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

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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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