A Canadian firm is providing specialized hemp fiber harvesting technology to North Americans while expecting continued expansion of hemp crop stalk applications and worldwide expansion of hemp fields.
Forever Green is a British firm based in Columbia that’s offering specialist cultivating machinery makers (Vilainiai, Lithuania, and Laumetris) is now accepting orders for KP-4 Fiber Hemp Cutters. These harvesters can mow hemp fields at around 12 mph.
Peter Dushop, Forever Green’s Co-founder, said that with the maturity and prosperity of the hemp foodstuff and seed market there’s increased fiber interest. New developing research studies on different hemp fiber uses and the growing climate change and environmental sensitivity pressure make it an ideal time for those who want to indulge in the hemp fiber space.
The KP-4 functions with 4 sickle combine style bar cutters that cut hemp stalks into 60cm sections, a length recommended by fiber processors. The machine is adjustable to sever 1-4 60cm stalk sections in regards to the plant’s height.
The 9400lb harvester is pulled by any tractor with 180HP, 3-point CAT3 hookup, and sufficient lift capacity. Dushop asserted that 6 of the KP-4 equipment severed over 3,700 acre of Lithuania fields in 2020.
The organizations noted that the need for sophisticated, specialized processing and harvesting equipment will thrive in the coming years. It added that even in European Countries, where fiber processing is more advanced than in Canada or the USA, there’re limited options.
With a $69,900 price tag, the KP-4 harvester bridged the gap between a traditional one-sickle mower engineered hemp plant’s stalks and commercial-scale double-sever harvesters that are available at USD1 million.
Dushop added that they believe there is a surging interest in hemp fiber, however, hurdles to entry, especially cost, have made it daunting to get things started.
Depending on the mode of transport and location, Dushop estimates a three-month delivery time for the KP-4s.