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.