For years, the hemp crop was vilified alongside its sister plant, marijuana. With the government loosening laws around growing hemp for the first time in more than 80 years, popularity is on the rise for CBD oils, hemp milk, hemp beer, and other hemp-based products. The industry is booming, and hemp growers need a reliable drying system that will allow them to stay ahead of the demand.
Because of industry-specific obstacles hemp growers face, Louisville Dryer set out to understand the unique position of hemp farmers. Hank Lawson, the Senior Process Engineer at Louisville Dryer, made it his mission to learn the best way our company can support hemp farmers and improve their business.
Hemp farming and drying.
Industrial Hemp Dryer, and Processing Hemp to Maximize your Harvest – Our Journey
Growing Hemp Is Challenging
The challenge for hemp farmers starts with planting and harvesting. Hemp is not an easy crop to produce. It requires high fertility soil and abundant organic matter to grow. It is also susceptible to moles, insects, and weeds, and it has very particular water needs. Hemp farmers deserve a lot of respect. They are hardworking, knowledgeable, and invest a great deal of time and energy to yield quality products.
Old-Fashioned Hemp Drying is Inefficient
There is a four-step process to go from seed to profitable product for the hemp farmer:
Experience and scientific advances have helped streamline the first three steps in the process, but most hemp growers are still drying their crop the old-fashioned way by cutting it into strips and hanging it in tobacco barns. A farmer can grow a couple of acres that way, but to increase production, growers have to increase the rate at which they can process wet biomass.
A Hemp-Specific Dryer Increases Profitability
Hemp farmers that want to keep pace with the demand know they need to invest in an agricultural dryer, but many traditional industrial dryers are too expensive.
To make the hemp drying process easier and more profitable, Louisville Dryer engineered an industrial direct heat dryer exclusively for the hemp industry. Our new hemp-specific design implements the same technology we have been using for decades to dry other agricultural products successfully.
Affordable than other industrial dryers.
It can handle four tons of wet biomass per hour and offers hemp growers a massive increase in productivity over traditional drying methods. This revolutionary dryer is available to help hemp farmers increase efficiency in their operation, which ultimately leads to higher profitability.
Steam Tube Dryers Can Process THC and CBD
Steam Tube Dyers can process THC and CBD. Through multiple experiments, we discovered that hemp dried in our Steam Tube Dryer went through the decarboxylation process. This is the necessary reaction where the organically present THCA or CBDA is converted into THC or CBD, which provides the consumer with the desired medicinal effects.