Webers take a deep dive into organic hemp farming

  • Cathy Weber and her mother-in-law, Johny Weber of Timber Lake, individually hand-planted the 3000 hemp seedlings which were started in a greenhouse.

    Cathy Weber and her mother-in-law, Johny Weber of Timber Lake, individually hand-planted the 3000 hemp seedlings which were started in a greenhouse.

  • The hemp plants are hung upside down to dry. William Kougl, a high school classmate of Shane’s who lives in Montana, is on the ladder and Andy, Shane’s brother-in-law and a hemp expert, helps.

    The hemp plants are hung upside down to dry. William Kougl, a high school classmate of Shane’s who lives in Montana, is on the ladder and Andy, Shane’s brother-in-law and a hemp expert, helps.

  • Shane and Cathy Weber and their kids (L-R) John, Reid and Allie in their hemp field last summer.

    Shane and Cathy Weber and their kids (L-R) John, Reid and Allie in their hemp field last summer.

  • Harvested and dried, the hemp crop can be stored for up to a year before it is extracted for its oil.

    Harvested and dried, the hemp crop can be stored for up to a year before it is extracted for its oil.

Shane and Cathy Weber have planted, irrigated and harvested their first crop of hemp and are now looking for a market.

The Webers tilled two and a half acres on their place at Taylor, ND (near Dickinson) in October 2019 in preparation for planting. They built a 10 x 24 foot green house and (with some help) planted 3000 seeds, first in the greenhouse and then in the field — one at a time by hand…

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