4 weeks immediately after a hailstorm in Central Oregon wreaked havoc on some 500 acres of hemp, farmers say the area’s crop might not be a total loss.
Some of the broken plants in one particular of the nation’s most heavily planted hemp places have greened up and sprouted new leaves and flowers, said Deschutes County Farm Bureau President Matt Cyrus, who predicted just immediately after the storm that the losses could total $25 million.
The final damage will not be known until harvest starts about a month from now. But it’ll probably be significantly less than the original $25 million prediction, mentioned Cyrus, who also operates Triple C Farms, a hemp farm close to Sisters.
“Some of the fields that I believed have been going be a comprehensive loss are in fact relatively green at the moment. It is just of function of how properly they recover on the bud side,” Cyrus mentioned.
Younger fields, these planted just just before the storm, are worse off, he mentioned.
“It’s not going to be a complete recovery for absolutely everyone, however,” mentioned Dash, manager of Dome Grown Make and Hemp Farm outdoors of Redmond.
Hemp displaying its resiliency
Some plants are nevertheless broken, he told Hemp Market Every day, “but for the most portion we’re back.”
Ray attributed his crop’s resiliency to properly-timed fertilization about a week just before the storm. Applying significantly less nitrogen and much more phosphorus and potassium prior to the storm helped, he mentioned.
But Ray is not prepared to contemplate the year a achievement till his harvest is in.
“We see a storm roll in, and I get PTSD,” he mentioned.
Crop insurance coverage required
The U.S. Division of Agriculture’s August announcement that it will offer Complete Farm Income Insurance coverage to hemp farmers for the 2020 season was a welcome modify, even though it will not assistance with the harm that is currently accomplished.
And irrespective of whether it is government-backed or not, crop insurance coverage is nevertheless pricey for farmers, Cyrus added.
“Certainly insurance coverage would assistance, but it is also a function of expense. Is it much more expense successful to invest in insurance coverage on a common basis or to just make the assumption that just about every 10 or 20 years you are going to have crop failure?” he asked.
He hopes that hemp insurance coverage will be tailored to its several makes use of, with higher-worth flower merchandise becoming covered differently than reduce-worth fiber varieties.
“One size does not match all,” Dash mentioned.
Laura Drotleff can be reached at [email protected]