Kenaf Wood Industry

   The kenaf wood industry has the potential to replace many wood resources and probably should. Let's take a good look at some of the key elements.

a and c Kenaf Wood Core b and d Kenaf Fiber

Kenaf Wood Industry
vs
Forest Wood Industry

   If one acre of kenaf produces 4-5 times more wood material than trees as some have claimed, shouldn't we be looking into kenaf wood industry instead? Can we do this in a practical and viable way? Does it make sense to introduce this to the logging companies and help them transition to this renewable source for their customers? Most of us would say yes to these 3 questions but what would it take and how would we go about it? 

   I continue to get excited when I find something new going on locally where kenaf wood material could be used in existing industries. Here in northern Michigan we have lots of trees being harvested and used locally. Some I have discovered so far include - pellets made from trees(we heat with these), particle board manufacturing, pallets made from trees and toilet paper. 

   We also have thousands of acres of corn, and soy fields that could benefit from growing kenaf on a rotational basis as a cash crop. Some of the fields have been abandoned for a year or more. Your local area is where opportunity, solutions and help come together and can be discovered.

Kenaf Wood Industry
Current and Future Uses 

 Here are some of the uses in the kenaf wood industry:

  • Horse bedding the best absorbent bedding is kenaf
  • Particle Board (Japan claims it is the superior resources for this)
  • Oil spills for land and water
  • Erosion control on steep sides of highways
  • Housing made of kenaf wood core called kenafcrete Eco-Friendly Housing
  • Paper Products Paper products
  • Growing medium for hydroponic and aquaculture growing operations
  • Insulation
  • Flooring
  • Soundproofing
  • Feed stock for 3D printing
  • Photovoltaic nano sheets i.e. solar energy
  • High capacity storage batteries

And More!!!

 Erosion Mats for Highways.

Kenaf Wood Industry
Benefits

   When you look at the kenaf wood industry as a single industry for this remarkable plant along with the benefits, it warrants serious consideration. When you look at multiple industries from a single plant it gets more interesting. Putting the icing on the cake are some benefits that may be considered vital in these times.

  •    Kenaf removes more carbon from our atmosphere that any other plant. It does this while it is growing and after it has been harvested i.e. kenafcrete. 
  • It is known to remove toxins in the soil including heavy metals. 
  • Does not require fertilizer
  • Improves soil condition by handling harmful organisms
  • Drought tolerant.
  • Requires little or no weed control
  • Does not require pesticides

   You could grow kenaf for the wood industry, fiber industry and seed industry at the same time.

Ultra Early Maturing Kenaf Seed

Early - Medium Maturing Kenaf Seed

Late Maturing Kenaf Seed



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