What's Next in Hemp Hemp Harvest Technology Hemp’s legal and commercial resurgence means crops are getting bigger and bigger. But larger crop yields mean bigger harvest and processing challenges. Engineers and entrepreneurs have responded with a variety of machines meant to make hemp harvesting and post-harvesting processes more efficient. We wanted to check out some of the new hemp processing technologies on the horizon. by Omar Sacirbey 12 HEMP INDUSTRY MAGAZINE • FALL 2019 BudRubber Canfiber Continuous Countercurrent Reactor MANUFACTURER Kirpy—Layrac, France PRICE $32,500, plus freight. DESCRIPTION The Triminator got its start in cannabis. As the size of cultivation sites grew, the designers partnered with Kirpy, a French agricultural equipment manufacturing company, to manufacture bigger harvesting and trimming equipment. Unlike forage harvesters, the Triminator CBD Hemp Harvester is a single-row harvester that cuts the plant and then removes the CBD- rich flower. The company has sold out of its 2019 stock but is taking orders for 2020. MANUFACTURER PureVision Technology—Fort Lupton, Colorado PRICE The company licenses its technology for a fee, providing it to hemp refiners in return for royalties, or a combination of arrangements. (Pure Vision CEO Ed Lehrburger said fees are determined on a case-by-case basis.) DESCRIPTION The Continuous Countercurrent Reactor breaks down hemp stalks into pulp that can be made into paper products, as well as lignins and sugars to produce fuels, plastics and other products. Lehrburger said the target audiences are hemp farmers and refiners as well as chemical businesses, fuel companies, paper firms and other product developers. MANUFACTURER Canfiber—Vancouver, British Columbia PRICE To be determined DESCRIPTION Rather than selling its equipment, Canfiber plans to make money processing hemp for hemp farmers. Canfiber CEO Patrick Harrap said decortication can work in a stationary setting. For 2020, he hopes to have adapted Canfiber’s technology to process hemp plants right off the field in one pass, cutting off the tops. The stalks are cut at the same time but stripped of their basts before they hit the ground, allowing the peeled stalks to be dropped out in the field to dry. The green basts are then mechanically degummed. The result is technical-grade hemp fiber that Canfiber plans to distribute to wholesalers and “practically give away the hurd core to boost adoption,” Harrap said. Triminator CBD Hemp Harvester MANUFACTURER Hemp Processing Solutions—Harrisburg, South Dakota PRICE About $300,000 for the stationary version; about $330,000 for the mobile version, which includes a wheel kit and a 25-kilowatt generator. DESCRIPTION Hemp farmers have traditionally relied on manual labor to shuck buds, leaves and seeds from hemp stalks. A worker could typically shuck 200 to 400 pounds of plant material in a day. Hemp Processing Solutions says its BudRubber, released in July, can separate 5,000 pounds of plant material in an hour.