7 September 2001

Earlier hemp

NEW EU rules allowing hemp for fibre to be harvested several weeks earlier than in previous years make the vigorous crop an excellent entry for winter cereals, says Hemcore.

Baling this year began on Aug 24, reports Ian Low. Area aid for next years crop drops to the same as for cereals. But the firm plans to increase the straw price, currently £74-100/t depending on delivery date, by £25/t to compensate, he says. &#42