ELGIN, N.D. – With the young seedlings at hand, Clarence III Laub planned to plant the last of his CBD hemp on Friday, July 12.
“Several people from the Elgin community, along with friends and crew members, will be here to help us transplant the CBD plants,” Clarence said.
Clarence uses a corn planter to mark the rows and create lines out in the field for a grid.
With the grid marks laid out on the field, helpers will dig a hole the size needed, take one of the 11,000 CBD plants out of the plant trays, and carefully plant them one-by-one.
“The CBD hemp plants are looking good and have been developing well in the trays, so it’s time to transplant them into the soil,” he added.
Meanwhile, the industrial hemp for oil is growing by leaps and bounds in the fields.
“Our hemp for oil is already about knee high. It looks great,” Clarence said.
The area where the Laubs farm in, close to the South Dakota border, has had a couple of timely rain showers over the past two weeks. While the weather has been cooler, in the 70s, the forecast for the second week of July called for some strong heat.
“The corn is about waist high, and with the heat coming this week, it can really get some needed heat units,” he said.
Clarence said all the crops are developing well for this time of the year.
“Our wheat is all headed out, and the NuSun sunflowers are about 18 inches tall,” Clarence said.
Clarence and his dad, Clarence Sr., have been busy haying over the past couple of weeks.
“We’ve cut some alfalfa and baled it, and we were able to haul the new bales off the field last week,” he said. “We do it this way, so if we get a couple of nice rain showers, it will regrow, and we could get a second cutting of alfalfa.”
The Laubs are always thinking of ways to be creative about late fall and winter feeding to keep costs reasonable. One way is to get more bales off the same field with an extra cutting, while another way is to after-harvest crop graze. They allow the cows to graze every crop after it is cut, while still leaving plenty of residue for soil health.
Their cover crop with oats and other crops in the mix is also growing very well.
“We plan to cut it soon and bale it for a hay mix; then we will allow it to regrow as a late season crop for the cows to graze it in late fall,” Clarence said.
Beginning around October, the cows can start rotating through the cover crop, corn fields and other fields.
“We have plenty of corners and sides of hills where the cows can get good forage in the fields,” he said. The diversity of plants in the cover crop and the many other crops that can be grazed after harvest keeps the cows in great body condition going into the winter months.”
On the home front, his mom, Sandra, continues to work hard at home and in town at her full-time job.
All the family continues to wait for Clarence III and Ashley to have their first baby, due in a couple of weeks.
Meanwhile, there is lots of work to do on the farm – even in the midst of summer.