The Lack of Availability of Hemp Drying Equipment

The Lack of Availability of Hemp Drying Equipment

Call us crazy but with these new hemp industries comes lacking supply. Companies are struggling to keep up with demand due to the recent influx of traditional farmers entering the newly legal hemp industry. Some farms are swapping out old farming equipment used to grow soybeans, wheat, and other old-school crops, to new planting and harvesting equipment. With all this knowledge being so new, companies are struggling to automate and find companies who actually have the products in stock.

This machine (by the Guoxin company) is out of stock for up to months Nov 2019 till potentially the new year of 2020. Or until a new company is created to match the demand. With that being said, we thought it’d be a great time to address the issue of lacking supply – with a little update on the history of hemp and the equipment currently offered to appease the need for drying. Soon enough, these machines will be on trailers and mobile drying services will be available. If and when – we’ll make sure to let you know.

Hemp is one of the oldest industries on the planet, dating back more than 10000 years to the beginnings of pottery. Hemp is cannabis grown specifically for industrial use and thus contains very low levels of cannabinoids (THC).

Used worldwide in clothing and increasingly in cosmetics, it is also used to make paper, textiles, building materials, food, medicine, paint, detergent, varnish, oil, ink, and fuel. CBD seeds and hemp oil is rich in Omega 3 and 6 and is absorbed straight into the skin, giving all sorts of benefits.

Research has shown that Hemp Oil, rich in essential fatty acids and nutrients, assists the body’s natural ability to heal. Because of its ability to restore and moisten the skin, the oil has become increasingly popular for cosmetics and body care products. 

Drying hemp correctly

The minute after hemp is harvested it is important for growers to immediately move the floral biomass to a drying facility. The drying facility could be a simple structure like a barn. The facility usually is under roof, out of direct sunlight, and well ventilated. There are more than a few fans within the facility that keeps blowing continuously. Significant ventilation is vital. Ideally, the temperatures for drying and curing are between 50 to 70 degrees F at 60% humidity. Some processors suggest that hemp growers should not dry their floral biomass at the same temperatures as flue-cured tobacco. These are very high temperatures and they dry the hemp too quickly.

Science has proven that slow drying with high airflow will cure the hemp, produce a higher quality end product (better cannabinoid and terpene spectrum), and fetch a higher price. In many cases, It is quite difficult to estimate the square footage of drying space needed per plant. Using flue-cured tobacco with 800 square feet a grower is able to dry 1-acre worth of plants (approximately 1350 plants) in 3 days. Another grower was able to grow approximately 1.5 acres worth of hemp (plant number not stated) in a 2500 square foot barn.

Hemp processing

Even though a lot of people are becoming familiar with the benefits of hemp, the hemp industry is still young and growing. Many new operators lack suitable equipment, infrastructure, and systems to deliver a quality product. Industrial hemp processing (for fiber, seed, and oil) is experiencing a renaissance as growers rediscover 100-year-old technology and innovate new equipment, products and processes to create a 21st-century hemp industry.

Crazy enough – most hemp dryers are currently on backorder due to the increase in demand up until late 2019 or until more companies begin building such equipment. Many US manufacturers are priced higher than that of other countries – even those with tariffs. The bulk drying equipment program is a significant advancement for hemp growers throughout the United States and Canada but we suggest ordering your equipment well in advance of your grow and harvest season. Bulk hemp drying equipment is typically stationary which makes it impractical for many small or medium growers and cooperatives. The capital investment is huge, and the plant may not necessarily be accessible to all members. In the event that the bulk drying equipment is expensive, portable bulk hemp dryers will be the ideal solution since they can be moved from one location to another at harvest time. We are currently working with companies who are going to offer remote drying and transportation services for hemp companies.

Interested in learning more about growing, processing, and selling hemp and wholesale CBD isolate? We’ve set up a community forum to help answer questions related to your cannabis and hemp needs. Feel free to reach out to Discount Pharms if you have any questions. Learn more on our website:


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