
Next on how to process hemp: determining the right length for your crop. Local weather and rain directly impact industrial hemp processing. If your harvest is primarily for seeds, you’ll want to start harvesting once the plant’s leaves fall and its flowers are blooming. If you want to harvest the leaves and flowers, you should wait until the flowers have fully bloomed. Make sure to pay attention to the drying process after the harvest. If you’re harvesting for the fiber, you’ll want to harvest early. Typically you can start as soon as the flower develops its first seeds.
How to Harvest Hemp Fields
How to process hemp and harvest it differs slightly depending on the size of your crops. For smaller batches, a sickle or shears are fine, but if you’re working in an industrial-sized operation, you’ll need to invest in a sickle-bar mower attached to a tractor. The key thing is to get the hemp out of the ground without damaging the plants.
The Trimming Process
The next part of how to process hemp is the trimming, which is where we come in. Most standard trimming solutions are faster than hand trimming but often cause low-quality product. That isn’t the case with the Python.
Our Python industrial hemp processing systems apply our bladeless trimming technology to get you beautiful buds all year long. Tom’s innovative design uses MeshNets to preserve the plant’s trichomes, leaving you with an intact and perfectly trimmed product within minutes. All you have to do is put your harvest into the machine, turn it on, and it will do the rest. The Python uses the friction between buds while they tumble to break sugar leaves off them gently. You’ll get a quality that rivals hand-trimming with only a fraction of the effort.
De-leafing, Refining, and Sorting
Improve your hemp processing even further by refining and de-leafing the harvest. The Python D-LEEFER is best used in preparation for the trimming process. It effectively removes water leaves and stems to make trimming even easier. It also lets you process larger volumes more effectively since the flowers will be leaner when they go to trim. As for the Biomass Refiner, it transforms the trimmed mass into beautiful kief with only a few minutes of processing. It uses multiple vacuums to process efficiently. Kief can then be extracted into sterile containers for use in edibles or other products.
For improved sorting, Python Stainless Steel Conveyors are your best solution. After trimming, finished product will make its way down the conveyor belt for better visibility. This makes checking your buds and performing any touch-ups easier. The Stainless Steel Conveyors, Biomass Refiner, and D-LEEFER complement the Python for a comprehensive hemp processing system.
Get Started Soon
Effective industrial hemp processing and harvesting may not seem like an easy task when you get started, but it’s much simpler when you incorporate the complete Python system. After you’ve harvested all of the products, you can feed them into the D-LEEFER to rid of excess leaves on the plants. Then, the Python bud tumbler trims it down at exceptional quality. Easy sorting is achieved using Stainless Steel Conveyors. From there, run your leftover product through the Biomass Refiner for beautifully processed trim and kief. The next step? Gather your finished product and start selling.
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