Don’t go too far out on a limb when growing niche crops

Planning to plant some of the less common crops such as flax, camelina, or hemp? Then start small, says provincial crop specialist Harry Brook.

“Use the first year as a chance to learn the agronomics and particulars of the new crop,” Brook said.

Also, it’s “imperative to get a contract first before you grow it.” You need to know there is a home for the crop. When there was significant acreage of borage in 2005, contracts only accounted for a small part of the crop. It took a long time to find a home for the majority of it. With hemp, there is paperwork required from Health Canada required before you can grow it,” Brook added.

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