Biomass, the flower, stalk, and seed portion of a harvested hemp plant, is a great way to stretch your hemp and CBD profits further. But, before you dive in, it’s important to understand just how much biomass a hemp plant can produce and what the sale potential is.
How Much Biomass Does a Hemp Plant Produce?
While it’s difficult to find specifics on how much biomass a single hemp plant produces (because it’s not really worth it to harvest one plant at a time), we can look at this at a broader scale. If, for example, you have 400 plants, you would harvest 18-20 percent CBD and have a remaining roughly 2,000 pounds of biomass to sell.
Large Scale: Biomass Per Acre?
The average hemp plant will grow to 6 to 15 feet in height. One acre can yield 700 pounds of grain, which can be converted into 22 gallons of oil, and 5,300 pounds of straw, which can be converted into 1,300 pounds of fiber. In this example, that fiber can sell for over $200 per ton, making it a profit opportunity for farmers.
It’s also important to remember that hemp, like any other grown product, can vary in its yield from region to region, climate to climate, farm to farm, and even plant to plant. Still, this information should give you an estimate of how much you can expect to produce and sell hemp biomass for.