Late maturing kenaf seed can be grown for fiber and wood in many places throughout the USA. The longer the period you have to grow increases your potential yield.
Late Maturing varieties can be grown for fiber/wood in the USA in every state except Alaska. The longer your season the higher the yield.
At latitudes 10N-27N are the only locations with enough growing days to harvest Late Maturing Varieties for seed.
Late maturing and Early to Medium kenaf varieties are the only ones being grown for fiber and wood in the USA at this time.
I believe the reason for this is because they continue to grow up to the time before the first frost usually comes at the various latitudes where they are grown. In this way higher yields per acre can be realized.
If you will be growing for fiber or wood you will need 15-20 pounds of seed/acre. Plant seeds 1/4 inch deep in moist warm soil (60-70 degrees F). Plant seed 3 inches apart in rows with rows 7 inches apart. If you use a seed drill use plates for carrot size seed. Sprouting occurs in 2-4 days and seeds will need some moisture to get them started.
If you will be growing for seed in latitude 27N for seed, Late Maturing Varieties are recommended. You will need 2 pounds of seed/acre. Recommendation for planting for seed harvest is 36 inches between plants in rows and rows 36 inches apart. Plant seeds 1/4 inch deep in moist warm soil (60-70 degrees F). If you use a seed drill use plates for carrot size seed. Sprouting occurs in 2-4 days and seeds will need some moisture to get them started (about 2 weeks).
Once your plants are 4 foot tall cut the top one foot off to promote branching and increase seed yield. This makes for easier harvesting of seed with existing combines and sickle mowers.
These are introductory kenaf seeds of 100 seeds.
These are in stock seeds that can be shipped immediately.
There is a limited supply left and we have no plans for importing additional seed. Once our seed growing partners in the USA have seed harvested, our approved varieties will be made available to new approved seed growers each year until we have sufficient supplies for fiber/wood growing businesses.
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