Kenaf research projects should be treated as a pilot- done as an experiment or test before introducing something more widely. They require an investment of time, money and other resources sufficient to finalize a successful result. Not all experiments result in the hopeful outcome. Those that do result in an alignment with long term use can be the most rewarding, making it worthwhile to move forward with standard successful actions and guidelines.
Kenaf Seed Growing Pilot Program (research)- The purpose of this program is to determine which kenaf seed varieties would be suitable for large scale seed production.
Strategic Plan for Year One - take the 33 kenaf varieties I have ordered and:
1. Catalog them for use in latitudes appropriate for growing kenaf for seed production. Completed 13 April 2019.
2. Locate and distribute to approved growers the appropriate seed designated for their growing latitude. Assignment for 10 approved participants completed 13 April - June 2019.
4. Provide submission forms for each participant to submit by variety a.germination rates and b. Seed yield per plant variety. Completed March 2019 see form below.
5. Report Instructions and Schedule completed and sent with seed varieties to each approved participant. Completed April 2019
6. At the end of the first harvest a review of the submission results and phone discussion and determining the strategic plan for seed production with each participant.
7. Any viable seed varieties in excess of growing operation size will be sold to approved seed growing operations to plant in 2020.
8. Fiber stalks sent to testing lab along with seed samples as part of the catalogging by varieties. Testing fiber lengths, strengths and other qualities specified by manufacturers. Seed samples tested for oil content and other properties for speciic markets.
Year Two- All of the seed yields from year one will be:
1. Used to plant the viable seeds grown and harvested from year 2019.
2. Any viable seed varieties in excess of growing operation size will be sold to approved seed growing operations to plant in 2021.
3. Fiber stalks sent to testing lab along with seed samples as part of the catalogging by varieties. Testing fiber lengths, strengths and other qualities specified by manufacturers. Seed samples tested for oil content and other properties for speciic markets.
4. A portion of each approved seed variety will be planted per fiber growing instructions to begin the fiber research of documenting fiber quantity and quality yields. These will be tested separately from seed grown stalks. Fiber grown stalks are longer that seed growing stalks. See seed growing instructions links on the Research page.
Year 2021 and beyond to be determined by lessons learned from the 2019 and 2020 Research Pilots.
If you would like to participate in the Kenaf Seed Growing Pilot Program send an email to: Kenaf Paertners USA with your name, phone number and the best time (EST) to reach you. This is for USA growing only.
There are 31 varieties available for research/business that were harvested from latitudes between 13 N and 61 N, that will be assigned and shipped to approved participants in this seed growing pilot program. There were 6 varieties that came with no variety name from the country they came from. Those that had no name were given one as part of the cataloging process. KPUSA 1-6 is the abbreviation for Kenaf Partners USA.
The assignment process is the matching of the latitudes of the seed originating country and the latitude of each participant seed growing site.
Interested in growing kenaf for a profitable seed supply business in 2020? Contact Kenaf Partners USA to see if you qualify.
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