Hemp crop has become popular than it ever was due to its application in the CBD industry. Hemp is used for extracting therapeutic compounds like CBD that has many applications in medicine and personal care. Prior to the discovery of the medicinal benefits of its compounds, hemp was solely cultivated for its fiber and seeds. Its fiber is used to make textiles, sails, and many industrially important products while seeds are nutritious food supplements.
In this article, we take a look into the ways in which hemp proves useful in regenerative agriculture.
What Are The Agricultural Benefits Of Hemp?
Here are the agricultural benefits offered by hemp.
Less Reliance On Herbicides And Pesticides
Almost every variety of hemp is naturally pest-resistant, which means you do not need to invest in pesticides for its cultivation. The pesticides can be a source of water and soil pollution. Moreover, hemp plantations are havens for pollinators as well as small birds and animals.
Hemp has a quick growth rate and thick foliage that make it an excellent ground cover crop that can be grown between other crops to leave no space for weeds. This feature obviously minimizes or altogether eliminates the need for herbicides and weed killers that can contaminate the soil and water bodies nearby. Most cover crops do not have any value but hemp is different. It has a high market value, indicating that using hemp as a cover crop in farmland is more like cultivating two crops of considerable value together.
Improves The Nutrient Profile Of The Soil
Crop rotation is an age-old technique that is used to replenish the soil and avoid the complete depletion of soil nutrients. However, the introduction of powerful fertilizers has affected the practice and many farmers switched to monoculture, the practice of growing the same high-value crop every year. However, monoculture can affect the soil nutrient profile adversely and farmers have realized the significance of crop rotation.
Hemp is a plant suitable for crop rotation because of two main reasons. Firstly it has roots that reach deep down thereby helping to hold the soil together and prevent soil erosion. Secondly, hemp produces large amounts of biomass that improves the fertility of the soil.
Lower Environmental Impact
Hemp is a drought-resistant plant that does not need much water, unlike many industrial crops. It also grows faster than many industrial crops. Hemp has the ability to pull large amounts of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere due to its high foliage.
To get the full benefits of hemp cultivation, the crop has to be planted with adequate planning and also you need to use appropriate crop-management measures.