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    Monsanto joind Maximum Yield Magazine

    I live in Saskatchewan, farming is all we do. When I was young we used to drive around the country side a lot, and stopping along side a slough was always an event. The life and noise was something special to say the least. Never a dull moment and always a whirlwind of activity near any body of water no matter the size. It really was like a movie right in front of your eyes. Today there is not a sound to be heard and not an animal to be seen. All water is totally void of life and left with a green scum over the top. Sure is quiet out there now, not a peep. Funny I don't remember it that way. I ask my friends.... most don't notice at all... or at least they won't admit it. My favorite comment is "How do you create a dessert?... Carry on." The last farmer I tried to work for payed $655 for 1 bag of seed but yet thought I would be happy to take $450 to be on call for six months so I could come and shovel his bins out and tear out his bathroom floor whenever he had the urge. He would pick me up though because I couldn't afford insurance on my car.... or my house for that matter. Cheap food came with a price, some did not get paid or they got paid very very little. In my case I have many many years of work in for basically zero... I got $200 once a long time ago, this was after many years of "helping out" Sustainable living?.... ya sure. Do I blame monsanto..... ya, mostly anyway. It starts at the top, we can not let these corporations buy their way through our lives. Who the hell takes a job and then says I need funding FFS, political funding has been/is killing us and I wouldn't say slowly anymore this needs to stop. Off the top of my head one solution would be maybe give each party the exact same predetermined funds and go to work you fools. The one who does the best may or may not be chosen by the people to do OUR work. Get caught cheating and go to jail just like everyone else not?
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    Vertical Grow for Maximum Yeild

    If you leave all the seeds you will have nothing as there will be too much and the crop will just choke itself out. If you combine it there will be enough seed dropped to make a decent volunteer crop, however there will be the old stubble to deal with which does not break down readily. We cut and baled the stubble and yes we did process the volunteer crop the next year.
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    Vertical Grow for Maximum Yeild

    You can run a 12' crop through a normal combine, a swather type header is best (belt as opposed to an auger) straight cut. Run the header right up top and go. I have gone behind and swathed and baled a finished crop (combined), we did have a market for the fiber... in Quebec... we are in Saskatchewan. Trucking killed the sale and 2 or 3 years later we burnt the bales. FWIW there was a fiber processing plant 2 miles away and another less than 30 miles away. lol. The plant 2 miles away was trying to make strawboard from wheat straw.... I dunno they tried for a few years now it's gone completely. The problem was roundup - the boards would not stick together, after 2 or 3 years they tried a stack of bales that wern't sprayed with roundup - it worked = time to shut down as there is not enough product. All of our food is sprayed with this stuff.
  4. From what I've read in the past. Hemp cleans the air 5 times faster (more efficient?) than trees. 1 acre of trees or 1 acre of hemp will produce the same amount of paper, the hemp takes 6 months the trees take 20 years. Just those 2 facts alone should be enough to open some eyes one would think......? global warming anyone? There is no waste from hemp, the final waste product can be used to make superconductors. Just google superconductors from hemp waste to see what I mean. There is so much to be learned from this plant that it is enough to frighten the powerful into keeping it out of our reach. After all it was the rich and powerful who started the reefer madness and they are still the ones promoting all the hatred towards it. Lets not forget what started all of this nonsense, nylon was invented, that industry along with paper, media and the government shut down hemp for victory and started reefer madness to enhance their own personal profits. As long as we allow people with vested interests to run our government offices we will always be fighting for our freedoms. It seems wonderful that our Canadian government is opening their eyes towards legalization and I'm ecstatic really, but the reality is probably not what I (we?) were hoping for. Either way I do see it as one step in the right direction, it may be 2 or 3 steps back but at least we've started to move. FWIW I have worked for an organic farmer in the past, we did grow hemp here's a link to a video I posted years ago, This variety of hemp only grows to a max of 4 feet...oh man this is bringing back some fond memories, what a beautiful morning this was.

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