ELGIN, N.D. – In the Laub’s large farm shop, several thousand CBD hemp plants are hanging to dry upside down. In straight, row after row, the hanging green plants look like hundreds and hundreds of perfectly-rowed Christmas trees.
All that’s missing is the glitter.
CBD doesn’t turn golden like wheat or brown like sunflowers, it is harvested according to maturity dates and CBD levels.
“Harvesting the early-maturing CBD hemp was a lot of work,” said Clarence III, who farms with his dad, Clarence, Sr.
Clarence was joined in the fields by his dad, his mom, his sister, Jess Gabbert, and her husband, Chad, along with his special friend from Bismarck, Roger. They used new machete knives to cut the stems of the plants.
“All day long, it was cut, pick, haul, and hang up. We cut each plant, picked it out of the field, hauled it to the shop, and hung each one upside down in the shop,” Clarence said.
The first and largest field of CBD plants was an 85-day CBD variety. Other varieties in other fields are about three weeks out, and are 100-110-day maturity CBD varieties.
The hemp for grain is not ready to harvest yet, and will need more time.
Last week, there were a few days that turned cool, with temps dropping into the 50s-60s, and rain falling. Earlier in the week, there was a shower here and there, and on Thursday, Sept. 12, the farm received some 3-4 inches.
“The rain on Sept. 12 was slow and steady all day long, and it soaked into the ground. It was really nice,” he said.
On Sunday, Sept. 15, the sun came out and the temps rose into the 80s, followed by the 90s on Sept. 16.
Meanwhile, the sunflowers and corn are continuing to dry in the fields.
The sunflower heads have turned color and are hanging, but there is still green left in the leaves.
Clarence said they don’t usually find too many birds in their flowers or other crops. He has seen a few blackbirds, but not enough to worry about.
“We don’t really have any wet areas in our fields,” Clarence said.
The corn is fully developed but it also needs a couple weeks to dry out.
Meanwhile, the cover crops have regrown and will be in great shape for the cattle for grazing.
“The radishes and turnips have grown new tops, and the other crops in the mix are growing back as well,” he said. They cut the first growth for hay, and the second growth is for fall or winter grazing.